Author – Dan Gilvezan
Genre – Detective, Mystery
260 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5
No. 24 - 2018
My Impressions: Cozy mystery with gutsy, low key detective.
Jolly Lomax – detective, amateur magician
Mildred ver Dorn – wealthy client
Pamela ver Dorn – dead step-daughter
Dead Money kicks off with a rich matron wanting Jolly Lomax to contact her dead daughter who she believes is pilfering money from a shared account. She hires Jolly because he is also a slight of hand magician.
Jolly makes some crazy moves during his investigation and finally cracks the case with help from a friend.
The story relies on humor and a style of Cozy Mysteries.
The editing is fairly good with a few exceptions: words missing etc., and a few sentences are clumsy.
Character Development for Dead Money is good for the main characters.
Details – too much about minor issues became filler.
The plot is interesting and had a few twists and a surprise ending.
The writing style is wordy and uses far too many passive sentences.
Note: A hacksaw blade without a frame would take many hours to saw through eight 1" diameter steel rods. I consider that a grievous error in the plot. There are several other lesser ones, but cozy mystery fans will ignore them and not know any better.
Dead Money is okay for a light read, but it is not a serious crime novel for hard-core addicts.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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