Murder/Mystery/ Police Procedural
416 Pages and 135,500 Words
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 4/1/2016
Detectives Jennifer Donahue and Shari Thompson are L. A. homicide detectives. Both are in their mid forties and old enough to know better than to do the things they indulge in during their off hours. But those incidents provide the good hearted, close friendship banter between the dedicated friends.
The assassination of a reformed prostitute and her girl friend sets off an investigation that soon includes the deaths of Russian mobsters with ties to Russian prisons.
And then there is Yuri Pavienko, a handsome cop in another department who is drawn to the perimeter of Donahue and Thompson's investigation. The question then facing the female duo is what role Yuri really plays and where his loyalty lays.
There is a large cast of supporting characters in Money For Love on both sides of the law, and all are well developed and interesting. It's apparent the author did in depth research to provide the details that make the story work.
The plot is complex and the action is intense and fast paced. In fact, the positive aspects of the story deserve a higher rating that three stars.
On the down side, the editing needs professional help on the creative writing side as well as punctuation and grammar. The writing style is extremely wordy, with many superfluous words and phrases thrown in or tagged on. Statements are made of which the intent and meaning are clear, but then those are explained in more detail. Readers don't need to be mollycoddled, they understand what is written if it is clear and makes sense.
The writing is also repetitive. Often statements are made and then restated and explained again later in another scene or chapter.
Many times information was provided through info dumps instead of being worked subtlety and naturally into the dialog or narrative.
To summarize, Money For Love is an engaging tale with a complex plot. The detective duo makes the investigation realistic and their relationship is believable. They share the necessary warts and caring that make for long lasting friendships. If you can get past the short comings, there is a good story here.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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