The Hotel Detective is a departure from Alan Russell's other books. It is more lighthearted, funny, and highly entertaining. The inner workings of a hotel, seen through the eyes of the assistant manager/hotel detective, is absolutely showcased. It is quite obvious that Mr. Russell is intimately familiar with what goes on inside hotel management. He totally entertains the reader with LAUGH OUT LOUD antics by the hotel guests and even the hotel staff. He offers a few mysteries that all along seem to be heading toward a specific resolution only to be turned on their heads in the final analysis. The ending of the book, professionally, for the hotel detective, at first seems a disappointment. The reader wants a specific professional gain for AM. However, after reflection, I'm convinced that Russell has actually given us a better ending for AM and has definitely set the reader up for the sequel, The Fat Innkeeper (which I've just bought and will read next). Russell is especially gifted at being true to his characters, even if that takes the story and the reader in unexpected directions. If the reader has never been to San Diego, he knows what it's like from reading this book. Russell is a master at visualizing people, places, moods, and situations. His language is rich and full, even full of puns and double entendres that are delightful and definitely NOT groan worthy. Russell's books are always winners and satisfying reads whether they are hard core or lighthearted. Enjoy each and every one of them. Amazon, please bring Exposure, Forest Prime Evil, and No Sign Of Murder (all by Alan Russell) to KINDLE!!!