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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
This may well be the worst book I have ever (partly) read.

It started off OK with a locked room murder, but within pages descended into badly written nonsense.

I kept reading for a while, thinking this must be a short story collection, each one about a different murder within the walls of the Metro Star hotel: there was certainly no way the story I was reading would sustain a full-length novel, so I might as well finish it.

When I realised I had begun flashing through the pages barely reading them, I thought I'd better take a quick look at the contents page to see how many pages of torture this had left to inflict before I could abandon the whole sorry mess. Then came the awful realisation that this was it; this rubbish wasn't stopping and I was only 17' through.

I skipped to the end just to see whodunnit, and was stunned to see things had actually got worse. Same terrible dialogue, but now seemingly written by a non-english speaker who had thrown their awfully written prose through a poor translation site.

I won't even mention the solution.

I don't give things one star, I like to think each has some merits. Not this. And I feel justified in my rating to balance the glowing 5 star reviews written in a suspiciously Kipling-esque style.

If this was free, it would still be overpriced.

Edit: I see the book is now written by Jack Symond. While the name change succeeds in making nonsense of my Kipling comments, unfortunately it doesn't make this book any more readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2014
For the most part this is a competently written detective novel about a serial murderer plying his business in a luxury hotel. The story hums along quite nicely until - dare I reveal - the investigating detective himself falls victim to the killer. After that, the plot, such as it is, meanders to a close: the killer is found, confesses, and is sentenced. But all this is padded out with large swathes of ruminations on the lines of 'what shall I do if', on illegal immigrant workers, the drug scene, and other topics, none of which really advance the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
The polt was interesting and I like the end, but somehow the characters never felt real so I didn't care what happened to them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2014
Quite a boring read. Almost like a bad episode of CSI. Can't grumble too much though, it was only 77p.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
James Kipling’s ‘Metro Star Murders’ is probably one of the best crime fiction new releases I’ve seen among the recent crop of serial killer fiction Kindle books. Think the ‘Best Marigold Hotel’, but clad in a dark, thick palpable mystery, and you’ve barely scratched the surface of this book.

In essence, the book is about the happenings within the Metro Star Hotel—during happier days the hotel served a diverse clientele and enjoyed popularity. However, everything changes when the first in a spate of gruesome murders is uncovered, giving the hotel a fearsome reputation and driving Detective Young on the brink of a breakdown. Worse, people at the hotel—the staff, the manager, and others—don’t seem to be of much help as they tend to give conflicting information that only misdirect the investigation. As a “who done it” mystery, ‘Metro Star Murders’ is richly sinewed with surprising plot twists and a lot of red herrings thrown in your path to lead you astray. But what I love most about the book is how author James Kipling has chosen the slow burn narrative instead of the flash-in-the-pan—you get to enjoy the suspenseful moments much more palpably.

Overall, I highly recommend ‘Metro Star Murders’ to those who love well-crafted suspense mystery stories in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes. It is an incredibly entertaining read that will keep you turning the pages if only to find out who the killer is. The question is, Can you stand the excitement? Get a copy today—also makes an awesome gift. Five stars for this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
If you love assassinations and conspiracies then you are going to love this crime story. Some of the serial killer fiction kindle books on kindle are great and this one is also a good one too. I am sure you will like it especially if you like crime readings. Based in a place where you can feel enjoy and feel safe, not any more you are going to taken into a ride in this crime machine. Great mystery book deal, love it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
This book fits neatly into the genre of crime fiction concerned with assassinations and conspiracies. If you liked the X-Files, have a thing for JFK or enjoy the writing of Robert Harris then you'll like this too. There's nothing like a serial killer stalking through the pages of a book to keep you reading, and this book has murder and mystery down to a fine art. Truly fantastic.
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