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Fast moving with a touch of romance,
This review is from: Stranger in Town (Sloane Monroe Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Stranger in Town is the first I've read in the Sloane Monroe series, but it certainly won't be the last. Cheryl Bradshaw writes with flair and a page turning speed, never getting bogged down in too much detail, but always giving us a clear picture of settings and people.
To me, a book like this is only as strong as its central character. However gripping the action or original the plot, I'll quickly get bored if the characters are cardboard cutouts without depth. In Sloane Monroe, Cheryl Bradshaw has created a female PI who is real, easy to relate to, interesting and individual. Sloane reminds me a little of Kinsey Millone in Sue Grafton's Alphabet series, and that's a serious compliment. I don't mean to suggest that Bradshaw has borrowed anything from Grafton - just that Sloane is not an over the top, unbelievable character, but is someone we might feel we could meet walking down the street, natural and likeable.
Having said this, I should add that the plot is also a real plus factor, original, with plenty of twists and turns; and Cheryl Bradshaw has the knack of revealing just enough new knowledge of what's going on at a pace which kept me the turning the pages, reluctant to put the book down until I'd read, 'Just one more chapter.' And since the chapters aren't too long, this worked well - I always wanted one more.
The ending is beautifully managed, with satisfactory resolution of the main themes and a final very unexpected twist. I'm looking forward to the next one - but meanwhile, I've three former books in the series to catch up on - always a good feeling! Highly recommended.