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- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: MKM Enterprises (14 Aug. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013XXGRYI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE BLACK WIDOW - MARK KANE MYSTERIES - BOOK THREE: A Private Investigator Crime Series of Murder, Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Stories with more Twists and Turns than a Roller Coaster Kindle Edition
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Each of the stories are very different but the author adopts the same format: the first chapter in each book is a scene-setter told in the third person and the remainder of the book is told in the first person from the point of view of (Mark) Kane. The main characters are beautifully drawn and for me they really come to life. Each book tells a different story but there is a continuity between them, so you find that there are references in each book to things that have happened before. For me this makes it seem like the characters are real. Mark and Lucy are both very likeable characters and the dialog between them helps to lighten the tension because the subject-matter of each book is serious, dealing with deceit, death, murder, kidnapping, blackmail etc.
Several characters make repeat appearances in the books – Jill, the forensic scientist, Lance, the dim-witted homicide detective and Tony the surveillance expert. Kane’s brother Duncan also appears in two of the books, but only on the phone. He runs a survivalist school in Vermont “not for people who want to survive in the wilderness, but for people who want to survive in dangerous places - like war zones.” I’ve a feeling that he’ll make an actual appearance in one of the books sooner or later.
The writing is refreshingly original with none of the tired clichés which lazier writers employ. Here’s a couple of examples: “she opened her mouth as wide as a yawning crocodile’s mouth”; and “she was as happy as a clam that had won the lottery and excited as a teenager about to go on her first date.” I think they both come from book four.
All the books in this series are well plotted and neatly finished. Another bonus is that the author has published the first 5 chapters of each book on his website so you can read that first to see if it’s your kind of book. He even lets you read the first few chapters of the as yet unpublished 5th book.
Although you can read each book in any order it’s best to read them in sequence. The first book serves as an excellent introduction to the characters and the dynamic between Mark and Lucy. There’s a wonderful line in chapter two of Forget-Me-Not where Kane is being admonished by Lucy. Kane says: ‘Lucy went into a minor sulk. I semi-capitulated; not many people in life are lucky enough to get two mothers I thought to myself.’
It’s not often I remember phrases and sentences from books I read. This one’s an exception.
This writer is able to elicit tension, suspense and plenty of humor in his books, as well as some tear-jerking stuff. I take my hat off to him. Five stars -more books please!
Each book tells a different story but, there are references in each book to things that have happened before. The main characters are beautifully described and I can picture them as they almost come to life and this makes me believe that the characters are real. Mark and Lucy are both very likable characters and the dialog and dynamics between them helps to lighten the tension because each book deals with serious subjects, death, murder, kidnapping, blackmail deceit and plenty of humour. Several of the characters re - appear in the books, Kane’s brother Duncan also appears in two of the books, but only on the phone. He runs a survivalist school in Vermont wilderness, for people who want to survive in dangerous places like war zones. I’ve a feeling that he could re- appear in one of the books sooner or later. All the books in this series are well plotted and they have good endings. An added bonus is that the author has published the first 5 chapters of each book on his website so you can read them first to see whether it’s your choice of book. The Author even lets you read the first few chapters of his 5th book which hasn't been published yet.
I think it’s best to read the books in order because the first book introduces the characters, Mark (private investigator) and Lucy. The writer is able to evoke tension, suspense and an abundance of humour in his books, as well as some tearful moments, I think that all the books are an excellent read and I congratulate him. Five stars. More please
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