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Darker By Degree (Maddie Pryce Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I would give this book four stars for the sheer promise and skill the author shows, but although the elements are there, they don't quite fit together yet. The authors don't quite make the case, for me, for why Maddie does some of the dangerous things she does. The ending seems too drawn out, the relationship between Maddie and her new boyfriend, the police detective on the case, doesn't seem to have the edges it should have when two people are at odds over murder.
Grafton's A is for Alibi and Muller's Edwin of the Iron Shoes have the same kinds of problems and those two are among my favorite mystery writers. Don't let the 3 stars I'm giving this book keep you from reading it. It's exciting to see a new mystery series start out with this much promise. I'll read the next Maddie Pryce book, too, and look forward to what the authors are doing with the character five or six books from now.
I thought this had a nice ring of authenticity. The plot was interesting, and the romance portion handled with a light hand, and I figured out whodunit just about the time Maddie did. Plus, Maddie’s roommates, a deaf cat, and a dog added a nice entertaining dimension to the plot. The conclusion was satisfying, and I liked that the loose ends were wrapped up at the finish and the ending was natural, not abrupt.
Checking online, it looks like there were only two books in this series. That’s kind of a bummer, because I could see this having potential for several books. I haven’t read book 2 yet, but I will.
Maddie mets detective Kyle Knutson during the investigation, but the police do not move fast enough or follow the wrong paths. The chemistry is strong, but Maddie has contacts in the film world and she follows her own instincts.
An excellent read that explorers the dark side of Hollywood.
Nash Black, author of Cards of Death.
Loved this quick read...also, enjoy new authors that Amazon recommends to me. About to begin the second book in this series ... great job Keri and Susan.
The author info really surprised me when I found out that this Susan Branham is the very same cockeyedsusan I follow on Twitter!