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- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: MKM Enterprises (13 Aug. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013WVLMDM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 215 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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FORGET ME NOT - MARK KANE MYSTERIES - BOOK ONE: A Private Investigator CLEAN MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SERIES with more Twists and Turns than a Roller Coaster Kindle Edition
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Each book tells a different story but there is a continuous theme between them, and 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 end well. 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 is an excellent introduction to 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
I take issue on several points with a previous reviewer Byste. I don’t know whether he (or she) was speed-reading but in my book Kane visits Concord, Dedham and Dorchester as well as Boylston and Cambridge. Anyway, this isn’t a travel book, it’s a novel – it’s fiction. Who cares how far apart the locations are? It’s what happens in the stories that matter. Many writers, e.g. Grisham, Raymond Chandler use fictitious locations (Charlton, Bay City) for their novels.
As for the dialog between Mark & Lucy it had me in stitches. It’s not ‘sniping’ it’s teasing, or what the author refers to as lighthearted banter. This is a series and the characters develop as you read each book and we learn more about their backgrounds. Neither Mark nor Lucy wear their hearts on their sleeves, and in any event their ‘relationship’ as ‘friends with benefits is – by definition – not a romantic one; but it’s clear from many subtle references in the book that they care for each other - a caring friendship between a man and a woman. Theirs is an unconventional relationship which has grown out of a close working relationship and developed into a deep friendship and a mutual reliance on one another.
As for the complaint that the writer doesn’t describe the physical appearance of the two main characters, that’s the difference between watching a movie and reading a book – we get to use our imagination! I have my own mental picture of Mark and Lucy and I would hate it to be spoiled by a description by the author. Anyway the stories are told in the first person, so any description of Mark Kane would have to come from himself!
Also Byste doesn’t seem to understand how people like me decide whether to buy books on Amazon: I read the first few pages on Amazon’s website to try to get a ‘feel’ about the book first, so the description of Mark and Lucy’s relationship in an introduction was therefore helpful to me − I anticipated a fun read and that’s what I got.
I thought that the personal interplay between Mark and Lucy is cleverly used to lighten a story that has a very serious theme at its core, and I found the combination between light and shade hits just the right note. It’s a carefully constructed compelling ‘whodunit’.
A great read – 5 stars and two thumbs up.
The characters here are believable and likeable, the writer seems to have done his research well, and generally the protagonists acted sensibly and made good decisions. The mystery is well built up and the various clues are introduced cleverly and subtly. I loved the banter between Kane and Lucy.
The ending was a little tame, and some of the characters spilled the beans a little too quickly to Kane, so I'll give it 4 stars instead of 5.
Who is Kane? He is a seasoned private investigator. Based in Boston, Massachusetts. He, is usually assisted on his cases by the lovely Lucy. Who works in an official capacity as his secretary. They are close friends. Live near each other. So far, they are not yet lovers?
This story, has Kane hired to find out more on an individual, who is the benefactor of a recent inheritance. Is the lady in question, who she says she is? Is this sour grapes from others, who have missed out? Or is there more to this?
Mark Kane takes his time checking the identity of a woman who stands to gain a large inheritance. Lots of gentle rumination about who could have done what. Far too much tedious detail on every cup of coffee he drinks.
Accurately spelled and punctuated, it's not a bad story but it never gets out of second gear.
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