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Ketchum and Cobb by [Mullen, James]
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About the Author

grew up on the South Shore of Boston and lived in and around the city for 45 years. I now live in North Carolina, but get back to Boston often. This novel is my first effort, but I've been keeping a blog, Grumpy Gets Better (jimamullen.blogspot.com), since a medical operation I had in 2009. The blog involves observations of both a literary and non-literary nature. I have a wife, Donna, who has put up with me for 32 years and a dog, who has put up with me for 3. The dog's photo should be on this page - he's the one without the shirt. My son, Adam, is in the US Coast Guard and we are very proud of him. His first posting was in Hull, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, and that station was founded by Joshua James, the father of the Coast Guard. My January 2012 post about James is my favorite one. I read somewhere the Coast guard saves, on average, 12 people a day.

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  • Print Length: 297 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CFB31E4
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5.0 out of 5 stars ketchum and cobb 22 April 2013
By suedw - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hooked after reading the review and the first two chapters on Kindle. I bought the e-book and found that I couldn't put it down so I read it in one day. The descriptions of the places,people and feelings of Boston were spot on, the main characters had lovable,flawed personalities and the end caught me totally by surprise.If you love a good mystery that is filled with twists and an unexpected ending buy this one. If you love the Boston area and want to be reminded of how it looked, felt and smelled in 1990 buy this book. If you love both, the good news is you only have to buy this one book! This should be the first book in a series! Kuddo's to its first time author, James Mullen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend Ketchum and Cobb. 1 Jun. 2013
By Susan Koppelman - Published on Amazon.com
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The best thing for me about this book is that I like the team of detectives, love their relationship, care about their health and futures, and, at the same time, don't feel as if I'm reading a soap opera. The case they are working to solve throughout the book didn't engage me very much but just enough so that I cared for the detectives to solve it and feel good about their work. I will read more of this author's books as soon as they are available.

My problem with the book is the unending number of similes. At least 3/4 of them are terrific. BUT they get in the way of the flow of the story. They are self-indulgent. They are that problem that every writer has with a first book -- editing out the lines the author thinks are the absolute best lines in the book. There are just toooooooooooooooooo many and they get really annoying pretty quick. Even the good ones, even the best ones. . . The author needs to make a rule for himself -- something like only one per chapter. Not one simile per page or per paragraph or per sentence! Just one per chapter. And the chapters have to be longer than one or two pages. No fair making the chapters really really short to accommodate more similes.

BTW, I've just come home from what is almost an annual trip to Boston -- a city I really don't like but have to go to for professional meetings -- and Mullen has done a better job of explaining to me than I've been able to do for myself why I don't like Boston. Those ugly grey Irish battleship three story three family houses, the incredibly ugly architecture that all the Bostonians I know tell me is gorgeous, that insane airport. It feels as I read as if Mullen and I look at Boston through a single set of eyes.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bay State 4 Jun. 2013
By For What It's Worth... - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I really liked this book but then I'm originally from Massachusetts. I enjoyed discovering new tidbits about the Boston area. I am a fan of Quincy Market and all its food and other vendors. Don't get stuck on the ramp/bridge leading into Boston on a Friday evening while a Red Sox game is scheduled especially if you have to use the restroom!

It's true. People from Mass say tonic and not soda. I was delighted to be reminded of the way people from Mass pronounce many words, leaving out the r's. ("Pahk the cah" instead of Park the car.) If you are a long-time resident there, you don't even notice it.

I liked Ketchum and Cobb; They work well togethers. Jimmy and Bren have their flaws and that's what makes them likable. In this (in what I hope is the first in a series) Jimmy and Bren investigate the murder of a man in his South Boston home. During the investigation, much of Boston is revealed. What the homes and neighborhoods are like. You can just picture yourself taking in the sights, sounds, and smells as you travel with the detectives along Boston's busy streets.

This book is quite the delight for people who are familiar with Boston and its surrounding cities, and for those who want to learn a bit about the Bay State.

And, oh yes...The book is wicked good!
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart & Soul 6 July 2013
By Kevin Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ketchum and Cobb is a great cop story, and it reminded me of a James Patterson or a Sue Grafton novel in that the characters felt and sounded real right from the start. Not real like a cop show on TV where the witty banter is timed for a laugh track, but real like your Uncle Lenny and your dad making conversation over Sunday dinner. Jimmy Ketchum and Brendan Cobb are detectives at the Boston Police Department, partners who are also good friends, and the murder/kidnapping they are investigating held my attention as well as any mystery or crime novel I've read, but what really shines here is the three dimensional nature of both the primary and the secondary characters. I loved "Eyeball" (their Lieutenant), "Almost Alice" (Evelyn Witowski), and "Eno" (the ex-con/ex-steelworker), but of course Boston has as much personality as any fictional character, and Mullen takes you to its heart and soul. There's a lot of heart and soul woven into the fabric of Ketchum and Cobb, a sense of abiding friendship and family that has become a hallmark of Beantown on many levels throughout history. I loved this book, and if you're a fan of rich storytelling, you will too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet mystery 6 Aug. 2014
By virgi - Published on Amazon.com
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The crime is really an aside to the main event. Which is the relationship/friendship of the two homicide detectives. Don`t rush through the book read it and enjoy the characters
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