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Margin Play (The Eckart Mysteries Book 1) by [Plume, Eric]
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Margin Play (The Eckart Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Book 1 of 2 in The Eckart Mysteries (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

Born and raised in the San Juan Islands, Eric Plume is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He has worked in a variety of fields ranging from construction to casino security; currently, he divides his time between his job as a timber framer and writing Amber Eckart's next adventure. He lives near Bellingham, Washington with his girlfriend in a house full of cats and computers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2215 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490960503
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVR32OK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amber Eckart is, well, human. Unlike most PAs in fiction, she reacts to events like normal people would. I realise that doesn't sound terribly exciting, but after only a handful of pages I felt as if I knew her. She might have been someone I could have bumped into at a coffee shop and have had a damn good conversation about life. After only a few pages I felt very invested in her life and I absolutely had to know what was going to happen to her.

I know this isn't much of a literary critique. I could go on about plot, pace, realism, and stuff like that, but a. I'd be making it all up, because I'm not a critic and b. the reason I'm reading the second installment tonight is that I care so much about the characters in the first. I want an opportunity to spend more time with them.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will read again 18 July 2013
By kjsspot - Published on Amazon.com
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Amber Eckart is a PI who uncovers a case that takes her on a pretty wild ride. This book starts out easy to read and builds in intensity until the final climax. When it's all said and done, it leaves you satisfied and yet still desiring to pick up the next book in the series, and perhaps a cigarette... This book does not require a suspension of belief to enjoy. Instead you find yourself identifying with and admiring the cast. Well... except for when it said Drake was better looking than David Tennant. THAT I didn't believe. Heh

The main drawback this held for me was the language. That could have been toned down a bit for my preferences but unfortunately this does seem to be the trend in most modern books. But I'm a good skimmer so it was easy for me to bypass these parts and still enjoy the storyline and I will say that it did have a lot less than some of the other books I've read recently. Your call on that, just want you to be aware that it's there.

Overall, I'd read it again AND I'll be snagging the next one in the series as soon as it hits the market.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, tightly plotted, and captivating 18 July 2013
By Maddy - Published on Amazon.com
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Detective and crime novels are, I think, one of the most difficult genres to write so that they're re-readable. It's far too easy to make them so that they lose their flavor once you know the solution. "Margin Play" doesn't have that problem; it's eminently re-readable. The characters (even the minor ones) are well-developed and internally consistent; the dialogue sounds like real people, really talking; and the setting is vibrant and alive, not simply an afterthought backdrop.

The plot is really fairly straightforward at its foundation: Amber is hired to find information on a dodgy foreclosure. But it turns out to be a far more twisty and convoluted situation than that. There are corrupt cops, Russian mobsters and gang kids, plots and plans and deals and deception on all sides. Yes, --all-- sides -- even Amber herself steps over into the shadowy side of legal at times.

I enjoyed it enough as an e-book that I'm planning on buying a dead-tree edition. This is a book that rates shelf space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining in the extreme sense of the word. 1 Aug. 2013
By Kayla McNeil - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband loved this book (I think I'm going to have to read it), this is what he had to say about it: "Entertaining in the extreme sense of the word. I found myself compelled to continue reading. I can't think of a rational critique, because the only one that comes to mind is length, being not long enough. However, if 'Margin Play' were longer, I would have slept less... And honestly, it may have taken away from the story to needlessly extend it. Mostly, I want to know more about the life and times of Amber Eckart."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely Readable and compelling 20 Aug. 2013
By Gotta love shoes - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Margin Play to be a fast-paced, very readable novel with good character development. As soon as I would finish one chapter, I was ready for the next and the ending was definitely unexpected. I particularly liked the first person perpective - so typical of the genre - but the twist here is the main character is female, and the author male. He must have strong, balanced females in his life to be able to articulate the feminine without being the dragon lady or saccharine sweet. I will be ready for the next adventure of Amber Eckart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a mystery fan, but really liked this! 12 Aug. 2013
By J. Godsoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the main character - she had that kind of blend of smarts and attitude that I wish I could be more like. I don't read a lot of mystery, but after reading this I will give the genre more of a shot, and am waiting for the next installment! It was kind of a shock how good this was, being the first book published by this author, and it was a really pleasant surprise. Mr. Plume has a great future ahead of him! :)
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