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Mordecai's Ashes (Larsson Investigations Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Print Length : 260 pages
- File Size : 3697 KB
- Publisher : Big Tree Press (1 Jun. 2020)
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B089LG7BB9
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- Best Sellers Rank: 170,288 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Newly divorced and with no real prospects, Karl Larsson doesn’t have much going for him. That is until he finds himself the new owner of his estranged father’s detective agency. He’s got no history in the field and he’s not really sure that it’s something that he’s interested in doing, but something about the place draws Karl in. Later joined by his nineteen year old cousin, Kelsey, Karl is soon deep into a case, enlisted by a reporter to investigate drug smuggling on Vancouver Island.
I really enjoyed this book and can tell that a lot of passion has gone into writing it. It’s engaging and gripping with a few twists to keep you guessing too. The story was realistic and something I could see happening in real life. I really appreciated that the level of detail was accessible to me as there’s nothing worse than a detective novel that goes completely over your head!
Karl is a well rounded, likeable character and I also really liked Kelsey, a feisty woman with a strong head on her shoulders. I look forward to seeing what the pair of them do next!
Overall rating: “Mordecai’s Ashes” is a really entertaining murder mystery featuring Karl Larsson, the new owner of an established detective agency. The story was well written and kept me engaged throughout. A really good 4 stars from me!
I found Mordecai’s Ashes to be a first-rate, gripping thriller. The opening chapter was slightly hesitant but the novel soon takes off and then it’s very hard to put down. Ms Crane sets up some juicy conflicts in the early stages and Karl is a very well-rounded, likeable main character with enough personal demons to maintain interest and empathy. Indeed, all of the characters are nicely drawn; understated yet individual. Kelsey could have been irritating but she becomes indispensable and written with a touch of tenderness so that you care about her almost as much as you do Karl. Gabe Ross is given a shade of the sinister from early on; small, simple physical details and nuances that betray him to the reader and yet there is a slight compassion in his portrayal that gives you pause. I thought Alex could have been developed further but I suspect she will reappear in subsequent books.
The plot was skilfully crafted for a novel forming the first in a series, giving enough backstory but retaining some ambiguity. When Karl begins to work undercover as a dockhand, the book really moves into fifth gear. The tension is absolutely nail-biting and yet the story does not become far-fetched. There are enough clever little twists that keep you guessing the further Karl becomes involved. I did not see the main twist coming and I think it was a wise move to include it near the end of the book; it would have spoiled the main plot had it come earlier and would have seemed a little unbelievable.
Mordecai’s Ashes contains some lovely, intelligent writing. The words flow warmly and comfortably across the page. The chapter where Karl attempts in buy drugs in a pub was richly alive with humour and thoughtful detail. I also loved the name of the other pub (Copper Owl) where Karl goes after work. Ms Crane’s love and knowledge for Canada shines through and despite myself knowing nothing about the Country, it felt instantly familiar and was an intrinsic part of the novel.