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Offside Trap (Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story starts very slow, but picks up a bit towards the end. The effect is similar to a male version of a murder cozy. The violence is mostly moderate, expect for details of one of the murders, which seemed particularly gratuitous.
Those who enjoy a nice guy's PI murder mysteries will find this meets the genre criteria.
This book was a little bit of a mixed bag for me, but overall I really enjoyed it. My biggest test for how to rate a book is whether or not I'd look at more stories from the author and in this case I think I would, so I'd be inclined to recommend this book to others looking for a good little detective story.
Down to the nitty gritty. For me, the beginning dragged a little. The biggest issue I could pinpoint was that there was a lot of noir-styled narrative in my opinion it slowed the pacing down. The first half of this book was probably a 3-star book for me, okay but not a keep me up all night to finish read, but then something shifted. It wasn't that the noir narrative disappeared, it's still there in the second half but it just felt a little more settled and better balanced. I won't spoil the ending, but when key events happened and decisions were made, I was totally there and that is the best thing any book can offer.
The good: the dialogue was sharp and realistic, the conflict at the right level for a detective story, and the characters were well developed and relatable.
Miami Jones is a private investigator who was called by an old friend to investigate the star lacrosse player's overdose on an unknown drug. Fearful that this case of drug use would lead the university president to cancel all sports programs and eliminate her from a job, athletic director Kimberly Rose is intent on finding who, what and why drugs are being supplied to the kid who overdosed.
With each passing chapter, the plot twists and thickens. I found myself trying to figure out everyone's motivations. Because it's a mystery, I also found myself wanting to turn over every clue and break the case before Miami does.
This was one entertaining read -- highly recommended!
Three things jump out within the first couple of pages of Offsides, grabbing a reader’s attention and holding it throughout. The first is Stewart’s clear understanding of who Miami Jones is. There is no waffling back-and-forth in different situations, no moments that detract from the story for lack of plausibility. Jones is a perfectly, believably flawed character that stays true to himself, even when it isn’t in his best interest. Second is the intimate subject matter knowledge that Stewart displays, not only from the sports scenarios that provide the backdrop for the novel, but in the athletic psychology that makes such things possible. It gives the reader a frame of reference that they might not have otherwise. Third is a keen familiarity with the setting for the novel. Throughout the story allusions to local geography and lore add to the story without ever being heavy-handed.
This was a fantastic read that brought to mind the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker. Recommended reading for sure.
Offside Trap is a story about a private investigator Miami Jones who is called in by an old friend to investigate a drug overdose incident at their university. As Miami Jones carries out his investigation, he gets caught up in a situation that jeopardizes his and his loved ones lives.
The writing was good and the characters were well developed. The story line was OK though the pacing was a little slow for me. I didn't get hooked until I was at least half-way into the book. The other half kept me reading and wanting more because of the twists to the story.
Overall, this was a good read, and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking forward to reading a good detective story.
I'd definitely read more of Miami Jones, and more from this author.
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