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Offside Trap (Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series Book 2) by [Stewart, A.J.]
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Offside Trap (Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series (7 Book Series)

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About the Author

A.J. Stewart has lived in so many places it feels like he has a home team in every game he sees. Which explains why his wife begins any sports telecast with "who are we going for today?" A.J. and his family currently spend their time in Los Angeles and South Florida, but stay tuned, anything could happen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985945532
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jacaranda Drive (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDG3LR8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Offsides is a Miami Jones novel, a private investigator that is called in by an old friend who is now the athletic director at a Division II school in Florida. There has been a very high-profile accident involving one of the most visible student-athletes at the school, and a host of competing interests that could have had a hand in it. At odds with every last one of them, Jones plunges himself into a situation that stretches from Tallahassee to Turkey, putting himself and his loved ones in harm’s way as he goes.

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.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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.
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Miami Jones is a P.I. living in a nice beach house in South Florida. He is an ex-jock who exercises and eats well--that healthy lifestyle is inspired by his admirable girlfriend who holds a demanding job of her own, yet has time to be beautiful and supportive of Miami's every need. Miami is smarter than most everyone around him, and has no demons, bad habits, or real faults, except perhaps a poor fashion sense. His friends are loyal and exhibit hearts of gold beneath gruff exteriors. In all, two murders are solved, corruption avoided, bad guys are sorted out, and disposed of. Greed and jealousy do not pay off when Miami is on the trail.

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.
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Offside Trap is a quick-paced mystery that weaves college sports, drug use and campus politics into one gripping read. From the first page, I was drawn into A.J. Stewart's world and enjoying the witty dry humor of the lead protagonist, Miami Jones.

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!
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