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Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Mystery, # 1) Kindle Edition
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Most people would be put off from ever going near that particular dog-owner's home again - but not our intrepid heroine! Even after another murder is linked to the first crime Sydney turns detective and unearths more information than Detectives Declan Donnelly or Mulberry, which complicates the personal relationships she has with both. I really like the way Joy transitions to Sydney, while still being true to herself and her principles, even when it puts her at risk as she gets ever-closer to the truth.
Buy this great start to the saga of Sydney Rye - a detective like no other...and lose yourself in a story you won't want to put down, except to start the next book and continue the reading pleasure you'll never want to end!
Unleashed is easy reading, it is not a top crime thriller novel but something to pass the time with. It is a first person narrative but is written in the style of a television soap opera. The dialogue between characters is very good and witty. Joy is a colourful and lively person, a young woman with lots of attitude. The plot however is very far fetched and this lack of reality spoils this story.
Emily has a game plan and this book is the start of her series. You get to the end when the subtitle of Sydney Rye is introduced. This is cheap hype and you are left with nothing more than B-Movie content. I consider Unleashed to be an okay, 3 star read and it is worth nothing more.
The wrong girl in the wrong place at the wrong time finds our reluctant heroine enmeshed in a "murder in high places" situation that her inquisitive nature draws her closer into a growingly dangerous situation. Standard issue corrupt American politicos, decadence amongst the privileged few, good cops bad cops and all that jazz. With her back to the wall, having got into one scrape too many and with an illicitly gained fortune she backs out of her old character and metamorphoses into the new far away from the scene of her woes
Joy buys a rescue dog, Blue, and takes over a dog-walking business from Charlotte after being sacked from her job at an independent coffee shop in New York. She has a great relationship with her brother, James, and his partner, Hugh. Their father died when they were young, they are estranged from their mother.
When walking one of her employers dogs she discovers a body. She starts to look into the murder and then there's another death. Joy has met this man and after continuing to question believes that he was murdered too. The police investigation seems to be being manipulated, Joy is warned off. Will she find out what is going on? Will she find a murderer? Or will her curiosity lead her into danger?
Whilst at first this seems like it will be a bit of a frivolous, light murder mystery it is not. It is a well written, the story moves at a good pace and takes you with it. You engage with the characters.
I liked this book. I look forward to reading more to see where this goes. Well worth a read.
This is the first in the Sydney Rye/Joy Humbolt series. It starts at the beginning and explains how Joy needs to become a whole new person, after looking into the murder of a client. The body of which she stumbles across while walking his dog. She starts out as a humble dog walk down on her luck -broken up with boyfriend, no job and no future. It soon progresses to mysteries, dead bodies, treasure and revenge. Resulting in the birth of Sydney Rye and a good book. I plan to read the rest of the books in the series.
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When it turns out the dead man was the owner of one of her dog clients, Joy takes it upon herself to find out who murdered him. However this is not a simple task, as the murder victim had secrets, and others will do anything to make sure they don't come to light. Including trying to kill Joy, her family, and her dog! Joy finds herself burnt and on the run, and out of the ashes...comes Sydney Rye...
I did enjoy this mystery, it has a feisty heroine, deplorable baddies, and lots of dogs! An entertaining read, I finished it in a day, and will happily look for other books in the series. Recommended for lovers of cozy mysteries...and dogs!
Two small issues annoyed me.
“ .... who could buy it off her.” And she wasn’t wearing it. I believe we buy things from people.
“Let’s just lay here." And it wasn’t a hen talking. We people just lie there.
I know I pick on grammar a bit. But if you can’t get it correct as a writer, someone who is pre-reading or editing the work ought to pick this kind of thing up. Preferably before it is published.
That being said there were a number of really nice phrases which I need to comment on.
“.... while blue sniffed the cornucopia of sents littering the side-walk.” Dog!
“ ... watched as a woman in a navy suit fought with an inside out umbrella, eventually taming it and then continuing on her way “
“I was so scared that I actually left fear behind - like when it gets so hot you stop feeling the heat and everything is just in slow motion.”
And “..... the walls, originally painted white, through the years of smoking were stained the same yellow as old men’s fingers.”
There were more but you get the idea.
That kind of thing alone, will get me reading more of Emily's books. I don’t just read for character and plot but also for writing virtuosity.
I’m still not quite sure how the title came about, but that’s not really important.
Ticked all the boxes.
I'm a huge fan of Emily Kimelman. Her writing is clean, crisp and filled with delightful moments. Her characters are well-defined, and each has a clear purpose in the life of the story. If I cold give her books 10 stars I would. She's earned them all.
The hook to later books is clever and does not rob this tale of a conclusion.
Murder, Mystery, Suspense you'll like this one.
Great story, fabulous characters with the main girl being very special. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading the next one in the series!