4,0 su 5 stelleA lighthearted mystery with surprising detail
24 marzo 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Now happening at Comedy Tonight Movie Theater: A lighthearted murder mystery narrated in the first person by a self effacing now-divorced-once-published-author-of-a-book-turned-into-a-movie theater owner.
How can a murder mystery be lighthearted, you ask? It's all in the dialogue. Witty banter and seemingly random exchanges hide a surprising amount of detail. In that, Mr Cohen was delightfully sneaky. The first ten pages give you the idea that it's going to be a fluff story. Pay attention. It's not fluffy, just easy to read. Sure, I saw some aspects of the story coming from miles away. Others, however, caught me by surprise.
Like watching a film, when you go in with the right expectation, you'll leave happy. So, if you're looking for a light murder mystery with witty banter, then this is a great book to polish off in an evening or under an umbrella sitting at the beach. If you're looking for a murder mystery full of psychological insights to tortured souls, then you'll be sorely disappointed. Take another look at the book cover. Sometimes you can judge a book by just that.
As a small heads up to the instinctive proofreaders of the reading world: my eye caught a few typos and punctuation gaffes, but not enough to pollute the reading experience. In fact, I'm off to buy book two.
Jeff Cohen's "Double Feature" series debut is fun, funny, interesting and memorable. Elliott Freed is a unique, good-natured and sympathetic narrator--prone to the deadpan one-liner but also empathetic and sensitive. The setting, a refurbished classic comedy-only theater, Comedy Tonight. Cohen mines his extensive knowledge of classic comedies and the Golden Age of Hollywood and weaves it into an exciting and truly creative mystery puzzle. He succeeds magnificently as a mystery writer because he does not allow the movie facts or the novelty of the comedy theater hook to overtake the essential plot elements and character development so essential to a satisfying novel. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately delved into the next installment, "It Happened One Knife." I'm a bit sad that the series is only three books long because Cohen has all the elements for a long-term series, and Elliott Freed is a unique but also everyman guy that I'd like to know more. Bravo for one of Berkley Prime Crime's best series in years!
Jeff Cohn has written a fresh approach to the traditional cozy mystery. Yes, it contains all the required elements: a likable protagonist, a small community, good interaction with the police, but no cat. Maybe Mr Cohen is saving the cat for a future book. The theatre, Comedy Tonight, probably needs a cat to keep down the mice that may have taken up residence in the basement. Mr Freed has a gentle, self-deprecating humor that appeals to me. His characters are strong and quirky, especially the Goth popcorn girl, Sophie. I am 3/4 through this book and looking forward to reading It Happened One Knife. I have no idea what the ending might be; there seem to be many twists and turns which keep me guessing. This is a series I will follow!
I am one of those people: I often skip ahead to the end because I just can't wait to see what happens. I only do it with the books I really enjoy. I skipped ahead "several" times with this one. It's that good. Forgive me. I'm terrible.
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