This is a well-crafted murder mystery novella that's easy to read which I guess is the point of the "Rapid Reads" series to which it belongs. The plot is complex enough to keep you interested, but is not overly complicated with too many characters to keep track of. The protagonist is an interesting guy - a not too ambitious reporter for a small weekly newspaper - who lives simply. For example, he goes everywhere by bus because he doesn't own a car and until recently he got his wardrobe at thrift stores. Included in the story is a wry episode involving a security guard -- it's almost comic relief. There's a sub-plot about his romantic relationship with a woman who just happens to be off in Ireland tending to her dying mother. Nothing turns on this sidebar except to add a dimension to the protagonist's character. (I think there's an earlier book -- and maybe a future one -- where the relationship is more significant). I read this book in an hour or so which would make it a good choice for a short trip or similar situation. I received my copy as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer. There is a couple of "copy edit" errors for those detail-oriented readers to catch.
Sebastian Casey Mystery: A Woman Scorned (Paperback)
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Sebastian Casey Mystery
Orca Book Publishers
|Number of Pages|
A Woman Scorned
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
This is a well-crafted...
This book is from Rave...
This book is from Raven Books, an imprint of Orca Book Publishers, under the rubric "Rapid Reads"and is classed as Adult Fiction. My copy is an advanced one from uncorrected proofs. The author, James Heneghan, was a fingerprint specialist for the Vancouver Police Department and has won numerous awards for his books for young children. This novel is not for children by any means but follows the Rapid Reader genre put out by Raven Books. This is the second of these books I have read and reviewed and now that I have more experience with them I can understand where the publishers want to go: to those adults who are not highly literate but are interested reading. As a result the grammar is spare and the adjectives strong. Subtle nuances are not in this genre and endings can be seen coming. At the same time the plot has interesting turns and one can quickly come to enjoy the activities of the protagonist. In A Woman Scorned the hero is Sebastian Casey, a reporter for the West End Clarion. Casey, a transplanted Irishman, is not very ambitious, seeking neither fame and fortune but with a bump of curiosity. Normally assigned to City Hall, Casey finds himself suddenly sent to cover police activities or the "cop shop" as they call it. A fortunate happenstance as a City Councilman is found a suicide but did he truly cut his wrist and bleed to death in his high rise luxury condo? Casey is not so sure and off we go on an adventurous mission as he starts to unravel the skein of facts. Mixed in with the above Casey also has to cope with the fact that the love of his life, while in Ireland caring for her dying mother, has apparently taken up with a writer there. Oh the vicissitudes. A good Rapid Reader, I finished it in two hours, and I believe it is spot on for the audience Raven Books intends.
City Councilor and suc...
City Councilor and successful business owner, George Hamilton Nash has everything to live for. He has a new life. He decided to leave his wife saying that he needs to do this because he has never lived on his own in his forty-four years. He wants to experience life. He wants complete freedom. His wife, Moria, accuses him of leaving so he could continue to have his affairs with the city councilor's. A month has gone by, when George Hamilton Nash is found dead in his bedroom with a suicide note written to his wife. It doesn't make sense to Sebastian Casey, who is an investigating journalist. It wasn't that long ago when Casey had spoken with Nash. Casey didn't think that Nash was the suicide type. Casey was going to find out what did happen to Nash. I enjoyed the story, but at times got confused on who was who. Looking back, I don't think that it mattered much. The characters that were important were easy to remember. I felt that too much emphasis was on Vancouver, and what people were wearing. For a rapid read, it still had mystery and suspense.
I enjoyed the book. Si...
I enjoyed the book. Simple plot but good twists to revealing who was the murderer. I'm more of an action reader. I would recommend it as a good quick read.
This book is part of t...
This book is part of the "Rapid Reads" collection and it is that at only 130 pages. I found it an enjoyable mystery. It takes place in Vancouver, BC. As I am from BC it is always fun to read a book that takes place in areas that I am familiar with. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a light, fast read with some local flavour. I received a free copy of this book from the LibraryThing's early reviewers program in exchange for an unbiased review.
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