Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Dead... If Only by Heather Haven

A man who should be dead isn't and Lee Alvarez's very
pregnant sister-in-law, Vicki, is about to be charged with a murder he recently committed in the Big Easy.

Aided by the rest of the Alvarez Family, Palo Alto's favorite P.I. kicks the Voodoo in the Who Do throughout New Orleans.

With only three days to clear Vicki's name, a child is kidnapped, two more people wind up dead, a hurricane hits, and the clock never stops ticking....

Received for review

Sadly, I did not have high hopes for this just from reading the back cover and my expectations were confirmed within the first few pages.

This tries to be a Stephanie Plum novel but it falls far, far short. There is no light, happy, snappy story. The dialogue is boring and drawn out. The characters are alternately boring and annoying. The mystery is lackluster. I actually had to force myself to even get past the first chapter.

In addition, the book is formatted strangely with a good two inches of space at the bottom of each page that contains nothing but an annoying black line and the page number. I gather that this spacing choice was to force the text onto more pages to make the book appear longer. It works to create more pages but it also creates a very frustrated reader since the formatting is incredibly distracting.

Overall, between the yawn worthy mystery, the sub par characters, and the unfortunate formatting this was a complete train wreck and I really cannot recommend it at all. I genuinely do not know how it is the fourth book in the series.

☆☆☆☆ = Didn't Like It


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