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Bad Lands: A Holmes & Storm Mystery (Five Star Mystery Series) (Five Star…

by Selina Rosen

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A very entertaining book, not quite as effective as a murder mystery but great fun to read.

It started out slowly with the introduction to the characters, and it took a few chapters for them to gel and feel real and at first I didn't think I was going to like the Vivian Storm character, but by the end of the book she felt less like a characture and became more believeable and sympathetic.
I didn't do any research on this, but I would love to know if the authors each wrote one of the characters and then put them together. The chapters fit well, but they did feel distinctly different, which I feel worked in this case, you got a real feel for each character without one taking prominence over the other.

My pet peeve about this book is a common one in "mysteries". People acting blindingly stupid throughout the whole book.

At least in this one they gave a good reason for people to be acting stupid. Participating in a reality show gives great license for stupidity in my book.

But the main crime solving characters, who in theory have a better understanding of the dangers they face? They shouldn't have been THAT stupid, not and get to not only solve the crime but simply live.

Still, it was fun, the humor felt natural and not forced and I would read a book with these two characters in it in a heart beat. ( )
  Kellswitch | May 17, 2011 |
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