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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flipping Out Discussion

When the wives of LA police are being shot in the back of the head, of course the police become protective of their families. But these wives were all involved in a real estate scheme to flip houses to sell murder mystery books. As each house is put on the market, so too is a mystery in which the victim dies in the flipped house.

So why would someone want them dead? The enigmatic and extremely egocentric author thinks she has enemies. The wives of the house flipping business have their own suspicions. But mostly for Detectives Lomax and Biggs, the case dead ends, several times. With the DA's office bearing down on them to solve the crime fast, it would be enough to keep their nose to the grindstone. But even when the DA thinks the mystery is solved, the facts that Biggs' wife might be next on the hit list and some of the clues aren't adding up, mean Lomax and Biggs won't stop till they know everything.

If you love fast paced stories with twists and turns. If you've got a thing for murder mysteries and detective yarns. If you enjoy quick witted banter. This book will keep you delighted page after page. Not a heavy literary giant by any means, but exactly the kind of book that makes people love reading. I couldn't put it down. I read it in a record two days. With short chapters and constant action, this book keeps you hungry to turn pages.

If you're already a fan of this book, author Marshall Karp has three more Lomax and Biggs mysteries: The Rabbit Factory, Bloodthirsty and his latest one Cut, Paste, Kill. You could also check out his author web page, his Facebook page, his Goodreads page or follow him on Twitter.

Now it's your turn. What did you like or dislike about this book? Did it satisfy your bookish personality? Or did it fall flat beneath your literary sensibilities?


meno said...

I was late to the game and just downloaded this book last week and finished this morning!

It was what i call 'a trashy mystery novel' and i mean that in the best sense of the word.

Lots of fun, not too deep. Perfect. I may even read the others.

Anonymous said...

I liked it. It's a very quick read, and the mystery held my interest. Due to the plot twist, I certainly did not have the case solved ahead of the book. Sometimes completely new evidence comes across as artificial, a desperate move by a lost author, but I bought it in this book.

I would never say my taste in reading is highbrow, but most books that are too much like screenplays are a turn off for me. I thought the so-called "witty" dialogue was bland and the weak attempts at ribaldry unnecessary.

When we put our house on the market, I wonder if I should play it up that the last resident of the guest apartment died there?

Anonymous said...

A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth. ........................................