Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Video of Murder by Trisha Sugarek

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Video of Murder
Author: Trisha Sugarek
Genre: True Crime
Publisher: TESS Publishig, llc

Review Rating: ** My Heart Fluttered A Little - Might Read Later

Review Comments: 
Stella Garcia is a thirty-something homicide detective who's just been handed a murder case in a back alley of Chinatown. Lots of police procedure going on in the first pages along with evidence gathering. I got to know a little about Stella and her partner O'Roarke mostly through the dialog that bantered back and forth, as I would expect it to do in this situation. While the opening pages were detailed and fit the genre, nothing really happened that made me care about the victim or the detectives. But I'm a sucker for problem-solving so I might try this again later.

Quote from Book:
“Hey, Detectives! Look what we found.” A patrol officer waved what looked like a bat in the air, “Found it in the last dumpster down there,” he pointed the bat at the far end of the alley."

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