Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review # 142: AyJay's Millions- An A.J. Carlin Mystery by Jack Wasserman


     A. J. Carlin is a paraplegic private investigator trying to solve a New York double homicide. She has been hired by Eddie Dahlgren to find his wealthy niece and boyfriend; she's investigating the death of a friend, and she's dealing with problems of her own - including a possible million dollar inheritance. Will A.J. be able to track down the killer before the next victim falls prey? Or will the twisted truth lead her towards a more dangerous outcome?

     The premise definitely got my attention! A paraplegic P.I.? That's pretty creative - and as soon as I started to get to know A.J. and her no-holds-barred, crude yet capable attitude, I knew I was going to enjoy reading about her experiences. She is a strong character, multi-faceted, full of spunk, and is very clever about using her "handicapped" status to her advantage. I liked reading about A.J.'s colleagues, as well as the nicknames she gave to them; their interactions ranged from cautious to comical.The story-line was refreshingly different, but had a few rough points. I thought the dialogue moved the short chapters along quite nicely, especially A.J.'s quips and wise-ass one-liners about herself. I also thought it was interesting that author Jack Wassermann was so in-tune with A.J.'s thoughts and actions as a woman, including her paraplegia. There was plenty going on to hold my attention, and I appreciated the fast pace, but I was not overly spellbound by the book as a whole. However, I would definitely consider reading more by this author, especially if he decided to include A.J. in other adventures. Recommended to mystery lovers with a taste for action and witty humor, as well as those who love a good ending!

Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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