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A View to Die For – “Or Feel Queasy About”

June 1, 2014

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A View to Die For

by Richard Houston

Print Length: 253 pages

Publisher: Kindle plus Print on Demand

Price: $2.99 Kindle, $11.66 Paperback, Click: A View to Die For

There are some things I really admired. Writing was good. Portraits of Mother, teen-agers, brother/sister relationship were excellent. Setting and Fred, the dog, were OK, but there were too many minor characters. Toward the end, one of them who was suspected of being the major element behind the crimes, turns out to be the major element behind the crimes. But by that time, who cares.

Another problem is that the protagonist, with whom the reader should identify, seems apart from the threatening action (though he isn’t at the end). Consequently we want the mystery solved, but feel distanced from it. Perhaps having something about the novel he is working on (if it emotionally parallels the story) might make this happen.

But I think the series is off to a good start despite these few bumps in the road. However the view isn’t that great and I certainly wouldn’t die for it.

4 out of 5

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