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Monday, January 10, 2011

Murder for Kicks by J.K. Maze

Murder for Kicks by J.K. Maze
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Gothic, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (486 Pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Determined to avoid problems because of being psychic, Mollie tells Detective Bartholomew about her vision of a kidnapping. Because she has no details, he can’t investigate and Mollie sets out to get those details herself. Discovering the kidnapping site is in front of a martial arts studio, she signs up for a class, only to get entangled in the middle of a murder mystery and once again become a target of a killer.

Desperate to find the kidnapping victim and to learn the identity of her would-be killer, she again enlists the help of Lt. Bartholomew and Jack Wolf, the ex-special forces Native American, adding another cop, Jackson. After several harrowing experiences and several attempts on her life, Mollie unearths the killer. Mollie might have been honest about her visions this time, but has she learned when to draw the line at investigating on her own? Time will tell.

It doesn’t take long to get Molly Fenwick’s measure. She’s sassy, tough and a ‘get-the-job-done’ kind of girl. She will listen to advice, even act on it, but when her psychic powers give her information the police can’t act on, she takes things into her own hands.

If you are looking for a short read, this is not the book for you. The publisher advertises this book as 10,330 words long, when in reality this book is almost 500 pages long (and about 100,000 words!). The publisher’s erroneous information is one of the things that lowered my rating, as I chose this book on their information specifically for a quick read.

If you are looking for a book fluently written with well-rounded characters, plenty of action and emotion and a fast-paced plot that starts with the opening line and continues to the final page, then this is the book for you.

If you are not aware Murder for Kicks follows Murder by Mistake, you may wonder what happed to the beginning of this story, but apart from the main characters, rest assured this is a stand-alone story.

Some readers have issues with stories written in the first person, but do not let it put you off this time. Molly pulls you into her adventures and gives you insights into the other characters in the tale in a manner you almost forget it is in the first person.

This is not the quick read advertised, but the length, quality and content of Murder for Kicks is well worth settling down in front of the fire on these nasty winter nights and enjoying this great read.

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