Erotic Flashes Reviews
Rating: 3 Flashes
Plot in brief: Suzanne Foster hires Private Detective Roger Bowman to invetigate who murdered her father. They travel together to seek the killer and discover they have a lot in common and well as an instantaneous physical attraction.
My review: I have to admit that I wasn't sure I was going to like this story. It's not really my preferred reading sub-genre -- I'd call it a travel romance, with a murder mystery plot thrown in. Having said that, it wasn't a bad read. The story is told from the male perspective in the first person, and I found the authors' use of first person to be good. In my head, I heard the voice of the narrator of the early eighties Police Squad TV series -- a dry, matter-of-fact kind of tone. For me, this added to the overall read, giving it a certain timeless feel -- the book could be set in the seventies or in the here and now.
There is a LOT of detailed information throughout the story about places (the immediate environment the characters are in) and food (the meals they're eating). On the plus side, this made for a very sunny kind of read that kind of reminded me of holidays -- you can literally SEE where they are, the descriptions are so good. On the down side, I'd say this detracts from the murder investigation a little, and it would almost have been best if the main two characters were food connoisseurs who'd found themselves caught up in a murder mystery plot, giving a more firm reason for all the talk of food and travel. The murder mystery plot itself seems secondary to the details of travel and food, and how the two main characters get on day by day, as they investigate who murdered Suzanne's father.
I really liked the two main characters -- they were very real to me and well painted in my mind. There's a romance between them from the word go, starting with a basic lustful attraction and leading to more. I found the main focus of the story to be on how these two relate to each other and get to know each other in various locales, rather than the plot of the murder investigation itself, so in my opinion, this is a "travel romance", not a crime novel / murder mystery (as the blurb suggests it might be).
Overall, the story is well paced and the characterisation good, leading to my unexpected enjoyment of this book.
Note: I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.