Aside of murder: a modern gritty 50’s noir Seattle, wa, July 10, 2012: Aside of Murder has been called “a modern day 30s and 50’s Noir”, a gritty crime novel that “paints the seedy underbelly of both lower and upper society”.
PLOT Short description What happens when a High Class Call Girl and an embezzling bank executive blackmail each other into marriage? Revenge and Murder!
Extended description Shelley, a high class call girl, and Ann Li, her best friend in the business, discover blackmail and revenge against clients. After many years, Shelley gets her chance to get out of the business and catches the eye of Gerald Johnson, a philandering, embezzling bank executive. What happens when they meet? Blackmail, marriage, revenge and murder.
When pools of blood are found in their home instead of Mrs. Shelley Johnson, it’s up to Joan, the bank’s investigator, and Detective McIntire of the police department, to track Gerald down, from country to country. When he does come back home, he leaves his own trail of revenge and murder.
ABOUT THE AUTHORBrick ONeil is currently living in Seattle, Washington with two cats, Bobcat and Bootstrap, and husband, working on book two of “The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries”, “The Bamboo Killer”. This next book in the series has familiar characters investigating a serial killer who strikes with a bamboo stake through his young victim’s hearts at the University of Washington. Gerald returns and takes the investigators on another worldwide chase.
From student to not student.
Decided I didnt like doing homework 12 hours a day afterall. Especially Math and Coding. Why the Vocational Assessor wrote in her report that web development was a viable career for me is beyond me. I dont like math or fiddly little detail crap work that coding requires. So, told them to just close my file and I would just keep writing novels that no one wants to read.
Speaking of, I’ve been marketing the revised edition of Aside of Murder the past week and got 18 downloads. For all the work i put into the damn marketing of it, it should have been 180 downloads. Had over 500 views but 18 downloads? And it was FREE!!!!! Ah well, I know the old saying, not everything will appeal to everyone, but c’mon. What was the deal?
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Synopsis from Amazon.com:
The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn’t easy. She’s been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country, while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. So Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington – the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer.
Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift – a month-long trip to Antarctica. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She’s never been away from her family before.
Once she sets off though, she finds that’s the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters. She’s surrounded by suspicious characters. Vicky no longer knows who to trust. And she may not make it home alive.
Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite author of all time. I first read her ‘Wrinkle in Time” series then found one of her Adult novels, “A Severed Wasp”–my all time favorite book.
In this Young Adult book, part of a series following the Austin Family, she creates a loving, close-knit group of people, both in and out of the family. The characters are fully realized, the parents somewhat two-dimensional but Aunt Serena, Vicky and the ensuing cast are fleshed out for the duration of a mystifying trip that almost claims young Vicky’s life.
It’s true that Blood is thicker than Water but it’s also true that you hurt the ones you love most. Both are good sayings for “Closer than Blood”.
In this story, Gregg Olsen paints a picture of the epitome of a love/hate relationship between twins Tori and Kendall, one a little prettier than the other, one a bit more aggressive and assertive than the other. Maybe a little bit psychotic. One car accident as teens and a slip of the tongue pushes one over the edge. As families are wont, they lost touch then a sudden string of seemingly unrelated events bring them back together. There is an ultimate agenda but will it be found out in time?
Gregg weaves together seemingly disparate threads into a beautiful quilt of words that both engage and enthrall readers. His descriptions of area cities and landmarks are spot-on and uses them as additional characters rather than backdrops. The characters are three dimensional, with flaws one can relate. The plot and story lines are believable and move along quickly. All in all, another great read from Gregg Olsen.
Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone is quirky, fun and a great detective. The protagonist is a fully rounded person, with strengths and foibles just like a real person. She’s not perfect, which makes her perfect for detective work. Personally, I would love to see Sue’s file on Kinsey. We learn a little bit about Kinsey with each book that comes out as she works on the case (that usually corners her into accepting).
In “J is for Judgement”, she is asked to investigate a dead man that was seen thousands of miles away from her hometown of Santa Theresa, CA, in a Mexican resort town sipping umbrella’d drinks with a mystery woman. From there, Sue sets of a web that Kinsey must unravel. And unravel it does, back in good old Santa Theresa. As usual, there’s a large sum of missing money and investors wanting the hide of the aforementioned missing/presumed dead, man.
What I love about Sue’s series is how detailed (but not obnoxious) the minor characters are. Kinsey’s landlord, Henry (a spry octogenerian) and his cohorts, from his persnickety brother to the brassy tavern owner ‘just a few blocks down the street’ (who has her eye on the brother). Each book brings out rich, vivid detail that is eagerly swallowed by eyes many times over around the world.
Heather Graham does it a final time in the last of this serial mystery triad. My personal favorite character is back, Bartholomew the ghostly Privateer, this time hanging with Liam, an officer in Key West.
There’s a purportedly haunted house in which the owner is found dead at his desk, complete with a fright of terror! In comes the long lost daughter, Kelsey Donovan, to see to his last will and testament is carried out and stake her claim. Others have also staked a claim, but not in a court of law. There’s another ghostly inhabitant of the dark old house on the shores of Key West!
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most jaded reader awake and ‘alive’. Kelsey’s father ran from Key West with her to escape the clutches of the house. Her grandfather collected rare and precious cultural items from his work around the globe. Could it be one of them killed her mother? Her father wasn’t taking a chance!
How does Liam, Bartholemew and Kelsey find out the truth?