A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.
Reed Ferguson's first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed's not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed's computer geek friend, This Doesn't Happen in the Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.
©2011 Renee Pawlish (P)2014 Renee Pawlish
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I enjoyed the story very much, but I generally don't listen to books more than once.
The plot was very good. The story flowed so well that I was not in a hurry to know exactly what was going on.
Mr. Peppers has a great voice and he added accents and pitches which added value to the characters.
There's only one take in reel life.
"Fun Retro Mystery"
Very enjoyable listen; light, and entertaining, and just enough mystery to keep you listening. I could almost see Humphrey Bogart in my mind's eye. :)
"Same noir, new millenia"
The book was interesting. I definitely got the old school crime feel of the bumbling PI's, those trying to be like Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade, but I couldn't help but feel like something was missing. I can't describe that. It was time well-spent, don't get me wrong, but I think that's more a testament to the narrator rather than the story.
I'm not really sure to be honest. I would try to add more comedy to it, it was described as being a rollicking ride, it really wasn't very rollicking.
The main character of course. Johnny Peppers (I'm sorry, I can't help but think this name was made specifically for this book.) does a great job of getting that old school gumshoe feel down. It did take about 25% of the book, but eventually it settled in and was easy to listen to.
Yes, it wasn't too long, and the story was pretty enjoyable.
"Raymond Chandler would have liked this book! :)"
Yes. I like detective stories.
I never listened to her books before. This was the first one.
Amanda! He had her path down. :)
I think so. Reed Ferguson should be played by Liam Neeson.
I always loved the old detective film noir. This book has that flavour with a modern twist. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the grand finale which was worthy of a Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep ending.
This was a fun story filled with action and surprising twists. Great book!
"This is my Kind of Book!"
A Bogie book, a Marlow story, and the foibles of a New detective! Reading is great, voices easy to follow. what can I say Noir and funny!
"This Doesn't Happen..."
This was an ok read.It did follow in the vein of old timey noir.I lost the thread of what it was about somewhere and never did pick it up again.
The narrator,Renee Pawlish,did a fine job."I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
"uneven but enjoyable "detective noir" PI mystery"
This was an uneven mystery. Our protagonist, Reed, is a rich boy with Daddy approval issues and a fanboy devotion to film noir detectives... so he hangs out his PI shingle in Colorado (where PIs don't need a license, conveniently). I wasn't sure how I felt about Reed. He seems earnest but of average talent and intellect. He takes the case of a satisfyingly noir "dame" who we're pretty sure isn't telling us the whole truth. The X Women plot is amusingly contrived - though it falls flat at the end, when the mastermind suddenly chooses to capture the target and spend time doing the typical villian "let me reveal my plan to you at length so that I can be foiled while I am talking" speech instead of efficiently killing and escaping as we have told they have successfully done up to that point. Reed's tech geek/hacker friend Chip is a little too convenient and I was never sure why he helps Reed out at all. I did love the bumbling downstairs brothers Ace & Deuce - and the funny smarter brother (not Trey) Bob.
All in all, I felt like the book had a good idea, and some clever twists, pop culture references, and funny side characters, but the detective noir twists seemed too contrived and the villain just fizzled at the end. It was enjoyable but could be sharpened with more editing or a little more experience at plotting and pacing. I would pick up the next in the series to see how the writer progresses, as there is talent there that is emerging.
Peppers' narration was pretty solid. I'd kind of liked himt o push the "noir" feel a little more but he did a great job with Reed's tale.
NOTE: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Lives up to the title!"
Distinctly different from the other detective novels I've read before. Good characters that kept me wanting more!
"Now-a-day Detective with Noir feel."
Yes. This is the first time reading a Renee Pawlish book and listening to Johnny Peppers. It had a Hollywood Noir feel to it.
Yes. For people that enjoy detective stories or Noir Hollywood memories. There is a lot of name dropping.
Yes. I liked the story. A solid 3 stars.
I grabbed this kindle book a year ago. I just recently grabbed the audio version of it. It's a detective story, Reed's first case, set in present day but has a Noir feel to it. Reed is a huge fan to the Hollywood Noir genre and has all kinds of posters in his office. Thee is a lot of name dropping of the actors, actresses, movies, and even popular movies in the 80s.
It a quick and light read and goes very quickly and predictable. This isn't bad thing just knowing it will know what kind of mood to be in when reading it.
Pawlish is a fan of Hardy Boys and this is very evident with this detective story that stars Reed. I felt that it was along that style of a story.
"Great Start to a New Mystery Series"
First up, if you take this book seriously then you probably won't like it, I could be
wrong (what?) but I reckon it's a wry take on noir. The writing and narration style
will take you straight back to those old detective films, the difference being in
the dry humour.
This is Reeds' very first case, his Dad doesn't think it's a real job, so he has to
prove him wrong, not that he needs the money as Reed hails from a very wealthy
family. He just wants to be a P.I., he has read all the books and watched all of the
films so is well prepared for his new career!
First client measures up well as a film noir player, well coiffed, lipsticked and
perfumed she also has a strange tale to tell, he did think her story was a tad odd,
but how could he refuse?
The adventure begins! Reed is to look for a man who may or may not be dead, he
simply didn't come home at the expected time. At this point in the "whodunnit" we
don't as yet know what was actually done, let alone who actually did it.
This is what makes the story a little different and as its a short listen of 5 hours
thirty minutes, there's not a lot I can say without revealing spoilers.
There are some interesting characters, but as the first book in a series and a short
one at that, they will become more interesting as they are developed. It's all there
though, the making of a darned good series, I look forward to learning a whole lot
more about Reed, his family and his crazy friends. Oh! And was that just a hint of
a budding romance at the end?
My first "Johnny Peppers" listen, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I
thought he was just the perfect performer for this role. Good timing, rhythm and
pace along with good quality editing and recording added to my enjoyment.
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