Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Michael Friedman - The Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries | A Book Review

The Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries - A Book Review

Six mysteries reside within this volume, each filled with twists and turns, danger and a splash of romance. The appeal of the main characters grows with each story to where they become like one of the family sharing adventures and good times. This is the adult version of The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew Mysteries we enjoyed as children. The PG rated story is engaging without being profane or ghastly. 

An odd name for an odd man, Quinn Moosebroker is a faithful, observant, former cop who explores not only the mysteries of murder and intrigue, but that of understanding women. Years after his career as a police officer ends abruptly, hijacked by a shootout, he unravels the details of the long unsolved mystery surrounding the death of his partner.

Betty, his sidekick, is a plucky widow, who discovers a way to overcome the loss of her mate and fall in love again. Together, the unlikely duo solves a variety of mysteries that range from blackmail and murder to stolen artwork and precious gems.

Uncovering clues in an age-old heist sends them across the Pond traveling through rustic scenery and partying in ancient castles. The descriptive narrative is endearing as the relationship between the pair evolves and heats up with each mystery solved.

Captured within the text a selection of the author’s illustrations provide a glimpse into the story writing process and the varied talents of their creator who adds his own touch of prose, poetry and screen play along with a radio broadcast. The author's previous series, Emerald Wells CafĂ©, drew a steady stream of faithful readers who welcomed a new set of stories to follow.

Combining the tales into printed format is a treat to readers who enjoy holding a paper copy, and is also available electronically in Kindle format.

Clowns, vagrants, gangsters, artists, thieves, murderers, actors, playwrights and book store owners number among the unique and memorable characters who play their part in bringing these stories to life. Peppered with engaging plots, they incorporate life lessons intricately woven between the lines as the protagonist and his woman delve into solving crime and deepen their budding relationship. As a bonus, there’s even a stray dog rescue.

The reader travels into foreign countries where they mingle with castle dwellers, Lords and Ladies. While attending a costume party, the couple narrowly escapes the hidden agenda of select guests at the castle whose motives are nefarious. Their journey takes them down scenic country roads and into the hands of gangsters who attempt to thwart the investigation with kidnapping and thievery. An encounter with the owner of a country school and her dedicated students provides a glimpse into European culture and the ideal venue for a wedding.

A mixture of reality and fantasy, the reader will be captivated by the down-to-earth nature of characters who make this book enjoyable and memorable.

12 comments:

  1. One of the best reviews I've ever read on one of the most well-crafted collection of stories I've ever read...
    Outstanding work, dear Peg.

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  2. Thank you, Mcjmusings. Your comment is most welcomed and kind. Thanks so much.

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  3. I love Michael's work! Awesome review on The Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries.

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    1. Hi Martie, I love his work, too! He's a great storyteller. Thanks for stopping in to comment.

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  4. Awesome review on Michael Friedman's The Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries!

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    1. Hey there Martie, With our time differences, it took me a while to publish your comment. Thanks for taking the time to write these.

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  5. Thank you Peg. What a pleasant and kind review of the Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries. As you know it was a year in the making. Quinn and Betty were set up on a date by Quinn’s daughter Kate and their first date became their first case.

    For those who happen to find this title now, I added the sixth story to the text without putting the new story on the cover. Once again thank you for such kindness.

    And of course I will be tweeting your review.

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    1. Hi Mckbirdbks, I appreciate your response to the review and hope it did the book justice. Didn't know there was a sixth story. Wonderful news. Thanks for tweeting and I hope it brings in more readers. Peg

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  6. Welcome, Martin. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  7. A great review. Makes me want to just reach over and pick up this book.

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