by Rex Kusler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Rex Kusler’s ‘Smashed’ (Thomas & Mercer 2014) is a fast moving Las Vegas-based story about murder, mystery, and the unpredictability of clients (which anyone in sales can relate to). Alice James and Jim Snow are partners in both their PI agency and life, but polar opposites in everything else. This disparity of opinion often drives the action, decisions and motivation behind the story. When a harried slot technician asks for help revealing the truth behind the murder of her boyfriend, Snow and James find a lot more than they expected, right down to a surprise twist that changes the plot from a typical murder-mystery to one driven by the idiosyncrasies of the characters.
The main characters are fun, likable, with good interpersonal chemistry that makes them easy to travel with through the 270 pages of the book. Though a bit flat at times–even prescriptive–any hint of predictability is covered up by their fresh sense of humor, always slightly below the surface. Much of the story is devoted to their interplay. I found myself enjoying their dialogue, as you might with a best friend and his/her mate.
Overall, this was a good read and I will continue the series.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.