Detecting Magic with Dick Hunter: The Mort des Hommes Files

by A. Jarrell Hayes

Verdict: Unfortunately, the book is written like a fan fic post, in first person, present tense, and includes direct appeals to the reader to understand why the author cum character didn’t give better descriptions or more magical detail.

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1.0

IR Rating

Dick Hunter, a Seattle private eye and all-around egotist is searching for a missing husband, only to witness his gruesome murder at the hands of an unearthly beast – an evil Jinn, named Mort des Hommes. To solve the case, avenge this man’s death, and save the world, Hunter joins forces with a pleasant Jinn, Amie, and several of her magical familiars.

Hayes has created an interesting world of magic among us and tells a good story, which includes a romantic twist.  Unfortunately, the book is written like a fan fic post, in first person, present tense, and includes direct appeals to the reader to understand why the author cum character didn’t give better descriptions or more magical detail.  (What is provided is leadenly expository.)

When story background is provided, it is in past tense and in italics.  The tenses and fonts are not consistently applied, with little or no rationale and often confused this reader.  Dick Hunter may be a serial or known character to fans, but reading just this book does not give the reader an opportunity to get to know or like him.  His arrogance and aggression makes it hard to believe that the lovely magical Amie would fall in love with him.

Reviewed by Julia Roberts

Author Motherhood to Otherhood (Running Press) and RV There Yet ? A Cross-Country Cautionary (indie). Certified life and writing coach. Blogs about the writing life, coaching and creativity. www.beingjuliaroberts.com

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