The world of Detective Megan Brown of Minneapolis has become one that I love and look forward to reading more on with each passing book. Written by a good friend I met through an online writing group, Joshua L Cejka, the series begins with a short story entitled, The Short Man.
Synopsis: Someone is paying their parking tickets the wrong way – by offing the Parking Enforcement Officers around a small college. Minneapolis Homicide Detective Meg Brown needs to know who it is and fast – before he decides to do worse.
It’s a race against the class bell to find out who the assassin is and stop them in this short but action packed mystery/thriller, the first of the Meg Brown series of mystery shorts. If you like your mystery sleuths plucky, brainy, and witty you’ll enjoy Meg.
From page one, I was hooked. It didn’t take me long to devour the short story that lay before me on the screen of my Kindle. From the first to the last page, I was engrossed in the case of the deadly parking ticket. Each page revealed a new plot twist to keep readers on their toes, and the humour infused into Meg and her partner, Riggins flew in delight from the page.
As I read, the characters jumped off the page and sat beside me whilst I read, the crime unfolding before my eyes. The characters had the humour of Castle, with the brains of Sherlock Holmes yet their own distinct personalities and histories that are slowly revealed across the series, so after finishing The Short Man, we are treated to more of Meg’s humour and wit throughout the series, and more intriguing cases.
I couldn’t fault many things with this short story, because it wrapped everything up nicely and kept it succinct yet gave the reader enough detail and information to keep them interested. Though only nineteen pages, Cejka includes enough plot twists and turns to keep one guessing as they might in any other crime novel or television show. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit injected with humour and sometimes strange yet fascinating cases…much like Castle.
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