Tom Stone: Day of the Dead – Lon Casler Bixby & Don Simkovich

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Tom Stone: Day of the Dead
Multiple murders with one grisly connection have Detectives Tom Stone and Jake Sharpe pursuing every lead. Their main suspect, Anthony Angelino, fresh out of prison, dreams of building a new empire, but his past quickly catches up to him and once again he is on the run from the police, and the drug cartel that tried to ruin him.The head of the cartel, Frank DeVito, using his vast resources puts a tail on Stone hoping…

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the last Friday review for a while with Zoe Ashwood’s Trust the Wolf. When I put out a message on Twitter late last yr for new books and that I was open to suggestions this was one of the one’s that came recommended, and it’s a genre I’ve been wanting to try for a while, but until now have been a bit too nervous to actually try.


Writing Style

This was a new genre for me, so I’m not sure how the writing compares to others in the crime genre. But some dates would’ve been nice because I’m honestly still not sure if this spanned a month or three?

I can tell that time is passing based on the fact that people are at different places, or with different people. But I couldn’t tell how much, and I think that may have helped me get more involved.

There were also some descriptions given about a family interaction or something that didn’t feel like it was adding anything to the story other than breaking up the crime aspect with some romance or domesticity. Is that normal in this type of genre?

I’m not too sure, but I’m not sure I enjoyed it. Maybe it’s just my work brain being in overdrive trying to get multiple projects finished at work and remembering to write succinctly and to only write what adds value. But I got lost a little bit when those moments came up.


Initial Thoughts

I will admit that after finishing the first 3 chapters I had to put this book down and read something else first. It had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with the fact that I’m a massive mood reader. If I’m not in the mood to read that genre or book, it ‘aint happening.

And unfortunately, I realised 3 chapters in I wasn’t in the mood for a crime novel so knew I had to put it down and come back to it when I was more in the mood if I was going to give it a fair shot.

I’m glad I did, because when I came back to it, I was in a much better frame of mind to just absorb it and go along for the ride.


Final Thoughts

In the end I found I enjoyed the book overall, but I don’t think crime novels are the genre I can keep coming back to. At least not this style.

I find that odd since I’ve liked other ones that are a bit more suspense related compared to this one. But I honestly felt like I was reading an episode of NCIS where they actually play by the rules and it takes them a while to catch the criminal. And there’s nothing wrong with NCIS! I actually really like NCIS!

But I think I enjoy that style more visually on the TV rather than in a book. But if you like this style, don't forget to check out the other 3 books in this series.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing No Place Like Home by Maxine Morrey.

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