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Last Call (A Ridley Brone Mystery Book 1) by [Cornell, Rob]
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Running a karaoke bar is no way for an ex-PI to make a living.

Just ask Ridley Brone, a California private investigator who returns to his Michigan hometown when he inherits his estranged parents' multimillion dollar estate. The songs his mom and dad wrote made them rich, but their popular karaoke bar, the High Note, made them famous. Now Ridley owns a bar he doesn't have a clue how to manage, and his every effort seems only to further tarnish his parents' legacy.

But when Ridley's old high school love shows up asking for help, and her husband ends up murdered, the karaoke bar feels like vacation compared to the hard job of proving her innocence.

With hard-boiled twists like a Robert B. Parker mystery, and laugh-out-loud humor like a J.A. Konrath thriller, find out why indie review site, Big Al’s Books and Pals, says of Last Call, “This is how a mystery should be plotted.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paradox Publications; 2 edition (Jan. 18 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WPOHVM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Selena Robins TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 22 2015
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Fortunately for avid mystery readers, LAST CALL is not the last book in Ridley Brone’s world, as it is the first book of this witty, enjoyable, who-done-it mystery series.

When an author creates a multi-faceted, believable character that sounds real, you know you are in for a good read. Ridley Brone is that character.

Ridley is a P.I. who returns to his hometown after his parents’ death to manage the karaoke bar they bequeathed to him—a position he is not qualified for, and an environment riddled with secondary characters whose quirks and banter enhance the reading experience.

Ridley has strengths, flaws, a keen sense of landing into trouble, and a humorous point of view, making him not only enjoyable to read, but relatable to the reader. Ridley is a guy’s guy, but also the type of protagonist women are drawn to, especially the damsel-in-distress type. He's the guy people go to when they have a problem (which is not uncommon given his investigative background) even if it lands him in serious trouble—which it does.
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As the story unfolds the reader is able to connect with Ridley more as we meet the people from Ridley’s past—his friends (well-developed secondary characters, also flawed and peculiar) heightening the mystery, especially their interaction with Ridley.

LAST CALL has a well-paced, creative plot that pulls you in, and it won't let you go, as you will want to find out who the villain is, and how Ridley will deal with the unexpected twists thrown his way.

LAST CALL has a good balance of comic relief, seriousness and mystery, making this a recommended read.

I look forward to continuing with this series and connecting with Ridley on his next adventures in the series.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7b4fbac) out of 5 stars 280 reviews
67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a045e8) out of 5 stars Last Call Aug. 1 2012
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When you're reading a mystery, do you try to solve the mystery? Not only whodunit, but often the how and why too. If you're like me, you do. How I judge the plot of the book depends on how well the author hides the final outcome and how he or she does it. If I'm only halfway done with the book and I'm sure the butler did it and have a good idea of why, I'm not going to be happy. I'll also feel cheated if at the climax the villain makes their first appearance and we find out the details are all things that we had no idea about until then. We need to be able to look back and realize the clues were there for us to piece together, just like they were for the protagonist, but they can't be so obvious that we figure it out too early.

"Last Call" hit the mark in this regard. At one point I thought I'd solved the mystery. I'd identified a motive and a likely culprit and done so too early. But what I saw was a "red herring." It was a piece of the puzzle, but misleading. When the critical piece of the puzzle was revealed at an appropriate time, I realized I'd never seen it coming, yet the clues were there had I been able to put them together. This is how a mystery should be plotted.

I also liked the character of Ridley Brone. His flaws, as much as his talents, make him interesting. That he tries (and sometimes fails) to do the right thing makes him that much more human. This is a character that is a good foundation for Cornell's planned series.

Unfortunately, "Last Call" also suffered from substandard copyediting and proofing, for which I deducted one star.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a0463c) out of 5 stars Liked the story...editing stinks Oct. 1 2012
By Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Since by far the most common complaints in Amazon reviews involve poor editing and numerous typos, you'd think that authors would get the idea that these elements are important to readers.

While the mystery itself was fine, and I liked Ridley, the number of errors was distracting and lowered the rating. You get broach for brooch, stripped for striped, flare for flair, curling staircase for curving, discrete for discreet, karate gee for gi plus a plethora of punctuation errors especially with plurals and possessives.

Aside from that, you'd at least think they could get actors' names right....it is not "Shawn" Connery. I also found the overuse of the verb "smirk" (almost a dozen times) over the top.

Story-wise, I am pretty fed up with cops with tunnel-vision who essentially refuse to look at suspects other than their favorite.

Those things being said, I thought the story flowed reasonably well and kept the reader interested...admittedly Autumn was a pain in the rear, and I wondered what on earth the two characters ever saw in each other.

Oh well...guess that's the price of free Kindle downloads...I would read another Ridley book and keep my fingers crossed that the editing improves.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a04918) out of 5 stars Good call for LAST CALL Aug. 9 2012
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
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Character Ridley Brone develops in such a way to make you want to know more about him.... He is a complex man who just gets more interesting as you read about him. He makes for a great recurring character and hopefully there will be many more books about him. LAST CALL keeps you very interested and has twists and turns to delight the mystery reader! Would definitely recommend this good read....... Now I have to get the next book in this series because I am really looking forward to reading what happens next!
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a04810) out of 5 stars Did not like the book March 11 2014
By Stephen K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I did not like the storyline or the characters in the book. It was a book of misfits and losers. Even though I like it when private detectives have flaws in the books that I read, I found it hard to stomach Ridley flaws which is his personality, and how he can't resist his ex high school sweetheart. Other reviews call this book a mystery- but I did not see any clever detective work by Ridley or surprises in the book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a049fc) out of 5 stars Last call too extreme Aug. 3 2014
By ann27 - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked the main character and the situation he inherited. It was still good when autumn came and asked for his help but went downhill when five or six people were killed and incest entered the picture. I prefer stories that are more realistic.