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Ok, Master Essel Pratt is hard to figure out. He just won't let me slip him into an easy categorey, heh, as each of his stories are so different from one another. One book deals with a horny yeti, an edition with a spidery shark, another dealing with Hitler and Anne Frank, and now we get a take no prisoner detective who just happens to field occult/paranormal cases in Katherine Mansfield. All I can say about her is Move out of the way Sarah Conner, and look out Ellen Ripley, you might have been tough, but Mansfield is like prison bar steel. Cold, hard, and will let you know your place without hesitation. I'm not sexist, but sometimes it is really hard to find a female protagonist who is tough, and isn't just a man being written as a woman. This isn't the case with Mansfield. Love her to bits, and I'm hoping that there will be a lot more of her in the future. You hear that, Essel Pratt? Make more Mansfield Meow!!!! (Sorry, Super Troopers slipped out)
Anyhow, like I said, I can respect a writer that will not allow him or herself get stuck into one style or genre. If I had to pick, I'd say Pratt deal exclusively with weird, but then he'll just go and write some awesome story about a grandmother helping puppies cross the Alps to escape Hannible's Elephants or something mundane like that. The man can absolutely write grim and gritty, as he does here, and he knows how to name his monsters (Pubic hair killer?). One thing, though, not matter how dark he gets, Mansfield manages to shine. She is a great character, and he fills her full of life and emotions like he was the Great and Powerful Oz and she was one of Dorothy's little bandmates. This is not a book you will want to miss, and if it does turn out to be a series then you will be glad to have hit the bandwagon early.
Gia, I think of that awesome HBO movie averytime I see that name, (Sorry Gia, no offense, I'll tell everyone how awesome you are in a minute) really takes the character of Mansfield and runs with her like she was kidnapping the Lindbergh baby. She breathes life into her to such a degree that if you just heard snippets of this book you'd think she was a real person filled with honest to God emotions. She does add some fallibility to her voice in some situations, so you know she isn't perfect, but man she really makes this tale throb with vitality. Keep this lady in the series, she knows how to tell a tale. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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Detective Katherine Mansfield is a bad@$$ officer, whose closed case files are unmatched. She is investigating some strange murders that appear to have some supernatural undertones. Will she solve this case before she is the next victim? While this was fast paced, there were some parts that I had to rewind to really ‘get’ what was happening. That said, it was still an enjoyable book if you like supernatural stories.
I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Detective Mansfield performing a strange examination of a rape victim, and everyone looks the other way because this detective is good at her job. I found this unreal, and her behavior keeps getting stranger
I haven't read any of the other Mansfield stories, but I didn't find myself confused for having missed them. I found the concept of the story interesting, but some of the details are definitely strange. The story begins with Detective Mansfield performing a strange examination of a rape victim, and everyone looks the other way because this detective is good at her job. I found this unreal, and her behavior keeps getting stranger. If you're a black and white reader, you probably won't enjoy the story. However if you can see beyond ordinary, if you can believe in something out there that goes beyond what we can see, You'll probably love the story. There's a short story at the end that gives us a glimpse into the strange behavior of the detective. Unfortunately, I wasn't fond of the reader, who although had a clear voice with a clean recording, delivered a read that didn't flow well - in my opinion. I was offered this book free for the purpose of leaving an honest review.