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If I cold give a 1/2 a star the overall would be a 2.5 stars. It would get that much because Berg does a great job with the voices. Berg does not have the finesse in writing a mystery. The very competent, actually star detective, hormones get the best of him that he did not even ask the victim's fiance best friend any relevant information. This character then drops off the radar and not seen again until the end. That error drove me crazy though out the story. It was a total setup for me to determine who was the murder.
Secondly, I was crazy with questions about the world. There was very little back story to how and why the world works the way that it is does. The first day that Daggers and Steel works together, they spend hours walking to places. There are no cars. The mode of transportation is rickshaws. Walking is the prevalent method of transportation because rickshaws cost $$. As with any city government, cutting cost is a major concern. Yet, knowing that in your society walking is the mode of transportation why does Steel even wear heels? The chain of evidence is hilarious. Police walks evidence through the street or by rickshaw.
Third, no where was it address why a dark elf needs dark make-up. So you would expect that, ok the victim complexion is not actually dark. That is just thrown in there are never address. It is mention but not the significance. Daggers' is suspicious of Steel's and later he connects Steel's "vision" to the wrong sex. Berg is so obvious dropping stuff that you know it has significance. Add up all the dropped follow up questions or clues not followed up and your have a weak story and a plot you can guess?.
If you expect a challenging mystery, this is not it. Dagger does have an entertaining appeal. He is a lot like Columbo who solves his crimes with his mind and but Dagger throws a lot of jabs at people.
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Both it and the story are amateurish. The author crammed descriptors and adjectives into the story and read it like a kid trying to get extra credit from the teacher.
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