Ever been on a diet? Ever looked at someone at the beach or in a movie and said, “Wow, I’d die for that body.” Hmmm. Careful what you ask for.
Author Al W Moe brings characters to life in his private detective mystery Getting Thin is Murder. Set in Santa Barbara, California. Ex-ballplayer Blair Saxon makes a difficult and stilted transition to detective work, fighting real and imagined obstacles at every corner.
Best friend Megan guides his thoughts and actions when she can, but Saxon’s got issues. He lacks a filter in public settings and his whit isn’t nearly as sharp as he thinks. So, he takes to investigating sideways, like a slow curve-ball, digging up more than he or Megan expects while fighting an overzealous police department.
The characters are well-motivated, if only slightly introspective, with the exception of Katarina, a tough local lawyer and as luck has it, Saxon’s sister. The pace is moderate to upbeat, building to an unexpected last few chapters that turn the story towards a surprise ending, but promising a sequel.
I’m reminded slightly of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in this novel with colorful main characters in the forefront and rather shadowy back characters lurking behind secrets, lies, and corporate B.S.
Unfortunately, the corporate issues revolve around an all-too-true narrative where healthy, natural products aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. Is it worth striving for the perfect body when getting it might kill you?
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