Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alexander Steele Murder Mystery Reviews - Audio Books

"Fun, short mysteries"
Would you try another book from Lawrence Johnson, Sr. and/or Alistair Dryburgh?

Any additional comments?
I just want to clarify that the 3-star review I gave this book is not a bad thing. Most people on Audible seem way too eager to give everything 5 stars so it gets hard to actually judge if a book is worthwhile or not. 5 stars should be reserved for your absolute favorite books, 4 stars for great books, and 3 for good books. This is a good book. I enjoyed the short mysteries and would recommend this book to mystery/Sherlock Holmes fans.

"Three enjoyable quick detective stories"
Clocking in at just under three hours, and containing three independent detective stories The Alexander Steele Mystery Trilogy is an enjoyable, quick, and fast paced collection.

I'm not sure if there are stories set before these ones or if we are just dropped into the middle of the story. The opening story has Steele already set up as a famous detective, with him just having defeated his "nemesis" (which to me sounded a little too Sherlock vs Moriarty. I don't think all detectives have nemeses.) and then being called on by The Vatican to find a missing relic. There is nothing in the three stories that really explains why The Vatican would go to Steele over another detective, it's just taken as fact that they have come to him.

The next two stories deal with some drug dealers and a drug war, and a small business being pressured by some thugs.

All are enjoyable stories to following along with, although they aren't the sort that you could solve yourself by working out all the clues (if that's what you are looking for).

The narrator is promising, although let down by some of the production work. He is well paced and easy to listen to. Certainly able to keep my attention. There is the occasional ambient noise, such as chair movements and squeaking, page changes or the occasional mouth noise. A little more care in removing these would have lifted the work a notch.

The Case of the Deadly Ring - "Listen to this boss, a stranger from a distant land will enter your life. He will seek out your counsel on matters of health or religion," Steele snickered as he shook his head. "Sugar Bear, would you please give it up? Those things are never right." Sugar Bear's mood was deflated.

Oh, was Steele wrong. It wasn't long before he was paid a visit from Julius DiBona from the Vatican City, Rome, with a mystery to solve and a very short time in which it had to be done.

The Case of the Death Dealer - "There's a guy, a big time drug dealer named Fat Daddy. Him and some chemist got into a thing in Florida about 6 months ago about manufacturing a large quantity of pills, probably Esctasy. anyway it ended badly and Fat Daddy had his sister offed. Now the doctor is after Fat Daddy's next coke shipment. If it's true, and it works, folks for Philly to Maryland are gonna start dropping dead within 48 hours after using the drug.

Steele had grown up with Trench and learned to despise him. He was bad news but how could Steele not help prevent hundreds of deaths. But again, time was running out since the shipment could come in at any time and even already be in and just waiting for distribution.

Alexander Steele and the Legacy of Death - It had been nearly 20 years since the double murder that spawned dozens of rumors and never ending gossip. Some say the murders of the Mt. Airy barber shop owner and his South Philly girlfriend were the results of a love triangle gone bad; while others whispered strange tales of mysticism and witchcraft. No matter what story you believe they all say there is a treasure hidden within the dilapidated old building.

Steele has decided to expand his club by renovating the old barber shop which was right next door. But all work stops when Julia walks into the club. Julia was the daughter of the murdered woman and she is in need of Steele's help to help save the restaurant she inherited from her mother and the only way to do this is by finding the missing money.

Alexander Steele tells everyone he is retired from the detective agency work and is now just an upscale club owner but his reputation for success seems to prevent his retirement. His fast actions and quick thinking keep him telling himself, just this one last case. As I read these 3 stories I wanted more. I wanted to know more about his best friends Sugar Bear, Roger the Philosopher and Stan his computer man. I wanted to see him in action in a full book story. Author Lawrence Johnson has started that story and I'm really looking forward to him finishing. I can see a possible Alex Cross set of books in the future.

Format: Kindle Edition

Alexander Steele Mystery Trilogy
Sr. Lawrence Johnson
Audible Audio Edition
$0.00 with Trial

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