The Toast of Broadway by Ian MacGregger

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    Part magic realism, part crime novel and wholly entertaining, MacGregger’s story is international in scope and location, filled with unforgettable characters, the most notable being the psychic detective, Anna.

    What begins as a series of bizarre murders in the theater district of Manhattan, quickly develops into a global struggle against a powerful international criminal cabal.

    Anna engages a criminal mastermind in a chess game where real pieces are slaughtered. Fortunes are lost and gained. The stakes are high, the chess board global, the weapons varied but the end game objective is the same – total victory.

    Enter the world of Omega/Alpha. Meet Anna. A paranormal private detective, psychic and much more. Her confidential assistant, Ian MacGregger. A Scot transplanted from Scotland Yard via Interpol. Then there’s the French electronics expert and bodyguard, the ancient Catalan butler, a cleaver wielding Chinese Chef and a gardener who is older than dirt.

    Throw in the old man who lives up on the mountain, a panther, grey wolf, a seven foot long bushmaster and a resident raven.

    Stir in psychic connections, intuitions and shape shifting and you have one of the most unique places on the planet.

    Review by Kevin Edwards:

    detective_400x400W. H. Auden said that every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self. I say that every novel is an autobiography, of sorts, perhaps not complete but aren’t most writer’s characters some extension of a part of themselves?

    No recent book I have read proves these suppositions to be as true as “The Toast of Broadway” by Ian MacGregger. Part magic realism, part crime novel and wholly entertaining, MacGregger’s story is international in scope and location, filled with unforgettable characters, the most notable being the psychic detective, Anna, and her assistant, Ian (how can a writer not make a character named after himself a charm?). If ever two characters prove Auden’s statement to be true, it is Anna and Ian.

    As is true with any fine crime novel, MacGregger offers up a tense and dense pacing to the story, with action or plot development on nearly every page. But The Toast of Broadway is not as simple as a crime novel, it is also a study of human (and non-human?) character and a statement on world conditions in this, the first quarter of the twenty-first century.

    MacGregger leads and the reader dutifully and happily follows through twists and turns that, unlike lesser crime novels and mysteries, cannot be anticipated. But never does he leave his audience stranded or confused – well, at least no more confused than the talented author wants them to be.

    The Toast of Broadway will appeal to so many different types of readers that I can scarcely think of whom it would not entertain. Tight, fun, light, heavy, global in one aspect yet introspective and internal in another, MacGregger’s novel touches all the bases and will, in my estimation, leave any reader wanting more. What more can one ask?

    Review by Bill: This is a very entertaining but also unusual murder / mystery / crime thriller, with an interesting group of characters and animals at the centre of the story. Yes, I did say animals!

    The author has done a great job of imagining a “family” of ecletic humans with matching animals, which headed by the amazing Anna, who has paranormal skills, constitute an organisation fighting against crime!

    This is the first book in a series and the author has taken the time to develop the characters in detail and this is one of the strengths of the book.

    There are good action sequences and generally the story moves at a fast pace but it is these interesting characters, which raise the book above the average.

    I think most people will enjoy this book whatever your reading tastes as there will be something in this story for everyone.