This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies by Renee Pawlish

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    This book delivers a wannabe detective, a femme fatale and an non-stop adventure.

    A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
    A rich, attractive femme fatale.
    A missing husband.
    A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

    Review by Lucinda Rose:

    Renee Pawlish
    Renee Pawlish

    True to its description, this book delivers a wannabe detective, a femme fatale and an non-stop adventure. Guy Noir, my favorite detective, would be proud to work a case with the fledgling Reed Ferguson. Both of them are in love with all things film noir and model their style after that genre.

    At first, I didn’t really like the character of Reed Ferguson. A rich boy trying to be a detective and then I thought about it, if I won the lottery tomorrow, what would I be doing? Traveling and writing every summer; plus I would have the coolest classroom ever . (Yes, I am a masochist and would continue teaching.) He is doing what many of us would be doing if the lack of money wasn’t standing in the way. Reed is also smart enough to know when he is being played and doesn’t fall for the book’s femme fatale, no matter how hard or drunkenly the women tries.

    Despite, my initial reaction to Reed, the book sucked me into its world and didn’t let go until the case was resolved. The last couple of pages were nice, but tied up loose ends that weren’t really loose to begin with. Reed’s world is tidy, but not without problems. That is to be expected in a shiny new world. Reed’s neighbors, Ace and Deuce, are good guys, but how they pay their rent being idiots and working at a video store is beyond me.Yes, it is a small thing, but small things can throw a reader off. Maybe there is some secret the brothers have that Pawlish is saving for the future.

    There are intricate twists and turns, but in the end both Ferguson and the bad guys get it. Ferguson receives his dose of reality and all is set right in the universe until of course his next case. And I do hope there will be a next one.

    Review by Sherry Fundin:

    My name is Reed Ferguson and I own the Reed Ferguson Detective Agency. My grandparents died and left me wealthy, so I never really had to take life seriously. I wanted to do well, so I could prove to my dad that I was good at something.

    Trouble, with a capital T, came walking into my office and stated that she knew her husband was dead and wanted me to find him. Her name was Amanda Ghering and she was a great looking dame that made it hard for me to concentrate. She said her husband went on a business trip and was supposed to be back Monday, but here it was Thursday and he still wasn’t back. I asked her why the police weren’t involved and she said they knew, they just weren’t doing anything about it. I asked her if she knew of any reason he would leave and she said yes, she was going to kill him. She proceeded to tell me of all the ways she thought of doing it and why she didn’t.

    Great fun. Made me think of the Bogie films. Read like a movie to me. I could see it all happening as I read along. Kept me on the verge of laughing through the whole book. Flowed well and easy to read.