Review: Decapitated in Carson City

  • Title:
    • Decapitated in Carson City
  • Author:
    • Troy Lambert, Stuart Gustafson
  • Release:
    • September 30, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Joseph L. Stevenson
  • Series:
    • Capital City Murders #4

Another casual, albeit enjoyable mystery. I like how Love Interest makes a return, I was wondering if that plot thread was going anywhere or if it was just in book 3 for the sake of being there. Despite the authors bringing up Interesting Protagonist’s lesbian friend’s sexuality yet again, they at least worked it into the natural dialogue.

I’m getting very sick of Interesting Protagonist calling in a tip to the cops, only for it to be bunk and get told off. Then he calls in again and singlehandedly solves the case. It’s 4 books in and I’m sick of the same, lazy, half-assed writing showing up every time. At one point Interesting Protagonist asks how he’s going to cum up with different and interesting shots for capital buildings 50 times. It’s as if the writers lack self-awareness, as they should be asking themselves that about their mysteries.

The narration was alright. The narrator does a good job of emoting, but not making each character feel distinct and unique. Most characters sound the same when speaking.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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