Review: Hanging in Helena

  • Title:
    • Hanging in Helena
  • Author:
    • Troy Lambert
    • Stuart Gustafson
  • Release:
    • December 1, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Joseph L. Stevenson
  • Series:
    • Capital City Murders # 6

I’m noticing the writing is getting better. It’s less about feeling the need to insert a mystery into a story about a guy taking pictures of capital buildings. This time around, it focused a lot more on making Interesting Protagonist into an actually interesting person for a change.

In one area the writing is lacking though. It’s showing the author(s) age(s), as they refer to women as “gals”, dinner as “supper” and use the word tiff. I’ve only ever heard 1 other person use the word tiff and that was a decade ago. He referred to it as “1940s slang”, which I have no idea if that’s accurate, but seeing as how seldom used it is, it seems unlikely a young guy like Interesting would know it.

Overall, the narration was alright. The narrator still doesn’t know the difference between O and 0. There’s no such thing as “19O5”. In general, his voice can be lacking at times. Often when male characters were talking, it was difficult to tell who was speaking as they sounded the same. In other instances, the female characters were given the same voice, which didn’t help.

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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