Review: Strangled in Sacramento

  • Title:
    • Strangled in Sacramento
  • Author:
    • Troy Lambert
    • Stuart Gustafson
  • Release:
    • August 20, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Series:
    • Capital City Murders, Book 3

If you’re reading this, I’m knocking points off of this book for annoying writing. I’m sick of this lazy bullshit of “piercing green eyes” in fiction. Somebody wrote a blog post in 2012 pointing out this issue in fiction, meaning this has been an issue for over a decade. It’s lazy and uninspired. I highly doubt most people give random strangers eye colors a second thought in public, let alone bring it up constantly. Green-eyed people are rare, but that doesn’t make us a goddamn circus exhibit.

One of the things I can’t stand about this series is how it feels the need to make mention of interesting protagonist’s friend is a lesbian. It always mentions that there’s no chance of them dating because of this fact. Sure, somebody might pick up the books in the middle of the series for some reason. So what though? Let the writing show that they don’t have any chemistry. Just in general, the protagonist is constantly taking note of how women look or are dressed. One example is of how a woman is “wearing heels, but not too tall”. Who cares how tall her heels are?!

One thing I thought was really stupid was mentioning the protagonist “rewinding” a video. What year is this story set in? 1995? Rewind what?!? It’s a digital video, you don’t rewind it. People seriously need to update their vernacular.

Shitty writing aside, the mystery was pretty decent this time around. It didn’t feel rushed and there were some nice twists along the way.

The narration was good overall, I didn’t notice any issues with the audio or the narrator.

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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