- The Wilding Probate
- D.J. Butler
- February 12, 2021
- Marie Caron
- A Bucky McCrae Adventure
I had a lot of fun with this story. It’s been far too long since I enjoyed a good mystery novel and this really hit the spot. The story starts out exceptionally slow and uninteresting. Thankfully it picks up the suspense and doesn’t let off. It just keeps going. There’s always something interesting happening or some crucial plot points of backstory being delivered.
The character interactions really shined in this novel. I’d be interested in following them through more stories, though I’m unsure how that would work plot-wise. It has a Scooby-Doo esque style to it. So I was able to predict some of the reveals along the way. The summary really doesn’t do the story any favors. It really doesn’t capture what the story is about.
Bucky McCrae is a 16-year-old who tries way too hard to be an adult. One of the characters even mentions how people think they’re way older and more mature than they are when they’re hat age. While it leads to an interesting and compelling story, as a role model for a younger audience, she makes a terrible example. She ends up putting herself and those around her in danger more often than not. Which is why I mentioned it being Scooby-Doo esque. The whole amateur, teenage detective thing she’s got going on. Only in this story, the danger is real.
I found the bowling alley sounds in between chapters to be a little obnoxious. Though it at least drew more attention to them than the standard line reading off a new chapter that I always miss or ignore. The narrator was pretty good overall. I never had any issue telling who was speaking. Though her mispronouncing words got really annoying. I don’t know how you get “ashfalt” out of asphalt. Perscription isn’t a word and she mispronounces you’re as your. Saying “My boss has what your looking for.”
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.