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Angel's Bidding (Women's Press Crime) by Sharon Gwyn Short

  • Author: Sharon Gwyn Short
  • Book title: Angel's Bidding (Women's Press Crime)
  • Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Publisher: Women's Press Ltd,The (August 9, 1995)
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0704344203
  • ISBN13: 978-0704344204
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 905
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7 Reviews
Okay, I admit it. I tend to pick my books from the Amazon Kindle freebie list. I thought this was another mediocre but well meant attempt by a wanna be mystery author. WRONG! This person can write! It did start a bit slow, but I was hooked by the second chapter and read it straight through. Important note contained in the autor's forward: it was written around 1990, before the widespread use of the Internet and cellphones. The main character is a private investigator who is breaking new ground through her use of electronic detection via her nifty 286 PC. The author gives us a complex, interesting, well developed main character/narrator and well crafted main and secondary plots. Even better, this is the first in a series, so more good reading awaits. I am off to buy the second in the series!
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and it was a mystery that kept me turning pages and trying to guess who the killer was until the very end. I definitely look forward to reading other books in this series.
I am a huge fan of Sharon Short's mysteries and I was excited to see the reissue of the updated Patricia Delaney mysteries!
Patricia Delaney (PI, Investigative Consultant, Patty-cakes) was admiring the 12 Victorian age unique & unusual hatpins with attached messages to each 1 that were in an envelope. The hatpins were now all lined up in a neat row on her desk. Elsa Kauffman (general manager & bookkeeper, Physics/chemistry) was sitting across from her & wanted Patricia to find Andy Lawson (real estate agent), & $100,000 were both missing. Gertrude Kauffman (92, grandmother) had been the owner of the hatpins & her own son Friedrich Kauffman (Kauffman Real Estate & Auctioneering) auctioned them off & Rosie’s Attic (Rosie Sanderson) had bought them. Someone returned them all to Friedrich.

Elsa has a brother Henry Kauffman & sister Brenda Gatts. Henry claims he controls the company now. Patricia family is her dad/mom, Sean, Kelly, Ryan & Maureen & Sammie (dog).

Jay Bell (Jacobus Bellosi) & the Queen River Band were playing at Dean’s Tavern. Jay (attorney) was the lead singer/guitar player, Jasmine Domini (veterinarian) singer/bass guitar player, Gary Johnson (accountant) was the keyboardist & Patricia (IC) played the drums/ fiddle. Dean O’Reilly (owner) bought Patricia a drink. The 2 had become very good friends. Jeanne (college student) was the bar maid. Maureen Lucinda Delaney Walsh Smith Cray Stephens (sister) called her at the bar.

She had found a new man Rick (wealthy) & was going away for the W/E & needed Patricia to watch Lucy (17).

Lucinda (Lucy) had arrived & Patricia continued her investigation. Friedrich & Patricia discussed the ongoing investigation. Rosie had died & now Aaron Sanderson (husband) was the sole owner of Rosie’s Attic. Jack Grierson (312 Forest Avenue, Dayton, OH) had bought all the hatpins.

Elsa called Patricia & told her Andy Lawson had been found strangled at the Blue Bird Motel (#212) in Miller’s Crossing KY. The quirky thing is the register said Jack Grierson (22, military, deceased; Vietnam War, 8/1965).

Another important person had been found dead. Low & behold there was a hatpin sticking out of his chest. Lieutenant John Derrick (Detective) came to investigate.

Will Patricia Delaney (PI) solve these mysterious murders & find/recover the $100,000 (who-done-it)?

Awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written suspenseful mystery crime book. It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could make a great movie or mini had bought all of them. TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Scoreboard Bleeding
The author has created an appealing character in Patricia Delaney. Aside from her skills as a detective using modern (in the 90s) computer methods to access various data bases, she also has a very human side. That side comes through most strongly in her dealings with her niece, Lucy and her sister Maureen, Lucy's mother. Her relationships with the rest of her family were only hinted at. Perhaps they are fleshed out in other novels in the series.

The story line was very believable and involved me as a reader early on. I would have given the book five stars except for two problems. First, there was a little more exposition in this novel than I like to see in a book. I realize the detective has to think through the elements of the crime, but a little too much print was spent on that exercise at too many times in the book. The other problem may or may not be the author's fault: the formatting was flawed. Paragraphs broke in the middle without rhyme or reason, and dialogue often lapped over to new paragraphs with extra white space in between. This made it sometimes unclear exactly who was speaking. The problem for the reader is that this interrupts the flow or what is otherwise a well-written novel. I'm surprised the author did not edit this book to resolve these problems once she saw it was published and she reviewed it in the kindle format. By the way, Ms. Short, it's not too late to do that.

A disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
Gary George / author of "The House of Three Murders."
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