There are a few great moments, but for a series that mostly only works by flowing so smoothly, the story gets bogg Our bumbling PI returns with his first proper non-friends-and-family client: a man who thinks his wife is cheating on him, and wants her followed. Jan 31, GlenK rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller. In this one, Hastings has moved into private detecting as a side line and has - with no effort at all - gotten himself a client. This client behaves oddly and is very demanding and - as Hastings soon discovers - is up to no good. An excellent read. Another highly entertaining read!
I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Mar 18, janjones rated it it was ok. I liked it, had interesting twist. Character is always getting to trouble, it's how he gets out of it that keeps you going. Jun 24, Janet added it. Feb 29, Ron Judenberg marked it as to-read Shelves: to-get. Yvette rated it really liked it Aug 09, Robert James rated it liked it Jul 20, Mike Mangan rated it really liked it Nov 15, Vic rated it it was ok Feb 04, John rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Christian rated it liked it May 17, Janice rated it liked it Jan 26, Mark rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Mark rated it really liked it May 31, Steve Squier rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Amanda Carr rated it it was ok Aug 29, Steve rated it liked it Aug 22, Sally rated it really liked it Feb 13, Erich rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Lionel rated it liked it Jan 28, Judith Schneider rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Diane MacMartin rated it really liked it Jul 30, Hannah rated it liked it Feb 05, Jackie rated it really liked it Jun 02, Vince rated it liked it May 19, Mar 06, Lola rated it did not like it.
A snappy little throw-away of a murder, seriously flawed by excruciatingly bad proofreading.
I don't just mean typos, bad grammar, and incorrect words. I'm talking logistical impossibilities. Here's an example: in Chapter 15 the same character leaves the building twice. Without going back in. No mention of hallucinogens, twins, clones, time travel, or alternate universes and our P.
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Since details matter a great deal in murder mysteries, this just wrecks the i A snappy little throw-away of a murder, seriously flawed by excruciatingly bad proofreading. Since details matter a great deal in murder mysteries, this just wrecks the illusion. I lost heart. Jul 09, Marilyn rated it it was ok.
It has been a long time since I have read a mystery writer who resembled the hard boiled male tecs of old. I thought the author tried too hard to be witty. I found myself lagging even when I stayed with it just to see what the clever lawyer would bring to the table. I wasn't excited or even empathic to the characters and found them tedious as if they were trying too hard to be clever or funny. That said, I did read the entire book and had some pleasure in doing so although I gave up this sort of It has been a long time since I have read a mystery writer who resembled the hard boiled male tecs of old.
That said, I did read the entire book and had some pleasure in doing so although I gave up this sort of mystery novel a long time ago. May 31, Matt rated it did not like it. How do you invest so much time and effort on a manuscript, and when it finally comes into print by one of the world's most prestigious publishers the very first paragraph contains missing words and horribly worded sentences? Norton needs to fire their entire quality department and if Parnell Hall has an ounce of integrity left he'll be using his advance to go out and buy up every copy of this shit show he can find, including the one sitting next to me.
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Jul 15, Kat rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nov 29, Roger Smitter rated it really liked it. An enjoyable read with lots of snappy dialogue. In fact, the dialogue carries the majority of the story line. Because it's mostly dialogue, the reader can easily get lost in the narrative line. But, it's not too realistic in that few lawyers do their own law work, especially in a murder case. Jan 13, Laurie rated it it was amazing. First I read of Stanley Hastings.
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I very much enjoyed this book. The humor in this is like a RB Parker humor. The narration of the story by the main character works. I couldn't wait to see who did it! Good lighter read.
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Sep 19, Lynne Stanley rated it liked it. A Fool for A Client is an easy, entertaining read. Lots of good sarcasm and repartee to keep you laughing or at least smiling. This is a new author for me and I look forward to reading the two books of his I have at home. Nov 03, Elizabeth Jones rated it liked it.maisonducalvet.com/monesterio-conocer-chicas.php
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The courtroom drama was mostly believable. For the most part the attempts at humor fell flat for me. Hall is trying to be hardboiled and tough, but mainly is just sexist and lame. A mediocre effort. Dec 06, Debi Hagberg rated it liked it. There were some amusing conversations between the characters but I was not engrossed in the story at all. It felt plodding, and there were editorial failures such as misspellings and grammatically incorrect sentences.
I have a hard time getting past that. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Jun 27, Stuart Macmartin rated it really liked it Shelves: humorous , mystery , read-in Back to form. Perhaps the best of the series. Still bumbling, still funny, still a breezy read. And Alice is back to being herself after her stint of meanness for the sake of mean in a previous book. Nov 01, Al Stoess rated it liked it Recommends it for: Hall fans.
Usual Hall circular novel for Stanley to become involved. Too many twists and turns but enjoyable light reading. Feb 12, Julia Morrell rated it liked it. Aug 20, Linda Millard rated it really liked it. I love Parnell Hall. Stanley Hastings is one of my favorite characters. His inept and bumbling ways are so totally endearing that you can see why Alice puts up with him. Dec 07, Jane rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 10, Pete rated it liked it. I found the constant word play with among the characters very distracting and unnecessary. Nov 25, Laura rated it liked it.
A quick read. I'll look up the rest of the series. Diane MacMartin rated it really liked it May 18, Plusx rated it liked it Mar 18, Children's Nonfiction. Young Adult. BRiAN Help. Interlibrary Loan.
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