Pre-Release Review: Murder on Olympus by Robert B. Warren

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Murder on Olympus
Robert B. Warren
Plato Jones, Book # 1
Dragonfairy Press
Paperback and eBook
ISBN:  978-0985023065
376 Pages
Release Date: 11 April, 2013
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Stars:  5

About the Book:

At first glance, the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar. Despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of commonality that unites them.

They’re all jerks.

After a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, Plato Jones is through with the Gods and their political games. Against his protests, he’s drawn into a murder investigation, where the murderer’s targets are the Gods themselves.

Plato has cracked some tough cases: exposing cheating spouses, capturing treasonous heretics, hunting three-headed dogs. But this time he’s in over his head. How can he solve a crime that’s impossible to commit? And what chance does Plato—a mere mortal—have against something powerful enough to kill a God?

Book Review:

Someone or something is killing the children of Zeus and Hera, and finding the truth requires our hero, Plato Jones, Private Investigator to delicately dance with notoriously techy and arrogant Gods.   Robert Warren has penned a super start to a fun series that will delight readers of mysteries! Plato Jones, Private Investigator, used to work for the government’s super specialized investigative agency. After leaving over a disagreement with policy decisions, he is struggling to make ends meet with his barely-solvent private investigative services for public hire.  A rather smart-mouthed, wisecracking character who defines himself as a larger and hairier version of a rat, pointy nose, sticky out teeth and ears: his self-deprecation and speak first think later attitude is as endearing to a reader as it is dangerous for him.

With Hercules as a best friend, Hermes as a boss, Aries as a self-proclaimed partner and repeated assassination attempts, close-mouthed witnesses, a gorgon and an ex-wife who won’t be happy unless or until he begs her to take him back, this story has multiple elements that all weave together into a well thought out and plotted book.

The author also used his chapter breaks with a great deal of cleverness: each chapter is quick and brief, and appears to follow a simple plot-point formula. This format does give the reader a sense that each chapter provides a finished step toward the conclusion, and the chapters do just fly by, as this book was incredibly difficult to put down.

A series of twists that explore several avenues and provide a long list of potential suspects, several showdowns that range from uncomfortable to deadly, never ending wisecracks from Plato and a few odd situations added to the mix – this is a story that was both fun AND entertaining to read, with a distinct voice and style provided by the author.  As the first of a prospective series – this is a wonderful start.

I received an eBook from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review for I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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