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Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: Rabbit Trick (Mindspace Investigation .5) short story by Alex Hughes

Rabbit Trick (Mindspace Investigation .5)
by Alex Hughes
Kindle Edition, 45 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Alex Hughes
New short story in the Mindspace Investigations universe (with two bonus short stories in other worlds from author Alex Hughes).

Open Mind

When the cops call me in the middle of the night, I know it's bad. One of their own is dead, strangled in her car by a professional killer, and it's up to me, telepath consultant extraordinaire, to pull the rabbit out of my hat and solve the case. Only this time I'm not so sure I can.

Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino is breathing down my neck. The dead cop's partner is too. And now, the worst--there was a five-year-old kid in the car, a kid no one can find.

Note from the author: "Rabbit Trick" takes place before the events of Clean, so the hero intentionally remains nameless.

I haven’t read the series yet so this was a chance to check out the world building, main characters and author’s writing style. I’m glad I did. I liked the male first person POV, which I don’t read a lot of, and the crime solving mystery. You get a glimpse into the progtag’s head (heehee, see what I did there?) and what it's like to be a telepath in post Tech War Atlanta.

Rabbit Trick is about a cop’s murder and the case is solved and wrapped up neatly. The author had enough background information that I didn’t feel lost in the world, only intrigued more. The funny thing is after reading the blurb a few minutes ago I just realized we never know our protagonists name! Kind of cool I didn’t even notice.

There are two quickie short stories at the end that have nothing to do with the Mindspace Investigations series. “The Carousel” is a horror short that teaches you why you can trust Mother Goose characters...especially Little Bo Peep. “Inky Black Sea” sets up a humorous adventure on the sea and why it is important not to piss of a sea monster.

4.5 “jumping out of the hat” Sheep

Sharon Stogner

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About the Author:
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a Semi-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels 2011. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily at the same time!

1 comment:

  1. Nice review Sharon, thanks. I have not been attracted to this series, as I prefer a female protagonist. Still I might try this one.