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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Murder over Easy

Marshall Cook has crafted a cozy mystery that vividly depicts life in rural Wisconsin. His detective, Monona Quinn is a strong lady who gets herself into trouble, but manages to get back out relatively unscathed. The dialogue reads smoothly, helping to move the book alo...
Marshall Cook has crafted a cozy mystery that vividly depicts life in rural Wisconsin. His detective, Monona Quinn is a strong lady who gets herself into trouble, but manages to get back out relatively unscathed. The dialogue reads smoothly, helping to move the book along at a quick pace.

posted by Anonymous on October 26, 2003

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I Enjoyed This Story

There were a number of issues cited by other reviewers who mostly did not like the book and rated it at two stars or less. I would like to comment on a few of those issues.

Sex Scene (early in book): I agree with those who had problems with it. It simply seemed out...
There were a number of issues cited by other reviewers who mostly did not like the book and rated it at two stars or less. I would like to comment on a few of those issues.

Sex Scene (early in book): I agree with those who had problems with it. It simply seemed out of place and a distraction to the story for me. If the author had a purpose for this scene, it escaped me.

Spelling Errors: Spelling and grammatical errors seem to be rather commonplace in so many of the e-books offered for free, and it certainly can be distracting. When I finished reading this book, I did not remember any spelling or grammatical errors. Not to say there were none, but rather, the number of spelling and grammatical errors were not significant enough to register with my memory. It is all too frequent that I do remember grammatical errors encountered in best seller books that command top dollar sales, and that is a bit more troublesome for me.

Run-On Dialog Formatting: This seemed to be the dominant issue for most of the reviewers who gave low ratings. For some strange reason, the reviewers who gave it the high ratings did not mention any problem reading the dialog furnished in this book. Were they reading the same book the other reviewers and I were reading? I have long enjoyed Robert B. Parker’s books, but his continuous use of “..., Spencer said.” followed by “..., Hawk said.” and the same dialogue format with what most everyone says in his books has always been an aggravation. The dialogue formatting used in this book, however, makes Parker’s seem bearable. In the endnotes of the book, the author, Marshall J. Cook is credited with writing 21 books and teaching writing for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With these credentials, I would think Mr. Cook should be able to write dialogue in some reasonable format that would be far easier to read than what was exhibited in this book. Accordingly, I have to wonder if just may be the top star reviewers read a different version of the book than was read by the low star reviewers?

Having commented on the main criticisms noted by other reviewers, I would like to point out that I thoroughly enjoyed the story in spite of being distracted by dialogue formatting problems. I am not suggesting this is the “Great American Novel.” After all my years, I still do not know what the “‘Great American Novel” is. As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed good stories, and I have disliked some stories for various reasons. This was a simple hometown “who done it” with several interesting characters and a reasonable ending that will allow the author to take us on to future adventures with the protagonist. I suspect I would enjoy some more stories with Mo Quinn running the local “Mitchell Doings” weekly newspaper and finding more excitement in small town America.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

posted by DavidWile on March 15, 2012

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