Broken Familyby Kevin Hopson
Sheriff Joseph Mauro is summoned to a local lake in Stone County, having received a report of a dead woman along the water’s shore. With foul play a possibility, he utilizes the help of his two female deputies in questioning family members and friends. As the three of them search for clues and possible motives, the case takes an unexpected turn, and Sheriff
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Sheriff Joseph Mauro is summoned to a local lake in Stone County, having received a report of a dead woman along the water’s shore. With foul play a possibility, he utilizes the help of his two female deputies in questioning family members and friends. As the three of them search for clues and possible motives, the case takes an unexpected turn, and Sheriff Mauro must rely on his instincts if he is going to weed out the killer.
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This story is short, only thirty pages, but it was a good read. In those thirty pages, we get to know the sheriff and his deputies, the suspects and the likely motives. Personally, I would have liked more. I would have liked to get to know Joe, the sheriff, better. I wanted to learn more about him as a man, his personal life (and not just the couple of paragraphs tacked onto the end, his inner workings, his past. I would also have welcomed more time to get to know the suspects better. Although the family dynamics were clearly and precisely drawn, I wanted to see them more developed. It's one of the dangers of the short story, there might not be enough room to develop all that needs developing, and this one fell into that trap. The story felt unfinished, and there was the tantalising prospect that more story was to come. But then, it wasn't there and I felt slightly cheated. Having said that, Kevin Hopson shows an enviable economy of words, and I am in awe of his talent.
This is a short story not a book...not even a good one at that. It has 30 pages and about 10 of those are the intro again and acknowlegements. Save your money! This story is too short for any kind of character development.
How lucky can the Ladybug be getting my whiskers and little feelers on KEVIN HOPSON Short Story...LOOOONNNGG... before it's release date from Muse It Up Publishing, Inc.? (It's not due out until MARCH 2014!) We here at Ladybug and Kitty Kat HOT SEAT REVIEWS are long time fans of Kevin Hopson. Every book offered via Muse It Up Publishing by this talented author have been read and reread since his debut on October 1, 2010. With each new book/short story, we are consistently impressed with the richness of detail one would not expect in such short epochs. This one, BROKEN FAMILY...cover by equally gifted Cora Graphics, is no different. A woman's body is found discarded by the local lake. Sheriff Joseph Mauro and two of his deputies begin an investigation... A secret marriage...an insurance policy...an annoyed daughter and her boyfriend...are tendrils the Sheriff and his staff begin to follow. Where will they lead? Kevin takes us along for the ride as clues, and mis-clues pull us down a convoluted path...that may...or may not lead to murder. With Kevin's talents for taking a seemingly straight forward tale and tossing mini-bombs into the mix, you never know where he's leading you. FIVE STARS for Kevin Hopson and his soon-to-be-released BROKEN FAMILY AND a LADYBUG BUG LIN EXCELLENT COVER AWARD for Cora Graphics... An exquisite marriage between story teller and cover designer.