Last Call (Ridley Brone Mysteries, #1)

Last Call (Ridley Brone Mysteries, #1)

by Rob Cornell

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BN ID: 2940046284492
Publisher: Paradox Publications
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Series: Ridley Brone Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 81,284
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

An accidental nomad, Rob Cornell grew up in suburban Detroit, then spent five years living in Los Angeles before moving to Chicago to receive a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has traveled full circle, now living in rural southeast Michigan with his wife, two kids, and dog, Kinsey—named after Sue Grafton’s famous detective.

In between moving and writing, he’s worked all manner of odd jobs, including lead singer for an acoustic cover band and a three-day stint as assistant to a movie producer after which he quit because the producer was a nut job.

For more information and to contact the author, please visit rob-cornell.com.

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Last Call 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
When you’re reading a mystery, do you try to solve the mystery? Not only whodunit, but often the how and why too. If you’re like me, you do. How I judge the plot of the book depends on how well the author hides the final outcome and how he or she does it. If I’m only halfway done with the book and I’m sure the butler did it and have a good idea of why, I’m not going to be happy. I’ll also feel cheated if at the climax the villain makes their first appearance and we find out the details are all things that we had no idea about until then. We need to be able to look back and realize the clues were there for us to piece together, just like they were for the protagonist, but they can’t be so obvious that we figure it out too early. "Last Call" hit the mark in this regard. At one point I thought I’d solved the mystery. I’d identified a motive and a likely culprit and done so too early. But what I saw was a “red herring.” It was a piece of the puzzle, but misleading. When the critical piece of the puzzle was revealed at an appropriate time, I realized I’d never seen it coming, yet the clues were there had I been able to put them together. This is how a mystery should be plotted. I also liked the character of Ridley Brone. His flaws, as much as his talents, make him interesting. That he tries (and sometimes fails) to do the right thing makes him that much more human. This is a character that is a good foundation for Cornell’s planned series. Unfortunately, "Last Call" also suffered from substandard copyediting and proofing, for which I deducted one star. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story with a so called PI who get punched all the time like Rockford and a unexpected ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of people to keep track of but worth it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little bloody but a good story. Have to feel for Ridley.
JesiCola More than 1 year ago
I found the book hard to get in to because in the beginning I didn't like, or care about, any of the characters. But if you've already read the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book, don't stop! It really does get better. I almost quit half way thru, but once the revelations started coming I finished the book, and I'm glad that I did. I feel like the author really got into the flow of the story and started developing the characters later in the book. I will read the second in the series, but if it doesn't tie up any of the loose ends from the first book I will most likely not read any of the others n the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I didn’t expect much since I got the book for free, but now I am adding Rob Cornell as one of my favorite authors. I look forward to reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad there is more to follow!
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SelenaR More than 1 year ago
Fortunately for avid mystery readers, LAST CALL is not the last book in Ridley Brone’s world, as it is the first book of this witty, enjoyable, who-done-it mystery series. When an author creates a multi-faceted, believable character that sounds real, you know you are in for a good read. Ridley Brone is that character. Ridley is a P.I. who returns to his hometown after his parents’ death to manage the karaoke bar they bequeathed to him—a position he is not qualified for, and an environment riddled with secondary characters whose quirks and banter enhance the reading experience. Ridley has strengths, flaws, a keen sense of landing into trouble, and a humorous point of view, making him not only enjoyable to read, but relatable to the reader. Ridley is a guy’s guy, but also the type of protagonist women are drawn to, especially the damsel-in-distress type. He's the guy people go to when they have a problem (which is not uncommon given his investigative background) even if it lands him in serious trouble—which it does. . As the story unfolds the reader is able to connect with Ridley more as we meet the people from Ridley’s past—his friends (well-developed secondary characters, also flawed and peculiar) heightening the mystery, especially their interaction with Ridley. LAST CALL has a well-paced, creative plot that pulls you in, and it won't let you go, as you will want to find out who the villain is, and how Ridley will deal with the unexpected twists thrown his way. LAST CALL has a good balance of comic relief, seriousness and mystery, making this a recommended read. I look forward to continuing with this series and connecting with Ridley on his next adventures in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was pretty boring but finished because wanted to know how it ended.
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Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing plot, good character development. Kept me guessing, and i was wrong everytime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty decent book. Enjoyed reading an entire book in a male's POV. Absolutely could not stand Autumn; she's flipping delusional, a brat, and acts like a teenager when she's supposed to be 33yo. In the end, the truth about Autumn's past did not come as a surprise, and kind of made her behavior feel like a copout when I feel it would have just made it better if she were just plain crazy. Ridley was a decent character and probably the most likeable (Dixie/Sam had to have been my favorite). Still wondering why he was upset about his parents making him sing and why he left for 15 years without speaking to anyone... Some loose ends weren't tied where Ridley was concerned.
Ed5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
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I could only read half of the book and was bored.Story line made no sense. Very glad it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, good plot. Looking forward to reading another by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting fast moving book --lots of action. I would read more books by Rob Cornell.
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Enjoyed greatly.