Death by the Book (Jack Susko, #1) by Lenny Bartulin

I picked this book up simply because I liked the title.  The fact that it was about a book seller helped too of course.  I like mysteries, but I do not normally read crime dramas.  I prefer my mysteries to have either a romance or paranormal twist to them, so this book was out of my comfort zone.

Having said all that, I cannot decide if I did not like the book simply because it was not my style or because it was so dark.  I think those are actually the same thing in this case.

Jack Susko is not a likable person.  The only positive thing I can say about him is that he likes his cat.  Annabelle, the female lead, is hard to figure out.  Is she really a nice person and a victim of her family or is she just out for herself?

I did not enjoy reading the book, but the mystery was engrossing enough that I had to finish it.  The outcome was also a surprise.  I thought I had it figured out, but I there was an unexpected twist.

If you like crime dramas, read this book.  The sequel, The Black Russian, is scheduled for release in 2010.

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