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Dire Straits

Bo Blackman, Book 1
Série : Bo Blackman, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 6 min

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Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse. And when the vampire Families start involving themselves too, Bo no longer knows where to turn.

©2014 Helen Harper (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Kat Foster
  • 09/01/2015

Uneven story

Parts were skimmed over that should have been elaborated, making the story feel uneven. A lack of secondary characters development, they feel quite flat. As a whole I didn't like the story as well as the others other series but I think I'll get the second one a chance in the hope that things will improve. I really didn't like the ending of this one it was quite upsetting as it continues to make the heroine a victim.

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  • knifewise
  • 07/04/2016

Fun Read, doesn't spoil it, or end up too trashy.

The narrator is excellent she has the voice for romance but doesn't give it too much burn for us male readers. You can still hold on to what dignity you have this is not girl porn....yet. It has like 3 uncomfortable scenes at most well within the threshold of not trashy. It will start the engines for the ladies I'm sure but not being one I'll let them speak to that.
The combat is a bit jarring, a super powerful character can fall to a half dead much weaker character without the need for surprise or deceit which throws those of us who expect things to make a bit more sense.
The story line itself namely the mystery is not given away with too obvious foreshadowing and the twists and clues really draw you in. In addition, the main character isn't super perfect and stumbles trough making mistakes and coming out through grit and determination that brings you to feel for her even as you groan at her all too human failings.
well rounded full bodied and burns going down like a good wine.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01/07/2015

Excellent Mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of Dire Straits to be better than the print version?

I have to say that the reader truly got into the characters. I was able to keep them all separate just by the voice that was used. Very enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bo Blackman is my favorite character. She really grows and blossoms through all the books and I can relate to her in many of the situations she finds herself in with difficult decisions to make and not always having the best answer.

What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

She truly did a good job bringing out the characters that made it easy for the listeners to tell who is speaking before the narrations tells them. Very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many sections made me laugh and cry. You will have to listen for yourself to see if the book moves you as much as it did me.

Any additional comments?

This series has grabbed my attention and held it. The characters are well rounded and fun to follow. There is joy, sorrow and anger inspired by the situations and it will hold your attention as well. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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  • Erik
  • 28/05/2016

Couldn't finish it...

I bought this because the premise sounded interesting, and also because of the setting is in England, which usually adds a twist to the story that I like.
This is supposed to be a story about a private investigator that works in a world where various types of monsters are walking around. Sounds interesting -- right?
Well, I gave it as much of a chance as I could stand, but I gave up after a few hours.
Simply stated, if you want a book that spends 90% of the writing describing how the main character feels about her looks, clothes, car, friends, parents, employer, adversaries, food, etc., and if you want lots of descriptions of her clothes and how her clothes got dirty and her crying (or trying so hard not to cry) in every situation, about everything, then this book is for you.
If you want a book that contains interesting dialogue with other characters, or a book where something actually happens in the story more than 5% of the time, then this book is not for you. I hate to sound like a male chauvinist pig, but this book seems to be written for women, so maybe all the women listening to it are the ones giving it 5 stars.
For me, after the 8th or 9th long-winded description of the dress she was wearing, and how it looked on her, and how it made her feel, I couldn't take any more.

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  • IloveYAbooks
  • 27/01/2016

It was mixed

3.5 stars I loved parts of this audio book but not the majority of it. The MC was okay but I didn't connect with her for large sections of the audio book.

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  • Bethany
  • 26/03/2017

Vampires

This book was ok, i found it dragged a bit. I liked it but didnt love it.
I found the antagonist to be obvious and could not believe the story went on and on without anyone even considering it. it was frustrating.
This book was worth the read if you like vamp books which I do. i will probably give the 2nd book a try and then decide if I want to finish the series.
The were other details the author never gave which I found frustrating also, what is Bo's grandfather, what was Peter's sin/crime, how did Beth and Bo's grandfather end up working together?? what happened to O'Shay?? lots of unanswered questions/details!

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  • abt13
  • 02/05/2016

boring

boring .. Unfortunately very uninteresting story... I wish it were better, another $4 went down the drain

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  • Dr. T
  • 21/02/2017

Not bad

I thought this was a paranormal romance novel and, if it had been, it would have been exceptional for the genre. But when by Chapter 20 no one has had an orgasm, I realized it's a paranormal mystery. What's the point of vampires without sex? The novelty of vampires has pretty much played itself out by now, hasn't it?

I think the plot line it is too weak for the mystery genre. The pacing is slow or maybe it is just the tension/suspense fairly mild. While there is a who-done-it there is no intellectual puzzle. Also, only the main character is flushed out and there is little connection betwen her and others.

So far, however, I disagree with some of the reviews about the lead being wimpy or whiny. Those types of female characters irritate me deeply. On the contrary, I find this character reasonable and likeable if a little disonnected. I think readers in this genre are used to super-sleuth genius detectives or the all-knowing sage while this lead is a fairly new detective still learning the ropes.

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  • Beatrice
  • 13/11/2016

Okay

It was okay but I'm not sure I will read another book in this series.

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  • B M C
  • 01/07/2016

great narrator, barely decent story

The "who-dunnit" was stupid and obvious, but the details of how were never explained.
I didn't like the main character from the get-go.

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