After The Goode by Cary Allen Stone

After the Goode - A Jake Roberts NovelAfter the Goode – A Jake Roberts Novel by Cary Allen Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the Goode is a Jake Roberts detective novel, it follows on from “Mind Over Murder”. Jake is now retired and taking a vacation in Phoenix, Arizona with girlfriend Caitland. They are staying with friends for a few days.

Bobby Goode is a comedian from Phoenix, he’s made it to the big time and is back to do a few shows before heading off to New York. Betty and Donald O’Malley are at Bobby’s comedy show, but Donald isn’t in the mood for comedy, he’s just been made redundant and Bobby’s style of humour doesn’t sit well on Donald.

When a burnt out car is found with a charred body, detective Wynter Williams and team are called in, but there are few leads and the case looks like it’s going cold unless they can find the one clue to lead them to the killer.

This book has taken a turn away from the thriller style of the previous two Jake Robert’s books that I’ve read, this one is more relaxed with just one case to solve. The whole book works around Bobby Goode’s comedian theme with everyone joining in the banter. I would suggest that this will go down best with most American male readers of detective novels.

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Vanessa reviews Bells On Her Toes by Diana Febry

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Vanessa chose to read and review Bells On Her Toes by Diana Febry


“I have to start with the positives. This detective murder mystery had a lot of twists and I did not see the ending coming.

However, I have to admit that the range of characters and interview situations took me out of the story a lot and it wasn’t until I was about half way that it picked up the pace and I had to finish it to find out what was going to happen.

Having read a lot of Agatha Christie novels in my time, I think the problem was that I did not really like either of the main characters. They had too much emotional baggage which detracted from the mystery at hand. Both Poirot and Mrs Marple had solid characters that compel you to believe they will come up with the goods against the odds. The big reveal in Christie novels is always full of surprise.

In the case of “Bells on Her Toes” the finale fizzled out, and the tying up of loose ends did not add much to the story. I think that the removal of some characters would tighten up this plot. A romantic angle will also keep it more exciting. The romantic side of things was pretty depressing… unhappy marriage, woes of parenthood (I can relate to this one), and unfulfilled relationships.

Even so, worth a read if you enjoy detective mysteries.

I obtained it for free for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team. I can only hope this review is helpful in some way.”

Rated: 3 stars

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