Book Review: Private Eye by Jason Deas

Cameron Caldwell left his job in the police force of a small town in disgrace allegedly, because of his drinking and assault of a police officer, but the real reason behind his departure is his secret sight and corruption. Newly arrived in Miner’s Bluff, he sets up his own private detective agency and meets the locals. However, the murder of Mayor and self-proclaimed richest man in town, Billy Prescott, draws Cam into an investigation where his new friends are the prime suspects. Can he find the killer and save himself from his old boss who is gunning for him?

This was a short, easy to read crime thriller with a bit of a supernatural twist, which hits the road running. There is no lengthy preamble as you are launched into the unusual world of Cam Caldwell. Initially his predilection for alcohol has you labelling him as a big booze hound, but you soon discover he drinks to dull the special sight he possesses. The characters in this book are eccentric and larger than life, which is no mean fear for a relatively short read with so much going on.

Small town politics and gossip aside I enjoyed the unravelling of this mystery thriller, the conclusion to which I did not see coming. The eccentric artist Claude and his sister Daphne along with a turner and Hank make up an unlikely tram of support for our usually inebriated hero. The book is gory in parts but not enough to challenge those who are sensitive to blood and guts and although I found it engaging I wasn’t at the edge of my seat whilst reading this one. Apart from the odd forgive able typo, this book was a pleasure to read and the characters are very worthy of a revisit in future. I hope to read more about Cam and his choices in future books.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Private Eye by Jason Deas

  1. Neat review…but were you reading an ARC or proof copy? If not, I’m not sure I’m find any typos acceptable! They disturb my reading, breaking the magic, and speak volumes about how the author, editor and publisher actually value the book. Typos and formatting glitches in the finished product always make me think: “Well, the author or publisher can’t be bothered enough to produce the book properly, so why should I be bothered to read it”.

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    • This was not an ARC but I’ve had to relax my standards since I’ve been reviewing Kindle books as so many have typos and stuff. Luckily, this one only had two I spotted but I have had a huge number of ARCs recently that no one seems to have proofread or they gave up halfway through. I know it is disconcerting but I still enjoyed reading some of them.

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      • Ah, that’s one of my big bugbears about reading on my kindle – so many books are not properly converted or formatted! One of the (many) reasons I prefer a physical, in your hands, book with pages to turn. But I’m still less tolerant than you. Poor proof reading in a published product really bugs me.

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      • I do seem to annoy a lot of authors by asking for a kindle file to review but I don’t read books on my tablet and laptop and don’t want to make myself uncomfortable reviewing, so I don’t accept books unless they are in mobi file for kindle and suitably formatted. The odd mistake like, if instead of it, I can overlook but repetitive mistakes do result in me subtracting stars. It’s just annoying and takes the polish off a book. You can certainly tell which authors have invested in a good proofreader and I’m very grateful to the ones that do!

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