You know those books you read that just set your reading gene on fire??? Well, we are in for a treat because one of my loyal blog readers has found such a gem and has given me permission to share her thoughts and the book with y’all!!!
Guest Review by Elisabeth, sometimes known as “Lucy”
A first for me, an author whose books I have really liked, Sheila York, sent me a pre-release copy of “No Broken Hearts”. I loved it. I liked it so much I wrote a review on Amazon. I tried to write a review on goodreads and on kobo, but couldn’t figure out how.
So now for my review: No Broken Hearts by Sheila York
This is an incredibly good book.
I read the first book in this series years ago in paperback and loved it. I liked it so much, I’ve kept my eye out for anything else by Sheila York. You know how oftentimes a series starts to sag after 3 books or so? Well for this series forgot that! This book is possibly even better than the first one, Star Struck Dead, (and also at Kobobooks) and I loved that one too. Moreover, you really don’t need to read the others for this one to make sense. You can start right in here. Of course then you will want to read the others too.
Set in 1947 Hollywood, I can’t even imagine a better noir. The war is finally over, but the euphoria has had some time to wear off. The film industry is beginning to get a whiff of the communist hysteria about to sweep careers out of the business. But the setting is not just a simple backdrop, it’s well developed and an integral part of the story. The delightful noir description illuminates the setting. For example, when she is describing a narrow diner: The cracked neon sign in the window had seen better days. The diner had never seen better days.
The characters are wonderfully drawn. Even the minor characters have depth. Especially if they turn out to not be so minor.
The mystery and the plot are fresh and full of surprises. Just when you think things are winding down to a satisfying ending, Lauren has a thought that won’t let us go, and off we go again. The plot is original. This is not a retread of the usual murder mystery. Sure it’s a murder mystery, but it’s not one I’ve ever seen before.
This book is flat out well written. And Ms. York doesn’t insult the intelligence of the reader. There are no dumb actions, nothing that is incredibly obvious to the reader that the characters remain oblivious to. There is nothing that doesn’t make sense that the author hides by making all the characters treat it as reasonable.
Read this book. If you liked Raymond Chandler, Sam Spade, and Humphrey Bogart, you will like this book. You’ll love it. If you are lucky, then you can read the other books by Sheila York. Then if we are all lucky, she’ll write another one.
Thank you Elisabeth!!!