Bartender, PI by Ethan Stone ~ Review by Brandilyn

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Title: Bartender, PI (2nd ed)

Author: Ethan Stone

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over slinging drinks in Tampa. He’s inept as a bartender, so when the opportunity arises to train as a private investigator he takes it. He’s not very good at that either, but he still manages to get hired to follow fashion mogul Quentin Faulkner.

Linc’s incompetence is a hindrance, but Brady Williams, Faulkner’s studly bodyguard, may prove to be his undoing. Brady is drawn to Linc, despite his bungling, and that stupidity may be just what’s needed to solve the case and save their lives.
Second Edition. A scene of approximately 2,000 words was added.

My View

People who know me know that my reaction to humor is subdued. Things most people find laugh out loud funny I just roll my eyes at and move on… sometimes they might elicit a smile. So to get me laughing out loud in just 82 short pages is quite a feet. Ethan Stone accomplished this feat not once, but twice with his tongue-in-cheek look at the life of the bumbling Linc Carpenter, ex-hockey star turned beer slinging PI (there were also numerous smiles to be had).

Linc lost everything he ever worked for when he tricked with the wrong man’s son. He is trying to start over, but his lack of any non-hockey related skills, and really any life skills or common sense, tend to hamper his efforts. Enter Brady. I will be honest; I have no clue what Brady sees in Linc. Linc would probably drive me up the wall in about five minutes, in real life, but in the context of the story, I just had to shake my head, smile, and see what came next.

The story is told completely from the first person, which I know some do not like, but I truly enjoy. As such, you get to feel the total lack of guile Linc has for his utter ineptitude. I would love to know a little more about Brady, so I could understand what he sees in Linc.  That knowledge, however is not essential to the enjoyment of the story.

You may be asking yourself, “Self, I read this story already; why would I read it again?” Well, my answer to you is “Do it!” The additional scene, alone, is worth the hour or so it will take to re-read this title. If you have not yet had the pleasure to reading Bartender, PI, I recommend it. Don’t go into Bartender, PI looking for a serious story with a deep and meaningful mystery. Take it for what it is, a little levity in your day and a smile on your face.

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I would like to thank Ethan Stone for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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