Snapdragon by Michelle Woody ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Snapdragon

Author: Michelle Woody

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/21/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller


Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.

James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?

When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?

My View:

Books need to grab you in the beginning and this one simply didn’t do it.

Right away there’s several characters but no description of them and all their voices were the same. There was no distinction whatsoever and I was immediately lost. And I stayed lost.

There’s a lot of dialogue, which is something I usually like, but here the words simply ended with the dialogue tag. There was hardly any action tags that showed what the characters were doing as they spoke. So not only could I not picture the characters, I couldn’t picture the setting either.

And the dialogue expressed hardly any emotion at all. In one conversation two of the characters, Chris and Dylan, are talking about Chris’s new boyfriend and Dylan suggests the bf could be a killer. This is Chris’s response.

“He’s not,” Chris said. “We’ve been friends for several years.”

There should be some emotion in that sentence if he’s trying to defend the man he’s dating but the dialogue is just flat.

This writing style might work for some readers but it didn’t for me.


Snapdragon on Goodreads
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Amazon US
Amazon UK
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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