Summary from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review. Hitchcock Brown is a private investigator. “Walking Backwards” is the story of a case he has taken on that may be just a little out of his league. Using his intelligence, wit and unusual sense of humor he attempts to solve the mystery. He also hopes to survive long enough to do so.
I was given a copy from the author in return for an honest review. Please be aware that my review may contain spoilers. Part one of the series.
My Review. The title is great and in just a page or two you have an insight of what it means, great start. This is a shortish book, a quick read, but there is loads going on. There are no grammatical or spelling errors which is a joy when reading debut novels. It is one of those books you can read if you keep getting interrupted as it is easy to pick up and put down. It is very original. Written in the first person from the point of the private detective this is a humourous novel, there is no gore/blood or violence, another plus in my point of view.
One of the funniest parts of the books is the part about the coffee maker, you just have to read it to see what I mean. Mr. Brown is a believable character. There is little detail about his background as a prosecuting attorney. I wonder if there will be some in the second book Two Thursdays (another Hitchcock Brown Adventure). I can see a complete series of Hitchcock Brown detective novels in the future.
My main gripe would be the cover of the book, to get the right cover is just as hard as the writing itself, but having said that it is not as bad as some novels on the market. The ending is a little of an anticlimax, it needs to be spiced up a little.
I would definitely read a sequel and I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars. A great start from C. Martin Stepp. read my review of the book Two Thursdays
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