Murder at the End of the World: First Reviews

Some reviews have showed up! And here they are:

“Set in a world in a time-period where firearms are still in their early stages, this murder mystery is an unusual story. A murder that is apparently passionate and yet pre-meditated in a xenophobic and remote seaside town reminiscent of the ones in H.P. Lovecraft’s works promps the distant capital to send out Detective Allison Newberry. She has to pursue various unhelpful and often confusing leads in this town hostile to outsiders. She begins to unearth elements of bizarre rituals and strange stories that may or may not be linked to the murders. It is up to her to determine what is really going on, if there is a cover-up and who is responsible in this murder thriller. Readers familiar with Lovecraft will recognize elements from his stories. The story is well-written and will have you wanting to know what is going to happen next. Pet peeve: The author seems to confuse “purposely” and “purposefully”- a common mistake but one that one would expect the editor to catch. There are also a few typos/ misspellings like “alter” instead of “alter”. This is not a chronic problem in the book nor a prominent feature.”  3.5 out of 5 stars ~anredness [from LibraryThing]

“When the wife of a politician is murdered, detective Allison Newberry is sent in to investigate this complicated case. MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a mystery novel with elements of fantasy and horror. Great detective story. Thanks for sharing.” 4 out of 5 stars ~trishearl [from LibraryThing]

That may not seem like a whole lot, but it means a lot to me. That’s only two reviews so far, but they’re both positive and they both enjoyed the story they read. The first raises an issue I continue to have problems with: typos and such. It’s really incredibly hard to find all those without a third party editor, but I’m working even harder the next time around to make sure that even those few don’t make it through. A professionally published novel doesn’t have those issues and mine shouldn’t either, regardless of the fact that it’s self-published.

I’ll be sure to post more reviews as they come in.


Another review came in:

“A murder mystery with elements of fantasy and horror. Allison is called in for a high profile murder in the middle of nowhere, and it quickly becomes serial.

The plot behind the story was creative and well thought out, the execution though, not so much. Overall the prose was on the poor side, and there were a few grammatical errors. Some accents were written in a very over-the-top manner. The descriptions of characters tended to be an all-tell, with no showing. The detective aspect of the book felt rather fake, as she was more often lucky than actually thinking through the case. The ending has a lovely plot twist that ties everything together, even though the perpetrator isn’t surprising. So I wouldn’t completely write off Garrett, I’d just wait on a more polished work to come along.

Nibble: “Ice hung in thick spikes from the roof above the window, waiting to pop loose and crash down onto some unsuspecting pedestrian’s head.”

I would recommend this as a quick and easy read.” 1.5 out of 5 stars, munchingontheapple [from LibraryThing]

Not quite as enthusiastic as the other two, but what can I do? The book’s done, it’s not going to radically change. It would be nice if I could please everyone, but that’s never going to happen. So you’ve got to expect that some negative reviews are going to show up, no matter how hard you worked and no matter how good you think your book is. That’s just how it is. Unless there’s a flood of negative reviews, however, I’m not going to worry too much. Even so, this is another one of the steps I’ve got to take, to read the negative reviews and think about how I can do a better job next time. It’s another log thrown on the fire burning in my writer-soul.


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