How the Mighty Fall by E.J. Chadwell #review
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How The Mighty Fall
by E.J. Chadwell
Genre: Crime Mystery Thriller
The mysterious disappearance of media mogul Connie Ross during a party on her yacht exposes a web of dark and twisted secrets. Jimmy Frail, Chief of Detectives, suspecting foul play and the potential media circus, partners a most unlikely pair of detectives. Gigi Mirabelli, a missing persons’ officer, is recalled early from maternity leave to work with Harry Burns, a brilliant, but tormented homicide detective looking to restart his sidelined career. Suspecting murder, but unable and needing to prove it, Mirabelli and Burns must first find a way to work together before they can hope to solve this perplexing crime.
How the Mighty Fall is a detective novel that promises mystery, drama and, perhaps, the building on a very strong bond. First of all, the title of the novel is quite intriguing. It lead you to believe that a celeb or any figure of power would find its doom, one way or another. That and the very first chapter of the novel totally grab me. The very first chapters of the story transport you to one of those old black and white detective novels in which the murdered, unashamedly, gets close to the victim and, protected by the trust or foolishness of their target, and get rid of his/her problem. I must confess that the first chapter was my favorite. The level of details and language the author used really took me to the Connie’s ‘floating castle’. I saw her struggling to breathe as her murder stroked her back until a push ended everything for the mogul diva.
Personally, I think the E.J.’s characters in this novel are quite unique. Hollywood and several romance novels have made many, including myself, to picture a detective as this handsome and charming jerk that is there to save the damsel in distress, even if she is personally capable of save herself and would probably kick his butt for it, and solve the mystery, usually with the help of his colleges or leading lady. Nevertheless, Mirabelli and Burns are not what I would have expected. Our heroine is a police officer in the missing person’s department that is in maternity leave. On the other hand, our ‘hero’ is a short man that seems to be cranky, drunk, and sarcastic person that loves to be a jerk most of the time. I was completely amazed by the openly the author introduced their defects as well as their virtues. Mentioning that Maribelli has not lost her baby weight, the barrel shaped body of Burns, the maniacal driving skills of Maribelli, and more are some of the reason why I felt this novel truly has a unique and, somehow, pleasant and funny character.
The topics covered by the novel are quite strung and our villain would have you turning the pages as fast as you could, making you want to give our dear detectives a run for their money. You would start wondering the reason why Connie Ross was killed and, as the detectives dig deeper into her relationships and past, you will realize that sometimes there is more to a celeb mogul that pretty dressed, expensive yachts, and all that materialistic stuff that we tend to envy them. Everyone has their secrets but…what if yours are dark enough to consume you?
5 hearts ❤
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