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How much do you enjoy mysteries? Well, if you aren’t sure of your answer then join the club! Out of the many books that I have read, the mystery genre has been relatively untouched by me.
That all changed when I read my first mystery novel, Can’t Stop the Funk. I was nervous and apprehensive to try and read this novel because I have never really had an interest in trying mysteries before. But, there is a first time for everything and I promised I was going to give this one a try.
About The Book
- Can’t Stop The Funk
- Series: Book 3
- Author: H. Max Hiller
- Genre: Mystery
- Publisher: Indies United Publishing House, LLC
- Release Date: October 30, 2015
- Format: Kindle and Paperback
- 250 pages
Can’t Stop the Funk takes place 5 years after hurricane Katrina hit and displaced many homes, including those in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. After all the destruction, a few real estate developers want to get their hands wet and are threatening to displace the cities poorest residents.This grabs the attention NOPD’S Chief of Detectives and Chief Avery is willing to risk the unintended consequences of having Detective “Cadillac” Holland on the case. It’s also an election year and the developers have the backing of the city councilwoman. It is up to Detective Holland to secure justice where no crime is found.
About The Author
My relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen. My foodservice resume now includes many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations. I no longer reside in New Orleans full time but I keep to the expat creed of “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.”
A devoted reader of detective and crime novels, I have worked as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways since Hurricane Katrina and began thinking up stories about a detective living in post-Katrina New Orleans, which I now write in my spare time.
My life is divided between working on the water and preserving a Victorian-era home in Hannibal, Missouri that I share with my wife and our rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.
I was actually a bit bored at first and I wasn’t sure where the story was headed. A part of this might have been due to the fact that I had a predisposed thought that reading mysteries would be different from reading any other genre in the book world. I enjoyed reading the book and I felt that it was a good book to dip my toes into the world of mystery.
The storyline has no faults that I can point out. I was able to follow along seamlessly and although their were some boring moments, I thought that everything was necessary in order to put it all together in the end. This book does speak heavily into the real estate and political world.
I am not a person who knows much about either of these subjects. I believe that this is the reason that I felt there were boring moments. So, if you understand and even enjoy reading about real estate or politics, I think you won’t just like this book, you’ll love it.
Aside from the relatively few boring moments, I did enjoy a good chunk of the plot. I can tell that the author, H. Max Hiller, spent a lot of time making sure everything fit together like a little puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed his ability to make me think about what was happening as it was happening.
This was another spectacular part of Can’t Stop the Funk. The book is set in New Orleans and I got a pretty good feel for what New Orleans is like as well as the people within New Orleans. I must give special note the description of every meal that took place in the book because I got hungry every time!
Seriously, I would be reading the book, a scene where the characters are eating would come up, I would read it, then I would scream for my significant other to come in the room and I’d ask what we should have for dinner that night. I thought that was pretty awesome considering there are no pictures in the book.
One thing I do wish had been described a little more was the environment. If the buildings and surrounding areas had been described in as much detail as the food was, I think the world-building aspect of the book would have been perfect.
This is where my quip comes in. I actually liked a lot of the characters and H. Max Hiller did a great job in separating the good guys from the bad guys. The problem I had was that I actually found some of the side characters more interesting than the main character; Detective Holland.
When it came to Detective Holland, I felt like I didn’t get to know many different sides to him. I knew his detective/analytical mind quite well by the end of the book, but nothing else. In fact, I was more curious about his past than who he was in the present.
I also found his sister extremely interesting and I would jump at the chance to read a book from her point of view. She is extremely smart, witty, and fierce. I think that if I had gotten the chance to know more about Detective Holland, I would have liked the book a lot more.
The writing style in Can’t Stop the Funk is very unique and is extremely consistent throughout the entire novel. While I like consistency, I felt a little variety would have actually propelled this novel even further. The book is told from the point of view of Detective Holland, and as such, the reader is inside his head.
As I read the book, it gave all the stereotypical mystery vibes that you see in movies/tv shows. I’m talking, seeing the screen in black and white, trench coats, and smog, and lastly, monologues. This is what I pictured the entire time even if that is not what the H. Max Hiller intended.
In fact, monologuing is what stuck the most for me. I felt like the book was just one giant monologue and I wanted just a little bit of variety to change that up.
Overall, I have to give this book a 4/5 star rating. Can’t Stop the Funk had great parts to it with relatively few things that I didn’t like. It was an introduction to the mystery genre for me. Even though I liked the book, I don’t know if this genre is the right one for me.
I think that anyone who reads and enjoys mysteries will get a kick out of this one and really enjoy it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. One thing that I will say, is that it gave me enough of a nudge that I will try out a few more mystery novels to confirm or deny my feelings toward the genre. If you want to give this book a go, click the button below. This is a book that I would definitely recommend you give a try!
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