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Rigor Mortis is both just like other mystery novels featuring a private investigator and his trusty sidekick, and completely unlike those same books The primary mystery is finding a missing person for a client with all the investigation and questioning of people, consideration of motives others might have to do the person harm, and blah, blah, blah You know the formula There are some interesting twists in that story line and it is well done, but it isn t what sets Rigor Mortis apart from the Rigor Mortis is both just like other mystery novels featuring a private investigator and his trusty sidekick, and completely unlike those same books The primary mystery is finding a missing person for a client with all the investigation and questioning of people, consideration of motives others might have to do the person harm, and blah, blah, blah You know the formula There are some interesting twists in that story line and it is well done, but it isn t what sets Rigor Mortis apart from the pack.That Dex Morneau s trusty sidekick just showed up one day and convinced him to give her a job, yet remains a mystery to him and, from what he s able to find, has no history prior to starting work, is the mystery that drew me in the most.And then there is Decker s writing style In many ways it feels like a classic hard boiled detective, if a touchliterate But it is a unique voice Sometimes it threw me with a word choice, as in the very first line, The human body demurring to death is never pretty I had to read that again and then spend a few seconds pondering the use of demurring A perfectly good word for what is being described, but hardly typical Other times, these same word choices resulted in lines that left me slack jawed One example is in Decker s book blurb, lifted directly from Morneau s description of Danning near the beginning, where he describes her as having, sauntered into his life, all tits, temperament and testicular torture, and she s been an invective spewing shackle around his tackle ever since I know, alliteration and rhyme are nothing new, but are seldom done that well Another example comes later when Morneau says this about Danning Carla s one of those it s written all over her face kind of gals I m guessing she s horrible at poker Expressive is the word that comes to mind She doesn t seem to have an internal edit button You know, that thing that keeps the average person from dropping the f bomb at a PTA function or the Vatican.Rigor Mortis had me alternating between laughing, trying to fit the puzzle pieces together, and muttering to myself, Damn, that was a great line Originally written for Books and Pals book blog May have received a free review copy Dex Morneau, down at the heel PI, is hired to investigate the disappearance of a client s cousin, Crystal Bell They quickly happen across her body As Dex and his recently acquired assistant, Carla Danning, try to find the killer they become embroiled in a plot much wider than either expected Sometimes stories require a suspension of disbelief from the reader watcher In the case of Rigor Mortis there were several instances where this was needed Unfortunately these were so large that it too Dex Morneau, down at the heel PI, is hired to investigate the disappearance of a client s cousin, Crystal Bell They quickly happen across her body As Dex and his recently acquired assistant, Carla Danning, try to find the killer they become embroiled in a plot much wider than either expected Sometimes stories require a suspension of disbelief from the reader watcher In the case of Rigor Mortis there were several instances where this was needed Unfortunately these were so large that it took the shine off the story for me More on this shortly Rigor Mortis is written in the first person, observed through Dex s eyes He s a man with a deep seated problem which he deals with by drinking to excess Excessive excess Over time we learn that Dex used to be a writer and gave it all up Which brings in Carla Provocative verbally and bodily she has major problems too These, and how she ends up with Dex, which are explained as the story unfolds.The pair investigate the death of Crystal Bell, a cleaner and employee of a local company The story itself was relatively well written and the pace clips along However there were several elements that I struggled with First is the constantly provocative nature of Carla Rather than being sassy and driven I found her crude and slightly irritating Then there s Dex, he s a bit too much of a drunk.Then we come to the suspension of disbelief The crux of the story is there s been a massive oil spill Basically it s massive and no one has paid it any attention Really A few cleaners locally to mop up tonnes of material I don t think so It would be all over the news Sorry, too much of a stretch.And how Carla ended up with Dex Also a stretch Not a bad story, but it just didn t capture me Originally review for Books Pals blog May have received free review copy Bogart ishMy first thought was that I was reading the Maltese Falcon Very old 1940 s style wording, real Bogie Bacall style One liner even says Bacall with big booms and Bogie between barbers Once you get used to the rhythm, good mystery and excitement Will read next in series Bogart ishMy first thought was that I was reading the Maltese Falcon Very old 1940 s style wording, real Bogie Bacall style One liner even says Bacall with big booms and Bogie between barbers Once you get used to the rhythm, good mystery and excitement Will read next in series |EBOOK ♿ Rigor Mortis ⚆ Dex Morneau is a self described long haired heap of sinew and gristle, with too few clients and too much drinking time on his hands He s comfortable in his own skin, uncomfortable around anyone else s tired, apathetic, and generally resigned to both, due to his propensity toward circumspection He supplements his private detective work with process serving, and is none too happy about that fact Six months ago, Carla Danning sauntered into his life, all tits, temperament and testicular torture, and she s been an invective spewing shackle around his tackle ever since