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Death and a Life in Emerald Cove by Jay Cantrell

Author's Description:
Bryant Hawkins was a good cop with a bad run of luck. At the lowest point of his life, he leaves his job and his home for a shot at paradise - and winds up in a bigger mess than he left behind. [Note: Codes are not reflective of character interactions. They represent thematic elements only. Readers are urged to view the Author's Note before beginning the story.]
Size: 1431 KB ( ~ 271,360 words)
Genre: Suspense
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Ma/ft, ft/ft, Fa/ft, Rape, Mystery, Torture, Violent

Review by Threesheets   [other reviews by Threesheets]

Reviewed: 2014-08-04

Once again, Jay Cantrell has set the bar high. Death and Life, covers the despair of a cop at the lowest and ends at the highest.

No spoilers here.

A couple of cases that could be stand alone stories and an end that you could have seen coming but were pleased with regardless.

Good police work, good courtroom narrative and a damned good story all the way around.

Don't miss this one!

No FD hankies but a good feeling.


Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by woodwiz   [other reviews by woodwiz]

Reviewed: 2014-07-26

This one was really hard to put down. It’s an excellent detective novel or should I say pair of detective novels. It actually read like two books in a series. Book one is the opening that lays the background and includes a very well written investigation and trial. It could easily have stopped there and left me satisfied. Book two builds the relationships and includes a second difficult case and ends at a really high point. There could certainly be sequels but none are necessary.

The author did a great job on building the suspense and the characters, both the heroes and the criminals. There is a great supporting cast too. There are a few places where I feel like things went a bit too easily but it sure kept my interest. The book really doesn’t have any sex scenes so be forewarned, this is a detective story not an erotic story. I’m glad I read it after it was complete since many of the chapters ended on cliffhangers. Those are an art this author has certainly mastered.

Highly recommended!

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by fuzzywuzzy   [other reviews by fuzzywuzzy]

Reviewed: 2014-05-16 - (Review Updated: 2014-07-26)

Well, well! This is one of the best Police Procedural storie I have had the pleasure to read on SOL. It gives me great pleasure to award it Ten acrossd the board. On top of that Jay has amassed a terrific download score, somewhere just short of a Billion ... well it seems like it. On top of that the vote is closing in on eight point five and mounting.

Our Hero is a Cop who is pissed off at Chicago, and moves down to Emerald Cove in the Southern States where he takes over as temporary Police Chief until his old partner can make it down to assume the duties of Chief so he can take over as Chief of Detectives. Between them they re-organise the force and solve crimes that have been on the books for years. It is a tour de force and Jay should be justifiably proud of his efforts.

So, read it carefully and enjoy it as much as I did!

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10