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Flashbulb Memories will have you in tears and will have you shouting for joy. I really felt both Jack and Lucy's emotions and it was very hard to put the book down until I was able to know both the past and the future outlook for Jack and Lucy. John Kemp has done a marvellous job of writing this novella with beautiful feeling and insight. I really enjoyed Flashbulb Memories and highly recommend it.
This Kindle book turned out to be much more enjoyable than I anticipated since the blurb in Goodreads gave very little information about it beyond stating it is was about a soldier who has lost his memory and has to choose his future. I won't go any further to avoid spoiling the story for others but definitely recommend this novel. Although romance is not my favorite genre, this book has much more depth to it than so many of the novels in the romance genre.
Film Noirs and Mini Bars (A Sterling P.I. Series) by John Kemp is an entertaining murder mystery novel with the magnetism of a Philip Marlowe mystery. Altogether, this is an excellent murder mystery novel, and even though it is set in the twenty-first century, it is an amazing tribute to the sleuths of a bygone era.
With his latest novella John Kemp dives into the film noir genre, & in Sterling, he has created a memorable character who could easily have stepped out of the pages of one of James M. Cain's classics... Sterling is cynical and world-wise but is self-deprecating about his faults and failures, and colours his running inner monologue throughout with a sardonic humour that makes him a most agreeable tour guide into his seedy underworld workplace.
...Far Reaching Aspects by John Kemp is a disturbing tale that holds the reader's attention as they unravel the events at an old vacated property. Told from the main character, Daniel's, point of view, it is an enigmatic narrative with the characters floating phantom-like from past to present... Daniel's conceptual view of the other characters and their role is ambiguous, giving the reader a puzzle to figure out. This is a great story for those who love abstract mystery novels.
I was drawn into Flashbulb Memories from the start and didn't interrupt it for a moment. WWII was such a significant time so that period is always intriguing for me. I have been to Normandy, walked on the beaches, remembering my uncle being there during the invasion. Really liked the characters here and their story held my interest. Since it was late at night and I was not sleepy, I was happy to remember this book silently waiting for me to enjoy. Look forward to John Kemp's next one! Thanks for a perfect ending to my day.
Reading John Kemp's children's epic fantasy, Vanished into Thin Air reminded me yet again why I love the fantasy genre... ... Kemp's In-Between World is beautifully described, and the history of the battle between Trannan and the evil Brolin, presented in the beginning of the tale, sets up the story perfectly. I smiled as I read Vanished into Thin Air and I'm looking forward to the next volume in this series… Highly recommended.
Go undercover and discover the underbelly of Manchester in the exciting novella, Film Noirs and Spanish Guitars (A Sterling P.I. Series) by John Kemp. Sterling may have his issues, but he uses them to expand his experiences of life. I really enjoyed reading this novella. I am great fan of the noir genre. I enjoyed the story; it was fun and upbeat in a grimy sort of way and held all of the thrill and shadow play of a classic noir. Regardless of how you like your thrillers, this story is a great intriguing read. I look forward to the next installment! I would recommend this book to lovers of mystery, noir, and light, cozy crime reads.
With a light and eminently readable touch, the author combines elements of mystery, murder and fantasy, in The Secret Letterbox, with well-drawn, sympathetic characters into a story which keeps you guessing to the end. Couldn't put it down!
John Kemp captures the language and feel of the film noir genre with tough-talk and inuendo. His P.I. Sterling is likable and the story is peppered with colorful characters and plot twists. When I finished the book, I wanted a drink and a smoke! I can't wait for the next case.
This novella was a delightful read. The title reveals the style of the book and throughout the reading I could picture myself watching a Film Noir. Follow PI Sterling and his dry sense of humor in a story of murder, double crosses, deceit, trickery and everything else a black and white detective Film Noir would feature… If you want to reminisce in the Film Noir genre you won't be disappointed. I think the novella format was well suited for the style of writing and I am looking forward to more of the same in the series.
John Kemp's private investigator Sterling is back in form! Staying closer to home and strictly business for this outing, Kemp puts our hero right into his latest case. The tough talk and shadowy moods are there, and a few twists.This is a highly recommended book series that's fun to read...Looking forward to the next adventure: Sterling rides the rails!
John Kemp's story, set in the waning days of World War II, invites the reader to share in the protagonist's personal journey from war to peace. Wonderfully written in a style that gives the reader a feel for bygone days while keeping the mystery taut, this is a compelling read that is full of charm. Highly recommended!
Go undercover and discover the underbelly of Manchester in the exciting novella, Film Noirs and Spanish Guitars (A Sterling P.I. Series) by John Kemp. Sterling may have his issues, but he uses them to expand his experiences of life. I really enjoyed reading this novella. I am great fan of the noir genre. I enjoyed the story; it was fun and upbeat in a grimy sort of way and held all of the thrill and shadow play of a classic noir. Regardless of how you like your thrillers, this story is a great intriguing read. I look forward to the next instalment! I would recommend this book to lovers of mystery, noir, and light, cozy crime reads.
Top Read! If you like crime, you will love this, up to his usual excellent standard. I didn't put it down until I had stopped reading it, the characters are believable and lifelike as in Trouble in Bath.
This is a good read. I really enjoyed it. It's a cool take on the Noir Genre.
Another enjoyable read from this author where he has the ability to transport the reader into his world purely with text. A good book with colourful characters & keeps you guessing to the very end. Most enjoyable.
This is the second novella in the Film Noirs series, but it can be read as a stand alone. As the title reveals the style is against the backdrop of the Film Noir genre with its wonderful narration reminiscent of that genre. PI Sterling investigates the case of a missing person and gets himself into several awkward situations. This second book develops the main character of the series and there is much more.... of his witty dry humour. It’s a quick read and certainly recommended for any murder-mystery fan, and for those who want a reading trip down the Film Noir memory lane.
With his latest novella John Kemp dives into the film noir genre, & in Sterling, he has created a memorable character who could easily have stepped out of the pages of one of James M. Cain's classics; I personally would cast Robert Mitchum to play him in the movie version. Sterling is cynical and world-wise but is self-deprecating about his faults and failures, and colours his running inner monologue throughout with a sardonic humour that makes him a most agreeable tour guide into his seedy underworld workplace; along the way we meet a host of other equally memorable characters who crawl in and out of the shadows to wreak havoc for Sterling. It is clear that the author has an abiding affection for film noir and he more than ably captures the settings and speech that give noir its distinctive sense of time and place. I eagerly await the next chapter in Sterling's story.
A real gem of a crime thriller. John Kemp at his best. A detective novel with a clever plot full of twists and turns. I read it in one session.