Book Review of Better Off Dead by Michael Fleeman

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On August 17, 2014, around 7:30 pm, Robert Limon has been found dead by co-worker Shaun Ware. Both Robert and Shaun worked for BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway). Robert was soon to end his 12-hour day shift and Shaun was about to start is 12-hour graveyard shift. The apparent weapon was a .44 caliber revolver. The suspects aren’t many but the suspicions are all around. It’s not long before detectives are able to zone in on a suspect or suspects. When it comes to light a love triangle may have been the motive, the detectives have more than they can chew.Better Off Dead by Michael Fleeman poses a good premise and what could have been a great suspenseful read if it wasn’t for the extremely mediocre writing. From the first page to the last, the book left me wanting it to end rather than them find the killer or killers. I was flabbergasted to find out this is Michael Feldman’s 11th book.

The dialogue between two parties was long and drawn out. Basically, too much information. The descriptions of locations were also long and drawn out. I’m reading a murder mystery book, not a road atlas. Fleeman also lost me in a lot of places to where I had to go back to re-read passages or sections to figure out what’s going on.

I was let down down a great deal from this book. As mentioned the premise sounded great and I was expecting writing like that of Ann Rule and M. William Phelps. Instead, I got the writing of someone trying too hard to be a good writer of true crime.

I give this book 1star just on it writing alone. If the writing had been better I would have given the book 5 stars.

Sabrina and Robert Limon

Better Off Dead: A Sordid True Story of Sex, Sin and Murder

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