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  • Benton's best work to date!

    The Slim Hardy mysteries is a hardboiled, almost noir-ish series set in more-or-less-present-day Britain. The books follow ex-soldier and current P.I. Slim Hardy as he solves cases and battles his inner demons, alcoholism being the most dangerous—and prominent. In Eight Days, Slim finds himself hired by the parents of a teenaged girl who went missing for eight days and returned home, her mother says, a changed person. The kidnapper was never found. It's an intriguing setup for a P.I., and one that leads to a page-turning plot and some memorable characters—the best of whom is Bernadette, a world-weary teenager and classmate of the kidnapped girl. (I hope you're planning to give Bernadette a spin-off series, Mr. Benton—she deserves it!) Benton often writes with an unflinching eye about the benders Slim goes on—for staying on the wagon is not easy for him. It doesn't romanticize his alcoholism, but neither does it completely demonize it. The dialogue is smart and real, the action moves the reader along quickly, and the twists? The twists are the best kind—I didn't see them coming but in hindsight knew I should have. Eight Days is exceptional; Benton's best work to date. Raw, propulsive, and heartfelt, this mystery was impossible to put down. Highly recommended.

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  • Top mystery read !!

    Another great 'Slim' Hardy mystery that kept me guessing all the way thru. It also made me feel homesick but was also lovely to read as I an very familiar with the area. Top writing and lots of evocative descriptions of places. It's also great to read a book that doesn't have a predictable ending! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Eight Days

    A great read! Twists and turns keep the suspense alive and have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Mystery and intrigue makes it hard to stop turning the pages. A well written mystery read you want to have on your reading list. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Eight Days

    Another great episode in this series, looking forward to the next one.

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  • Good title

    Another detective mystery solved by Slim and his unlikely assistant, Bernadette. Good set of character and a reasonably good reveal at the end, if somewhat complicated. Perhaps Slim and Bernadette can team up again in future stories, when she's older. Not a bad read overall and worth a look.

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