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    A Different World!

    I’ve never read a book of this genre but it won’t be the last. Stayed up late every night - such a fun read! The entire time, I was envisioning Sam Spade/Humphrey Bogart. (With a surprise guest - I’m not giving it away.)
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    Shadow Stitcher

    I LOVED this book. The characters are well fleshed out. It was a great and believable combination of characters, mystery, a believable fantasy world, and fun. It kept me interested and reading and totally involved with the story. I loved the noir aspect. This story can be enjoyed by fantasy readers, mystery readers, and people who like noir detective novels. I give it 5 stars. Fantastic. I look forward to a sequel - please!!
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    Murder Mystery in Neverland

    When I read, I tend to alternate between Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction, so interestingly enough, the last two books I read combined my interests, being an SF/mystery and this fantasy/mystery. The cover grabbed me right away (shallow, I know) because of the classic sepia-toned noir image was combined with a bit of fancy. Please tell me the buildings in Everland are not that tall. I really enjoyed this. It reminded me (favourably) of the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, although not with as much sharp wit. I found Basil Stark's sarcasm could make me smile, but not laugh out loud. Still, for a first outing this is quite a good story. I thought bringing Neverland into the 1950s was a wise choice, considering the inherent racism of the original; the slightly less racist present of the 1950s was a better step than trying to bring Everland all the way into the twenty-first century. I really liked the characters. Unfortunately, although I've read the original Peter Pan, I still had caricatures from the Disney movie stuck in my head for the first half of the book.
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    Intelligent, snarky murder mystery

    An intelligent, snarky noir set in 1950s industralized Neverland? What's not to love? This novel hit all the right things for me: a mystery that was complex and satisfying without being convoluted just for the sake of it, a twist that felt earned and didn't come entirely out of left-field, characters who were interesting and whose motivations slowly unspooled in a really satisfying way, and just the right balance of magic and grime. I have a hard time with dark Peter Pan retellings because sometimes I feel that they lose the spark of magic and wonder that made Peter Pan so beautiful, but Handman does an incredible job of keeping that wonder and magic alive, even in a gritty 1950s industrialized version of the setting we all know and love so much. Stark is nuanced and flawed in just the right ways, and Holly is a character I want to come back to over and over. It's also worth noting that he tackles the complex challenge of Barry's "indians" with grace and aplomb, creating a truly unique culture and a set of characters I can't wait to see more of. I hope this is is the first in a long set of Basil Stark mysteries!
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    Engrossing Read

    Delightful noir fantasy. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
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