Two Birds with One Stone: Janet Brooks

Detective Sophia Stone has aspirations of being a high-profile police officer like her deceased father. Trying to establish herself as a mover & shaker in law enforcement, she launches her own private detective practice. A big break comes her way when the current police commissioner asks for her help in a huge case. In exchange for being deputized, she agrees to solve the case. However, she has no idea what she’s getting in to.

Commissioner Davis needs her to crack a case involving a serial bomber. Numerous businesses have been targeted & the community is in fear. After committing to the case, Sophia is visited by a new client. Wanda Wolfgart is desperate to find her daughter. Melissa left her babysitting job and never made it home. An unconventional call to Wanda claimed kidnappers had Melissa, demanding a $1 million payment for her return. Now, Sophia has two very important cases on the docket. She’ll need all her courage and intelligence to tackle these.

‘Two Birds’ is a novella. It’s very quick- about 30-45 minutes to read. The plot wasn’t bad. A female detective trying to live up to expectations works for a lead character. But, the book is flawed in a number of ways. For starters, the author consistently mixes up character names. There aren’t a lot of characters to begin with which made the issue worse. She does this to the point that readers will need to back-up to re-read passages & figure out which one she’s really referring to at the time.

When the author mentions the number of bombings and facts surrounding the bombing case, her math his way off. Then, she rushed to the ending to the point that the suspect made perfect sense, but how they catch said suspect is too simple. It made no sense.

Hopefully, in future installments, our author will have a better editor & take more time surmising the story. I have to give it 2 stars.

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