Rock, Mike, and Ike–What a Threesome!

April 10, 2011

Interesting, some of the items that entice me to read a book. Meeting the author is on top of my list–with book covers, and story blurbs close behind. What keeps me reading are an appealing protagonist that draws me into interesting and puzzling circumstances, and the ability of the author “to take-me-there” location-wise. Rock of Morro Bay by K.M. Kavanagh, is an all-point winner!

The Irresistible "Woodie"

To start, the picture of the Plymouth Woodie on the back cover of Rock of Morro Bay is wonderful. Somehow, and that’s the beauty of it, from that picture I made a connection to a yet unknown-to-me protagonist, and the world of the story.

Then on the personal level, I’ve met K.M. (Karen) several times at events, but because I was talking to so many people, and doing so many things, I’ve never gotten to talk to her enough. So, I finally made the time to read Rock of Morro Bay to get to know Karen better through her writing. I also remembered her telling me something like, “it’s a quick read,” or “it’s an easy read,” and I’ve had her book near the top of my stack for far too long. I’m so glad I finally met P.I. Rock Martinez!

Karen’s novel did go fast, but that’s because it was an enjoyable story, crisply and intelligently written, that immediately took me to California’s Central Coast—through the eyes of a protagonist I came to really like.

Here I go again, on what I usually don’t rush to read—PIs and first person. But I liked Karen so much, I took the leap—and what an excellent job she did with Rock Martinez. Which shows me, yet again, how ridiculous it is to set up literary boundaries. In the past, first person has been problematic for me if I didn’t like the protagonist, or their lens into the world. Not in this case—I was right there with Rock all the way. Bravo, Karen!

And Mike and Ike, I just loved them (you’ll have to read the book to find out what these crazy characters have to say)—the wait isn’t long, they speak out early on…such fun! Karen does an excellent job with dialog, brings the reader to her “location” easily, and tells an interesting (and appropriately complicated) “catch the bad guys and solve the puzzle” story.

However, reader beware, there’s deeper stuff lurking to grab you in Karen’s novel—like complex back-story depth, the “character” Sol, the music and lyrics connections, the chapter titles—and then those sea gulls…very nice.

Alright, if I’m not immediately drawn to Private Detectives or first person novels, why am I looking forward to Rock Martinez’s next adventure? Must be something Karen is doing that’s so very right…

Karen’s website is http://www.rockofmorrobay.com/Page.html, and her books can be purchased at signings (for list) http://www.sevensisterspress.com/RockofMorroBay.html and online at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Morro-Bay-k-kavanagh/dp/0977124630/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302357881&sr=8-1..

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5 Responses to “Rock, Mike, and Ike–What a Threesome!”

  1. I agree. The book kept me turning pages long into the night with all its twists and turns.

  2. Great review, Madeline! If ever I wrote a novel I would want YOU to review it. You see interesting aspects that other reviewers miss and make us want to rush out and buy a copy. And because I love the area around Morrow Bay, I am doubly interested in Karen’s book. Keep ’em coming, girls (you & Karen)!

  3. Hey, Karen, when’s your next adventure!

  4. I want to ride in the Woodie! Jeez, that takes me back to the Beach Boy days–not that I ever surfed, lounged on a beach or dyed my hair blond. But, we were all California Dreamin’ in the 60’s.
    Karen, you “Rock!”

  5. I enjoyed this book too, and Karen is a good friend–like you, Madeline. And of course I love the area she wrote about.

    Hope she gets another one done soon.

    Marilyn

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