Review: The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

On the road to Zen enlightenment, homicide detective Will Mansion takes a seductive detour down the path to perdition.
When a bust goes terribly wrong, Paradise City detective Will Mansion nearly dies while saving his partner. On leave, Will seeks relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through Zen meditation and abstinence. He responds to the plea of the cryptic Sister Clyde to find a man missing from her soup kitchen, a man who may provide a lead to the vicious drug dealer who nearly killed Will. The search seduces Will away from the healing he seeks and he finds himself on the smarmy Miracle Mile. Alcohol, sex, and the potent drug “Nearvana” numb Will’s pain better than his infant Zen practice. He slips further and further into an underworld of the lost and hopeless only to find himself facing death—again.


Will Mansion, our Zen Detective is a really interesting character to read about and I personally enjoyed his narrative. There was a dark humor in his narrative that was very appealing to me as a reader. I enjoyed looking at the other characters through his eyes.

Other characters like Sister Clyde, Grady and others add so much dimension to the story. There is so much you learn about the characters that leaves you dumbfounded.

It's intricate and quite intense. It is quite dark and much different from the author's other works I've read. While the book starts with a single main plot, I was intrigued by the various mysteries that present themselves to the protagonist and reader as the book goes on. The plot is taken at a perfect pace. The story starts right at the beginning but the pace is slow. Then there are these adrenaline pumping scenes as the story moves forward that were highly interesting. The ending is quite unexpected and I loved the fact that the mystery element stayed till the very end. I must point out though that the plot is quite gritty and deals with dark elements like drug addiction and such.

I've always enjoyed the author's writing. She gives the reader all the details without making them feel overwhelmed. There is no info dumping and the emotions of the characters are well conveyed. I enjoyed hearing the story from Will's perspective as he is a really good protagonist.


-The characters
-The plot
-The writing


-Nothing

If you like dark gritty novels with suspense and mystery around every corner, The Zen Detective is for you.






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7 comments:

  1. Great review! This looks like a very interesting, unique read :)

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    1. It is a pretty good and suspenseful read :)

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  2. Great review and this book is totally new to me.

    I actually really enjoyed the blurb and then your 5 star review cinched it that it's definitely something that I'm interested in!

    It sounds dark, gritty and overall enjoyable. :)

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    1. Yes it definitely is very enjoyable! Kinda dark though :P Quite different from anything I've read from the author :)

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  3. This seems like a totally cool read - great review! Not sure why, but the notifications for your blog aren't coming through for Bloglovin' - super annoyed at Bloglovin' right now, it's happened twice before.
    Anyways, this is such a good review, will definitely be on a lookout for this book!
    ~ Pendragons

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    1. Thank you :)

      Oh God! Bloglovin can be realllly frustrating at times! You could probably use GFC to follow me? Then you'll get the updates in your blogger reading list :)

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    2. Yes, will definitely be using GFC now. Bloglovin' looks stylish and all, but does have quite a few glitches. :(

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