Unwelcome Detective by M. L. Evans Review and Character Interview

Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. Sorry that I wasn’t able to post much this week but I already have this post and two others set up to be posted now and later this week. So GO ME! GETTING BACK ON TRACK! But now I get to do some homework even though I am on break and tomorrow I get to do extra credit homework to hopefully get my grade in the class even higher.

Anyways, why don’t we get into this post?


Book Information:

UNWELCOME DETECTIVE COVER

Author: M.L. Evans

Pages: 150

Publisher: Self-Published

Publishing Date: July 23rd, 2018

Genre: Mystery & Fiction

According to GoodReads, “Fourteen-year-old Angie Keane has been looking forward to the fall of 1985 for two reasons. First, she will be starting her freshman years at Inner County High School in Sleetzville, Missouri, four miles from her home in Higgins Point, an equally small town. Second, she has also assumed she would be welcomed into the Higgins Point Gang, a group of teen detectives founded by her big brother Matt. The gang has been solving crimes in and around Higgins Point and Sleetzville for three years and is well known for its sleuthing. Joining it has been Angie’s dream since the gang got a big newspaper write-up for solving its first case.

When someone starts sabotaging the Inner County football program in book one of the Higgins Point Mystery Series that fall with potentially deadly results—including cutting the team bus’s brake lines and tampering with an injured player’s X-ray—Angie is thrilled to be tackling her first case. But Matt says she isn’t ready for detective work and refuses to let her join.

Angie is devastated. Why can’t Matt see she’s ready? Determined to prove her worth as a detective, Angie decides to solve the mystery on her own. Relying on the Lord’s guidance and her own intuition and pluck, she does unravel the mystery first, but almost loses her life in the process.

Instead of focusing on learning her way around the high school and following up on reports that the handsome JV quarterback likes her a lot, Angie spends her first weeks as a freshmen up to her chin in mystery and danger as she fights to put the pieces of the case together before anyone dies—including her”


Short Review:

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I am going to be straight forward and say that I expected more out of this book. As much work the author has put into the book it seems very fact based and more educational than reading an actual book.

The main character, Angie, seems very stereotypical, and deeming to the women as a whole. Such as how she expects her brother to help when she is in trouble instead of figuring it out on her own.

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The plot while fun was a little cliche and once again hurtful in certain aspects towards women such as in, “. . . But Matt says she isn’t ready for detective work and refuses to let her join.

Angie is devastated. Why can’t Matt see she’s ready? Determined to prove her worth as a detective, Angie decides to solve the mystery on her own”

 

The pacing of this book was way too off due to it needing to be at least 100 more pages long even if it is a series due to there was a needing of character and plot development.

I give this book 1/5 stars.


Character Interview to Angie:

Which living person do you most admire?

I guess Bill Graham. Also President Reagan. (Remember, it’s 1985!)

What is your current state of mind?

Determined.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Looks

On what occasion do you lie?

I try never to lie … but if I said I didn’t, that would be a lie. I wasn’t real honest in trying to keep my brother from knowing I was doing my own investigation of the football sabotage.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I wish I was taller. (I’m just 5-foot-2.)

Which living person do you most despise?

I try not to hate anyone, but I guess I really despise the Ayotollah Khomeini for holding the American hostages so long.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Honesty, nice manners…good looks don’t hurt, either!

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Honesty, sense of humor.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Knock on wood, it’s Lance Coolidge. The book’s still out on that, though.

When and where were you happiest?

Six years ago, when we first moved to Higgins Point, I would have said it was when we still lived in St. Louis. But right now I’m as happy as I’ve ever been.

Which talent would you most like to have?

That’s tough. It would be neat to be athletic like my friend Jamie, a great writer like my friend Lou, or maybe great singing ability.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would be older. I can’t stand being 14! It seems like I have to wait at least two years to do almost anything fun!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

(As of the end of the book) Praying for Jason Barrenton’s survival and salvation more than for my own survival when I thought was going to be killed.  

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Well, it doesn’t work that way, but if it did, maybe Amy Grant.

If you could travel through time, where would you go?

I guess back to biblical times to see Jesus and John the Baptist in person.

How close are you to your family?

We’re very close.

Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not?

Nope! That’s many years ahead. I can’t even go on a full-fledged date until I’m 16.

Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help?

1. Jesus, 2. My family, 3. Clyde, our youth director.

Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?

I get mad at my brother Matt for being overprotective of me all the time. I feel like I handled myself pretty well during the football case – unless you count getting myself captured and tied up before the others rescued me. Um…next question, please!

If you died or went missing, who would miss you?

My family, the other Higgins Point Gang members, my best friend Elaine … and I hope, Lance.

Do you smoke, drink or do drugs?

No, and I don’t hang out with anyone who does.

Are you more of a day or night person?

I sued to be a morning person, but school has kind of changed that. I’m starting to be more of a night owl.

How do you spend a typical Saturday night?

If I’m not investigating a mystery, I’m either at home, watching TV with my family or at a friend’s house.

Do you like yourself?

Not always, but most of the time!


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