I loved the book, and I’m a harsh critic. The first 40 pages seemed slow to me but I’m happy I persisted as it was a marvellous story. Of course, the many [local] landmarks and events were delicious to discover. You had me running to the dictionary a number of times and I’m impressed with your wonderful vocabulary. All in all, a lovely read. Congratulations and can’t wait to read “Tone Dead.”
– Ruth Findlay
Love the main characters and hope they continue into your next book. I would find it helpful to have a list of the names of the characters and their positions at the front of the book. Enjoyed the storyline and the setting, especially as I recognized Britannia Bay as our community. A well thought-out murder mystery and a very enjoyable first novel. Congratulations.
– June Hansen
“Too Late for Redemption” is an intriguing tale of murder and mayhem set in beautiful British Columbia. Many characters come and go as the two principal detectives, Jimmy and Ray, wrestle with an exasperating attempt to track down an unexpected and illusive murderer. This labyrinthine story is written in an easy-to-read style that is a pleasure to explore
I really enjoyed it. I have never read a murder mystery. I don’t even read fiction. I also don’t ever watch crime dramas or the like in movies or on TV. I was surprised to get so drawn in to the plot and I guess that’s a sign of a good author!
– Noella Pertch
Once I started it, I kept reading! I went to the mall, but decided to just read a bit more in the car. I stayed there for two hours! Then I realized that I was hot, so I went in the mall. I might have died out there in my car because of that book! In the mall, I sat at Waves and read while I had a cup of coffee. Then I had a second cup of coffee so I could read more! I did my stuff at London Drugs and came home. I put the book on the counter between the sink and the cupboards and I rested on my elbows and read more, and more, and more! I think I may have grabbed a little something to eat and then I kept reading. I thought it was probably time for bed, so I looked at the clock and it was past 3 AM! I decided to get to bed, but I had read up to Chapter 40, almost non-stop! I loved the characters, and I loved that the two main detectives loved their wives and didn’t play around on them!
– LaVernne Miller
I just finished your book the other week while I was on vacation. I enjoyed it, You’ve set it up nicely for a second book by developing some of your main characters like Jimmy and Ray. I don’t know whether I was satisfied with the ending or not, in terms of “who dunnit”. Can’t decide what an alternative ending would/should have been though. Definitely a fantastic first effort!!!
– Linda Sheldon
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and even more so during a second read – it was a mystery full of intrigue without frightening the reader. The characters were delightful – all except the Berdahl family of course, for whom I couldn’t conjure up the slightest empathy, and yet did feel for the troubled suspect.
The varied ethnicity of the characters was very well done and mostly, I enjoyed the many bits of humour. Swayve and deboner took me back to my high school days when that was a commonly deliberate pronunciation faux pas. Incorporating numerous community events into the story that mirror many that are proudly held within our exquisite town of Qualicum Beach, as well as the Lower Mainland, was fun to visualize.
Even though the premise of the book was murder, the writing style was engagingly delightful. I look forward to more of Sydney’s Britannia Bay Mystery series.
– Jennifer L Fleming
I really enjoyed reading this novel – very interesting characters and the plot kept me guessing all the way through.
I really did love this book. [Got] a few chuckles too. A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next in your series.