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Beth's Review: The Malta Job by Alwyn James

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Publisher: Ringwood Publishing

Released: November 25, 2014

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense

Length: 280 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

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John Smith, a young Scottish journalist with literary aspirations, is sent to Malta to complete a sequel to the very successful MacMurder, a round-up of Scotland’s more infamous homicides. The original author had died just before completing the planned sequel MacAbre, a follow-up tale of other gruesome Scottish crimes.

Once on Malta, with the dead author’s notes, he gets involved in gripping sevents involving high romance, exciting adventure and a bank heist crime worthy of inclusion in either book.

The Malta Job is a highly literate, greatly accomplished fictional debut by an author well known for high quality non-fiction works.

Four Boundless Stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Malta Job was a quick and smooth read. I loved how the author brought different aspects into the mystery; the unexpected romance, comedy and suspense. Readers are given the perfect amount of information to introduce each character throughout the book, and enough background to understand the plot.

If you are a classic movie buff, you will love all the references in the books; however, if you’re not, you will find the references overly used and redundant.

The language is a combination of Scotland, Malta, and American, so I advise a reader to be familiar with the variety of colloquialisms while reading. I can easily see this book being used in a high school or college literature class as an example of idioms used in different cultures. This book also contains the right material to lead discussions for a course or book club.

Overall, I give The Malta Job 4 stars, I enjoyed the book.

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