GENRES: Mystery, Dark Comedy
PUBLISHER: Create Space
AGENT: Liz Trupin-Pulli
COVER DESIGN: Lisa Garcia
Bobby Pinker is bored by his job and hates his boss. His existence outside work isn’t much better, especially after he cheated on the love of his life and she broke up with him.
Bobby’s only real friend is Ron, a goofy co-worker with whom Bobby feels he can truly bond. When Ron is found dead in the corporate parking garage and the death is ruled a suicide, Bobby begins to grow suspicious. He begins to secretly investigate his friend’s death on his own.
The trail of amateur sleuthing leads Bobby down surprising paths that include a fling with Ron’s former girlfriend and a reunion with Helen, Bobby’s former love. When another co-worker of Bobby’s jumps off a bridge near work, Bobby knows that his investigation is heating up.
Just as the trail seems to be leading to a despairing dead end, Bobby is able to quickly piece together clues. The story ends in a dramatic climax as Bobby’s sleuthing brings him face to face with his friend’s killer.
Cube Sleuth is a fast-paced and captivating. The well-edited novel includes a variety of flashbacks that are well orchestrated. Characters are memorable and well-drawn, although development is sparse. Mysteries are hard to effectively create, but Dave Terruso manages to provide his readers (and Bobby) with just enough tempting clues to keep them engaged.
The extensive sexual references, swear words, and innuendo in the novel is overwhelming and definitely detracts from the rest of the novel, which is a shame because the plot itself is quite entertaining.
The plot seems to wander aimlessly at times, but the startling and sudden conclusion prove that all of the meandering was simple dramatic effect. Terruso is obviously a talented comedian and creates a unique blend of dark comedy and mystery.
3 out of 5 stars
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Emily McCord is a freelance writer and lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. She blogs about simplicity and creativity at The Orange Slate. She loves to cook and believes that everyone should keep a journal.