First off, Happy Publication day to Charles Kriel and all at Fahrenheit Press! 🙂
Massive thanks to the author and to Chris McVeigh for my copy of The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter.
About the book:
Mel Barry is a detective like no other and when her step-father, Charlie ‘Lobster Boy’ Koontz is arrested and framed for murder, Mel is his only hope.
Surrounded by freaks of the modern circus, Mel pursues a heartless killer through the darkest heart of the gothic South, only to discover the mysteries of her own shadowy past revealed in blood.
Set on the carnival lot of a South Georgia tobacco town, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter is a wild Lynch-ian ride through a world that few ‘normal’ people have ever experienced.
The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter is unlike any crime book that I have ever encountered! Pretty sure my Goodreads updates made for interesting reading for the author! 🙂 I read this book in one evening sitting. I could not put it down once I started reading it!
Charles Kriel has one hell of a writing style. It’s different to any author I’ve read, and completely unique. The carnival setting and its larger than life inhabitants make for an extremely colourful set of characters.
Mel Barry and Charlie Koontz are the two main characters, the former being The Fat Lady’s Daughter, and the latter, Lobster Boy due to both arm and leg deformities. Mel is a fantastic character. Strong, fiery and doesn’t take s*** from anyone.
AWOL from the Military, she’s constantly on her guard. So when she gets a call from Charlie, her step father, she knows he needs her help. Charlie is being framed for murder in a small town that has more wrong with it than I care to mention. Bribery, murder, extortion, trafficking, you name it, it’s probably there!!! He’s by no means innocent in certain aspects, but he’s not a murderer.
Kriel’s knowledge and carnival background are most evident in the descriptions of the fairground and its multitude of attractions. That’s when his writing flourishes, he has a great talent for picture perfect descriptions. More than once I could imagine the scenes I was reading in my mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to see what happens next as I’m sure I read an interview with Charles Kriel today and there was a mention of a second book!
Initially I had rated The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter 4⭐️ on Goodreads, but on reflection, it’s truly deserving of a 5⭐️ rating so a MASSIVE 5 ⭐️ from me!!! 🙂
You can buy your copy of The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter here-> The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter (Mel Barry Investigates Book 1)
I can’t complete this review without telling you all about how this book was marketed. Just in case you missed it! Fahrenheit Press tweeted about their second book going onto Amazon (in a world first) with no author, no cover and no description!!! *hello piqued interest!!!* Naturally I had to preorder it as its like a blind date with a book! 😉 I’m lucky enough to be included in the list of supporters of the book in the book itself too! 😊 I thought it was just the coolest, most exciting way to market their book! Extremely innovative! So massive applause all round for Fahrenheit Press!!!
Happy reading! 😊📖