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The Zen Man was a mystery recommendation in the current The Indie Voice newsletter, a new site by 10 New York Times bestselling authors who “dish on books, writing and more.”

I’m particularly pleased because the recommendation was written by one of my favorite authors, Dorien Kelly, a New York Times bestselling author who has written her own mainstream novels as well as co-authored several novels with Janet Evanovich.  Below is her review.

The Zen Man

Written by: Colleen Collins

Recommended by: Dorien Kelly

Price at the time of purchase: $2.99

Genre: Mystery

Give a brief description of the story:

Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get re-licensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.

Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI’s unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive…eventually learning that true redemption begins at home.

What do you think the author did particularly well?

Where to start? Great humor. Great dialogue. Great use of Denver as a setting. Great quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

The author did a great job of establishing the relationship between Rick and Laura. It never overshadowed the mystery, but it made the book truly multi-dimensional.

Fans of Janet Evanovich (if she woke up one morning and took on the persona of a recovering addict/Deadhead) and Nick and Nora Charles might enjoy this story.

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The Zen Man is available as an ebook on Amazon.  No ereader?  No problem.  Amazon provides free, easy-to-download apps for reading ebooks, from reading on your computer to your mobile device.  To download The Zen Man, click here.

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