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and Other Early Cases of Justina Wright, PI

*****Hold Onto Your Seat!           Review by Rox Burkey

Author CW Hawes places Justina Wright in the middle of a situation that she cannot resist. There are numerous rich characters developed in these tales. The shorts provide insight into the nature of Justina Wright and her worldview. Justina (Tina) Wright is the witty, smartest girl in the class with a habit of keeping her thoughts close until all the puzzle pieces fit together. I find myself rooting for her every step of the way. Her brother, Harry, is an equally intriguing person. 

CW Hawes sets the foundation in all his stories then ramps up the twists and turns taking the reader on a rollercoaster ride.  The date and timestamps within The Vampire House keep the reader on the timeline. Without a doubt, it is a chilling tale. The writing is not only descriptive and believable, but Hawes uses word precision in his commentary, as with this section below.

“Personally, I’m not big on guns. However, target shooting is a fine sport, and when it comes to self-defense, nothing beats a firearm. They aren’t called the great equalizer for nothing. What chance does a small woman have against a big man? No chance. With a handgun, however, she can more than hold her own against even several big men.

The problem with guns is the same problem affecting all of life: stupid people. Get rid of stupid people, and the world will be a better place. You know the type, not a shred of common sense in their head. And while we’re at it, we should probably get rid of the bullies and megalomaniacs too. Then we might have a chance for utopia.

The drive out to Greenfield was uneventful. I called David to let him know I was coming. He gave me his position, which was a grove of trees to the north of the house.”

Author Hawes does a masterful job making Justina Wright and her surrounding support actors realistic as they work through these cases. The research done to understand those who live like and believe they are vampires is precise.

As a character, women will want to emulate Justina, and men will fall all over themselves trying to understand her. These stories will make you think, smile, and wonder why you failed to find the solution as fast as the incomparable Justina.

I recommend this book to keep you on the edge of your seat from one story to the next as you turn the pages hoping you understood the clues.  Each of the seven stories in this volume is well worth your time. You WILL be a Justina Wright fan by the end.

About the Author

CW Hawes is an award-winning poet and novelist.

He’s most known for his Justinia Wright Private Investigator Mysteries series, set in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Rocheport Saga, a post-apocalyptic series set in America’s Midwest; and the Pierce Mostyn Paranormal Investigations series, set wherever there be monsters.

His love of fine food, exciting places, philosophy, music, art, books, and history can be seen in each of his tales.

CW was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 45 years. He now lives in Katy, Texas, with his wife and cat.

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    2 replies to "Vampire House"

    • Jan Sikes

      This author is new to me and I enjoyed learning more about him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, Rox!

      • RoxBurkey

        Jan, I think we have too many reading choices. So many books, so little time. So glad you stopped by.

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