My first national review by the highly respected Midwest Book Review. Better yet, the review is a great one! They say “Highly Recommended!” – read the entire review here:
4 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads
Dani @ Kindle Books Love Blog
For this being a debut novel from the author, I’m pretty impressed. That was an intensely creative story line. The story has a pretty involved story line and is intriguing from the start. You want to know what’s going to happen next and just keep on reading.
Here is the synopsis of the book from GoodReads:
It is late at night on a rainy, rural highway somewhere far off the beaten path. Backroads, Ohio. The driver, an obnoxious shower-ring salesman looks and sounds familiar, like someone once seen in a movie. Or maybe not. The guy wouldn’t be the leading man, mind you, but a character on the slim edge of a memory – a face seen before, but without knowing where. The mystery surrounding the man deepens when his driver’s license lists a hometown that sounds real, yet doesn’t exist on any public database.
The cop had been bored to tears prior to his radar unit beginning to ping. It’s bad enough that his career has stalled, but so has his entire life. With nothing better to do he toys with the speeders he’s pulled over. He likes to see them sweat. Put ’em through hell for an hour’s entertainment. The thrill of the hunt encourages the cop to find out more about the bumbling salesman, to discover why a buffoon like Del is driving an expensive European sports car in the middle of nowhere. To see where his fun will lead him.
But the traffic cop soon realizes that the man in the car is not what he seems. Thus begins an ingenious game of cat-and-mouse that takes the reader on a thrill ride of unexpected twists and turns that ultimately reveal the true meaning behind The Perfume Alibi.
A tautly-drawn mystery novel, The Perfume Alibi is reminiscent of the old pulp fiction novels of the Forties & Fifties, but re-imagined for a 21st Century audience. This new novel by Jeffrey Cruden will the reader on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out not only “who-dunnit?” but “who’s-gonna-get-it-next” as well.
The book is about a man looking for the people who broke into his home and shot him and his wife, killing her and severely injuring him. He wakes up from a serious head injury only to find that he’d been framed for his wife’s death and was thought to have tried to kill himself after shooting her, but failed. The book has a pretty awesome storyline and is very clever in its writing and how the murderers were able to get away with the evil things they were able to pull off.
I just finished reading this it is the middle of the night. Yes the book is pretty darn good if you like the mystery type films of who killed who, what, where, when, why? They keep you guessing till the end and this one does a pretty good job of keeping you asking questions all the way to the end. It does keep you captivated. Now I’m going to get some rest.
I recommend this book to fans of Quentin Tarantino and perhaps even the Jason Bourne movies and books. Enjoy!
Afraid to put it down,September 14, 2012
I just finished The Perfume Alibi. I’d like to say that I couldn’t put it down, however in this case I was afraid to put it down. To have done so would have left me in danger of losing my place in a story so madly intertwined that most assuredly I would have had to call in a tutor to bring me up to speed. Of course, the other major issue that consistently haunted me was that my wife had begun to read the book as well and was circling just outside my periphery ready to pounce should I lay the book down to eat or use the bathroom.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faces We Wear July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
We all wear different faces for different people and different situations; some of us are better at it than others. This is a tale of those of us who are not only very good at it–but do it without a conscience.
Now, that sounds chilling and ominous–and it is–but Cruden approaches the subject with a dose of humor and pop-culture lens. He takes the reader though a number of twists and surprises that keep you glued to the page. One of the big draws for me in any book is “readability.” The voice Cruden writes with is warm and inviting–he speaks to the reader as if you’re in on a joke together, making The Perfume Alibi immensely readable.
It’s that tone and the juxtaposition of a lighthearted telling of a dark story that make it seem as if the story is being told for the screen…after all, what actor wouldn’t jump at the chance to play a number of roles and motivations in the same film? It’s a flick I’d pay to see.
August 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Jeff, I loved the book. I had heard it was coming out and was so pleased when it did. I bought the kindle edition because I couldn’t wait for my hard copies (4 of them) to arrive. I started reading it one night and finished it the next morning. I couldn’t put it down!
It was full of intrigue, suspense, fear and a bit of laughs. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Can’t wait for the next installment. I still wonder what was in the briefcase.