Official Review: What Happened To Flynn by Pat Muir

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Official Review: What Happened To Flynn by Pat Muir

Post by Snowflake » 20 Apr 2018, 10:02

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "What Happened To Flynn" by Pat Muir.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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What Happened to Flynn by Pat Muir is a police procedural mystery novel set in San Diego, California. It follows detective Shanisha (Shane) Notfarg as she works on the missing person case of Arthur Flynn. Detective Shane works in the homicide section of the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. Her work includes handling missing person cases. They are considered potential homicide cases. Since this is a police procedural novel, the focus is mainly on the detective work related to the case. There is some discussion about the difficulties of being an African American female police detective but beyond that, there is little mention of personal relationships.

Missing person cases of healthy adults are not a favorite of most detectives since most adults turn up sooner or later. Usually, the missing adults have chosen to disappear for a variety of reasons. In this particular case, Arthur Flynn is reported missing by his boss when he doesn’t show up at work after his fishing vacation. Detective Shane gets the case after it has passed through local channels with little success. This case starts out with a simple idea of a man not wanting to be found and progresses into investigations of money laundering and murder. The case becomes quite involved and complex as it goes on. I found myself very curious to know how it would all play out. I really wanted to know what happened to Flynn. This was a well-designed mystery that was fun to read.

I found the mystery to be very interesting. It was a good puzzle and the pieces fit together well. The story came together in a logical way. I enjoyed following along as Detective Shane and her team worked their way through the case. It took a while to get everything set up in the story. However, as the book progressed, I became more and more interested in what would happen next. There were many enjoyable twists and turns in the story.

This was definitely a police procedural novel. There was little focus on the personal aspects of the characters. I don’t need a love story but I do like a few bits and pieces of people’s lives. We did learn a few details about a few of the characters. However, I also like to get a good feel for who the characters really are. I found this book to be very factual in dealing with both the case and the characters. I would have enjoyed gaining a better sense of the personalities of the people in this book.

I am happy to give What Happened to Flynn by Pat Muir 4 out of 4 stars. This is an excellent police procedural novel. It is interesting, detailed and well put together. There were very few typos in the book and it was very well edited. I really enjoyed this mystery. I might have considered giving it a rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars, if that was possible, just because I would have enjoyed a bit more in-depth characterization. However, that is my personal preference, and this was an excellent novel. Those that really enjoy understanding the process and details of detective work will really enjoy this novel.

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Post by Libs_Books » 23 Apr 2018, 01:02

I've read this recently and agree with pretty much every word you've written.
I even agree about the characterization, whilst at the same time finding it a refreshing change to have a detective who does not have a complex personal life or inner demons to battle with.

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Post by jessicaoei » 23 Apr 2018, 06:46

This is probably one of the books I was genuially interested in. I loved how the settings and the theme evolved. It has a mysterious plot,unexpected plot twists and a very complex character. It’s what makes a mystery novel so good. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Apr 2018, 07:29

Police procedural novels are my usual cup of tea. I've read one here and there, but they tend to be a bit dry for me. Still, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. It does seem like it has a good mystery to it! Thanks.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 23 Apr 2018, 08:41

I typically enjoy a good missing person mystery but I couldn't make it through the sample of this. It was far too dry for my taste and I can easily see the lack of characterization just from that little bit. It is nice, and different, to have a detective who doesn't bog down the story with a bunch of personal problems (that always seem to be way beyond the norm). But I do like to connect with the characters to some extent.

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Post by stacie k » 23 Apr 2018, 13:03

The lack of character development is a turnoff for me. I want to get to know the characters and care about what happens to them. It does sound like the mystery itself is done well, though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!
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Post by cpru68 » 23 Apr 2018, 15:47

When the author puts in the time to make the book move along and keep the reader interested, that is a good book. The storyline sounds like something right out of the headlines. I have read about various individuals not showing up for work, and while the missing person is not a homicide case, it comes out later that this person was into some shady dealings. Fiction is sometimes not so far from the truth. Good job on this review, it sounds like the author got you with this one.
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Post by Sherline86 » 23 Apr 2018, 17:20

I read this book and I found it very interesting

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Post by crediblereading2 » 23 Apr 2018, 22:46

Great review of this one. I am a fan of mystery thrillers, especially those that involve missing persons. I wish the author had spent more time developing the characters though.

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Post by joshfee77 » 24 Apr 2018, 02:01

I love police procedurals so I'm sure this one would keep me intrigued. I agree that character development is good - as long as not overdone, which can slow the story down - but the detective work, mystery and quality of What Happened To Flynn would definitely keep me interested. Thanks for your review.

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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 02 May 2018, 23:42

I'd have to say I agree with much of what you have written. Thank you for writing this.

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Post by bookowlie » 08 May 2018, 09:36

I am a mystery fan, but I prefer books with at least some character development and backstory. Although the plot sounds interesting, I don't think this one is for me. Thanks for a thorough review!
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Post by teacherjh » 04 Sep 2018, 11:21

I like a good mystery and this one sounds intriguing. I do wish the characters had more depth though.

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