Official Review: Dummers Lane by L. E. Barrett

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Official Review: Dummers Lane by L. E. Barrett

Post by JR Mercier » 28 Jun 2018, 13:08

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Dummers Lane" by L. E. Barrett.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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L.E. Barrett follows up on The Boys from Joppa with Dummers Lane, the second book in The Kennebec River Trilogy. In this instalment the police are chasing after the criminals responsible for murder and the biggest alcohol heist in Maine history; Deborah deals with the aftermath of Earl’s death; Rita is juggling her lover and her abusive husband; Martha and Bunny are outed for their carnal cravings, and Dip finds himself in the middle of all the trouble. Again.

As some might know, I loved The Boys from Joppa. L.E. Barrett has created an amazing cast of characters and has solidified Hollowell in my heart. The story is complex, slowly unraveling a mystery that becomes bigger with each untangled thread. I love how all the characters – all with wildly different stories – find themselves joined up in one huge mystery. I’ve never enjoyed so many different characters in one book. I’ve also never enjoyed a read that deals with so many themes and moods. One chapter might have me filled with dread and gasping at the cruelty people are capable of, while another is full of sensual appeal and dangerous love.

L.E. Barrett has also introduced Bunny Hunt, a character that sits right next to Dip in my heart. He’s an older gentleman struggling with being gay in the 1960s, but the thing I loved most is that Bunny loves himself. He doesn’t view who he is as something to be ashamed of. He’s a gentle soul and I loved how L.E Barrett wrote him. He’s Bunny Hunt, a great person that happens to be gay and not the gay man, Bunny. To me, that distinction is important because it emphasizes that sexual orientation does not change the soul.

The writing is fast, packed with action, and has an old-time feel that evokes an atmosphere that has me begging for the third installment of the Kennebec River Trilogy. I will also add, as I did in my first review of the trilogy, this book is for a mature audience. There are explicit sex scenes and violence, and this book deals with many darker themes like abuse, suicide, and violence.

The only problem I have with Dummers Lane is a series of missed commas. While they are numerous, it didn’t much hamper the flow of the book and I can’t bring myself to deduct a point for the errors. The book does look professionally edited and L.E. Barrett is a talented writer.

I rate Dummers Lane 4 out of 4 stars. Each page unfolds a greater story and gives life to Hollowell and her surreal residents. I would recommend Drummers Lane to those looking for a pulp fiction mystery that has you wondering who the real bad guys are, all topped off with some romance.

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Post by kdstrack » 01 Jul 2018, 14:55

Great review. I really like your description of the characters. Can this book be read as a standalone or do you suggest reading the first one before delving into this one? Thanks.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Jul 2018, 15:11

I can tell you really enjoyed this book! Sounds like a complex group of characters, and your enthusiasm is contagious. I'm wondering if I can jump right in with this one, or if you recommend starting with the first? Great review!

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Post by Charles86 » 01 Jul 2018, 19:30

From the review, the write up is going to be intriguing. The characters have different roles to play in different mood and that will add spice to the book. I keep picturing the suspense in the drama from the review. What a great review!

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Post by gen_g » 01 Jul 2018, 21:40

Thank you for the review! It really shows in your review how much you loved the book, and your enthusiasm is contagious! (:

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Post by stacie k » 02 Jul 2018, 00:54

Although you obviously enjoyed this book, its dark content leaves me hesitant. Thanks for the information!
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Post by JR Mercier » 02 Jul 2018, 01:26

kdstrack wrote:
01 Jul 2018, 14:55
Great review. I really like your description of the characters. Can this book be read as a standalone or do you suggest reading the first one before delving into this one? Thanks.
OOOH I shoud have mentioned that. I would definitely say read the first and then the second. Thanks for the comment. :tiphat:
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Post by JR Mercier » 02 Jul 2018, 01:31

Cecilia_L wrote:
01 Jul 2018, 15:11
I can tell you really enjoyed this book! Sounds like a complex group of characters, and your enthusiasm is contagious. I'm wondering if I can jump right in with this one, or if you recommend starting with the first? Great review!
I really should have mentioned that in my review :lol2: I would recommend reading the first book before Dummers Lane. :tiphat: And I really enjoyed the read.
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Post by JR Mercier » 02 Jul 2018, 01:33

Charles86 wrote:
01 Jul 2018, 19:30
From the review, the write up is going to be intriguing. The characters have different roles to play in different mood and that will add spice to the book. I keep picturing the suspense in the drama from the review. What a great review!
Thank you so much! And you explain it perfectly. :tiphat:
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Post by JR Mercier » 02 Jul 2018, 01:34

gen_g wrote:
01 Jul 2018, 21:40
Thank you for the review! It really shows in your review how much you loved the book, and your enthusiasm is contagious! (:
I really did enjoy it. I just hope those who choose to read it love it too.
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Post by JR Mercier » 02 Jul 2018, 01:37

stacie k wrote:
02 Jul 2018, 00:54
Although you obviously enjoyed this book, its dark content leaves me hesitant. Thanks for the information!
I can completely understand it. The author deals with a few things that are a bit taboo and there is no hesitation about delving into a bit more 'real' situations. While I do love it, I can completely understand being a bit hesitant. If you ever feel like reading something a bit darker then do pick up this read. :tiphat:
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Jul 2018, 08:35

Missed commas don't bother me very much. It's not one of my pet peeve grammatical errors. Now if it was overuse of commas, that would be another thing. Still, I think I'd be better off with starting with the first book first. Thanks for the review.
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This sounds like a really interesting series, but the cover art is just so awful. Looks like vintage Hardy Boys!

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Still not a series I would personally read, but your series of reviews on them is a delight. Your phraseology frequently has me saying, "Oh, that's a good line!" Thanks.
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I just must read this book, I'll search for it and get it, it sounds too interesting already and has whet my appetite..

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