“Tune Up: The Secrets of Mylin – Book I” by Joe Klingler


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“Tune Up: The Secrets of Mylin – Book I

Genre: Police Procedural/Thriller/Suspense

Release Date: May 1, 2017

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On their second case, Qigiq and Kandy are loaned to the Traffic Division to investigate an early morning accident. Hit and run. By a motorcycle. The victim is an elderly Asian woman. A young witness in a nearby dry cleaner and a truck driver suggest all “accidents” aren’t created equal. Then the Captain drops a new assignment on their desk: an affluent Bay Area lawyer is missing. The man’s wife stomps into their office screaming about a contract she found hidden in the backups of their home computer. A contract with a seven-figure payout, and an incriminating Exhibit A.

Following the trail of both the motorcycle rider and the lawyer with Kandy complaining, “We’re homicide detectives, there should be a body,” leads to a vintage motorcycle club called the Ton Up where lips are sealed, a yacht harbor on the coast where riddles run deep, and a midnight roadside confrontation that ends with a splash. As the trails twist they soon find that these people and places have one thing in common:

A violist named Mylin. Who plays in an all-female orchestra called The Girls of the Orient. And, unbeknownst to her, is the subject of a fine-art photographer’s latest collection.

From San Francisco to Mexico, the treacherous cliffs of the Pacific coast to the desolation of Nevada’s high desert, Tune Up moves like Kandy’s turbocharged Mini through a foggy landscape of false identities, fake romance, and frenzied chases, as Qigiq realizes one picture really can reveal more than 1,000 words.

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JOE KLINGLER is the author of the award-winning suspense novels: RATS, Mash Up, Missing Mona, and his latest thriller, Tune Up. He is a computer scientist, musician, and entrepreneur passionate about writing action-packed novels centered on real-world issues. Tune Up, the second Qigiq and Dreeson thriller, is the first in the Secrets of Mylin series. Joe spends time in California and his native Ohio rides a BMW R1200GS adventure motorcycle and has his eye on a Yamaha XSR900. Find out more about Joe Klingler and his mystery and thriller novels at his official website: JoeKlingler.com.

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Review – “Harry Lane is Innocent” by J Scaddon

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While this is a work of fiction, it brings to mind the question, “Why are we always so quick to think the worst of those who are simple-minded and slow?”

Harry Lane is a gentle giant born with severe learning difficulties. His supportive parents and sister love him unconditionally and try to protect him from the regular barrage of bullying. Harry is in the wrong place at the wrong time while running an errand, and is much too quickly labeled, arrested and convicted of murder.

I had a difficult time accepting the actions of just about everyone involved after Harry’s arrest. Not because they were not believable, but in fact, because they were all too believable…in all of their apathy.

A quick read at less than one hundred pages, “Harry Lane is Innocent” took me longer than usual to read because it gave me pause so many times. The thought processes and actions of those in law enforcement and the judicial system are questionable at best, and appalling and offensive at most.

The travesty that is supposed to be his trial is made even more offensive because the most reprehensible person involved is Harry’s barrister (defense attorney.) Someone with a brain and an ounce of compassion would surely have gotten a different outcome, but Albert Mayor is only concerned with self. His trainee, Florence Ranger, is aware of inconsistencies in the evidence, confession and testimony, but as a female barrister in 1948 London, she simply doesn’t have the confidence or support to help Harry…in the beginning.

“Harry Lane is Innocent” is a solidly written tale which examples Murphy’s Law – anything that could go wrong…did go wrong.

On a personal note, I could have used a slower pace, and seen more of Harry’s family during his incarceration. It seems almost cruel that they were separated for so long. Even though he was convicted, his limited comprehension skills should have, at the very least, allowed him regular visits with his family.

Florence Ranger eventually gets the ball rolling on Harry’s behalf…only wish she had started sooner.

Fans of crime dramas, police procedurals and mysteries will definitely enjoy this read.