Poolside with Brett by David D’Aguanno

Release Date: October 30, 2017

 

Poolside with Brett by David D'AguannoIt’s the 80s in New Jersey, the age of excess. Big hair, hard drugs and lots of sex and one man who is acing the era is Private Investigator, Brett Cornell. He’s winning big and has attracted the attention of an exotic beauty who wants to feature him in one of her adult films and a wealthy woman has hired him to find her husband. Seems like life is going well until Brett finds the missing husband in the trunk of his car. Is someone trying to set him up? Brett must solve the case to get back to his charmed life.

Poolside with Brett is the first book in the Brett Cornell series.

The author gave me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review.

 

Brett Cornell is convinced of his brilliance. He has the mustache and the butt to make all of the women swoon. People are there for at his pleasure and if he can use them to his advantage, all the better. He is the absolute best at what he does but is not above taking a job that he sees as mostly a joke. Brett is completely obnoxious and treats his secretary as an object of derision and convenient sexual release. Sounds like a pretty awful guy, right? The draw of Poolside with Brett is how consistently awful he is as a character. Waiting for his “come to Jesus” moment? Well, that’s not happening but this ridiculous loudmouth will keep you engaged in his story where not everything comes up roses for Brett. I’d read another book in the series and remembered him not coming off as the most credible of narrators, but think that’s what makes reading him fun. He’s completely delusional but very consistent in that delusion.

Word of advice, don’t listen to Poolside with Brett during the school pick up. The story is told in Brett’s voice and he can be a bit raw edged. I listened to the first chapter or so at the gym and then made the mistake of having it on in the car. Thankfully, I have an older child but caught it quick when he got a little blue. I’d like to emphasize that he only got a little graphic. If your child watches any 14+ shows, it won’t be shocking for them. Brett is very much the classic Private Dick that one might remember from 80s television with the freedom to be a bit uncensored. Brett’s humor is also a product of its time. Brett is hugely misogynistic and a bit homophobic which will likely bother some readers.

In a sense, D’Aguanno has given us a bit of a living time capsule in Brett. The story flows well and, as is typical with first books, has our protagonist with a personal investment in his case. He’s facing a murder charge so where this character might normally walk away, he’s unable to do so if he wants to continue breathing free air. The story is realistic and all strings are tied together. There are no magical too easy solutions coming from David D’Aguanno. Brett Cornell is a classic gumshoe with a bit of an undesirable edge and he is a character you will either love or hate.

May I suggest trying Brett in the audiobook format? Narrator Travis Henry Carter is nothing short of brilliant voicing the main character. His vocal stylings of the characters highlight that Poolside with Brett is a novel meant to be heard.  There were a lot of laugh out loud lines punctuated by Carter’s take on a New Jersey accent (which sounded authentic to me but then I was raised in Michigan). Carter’s reading style had a natural flow that allowed this listener to get immersed and, without exaggeration, made the time on the elliptical fly. While I love the freedom audiobooks give when doing tasks, not all keep the attention the way Poolside with Brett did.

Pick up the Brett Cornell series, and read it from the start but as a special treat get it on audiobook and then let me know what you thought.

 

 

Read our book review of David D’Aguanno’s Brett Always Wins.

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Title Poolside with Brett
Author David D’Aguanno
Narration  Travis Henry Carter
Length 6 hours and 46 minutes
Released October 30, 2017

 

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Coattails and Cocktails: Murder with a Twist by Rumer Haven

Publication Date: September 10, 2017

 

It’s 1929 and Silent Film Ingenue. Lottie Landry returns to the home of her adopted parents just outside of Chicago with her intended husband and frequent co-star, Noble Howard. Lottie isn’t sure about the engagement as her affections lie elsewhere. When things with Lottie don’t go his way, Noble threatens to expose what he believes has been going on between his lady love and her adopted father, media mogul Ransom Warne. Will it be a scandal or something more sinister that brings death to the household?

 

 

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Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam

Release Date: September 10, 2015

 

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A small town Sheriff, a French Priest and an Internet genius are unlikely allies joined in the fight against the blood diamond trade, human trafficking and the threat of ISIS. When the threat comes home can they stop an impending terrorist attack before its too late?

Pretty Little Creatures is the second novel in the Challenged World Series.

 

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Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

Publication Date: August 4, 2015  

 

JP_Seeing_EvilMajor Crimes Detective. Samantha Reilly, was key on the scene of the murder of little Michael Turcotte’s parents. Eleven years later she’s still close with the young victim when a vicious attack at school triggers visions. Seeing what happens still leaves a lot to be deciphered. Will Michael be able to decipher his strange visions in time to protect himself from the evil to come?

 

 

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The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

Release Date: May 18, 2011

 

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The Black Witch had the reputation of a cursed ship. With the captain sidelined and facing a fierce storm, the first mate is charged with bringing the crew to safety. Where the natural elements are difficult enough, throw in a demon and the chances of getting out alive just took a nosedive.

 

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The Rigid Rules by Christina Thompson

Release Date: July 11, 2014 

 

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Taylor Valentine is a senior at Western Michigan University and is laser-focused on living a life that would honor the memory of her parents. When Dr. Stuart Morgan visits to give a four-week seminar on Civil War History, the former Marine is undeniably a draw for young Taylor. Stuart has his own rules regarding fraternizing with students—mainly that he doesn’t—that he’s unwilling to break, but he’s tempted to do so for the tantalizing Taylor. When death threats cause their paths to become entwined will Stuart compromise his rules or will Taylor turn to Joe, the hometown boy that has always loved her? “Their Rigid Rules” is the third book in the Chemical Attraction series and a prequel to the other novels.

 

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e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery by Joan C. Curtis

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

 

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Jenna Scali receives an e-mail revealing the death of a young girl and providing details only the killer would know. Later that day, a dead girl is found near Jenna’s home. As Jenna receives further e-mails and turns them over to the police, her need to know who is committing the heinous crimes, grows. Is Jenna herself in danger? She must help to the police get to the bottom of the crime before she’s the next victim.

 

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