The name is Rainbow. Detective Rainbow. His business card may read Bruno Scutt’s Detective Agency, but in the words of Rainbow himself, “Whatever it says, I’m still Rainbow.”
Rainbow is the sort of bloke who is in the business of solving crimes. Any caper that comes along with a string of dough attached to it is the type of case that Rainbow finds himself inclined to take. Living the life of a man off the grid, an occupational hazard, this private eye knows how to stay undetected. Since he himself is a master in the art of detection and has been in the game for no small amount of time, he has become quite adept at existing only when necessary, the rest of the time being spent in a myriad of dress, station, and persona.
We meet Rainbow right about the time in which a dame by the name of Sally Kane comes to the private eye in need of his services. She has become weary of her husband, a joker named David Jones. She laments that she has this intuition, or rather what she labels as “an informed judgment” that something underhanded is going on with her husband and she needs to find out what that something is. She wants a baby, and she wants to make sure that this man she has decided to make hers isn’t one of the nefarious sorts. Of course Rainbow requires payment up front, and once the beautiful Ms. Kane presents the dough, it is up to Rainbow to strike out and do what he does best, and that is to sniff out the odorless misdoings of what most people would assume is just another joker on the street.
As Rainbow begins his quest to figure out just what it is exactly that has set the stunner of a dame Ms. Kane on edge about her husband, his query is quickly brought to a halt. It seems to be that this Mr. Jones really is something of a curious man, because incidentally there is nothing on him, and nothing on him turns into him being nothing at all. Rainbow has come across a man with no background. Nothing to trace, nothing to go one. The only proof of his existence is the Relator’s business he appears to run, and the fact that he is married to Ms. Kane. It seems that Rainbow has stepped into quite an interesting and tedious task, one in which he will need to rely on all of his instincts and resources to suss out.
This caper takes Rainbow on many a twist and turn that are each quite surprising and yet somehow unfulfilling. He seems to find himself grasping at a hundred different straws, trying to make them into a suitable bale, but the twine with which he needs to tie them all together is always just beyond his grasp, until suddenly in the eleventh hour, everything changes, and we watch to see just how suited this Mr. Rainbow is at his chosen career path.
Author C.S. Boag has done a magnificent job bringing back the lost art of the Noir Who Done It genre. It is a genre that has been lacking in content for so long, that I feel that we have forgotten its charm, but Boag lights up every single page of his book with just that sentiment. He also infuses sarcasm and witticisms in every line of thought in which Rainbow thinks. He has not only created this character that get to watch, but we get to know this his motives, his thoughts, and his pre-determined and not so pre-determined actions that he is willing to take in order to solve the seemingly unsolvable case. Boag has made Rainbow not only someone that we love to watch, but someone we feel that we know. His thought pattern is completely honest, and the hilarity of that honesty is so refreshing. The way that Boag has shaped the speech and colloquialisms in which Rainbow exists by is truly a joy to read.
I was thrilled by the idea that while I was reading the book, I had no idea what was about to happen next. As is all too unfortunately common in the genre of mystery, most everything is predictable. However, Boag surprised me by constantly surprising his characters, and it wasn’t until the last twenty pages of the book that I, alongside with Rainbow, were able to put a cap on this caper at long last, and with much satisfaction and relief.
This is but the first of the adventures of Mr. Rainbow, and I for one cannot wait to pick up the next installment and see what the fella is up to. The book ends in a mostly complete way, but there is still a small cliffhanger that will leave you desperate to grab the next volume in search of an answer. Boag tactfully wrapped up every detail, of which there are many, but he still had the wisdom to leave us wanting more. I heartily give this book 5 out of 5 morals, and am so pleased that I was able to play a small part in introducing Mr. Rainbow to those who may have overlooked him.
Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram