More Great Things from Chris Rogers…

May 18, 2013 at 4:36 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

slice of lifeTitle: Slice of Life

Author: Chris Rogers

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Length: 390 pages

The fourth novel in the Dixie Flannigan series, Slice of Life is actually only the second Chris Rogers book that I’ve read.  I usually keep strict enforcement of the rule that I read a series in order, but I had it on good authority (from the author) that even though each book follows chronologically, the stories stand completely on their own.

Having enjoyed Bitch Factor so much, I took a risk and decided to jump ahead to the book that was sitting there in my hands rather than wait to come across the in between titles.

I’m glad I did.  Rogers was right about her work, each story stands alone quite nicely.  Sure, a lot of things had happened since the first book, but they were briefly alluded to and I didn’t feel like I had missed anything at all.  Nor did I feel like she was retelling a previous story (like some authors do in their flash backs to prequels) when referencing occurrences from the first title.

Rogers has an effortless storytelling style that fits well in the mystery/suspense genre.  She’s a true artist.  And not just in storytelling.  If I remember correctly, when chatting about her books at the signing we had at the Half Price Books Humble store, she paints and designed the picture used in Slice of Life.  The book is set in the Galveston art scene with a bit of gambling and a few dead bodies, so I thought the cover suited the story quite nicely and really shows off the talents of the author.

Even though I have broken the cardinal rule and ‘skipped to the end’ I plan to go back and read the second and third books when I find them.  Rogers has hinted at some interesting history between the characters that I’d like to know in more detail, without giving away any previous tales endings.

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Chris Rogers at Half Price Books Humble

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Italo Cintra (@italocintra) said,

    It was very surprising a sequel after those years. I’m a big fan from Rogers’s writing. Like you, I just read Bitch’s Factor, here in my country (Brazil) just this volume came out. But I’m improving my english reading and I hope read this soon, your review just left more excited!

    • Anakalian Whims said,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the review! I love that you’re improving your English reading novels. That’s so fun and useful at the same time.

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