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California Fever

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Casual but not radical, California Fever is a breezy beach read that successfully banks on style to make up for its offbeat pacing. A fun short read that I definitely enjoyed, but probably wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend to just anybody.
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Herein lies a mystery.  The mystery presented in California Fever is solved, in my opinion, in a very Scooby Doo kind of way.  Not that it is a bad thing.  I have always enjoyed the Scooby Gang.  California Fever is by no means a serious mystery/thriller, but don’t let that scare you off.  Even die hard mystery readers can get joy from this quick read.  Just like the surfer crew main characters, California Fever puts on a very laid back mystery style.  The characters have their general human flaws but are overall likeable.  

Our main character is Dolphin Smoote.  He is a local surfer who has very little on his mind aside from finding the perfect wave with his surfer friends and heaven forbid they have to get a real job. Dolphin lives with his famous writer Aunt Clemmie as he so lovingly calls her.  However, he does meet a girl who catches his attention and in an effort to impress her, he needs to come up with some quick money.  What follows is a parody of bad decisions and a running thread of old school mystery.  The reader will be on the outside looking in so to say as we do not see from a single perspective, but look down on the scene as if we are watching it play out on a screen.  

This is a quick read and to be honest in the beginning I was unsure if I would want to even finish.  I continued to read and overall enjoyed the experience.  I liked the writing style and I feel like it is a nice read for summer.  

I want to thank Netgalley, John J. Jacobson, and Blackstone Publishing for this early arc in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.
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This is a very slight comic novel with an appealing setting that is inaccurately classified as a mystery.
The book apparently aspires to PG Wodehouse levels but fails to reach it. It is mildly entertaining.
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Setting and characters were fun
Pacing and plot were all over the place
Overall a pleasant weekend read in the car
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This is pretty good. Very interesting characters created here, along with an amusing plot. I wouldn't consider it great literature, but that's fine since it's just meant to be good entertainment. It is. 

Thank you for the free ARC for review!!
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I received this ARC via Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing, in return for an honest review.  Dolphin Smoote epitomizes Southern California Surfer Cool – at least until he meets the woman of his dreams.  However, she’s more impressed by his eccentric and highly successful author aunt.  Events conspire and suddenly, Dolphin’s life is about a lot more than riding the waves with his buddies!   There’s mystery, very quirky characters, and a very SoCal feel, so you can visit without leaving your house!
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This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Blackstone Publishing  and  by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. 

Humorous mystery with likable, quirky characters and a unique story.
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