Review: 'Time's Up' by Janey Mack
Author Janey Mack's debut novel, "Time's Up," is mystery fiction at some of its finest. The development of the characters -- and there is a number of them -- essential to a good story is right where it should be without being over-the-top. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the most earnest mystery-lover interested. To top it all off, "Time's Up" has an under-element of humor in the zany McGrane family alone.
Maisie McGrane, the twenty-something protagonist, has received her degree in criminal justice and is training at the police academy as the story begins. Maisie has always wanted to join the police force, just as her father and three of her brothers have done. Her mother and an additional two brothers are attorneys, so law is definitely in the family blood -- either defending it on the streets or in the courtroom.
Her dream is thwarted when she washes out of the police academy because she failed the psychological exam for being too thin-skinned to deal with the public and pressures of police duty. The McGrane clan is none too sad for this outcome, but Maisie is determined to make her dream come true.
As Maisie takes the first step to what she hopes will lead to reinstatement to the academy, all hell breaks lose as she takes a job as a meter maid. What is an auspicious beginning soon develops into mayhem and has Maisie rubbing shoulders with organized crime.
If you like your characters to be full of life, energy and wry humor, you'll enjoy "Time's Up." I found it a fun read with plenty of plot twists and turns -- and characters you'll grow to love or hate. The good news is, if you enjoy this debut novel, the second in the series , "Choked Up," is set for release in December 2015 and a third novel, "Shoot 'Em Up" due out in summer 2016.
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