Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Terrall

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(Ben Gates, #3)
MYSTERY, CRIME


When Ben Gates took the job of guarding presents at the ritzy upper-class wedding, he thought it would be a simple assignment; stand around, look tough, and make sure none of the bridesmaids walk off with the jewelry.

But that was before someone slipped sleeping pills into Ben's coffee and a bizarre robbery attempt left two people dead. Now Ben's reputation is on the line - and if he doesn't figure out which of three beautiful women is hiding a murderous secret, his life may be as well...


When Ben Gates took the job of guarding presents at the ritzy upper-class wedding, he thought it would be a simple assignment; stand around, look tough, and make sure none of the bridesmaids walk off with the jewelry.

But that was before someone slipped sleeping pills into Ben's coffee and a bizarre robbery attempt left two people dead. Now Ben's reputation is on the line - and if he doesn't figure out which of three beautiful women is hiding a murderous secret, his life may be as well...


I'm a huge fan of the Hard Case crime circulation, but there was something about this one I couldn't get into. The character of Ben was alright - a good detective with some witty lines and an intriguing brain - but it just seemed flat to me. It was almost like a series that I hopped in the middle of, where not enough explanation of the personality was given for me to care about the main man.

Actually, I didn't cozy up to many of them. It's hard to put my finger on, but each lacked warmth, or humor, or something appealing enough to sit up and take notice. It's a short story - 220 pages - but it took me quite awhile to finish it. Mystery wise the story isn't bad and is rich with twists, close encounters, dead end trails, and tight suspense...yet it never kept my attention the way I would have liked it to.

Surprisingly most people seem to disagree with me here, as I've only seen good ratings for this one so far. Maybe it's one of those times when the chemistry just isn't right for the reader and author. I'm in no way banning Robert Terrall's books from my future reading adventures, yet I won't be drooling in anticipation either.

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