Monday, January 15, 2018

The Monkey House by Boyd Taylor (Book #3 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series) Review and Giveaway

The Monkey House is the third book in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. I liked it just as much as the first two books and have now become familiar with the cast of characters. Check out my review and enter the giveaway to win a copy of Necessities, the fourth book in the series.

Book Details:

Category: Adult Fiction, 212 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: May 29, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some adult language and elusion to sex.)

Book Description:

This, the third Donnie Ray Cuinn book, pits Donnie against the old friends and new enemies guilty of land fraud and corporate greed. Donnie returns to Austin from his law practice in the Texas Panhandle to confront All-American football player Wesley Bird, his former best friend. In the company of beautiful, athletic Anna Kaye Nordstrom, Donnie experiences the "new" Austin of glitzy condos, trendy restaurants and social media. He also revisits the "old" Austin of barbecue, power politics and greens versus developers. Donnie finds that not much has changed.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The Monkey House is the third book in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. I liked it just as much as the first two books and have now become familiar with the cast of characters. It's a stand-alone novel and can be read without having read the first two books, but I liked that I had background knowledge of Donnie and his family, especially since this instalment takes place mostly back in Austin where it all started and includes characters prevalent in the first book Hero.

Time has passed since the end of the last book, and Donnie Ray Cuinn has now bought the law practice from his former law partner. He is no longer the inexperienced lawyer, but is still struggling with the death of his wife years ago and continues to blame himself, not permitting himself to move forward in a permanent relationship.

His former best friend Wesley starts a project in real estate and Donnie's family is involved, forcing Donnie to face his old enemy. The law issues are therefore more personal and we see Donnie as a grown man trying to take care of his family. Donnie is such a likable character. He is less cynical in this story and has accumulated "street smarts" in his law practice. Again, as is this author's trademark, the story takes unexpected twists and turns, has a good dose of humor and leads us to a satisfying ending. Regarding content, there are f-words and religious profanity, that I've become good at skipping over these because I'm enjoying this series too much.

We are introduced to Dave Lewis who is one of the main characters in Necessities, the fourth book in this series that I will begin reading shortly. I feel like this book would make a great TV series, and I am eager to start the next book and get back into the world of Donnie Ray Cuinn with its setting in Texas, a cast of memorable characters and intelligent plots that keep me turning the pages.

If you like to read books in a series, this one is worth starting. If you especially like crime fiction with good humor and great courtroom drama, then this one is definitely a good choice. And the book covers and titles. Spot on!

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Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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  1. I've never read political suspense but I do enjoy good crime fiction. This sounds like a good series, great post!

    1. It's a great series and the main character has grown on me. I'm itching to start the fourth book, but will have to savor it because there aren't any more yet after the 4th one.

  2. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the very thoughtful review. When I wrote "Hero" an English teacher friend said that if I would let her, she could teach me to write without using all that crude language. I told her that I didn't use crude language, the characters did, and I couldn't stop them. She laughed. I do think that as my characters have matured, their language has gotten a little less graphic.

    1. Yes, your characters have matured and I have enjoyed seeing the progression. And the crude language does diminish in successive books. :-)

  4. sounds interesting. i will give any crime book a chance!


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