Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Review: Murder In The Magick Club


Murder in the Magick Club is an occult-themed murder mystery; perfect for your next banned-book bonfire. Murder in the Magick Club takes place in the exotic, faraway land of Tampa, Florida and offers an insider’s exposé of the “Salem of the South” . . . written straight from the spleen. Murder in the Magick Club is the first in a series wherein the victim needs killin’ and the murderer always gets away with it . . . maybe.

--- excerpt, Amazon product description


Really? I beg to differ.

Byron A. Lorrier's Murder in the Magick Club (BookSurge Publishing, 2009) may open with the discovery of a dead body, but it is definitely not a murder mystery. Instead, it is a study of the squalid lives of Brynn, the owner of the Magick Club (a bar) and his staff of misfits. Through the daily lives of Brynn and his less than stellar employees, Lorrier provides a vultures eye view of the underbelly of society that is, at first, quite gripping. However, each character is so completely bereft of any redeeming qualities that the depictions begin to seem both cheesy and cruel.

In its way, Murder in the Magick Club is rather interesting; I kept reading, after all. But, it's definitely not for everyone. And, it's definitely not a murder mystery.

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17 comments:

Nessa said...

Now I am torn.

dark wings said...

Ah, my sort of book:)

Lynn said...

Nessa's comment made me chuckle. I love murder mysteries - maybe I'll try this one.

G-Man said...

Mama Zen...I love the word 'underbelly'!
It's one of my favorite places!

Mojo said...

Okay, so where does the "occult theme" fit in?

Swatantra said...

Thanks for sharing!!

LL Cool Joe said...

Doesn't sound like my kind of book, but still it's interesting to hear your views on it. :)

ali said...

Huh. Life is too short for me to read stuff I won't L.O.V.E. So, I'll probably skip this one. Thanks for the review Mama!

Talon said...

I love the completely different points of view on the same book. Not the sort of book I would want to read however - and that's based on your review, Mama Zen.

Kristy said...

I hate false advertisement. I recently read John Irvings new book....well half of it. I hated it. I wrote a review for it...and was honest.

Dr.John said...

I don't think I'll put that on my must buy list.
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If it's drawn again tomorrow you will win what is in the treasure chest.

passions and soapboxes said...

Too bad, it looked like a good one.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

I love reading mystery books !! Seems to be of my kind !! I Would try it surely !! Great..THanks for sharing.Unseen Rajasthan

Shadow said...

how disappointing. it sounded so promising...

Jannie Funster said...

I'm kind of afraid of murder stores ever since I killed that man in Reno just to watch him... well you know.
:)

Heather said...

i'm currently reading this one. I was taking it much to seriously and re-read the promo postcard I had for the book and lightened up and voila, i started to enjoy the book more, or was it the introduction of Honey, the psycic>

Candi said...

This is the author's first published novel, and I applaud him for telling this story in an entertaining, fresh voice that compelled me to keep reading even as I cringed in places. The characters are dysfunctional in their relationships. They appear to be codependent, yet they have disdain for one another. This made for an interesting dynamic that set up some of the novel's best scenes and dialogue. The club itself was also a dark, dysfunctional character that appeared to constantly consume the time, energy, and resources of the owner. These were not the kind of characters that I could root for, or empathize with. However, I doubt that this was the author's aim. It appeared that he wanted to craft memorable characters that would leave the reader wanting to know about the next chapter in their strange, twisted lives. They made me laugh out loud. They frustrated me, and kept me interested. And yes, they made me want more (soon).