When Death writes your name, there is no erasing it. The Markhat Files, Book 8 It starts as a typical day in the park, with Markhat tracking a bully the law won’t touch, and promising a little girl he’ll find her missing dog, name of Cornbread. But as the sun sets over Rannit, a new menace creeps out with the dark. There’s a killer on the loose, and Markhat the finder sWhen Death writes your name, there is no erasing it. The Markhat Files, Book 8It starts as a typical day in the park, with Markhat tracking a bully the law won’t touch, and promising a little girl he’ll find her missing dog, name of Cornbread. But as the sun sets over Rannit, a new menace creeps out with the dark. There’s a killer on the loose, and Markhat the finder suspects magic behind the murders. Each victim receives a grisly drawing depicting the place, time, and manner of death. Not a single victim has escaped the brutal fate drawn for them—and now Markhat’s own death-drawing has arrived. The mighty Dark Houses are also falling, one by one, as terror grips Rannit’s streets. Even sorcerers are dying, their magic failing, their blood spilled as easily as that of any other. With time and hope running out, Markhat races to outwit a creature that can see outside Time itself. Before the picture of his own death becomes stained with real blood. Warning: The dance moves described herein are not intended for novice trolley operators, and the Publisher assumes no responsibility for any loss of ornamental waterfowl, carrot-enhanced undergarments, or wheeled bathing contrivances. The preceding sentence should be read in the voice of Morgan Freeman and to the accompaniment of a competent string ensemble. ...
|Title||:||The Five Faces|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||216 Pages|
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The Five Faces Reviews
Frank Tuttle knows how to grab his readers. Markhat is working a job, keeping tabs on a well connected ne'er-do-well, when he sees a poor little blind girl on the edge of hysterics. Someone has stolen her doggie, Cornbread. Being the soft-hearted guy that he is Markhat intervenes. And so begins the story. As a dog owner and the father of daughters, I was hooked. I like it when authors grab you emotionally. Is it manipulative? Yes, yes it is. Does it work? Yes, yes it does. I was pulled into the story and ripped through half the book in one sitting. What had happened to Cornbread? Was she killed in the illegal dog fighting ring? Why were people mysteriously dying? Why were the police wanting to drag Markhat down into a deep hole in the dungeons? Why were the half-dead so nervous? And what were the five faces?It was a good set up, and an enjoyable tale, but ... The first few Markhat stories were excellent. They were tight little stories that each stood on their own. This book pretty much required you to have read the last couple. If I had come into this book cold, I would've struggled with the characters and events. Additionally, I want these stories to be smaller. Markhat yet again saves the world (and maybe the universe) from certain destruction. I think he did that in the last book too. I can see saving the world once, but twice? Come one. I think series suffer when the main characters keep saving the world over and over again. It makes me roll my eyes. Frustrating.Three and a half stars rounded down to three. Tuttle knows how to grab you. I just wish this story was a little less grandiose.
I have been reading Frank Tuttle’s Markhat books since I got my very first Kindle. He quickly became one of my favorite Indie authors. I love the fantasy world and the quirky characters he has invented for this series. So, I was excited when he submitted The Five Faces to Books and Pals for a review and I jumped on it. Needless to say it didn't take me long to settle back into Markhat’s magical world, there is a noir feel to the mysteries and Mr. Tuttle has recently employed steampunk in the mix. I love the way Indie authors can play around with genres.Markhat is a finder, a private investigator, who has a capricious relationship with the local law enforcement of Rannit. The story begins with Markhat looking for a young girl’s stolen dog and quickly escalates into a mystery much more complicated and far reaching than dog theft. The plot moves at a nice pace as it twists into the devastating potential of unraveling the whole universe as human soul theft becomes the theme. With the help of Mama Hog, Granny Knot, Buttercup, Stitches, and Evis, Markhat has to fit the pieces together to save himself and the world as they know it from an evil spirit seeking his own godhood.Mr. Tuttle has a talent for developing his characters with dialog that I really appreciate. I love the banter and self-deprecating humor that he excels at. I also like the elements from our world that he weaves into his unique fantasy world of human characters along with wand-wavers, undead, trolls, banshees, soothsayers, and vampires. I am not quite sure what to make of the slilth, but I like what he did with it at the end of the story. I am laughing right along with Stitches. I also have to laugh at the Brown River Bridge clown patrol, they add an interesting touch to Rannit’s unsavory population.If you enjoy noir detective stories with a human element in a paranormal atmosphere you are bound to enjoy The Five Faces or any of Frank Tuttle’s Markhat series for that matter.FYI: The Five Faces is book 8 in the Markhat series. I think this book could be read as a standalone, however some character nuances would be missed. I don’t think that would lessen your enjoyment of the story.Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant errors in editing or formatting.**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** August 23, 2014
Frank Tuttle is one of my favorite authors and the Markhat stories are fantastic. I am not sure in what world or time these books are set but they include vampires, banshees and other mythical beings along with regular people. There is mystery and danger and grip you from the first paragraph. Fun reading!
Markhat saves the world - again. Which is getting a little tiresome. I liked the stories better when the scope was smaller.Still, the parts where he finds the dogs and where he flips the coin are beautifully written.