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Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan: A Book Review

Pigeon-Blood Red

Title: Pigeon-Blood Red
Author: Ed Duncan
Published: February 25, 2016
Genre: Crime/Mystery
Obtained: Provided by Publisher

Synopsis (from book): After an unfaithful husband and his lover try to double-cross a loan shark, they endanger the lives of the man’s unsuspecting wife and an old flame who comes to her rescue. Pursued by a ‘”killer with a conscience,” the wife and her newly found protector must decide what to do with a stolen Pigeon-Blood Red ruby necklace worth millions. And their pursuer must decide what to do with them: murder them as ordered — although one of them saved his life — or refuse and risk the life of the woman he loves.

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Thank you to Kelsey Butts and author Ed Duncan for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

My Thoughts

I have to admit, when I started reading this book, I couldn’t stay with it. I had trouble picking it up at times. The beginning just didn’t HOOK me like I’m used to. But once I got into the swing of it, I ended up really enjoying the story overall. There were some really interesting characters, and they all sort of ended up being involved in the plot.

What threw me for a loop in the beginning was the fact that the timeline jumped around a bit. I didn’t think that was necessary, as the rest of the novel followed a more linear timeline. I just kept getting confused as things were referenced that seemed to already happen, only to find out one chapter later what the reference involved.

Lots of Action!

There’s a whole lot of action in Pigeon-Blood Red. The action really helped create a fast paced story. I liked that, whenever I got settled, something else would happen. Lots of slinging guns and sucker punches, I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of illicit crime.

I have to admit that my one complaint was the writing style. It was very technical and lacked emotion. The research was well done and every box was checked off, but I just didn’t FEEL too much from this book. I guess that makes sense, since the book is an action-packed crime thriller, but I enjoy books more that make me feel things. I prefer novels that have a bit more character development and depth. These are typically lacking in crime thrillers in my opinion, so I don’t fault the novel or the author. It’s good to give your readers action when you’re writing an action-packed crime thriller.


Overall, I did enjoy the story, but I just wasn’t too keen on the writing style. It just wasn’t for me, which is okay. But I CAN say that if you like a good crime thriller with lots of action, Pigeon-Blood Red may be for you! This is a good debut novel, and the first in a trilogy, so I will be on the lookout for the next book.


3 Star Rating

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