Summer Starlight was a popular boy band, but they’ve fallen on hard times. They’re working on a new release, in the hopes that it will cause their star to rise again, but when one of the band members is found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a club, the record label owner hires former police detective, now PI, Jaxon Shadeaux, to confirm that the death was a suicide. At first reluctant to take on such a high-profile case, Jaxon finally agrees, thinking it will give him an opportunity to connect better with his nineteen-year-old daughter, Jackie, a rabid fan of the band.
When two more members of the band end up dead, and another is arrested for the murders, Jaxon realizes that someone is picking them off one by one.
Shadow Over Summer Starlight by Thomson Woods is a compelling story. Clues are fairly skillfully planted, with lots of red herrings to keep Jaxon and the reader guessing. The ending is okay, but goes on longer than necessary, taking away from the suspense. Worse, though, the grammar and prose of the book shows a decided lack of line editing and proofreading, which detracts significantly from the reading experience.
The author shows a reasonable amount of skill in plotting and pacing, but really needs a better editor to ensure a professional-looking final product. I liked the premise of the book, but the execution left me cold.
I don’t normally give a book, even a first book, less than three or three and a half stars, but I’m afraid I can only give this one two stars. With more editing, or a general rewrite to correct the grammatical gaffes, this could be a really good book.