FLOWER POWER TRIP by James J. Cudney: A Review

Shalini, book-blog tour arranger, extraordinaire for Great Escapes Blog Tours is arranging a tour sponsoring Cudney’s third book in his Braxton Campus College Series, Flower Power Trip. I, the techie that I am not, have lost the pictures (don’t know how to attach them anyway) dates things are due, and all other vital information given in Shalini’s email. I vaguely remember this tour was supposed to take place around the end of March, so with apologies to both Jay and Shalini, here is my review:

I had read and reviewed Jay’s first book in the series, Academic Curve Ball, on PWR when it was first published. I so enjoyed the main character, Kellan, his troubles with the women in his life, rather the two he wished were in his life, and his strained relationship with his father, president of Braxton College. The mystery of two murders at the college were adorned with humor, suspense, many suspects, and the twists and turns that I love to encounter when reading mysteries.

I did not read the second in the series, Broken Heart Attack, but easily picked up the “further adventures of Kellan “when I read and signed on for the blog-tour of Flower Power Trip. This time around, Braxton College’s Memorial Library is holding a costumed fundraiser, where attendees are asked to come dressed as heroes or villains. A dead body dressed as the infamous Dr. Evil is discovered, and Kellan’s investigative skills are called into action once again. Unexplained messages on postcards arrive as well, which has us examining a mystery-within-a-mystery. I don’t want to give any spoilers in my review, but I can attest that this is an engaging mystery solved by a complex character (Cudney’s characterization and family relationship skills are the best aspects of his writing, as evidenced by Watching Glass Shatter, and Father Figure.)

I give this a five out of five for being an enjoyable, satisfying read.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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