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Dangerous Paradise (Mystery Series Book 1)

Fiction - Mystery - General
418 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2013
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Author Biography

Eric James Miller is a former systems analyst and world traveler who also once made his living delivering sixty and seventy foot sailboats in the Caribbean. A veteran of both the business and creative side of the film and television world, he is a former long-term resident of Venice Beach, California who finds the ghosts of the Mojave Desert less neurotic, but equally as eclectic as those in Hollywood and the southern California beach communities. "For Rent: Dangerous Paradise" is set in a surreal, but not altogether unreal, apartment building in Venice Beach. It is the first in a new series of beguiling place-centric For Rent mysteries. The next one, "For Rent: Haunted Neon" follows budding young journalist Dana Santoyo to Las Vegas. His earlier novel, the 1996 road trip comedy "The Metaphysics of Nudity" has been out of print for a number of years but is scheduled for re-release in 2013. A Pennsylvania Dutch baker, Tuscan cook and Chilean wine maker, Eric is currently using his eclectic past, nose for business, taste buds for world cuisine and fondness for deploying an array of disguises to gather the sights, sounds, symbols and sensations to thinly veil certain people he has met in his travels to spice up his next novel in the series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

For Rent Mystery Series Book 1: Dangerous Paradise by Eric James Miller is a thrilling story. Residents of an apartment building in Venice Beach, California find out that there is something strange about the place. Journalist Dana Santoyo investigates the eerie happenings there. She tries to find out who killed Serena Andrews, the whereabouts of her missing son, and the apartment's violent past.

It is a fast paced, entertaining mystery. There is a lot of suspense, with twists and turns in the plot. The reader keeps guessing the next moment while reading. The characters are very well etched and the narrative is detailed and descriptive. The author manages to keep up the tempo of the suspense by bringing in frightening episodes. The story moves from past to present where Dana is trying to find out the violent history of the apartment, and at the same time the present happenings that leave the residents baffled and scared. The experience of each resident is given in detail and each one's terrifying experience is narrated with intrigue and suspense.

Dana also experiences several weird incidents which actually make her want to get to the bottom of all the mystery surrounding the building. Will she be able to solve the mystery? Will she find out the murderer of Serena Andrews? Will Dana be able to help in tracing Serena Andrews' missing son? Dangerous Paradise is an excellent read.