Houseboat


Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
352 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2018
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Author Biography

Paul lives in North Fort Myers Florida with his wife Sandy and their two beautiful American Cocker Spaniels, (Max and Samantha) who are better known as "The Kids" and are a special part of his books. Houseboat was written over the space of twenty years or so as different ideas would occur to him while working his many other businesses.

Born and raised in Seattle and now transplanted to Florida, in addition to writing, Paul keeps busy learning to ballroom dance and working on an HO scale train layout. A graduate of Western Washington University in Education, Paul taught for 4 years and became self employed when he left teaching. Over the years Paul has owned and operated many businesses, where he met many interesting people who always seem to confide the most astonishingly personal information to him, hence the varied knowledge of people. It is this knowledge that he uses to create his interesting characters.

His motto is "Caution: You may end up in my next Novel".

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Houseboat: A Novel by Paul Shadinger is an engaging story steeped in mystery, with distinct, well-developed and enjoyable characters. Matt Preston is a guy addicted to the game of poker, a man who had once lost a 57 Chevrolet convertible in a card game. Then he bets on another game and wins a houseboat belonging to Slim. Soon after, Slim, the former owner of the houseboat, is murdered and every finger seems to point at Matt. Could it be because of his military past? Could it be Slim was murdered by Wheeler, who seems to have suffered a devastating loss at the card game and didn’t receive any sympathy from Slim? Follow the tale of Matt Preston through a gritty investigation, a tale that involves a beautiful girl and a powerful enemy lurking in the dark.

The reader is immediately introduced to Matt’s world, with his poker friends and acquaintances such as Slim, Tom, Scott, and others. The story is told from the perspective of the protagonist and in a powerful first person narrative. The author delves into details and pulls the reader in to follow the scenes closely. The scenes are focused and the descriptions are terrific. Whether the author is describing himself as “My body was sore and I was just plain dog assed exhausted!” or likening Wheeler’s looks to those of a kindergarten child caught with his hand in a jar of cookies, there is a refined sense of humor that hits the most dormant nerve in the reader. Paul Shadinger’s Houseboat is fast-paced and riveting.

Amazon Customer



loved it.
March 21, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
A real page turner...loved it...give me more

J. Nielsen

Enjoyed the book a lot

April 21, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Enjoyed the book a lot. The characters were created quickly; the story line moved along at a good pace and kept me interested through the whole book. There was just a little too much explicit sex.

Amazon Customer

A great read, hard to put down

April 23, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
A great read, hard to put down! I really enjoyed reading the book as it was written in a "first person" format. Looking forward to the next book by Paul Shadinger.

Stanley J. Czuba

I enjoy reading mysteries and this book fit the bill

July 4, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
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I enjoy reading mysteries and this book fit the bill. It's unusual to win a houseboat in a card game but Matt Preston does and this creates the plot for the entire novel. His experiences with his new "house" are the foundation of the plot. Enjoyed the characters including BJ!