One Bad Day After Another


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
258 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2021
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Author Biography

Max Folsom is a regular columnist for the quarterly Sherlockian journal Groans, Cries & Bleatings; and a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and the League of Vermont Writers. She is married to a retired Canadian military officer and divides her time between their Ottawa Centretown apartment and their Vermont Stone House. She lives with her husband and Cato, their fat ginger cat. She is currently at work on her second Somerset novel, Searching for Peter Griffiths.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Max Folsom has created a most likable heroine in former cop turned private investigator Baker. From her unusual name to her often humorous gut reactions and reflections to what she encounters as she tries to figure out why and how a dead body landed in her office doorway, to her relentless pursuit of how this death might be connected to an unsolved kidnapping case in her past, Baker’s musings become ours. What Baker and her wonderful team uncover has business, financial, and military connections. In short, One Bad Day After Another is about greed and crime on an international scale.

It’s rare for me to write a review immediately after reading a book: it takes me a few days to decide on the most memorable aspects of that book. As I pondered One Bad Day After Another by Max Folsom, it was easy to home in on the key positives: a very clever plot with enough twists to keep any reader guessing; good plot pacing; excellent use of dialogue; a smooth writing style and above all, the enjoyable interplay between the characters. But there was one takeaway that outshone the others: the engaging and winning personality of the protagonist, Baker Somerset. She is what I will most remember about One Bad Day After Another. She is often downright funny, sometimes frightened to death, but ever curious. Readers identify closely with Baker: she is just so human! The plot facts as they evolve are unexpected, convoluted, and intriguing. But it’s Baker herself that makes us want to solve this mystery as much as she does. For lack of a better word, this novel ends up being a lot “larger” than just another simple murder mystery.

Mallory Rich

Loved this first Baker Somerset mystery! Great heroine, very likable sidekicks, engrossing plot, and excellent writing. Looking forward to the next one!

Harry Rich

Trouble knows where Baker Somerset PI lives. Local crimes begat international corporate violence. Bodies pile up. She is in the crosshairs. Relying on her best buddy Keys to handle the fancy electronic stuff, Baker hurls through one bad day after another. But does she have the chops? Oh, yeah. Fearless, hard as nails, a talent for details, wicked creative, smarter than the devil, and Glock savvy. You had better get out of her way. She is a modern heroine. Do I like this book a ton? Oh, yeah. Book two, please.

Joyce Kennedy

I am a huge fan of crime novels, this one did not disappoint! Great story line. The characters come to life with every turn of a page. I couldn't put this book down just waiting to turn the next page to see what happens. I am already a Baker Somerset fan!!

library girl

Sounds like a contradiction of terms but I loved this warm blooded, crime soaked , up to date Canadian crime novel that does not mince words from the first sentence to the last.... fast moving, full of twists. The ICING ON THE CAKE was its humor, wit and a cast of characters I thoroughly enjoyed!

Kelly J

I love crime fiction/murder mysteries, so I'm always looking for the next great book. And this was it. Great characters and storyline, well written - definitely a page turner. Looking forward to Baker Somerset's next adventure.

Marc Soucy

Great book! A page turner! Strongly recommended if you like police/detective novels. Story based on Ottawa Canada is an added bonus!!!! Read it. You won't be disappointed.