Rated of 5
by Ruth Harris
Shoot Me Twice
If I have to read any more Bowen / Pennyworth novels. They're far too clever for me.
Michael Bowen appears to be a very smart man and wants to share his brilliance with his readers, but I can't say I appreciate his efforts. His characters, Lawyer Rep Pennyworth and Professor Melissa Pennyworth, come across as smug, pretentious and have 'obnoxiously superior attitudes'; so much so, another character in the book even mentions the latter. I did not enjoy spending time with these people. Every character in the book is wise, witty and very proficient with the ripostes. But the puns and tongue in check humor fall flat. There's extremely little character description or development, too many pointless plot points and a weak story. Bowens condescending comments of other authors came across as patronizing and pointless as did his portrayal of academia. I don't think I'll be recommending this, the previous 3 or any future books in this series.