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Detour Man is book 2 in the Vinnie Briggs Mystery Series. 392pp. "His calloused hands scratched at her back. She knew this changed everything for her and him. Their worlds no longer black and white but bursting with color. If she had a drawing of this moment, she'd pin it to the refrigerator door forever." Twenty-six-year-old bodybuilder Gunter Hoffman sports eno Detour Man is book 2 in the Vinnie Briggs Mystery Series. 392pp. "His calloused hands scratched at her back. She knew this changed everything for her and him. Their worlds no longer black and white but bursting with color. If she had a drawing of this moment, she'd pin it to the refrigerator door forever." Twenty-six-year-old bodybuilder Gunter Hoffman sports enormous muscles to keep at bay nightmares of his childhood nemesis, a menacing homeless guy with PTSD known as Detour Man. But even with a body that's six feet in all directions, Gunter's afraid of people—and lonely.When Gunter seeks out a girlfriend—and finds one—she's like all the rest: more curious about his bulging biceps than him, thinking his size provides an invincible shield to ridicule. But Gunter's mentally fragile. When she ends up dead from a broken neck, the cops seek a murderer with immense strength, just like Gunter.Private investigator Vinnie Briggs doesn't want to get involved in Gunter's problems—but to please his husband he must. He's even less pleased mounting a murder defense, which defies standard procedure. Vinnie and his co-investigator, the woman's fitness champion Rita Light, commit crimes and lie, and Rita employs her specialty: martial arts sex. They take risks that endanger innocent lives only to learn vindication has a high price.Beta-Readers on Detour Man "… a unique story" "… a good mystery, with a lot of plot twists and turns." "I enjoyed connecting the dots to each character…" Ice Cream Man and Baseball Man reviews "A rollicking, raunchy read of corporate shenanigans with mafia overtones." "Written with humor and an eye for the strange and obscure…a roller coaster ride full of twists, turns and unexpected dives…" "…use of strong verbs and gripping dialogue entertain and keep you engaged." "Bridges the gap of our heterosexual and homosexual worlds through an integrative storyline." Baseball Man is a fitting follow-up to… Ice Cream Man… another "page turner…"


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Detour Man is book 2 in the Vinnie Briggs Mystery Series. 392pp. "His calloused hands scratched at her back. She knew this changed everything for her and him. Their worlds no longer black and white but bursting with color. If she had a drawing of this moment, she'd pin it to the refrigerator door forever." Twenty-six-year-old bodybuilder Gunter Hoffman sports eno Detour Man is book 2 in the Vinnie Briggs Mystery Series. 392pp. "His calloused hands scratched at her back. She knew this changed everything for her and him. Their worlds no longer black and white but bursting with color. If she had a drawing of this moment, she'd pin it to the refrigerator door forever." Twenty-six-year-old bodybuilder Gunter Hoffman sports enormous muscles to keep at bay nightmares of his childhood nemesis, a menacing homeless guy with PTSD known as Detour Man. But even with a body that's six feet in all directions, Gunter's afraid of people—and lonely.When Gunter seeks out a girlfriend—and finds one—she's like all the rest: more curious about his bulging biceps than him, thinking his size provides an invincible shield to ridicule. But Gunter's mentally fragile. When she ends up dead from a broken neck, the cops seek a murderer with immense strength, just like Gunter.Private investigator Vinnie Briggs doesn't want to get involved in Gunter's problems—but to please his husband he must. He's even less pleased mounting a murder defense, which defies standard procedure. Vinnie and his co-investigator, the woman's fitness champion Rita Light, commit crimes and lie, and Rita employs her specialty: martial arts sex. They take risks that endanger innocent lives only to learn vindication has a high price.Beta-Readers on Detour Man "… a unique story" "… a good mystery, with a lot of plot twists and turns." "I enjoyed connecting the dots to each character…" Ice Cream Man and Baseball Man reviews "A rollicking, raunchy read of corporate shenanigans with mafia overtones." "Written with humor and an eye for the strange and obscure…a roller coaster ride full of twists, turns and unexpected dives…" "…use of strong verbs and gripping dialogue entertain and keep you engaged." "Bridges the gap of our heterosexual and homosexual worlds through an integrative storyline." Baseball Man is a fitting follow-up to… Ice Cream Man… another "page turner…"

21 review for Detour Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denial

    Unexpectedly funny, unexpectedly deep. Oh, and it's got the perfect title. I should start off by saying that this is the first book I read from this author so my thoughts before reading are based on what I've come to expect based on other books of the genre. For example mysteries tend to not be funny. Acerbic, critical, sarcastic sure. But just funny, not so much. And when this one makes me laugh within the first page I find it a pleasant surprise. Of course the classification of that funny could Unexpectedly funny, unexpectedly deep. Oh, and it's got the perfect title. I should start off by saying that this is the first book I read from this author so my thoughts before reading are based on what I've come to expect based on other books of the genre. For example mysteries tend to not be funny. Acerbic, critical, sarcastic sure. But just funny, not so much. And when this one makes me laugh within the first page I find it a pleasant surprise. Of course the classification of that funny could be argued so I'll give you two of my laugh out loud moments and you can judge for yourself: “ ...didn't reveal a serious crime soon, Vinnie was prepared to commit one just to end the interview” also “Vinnie Briggs did as he did with all the Briggs Investigative Group (BIG) clients, he made circles with smiley faces on his pad, sometimes adding a mop of curly hair. When really bored, he drew triangles. As founder and chief private investigator of BIG, scribbling impressed corporate clients, luring them to believe he thought everything they said mattered. It really didn't, but it stroked the egos of self-important blowhards with noses stuck so high they rubbed snot on his ceiling.” Another way this caught me off guard was that this all starts with a noncase or so Vinnie makes it out to be. But I still thought this was going to be a murder mystery of the guy Gunter began this book talking about, but then within a few pages the murderers are talking about the murder with enough detail that we know it's the same guy and more or less why they killed him, oh and they're planning something that involves a trigger so uuhh, bomb? What? Talk about taking a turn. Then another murder happens (I won't spoil who more than to say that *that one's* why is also revealed soon afterwords) and I'm left wondering what the mystery is suppose to be. Oh boy, I should've paid more attention to the bomb tangent but again no spoilers (or no major ones because I'm sure there's someone out there who doesn't go trigger = bomb). Overall I was just most impressed by how this story unravels from mystery A to mystery B to Ooh, **mystery?** all the while keeping me interested. That said, it also made me frustrated with the legal system as well as cops who live by “everybody is guilty of something, even if it's not the thing they're arrested for” to paraphrase one of the detectives. Just uuh who *wants* to read about the ugliness of humanity? But that's more my personal taste. Moving back to the book. This was also surprisingly emotional... so I guess the moral of the story was that I didn't expect any of it?... Hm. But back to the emotional part, this tale's MC in many ways was Gunter who was already a man suffering but then his world is turned even more upside down. He gets what he thinks is a shot at romance and then some actual romance (but certainly not in the romance novel sense) then it all gets a LOT worse before it gets better and if you didn't feel for the guy on learning who the Detour Man is to him (or how that IS the root of a lot of the “evil”) then you sure as hell *will* when you get to the climax of the expatriots (and no I won't spoil it by saying more). But I like to think that Gunter gets his HEA and I also have to add the compliment that the last few lines of the book are some that gave me an enormous amount of closure (though I'm sure it's nothing compared to his). So to conclude I liked this story. However that said, based on enjoyment I'd rate this 3 stars (I liked it but it's a little too psychologically heavy for me to LIKE it) but I bumped it up a star to show that I appreciate the effort that the story made to encompass such complex topics as body dysmorphia, family obligation, prejudice (in its many forms) and how the past informs who we are (and become). All those things are put in a sensitive, real and I think digestible way. However because of the not so cheerful subjects this tackles I think I would only recommend this to mature readers who like mysteries with some romance and won't shy away from heavier topics. I wouldn't really call this a light read but it's also not the heaviest thing I've ever gone through, so I suppose I can only classify it as something like average (which if you think about it is still kind of vague, but. I tried?) while also adding that those who can't handle fictional death, injustices or psychological issues should beware.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaniece DeGazon

    So this is the first time I am reading well actually hearing a book by this author. The audio version of this book is absolutely fantastic. I don’t like to read super long books for fun because that’s just me personally but, the audiobook made this feel like it was a Liam Neeson taken movie book rendition chock full of mystery. The story follows a private investigators’ friend Gunter who battles with fear and isolation and daily life struggles. Gunter becomes the prime suspect after witnessing a So this is the first time I am reading well actually hearing a book by this author. The audio version of this book is absolutely fantastic. I don’t like to read super long books for fun because that’s just me personally but, the audiobook made this feel like it was a Liam Neeson taken movie book rendition chock full of mystery. The story follows a private investigators’ friend Gunter who battles with fear and isolation and daily life struggles. Gunter becomes the prime suspect after witnessing a mugging that eventually lead to a murder. So Vinnie Briggs is now on the hunt to exonerate his friend Gunter before he gets hang for a crime that he did not commit. There are numerous plot twists in the story that definitely helps keeps you entertained throughout the story. Regardless, it’s a great read! Get the audiobook version today I promise you won’t regret it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before, but this sounded like a solid mystery / suspense / thriller so decided to check it out. I had a terrific time reading this. Detour Man combines so many good things; great characters, intriguing plot, great pacing, misdirection and twists and turns. The book is also very funny at times. I got caught up in the book every time I started to read it. Detour Man is exactly what you expect from a thriller. The characters were https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before, but this sounded like a solid mystery / suspense / thriller so decided to check it out. I had a terrific time reading this. Detour Man combines so many good things; great characters, intriguing plot, great pacing, misdirection and twists and turns. The book is also very funny at times. I got caught up in the book every time I started to read it. Detour Man is exactly what you expect from a thriller. The characters were well written and very, very real. The pacing is spot on, not so fast I can’t follow what’s going on but not so slow I get bored. The title is perfect by the way. I plan to read more by the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy White

    Detour Man had me from the beginning when the colossal diesel, Gunter Hoffman, walked into the aptly named office of BIG (Briggs Investigative Group). Desperately lonely and suffering from a severe case of body dysmorphia, Gunter becomes the unwitting victim of a murder frame-up. As if he didn’t have enough troubles already… Excellent dialogue comes to life by the first-rate narrator. The characters are vivid, the pacing is quick yet there is depth to this story. It is relevant and entertaining, Detour Man had me from the beginning when the colossal diesel, Gunter Hoffman, walked into the aptly named office of BIG (Briggs Investigative Group). Desperately lonely and suffering from a severe case of body dysmorphia, Gunter becomes the unwitting victim of a murder frame-up. As if he didn’t have enough troubles already… Excellent dialogue comes to life by the first-rate narrator. The characters are vivid, the pacing is quick yet there is depth to this story. It is relevant and entertaining, a great read all around.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    The book is a great murder mystery story that also contains spots of humor and wit. The characters are very well-developed and you can really relate to them on a deep level. The dialogue is easy to follow and entertaining. There are also a lot of twists and surprises throughout the story that keeps readers engaged. This is a great read for anyone looking for a book that can really keep you on the edge of your seat!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Renee

    I was looking for recommendations on a book series/author that could hold my attention and that would give me the option to list to the audiobook. Detour Man fulfilled both these requirements for me. Once I started reading, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The audio was awesome (the narrator has a nice voice!) and the book kept me guessing until the end. I was looking for recommendations on a book series/author that could hold my attention and that would give me the option to list to the audiobook. Detour Man fulfilled both these requirements for me. Once I started reading, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The audio was awesome (the narrator has a nice voice!) and the book kept me guessing until the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Aldrich

    Detour Man by Charles Puccia was action-packed from start to finish. The plot kept me engaged and hooked in to every moment. I purchased the audio version and it was fantastic! Very well narrated! The characters of Vinnie and Rita are excellently developed and Gunter throws a twist into everything. I highly recommend Detour Man if you love action, adventure and romance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kerubo

    Captivating! Interesting book. I can simply say that it's one of the best mystery stories I've read. It's definitely something I can recommend to any reader. I loved it! Captivating! Interesting book. I can simply say that it's one of the best mystery stories I've read. It's definitely something I can recommend to any reader. I loved it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

    A WISHING SHELF BOOK REVIEW 28th May, 2019 TITLE: Detour Man AUTHOR: Charles Puccia Star Rating: 4.5 Stats: Story/Plot: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Editing: 9/10 CATCHY QUOTE ‘Captivating characters and a cleverly designed plot. Highly recommended to anybody enjoys a good mystery.’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review REVIEW P.I. books! I love ‘em. So Mr Briggs of Briggs Investigative Group, a P.I. in New York, is perfect for me. Now, this is not the first of the Briggs’ books. It seems, according to Amazon, that the A WISHING SHELF BOOK REVIEW 28th May, 2019 TITLE: Detour Man AUTHOR: Charles Puccia Star Rating: 4.5 Stats: Story/Plot: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Editing: 9/10 CATCHY QUOTE ‘Captivating characters and a cleverly designed plot. Highly recommended to anybody enjoys a good mystery.’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review REVIEW P.I. books! I love ‘em. So Mr Briggs of Briggs Investigative Group, a P.I. in New York, is perfect for me. Now, this is not the first of the Briggs’ books. It seems, according to Amazon, that there’s also a number of others. Well, after enjoying this so much, I’m now going to enjoy them too! Firstly, let’s look at the writing style. Here, the author is very competent. There is the odd clumsy paragraph, but nothing ‘BIG’; nothing to pull away from this gripping story. The author also understands pacing and how to develop characters through speech. There’s plenty of ‘showing’ and not ‘telling’, a good sign of a confident author, and the author is not scared to keep a sentence short and simple where it’s needed; and, by doing so, helping to improve the pacing where speed is needed. The author also works hard to offer the reader interesting and well-developed characters. All of the characters, even the secondary, jump off the page. So much so, I was sympathising with many and rooting for the rest. I was particularly keen on Gunter Hoffman. He probably develops the most in the story. The ending of the book with Gunther was particularly well-written and touching. So, to sum up, do I recommend this book? Yes, absolutely! If you enjoy a ‘thoughtful’ mystery, the sort of story that keeps you guessing, a story populated with well-constructed characters, then this is for you. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’m now going to start reading the other books. I so love it when I discover a new author to enjoy. A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review www.thewsa.co.uk

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lorena

    Interesting! I was pleasantly surprised by this book and by Gunter’s character. I feel like they initially make him out to look more delicate than he actually is then by the end of it he shows more strength. Plot twists, for sure! I won’t spoil but you think you’re learning about one crime then plot twist, it’s something new. There’s some moments of comic relief which are always a nice add when not overdone. I’d have to say this is a well written mystery with solid characters that keep you engag Interesting! I was pleasantly surprised by this book and by Gunter’s character. I feel like they initially make him out to look more delicate than he actually is then by the end of it he shows more strength. Plot twists, for sure! I won’t spoil but you think you’re learning about one crime then plot twist, it’s something new. There’s some moments of comic relief which are always a nice add when not overdone. I’d have to say this is a well written mystery with solid characters that keep you engaged the whole time. I’m looking forward to reading more Vinnie Briggs mysteries.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vendelina

  14. 4 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

  15. 4 out of 5

    Raven

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Reelteem

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alec Brownie

  21. 5 out of 5

    ruth costello

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