Review: Liquid Smoke – Jeff Shelby

Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Tyrus Books (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935562398
ISBN-13: 978-1935562399
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Noah Braddock – Private Eye
Liz Santangelo – Police Detective
Darcy Gill – Lawyer
Russell Simington – Prisoner on Death Row
Carter – Noah’s Best Friend


Noah Braddock is enjoying a day of peace, and relaxing at the beach surfing. Then he’s approached by Darcy Gill. She tells him of a case of a man on death row. The man has been sentenced and admitted to the killing of two men. The catch: The man is the father that Noah never knew.


This is the third in the Noah Braddock series of mysteries, but the first in the series that I’ve read. The other two are Killer Swell and Wicked Break both are I’m assuming surfing terms. Surfing is a hobby of Noah’s, and it’s quite interesting to learn a little about that sport as the book progresses.

The main mystery itself is not a who done it, but more of a why they did it type mystery. It’s hard to say much more without ruining a lot of the suspense, but I’ll say that it’s very contemoporary in what is going on.

Just as much though is the story of conflict between a son and estranged parents. He’s torn between his sense of duty, and in just walking away out of anger towards his father. Will he do the right thing in the end? Do find out read Liquid Smoke when it comes to a bookstore near you.

While it starts out a bit slow, it does pick up at one point and ends up being hard to put down. Due to strong language and content, I’d say for older teens and adults. It’s humorous at times, particularly in his interraction with his friend Carter. I’d recommend this book though.

About the Author

Jeff Shelby: Jeff Shelby grew up around the beaches of Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine. He writes full time and lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his family.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Leyane at FSB Associates for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it < href=””>here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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