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You Suck: A Dunn Kelly Mystery (Dunn Kelly Mysteries Book 1) by [Wood, David, Debord, David]
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Dunn Kelly hardly ever has a problem covering for his alcoholic father. As the only Special Populations detective on the police force, his dad's responsibilities usually consist of freeing zombies tangled in turnstiles, checking rabies tags on werewolves, and sweeping up vampires who oversleep when moon bathing. But when teen pop star Delilah Idaho sees a wrinkle on her forehead, Dunn's world is turned upside-down.

A television show is being filmed in his town- You Suck, a reality show in which vampires, from sparkly to old school, compete for the privilege of biting Delilah, keeping her young and beautiful forever. But a murderer is loose on the set and it's up to Dunn to save his father's job and solve the mystery. Oh, and his teacher is hitting on him, the football coach hates his guts, and he just might lose his spot on the swim team. Dunn's life, like the television show, sucks.

Praise for You Suck

"An original mystery that not only drips humor and suspense, but has more twists than a tangled artery." Terry W. Ervin II, author of Blood Sword

“A biting, laugh-out-loud funny commentary on our culture's obsession with youth and celebrity. Smartly paced and tightly written, I can't recommend it enough.” Justin R. Macumber author of A Minor Magic

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 146 pages
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  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (2 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AWJS1D2
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4.0 out of 5 stars This mystery doesn't...suck, that is 23 August 2013
By Michael Dunne - Published on Amazon.com
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With apologies in advance to more genteel readers, this book review uses the phrase 'you suck' and the word 'suck' frequently. This word/phrase was discouraged in our house as our boys were growing up, along with 'stupid' and other derogatory terms. So even though our boys are now grown men, believe me when I tell you, I wouldn't typically use these terms in regular speech, much less a public forum. Don't shoot me, I'm only the book reviewer, and You Suck happens to be the title of another good novel written by David Wood.

Frankly, I don't recall how I came by my Kindle copy of You Suck. I can't remember if Mr. Wood provided me a review copy, if he put it on sale, or if I just bought the darn thing. I only bring it up to emphasize that there is no grease that will affect my review of any book. If you want an honest-to-goodness review of your book, and I can stand reading it, I'll put it out there.

You Suck is the first entry in what Mr. Wood calls the Dunn Kelly Mystery series. I'll preface everything else with this: I am weary of vampires, zombies, werewolves, and all manner of supernatural creatures in popular culture. The only reason I even read this book is because of the esteem in which I hold Mr. Wood as a writer. That, and I read his previous young adult supernatural novel, The Zombie Driven Life (What in the Apocalypse am I Here For?), and enjoyed it thoroughly.

It takes a lot to get me interested in the over-worked genre that has taken flight since that "T" series was published and made into film. If you're a young adult or just a body who loves vampires, zombies - and from what I hear Dunn Kelly #2 will feature werewolves - then feel free to skip the rest of this review and click on over and get busy buying and reading.

For the rest of you, I'll continue.

You Suck opens by introducing us to Delilah Idaho, one of the most beautiful, self-absorbed and wildly popular teen idols you can imagine. But Delilah has a problem (other than being self-absorbed): she's found a wrinkle. Now to you and me that may not be cause for concern, but to this seventeen year old reality star, pop singer, and all-around heart throb it's practically the end of the world. But quicker than you can say, "Botox!" dear-old-dad comes to the rescue with an idea that I just know would happen if all these supernatural critters were actually real, like they are in You Suck. Daddy, better known as Buddy Jay Johnson to his old football and action (B) movie fans, placates his young daughter and gets her to buy into his latest scheme: a new reality show that will pair Delilah and a cast of vampires, with the winner getting to bite the fair maiden on her eighteenth birthday - on national television - allowing Delilah Idaho to be young, vibrant, and eighteen forever!

Remember Dunn Kelly? Remember that You Suck is the first in a series of mysteries? That's right; things don't quite go according to plan with Buddy Jay and Delilah's reality show. In fact, things go off-script enough to cause the police to be summoned, along with their Special Populations Officer, Martin Kelly. Problem is, Detective Kelly has hit a bit of a rough patch and his son Dunn has to run interference for him. Dunn is a high school senior and, through his dad, no stranger to police work. Before you can say, "I want to suck your blood!" Dunn Kelly is on the case, dodging vampires, crazed crew members, and Chief of Police Stanley Lescrote, who is out for Martin's blood - the old fashioned way.

You Suck is engaging from the start. Wood plops us right into the lives of his characters who are three-dimensional and wholly developed. His protagonist is beset with all sorts of standard teenage angst and issues, from uncomfortable relationships, too many responsibilities, bullies, lack of sleep and many others that really added to the believability of You Suck. It would have been easy for Mr. Wood to just gloss over these real life issues that plague most high school students in one way or another but his exploration of them, expertly woven into You Suck's multiple plot lines, is the glue that holds everything together and makes the story so readable.

There were a few typos here and there but not enough to distract me. If you're an English teacher, you might be miffed but as I've followed Mr. Wood's progression as an author, his editorial skills have improved immensely.

The pacing of the plot, the character introduction and development, and the cohesion of the overall story make You Suck and enjoyable read. The denouement is believable and surprising - as it should be. And, of course, Wood hooks us at the very end with a teaser about the next installment of what could turn out to be a very popular mystery series; not as popular as Delilah Idaho, but that would suck anyway.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teen mystery 23 December 2014
By Emmasmom - Published on Amazon.com
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David Wood has created a likable underdog hero in Dunn Kelly. It's interesting that Wood completely skips the world building explanations offered in most novels of this genre. In Dunn Kelly's world, vampires and more exist as a matter of fact and Wood instead focuses on character development, which is great. Wood also throws in some great 80s pop culture references while slyly acknowledging that teen readers will go "Who?" This is a fast-paced read that does not break new ground but is fun nonetheless. As usual, there are some typos in Wood's copy but not as many in some of his other work. If you have not read Woods' other work, I highly recommend the original Dane Maddock novels. Wood recently has added "origin" novellas to Maddock's stories but they are not as well done.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 20 August 2013
By Kel Crist - Published on Amazon.com
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You Suck: A Dunn Kelly Mystery: The Genre is YA Paranormal. It was actually a pretty good book.

Teen, Dunn Kelly, finds himself in a situation where he's not only a Junior in High School but is helping out his father, Martin Dunn, who just happens to be the Special Populations Officer (Paranormal police).

Delilah Idaho is a spoiled child star that gets the bright idea, with her father's help, to create and star in a reality show where she picks the Vampire winner who will give her eternal youth! Then people start dyeing and the fun begins. The book is a quick read that has humor, action and Vampires. I enjoyed it and am looking anxiously forward to a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars David Wood does it again 10 November 2013
By ruffy - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. I think it would actually be a YA book. The son is still In highschool and covers for his alcoholic dad.

I really like David Wood books
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all right 27 October 2014
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an okay book. It's kind of a spoof on Hannah Montana and the teen vampire movies.