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Novelty by Shann Hurst

23701080A tale of small town magic. It's the year 1985, the summer of "New Coke" and the Live-Aid concert. A quiet Indiana town has fallen into turmoil with the sudden failure of their local landmark- a mystical wish granting machine dating back to the 30's. Newly elected Sheriff Jimmy Picnic must calm the local nerves, while trying to handle a slick California con man who's recently arrived, insisting that only he can fix the novelty... but for a price. Can the Sheriff manage this? Especially, while solving the first murder of his career, that of a visiting historian searching for the lost treasure of Napoleon. Sheriff Jimmy must overcome the revived crush of his high school dream girl, the destructive forces of mother nature, and a very dangerous foreigner who will stop at nothing to retrieve a sacred object that is too unbelievable to conceive. Novelty is comedy of a mystery, wrapped in mythology, with a flair for the nostalgia of the MTV generation.

Average Rating: 4 stars
My Rating: 3 stars 
Pages: 338
ISBN: 9781503324831

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Novelty was okay, but I actually don't have a lot to say. I liked it in general and the characters were nicely developed. The plot was good, but I had some problems with it. I found myself really annoyed with some of the characters and the things they did. Especially, Jimmy and the whole love life drama. I also feel like there should had been more about the wishing machine and the murders, but it was more about the relationships with the citizens of the small town.  This made it seem like the author was going off course with the plot. Although that annoyed me, it was still well written and the author's writing style was nice. I just think this novel was not for me. Although, if you are into the summary, go for it. It might be you cup of tea. It just was not mine.

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  - Ashley <3

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