Tales of the 23rd Precinct by Kevin Eleven | ARC Book Review

(Tales of the 23rd Precinct #1)

Published: January 13th 2015


It is well documented that despicable acts in the form of murder, bank heists, snitching, and drug trafficking happen in the heart of New York City daily. However, no borough is more adept to the turmoil of the inner city streets than Brooklyn. In a unique presentation, readers will be able to follow the stories and individual background surrounding Detectives Deborah Lane, Luke Fisher & Frank Matthews. The three detectives must use their wit, competence, persistence and sly capabilities to maneuver throughout Brooklyn and wherever crime may take them. No matter what misguided notions they act upon or crossfires they may encounter, it is quite odd and compelling that each of their stories correlate into something frankly twisted. This project compares to the substantial work of great writers in the Detective Fiction genre such as Ed McBain & Clark Howard. Once the book is devoured in its form, readers will hope for a time portal hoping to transport them back to where it all began.

My Rating: 3.5 stars (Pretty Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Flowered Concrete

Page Count: 174

Format: E-book (PDF)

Please note: This book was sent to me by the author for review purposes, a fact which does not affect my opinion on the book. I was not compensated for this review, and all opinions stated are honest and my own. 

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book review (or it seems to me, anyway) and so here I am with a review on a book I’ve been given for review. I had finished this book for quite a bit of time now, but hadn’t gotten the chance to post a review on it. So here I go!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book, but as I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone, so I accepted the offer and kept an open mind as I was reading the book. I’m happy to say I had an enjoyable reading experience! It was definitely nothing like I expected, and I have to admit, this is one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read, but overall it was an interesting read.

Very Brief Summary:

Told from the perspective of three characters; Deborah Lane, Luke Fisher and Frank Matthews, Tales of the 23rd Precinct follows these characters as they roam the streets of Brooklyn after street thugs and criminals. We learn about their stories, and are taken on an interesting ride as we do so.

My Review

The plot was pretty good! It was relatively interesting, and was a more unusual storyline than my normal books, however I warmed up to it quite quickly. There were also several cliffhangers (especially where the POV of one character ended and the next POV started) which made the book more gripping. Not to mention the ending! All in all, it was quite good.

As for the characters, they were also well-written. There were several main characters, and we got to see different sides of them in a short period of time (or so it seemed). I read from the POV of one of the characters, got an idea of the other characters, but then when it switched to another character’s POV, I got a whole different side of the story, and that was interesting. One little thing however was that I found it hard to keep track of some of the characters; a few times I got confused between them. This was a minor issue and did not take away from my overall reading experience.

Lastly, the writing style. The writing style was enjoyable, and wasn’t out of place, broken, etc. The writing style suited the story, and allowed us to smoothly get a look inside the characters’ head.


Tales of the 23rd Precinct was an interesting read. I had an enjoyable reading experience, and while it wasn’t keeping me on the edge all the time, it kept me interested. The plot was good, the characters were intriguing, and there was a smooth, consistent writing style. Do I recommend it? If you enjoy a bit of cop drama kind of stuff, I do. If you mostly prefer paranormal, dystopia, contemporary, etc. I wouldn’t particularly say go for it, however if you think you’d be interested in this, go ahead. It was overall a good read, a solid 3.5 stars.

The second book following this one is scheduled to be released July 21st. I will soon hopefully be posting a review on that, so stay tuned!

You can also find this review on Goodreads.


9 thoughts on “Tales of the 23rd Precinct by Kevin Eleven | ARC Book Review

  1. Reblogged this on kevinanglade and commented:
    As we are now two weeks into my campaign for my forthcoming novel, we mustn’t forget that its predecessor, “Tales of The 23rd Precinct” is still available and on the market for purchase. To gear up for the new book, please be sure to read the latest review from Anna Lee of Books Snacks Blog now! You can also pick up the book if interested at Amazon.com & on the Barnes & Noble online retail store.

    – Kevin Eleven

    “Read To Believe, Write To Achieve”

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