I would like to thank the author for a copy of “Songs From Richmond Avenue” by Michael Reed for my honest review.
The genres of this novel are Urban Fiction, Dark Satire and Humor.
This story reminds me of the TV show ,”Cheers:, and the song “Where Everyone Knows Your Name”, up to a point. The story takes place in the Relix Club on Richmond Avenue, where there are a quirky bunch of characters. The Relix Club is in an undesirable area on Richmond Avenue. Mostly beer is served, and bets are placed. There is some sort of band playing music. Sometimes the characters dabble in drugs and stupidity.nely, and addicted. The setting also is described as a place that is appropriate for his characters.
When the Journalist meets his woman,and her strange roommate, their adventures seems to begin. There are dead bodies, a jealous boyfriend, and a discussion of politics.
The satire and humor can be seen when some bumbling kidnappers take the Journalist. They destroy his car, and he is tied up. It seems they made a mistake and let him go with a half apology, demanding that this never happened.
I like the way, Michael Reed uses much of this smoke screen, to address the fact that hard work,clean living and moderation in life are important.
There are many twists and turns in this story, and often what you expect is not what happens.
I would recommend this for anyone that appreciated dark satire, and urban fiction.
The story is told from the viewpoint of the main character, sort of a Journalist, who edits titles for the events of the day. His life consists of working, drinking beer and meeting with lazy misfits. His luck seems to change when he meets a woman at the bus stop. He does have loyalty to his friends, and also has the will to survive.
Michael Reed describes his characters as shallow, lo