Juba Good by Vicki Delany

Rating: 1.5/5 stars Juba Good

Pages: 119

Series: Ray Robertson, Book 1

Genres: Mystery, Africa, Adult


In my opinion, this story was too rushed to be a good mystery novel. The writing itself didn’t have a flow to it as it was made up of mostly sentence fragments and Delany did more telling than showing. I felt that the scenes were described briefly with very little dialogue to move the plot forward.

Knowing that this book is intended to be a rapid read, I can understand why the story was so brief. However, I do not think that this did justice to the plot. The fact that the font was so large was also detrimental to my enjoyment of the read as a slightly smaller font would have allowed for a bit more in the story – without making the read too long. As it is, the story took me a little under an hour to read. The read would still be a rapid one if it’d been just a touch more flushed out.

While I appreciate a short and quick read, I still want to be able to be pulled into the story. I did not find this possible for Juba Good. With the choppy sentence structure and very little information to go off of to try and figure out who the killer is before the “big” reveal, I didn’t feel immersed in the story at all. Perhaps such short mysteries just aren’t for me.

I thought that this story showed promise, which is the main reason I picked it up. After all, how could a serial killer be found and caught in just 119 pages? I figured that since this story was so short and it was the first book in a series we’d get part of the story but not all of it. When I realized this wasn’t the case, I knew this wasn’t the book – or style – for me.

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