Nothing Happens All the Time

Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal!

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
458 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2016
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Author Biography

Originally from the New England area, my family and I moved about the country during my youth with my siblings, when they were old enough to choose for themselves, deciding to take up roots at the various places our parents relocated the family. Currently residing in Utah, I've always found writing to be a good outlet for the various thoughts and ideas that inspired me to write over the years albeit more so as a philosophical hobby than anything serious, until now that is. When I'm not too busy interacting with my wife and children, outside of my ongoing career in law enforcement, I can usually entertain myself with fishing, camping, and the occasional computer game or two, to name some of my personal interests. Well, I suppose that's enough to bore you for now with the exception of saying, "Go Sox!"

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

I expected something else when I picked up Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon. The title of this interesting and fast-paced thriller can easily mislead readers to anticipate a character waiting for something very important to happen and yet nothing is happening. On the contrary, this multi-genre, exceptional novel is laced with a lot of action. Eli Mitchell is heading an investigation of a homicide that took place in a Boston convenience store, and the events triggered by this crime become more and more complicated to handle as they are incomprehensible. There is a lot at stake and unspeakable damage could be done if the case isn’t resolved on time.

The author, Edmund Mahon, makes his story more gripping by employing a series of techniques that will keep readers guessing all the time. Readers want to know who committed the crime and when they think they have guessed right, they immediately realize they have been tricked and they keep reading on. I loved the clear and crisp writing, the acute suspense, and the variety of themes that are masterfully developed in this novel. This is a book from a new and interesting voice that I will gladly recommend to fans of sci-fi, crime fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! will be a wonderful thrill to many readers, a real page-turner. It is a book that will find a very comfortable home amidst the likes of James Patterson.

Gisela Dixon

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a mystery with a detective named Eli Mitchell as the protagonist. Nothing Happens All the Time starts off with a lot of action as we, the readers, come across the scene of a murder at a convenience store and also get our first introduction to the detective. The story then moves onto the other-worldly forces and energies, and combines that with the solving of a murder mystery. However, this isn’t your typical mystery as the story moves between the past and future and combines some elements of the sci-fi and supernatural genres. However, in the end Nothing Happens All the Time is about Eli Mitchell as he takes us on a whirlwind tour to get to the bottom of the mystery before it is too late.

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a gripping novel written in a fast-paced manner that almost reminds me of a thriller. I found the sci-fi and other-worldly elements to be a bit confusing at times, but overall the story progresses at a sequential pace and the task of solving the homicide case itself was well presented. The central character of detective Mitchell is well drawn, and so is his team of officers and others. Overall, this is a novel I would recommend to mystery fans who also enjoy a touch of sci-fi or fantasy.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Things are going rather well for Eli and even for his partner, Wayne, but the latest case they’ve been put on seems to be taking things to a whole new level. What should have been a simple robbery has turned into something out a movie with no possible way to identify the suspect, something that should be simple in a time where everyone is equipped with microchips of their entire identity. But somehow this crook is staying one step ahead of them and it seems that their victim, an unassuming advertising agent, was involved in something more than simply coming up with a new campaign for the local religious organizations, but what was it? You’ll find out in Nothing Happens All The Time.

This book was really good at combining a lot of futuristic elements with the basics. Rather than the reader feeling like they’ve been thrown into an entirely different world they know nothing about, the author chose to keep a plot line, characters, and a lot of other effects that were really something you would expect from police in current times, and threw in some futuristic elements like advanced technology. Of course, the characters themselves were relatable and interesting to learn about as well, and I liked the way that the plot developed. You got to see inside the mind of more than one of the characters and you get a humanistic side of the entire story rather than just seeing them as police doing their job. Nothing Happens All The Time by Edmund Mahon is a good book and one I would recommend.

Arya Fomonyuy

What happens when a ghastly murder takes place in a convenience store? Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon answers this question, but not in the way that readers would have imagined. Eli Mitchell is a committed detective and a very skilled one at that, a man who loves his coffee, has his regular cases to work on, and those occasional moments that allow him some fresh air. When tasked to investigate a homicide he thought to be just another case among others, he doesn’t imagine, even faintly, that this case will test everything he thinks he knows, and will plunge him into a series of events that are as threatening as they are incomprehensible. Does he have what it takes to competently resolve this case?

Set against the backdrop of Boston sixty years in the future, Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! is a thriller that is as engaging as it is entertaining. The characters are wonderfully thought out and the writing masterfully executed. To write about events happening sixty years in the future, and to make readers feel that they are real, takes a lot of skill and imagination and Edmund Mahon has both. The author shows a lot of mastery in the area of science and police detective work, and has created a perfect story with characters that are believable and compelling. There is a lot of suspense that makes readers keep on turning the pages and guessing. This is a book with multi-layered conflict and a perfect finish, one of those books you read and want to read again.

Christian Sia

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a masterful blend of detective fiction and thriller set in a time that isn’t here yet. Life is normal for Eli Mitchell with his innumerable cups of coffee and regular cases to solve, but when a homicide takes place at a convenience store nearby, the astute detective finds himself plunged into a whirlwind of events that will try his spirit and force him to deal with more stress than he’d ever experienced before. He has to brace himself for challenges that can make or break him and, even with the support of the Boston PD, will he be able to solve this case before it’s too late?

Nothing Happens All the Time is a title that ironically describes a novel packed with intense action. The author creates an interesting story, set sixty years in the future, but with great skill and imagination he creates characters that seem so real and normal. There is a mix of literary elements that make the story most enjoyable – the biting suspense, the powerful and engaging characters, the beautiful prose, and a lovely setting that will entice readers as they turn the pages. Most readers will love the sense of humor in this book. Edmund Mahon has created a very beautiful character in Mitchell, one of those characters readers will want to stick with throughout the book. The story is well fleshed out and the author’s voice comes across as unique and powerful. This book will entertain readers and keep them turning the pages, eager to know what happens to the case and their beloved characters.