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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Screw the Devil's Daiquiri by Rayme Michaels took me by surprise (and in a delightful way), a story that is character driven and conceived with an irresistible premise. John Hazel is known for his womanizing, a man who shows signs of schizophrenia and who started seeing a psychologist after his thirtieth birthday. His life is challenged in a way he never imagined when David Wall, the CEO of his company, offers him a big promotion. But it comes with a serious catch: John must kill the CEO’s wife, Victoria Wall. The request could have been easily handled but for another problem: Victoria Wall wants John to kill her husband. Now haunted by the spirits of Giovanni Boccaccio, Francois Rabelais, and “a half-naked she-devil named Sabrina,” John has to outwit his inner demons and choose the right course of action.
This is a psychological novel, a story that explores the psychology of a sick mind. John isn’t your run-of-the-mill character. He is a guy who has three jobs — a temp at an office, a university teaching assistant, and owner of a professional photography studio. These may seem to be too much for one man, but then when you consider his inner torments, well, you see a man who could break at any moment. The crisis point comes with the proposition from the CEO of his company, but in spite of the mental challenges, he can’t stop himself fantasizing about women, like the woman with fire in her eyes in the office.
This story is well imagined and the protagonist has a lot of depth and substance, a character driven by inner conflict. The author uses this dilemma to build the conflict and to create the momentum and psychological depth that will arrest the attention of readers. I started enjoying this story from the very first page, but the moment Dr. Lydia Elwick appeared, I knew it would be real fun, and I wasn’t mistaken. Rayme Michaels’ prose is exquisite and there is a smoothness in the narrative voice that grabs your attention and keeps it till the end. The humor is fabulously done and the plot is a cunning treat. Screw the Devil's Daiquiri is hilarious, a piece of entertainment from a master storyteller.