Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: A Novel by Don Bruns

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: A Novel
Don Bruns
Oceanview Publishing (2010)
ISBN 9781933515793
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (1/11)


Bumbling but lovable friends Skip Moore and James Lessor are back in the latest book in the “Stuff Series” by Don Bruns.  In this book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” James and Skip have finally obtained their private investigator’s license. Their first case involves working undercover at a traveling carnival to determine if recent incidents with some of the rides were accidents or acts of sabotage.  Everyone involved with the carnival is acting suspiciously, so Skip and James must utilize their newest spy gadgets to complete the job, while trying to look out for their own safety.

I love the methods the author uses to tell this story.  It is narrated by Skip, which provides readers with a firsthand insight into his thoughts and feelings.  This is especially entertaining because Skip does not like carnivals in the first place.  James, the more impulsive of the two, tends to live for the day and believes tomorrow will take care of itself.  When James gets an idea in his head there is little chance of dissuading him, which often means Skip will be dragged into some sort of trouble.  The author does a fine job of portraying the excitement of a carnival atmosphere as well as the difficulties its employees face, including a lack of job security and always being on the road.  They also seem to drink a lot.

Males ages eighteen to thirty-five are the target audience for this book, but I think anyone who picks it up will become an instant fan.  It moves at a fast pace and I had trouble putting it down because I could not wait to see what Skip and James could possibly do next.  “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” by author Don Bruns, lives up to the previous books in the series.  While it is not a necessity to read them in order, it would be a good way to follow their earlier exploits and become familiar with some of the other recurring characters.

“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is an excellent book for two main reasons.  The characters are great and the story is light and humorous.  Don Bruns is an incredible author and I hope he decides to entertain readers with more books like this.

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