Customer Reviews: Busted On Broadway
Mafia in Broadway
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2024
This novel set in New York follows Humphrey Barstal, a former cop turned PI who finds himself in trouble when some people start murdering Broadway actors for no apparent reason. To try to solve the case, he joins forces with people who know that world and soon discovers that the mafia is involved in Broadway.
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a fast-paced novel with a police fiction style. Most of it is written in dialogues, so it is easy to read but I would have liked a deeper development because I think it is a story that has a lot of potential. Even so, it is enjoyable and a good choice for fans of fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2024
In “Busted on Broadway” by Wayne Clark, prepare for a wild ride through the glitz and glam of Broadway’s underbelly. As a former New York cop turned finds himself entangled in a web of mystery when Broadway actors start dropping like flies. With the NYPD scratching their heads, it’s up to an unlikely duo—his stepdaughter and a savvy Broadway make-up artist—to crack the case. What unfolds is a thrilling cat-and-mouse game as they delve into the dark side of the theater world, uncovering a mobster’s sinister plot to take control of Broadway unions. Filled with twists and turns, “Busted on Broadway” is a crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Highly recommended.
A Smart Detective Story Set in New York
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2024
There is no shortage of detective stories that choose New York City as their location, but a new one is always welcome. That’s what readers get with Busted on Broadway, a fun and entertaining noir adventure that features several memorable characters trying to figure out why Broadway actors are being murdered.
What the reader gets is kind of a combination of Chinatown and the latest season of Only Murders in the Building. The tone is never too serious, and there’s a playful aspect to the narrative. Everyone in this novel, from the private eye intent on solving the case to the mobsters who stalk the Big Apple’s seediest streets, seem just as eager to exchange some clever wordplay as they are to fire a gun.
The result is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience that has more than its share of turns and twists before all of its secrets are eventually laid bare.
Fast-paced and Entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2024
“Busted on Broadway” by award-winning author Wayne Clark is a riveting mystery thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. As actors on Broadway meet grisly ends, the mystery deepens, leaving both characters and readers baffled. Enter the determined daughter of a former NYPD cop turned private investigator, whose relentless investigation uncovers a sinister plot lurking beneath the glamour of the theater world. Clark builds suspense with each twist and turn, keeping readers guessing as the stakes escalate. The protagonist’s tenacity and intelligence shine as she navigates the treacherous terrain of Broadway, unearthing secrets that threaten to shake the foundation of the theater community. With its gripping plot and well-drawn characters, “Busted on Broadway” is a must-read for fans of suspenseful mysteries. Prepare for a thrilling ride as Clark delivers a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and murder that will leave you guessing until the final page.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2024
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a very intense thriller set in the world of Broadway shows. In the story, Broadway actors are being killed and no one can figure out why or who is doing it. An undercover investigation soon discovers that there is a sinister plot to try and take over the Broadway unions and hold them in an iron grip. Fans of thrillers and mysteries will really enjoy this read and the unique characters that it offers. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, and the characters are as bright and unique as the world that the story is set in.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in Canada on January 22, 2024
Mystery isn’t my primary genre but I adored and devoured the first book in the series, One Murder Too Many, I knew I wanted to read Busted on Broadway. I grew attached to Humph, Duffy and Eve so seeing where they ended up in the sequel was fun.
The story is well-written. The immersive language brings you into the story’s time period and world.
I feel Clark writes interesting character dialogue but at the same time, it feels natural. The story is not a romance but there are romantic elements. Humph’s character development combined with the makeup artist turned love interest was entertaining and well-paced. Humph isn’t just a hard-working investigator, he has a heart.
I typically read fantasy and contemporary romance and I don’t often read mystery novels but I quite enjoyed Busted on Broadway.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2024
As a reader, I think the author skillfully captures the essence of the former New York cop turned PI, navigating the intricate world of theater. The plot’s unpredictability kept me hooked, and I believe the collaboration between the stepdaughter and a Broadway make-up artist adds a unique dimension to the story. Clark’s portrayal of a mobster’s sinister plan to control Broadway unions is both gripping and thought-provoking. Overall, I think “Busted on Broadway” is a must-read for mystery enthusiasts and theater aficionados alike.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2024
I believe “Busted on Broadway” by Wayne Clark is a riveting crime novel with suspense and the allure of Broadway. The plot, centering on a retired New York cop turned PI entangled in a series of mysterious murders, captivates with its unexpected twists.
Overall, I believe “Busted on Broadway” is a gripping read, skillfully navigating the gritty underbelly of both crime and the theater world.
4.0 out of 5 stars A different Broadway Tale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2024
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a fast paced thriller set on the New York Broadway, however it’s not quite like your usual show.
In this what appears to be a one off, we meet a retired New York Cop, now turned a private investigator trying to crack the case as to why Broadway actors keep being murdered. As a twist Eve,his stepdaughter, and a makeup artist friend decide to go undercover to expose a mobsters plans to mess with the Broadway unions. The writer has you gripped from the start in this fast paced thriller, there’s twists and turns throughout without the reader being able to guess what is likely to happen next.
The characters are well developed and their personalities helping, to bring the story to life. You find you become so engrossed you feel as though you’re part of the story. Not really being a fan of thrillers I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Being a fan of Broadway I feel that may have helped to make this appealing. I’d like to think there may be more in this series, I guess only time will tell.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty Tale of Intrigue on Broadway
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2023
It offers a compelling blend of mystery and drama set against the vibrant backdrop of New York’s theatre district. The narrative, centred around a former NYPD cop turned private investigator, unfolds with engaging complexity as he delves into a series of baffling murders on Broadway. The inclusion of his stepdaughter and a Broadway makeup artist in the investigation adds a fresh and intriguing dimension, allowing for an insider’s view into the world of theatre. The plot skilfully navigates through the murky waters of crime and corruption, revealing a sinister mob plot to control Broadway. The author excels in character development, with each persona vividly portrayed and contributing significantly to the story’s progression. The pacing is brisk, ensuring that readers remain hooked from the first murder to the final revelation. This novel is a perfect pick for those who relish a well-crafted mystery with a theatrical twist.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read for those Interested in a Light Exploration of the Theatrical World
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2023
Verified Purchase “Busted on Broadway” by Wayne Clark offers a glimpse into the dazzling and competitive world of Broadway, but falls short of truly shining as a standout novel.
The strengths of the book lie in its portrayal of the glitz and glamour of the Broadway scene. Clark successfully creates a vivid backdrop, capturing the essence of the vibrant and dynamic environment. The setting feels authentic, providing readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and intrigues that come with a career in the entertainment industry.
The characters, while not deeply nuanced, possess a certain charm that makes them relatable. The author introduces a mix of personalities, each grappling with their own ambitions and struggles. However, character development could have been more robust, as some individuals felt underexplored, leaving untapped potential for richer storytelling.
The narrative, though occasionally predictable, has its moments of intrigue and surprise. Clark weaves a tale of aspirations and setbacks, showcasing the resilience required to navigate the cutthroat world of Broadway. The pacing is generally steady, with moments of tension and drama scattered throughout the plot.
While the humor injected into the story is hit-or-miss, there are instances where it adds a lighthearted touch to the narrative. However, a more refined and consistent execution of humor would have enhanced the overall reading experience.
The writing style is serviceable, providing a clear and straightforward narrative. Yet, there are instances where the prose could benefit from more finesse and depth, especially in capturing the emotional nuances of the characters.
In conclusion, “Busted on Broadway” is a decent read for those interested in a light exploration of the theatrical world. While it may not reach the heights of a five-star masterpiece, it offers an entertaining experience with glimpses of the excitement and challenges that come with pursuing dreams on the grand stage
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2023
”Busted on Broadway” written by Wayne Clark is a detective novel set in the fantastic world of Broadway. After multiple murders, retired police officer Humphrey Barstal begins to investigate who is responsible for all this, entering the dangerous world of the mafia to discover what is happening in this attractive area of New York City. This novel is attractive because it is a mixture of suspense and action that will take you on an adventure trying to solve it. It is undoubtedly a novel that is well-written and aims to catch you from the beginning. If you like this type of literature, you should read it, you won’t regret it.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2023
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a thriller that takes the reader on a journey through the world of Broadway. The characters are described beautifully and are believable. The dialogue is what keeps the reader in the story, keeping it moving and alive. The story is well thought out and comes to life through the author’s attention to detail. The way that Clark wrote this novel makes it seem like a movie. The reader is immersed in the story that takes them on an emotional journey, from laughter to excitement of what’s going to happen next. If you like thriller mystery that is done in mob style this is the book for you. I would recommend this book to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Is your ticket to a thrilling ride
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2023
“Busted on Broadway” by Wayne Clark is a cracking mystery that grabbed me right from the start. Picture this: a retired New York cop, now a private investigator, trying to crack the case of Broadway actors getting bumped off. But it gets juicier when his stepdaughter Eve and her makeup artist friend Rebecca decide to go undercover to expose a mobster’s plan to mess with Broadway unions.
Wayne Clark’s writing style is spot on, keeping you hooked with its mix of mystery and crime against the backdrop of the flashy Broadway scene. The characters are real gems, each with their own story to tell. The story moves at a good clip, and I found myself cheering for Humph and his team as they untangled the web of Broadway drama and crime.
What I loved most was how Clark blends the glitz of Broadway with the grit of crime. It’s like a detective show, but set in the heart of showbiz. The book is a quick, enjoyable read that’s a bit different from the usual crime thrillers. If you’re into mysteries and want a taste of Broadway glamour, “Busted on Broadway” is your ticket to a thrilling ride!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2023
Busted on Broadway by fantastic author Wayne Clark is a fascinating dive into the glamorous world of Broadway. The plot follows Eddie, an aspiring actor, as he navigates the challenges and temptations of the stage. I think the narrative is agile and captivating, with vivid characters coming to life in the vibrant New York setting. The mix of drama, comedy, and suspense creates an immersive reading experience and I liked that a lot. The exploration of themes such as ambition, loyalty and authenticity adds depth to the plot. I recommend “Busted on Broadway” to theater lovers and those looking for an exciting and thoughtful story about the pursuit of dreams.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2023
“Busted on Broadway” delivers an exhilarating mix of mystery and crime against the backdrop of the iconic Broadway scene. Wayne Clark’s writing style keeps the reader hooked, presenting a well-crafted narrative with intriguing characters. The story seamlessly explores themes of corruption and power, offering a dynamic plot that will appeal to mystery enthusiasts. With its engaging storyline and diverse characters, this novel is a satisfying read for those seeking a blend of crime fiction set in a unique setting.
Whether you’re a fan of mysteries or simply enjoy a captivating narrative, “Busted on Broadway” provides an entertaining and immersive experience for a broad audience.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2023
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a unique, one of a kind crime investigation novel that kept me intrigued all throughout. It features main character New York PI Humphrey Barstal a.k.a Humph together with other major characters who worked together to find out the culprit behind the murder of Broadway actors. I loved the writing style of the author, especially when it comes to the dialogues between the characters that kept the plot and the whole story itself alive and exciting. There were also unexpected scenes that surprised me. In a way, reading this book felt like I was watching a murder-mystery movie. It kept me wondering what would happen next and how the characters will be able to solve this mystery. All in all, it was an enjoyable book. If you are a fan of this genre, you will definitely find it worthy.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2023
Busted on Broadway by Wayne Clark is a fast-paced and entertaining thriller set in the world of Broadway and show business. When former cop Humphrey Barstal discovers that a number of murders all have a common feature – namely that everyone is involved in Broadway, he makes good use of his connections in the industry. He enlists the help of a Broadway actress and a make-up artist to help him solve the case, and they soon discover that there is a dangerous mob involved in the spate of murders. This is a fun and fast read that has the added bonus of being set in a different sphere than most crime thrillers. The glamorous world of Broadway clashes with the dangers of the world of crime, gangs and thuggery in this page-turning crime novel. Wayne Clarke’s writing is suitably direct and to-the-point, although I felt that at times a little more rounding or fleshing-out would have benefited the book. Nevertheless, it is still a good choice for fans of crime fiction who are looking for something a bit different.
Reviewed in Canada on December 20, 2023
A recent spate of murders catches the attention of retired NY cop Humphrey (Humph) Barstal. Now a private investigator, Humph initially believes that these murders were random acts of violence. Upon further review, Humph determines that the only connection between the people murdered is that they all were Broadway actors. Due to the uniqueness of these crimes, Humph decides that a fresh approach was needed to find who was behind these killings and why these actors were targeted. Humph asks his “step-daughter” Eve, now a Broadway actor, and her best on-Broadway friend Rebecca, a makeup artist, to join his team. With their ability to question theatre owners and actors without drawing attention to themselves, they uncover enough evidence that points directly to the mob. One person stands out as the mastermind behind this plot. This story is well written and the plot moves quickly from the initial investigation of the murders to the possibility of a full-fledged threat to Broadway theatre owners and actors. The main characters are well developed, each with their own story to tell. It is an enjoyable book to read from start to finish as your interest is held throughout as Humph and his team follow many twists and turns along the way.