The Little Mornings

The Little Mornings

ABOUT C. M. Albrecht

C. M. Albrecht
I'm me.  I work alone. I'm a private eye. When my casebook's empty— and it's empty a lot—I write books. Murder books. I wear a dark fedora and a trench coat even when it's a hundred and five in Sacramento.  I pack an 11mm Marley I bought at the Archie Goodwin estate sale.  I know wh More...


Two dysfunctional losers embark on a deceptive journey that can only lead to tragedy.

Review The Little Mornings, by C M Albrecht is a murder mystery with 262 absolutely absorbing pages. We have three main characters here - the grandfather, an alcoholic of questionable character, a slightly off balance woman (Angie) and an impressionable young man (Darcy) who becomes mixed up in a whirlwind of events. Murder, thievery and lies keep the unsteady relationship between Darcy and Angie on edge. Keeping a secret is no easy task, especially when someone else pops into the scene with inside knowledge to the truth. Darcy, unable to control the events, becomes another person entirely from the one we knew in the first few pages of the book. Perhaps because I am a writer, and this book has to do with the publishing industry, I am partial to the theme. Grandfather's description of a writer's methods to reach their creative dreams had me laughing out loud - because it was so true. As were the frustrated, aspiring writers and the over worked publishers. I felt the book was very realistic in this regard. I loved the first few paragraphs - they really pulled me in. I kept hearing Humphry Bogart's voice in my head narrating the story as I read along. I sat on the edge of an uncomfortable plastic chair 2 days ago and opened the first page to begin reviewing The Little Mornings. I meant to take only a ten-minute break from my day to enjoy the sunshine. The next thing I knew, my leg and butt-cheek were both completely numb and lifeless? and I was on page 50! So be warned, readers, this book may very well take you out of commission for a few days. I could not wait to get back to it every minute I had to spare! — Brummet “Trash Talk” In The Little Mornings, Darcy Lemarsh tells what has happened to him since he met Angela Berry. Life-altering choices where bad things happen to good people at times; Darcy is a firm believer in that now that it's too late. Pondering all the different choices he could've made, Darcy begins to look back and see the differences. Upon meeting Angela he falls into lust (or love) too hard to tell when one is unsure of just what love is. Following all the rules of relationships, it doesn't take them long to move in together, and from there to meeting the other's family. Angela is the only one who this can be credited to though. Her grandfather is a drunk old rambling man with big ideas to help Angela be secure. The latest idea drags Darcy into the mix, pretending to be an author to the publishers that have finally agreed to print the grandfather's book. When hearing the details of the book, Darcy is startled at the comparisons between Angela and his life, minus the major part of the plot. Darcy has agreed to pull this fast one on the public and the publishers. Things start to go wrong almost immediately once the meeting with the personal editor has started. Things snowball on Darcy quicker than he can imagine. Turns out there are more than just two authors to the book. Author Havilland catches up with Darcy and Angela on the book tour, claiming that this is his work. Now there are three authors to this book. Darcy is stuck on a parallel spiral with the boyfriend character portrayed in the book. All in all, the plot was good. Albrecht's characters were well written. — Rita Porter