The Last Review by Lucas Pogrzebny

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His last job as a film critic. His first case as a detective.

Coffee addict Polo Levington is trapped. A favor to an old magazine employer takes him back to his hometown—a place he promised never to return to—and into the set of “The Last Farewell”. With two aging stars returning to the spotlight after a past fatal tragedy, this soon becomes a film like no other. The conflicts and disputes are quick in coming—movie egos in their purest form, harmless, amidst the props and make-up…

Until someone in the cast falls dead for real, that is.

The behind-the-scenes exclusive soon turns into a crime scene investigation and Polo Levington into an unwitting lead. He has a natural talent to notice all kinds of details others can’t. He knows that the murderous intent still plagues the fragile production, and that the deadly curtain has only risen. But he’s led his life running away from a childhood trauma—away from that deep red world of suspicions, deceit, and death. Could this be the moment to finally face his fears and take the center stage?

–from the blurb about The Last Review

Thank you so much to Lucas Pogrzebny for providing me with a digital copy for review! You can check his website here (Spanish) or here (English).

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Rating: 3.5/5

Today’s review is technically a day late, but oh well! When Lucas Pogrzebny asked me to review The Last Review, I was super excited about it; I’ve mentioned previously that one of my reading goals this year is to read more mystery books. So, The Last Review sounded great.

And I’m happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint me. But keep reading my review of The Last Review to find out more about what I did and didn’t like in this book.


First things first: The main character in this book, Polo “Levin” Levington, had a serious love for coffee that I thoroughly appreciated.

Now, moving onto more serious aspects of this book.

For the most part, the plot was exciting and had plenty of surprising twists. I definitely didn’t see a lot of the reveals and whatnot coming, which is always good in this kind of book. Additionally, I liked the way the plot built upon itself; the story started out simple, and from there, things just keep piling up around Levin. To be fair, there were points where the plot dragged a bit, but none of them lasted for long. So, all things considered, it was a very well-structured story.

As for the characters, I quite liked them. Levin was incredibly interesting; he had a complex backstory that was slowly revealed over the course of the book, and I found it so fascinating. And I liked the way Pogrzebny portrayed his reactions to everything that happened; he was just written very believably, and that meant I was able to get invested in his story. Of course, the other characters in the story were interesting, too, and I enjoyed reading about them, as well.

I also really enjoyed the general mood of the story. I enjoyed the parts of the book that delved into the details of film production; Pogrzebny has experience in the industry, and you can definitely tell that from reading this book. It definitely gives a certain uniqueness to the story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

TL,DR Recommendation

All in all, I recommend checking this one out if you enjoy mystery novels. I don’t have any serious complaints about this book; it was an enjoyable mystery novel with plenty of excitement and surprising twists. There’s definitely a good chance you’ll enjoy it, so give it a shot.

If you do choose to read this one, drop a comment down below and let me know your thoughts! I always love to talk about books. Additionally, if you enjoyed this review of The Last Review, use the Book Reviews tab above to access my full library of reviews. There, you can find plenty of other amazing books I recommend.

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