I hadn't read the previous books in the series, but that wasn't a problem. She provided enough detail to quickly bring the reader up to speed.
Overall, this was a good read. Nothing too heavy or too intense -- but enough to find me picking it up to read a few more pages whenever I had the chance.
I'll definitely seek out and read the other books in her series.
It's a cozy with an edge. Well written and interesting characters.
Newspaper reporter and amateur sleuth Irene Kelly receives an unsettling letter at work that uses mythology to warn her of impending death. A series of brutal murders follow, each preceded by a letter to Irene. Despite cautions from her detective fiance, Irene launches her own investigation.
This is my first foray into Jan Burke's "Irene" series. Irene is a newspaper reporter who turns sleuth when the mysteries find her. At first, I found the writing very amateurish. Written in the first person (which I normally like) the writer just slogs though each scene without frills or much of anything else, just lots of dialogue. And then...and then....and then...like that.
But the developing mystery somehow kept my interest. A serial killer is taunting Irene via cryptic letters referencing Greek mythology. Her fiance the cop, and her sister, get involved. So I kept reading! And was thoroughly surprised I wound up liking it more than I thought I would. By the end, it was a page-turner for me. Therefore, a recommended mystery.
*** Three stars!
Part of the "Irene Kelly" series. This is a great series, I've only read about 4 or 5 of the books, but they are hard to put down. The characters are wonderful and truly fleshed out, no stereotypes. Full of action and suspense.
Excellent mystery series featuring southern California journalist Irene Kelly.
I love all of the Irene Kelly novels. The author has a great way of keeping the readers on the edge of their seat without making it to far-fetched. It was a really good book!
A letter from "Thanatos" reaches Irene's desk--a cryptic message prophesying the death of "Clio"--
the muse of History. Is it a prank?
Third in the series.
Third in series. Book Description: "When a strange letter signed "Thanatos" -- the ancient Greek name for death -- lands on Irene Kelly's desk, the intrepid reporter doesn't think much of it; she gets crazy mail all the time. A less cryptic message is sent when a body turns up the next morning. As more letters roll in, the death toll mounts...and Irene fears that her mysterious pen pal has cast her in his own private Greek tragedy as Cassandra, the seer whom others refused to believe. It's the killer's dream to challenge Irene to follow his ancient blueprint for murder. It's his ultimate desire to make her face the inevitable -- that she is the next to die."
Irene Kelly, a reporter, starts getting strange letters with a Greek tradedy theme and feels like the killer is trying to challenge Irene to follow his blue print to murder. He wants her to face the fact she will e the next to die.