Book Reviews of Double Homicide

Double Homicide
Double Homicide
Author: Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman
ISBN-13: 9780755324569
ISBN-10: 0755324560
Publication Date: 2/28/2005
Pages: 352
Edition: New Ed
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I am very disappointed with this book. Had I known that this was essentially two separate short stories joined on one cd, I may have thought twice before ordering it. The characters are not very well developed, the stories lack any real mystery or suspense, and overall it just fell flat. I've never before read any Kellerman novels, Jonathan or Faye, and now I'm hesitant to give either of them another chance. I've heard that they are each really great writers, and if that is the case, this is not their best work. At least I hope it's not their best work. If you want real suspense, well developed characters and story lines, stick to James Patterson.
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Helpful Score: 2
Non-series book by the Kellermans. Actually two separate books in one cover. Both good, well-developed as you'd expect coming from these two authors. I wished there were more books to come of the characters in these.
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Helpful Score: 1
Two short, distinct mysteries set in modern day on opposite sides of the country. These authors are both accomplished writers on their own. Both stories are murder mysteries and not psychological thrillers.
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Helpful Score: 1
Less gory than HIS usual and less character-rich than HER 's. A quick read...more like two novellas than novels.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was ok. Definitely not the best work by Jonathan Kellerman, but still a good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Two for one.... 2 good novels, one by each author and both enjoyable, easy read George
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Helpful Score: 1
Bring me to the beach. One story by each writer. Great fun!
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book. Enjoyed the concept of trying both authors.
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This is one of the few books that Faye Kellerman and her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, have written together - sort of. She writes about a double homicide in Boston and he writes about a double homicide in Sante Fe. It's like getting two for one.
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Good read.
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I liked the Faye Kellerman part of the book but couldn't get into the Jonathan Kellerman part.
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This is really two novellas in one volume. Both of these authors are experienced at clearly drawing their characters giving the reader a picture of their lives.

I like the first story quite a bit, but the second one seemed to end rather abruptly. Like maybe their first version had a couple more chapters that were edited down to cut costs or something.
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I thought Jonathan Kellerman's writing really predominated the novellas. They seemed chopped off -- maybe I'm just used to both authors' rather complicated story lines and these seemed just a little too simple. It was an okay book, both stories a little predictable, but entertaining.
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A little light - the plot is not as deep and the main characters not as developed as I would have liked.
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I think I couyld tell who wrote which story. See if you can.
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Good murder mysteries. Kept me guessing until the end.
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Jonathon Kellerman and Faye Kellerman - the best of the best.
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two good holiday mysteries. I would really like more stories using the main characters.
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Two short homicide stories in one book. While neither is predictable, they feel just like they are - abbreviated.
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Not one of my favorites from either Kellerman.
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Double Homicide: Boston
After a basketball match leads to a fatal shooting, Detectives Dorothy Breton and Michael mcCain are looking to make an open and shut case. For Dorothy, who knows the victim's mother, the crime hits close to home. And for Micky, the investigation is poor consolation for being alone this holiday season. Then startling evidence comes to light. Now two experienced cops can either keep it simple -- or do what's right.
Double Homicide: Santa Fe
It's Christmastime and police officers Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the killing of an art gallery owner. When he was in the NYPD, Katz saw more homicides weekly than he's seen in Santa Fe in 3 years. Two Moons, an ex-Marine, is discovering his roots among local Indian potters. But everything personal goes by the wayside as they enter a dangerous world where murder has been perfected to an art form.
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The Kellerman's team up on this book. Just a good read.
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Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Husband and wife. Each a bestselling author. Now these masters of the crime novel are writing together for the first time, thrilling us with two riveting tales of murder and suspense.
Double-Homicide: Boston and Double-Homicide: Santa Fe is a double whammy!
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If you like the Kellermans, Jonathan and Faye this book is a winner. From the book cover: In Boston Detectives Dorothy Breton and Mike McCan are looking to make an open and shut case out of a fatal shooting after a basketball game when startling evidence comes to light. Now they have to either keep it simple ... or do what's right. In Santa Fe Police Officers Darrell Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the killing of an art gallery owner and they enter a dangerous world where murder has been perfected to an art form.
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Good light, entertaining, quick read. I enjoyed both stories very much.
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always fun to read
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Pretty good read if you like Kellerman. Two short stories in one book.
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Tow of my favorite authors writing together. What could be better?
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The celebrated crime-writing family, the Kellermans (Jonathan & Faye) have collaborated on 2 books; both consist of 2 novellas featuring new characters in new (at least for the Kellermans) locales.

Double Homicide contains two excellent examples of the standalone novella. Both books introduce new characters - cops and the people in their lives, and victims and the people in THEIR (former) lives. By the time the story has concluded, we know enough about the protagonists and other supporting characters to care about them, or dislike them, or whatever emotion we might have been led to form about them. Too often, full-length novels by lesser writers are not able to accomplish this task.

The settings are also intriguing; Boston, in particular small-college Boston, and Santa Fe. And the plots both manage to have a twist to them; neither follows what I would consider to be formulaic whodunnit.

It is a shame that the Kellermans have not collaborated on a third such effort - perhaps they can now incorporate their author son into the mix and revisit this genre soon. (And, it is also a shame that the characters in all 4 of the novellas have returned to the corners of the imagination ... all of them deserve another chancce in the limelight; perhaps even in a full novel of their own.)

Rating is 4 1/2 stars; however, I'll round up to 5 where half-stars are not allowed to acknowledge the many things this book and its authors did right!

ASIDE: I listened to this book via audio during my commute. On the plus side, Lou Diamond Phillips is an excellent narrator, and I hope he considers adding more of this type of work to his resume. (Maybe he can do one of Craig Johnson's Longmire novels if George Guidall is ever not available - wouldn't THAT be ironic!) But, on the negative, the producer chose to include some mood music during various parts of the narration. I've always thought that this is an approach that more Audio books should employ, but after listening to this one, I realized that the effect can be distracting, rather than augmenting the material. The choices were usually appropriate, but their sudden inclusion was usually detrimental to my enjoyment of the material.
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Faye and Jonathan Kellerman team up to write two mysteries. One is centered around basketball, the other around the nurder of an art dealer.
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Two quick reads. I agree with the previous reviewer who says they are more like novellas. If you're not expecting two full-blown novels, these are good stories.
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Two shorter works combined into one book. I wish they had been longer!
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Double Homicide: Santa Fe, & Double Homicide: Boston. Two cities. Two murders. Two literary masters -- Faye Kellerman and her husband Jonathan Kellerman -- all in one book.
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Interesting concept, two of my favorite authors co writing a back.
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Jonathan and Faye Kellerman together,what could be better?
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Basic who-done-it but a really good deal because there are 2 complete stories in one audio book.
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Two novellas, co-written by the Kellermans, in which two new crime-solving pairs are introduced to the reader, in Boston and Santa Fe. Not as satisying as their Lazarus/Decker and cop/psychologist characters, but the Kellermans probably need literary stimulation, too, so who can blame them for trying something new.
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Two "books" in one; Homocide: BOSTON & Homocide: Santa Fe; similar but different. Each is involved with good charactarization. If I was distracted when I reas it that is only becasue I was at Disney back at the hotel with a sick daughter while everyone else went through the park without us! But if it held my attention then it should be great to read for fun! :-)
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The best-selling husband-and-wife crime writers kick off a new joint venture with these two short novels, published in a single reversible volume with two different covers. In "Still Life," Santa Fe detectives Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the murder of an art gallery owner who made enemies as quickly as art sales. Set in Boston, the reverse novel, "In the Land of Giants," follows detectives Dorothy Breton and Michael McCain as they probe the apparent shooting death of a college basketball player.
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If you like the Kellerman's books, you'll probably like these two
stories. A very fast and pleasurable read.
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2 seperate crime novels in one book written by Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. Contains Double Homicide: Boston and Double Homicide: Santa Fe
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Two bestselling authors writing together for the first time, thrilling us with two riveting tales of murder and suspense.
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the usual kellerman quality...you'll like the book
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two novelettes one by Faye Kellerman and one by Jonathan both interesting reading. Would not be my favorite but still good reading
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This was kind of a slow starter but how can you beat 2 of my favorite writers in one book?
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I liked the first story better. I didn't mind the second story. The second story was good.
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Two stories in one book.
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Well written by the 2 Kellermans, but a bit thin on plot -- resolves a bit too quickly, but still worth a read.
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Fair and 2 short stories are hard to do.
I have read Kellerman books that were better.
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Two cities, two murders, and two masters on 5 CDs unabridged with 6 hours of listening enjoyment.