Very nice book with, well, 10,000 ideas to let someone know you love them. Some of the ideas are basic (like leaving a note someplace unexpected) and others are more elaborate. Great way to help you when you've hit a brick wall and can't come up with ideas on your own.
This is the fist Nevada Barr book I've ever read and boy was it good! There are enough twists to keep you interested and guessing (all the way up to the end!) and the characters are well developed. I will be reading more of this author, that's for sure.
What an interesting ride! What would we do if we could go back in time? Would we realize that what we do would change so many things, even down to the smallest details? Or what about how many other lives, innocent lives, would change? When Nick Quinn finds his wife dead of a gunshot wound to the head/face, he loses it. After being interrogated at the police station, a stranger gives him the opportunity to do just that...go back in time and change the history leading to his wife's death. Hour-per-hour the reader rides along with Nick as he struggles to find his wife's killer and the reason behind it. This book has quite a few twists and turns and just when you think it's finished, back in time we go again! At the last hour, all is revealed and, of course, all is well, but getting there is the fun part!
Love "The Women's Murder Club" as the interaction of characters is very complete and it's really easy to get involved in their lives and emotions. The storyline(s) in the book were very well written and kept the reader quessing throughout and up to the very end. What's rather upsetting, or distracting at least, is that the synopisis given about this book doesn't tell you that there is another storyline/murder going on at the same time, which can lead to confusion of the reader at first until you figure out that it's two seperate plot lines going on. Still, all-in-all, the book is a good one, nonetheless.
Another awesome Reacher novel...with a surprise ending that leaves you guessing. Reacher is totally the MAN and there are no other books or heros out there like him. I can't wait to get the next book!!
One can't go wrong in an Agent Smoky Barrett novel and this one doesn't disappoint. During a wedding in which Smoky is a Bridesmaid (believe it or not!), a car pulls up and tosses out a female body...alive, but barely. The woman is finally identified as one who went missing seven years earlier. She's obviously been tortured but kept alive for all these years. Smoky's team rallies together to track down other victims and in the hunt for the torturer/killer. Smoky gets her man, but don't be fooled, there are several great twists and turns in the book that will keep the reader on their toes.
All-in-all, a pretty good, interesting read featuring the mental illness of a killer, if the reader can manage to bypass the typical female bullcrap. This book had several twists and turns that actually surprised me, which, after being such a longtime reader of murder mysteries and police procedurals, it's rather hard to do nowadays. The ending is pretty good and makes up for some of the irritating parts, such as, I get really tired of the brave, strong woman who is all gun-ho for not being a victim and she's going to catch this killer, by God, and kick some ass doing it! But, as always, she starts making stupid decisions and mistakes that anyone with common sense would know better, and then I start to get frustrated with the author (and the characters, or course) for taking a strong woman and turning her into a melting heap of fear. So predictable and so upsetting. I guess I need to stick with books featuring all men and stay away from the female as being the main character. I also found myself fast forwarding through several lovemaking scenes. If I wanted to read a romance, I would have purchased a romance novel.
Reading/listening to Abundance is so far out of my normal police-procedural/mystery-book genre that I didn't know if I'd like it or not. But, always being a lover of period history, I figured I'd give it a shot. This book does not disappoint! I loved it, from the way it's written/read (language and voice nuisances), to the descriptions of the scenery and clothing, the character interactions, and all the way to the true-history tidbits thrown in. I found myself laughing at some parts and, to my chagrin, crying during descriptions of the rebellion and violence. How can humans be so horrible? Not being quite sure at times what was true history and what was creative writing added in by the author, Sena Jeter Naslund, I searched the internet for details on Marie Antoinette and the time period. In addition, I found paintings of the various characters in the books and I was able to put faces to the individuals interacting with Marie Antoinette and the revolution, as well as the locations given. Never has history been so interesting for me and, I think I've actually retained it this time (unlike those boring high school books and classes)!
My only disappointment at all (besides the book ending, that is) was listening to the author's interview by Harper Collins at the end of the book. The author does answer some interesting questions about her writing Abundance and her research of Marie Antoinette, but I found her to be quite full of herself, and she really, really likes to hear herself talk. I ended up not finishing the interview because of that fact...quite vain/smug, in my opinion. Still, all-in-all, if her research and story-telling skills are based on just this book alone, then perhaps she has a right to be arrogant.
This story weaves around various friends and neighbors of the Garbers, except nothing is as what you see. Trying to figure out who did what and why is half the fun of this book. A huge surprise at the end was great.
Another awesome Reacher book. LOVE this man! He doesn't take any guff from anyone, mets out justice as it should be, and always gets the job done. Law enforcement the way it SHOULD be! Book also includes a short Reacher story at the very end, which is also great. Can't wait for the next Reacher novel. Lee Child rocks!
I really want to like this book and to be fair, there were a few spots that I enjoyed; however, I found it to not have much substance and was just so-so for me. Elena, our hero, has a chip on her shoulder about her previous jobs/life, which leads the reader to say, "put on your big-girl panties and get over it already!" After a coworker turns up dead and half eaten by an alligator, she feels she needs to be a detective again and find her killer. Of course this leads to a lot of conflict (remember that chip on the shoulder?), blah, blah, blah. In the end, the actual killer is a surprise, just don't think about the logistics. Perhaps I've read too many serious murder/crime drama/police procedurals and they have jaded me for a more fluff-murder novel.
Highly recommend this book if you like a who-dunit without profanity, blood, gore, or romance. I would have liked a bit more of the psychic play, as the book synopisis suggests, but still, all-in-all, a good read. A surprising ending doesn't disappoint.
So pretty good twists and turns in the typical Robert Ludlum style. Good character development and a surprise ending that I didn't see coming. Sometimes Ludlum seems to ramble a little and I had to skim those parts, but all-in-all, a good, if somewhat long, read.
Detective Jane Rizzoli works for the Boston PD. She previously had a nasty run-in with a serial killer, Warren Hoyt, who was caught and sentenced to life in prison. Rizzoli is called to a bad crime scene that mimics Hoyt's kills, but she knows he's locked up tight. While trying to process the scene and her emotions, another problem walks in, in the form FBI Special Agent Dean. Resentment and anger flies when he demands information but is unwilling to reciprocate. When another body turns up, it's obvious Hoyt has a copycat...or does he? A pretty good story, with a few twists thrown in, and a surprising ending. Rizzoli is a good female detective hero for books as she doesn't pull any punches and isn't afraid to play a little dirty.
This was my first M.C. Beaton book and while I enjoyed some parts (some of the humor), other parts were irksome to me as the author rambled on about things that had no connection to the storyline and I found myself wondering where we were going with all of this. In addition, in the middle of the book, the author talks about the bad winter weather (snow and ice) in the Village and then the very next section (24-hour timeline in the story) talks about the sun shining and the grass being green and it being hot. It seems as though Spring has sprung...literally...with the turn of a page. More like the author had a few too many Gin and Tonics (alcohol is prevalent throughout story) while writing the book and lost her way for a while, then forgot the time of year she left off! I suppose if light crime books are your thing, you'll probably enjoy this read, but for me, I was bored and irritated with the inconsistencies and useless babbling.
I haven't read John Grisham in a long time, as I had previously read them all, loved them, and was waiting for some new ones to come out. This one was just okay. If memory serves me correctly, I believe his previous novels were much better, with more intrigue and surprises. This one also ended rather lamely, as it left the reader wondering what happens after Kyle goes back home, the fate of Benny, etc.
The "secret" to which the synopisis references is an alleged rape of a coed during a drug/alcohol-fest. Grisham twists justice with his telling of the alleged rape and how Kyle's father takes care of the situation. It's a typical stoned, promiscuous, slutty college girl who gets in over her head and to save face, cries rape. I think it's a realm in which Grisham shouldn't have tread and he did it poorly at that.
Spenser is a PI with many contacts, a psychiatrist girlfriend (Susan), and the tenacity to get the job done. I enjoyed the twists and turns of this book, but not Spenser and Susan. I found them both to be egotistical and uppity. Susan is a definite snob and not a likeable character at all. In addition, the author, Robert B. Parker, seems to have a prejudice against larger people, as throughout the book, definite derogatory comments were made that didn't need to be and didn't add to the book or description of the characters. Better descriptive words are available to describe a larger person. It was offensive. If you are going to be insulting to one set of people, be consistent and do it for all of them (tall, skinny, short, fat, rich, poor, white, black, whatever). On the plus side, Spenser has an unusual friend and contact that helped him out quite a bit on this case...Hawk. He is a muscular black man who is extremely funny and I thoroughly enjoyed him. I found myself wishing the book used Hawk as the main hero. Oh well. I won't bother with another Robert B. Parker novel again as I was seriously offended by all of his fat comments, but if that doesn't bother you, then go for it.