"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Holy cow! This book rocked me for a loop, that's for sure. I didn't have a clue and all the way up to the second-to-the-last chapter, it kept throwing the reader curve balls. Highly recommend this colarabation of James Patterson and Peter De Jonge and I just might have to keep this one for myself to listen to again down the road. Totally awesome!"
"This is my first Josh Bazell book and all I can say is "wow!" Beat the Reaper is full of action about a mob hit man, "Peter Brown," who is now under the witness protection program, working his M.D. residency at a less-than-desirable hospital in New York. The book easily switches back and forth from the beginning of Peter's "career," through some career highlights, and up to his current day at the hospital, where he runs into an old mob acquaintance, and what ensues after that. While this isn't your typical who-dun-it book, it is filled with action, gore, and a few surprises and humor thrown in along the way. However, this book is NOT for the squeamish, as graphic detail is a major ingredient."
"You really can't go wrong with a J.A. Jance, J.P. Beaumont book. Good character development, some humor and action thrown in, not too much blood and guts, and a few twists and turns all make for a good, easy read. In this story, "Beau" and his wife/partner "Mel" are called out to investigate a snuff film on a teenager's cell phone. But is it really a snuff film? Is she really dead and why does this kid have it? The plot thickens from there, with a few surprises thrown in to keep the reader guessing. As a sideline to the story, Beau is contacted by an alleged relative that he knows nothing about. While this is in addition to the murder investigation, it doesn't distract from the main storyline. I can always count on a J.P. Beaumont book for several hours of fine distraction during my commute in rush-hour traffic to and from work every day. Highly recommend."
"I regularly listen to CDs in my car back and forth to work so I'm always on the lookout for something entertaining. I loved this book! J.P. Beaumont is a hero to really grow fond of...so much so that I've already gotten 2 more books on CD! He has a wonderful sense of humor, takes crime seriously, is a good sport, not easily sidetracked, and is charming. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! I found myself picturing in my mind's eye each and every person introduced in the book. Twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommend if you're looking for a quick read and nothing too heavy or gory."
"The house at Black Creek Crossing in the town of Roundtree, MA is very old, looks a little rundown, but has a certain charm to it that draws Angel and her family to it. With an alcoholic father and a neglectful mother, Angel never seems to fit in anywhere. Moving to this new town and house will give her a new start and a chance to make friends, or will it? Well, Angel does make a new friend at school and Seth is just like her; he doesn't fit in either. Who better to become friends? With the help of a now-you-see-him-now-you-don't cat Angel calls Houdini, Angel and Seth set out to try to make sense of the strange goings-on at the new house.
This is a typical John Saul book, with some twists thrown in. I found myself rooting for Angel and Seth. A good read that will capture the reader from the very first chapter."