For anyone 50+ years old who likes to read Anne Tyler, this book is worth the read. I couldn't get into it at first; the character's names are trite and cutesy, but after I got past the first scene, I couldn't wait to put it down. I started listening to it on a library audio book. I had bought the hard cover off the library's "withdrawn" shelf. I found I had to read it as listening to it was just too slow. I would definitely read another book by this author.
I listened to this on tape and my husband read the paperback. I thought it was an edge-of-your-seat thriller. My husband liked it, but didn't think it was that intense. It's one of those mysteries where you don't know who is a bad guy and who isn't until the end. I really liked it.
Way way way too religious for my tastes. Good ideas, but I really didn't need a Biblical quote every other paragraph. I just couldn't get past it and did not finish reading. I did not plan on a sermon when I got this book.
A wonderfully written mystery that is not violent per se but intricate in the true Lord Peter Wimsey style. It is too bad that Ms. Sayers did not write more with the two characters as man and wife, as the dialog between them is wonderful. If you like English mysteries you will like this one.
The vocabulary was excellent; however, the plot was very hard to follow. This writer has a lot of promise. Perhaps if she wrote more succinctly. The Greenfield character is good. Maggie is kind of an airhead.
The horrors of the Irish industrial schools is made very plain in this autobiographical account of the author. She and her sister were taken out of their home when she was only eight years of age and forced to endure extreme hardships - apparently because her mother was not married. This took place in the 1950's and early 1960's. A must-read reality check for baby boomers.
For those of you who like medical mysteries, this keeps one interested until the end. However, there is lots of fairly dry technical information, which is interesting if you like that sort of thing, with a lot of medical jargon thrown in. It's hard to keep the characters straight at first. This was written in the early 70's and shows quite clearly many issues of the day which have become commonplace in our world of 2007.
If you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like this book. I found it a bit too cutesy for my tastes, but that's just me. I've read another one by her that was better. However, if you're a Scottoline addict, I would definitely read this, as the construction of the mystery is very good with a surprise ending.
"This is a searing powerful novel about a gruesome crime - and the way it changes the lives of the victim, the investigators and the criminal himself, whose identity is the final, spine-tingling shock of the book."
The above was taken from the inside dust jacket. I found this mystery to be one of the best I've ever read.
Dorothy Uhnak won an Edgar Award in 1968. She spent 14 years as a police officer before becoming a mystery writer, and the grittiness of her career shows in her excellent writing. I would highly recommend this book and any others written by her. They cause the reader to think deeply about how people really are as opposed to how they appear to be.
I found this book at work on the freebie table. I couldn't put it down once I started it. It's very intriguing from a mystery standpoint and has quite a surprise ending. The author was an Edgar winner in 1968.
This is one of the larger big board Maisy books. My 2 1/2 year old grandson LOVES Maisy! This one features all of Maisy's friends and has flaps to pick up and a big wheel (that doesn't turn that easily, which is why I didn't rate it 5 stars) to turn. He doesn't like this one as well as the smaller books. The book is about 12" x 12" so this book is better for the older toddler/preschooler.
This was one of the better J.A. Jance books out there. I will admit I cannot put these down once I start them and I finished it in two days. Some of the subjects touched upon towards the end are sad but there is hope at the end.
I'm not a big short story fan. If you like them, your opinion will be different. I guess my take on them is that they were...okay. One was so jumbly I couldn't read it and had to skip it, as I couldn't make sense of the characters or the plot. Michael Connelly's story was good, but it was the last one.
This was a quick read and once I got into it I couldn't put it down. J.P. Beaumont is trying to solve the murder of Donald Wolf, a biotechnology corporation executive whose numerous criminal activities included illegally trading industrial secrets and rape. He was not well-liked and many have motive for murder. Beau has lots of problems in this one also.
This book was quite an eye opener when it comes to the details regarding investing in savings bonds. It was written in 1998, however, and I believe he has later editions available. I would encourage anyone who has a sizeable investment in bonds to read this book. I plan on seeking out the newest edition to see if anything has changed since '98.