I am an avid eclectic reader.
I started reading the Mrs. Pollifax series back in the middle 1960s. I have read them off and on whenever I came across a book. I understand the Dorothy Gilman died in February 2012 so there will be no more books. In this book Mrs. Pollifax is off to Switzerland to a spa hotel for a "rest from the flu" as a cover for her spy job for the CIA. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired teacher, she was bored so applied to the CIA for a part-time job. She is looking for missing plutonium. Of course, she solves the case in a delightful, sometimes funny way but the book is also full of action, suspense, murder, kidnapping, and at times a bit of how did she do that. The book is a great change of pace and leaves one feeling good. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators and she did her usual great job.
This book was written in 1981 and won the Edgar Award. After listening to it I sure can see why it received the award and how it launched Woods career. I also under stand that in the 1980's CBS made it into a mini-series starring Charles Heston. The book is the first one in a series about Will Lee. The book opens up in 1919 Delano Georgia (near warm Springs --FDR died there) with the appointment of the first police chief of Delano, a farmer Will Henry Lee it covers his years as Chief and his accumulating evidence on two boys who were murdered and his suspicions of Foxy Furderburke as the murder. Lee was shot down in line of duty and the next Chief was Sonny Butts a returning WWI solder he added to the file on Foxy but he had problems, you need to read the story, I do not want to give away the story. Tucker Watts became the third Chief and the first black, he also is a Army veteran. His term was in the 1950-60 and time of Civil Rights in the South. Lots of action, suspense, politics, family interaction, history and life in a small town in the racial divided South. Woods took the time to build the characters and the background in the story as it is the beginning of a series. The Narrator Mark Hammer did a great job. His voice is familiar to me but I can not place it. I shall download the second book in the series, I hope it will be as good as this one.
I like the Joanna Brady series best of the three series J.A. Jance writes. I was so happy that at long last there is a new installment. Joanna Brady is the sheriff of Cochise County AZ., a job that her father also held. Joanna's daughter Jenny finds a dead body when she was out riding her horse. The body turned out to be the school principle. The story goes into the problems of information being posted on the internet social sites and the problems it causes law enforcement and also in the case a photo posted caused the death of the person. Joanna and her Mother interacted more often in this story, than in past books with Joanna learning she has some things in common with her mother. As a side story, in the book, Joanna discovers her Father was murdered and she sets out to solve the crime. Susan Ericksen had narrated other books in this series and did a great job unfortunately Hillary Huber does not meet the high standard set byEricksen. Over all this is a great story well written. Can not wait the the next book in the series.