This, and other John Sanford crime mysteries, are an easy listen. Not the most intriguing I've read, but very enjoyable.
The minor characters are interesting, but Virgil is layed back, cool, and I like the way he solves his problems.
It always makes me chuckle that Virgil has to grab something to eat after a particularly gruesome and stressful crime scene.
This is my second Virgil Flowers book. As before, Sandford paints a pleasing picture of the life of small town Minnesota, its people and scenery and its ways. The mystery, too, is satisfying, and the narrator most pleasing. A real treat to listen to.
I found John Sandford's 'Prey' series to be okay, pretty good, and Lucas Davenport a better than average lead character for a mystery/crime series.
But with Virgil Flowers the author has struck gold. Virgil is immensely likable, and a far more unique creation. And Eric Conger is a superb narrator, he makes these stories immensely enjoyable to listen to. The plots vary a little in quality (and frankly none are great literary achievements) but they are plenty good enough because the character and the narrator are so winning.
I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo
I did enjoy this book. I didn't expect to because of some of the other reviews I had read. I found it suspensful enough too want to get to the next page even though I figured out all the 'who-dunits' before the end of the book. I enjoy the midwest settings and the downhome 'good ole boys' fishing and drinking. I was even comfortable with the gay/lesbian aspect and I thought it was well handled and not over played or bashed in anyway. This was a 'fun listen'.
WHY DO NONE OF THE REVIEWS MENTION THE CRUDE, VULGAR, AND RAUNCHY SEX-CAPADES? I LOVE THE ADVENTURES OF VIRGIL AND HAVE ENJOYED LISTENING TO ALL OF THEM...EXCEPT THIS ONE, IT WAS NOT WORTHY OF HIM. I ALMOST CHUCKED IT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE LISTENING, WHICH HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONCE IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. I EVEN LIKED STEIG LARSON AND THOSE STORIES WERE A BIT RACEY FOR ME! YEP, I'M A LITTLE OLD LADY FROM FLORIDA WITH A LOT OF CATS, HOWEVER TACKY IS TACKY! MR. SANDFORD CAN DO BETTER THEN THAT.
Interesting characters and plot. Very likeable hero... believable villian. Combined a good murder mystery with enough humor and funny encounters/characters to lighten it up just enough. I read in a review that Sandford is getting more and more political in his books so I may not use my credits for more... we'll see. I listen to these sort of books for sheer enjoyment and entertainment and I don't want to spoil my fun escape time with any political agendas. Politics take up so much of everyday life and books are my brief moments of escape. I hope Sandford doesn't go that direction because I would definately go for some more Virgil Flowers.
I like the Virgil Flowers character--an entertaining story. Kept my interest--maybe not the greatest novel, but lite entertainment.
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I don't think this is John Sandford's best book, but I like the character of Virgil Flowers. The character is raunchier and funnier than Lucas Davenport, which opens up pages of humor that I love. The mystery story is average and not that suspenseful, but getting to the end is fun. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. But I love Virgil!
This Flowers character is really growing on me. I had my doubts at first, being a big fan of the Prey series, but I've listened to all three Flowers books and have found them worthy successors. Sandford just can't put these out fast enough!