The book moves between two time periods--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's late 19th century, and the current time period. The Conan Doyle parts of the book I enjoyed. The current time period I wanted to like, because it offered a unique take on today's Sherlock Holmes fans. But by the end of the book, I was rooting for the main character to get shot. Breaking into museums, destroying exhibits, and happily flinging priceless pieces of history into a lake just didn't work for me. And, just to be really picky, I thought the main character (not Conan Doyle) was a whiner. The narration was very good.
I love the new Department Q the Danish police created to look into very cold cases. The book goes back and forth in time and between the victim's life and the detective's work. The first time I listened to this, it was difficult to get through what was going on with the victim. Just unimaginable. But going on to the detective and his sidekick, as they developed a working relationship that proved to be successful, was enjoyable. And the fact that the sidekick happens to be Syrian, with his unique interpretations of the Danish (English) language is fun. Great, imaginative characters.
A young woman with two children is broke and can't collect on her husband's life insurance policy because there is no body. It's been a year, and her life is spiraling down fast. Enter a trusty psychologist and retired cop, and things start to look up. I love the characters of Professor Joe O'Loughlin and DI Vincent Ruiz. They are kind but not pushovers. The story is engaging. The mystery unfolds slowly, but keeps your interest.
A xenophobic group dating back decades has a history of eliminating those it deems not worthy of being Danes. The blond, Teutonic members decide it's best to just not let the unworthy be born, so poor women are secretly sterilized, or their fetuses aborted without their consent. A detective and his assistants run up against the group when trying to track down people who went missing over two decades ago. I love the main characters. They are caring, determined and often ironic. The saga of one of the women mistreated is almost too much to consider. I'm going back for the other books in this series. I'm hooked.
I wasn't crazy about the start, with a guy who appears to be getting away from a bombing for which he is responsible. But then Michael Robotham makes the guy likeable, smart, and simply unlucky. And enter the beloved retired detective. Can he make things right? I love the characters, the plot, and, of course, the narrator. Great story that keeps you guessing up until the end.
I don't think I'll ever physically read another Grisham book as long as Michael Beck is around to read them. His performance, with all the amazingly diverse Southern voices, brings the book alive. Sycamore Row may be Grisham's best (I think I've read them all). But truly, listening to the story made it even better. The only part I put the listening speed on double was some of the courtroom stuff. I realize it probably gave a very accurate picture of a trial's progression. I just didn't need it. Otherwise, a wonderful, entertaining listen.
Mr. Nesbo is killing off police officers in a grisly fashion. But it's countered by Harry's relationship upswing. I'm not sure I'm ready for a recovered, happy Harry Hole.
John Lee is now narrating Harry Hole mysteries after the death of Robin Sachs. It takes a while to get used to the change. Mr. Lee provides a little more emotion for Harry than Mr. Sachs. I liked the lower key of the previous narrations. But Mr. Lee, as always, does a wonderful job, and it's a terrific performance.
Ferguson steps out of the realm of politics, and writes the history of civilization focusing on what works for humans--good medicine, property rights protection, the rule of law, and buying stuff, to name a few. I loved how he asked what North America and South America would look like if the opposites settled the land--the Spaniards in the North, the English in the South. His take on it was very interesting, and not what might be expected.
This is just great read. Ferguson's narration is amazing. I'm not sure if he's doing all the accented voices, but if he is, he's a born actor.
Dave, his wife, Mollie, daughter Alafair, Clete and his daughter Gretchen head to Montana for a vacation, which soon turns into a battle with a bad rich man, his son, and a very crazy escaped felon. Alafair and Gretchen are their fathers' daughters, not backing down, and facing off evil without blinking an eye. A great story, with, as usual, Burke's fluent language describing people, places and events.
But I have to say none of it would be as wonderful if not for Will Patton. He is Dave, and Clete, and Alafair and Gretchen. With a slight change in his voice, you can "see" who is speaking. His pauses and emphasis make the story that much greater. May he always be the voice of Dave and his kin.
If you've read the first two books, you'll be prepared for this one. The library with all the ancient knowledge in the world, the determined individuals who do the right thing to thwart the evil religious zealots, the world-wide effect of a mysterious force bringing people home. It's all intriguing, and a great story.
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