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Duluth, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Bughouse Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In The Bughouse Affair, this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina's case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady "dip" who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents.

    Patrick says: "Terrific, engaging detective story!"
    "A single narrator would have been better"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Because each chapter was from the perspective of either the male or female protagonist, the male or female narrator read that chapter. This caused the odd situation that "conversations" sometimes had the male narrator doing both the male and the female parts, sometimes the female narrator did both the male and female parts, and sometimes both narrators conversed. It was particularly confusing that each narrator had a different voice for Holmes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller ? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have enjoyed books by both authors in the past and this book was actually a good beginning for a series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Better continuity of voices for the characters; either by having only one narrator or having each narrator assigned the same characters throughout the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (325)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "Tedious and Self-indulgent"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed past Scarpetta novels. However, I feel that while clinical accuracy gives the character credibility, extreme amounts of detailed clinical information that neither aids in character development nor moves the story forward is merely tedious and suggests that the author's desire to demonstrate their own knowledge in the specified clinical area greatly exceeds their desire to write a good novel. That unfortunately was the case with Port Mortuary.

    At the same time, the best thing that can be said about the main character is that she has become quite self-indulgent, spending a great deal of the (too long) time dwelling in the past, while distrusting those closest to her, even though they are the people she has repeatedly chosen to surround herself with and the people she has helped them to become.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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