I wasn't sure about this book at first. I listened to the sample audio and decided to take a chance. It was well worth it. Kind of like the Count of Monte Cristo as told by a great-grandson of Charles Dickens. A compelling and intelligent thriller with humor and heart.
The atmosphere of the location never felt fully developed. It is set in a part of Egypt that I had never heard of before. I wanted to feel like I was there. I mostly felt confused with all the colored wings and pontoons. The characters were one-dimensional and not as appealing as those in the novels written with Mr. Preston. While the premise takes on more meaning later on in the story, it still feels like an outline.
The Road to Omaha by Robert Ludlum
Perhaps. I really like Scott Brick and George Guidall
If you have read The Relic, you will be disappointed with this effort.
I don't think this will be a great series. Enigmatist? Is that right? I applaud him for not jumping on the "vampire wagon" to sell a story, but no, it seems better to stick to the scientific aspects of his storytelling rather than the supernatural as a given.
Not your usual. I had this on my wish list for a long time, finally took a chance and downloaded it. I was very glad for a story that kept my attention and kept me guessing.
The Woodcutter perhaps. The character's backstory is as riveting as the present threat.
The introduction of the main character's childhood friend.
No extreme reaction. Just a good, solid, well-told tale.
The author does a very good job of weaving events and characters into focus. No wasted effort, everything ties neatly here and there. The result is a satisfying story with characters you slowly get to know and like, or not, as the case may be with the heavies. Even then, you are confronted with a sympathetic thread or two.
Someone who likes their mysteries on the light side. Not funny, just light content.
I will not read any other kitty cat mysteries.
I suppose there is not really a good way to sound like a cat. Although the narrator of the Alexander McCall Smith novels could probably do justice.
I really don't want to hear the author's political and moral leanings expressed through the various characters. I prefer a good story that keeps my attention rather than making me wade through innocuous character conversations. I did not finish the book.
Cliched offering with very descriptive sexual situations. The narrator does well with all voices except one and I was relieved when the character made her exit. Listen and you will know right away who it is. The ruggedly handsome, arrogant hero kills an arab warlord's sons and because of that the warlord plans to destroy the family of hero's rich, savvy, athletic, and beautiful employer. She's not too savvy, because she never puts it together... Kind of like an Iris Johanson story written by a man. Iris does it better and has a tighter storyline.
I really liked the story line of this book. Following several characters over a span of time to solve a tragic kidnapping was very compelling. Simply put, consequences of people's actions lead to more consequences. Sue Grafton took this concept back and forth between two decades. Past events propelled the story forward, then new ones sent it back again. It was a great way to look into people's lives and relationships over time. This pattern also was used to learn more about Kinsey's family. I appreciated the easy pace that built toward a conclusion you could sort of see coming. But that was okay. It was the process of unraveling the story, not the resolution itself that kept my interest.
I am glad I did not read this series in order. If I had read this book first, I would have gone no further. Elvis sleeps with a woman, and then with his client, who also happens to be the woman's friend. Good grief! This book has a different narrator than the ones that follow. He makes Elvis sound kind of whiny. But I finally stopped listening when one of the characters screamed a particularly unpleasant obscenity in my ear for the 4th or 5th time in a row. The rest of the series is rather enjoyable. This book is not.
I love the Number One Ladies Detective series so much that I tried this book when it came up on sale. It was a little difficult to get into since it is not the first in the series, but I soon fell in love with all the characters. Bertie is a delight. And if I ever get another dog, I am naming it Cyril.
This was a really good follow up to the previous book. It was good to have Anna's husband in the mix more than usual. This one kept me guessing for a little while, but no matter. I love listening to Anna in a tight spot! I would have liked to hear her sister's take on Anna's mental state. I guess we don't share everything with family. Barbara Rosenblatt is a gifted narrator. I could listen to her read the phone book...
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