This book is one of the later books in a series, but this is the first audiobook. If you haven’t read the first books I can’t imagine too many people liking this book. If this is the first book in the series that you've read then I think it would be boring to some since you wouldn't have the background of the character. If you like the other books then you’ll like this one. I enjoy her books but they aren’t for everyone. In each book it’s been very easy to determine who committed the crime long before the characters in the book figure it out. What I enjoy about the book is the interaction between the two characters. There’s no sex or language in her books, I think it’s what some people call a “cozy mystery”.
Some of his stories are just OK and others are real winners. I think this is a winners. If you like P.G.'s others stories, you'll certainly like this one.
I really liked this book. It’s not for everyone. It’s slow and there’s a lot of dialoged. The first hour or two I though of turning it off since not much was happening. I’m glad I continued on. If you like action thrillers with a lot of fighting and car chases, this isn’t for you. Although I liked this book, I didn’t like the second book in the series although I discovered the series by searching the Past Agatha Award Winners & Nominees. The second and third book both received awards. Other books you might like if you like this and visa versa are Blind Justice - series by Bruce Alexander, Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, Mrs. Pollifax – series by Dorothy Gilman.
If you’re like me you read these evaluations before purchasing the item. One of the things I noticed is people don’t like negative reviews. Take a look sometime and see how many people find negative reviews not helpful compared to positive reviews. With that said I’m still going to post my review (my opinion) of the book.
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, Still Life, so I was excited to receive the next one. I was very disappointed with A Fatal Grace. It was irritating listening to a story where you can figure out who the murderer is half way through the book. The Chief Inspector is supposed to be one of the best in the business but he can’t see the obvious. I won't give the plot away but here's just one example of what I mean. He's investigating two murders; one of the homeless lady called "L" and another woman. During the investigation he's trying to locate the mother of the murdered woman but all he knows is the woman's name began with an "L". This is one example but the whole book is like this. It was tiring waiting for him to finally figure things out and catch up with me, the reader. Another annoying thing was even after CI Armand Gamache figured out who the murderer was, he still keeps it from the reader as to build up suspense, it was more irritating than suspenseful. Trying to make a story suspenseful when you already know the ending, doesn’t work.
Even though I didn’t like this book, I really like the first one and will purchase the third book of the series. I discovered this series by searching the Past Agatha Award Winners & Nominees. Other books you might like if you like this, Blind Justice - series by Bruce Alexander, Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, Mrs. Pollifax – series by Dorothy Gilman.
I really like this book. I actually started with her second book first then I went back to her first book. Her books are definitely not for everyone. Most of the story is about the Victorian era with the mystery as the back drop. So a lot of the story will be dialogue among the people of the household and day to day events. I think some people could find this quite boring it they like the true type of mystery stories or a fast paced story. I thought her second book left a lot of the smaller stories in the book not finished and the story ended abruptly. This book also ended abruptly but with all the smaller stories completed. I discovered this author after reading some of the reviews for Masie Dobbs. I think anyone that like the Masie Dobbs series will also like this type of book and visa versa.
I noticed when someone writes a negative review people don’t find the review useful. Even so I feel like if I’m going to review a book at least I should write some type of review. This is my least favorite of all of her books so far. Although we have followed her life from an early age, all of a sudden she is part gypsy and is aware of all of their ways and language. Also she is proficient with a divining rod to locate any item if she thinks of it hard enough. I like her books and will listen to all of them but I think this story was weak and not practical or probable. At parts, I wish I was able to fast-forward because it was long and drawn out. In her previous books I never even thought of doing something like that because I like each part of the story. I hope her next book is well thought out and not written just to get a book out on the market.
I've listen to quite a few of his books now and I think this is one of his best. Very funny and a great story.
First, If someone writes a book about law enforcement, the author should contact someone in law enforcement to see if what they wrote is even close to believable.
The story is based on Jason being the suspect in the killing his best friend, Conklin. The agency believe he’s be planned this for a long time. With that said, he’s the prime suspect because he left his vehicle in the driveway of the house where the murder occurred. He left his fingerprints on a glass in the house. Isn’t Bourne supposed to be the best agent around? So you have the best agent planning a murder and he’s leaves his car and fingerprints at the scene? Then the CIA still think he planned the murder? I think even someone that has never been to an investigation school could see this is a setup.
In every case where Bourne is being chased by, supposedly by the top agents, there’s never a helicopter, dogs, and anything that would be actually used in a law enforcement search. What about setting up a perimeter before going in to get him? No the CIA isn’t smart enough to do that.
There’s another part in the book when Bourne discovers the last phone call Conklin made. He goes to that location and locates the person Conklin contacted. The person believes Bourne killed Conklin so he’s able to call the agency on Conklin’s private phone line. Then instead of just diverting Bourne’s attention and wait for the agency to arrive, he tells Bourne he called the agency and they’re on there way to get him. But of course before they arrive, he believes Bourne is innocent but the CIA still doesn’t but they can’t add two and two.
The author also add a few typical cheap fillers that are added when you can't come up with a new story: The CIA and local law enforcement don’t like each other; a guy in the CIA will use anyone to get ahead; the CIA and the other countries’ security service units don’t work together because they all think they’re better.
I couldn’t finish the book.
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