My major disappointment is that Carrington MacDuffie uses a terribly dull voice for the central character. The central character ends up sounding like a peevish, irritating helpless old woman.
Although I was intrigued by the plot line, I decided to stop listening and borrow the book from the library.
I've reviewed other books in this series and this one is another funny, fast paced addition to the series. This is definitely a series to read from the beginning--the characters do develop and there are amusing plot twists that are especially amusing if you know the previous books.
Narrations by Jonathan Davis is excellent!
This was a disappointment. The story line ultimately proved to be completely boring. Kellerman seems to be writing from a formula and the characters aren't developing in any way at all. The plot line just fizzed out in the end....no real mystery, nothing to ponder. Very flat ending.
And, Kellerman tends to have the characters ponder endless possibilities and explanations for each tiny event. After awhile, I just wanted him to get on with it.
There's a curious lack of action in this book as well.
The narrator is good--that's the only thing that kept me going to the end.
At this point, I won't be reading anymore in this series. Save your credits!!!
Ben Rehder has written a book that carefully tackles the gun control controversy with compassion, intelligence and even a bit of humor. I applaud him for his courage in taking this on, especially in light of recent (and ongoing) events in the US involving children and innocent people slain by guns in the wrong hands. Rehder does have a view on this matter but he does a pretty good job of not preaching. Instead, he shows what can happen when guns are in the right & wrong hands.
It is an excellent book and I'm looking forward to the next one in this series.
Narration is pretty good, although the narrator did seem to change the "voice" of one of the characters about mid-way through the book. The pacing kept me interested as the plot moves along.
My only criticism is that in this book, the protagonist has even less impact on how the plot unfolds.than in previous books. Although that is Rehder's style (events just collide with each other), I think the protagonist should be doing a bit more to solve the crimes.
Ben Rehder is a wonderful writer--who brings new life to the Comic Caper genre. If you like Donald Westlake [and who doesn't.......] Hiaasen, Rosenfelt and the Stephanie Plum series, then USE YOUR CREDITS,
Read the 6 Blanco County Mysteries in order of publication--character development and some quirky plot links are enjoyed better that way.
So pull on those cowgirl boots and those stetsons....and get your mystery laughter ride on!
Alert: If you are opposed to a sympathetic view of hunting, this is not the series for you. However, most of the hunters eat what they kill......well, except for the people of course....ummmmm.....you know what I mean...smile.....
I was a bit nervous--usually I wait for reviews before buying a new book. But, I'm really glad that I took the plunge. Crais writes with just enough humor to offset the violence and darkness in his stories.
I hope that this is the start of a new series--the main characters could probably develop in some interesting ways.
No spoiler alert--but plot does come to a somewhat predictable end. Still it held my interest.
If you like the David Rosenfelt series of ' detective with dog' books about Andy Carpenter and his Golden Retriever, then you will probably enjoy this one.
Well narrated --good variation in the character voices and excellent pacing.
I have read other books in this series and enjoyed them. But , this one was very tedious. There was a LOT of repetition in the main character's thoughts about the events in the story. And, the setting (strip clubs) was not a pleasant environment. Everyone in the story seemed to be irritable, unhappy and whiney.
Pass on this one.
Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job of narrating this book.
The Plum novels are like eating store bought cookies that have been on the shelf just a little too long. They satisfy a sugar craving but in the end, you wish you hadn't bothered to spend the money.
The characters and plot line hold absolutely NO new developments--I think the author needs to stop writing this series now. Or learn from people like the late Donald Westlake who could make each novel in the series entertaining and different with well-loved characters who change just enough to keep us interested.
I've read and enjoyed other books in the Doc Ford series but I found this one to be very tedious. The first part of the book meanders as slowly as an Everglades current and I kept losing interest as it plodded along.
The accents of the old men really annoyed me. They seemed almost cartoonish for some reason. Maybe my disinterest in the plot spilled over to the performance. Usually, Dick Hill is a wonderful narrator.
I wouldn't recommend this one unless you have a long boring drive to make and nothing else to do.
This was a well-written and well-performed book with a complex female character. The narrator, Marguerite Gavin, is one of the best that Audible uses. Story line was interesting with lots of twists and turns.
by the way, the numbering of the books isn't accurate. This is #4, but Desert Cut is #5, Desert Lost is #6 and Desert Wind is #7. Hopefully Audible will correct this typo.
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