I have enjoyed all of Lisa Scottoline's books but I have to admit my favorite characters are those from the Rosato and Associates so it was great to hear from them again. I am the opposite of the other reviewer - I love Barbara Rosenblat as a reader because I enjoy the theatrical performances (each to their own!) It is great to hear all the different characters in the voices I have become accustomed to. I am so intrigued by all of Lisa Scottoline's books that I tend to read or listen to them without breaks and then I'm sad when they are over. She has a great blend of characters, suspense and humor that I greatly enjoy. "Lady Killer" was no exception. Now I have to wait another year for the next book and hopefully another return to the law firm I have grown to love.
I really like the character of Jesse Stone. Jesse is one of those men of few words but now Jesse's words seem to be describing more products than just the facts of the case. This is where Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. I can't imagine Robert B. Parker (or Jesse) getting caught up in a woman wearing Stella McCartney blouses, so-and-so's shoes, dinking this certain wine, etc. If this were produced as a TV show, the product placement would be extreme! It seems to me that this was a very short story fleshed out with a lot of added descriptions that had nothing to do with anything other than adding to the word count. I felt a bit cheated. I liked Jesse's interaction with the teenager and also checking into the inflated water bills. I think there was more to each of these stories but, again, product placement/description seemed to overwhelm the whole story. I know Mr. Brandman helps write the scripts for the Jesse Stone TV movies. This book just made me wish Ace Atkins had also picked up the Stone books - he writes like Robert B. Parker. In my opinion, Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. Drop the product placement and pick up the story for a change.
I have listened to the entire Women's Murder Club series and I have to say that I missed Carolyn McCormick as the narrator. Her voice WAS Lindsay Boxer and it was an ok performance but it was not the same and I missed the familairity. The story was okay but if pregnancy makes Lindsay Boxer act like a ninny with her husband, then I'm not so sure this was a good plot twist. This latest outing just seems a little forced but maybe I'm just missing the voice of Lindsay Boxer.
I very much enjoyed this book. I liked the ongoing timeline, which added a different dimension. I did have a bit of a hard time with the idea of Walt posing as someone else. (I'm not giving anything away since it is in the description of the book) This is a 6' 6" sheriff from not far away and he thinks no one is going to recognize him?? I think this may show that Walt has been hit on the head one too many times. Still, I enjoyed the book and the comparison of what happened in the jail and what is going on in the investigation. Henry and Vic make surprise appearances but definitely add to the storyline. I love the fact that Craig Johnson never ceases to find interesting characters to add the ones we have come to know. I do think reading/listening to this series in order is a benefit since each book we learn a little more about the sheriff, his staff and friends. I will recommend this series to everyone I know! I found this series because of the A&E TV series. While I like the TV show - I think the books give so much more in the layers of the characters.
This particular book had me laughing from almost the first sentence. Walt interacts with the most interesting lot of characters including his junior high English teacher, her son, the junkman and his more than interesting family. Add in Henry, Vic, Santiago (who is fighting his own demons) and this was a most excellent visit with Walt and the folks of Absaroka County. Craig Johnson's descriptions can almost make you smell the "municipal solid waste facility".I can't wait for the next book.
George Guidall does such an excellent job of narrating that sometimes I wonder if reading the printed word would bring the same nuances.
This particular book centered very much on Walt and his journey up Cloud Peak. As others have mentioned, I missed the conversation with the other usual characters but they were on the periphery.
Hell isn't always hot.
This book was nearly 13-14 chapters of possible bodily peril and because of the tenseness of the situation I found myself alternating between shutting it off to give my heart a break and not wanting to shut it off at all. Walt is up against 2 adversaries - a murderer and the very mountain he has to track the man on. I didn't think I was going to like this but it has a deepness to it that I truly appreciated. Even with the perilous situations, Walt's humor does come through and that is the charm of the character.
I already HAVE recommended this series to several people because the characters are well drawn and the narrator captures their individual essence. There is so much that rings somewhat true to rural areas of the high plains.
Each of the books have been the kind of book that you don't want to stop listening too. I have devoured the entire series in the past few weeks and now I'm sad that I have to wait so long for the next one.
I'm not sure if I would describe this as "edge of your seat" but it definitely keeps your attention. Having Walt and Henry plan a wedding is truly funny - particularly with both of them dealing with the bride with some trepidation.
I liked that Walt wasn't in as much bodily peril with this book - he needs to heal up! I also loved the travels with Henry and Walt in the much maligned Rez Dog. I missed the Sheriff's staff but this was a wonderful part of the series and I agree with another reviewer in that I laughed out loud several times. May Walt, Henry and the crew continue for many years!!
It was something completely different to have Walt Longmire out of his element but showing everyone good old Wyoming style and justice.
Walt and Henry - always. It was nice to see Vic back in her hometown and meet the family - sort of.
Henry in Cady's hospital room. It brought tears to my eyes.
I enjoyed this book very much. Seeing Walt in another environment was interesting. It was also a very touching story with Walt's concern for Cady; Henry's concern for both Walt and Cady and the new characters we meet. I am completely enthralled with the Longmire series.
I first watched the A&E series "Longmire" and then decided to try the books. I like both the TV series and the book series even though they don't quite jibe. I love George Guidall's performance. I love the conversations between Walt and Henry. I enjoy the subtle humor. There may be those who find Vic a little offensive but she provides an edgy humor. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
This book was the perfect continuation of the Spencer series and it had the same rhythm of the late Robert B. Parker. The humor was there. The conversation between Spencer and Hawk was classic. Ace Atkins hit all the right notes on this book.
The plot kept me involved.
While Robert Ulrich is Spencer to some, Joe Mantegna's voice is, and always will be, Spencer for me.
This book gave me hope for the continuation of Robert B. Parker's characters.
Maybe. The actually story was good. The rhythm of Robert B Parker isn't there.
I believe mentioning that would be a spoiler for the book and future readers. I wasn't surprised to see Jesse shy away from Sunny (since this was already mentioned) because Jesse Stone is basically a damaged guy and I think he will shy away from committment. I would like to see Sunny come back again.
I'm used to his narrative, and for the most part I think he does a good job, but he has to lose the lozenge or whatever he had in his mouth - it was VERY distracting!!
Yes - it is very short in comparison to other Robert B Parker books.
I thought it was interesting that they moved Jesse into some place that echoes the Tom Selleck movies.
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