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 loved the Rosato and Associates novels and have missed them so I am thrilled to have this book. Mary DiNunzio has a number of changes in her life. She also takes on an interesting case with a 13 year old (with a trust fund) who believes that the man serving time for her sister's murder is innocent and wants Rosato and Associates to investigte the case. Mary takes this on and goes on another adventure.
While Barbara Rosenblat will always be the voice of Bennie Rosato, I did enjoy January LaVoy as the narrator. She gave different voices to the characters - and there were a lot of them! I will agree with some of the other reviewers - the almost shouting when she was narrating Mary's father was a bit much, particularly when one was wearing earbuds!
Lisa Scottoline has said she will try and do a Rosato and Associates novel each year and I will be looking forward to them.
I enjoy all of Mary Kay Andrews novels but my favorites are with Weezie and BeBe. This was a fun story with Christmas, weddings, babies and everything else you could ask for in good "chick lit". I hope we get another chapter of life in Savannah with Weezie and Bebe!
What starts out as a quiet Christmas Eve ends up with a look back at Walt's first months as sheriff and a Christmas adventure with Lucian, Doc Bloomfield and some new characters. Once again, Craig Johnson can transport a person back to a time with a younger Walt but still the Walt we have come to love. This novella was touching, funny, exciting and, as always, another satisfying visit to Absaroka County. A great Christmas story without too much tinsel and glitter.
I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.
I'm not sure what has happened to this series. I blame it on the change of narrator. Carolyn McCormack was the voice of Lindsay Boxer. They changed to January LaVoy and Lindsay became whinier. I always wanted Lindsay and Joe to marry but it hasn't improved the character or the plots.
I also agree with other reviews that there were too many plotlines running through this. Yuki's court case was too much. I like when she is involved in a case involving the other women. Yuki seems to have become the favorite character. I have never been that fond of the Lindsay/Rich partnership and I don't like where the Rich/Cindy relationship ended up.
I get the feeling that this book was more of a result that it was time for another book rather than any thought or feeling behind it.
I am a true fan of the Lucas Davenport series. Lucas has aged and developed into a great character. I really enjoy the funny and sometimes snarky conversations between Lucas and the rest of his cronies (Del, Shrake, etc.) They frequently make me laugh out loud. I also like Lucas the family man. This book has the most interesting villian - a female politician. There are great twists and turns into this book.
I always look forward to these books........and I like that f******g Flowers too!
While Michael Brandman is no Robert B. Parker - this book seemed closer to the books of old. I liked the two cases, a murdered teenager and the possible mistreatment of residents in an assisted living situation. While I'm not sure if a police officer could handle things the way Jesse does - I like his style!
My only complaint is that it was very short. Robert B. Parker's books weren't long either but this one seemed shorter. Perhaps I was enjoying it more and just didn't want my time with Jesse Stone to come to an end.
I started listening to the Longmire series last summer. I consumed them as fast as I could and even bought more credits to feed my addiction! I had eagerly anticipated this title and I was not disappointed.
1) It is longer than many of the books in the series. More Walt is always a good thing!
2) It has interesting and intriguing storyline that seems simple, at first, but ends up being much more sinister.
3) The characters are so well described you could pick them out in a crowd.
4) I love the way Walt and Henry have a shorthand for everything. Explosions are rated on the Claymore scale, etc. Their relationship is one of the best things in this series.
5) The humor is wonderful. I sometimes think Craig Johnson writes things to make himself laugh but it always works for me
6) The plot twists really caught me off guard and happened right up to the end of the book.
Walt is one of my favorite characters and while I watch the TV show and love Robert Taylor's version of Walt - but my favorite will always be the book Walt. Craig Johnson does an amazing job drawing and narrating this character. He is so much more layered. This Walt is older, wiser and funnier. He isn't quite as depressed as he used to be but he is the character you can always depend on and wish real life brought you these kind of people. George Guidall does an awesome narration although I missed Doc Bloomfield's German accent.
So I highly recommend this book. Take some time and spend it with Walt in Absaroka County.
The headline says it all. I have really enjoyed all the Mary Kay Andrews books. I liked this one too but I think it was a tad too long. The characters were fun and the narration was very good. I just felt like the story was being dragged out for no apparent reason. I would recommend this book but I liked some of the earlier ones better.
The story is intriguing and exciting. The mortality rate is high and, at times, a bit gruesome. The narration improved - at first the narrator sounded like someone doing a 2nd rate Jack Nicholson impression but he dropped the sneer from his voice and it improved. I would recommend the book but the verdict is still out as to whether I will continue rambling with Jack Reacher or not.
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