Different kind of book, this one was published 30 years after the author's death. James M Cain wrote "The Postman Always Rings Twice" which was twice made into a movie. Cain was most famous as a writer in the 30's and 40's and he was one of the original writers of crime and sin before it became mainstream. He was also know for writing about femme fatale's, women who were caught up in a bad marriage or bad situation and couldn't see a way out and how that played out. "The Cocktail Waitress" fits this mold. The person who got this last novel published was a Cain fan who heard the book existed and went to work looking for it. It took him 9 years. He found some of it in the Library of Congress, some with the author's last agent, who was also dead. He put all the pieces together, edited it, and this is the result. The author was in his 80's when he wrote this. If you're a Cain fan or like these types of books, it's worth the effort, it's a fairly short book.
Living your life according to your own expectation not others is at the core of theplot in this book. Most of the books I've listened to with Amish settings have had more crisis in them so this wasn't the most exciting of them. But, it was a fairly short, interesting tale that makes you feel good.
If you're a Walt Longmire fan you'll want to listen to this book but I don't know that it's the best in the series. The plot to me was kind of sketchy to be set in a really small town in Wyoming, I just don't see it happening. But, the creative, witty writing of Craig Johnson is there and that's why you listen. The stage is also set for some future action so that's another reason to listen. Since I listened to my last Longmire the TV series on A&E has been canceled, supposedly due to the average age of viewers being 60 and conventional TV wisdom being that for advertisers the age range must be 18 to 49. In listening to this book it is true that many of the characters are older but in my opinion still enjoyable. Maybe the author should take heed and add some youth and spice into the series. I don't know, that's his call and maybe he doesn't want to. I will say that the TV series took some serious liberties with the series as laid out in the books and part of me is saying I'm OK the TV show got canceled so I don't have to experience these parallel Longmire worlds. From what I've read they TV producers are looking for another TV channel to carry the series but at this writing nothing has been done. C'mon, Craig Johnson, give us another good Longmire, your version.
I have now listened to all of two Adrian McKinty trilogies. I loved all six books. I really like his writing style, the narrator is great, he develops great characters, and he tells a good tale. What's not to like? This book ends the Michael Forsythe trilogy and like all the other books it's action packed, interesting, and well told from start to finish. All I can say is I hope you enjoy McKinty as much as I have.
My second Kate Morton book and I enjoyed them both. The author is an Aussie that lived awhile in England and this book takes place in both like the other I listened to. This one I would term an historical mystery where the author goes back and forth in time; 1900, 1909, 1913, 1975, and 2005, telling the story of a family that is trying to figure itself out and the mystery flows from a garden in the Cornish area of England that holds the secrets to the tale. The author does an expert job with this. Americans, like me, and Aussies don't seem to understand or especially like the British class system and this story brings that out. I suspect many have left Britain for just that reason. This is a mystery that isn't really a page turner, rather it's a make you think mystery, trying to figure what happened but it's interesting enough to keep you coming back to it in quick order.
Wow, it's hard to know what to write in a review of Louise Penny's books, it feels like I've already said ti all. The books are great, they suck you in, and if you are listening or reading the books this far into the series, you must be hooked like me. The biggest news at the time of me writing this review is that the narrator, Ralph Gosham, passed away this week while I was in the middle of this book. At the end of the book there is a discussion between Penny and Gosham. An interesting point was that Gosham began narration of each book as he reads the book for the first time. He said he got the same feel a listener would be doing it that way. He narrates the next book in the series. But for many, if not most, of we listeners to the series, the narrator is the Chief Inspector. I would guess the publisher will have a very hard time coming up with a new narrator to make a seamless transition. Good Luck with that as I'm sure we all want books in the series to keep on coming.
Sometimes when you listen to a new author you're not overwhelmed by the quality of the writing. But there is something there that interests you, you feel the author has potential and you decide to give the author another go. Sometimes you can see in researching the books that subsequent books are rated higher and that could mean the author is getting better with experience. I find that's the case with Camilla Lackberg. In this, the fifth book in the series, the author brings it all together.
There are lots of book written about World War II and sometimes you tend to think that you've read them all, what kind of new twist can an author put on that horrific time but there always seems to be a new twist of some kind.
This one was different for me in that you don't really consider the impact the war had on Sweden and Norway. Sweden was neutral and even though they weren't attacked, occupied or fight any battles the Swedes all knew there was a big war going on all around them. Norway was invaded and occupied by the Nazis. Since they are next to each other it stands to reason that people for many different reasons were going back and forth between the two countries.
It is in this setting that Camilla Lackberg expertly crafts a tale that has its roots in the war and the circumstances that come out 60 years later of events from the war. It affected many people in many different ways. This book of fiction describes how it affected the characters in this story.
I like the descriptions of life in Sweden and the interactions between the different characters. The plot is what originally grabbed me and didn't disappoint. My wife listened to portions of the book and commented that the couples interact just like we do! I like the way the author introduces issues that become plots in future books. I will anxiously await the next book in this series. I'll be interested to see if she can top this one.
First time author, debut novel for this author. I'm not sure why I thought this but it seemed this author's books were going to be of the good two shoes kind of books, maybe due to the titles of her books. The summary seemed interesting about two little girls that were taken from their homes in small town Iowa. Whatever i was thinking I was pleasantly surprised as the book was hard hitting right from the start and, yes, there were two little girls at the center of the story but it wasn't about innocence at all, quite the opposite. It was one of those books where you kept thinking about, wanting to get back to it and in the end I just sat down and finished it. One thing that drew me to this author is that she is a graduate of the University of Iowa as am I. I will for sure choose a second book from her.
This is the 3rd book in the Jade de Jong series that I've listened to. I've enjoyed them all even though I wouldn't call them the greatest crime thrillers ever written. I enjoy learning about life in SA (as South Africans refer to it), I empathize with Private Investigator Jade as she is one tough PI but lonely and needing some love and, finally, the crimes themselves and the investigations are solid. My goal in a book is to be entertained and this series and this book have done that. In this story Jade is pulled into an investigation she initially doesn't want to get involved with as she's still tired from her last one. But she gets sucked in and in her typical style she gets involved, moves forward despite dangers, and gets to the bottom of the crime. Sometimes it is hard to hear the narrator clearly, I think due to the South African English accent. I have to pay close attention in listening and still feel like I miss some but I enjoyed the story in spite of this small lapses. It was a quick listen and one that's easy to get and stay interested in. I hope there are more in the series. I do see the author has some other stories out that I will try.
Up until now my three favorite Greg Iles' books were his first two WW II novels and "Mortal Fear", another early one. Word is the author wants this trilogy his tour de force. At least after this first book of the three, he is on his way to accomplishing that. This book is right there with my three other favorites. This is one of those books that takes off fast and never lets up. You know many deep, dark Old South mysteries are going to be brought up and you know much of it might be ugly. It would have been very, very difficult to live in Natchez for a couple hundred years and other places like it in the south if you were a person of conscience. I found it interesting that much of this book was based on things that happened in the 1960's when I was in junior and senior high school in the midwest. I could have never guessed then that this kind of stuff was going on and my mother was from the south. This is a great book! I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy. Thanks, Greg Iles!!
Even though this is book #5 in the series, this is my second book in the series and second by the author. I enjoyed the first one, "The Bishop", but I wasn't overwhelmed with excitement. So, I chose the book in the series that was highest rated, this one. In the crime/spy action thriller genre the authors must try hard to differentiate their stories from all of the others. This author does it in a different way than most. At the beginning of the book it says the book is recorded by Recorded Book Inspirational so you think there must be some goody two shoes overtones in the story and I'm OK with that. But, for instance, the crimes are heinous and the violence gruesome in this series. Then I don't know that I really understand why the author involves his senior in high school step daughter in the investigation the way he does as in real life I can't believe an FBI agent would or could in any way, shape or form involve a family member the way Tessa gets involved. It almost seems hokey. But, maybe that's where the inspirational part comes into the story as the author uses the daughter and her life events to pontificate somewhat on life and right versus wrong. But this was an easy story to listen to, to stick with. I mostly want to be entertained when I listen to a book and this was definitely entertaining.
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