So, I love the tough guy, as long as he is honest and respectful of women. And J.P. Beaumont fits the bill perfectly. This series centers around a crime and J.P. Beaumont and his pals. There is usually a drop-dead gorgeous woman involved. But in spite of these cliched elements, the stories are good and the narration is excellent.
I highly recommend this series.
Somewhere I read a review that said this book is a "gentle mystery." I would agree. There are no throat slashings, no gruesome and blood-drenched scenes, no graphically violent attacks.
But there is still a murder and a mystery.
M. Gamache is the inspector who heads the investigation for The Sûreté du Québec, the Canadian organization that polices all of Quebec. He is an intellectual, a gentleman, a loving husband, a gourmand and a kind man. But he observes and listens carefully, and solves complex murders in the tiny town of Three Pines.
He also comes to know the town's citizens, and develops friendships and an attachment to the community. Getting to know the secondary and tertiary characters has been a great joy.
You will grow to love this character and to look forward to his next adventure. The good news: there are nine books in the series so far!
This is part II of a 3-part series about Wayward Pines, an odd-little town in Idaho which is either Heaven or Hell. Both part I ("Pines") and this one are creepy, tension-filled mysteries.
I HIGHLY recommend both, but I recommend that you WAIT to buy either one.
Because author Crouch's part III has not been released yet, and may not be available until spring 2014. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You will want to read all three, very quickly and in order, because you will want to know what happens next.
This series is a real nail-biter.
I have read and reread the readers' reviews of this series. I just don't get it! How could this series have so many fans?
Without judging the whole series, I assert that this book is not well written. Virtually every conversation is heated, almost every interpersonal relationship contains some sexual tension, every decision is critical ... there is no flow, no rhythm, there are no calm and easy moments.
I particularly dislike Johansen's use of dialogue. It is awkward and unsophisticated; it made me think of a high school student who - having read some excellent mysteries - tried to imitate professional style but failed.
The narrator made a mediocre book worse. She uses her voice to distinguish between accents (Scottish voice is well done, for example), but she doesn't do a good job distinguishing between three American women's voices. I struggled to keep up ("Who said that??").
A waste of money, in my opinion. Blech.
I was so sure that I had figured it out ... but I was wrong. Just as one piece of the puzzle fell into place, another clanked on top of my theory, jarring me out of smug and misplaced confidence.
Basically, you will wonder if the residents of Wayward Pines are prisoners or monsters. No spoiler here! You have to listen to the whole thing to really know the answer.
Very, very good story!
The Crellin/Preaker family will make you rethink your plans to avoid YOUR family during the holidays. Well-drawn characters maintain their lies in a falsely sweet southern town, but a murder investigation brings out bits of information that span two generations.
Author Flynn allows the truth to creep up to the reader, and the final chapters will knock your teeth out! I highly recommend this book.
Ugh. How could you, Elizabeth?
Lynley makes choices in this novel that are humiliating. Even in grief, I just don't believe Lynley would become this person.
John Lee was an acceptable narrator, and I am grateful that Havers was still herself. But the rest of it repelled a (former) big fan.
I admit that I chose this book out of curiosity to see if J.K. Rowlings could write about muggles, but I recommend the book as a terrific story with wonderful characters and a superior narrator.
I hope that the one-legged detective and his not-so-temp help come back in many more books by Galbraith/Rowlings.
My experience with this book mirrors many of the other reviews I read. It is not particularly interesting at the beginning. The author gives you what seems to be MANY too many details about the individual characters, and yet very little action. I kept waiting for something to happen.
But the characters and their relationships ARE the story. The unfolding of friendships, the dramatic reversals in roles, the blossoming of unexpected love, and the creation of a real community ... that is what eventually grabs your attention.
I have to also say that the narrator did a fabulous job with an enormous number of accents.
Well worth it.
Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers are two of the best drawn and most admirable characters in mystery literature, in my opinion. Elizabeth George did justice to Havers in this somewhat dull story, but I am disappointed in the way she has developed Lynley's character after his tragic loss (wife died in previous book).
I don't want to spoil the plot, but Lynley began as association with someone who is heinous and unsympathetic. It seemed so out of character that I was stunned. I am prepared to believe that we sometimes act differently when tragedy has knocked us flat, but ... UGH.
The story was just not that interesting.
The narrator did wonderful accents, but her "silly me" girlish voices for at least two of the women in the story were downright insulting.
Great characters, twists and turns, a complex mystery, love story ... this book has it all. The narration was just average.
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