I have always enjoyed the original Sherlock Holmes stories. The pastiches not so much. Usually the author goes overboard to be faithful or makes the story ridiculous trying for laughs. I am not a Holmes purist, Basil Rathbone is still my favorite Holmes, regardless of the movie plots.
This book was excellent! The Holmes character has some of the edges smoothed yet not so one wouldn't recognize him. Watson is thoughtful and decisive. The Lestrade character is perfect, though this one might be the one least like the stories. The crime to be solved is one of the most well known in history. There is plenty of tension as Holmes comes up with a very plausible solution.
This book is rather long for the series but it didn't drag. I enjoyed the insight into the world of semi-professional singing. As always, good story and the supporting cast is perfect!
Phryne joins the ranks of the employed to solve a case. Well, for Phryne anyway. I love the 20's era the stories are set in. The depression hasn't hit yet, things are tough but not so tough. The plot is very good. Phryne seems to have more interactions with the suspects in this book, at least to me. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
This is an excellent Phryne Fisher story. The narrator IS Phryne. The usual cast is present and doing as they should. 'nuff said!
These short stories are not mysteries. They are "modern" type short stories where nothing happens. One of the joys of the mystery is the resolution!
This book starts out by trying too hard to be a "Golden Age" mystery. Then the author got confused and thought she was writing a Harlequin book. The characters were all over the place but I understand why. They were trying to find the plot! All that being said, I did listen to the whole thing. I did spend a great deal of time talking to the characters using very bad words though! If more books in the series go on sale and Vance is narrating, I'll probably get them. I'd listen to Simon Vance read the phone book!
This is a cozy mystery set in Florida with younger people, no mansions, and pets.
Dixie has suffered through a major tragedy and is just starting to come alive again. The details about Florida life were interesting. As a dog lover the pet angle was fun too. My only problem with the book is the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending but it needed a couple more paragraphs. I will be reading more of these.
Lilly Bard starts out as a very unlikeable heroine. As the story goes on we find out the secret that has controlled her life and Lilly relaxes a little. The characters are pretty good, normal folks aside from the murder and mayhem stuff.I'm not sure if this is a series but if so, I would read more about Lilly.
Decius is so droll, so honest, and so damn much fun. I love the way he finally decides the only way to solve the mystery is to do something so outrageous it will either provide the solution or kill him. I adore the narrator, John Lee. He has just enough attitude without being pompous about it. I'm trying to limit myself to one book every other month so I don't go through them so quickly but it is really hard. No complaints at all from me!!
There is some time missing in the first part. It didn't seem to matter for the story to make sense though.....
Sam is coming around to be a little more normal, sort of, for him. The setting is still the Hamptons but not the showy part. The author really make the area come alive. This story is no less complicated than the first Sam mystery but in a totally different direction. Some of the story touches on the art world and I came away from the story with a new perspective on "modern" art. As always the engineering details are fascinating.
I like Sam, the "hero". He is repressed, drinks too much, and smokes, but I like him.
He has issues with his mother, father, sister, ex-wife (his "revenge" was pretty funny), daughter, career, car, house, and neighbor. Sam has some questions about an "accidental" death and the book takes off from there. The plot is a little convoluted, then again expensive real estate deals can be pretty convoluted. The setting is the Hamptons, you don't think about "regular" people living there. The book is filled with people, not just characters. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. There was one pretty violent scene but not too awful. Bad guys getting beat up don't qualify as violence!
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