I actually prefer a good "local" mystery to the all over-the-top stories about mega-serial killers who torture and maim without ever seeming to be seen... Yes, some of the Big stories are fun too, but there can be plenty of intrigue without all that. And it's typically more believable. This story had good characters, and some interesting views into another culture. I didn't rate it higher only because i felt the pacing was a little slow, but i enjoyed the book and would recommend it. (Would have given 3 and 1/2 if that were possible.)
I enjoyed the first in the Micheal Forsythe series by McGinty, and thought the second was ok, but not as good, so i decided to try a different set of characters by the same author. I wanted to like this book because i do enjoy the "edge" he gives his heros, but i found this story pretty blah. My mind drifted more than a few times because it wasn't holding my interest. Not sure i'll try this author again at this point. Narration was quite good.
This book still had the humor and personality of the others in the series, and i'm glad i listened to it, but i felt it got a bit too soppy in places, and a bit trite... like everyone in Vic's family is more a stereotype than a person. Still, i'll definitely continue with this series. In fact, it is my "go to" series for when i've had a less than great read by a different authoer - this one has yet to let me down.
I found the beginning interesting and amusing, but the authors obsession with death and dying became maudlin and dreary after awhile. I thought the book was going to be more about God and questioning the existence of supreme beings etc. And i realize that life after death and such issues factor into this, but this book turns into a detailed study of death and the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many , many... ways of dealing with it. And yes, it sounds stupid to say "many" that many times - substitute a few chapters on death for each "many" and you'll get the idea... almost.
Put simply: I've been an audible customer for over 7 years and this is the first book i bought that i just could not finish.
I'm not sorry i listened to this, but not sure i'll seek the author out again either... It was a little slow and mechanical in parts, and a bit predictable.
This is the 2nd in the series, and 2nd i've listened to. So glad that it kept the great mix of humor, personality, and plot... I'll keep reading this series and to me, there is no better compliment.
I liked this story and in fact have enjoyed everything i've read by Hill. This isn't my favorite of his, but still definitely worth a listen. Good characters and story (tho the main character is a bit too naive sometimes). Narration was fine.
I'd guess it's difficult to follow up in a series but keep things original. I felt there a bit of repetition here, and the things that went different were a bit over the top. Michael is a bit too lucky for a guy who just bumbles from place to place. I do like the dialog and the narrator does it justice, i just found the story a bit off.
This was the first in the series that i've listened to and i definitely enjoyed it. Good characters that you want to know, and a good mystery. Kind of small town feel to it, even tho the main detective is from the city, but the setting made you wish you could visit. I'll try more in the series.
I read a few reviews that had me worried about this one, since i've enjoyed all the Virgil Flowers books so far. But this one didn't disappoint me at all. I enjoyed it and felt it was on par with the other books in the series. It's never too heavy, but always fun. Narration was good too.
Interesting characters and very good mystery. I have to admit, it was awhile ago that i listened to this and forgot to review it then, but i do recall that i enjoyed the story very much and "snuck" some extra time listening (i usually just listen while i jog). Recommended.
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