These short stories are not bad. However, even though they are from the Mystery Writers of America, they are not mysteries. These are a series of stories about the lives and personalities of police and ex-police. Some are good, some are not. Just be warned that even though one of these stories is by Michael Connelly, these are not anything like Connelly's Harry Bosch stories, or any type of mystery story at all.
I have read all of the Matthew Corbett series. I enjoyed them. However, this book has no conclusion. It ends as a serial would - no real ending, wait for the next installment. That was disappointing.
Ms. Pessi really spins a good yarn. The story moves along, and really holds one's attention. The characters are interesting and realistic. It was the same in her first novel. Also the same as her first novel, as much as I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed in the ending. It seemed a little far fetched and contrived to me.
This book is boring and repetitive. The main character spends the whole book questioning the same characters with he same questions over and over until it is brought to an unexpected unrealistic end very quickly. It as if the writer kept writing hoping something new would come to him, but it never did. Then suddenly he had reached a page limit and had to put an ending to things. The result was a poor ending. Don't waste money or credits on this.
If you want the sex and violence driven story depicted on the Netflix TV show, you will be disappointed in this book. The book has almost no sex or violence. Rather it is a story of personal growth and loyalty. I found it very uplifting.
I have read this book. I have listened to the audio book 4 or 5 times. This travel narrative of a canoe trip down the Brazos River in the 1950's is so many things it is difficult to describe. It is an entertaining story of a man and a dash hound puppy on a canoe trip. It is a story of the history of the last century in this part of Texas with all of the bad and some of the good included. It is the story of a man struggling to cope with the fast coming changes of modern life. However, what it really is, is a complex work that evokes so many thoughts and emotions that it takes me longer to get through it with each listen, and makes me sad it is over every time I finish it.
If you've ever read a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, you have read this book.
This book has a young women as the central figure who is accident prone; eats all the junk food she wants, but keeps a desirable body; has a love affair going with a police detective; takes on a new risky job because she is broke.... beginning to sound familiar. The only difference is this young women has a southern accent, which is done poorly by the reader. Either the reader is is not a southerner making an attempt to sound southern, or a southerner who is way overacting.
The same old reused plot of every Stephanie Plum novel became tiresome long ago. A ripoff of it is really tiresome. Spend your money elsewhere.
By the way, I noticed this novel only because there is a very good piece of historical fiction with the same name. I recommend it whole heartedly.
I look forward to each new installment of the Harry Bosch books, and I am almost never disappointed with the results. They are great mysteries with real life type characters, problems, and solutions. I don't think a series of mystery books gets better than those about Harry Bosch.
There is no Sherlock Holmes story that does not deserve a 5 star rating. Get them all for endless hours of enjoyment. I listen over and over again.
I would recommend this book.
Owen Meany is an outstanding character because he is so unusual. i have known a few people like him. They were all strong and successful.
The book is not a particularly joyous or happy story, but worth the time I put in on it.
I believe this person has read a lot of mystery-police novels and pieced together a plot typical for thousands of them based on what she had read. No imagination, nothing new. I didn't like the reader at all.
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