This is a fun, mind-candy type of book. If you are looking for something "deep" this is not it, but boy is it fun.
I thought this book was a bit slow at the start but was just a great read once it got going. I have read all of the Matthew Shardlake books that take place during the dissolution of the monestaries in England under Henry VIII, and this is just as good. The history is accurate and the characters interesting. Good plot. I have downloaded the second book, The Chalice.
I thought I would like this book better. The mystery was good, but I just really didn't care about the characters. There are more books by this author, but I wasn't impressed enough to download any more books by him or about this character.
What a great book. Really good. And I really didn't expect it to be. Poke, Meow, and Rose are great characters and the plot is interesting and fascinating. I learned more about Thailand and the sex trade there without getting lectured to. I have already listened to the second Poke Rafferty book and have downloaded the third. Don't hesitate with these!
I haven't liked the first two very much - lots of action, minimal plot, zero character development. I keep thinking they will get better and I really think that Atticus has potential, but clearly I keep making mistakes. These books are mind candy with nothing to really encourage them but action.
I am not sure if I wasn't wild about this book because I had heard such great things about it, or if it just isn't my type of book. I prefer fiction but because there were such great reviews I bought this book. I just didn't think it was that funny. I don't watch Tina Fey on TV so there were some parts of the book that I just didn't get - the part about her scar was one of them - it was clearly a big deal to her, but since I didn't even know about it, how she got it, or anything else, I certainly didn't care how she managed people who commented on it.
Wonderful, fabulous, amazing. I need to get a thesaurus out to find some more words. I love this series and have read/listened to every single one of them. George Guidall is also delightful and does a wonderful job narrating the books. Can't wait for the next one to come out. I love Walt's insight into people. I love his relationship with Henry Standing Bear, Vic, Ruby, and the older sheriff. The plots of Craig Johnson's books are great and the character development is really good too. I can't say enough good things about these books.
I have really enjoyed this entire series. It has encouraged me to read more about Beatrix Potter, more about land conservation in England, and more about Heardwick sheep. I feel that I have become friends with everyone (animals and people) in the village and will really miss hearing about them. The mysteries are clearly secondary but they are fun and light. Making sure that Mr. Healis and Miss Potter ended up together and how it happened was much more important. I really cared about the characters. It is hard to believe that the series is over and I am finished with it. I think this series is appropriate for anyone, and particularly could see this series playing on a long car ride with various ages in the car.
Wow! I love Poke Rafferty. The first book was great and the second book did not disappoint. Meeting Poke's dad and half sister was fun too. The action is fast paced and interesting. I have downloaded the third book and am really looking forward to it. If you like a combination of mysteries, thrillers, interesting characters and good plots, don't hestitate to download any of the Poke Rafferty books. I think the narrator also does a fabulous job with the variety of voices and accents.
I still am not exactly sure of what the point of this book was except to make it very clear that individuals make very bad life decisions often. I kept thinking there was going to be a plot with a point or a plot that was going somewhere, but I don't think a plot ever really developed. I finished the book with a "hunh??" I guess I am glad that I listened to it. I don't want to listen to it again. I do want to make good life decisions, even more now than ever, and clearly money does not equal happiness, but I don't think I needed to listen to this book to arrive at these decisions!
I like romance novels (I like almost ALL fiction) and I have heard so much good stuff about Georgette Heyer that I felt like I needed to try it. Unfortunately I found the story too formulaic and just painful to listen to. I just couldn't finish it. Maybe it would have gotten better with more of the book (I finished over half of it though). I think it just wasn't to my taste.
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