Ruth, supposedly a forensic anthropologist, should be an interesting character study if Griffiths portrayal of her reflected any of the intelligence and independence a reader might expect. Other characters in the story speak of her with admiration but I find her a most uninformed scholar. She asks others to answer questions about British political or church history that I could have answered in high school. The story wanders endlessly around the thoughts of a group of personalities and taxes a reader's patience in trying to link them together into a coherent story line. The author constantly refers to earlier books in order to support the story line in this one. I have no motivation to go back and read the earlier novels. The author would be better served to do a little more research and develop a central character with some depth.
Historical novels are my favorites but so few of them deliver on their promises. Saylor stays close enough to history to be believable but is enough of a storyteller to introduce interesting fictional characters to keep the story moving. He moves from the tale of Romulus and Remus to Augustus Caesar without making us feel we are in a foot race. I am looking forward to reading more of his books
I had forgotten how entertaining these two authors could be. Their tales combine the adventure and sophistication of a Clive Cussler novel with a little dark mysticism. Dollar a year FBI agent Pendergast and his beautiful long-lived ward live an extravagantly wealthy but low profile existence in a large suite of rooms at the Dakota and a mansion on Riverside drive. That sounds like an oxymoron but it is the best I can do to describe. The adventure takes place at Prendergast's elaborate dwellings as well as the New York Museum of Natural History the Brooklyn Botanical gardens and a deserted resort along the shores of the Salton Sea. Inventive and gruesome ways to kill people take center stage
I have read the other books in this series and this one doesn't measure up. A number of the characters promise to be of interest but they are one dimensional I found it frustrating to be tantalized by characters that I am never given the opportunity to know. The author spends way too much time describing the sex act. There should be a limit to how many pages should be devoted to tweaking, plunging and licking. Time to end this series
The narrator for this book is a perfect choice. The story is a meditation on faith and family. Give it the time it deserves
Three generations of families intertwined in a most complex way are sorted out by this gifted story teller. Wiggs evokes the atmosphere of each place the story visits including Denmark during the Nazi occupation and present day San Francisco and Sonoma County California. I was roped in from the very beginning . The plot is complex but clearly unfolds and the mysteries keep unfolding until the very last chapter. I am so excited to have discovered this prolific author and am hopeful her other novels have the same tension, drama and interesting characters as The Apple Orchard. The Delicious sounding apple recipes that open each chapter remind me of the Nero Wolfe mysteries and his gourmet chef.
Lady Emily as the narrator of this tale is an educated and articulate woman whose observations evoke the beauty and romance of Venice . She and her husband Colin have been called to Italy by her childhood nemesis to solve the murder of Emma's father in law. A central theme of the mystery revolves around a feud between two ancient noble Venetian families . The feud dates from the time of the sacking of Constantinople. Besides being ancient and noble these families are also incredibly stubborn.
As the tale unfolds it is interspersed by the story of two star crossed lovers that dates from the time of the doges. If you enjoy art history as much as I do all the references to the palazzos , churches and painters Of Venice will delight you. This is a good book. I plan to listen again in five or six months.
The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.
Priscilla Royal focuses as much on the everyday life of the inhabitants of the priory as the story she carefully unfolds. The characters stay true to their values although I wish their relationships were a little less stagnant. Worth reading
I don"t know how this got published. Absolutely adolescent. Please don't bother even if it is being given away
I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book.
I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos
Bostwick's characters are revealed through believable dialogue and storytelling. Several difficult storylines, -cancer- divorce- infidelity- , are told with both unflinching candor and compassion . I look forward to more entries in this series
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