However, Tana French has again given us a well written work of fiction. She continues to be an author that I don't hesitate to buy new releases.
She weaves characters, relationships, location, and the economy together around the murders in a family.
The main characters are a senior detective with a rigid sense of right and wrong and a life broken by childhood tragedy, a rookie detective fresh from traffic duty and trying to bend justice to his compassionate sense of right, and four childhood friends with a group history and divergent adult lives. The setting includes a crumbling "upscale" housing development and job loss, both caused by the economic downturn.
I was really fascinated by the gradual descent into madness of the murdered family. First the husband, then the wife, and then the two children! The sister and a watcher were close by and could have stepped in to help, but they were totally clueless as to what was going on inside the house.
From the beginning there weren't many possible outcomes. The story was more a matter of unlocking exactly what had happened, how, and why. There were some unusual clues (holes in the walls), withheld evidence, wrong turns and missteps along the way, but the ending was justice if not a surprise.
As with other Dublin Murder Squad books, this can stand alone. It is not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.
The story kept my attention, the narration is decent, and I enjoyed the whole listen.
Rosenfelt does it again! I listened to almost the whole book on a long plane ride. I never tire of Andy Carpenter's sarcasm and Grover Gardner's narration.
In this episode there is a major conspiracy underway, lots of deaths in attempts to cover loose ends, and someone close to Andy is accused and held for a murder. Andy's usual entourage is here, too. Everyone joins in to see that justice is served and the bad guys are thwarted.
The publisher's summary tells more than I would; I don't like spoilers.
This is Connelly and narrator Len Cariou at their best. I recommend this piece of Bosch's past.
Good old boy ranchers hire hitmen to silence ecoterrorists. Joe Pickett's investigation into poaching pulls him into the "war" and he ends up running for his life.
I do enjoy the series' western setting and mindset. It's a nice break from a big city with rampant crimes and hardened detectives. I will continue on to the next book.
David Chandler's narration is well suited to these books.
I have listened to all of this series available at Audible. However, this is probably the most disappointing.
I always hesitate to discuss the plot as I dislike spoilers. Do read the publisher's summary. Although thorough in character and murder case development, the story seems to just plod along. There are many components and at least 6 possible perpetrators. I had identified the guilty party long before the reveal. If you are an action and violence junky then this probably isn't for you.
Next, the narrator is new to the series. His interpretations of some characters is ok, some bland, and one is just plain odd. The narration can be distracting at times, but is adequate the majority of the listen.
If you are a Diamond fan, then this is a decent listen. If you are new to the series, you might be wise to pick another episode.
Even with forced bed rest, Tess can't seem to curb her curiosity. This mystery has a "Rear Window" feel to it. However, in this story, she has a new investigator, her friend Whitney, and the internet to help dig into the mystery. I enjoyed the update on Tess's life and another PI case.
Linda Emond is an excellent narrator.
Yes, there is murder and mystery, but the odd characters and overall setting in a summer resort town make it a fun listen.
I will definitely move on in the series.
Jeff Woodman adds to the fun with the narration. His portrayal of the "perky blonde" thing and the small town cops is consistent and amusing.
Reacher is in the Army. He is asked to do some undercover investigation. He easily puts the pieces together, identifies an information leak, thwarts the tough guys, and returns to his post.
Again, Dick Hill is perfect for this series.
This is another glimpse of young Reacher. He is on his way to see brother Joe. In his typical style, he does not do the expected. Trouble finds him, there are physical altercations, and he helps the FBI.
Dick Hill is always superb in his interpretation.
This story in its entirety is a "bonus" at the end of The Affair.
I knew immediately that I had heard it before. I am very disappointed that Audible released it as a single later.
Reacher is 13 and newly relocated with his Marine Corps family. Trouble and mystery found him even at this early age: he crushes a (kid) bully and solves two mysteries.
Dick Hill, as always, is an excellent narrator.
Joe O'Laughlin has taken steps to put his life back in order. The previous stressful times have affected his family and haven't helped his battle with Parkinson's. The family has moved, he has limited his professional work to teaching, and he is the caregiver for his two daughters while his wife travels for work. This should be a nice respite for them. When he is unwillingly snared into the ongoing investigation of a serial killer, his whole family suffers anew.
In this series there are crimes to be solved and a perpetrator be apprehended. However, instead of leaving me to think about the evil, I am left thinking about the stress on Joe. It may seem like a minor thing, but it is a welcome variation for me.
The narration by Sean Barrett fits the story.
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