I love this series. I was devastated, as were the main characters, at the end of the last book.
This book gathers the pieces of those widely divided characters and loosely unites them in efforts to save one of their own. The serial killings, detective work, and eventual justice are all here. In fact, they are the force that pulls everyone closer. We are left with this loose network of characters and some hints for the future.
I believe that Val McDermid dropped in enough hints about the previous squad's history to allow this book to stand alone.
Gerard Doyle gives another excellent performance.
Note: There is an unrelated short story added after the book ends. Due to some poor editing, it just starts as if part of the book. It took a bit (staring at my ipod) to realize that it is an "extra." It is worth listening to it, just be aware that its title, introduction, etc. are at its end instead of at the beginning.
Read the publisher's summary; I try to avoid giving spoilers.
The set up for this adventure has Reacher in an impossible situation. However, as usual, he manages to evade the accusers and solve the mystery. He is on a tight leash throughout, but there are a few bone crushing scenes. There are also subplots related to Reacher's personal life and an attempt to help someone that backfires and is used as evidence and blackmail against him.
I am not fond of the narration for this book. The characters are consistent and somewhat individualized. However two in particular are so overly rude, mean and abrupt that I wouldn't have continued the listen if not a Reacher fan.
This episode involves Ceepak and Boyle, but the murder/suicide is not in Sea Haven jurisdiction. However, Ceepak finds a way to follow the clues and uncover the truth behind the death. Several of the circumstances are more disturbing than in earlier books, but Ceepak and Boyle are still fun to accompany on their sleuthing.
As always, Jeff Woodman has the characters perfect!
The variation in this episode is that Ceepak and Boyle are on the trail of a serial murderer. The undisguised clues are spread over the beach and in local shops. The locals don't want anything to disturb the tourists, but Ceepak's code makes him proceed with the investigation.
Again, Jeff Woodman does an excellent narration.
Somehow Grabenstein and Woodman make the gruesome topic of murder into a fun listen.
This series is growing on me. The quirky main characters are surrounded by many eccentric residents and even more bizarre summer visitors. As usual, there is murder at the seaside and the mayor and his cronies do everything they can to keep Boyle and Ceepak from investigating and damaging the town's tourist season.
Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of portraying stoic Ceepak and sarcastic Boyle. He also distinguishes between others in the story.
I am moving on in the series.
I enjoy the Karin Slaughter series.
This is totally different!
The story unfolds and the background information is released slowly leading to the conclusion. The culprit is easily identifiable, but the conclusion is a bit of a twist. It leaves me with a satisfied feeling at the conclusion of a murder mystery instead of the depravity of some stories. One hopes that the perpetrator gets justice sometime in the future.
Wayne Knight does an outstanding job of narrating. Each character's voice and personality are reccognizable.
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.
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