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Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield Series # 7 | [Thomas Perry]

Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield Series # 7

In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.
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Publisher's Summary

In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.

©2012 Thomas Perry (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Anyone who has read Perry knows the anticipatory pleasure that comes just from holding a new book with his name on the cover. Fans of Jane, last seen in Runner, will enjoy this elegantly written tale of pursuit and revenge." (Library Journal)

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    John St. Peters, MO, United States 05-14-12
    John St. Peters, MO, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Non-stop action all the way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poison Flower to be better than the print version?

    I love audio and I love print. Can't say for sure which is better.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This was definitely a rocket ride from the beginning. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. Jane starts out moving fast, and never slows down.


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    Joyce is very good in this series and she is Jane's voice that I hear in my head when I re-read the stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen in one sitting. I'm retired and have the time. I stayed up VERY late. It was worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read any other Jane Whitefield books, DO NOT START with this one. It brings in characters and situations from earlier books. As a series reader I loved it, but it would not make sense to someone who wasn't.
    Start at the beginning with Vanishing Act and come forward.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meg Lincoln, NE, United States 05-14-12
    Meg Lincoln, NE, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the Jane Whitefield series!"

    I have been hooked on the Jane Whitefield book since I read Vanishing Act years ago so was excited to see another addition to the series. The one thing I did not like about Poison Flower was the torture scenes. Not that they did not fit in the story - just that I found them too disturbing to listen to. (If I had been reading rather than listening to the book I would have simply skipped over those parts.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 04-09-12
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2009

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Love Jane's Attitude"

    If you have read the whole series then you will love this one just as much or more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Klamath Falls, OR, United States 05-28-12
    Paula Klamath Falls, OR, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I like clean romances and fantasy. The happily ever after is for me

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    "Very Graphic"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Perry again?

    Yes, I love Thomas Perry as an author, but this book was very dark, very graphic in image.
    The image and details presented in the torture process was horrible. It is not necessary to go into so much detail.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    The narrator was good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    After you get past the chapters of torture, the book is a typical Thomas Perry novel that keeps you involved in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this book if you have a weak stomach; the torture details are to graphic, it is not needed for this story. It ruined the book and made me think twice about reading a Thomas PERRY NOVEL AGAIN.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Schnoll Danville, CA USA 08-07-12
    Mike Schnoll Danville, CA USA 08-07-12 Listener Since 2002

    Gadget Hound

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    "Not his best, but pretty damn good"
    What did you love best about Poison Flower?

    The Jane Whitefield character is heroic and wonderfully drawn.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The action's fast paced and clever, as always in a Perry novel. But the bad guys are cartoonish, even by the standards of the genre.


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    Joyce did a fantastic job of covering the many characters and accents, with warmth and consistency. It was a pleasure listening to her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    More sequels than Rocky!


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, it''s probably time to retire Jane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 06-11-12
    itinerant here and there 06-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "antepenultimate again"

    Each of these Jane books feels like the last one, the kiss-off of a series, an adieu to a character, an abandonment of an oft-traveled plot device. Without spoiling the plot, I can say this feels yet again like the end for Ms. Whitfield, who is growing older and more battered and even perhaps a little cynical about the whole proposition. The paranormal plays a bigger role here than in previous texts, which probably foreshadows The End even more . . . but what do I know.

    It's a nice addition to the series, and if you've read any of the others you'll want to read this one, too. I just hope Mr. Perry isn't getting tired of his own schtick, as he writes amusing potboilers and I'm not ready for him to stop.

    The narration is adequate, better than some of Perry's books, like the Butcher's Boy series read in a monotone; this female narrator does an adequate job, and I'd listen to more books read by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-13-12
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "It's a bit short, but I enjoyed it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I haven't ready any of the Jane Whitefield stories, so I didn't know what to expect. I thought it was well written and interesting. Not my favorite book, but good enough.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. M. Duranceau Livonia, Michigan USA 09-10-12
    C. M. Duranceau Livonia, Michigan USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Jane Whitefield is human!"
    Would you listen to Poison Flower again? Why?

    Jane has a knack of using the mistakes of others to her advantage.


    What other book might you compare Poison Flower to and why?

    Poison Flower is consistently as entertaining as 'Runner' and 'The Shadow Woman'. Jane reacts rather than seeks trouble, danger and mayhem.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jane distills another batch of hemlock root poison & finally gets to use it by outsmarting her quarry getting him to drink it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The escape from prison was a twist for Jane & her getting outsmarted by bad guys into thinking they were cops was not the typical Jane... is she rusty for taking time off to be a wife?


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Thomas Perry provides very good entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 08-27-12
    Tracy Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2010

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "A Decent Mystery"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Perry and/or Joyce Bean?

    Probably not. This one was ok, a good story, but not really my cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-13-12
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    "Perry missed with "Poison Flower""
    Would you try another book from Thomas Perry and/or Joyce Bean?

    Previous Perry novels kept me in constant suspense; "Poison Flower" plods along with unengaging situations and a very predicable bland climax. Nothing new is revealed about Jane Whitefield's character. Even her capture and torture seemed passionless and mechanical


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Perry again?

    Even a quality author such as Perry can have a bad book once in a while. This is such an exeception that suspense fans should keep reading as he generates new offerings


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    As a Narrator, Bean moves the story along. She is so skilled she slips into the background giving the listener the experience of being in the story. Well done.


    Do you think Poison Flower needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Poison Flower deserves to remain where it ended: Dead


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Whitefield is damaged at the end of this story. Lets hope that Perry has the old magic to revive her and restore her to the engaging heroine she truly is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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