It’s interesting enough to pass the time if you like murder mysteries. This book was recommended to me by a minister’s wife. There are a few religio..Show More »us symbols and ideas which I suspect delighted her. Although I am surprised that she didn’t complain about the volume of vulgar and religious swear words.
This is a long and complicated process of slowly uncovering clues about a killer. It kept my interest. There’s a curiosity urgency of when are you going to call this guy, or when are you going to figure this out. There is no suspense other than during the final climactic scene with the killer.
There wasn’t much police work or evidence. It was mostly conversation and speculation. And then in the ending climax, the killer explains everything in a ten minute monologue. I would have preferred learning motivations and evidence along the way rather than have the killer tell all at the end. I also would have preferred some cool police work or investigating.
I was annoyed with three stupidities during the ending climax. A cop did something stupid. The good guys were stupid to split up. And then a good guy did something stupid. It’s the kind of thing that’s typical and overdone. It reminded me of made-for-TV-movies. I would have preferred something different - unusual - unexpected.
I would have liked more showing of how the killer lured victims, talked to them, killed them, and then got away - especially the one in the store. I had a hard time figuring out how the killer could do what was done without a store clerk seeing something suspicious.
Straight mysteries are not my first choice in reading. But I enjoy them if there is something special, unique, or fun. This did not hit me that way.
I have never loved a book that was written by two people. But I try to be open to it. This book was written by a mother and daughter team.
Genre: murder mystery. Ending: reasonably happy.
NARRATOR: I’m sorry but I did not like the narrator’s accent. I’m used to and prefer generic TV anchor speak. The narrator Buck Schirner used a long e sound instead of a short i. For example: detecteev, talkateev, collecteev, Wednesdeey, hees (his), heem (him).
I did not enjoy this book as much as the first--I kept having to rewind. (Without spoiling it) I thought the motive for the killings was somewhat tri..Show More »te and rather obvious, and at the same time preposterous (Ludlum-esque, I'd say). Throughout, it felt like the author was reaching to keep all the series characters involved (which is an appropriate goal because the characterization was one of the most interesting parts of the first in the series). I also feel it's a mistake to name two characters so similarly, Maury and Marty—very easy to conflate them when listening, and I think it would happen when reading as well.
I really like listening to these types of series while driving, so I'll give the next one a chance, but this one really failed to hit the mark for me. The narrator is fine throughout, does a good job of differentiating the voices.
I did not know anything about this author when I purchased this audio. However, the storyline seemed interesting so I took a chance. I'm glad I di..Show More »d. The plot is brisk, the characters are interesting because of good character development. The book (audio) is chocked full of a blend of respectful comedy versus tragedy. The reader does a VERY NICE job, but with just a little bit of a problem with female voice, but good enough to be forgivable. I hardily recommend this book if you like murder mystery with a twist.
Five American Indian teenage girls are being held in a Minneapolis house to be sold into the slave trade. The oldest one, Amy, gets away but is soon c..Show More »aught. She is murdered and her body is left in front of a house. The police knock on the doors of all neighbors and come up with the other four girls being held for ransom and they are released. But very soon, the police find themselves back to the neighborhood where two Samalian males are killed at the house where the girls were held, and another three are killed outside a house where a veteran from Iraq is found dead as well. In the meantime, Grace, who has been sailing in the Keys with FBI agent John Smith, wakes to find someone on their boat holding a knife to John’s throat. She rescues them both and then returns to Minneapolis. She believes that since John appears to be a target, that the whole Monkeywrench gang is targeted. They and the two police officers from Minneapolis all end up on an Indian reservation in northern Minnesota to escape from terrorists who have a plan in store for the whole country, and they’re all stuck there because of a major snowstorm. This book is back on track for the Tracys. It’s a pretty good thriller with the Monkeywrench gang front and center.