Cliched writing, unsympathetic character, uninspired plot. Some of the writing made me wince. This book got good reviews but there are so many more & ..Show More »better mysteries out there. I was hoping to find another series that I would enjoy, but I only listened to the whole book because I paid for it.
This is the third in the Lew Bolt and Daphne Matthews police procedural series in Seattle. In this one, the two become involved in solving a case wher..Show More »e Daphne’s boy friend, the owner of a large food company with several stores, is being plagued by a product tampering scheme where the tamperer threatens, if the owner doesn’t give up and file bankruptcy and commit suicide, to tamper with some of their food bringing about hundreds of deaths. And he has already managed to kill some innocent people first by putting cholera germs in chicken soup, and later by putting strychnine in food. This is an exciting book involving much cloak and dagger maneuvers in order to find the murderer, since there were no witnesses to his putting contaminated cans back on shelves. Each attack was previewed by a fax written in bad poetry warning that something was going to happen. It’s really a very good case and Cummings does his usual good job with police procedurals.
I have just listended to The First Victim narrated by Scott Rosema. Unfortunately I dont think that he is aware of what he is reading. He reads much t..Show More »oo fast with no apparent thought to the content. This makes it difficult to follow the story, which probably deserves better rating, but since the narrators very poor perfermance makes it difficult to follow the story, I can only rate it 2 stars. I will from now on make sure to avoid any book narrated by Scott Rosema.
Although I generally prefer professional actors reading audio books, in this case Ridley Pearson has a good voice, and does a pretty good job of readi..Show More »ng his own novel. The plot leads us on many twists and turns to the ultimate resolution, keeping us guessing all along the way. It depicts the obstacles and frustrations of a police force struggling to do its job in the face of politics and internal strife. I enjoyed Mr. Pearson's subtle references to his friends, fellow authors, and fellow band members Amy Tan and Dave Barry.
This is the 2nd book I've listened to that was dully read by an author. In The Art of Deception, Mr Pearson sounded bored. There was little to no in..Show More »flection in his reading.
I found that I was easily diverted from actively listening to the story as opposed to shoving it to the background as noise. This meant I had to keep rewinding the story to get the storyline & characters back.
There are less expensive & annoying ways to get background noise.
1. Characters are not believable.
2. Dick Hill's narration of female characters is annoyingly whiny.
3. Would give it one star but main ch..Show More »aracter Boldt is mildly entertaining.
4. The plot is a mixture of everything else ever written.
5. Connelly, it's not.