I've been waiting years for Jan Burke's books to be released on audio. A wonderful surprise and I wasn't disapointed. Goodnight Irene on audio was a..Show More »s good as the read. The reader is introduced to Irene Kelly, newspaper reporter, and supporting characters including her detective husband to be, Frank. The locale is a southern California beach town. The pace of Goodnight Irene sometimes slows, but as the series goes on, the books only get tighter and faster paced. The narrator is good, could turn into a favorite of mine. If you've never read Jan Burke, give Goodnight Irene a try. Well worth the credit spent and the time listening.
I need mysteries like I need great bread. I am trying to get over very serious leg injuries, so I am glued to my ear buds and in turn to my MP3 player..Show More » as I work out in the gym or on the beach. Lately, I've been on a Jan Burke binge, because I finally listened to all of Grafton, have been a bit put off by the snobby attitude of Marcia Muller, though I'm sure I'll be back downloading her books if nothing better comes along, and I have listened to all of Paretsky's wonderful works.
Both characters, Paretsky's VI Warshawsky and Burke's Irene, are in their 40's and both writers seem to be within 3 to 5 years of my own age. Yet, it took me a couple of tries to get used to Burke's vision. She seems much older than I, and that's uncommon!
Beyond a seemingly dated point of view, she makes huge mistakes that make her books impossible. In this one, the killer turns out to be someone who is seemingly improbable, and there are issues with how it fits together. Yet, I've decided there are essentially four choices with mysteries: either they are so complex, I can't figure them out no matter how long I think about them (modern Sherlock BBC series,) they are obvious and unchallenging, they highly improbable but consistently explained (Paretsky,) or, they are flawed. The latter is the fate of the Irene series.
Still, I listened to the entire book and will download all the rest of them. I love the performance and the character development. Please recommend another mystery series soon!
The Irene books are a light, easy read that can at times be predictable, but are always enjoyable. I picked up one of the series by accident and have ..Show More »been hooked ever since. I love to read them in print and listen to the audio version as well. In my opinion the narrator is the perfect voice for Irene and reminds me of a smoother version of CJ Critt's narrations. The relationship between Irene and her husband, Frank, is a great addition to the series. I love that he is from Bakersfield (my hometown) and it was really fun to hear some of their back story in this one. I can't wait to start the next one in this series. Definitely would recommend this book, and the series to anyone who likes mysteries.
I put off buying this book because of the Publishers Comments and the section on "What the Critics Say" They certainly didn't do it justice...Show More » I haven't read any other of the books in this series but really enjoyed this one. It wasn't too much of any one thing, nor did it lack substance. The plot flowed very nicely and was very believable from start to finish. Not only that, it was well researched and kept you guessing. I highly recommend it!
This is a very entertaining crime saga. It begins in 1958 with a multiple murder and kidnapping and then flashes back to 1936 where we are introduced..Show More » to newspaper man Jack Corrigan and newsboy Connor O'Conner. The mystery then unfolds over the ensuing 65+ years.
The story is set in the fictional California coastal city of Las Piernas. The author does a great job of showing how the newspaper business changed over time. The same is true for police investigative techniques and tools.
After listening to this book, I discovered that newspaperwoman Irene Kelly, who does not show up in the book until the 1970s is the main character in a number of other books by the same author. What this books does is fill in some of the history of Las Piernas and the newspaper beginning in the 1930s. It's an excellent listen with a good reader.
I admit it, being so badly injured has left me desperate for an alternate reality. First I adopted VI Warshawsky, and now I feel like pounding on Iren..Show More »e and Frank's door and trying to convince them to let me hang out there for a while, like so many of their characters have done through these nine books. Sadly, there is only one book to go and I will need to surface and look for a new place to hide out all too soon. I can't believe how quickly I made my way through these books.
Burke gets better and better with each mystery she tells. The motivations behind this plot are a bit garbled. We understand more or less in the end, but the weaknesses are forgiven because of our fascination for the innocent, but bright kidnapped kids, the confused and hugely mistaken adults, and the network of people whose jobs require them to investigate the ill doings from a variety of perspectives.
Certainly the extraordinarily good narration contributes to why become part of it all, and keep turning out for another long beach walk each day so I can return to Irene's reality yet again.
I don't want to give away anything of this story. Trust me, this is well worth the download
I love the characters, the point of view, the struggle with life that is portrayed, the appreciation of the struggles of the writers that came before ..Show More »Irene. I wish I were one of her friends, because I would so love a good cup of coffee overlooking Frank's garden, chatting with her accumulated regular guests. I'm sad to say that this may be the absolute last one. If so, that will be sad. I recommend this series. Savor it. It makes the perfect long walk rehabilitation companion.