Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.
I literally on every single Amelia Peabody novel on Audible.
I love them very much and this was a excellent performance by Barbara Rosenblatt and overall I would give it five stars.
However, the storytelling, logic, and style are not quite consistent. This book had to be completed by Joan Hess after the original authors demise. I think overall a good job was done but the plot does not quite live up to previous novels.
Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio
I really don't know what to say about this book. My biggest compliment would be that the narrator does a decent job. Aside from the fact that I don't like the way she delivers words that are supposed to be screamed or exclaimed , I have nothing to complain about her.
but the book itself is abominable. the story is badly organized with events happening one on top of the other seemingly at random. This is supposed to be a murder mystery but it is sold not buy the collection of clues or the careful plotting of logical points but by the main character having a sudden bizarre Epiphany that is never explained.
if this were the 7th or 8th book in a series I might be able to forgive the massive amount of things that are not clearly specified. But for a first book it leaves a whole lot of Vital Information out.
I just really didn't enjoy it. The vampires don't even seem like vampires. They seem more like slightly malicious fairies with a penchant for dressing up and playing mind tricks.
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This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: rape, domestic violence, underage sex.
There's a principle of Japanese flower arranging that says "to make the best arrangement, choose 1/3 as many flowers as you think you need, then choose the best 1/3 of those and use only that much."
This book does that with works and desciptions. It is both excellently written and expertly translated. It tends to sound dry at first until you realize the carefully economic use of words gives you an unusually vivid mental image of what's going on.
The plot is extremely complex with many diverse characters, lots lots of symbolism, and plot developments that are both clever and surprising but also so logical with no continuity leaps.
On the technical level: this is a world class novel.
That, however, is where my praise stops.
The characters, with only two or three possible exceptions, are horrible people. They are complex and well developed but this somehow makes their darkness more understated and thus more potent.
The host of high functioning mental illness represented is staggering and accurate and that makes it scary as hell.
In the end you hate all of them. None of them are truly innocent. None of them deserve a happy ending and the book casts doubt on the whole idea that happy endings even exist.
I left this book feeling like I had just watched a beautifully choreographed natural disaster.
Reviews compare this to Gone Girl and it is worthy of the praise. But it is even more emotionally savage and substantially darker.
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When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes.
I double checked to make sure this wasn't abridged because it had so many random jumps. The book flies from item to item in the story with little or no explanation of WHY those things are the way they are.
You cannot think along with the author or the characters because you are not given the basic premises of any of the mythology or its workings.
The whole book feels like everyone knows lots of things you don't and isn't bothering to read you in.
For example: Why is salt water important? Why is the "eye" important and how does blood or seminal fluid change its ability to work? Why is there a dead toddler dressed as a puppet soldier? Why does sleeping with a vampire give creative people better ideas, and how do these ideas come? How is the Catholic church involved just enough to be casually mentioned but somehow save vampire victims more effectively than anything else?
Sounds like a great book jacket until you realize NONE of this will be answered.
As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
I am a longtime fan of Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series. I found Veronica Speedwell character to be of similar temperament with much better character development. The story is original but suitably melodramatic to make it worth being called fiction. The characters are fairly well written and the dialogue is good. I definitely recommend this for anybody who wants a sincere, good-hearted, and ever so slightly naughty Escape into this historical time frame.
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The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.
Good story. Nice characters. Not brilliant but sound writing and great overall plot twists. Truly enjoyed.
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Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.
amazing story. truly intruiging. but no pedophile element at all! I was both completely interested in the story and able to enjoy it without being subjected to the typical author's ploy of inserting sexual abuse where it is unnecessary to the story.
the story itself is complex with well drawn characters and distinct voices for each point of view. loved it.
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Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...
this is a good book. great story in most aspects. very well written. good preformance.
however, the main character is drugged and viciously raped by a woman about half way through the book.
NOT a book for kids.