Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.
I heard this author was popular in Europe and under-appreciated in the U.S. This novel didn't help me to turn that tide. A great beginning and premise tapered to a somewhat unlikable main character and a silly Hollywood ending.
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Paris, 1534. A student at the Catholic Collge de Montaigu, serving as a courier for the Inquisition, is murdered by members of an extreme Lutheran sect for the packet of letters he is carrying. His friend and fellow classmate Amaury de Faverges, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Savoy and an expert in astronomy and natural science, is recruited as his replacement and promised a decree of legitimacy if he can uncover the secret that threatens to overturn Catholicism and the reign of Franois I.
I like historical mysteries. This one fell flat for me in all respects: plot, characters, and setting. Given the premise, I expected much more.
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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, but found the main character a little aggravating and some parts predictable.
There is some sleight of hand as well: the characters are being watched for entertainment by others in their society, including their romance, which perhaps points a subtle, suggestive finger at the inquisitiveness or voyeurism of the reader. Aren't we interested in their "lives" as entertainment, too, even if we know that they are fictional? "Reality" TV is a closer example, but the book still made me wonder if the author were laughing up her sleeve.
I would read the next story to find out what happens, but with some reluctance. If you can overlook these flaws, you will enjoy a fast-paced plot.
An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.
The passages on philosophy can get a bit wheezy, but I loved the characters and their relationships, and enjoyed the narrator. Not much plot, but a lot of heart and soul.
Laura Lippman won the Nero Wolfe Award for this powerful mystery. Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.
I liked the character, setting, and premise, but towards the end, it felt as if the author got fed up and tied up all the loose ends and punished the wicked, toot sweet. Perhaps another book of Lippman's would be a better option.
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New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.
I have enjoyed all of Tana French's books. Interesting characters, fast paced, great use of language at time.s
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Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.
Overall, I liked it, but I would not choose this book as an introduction to the author.
For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. The mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. Medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse - horrifying proof that this "centuries-old" relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.
I thought the whole premise was silly, the characters mostly dull, and the writing tepid.
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Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.
I liked the juxtaposition of the story lines in the present and past. Good tension. Some of the characters were a touch flat, others quite memorable. Entertaining.
One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.
While I've heard books with stronger characterization, this one had fun cliff-hangers and a good pace. Not great literature, but a fun listen.
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