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2.0 out of 5 starsNot my favorite
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018
I’ve read most of Coulter’s books, 2 more to go. This was awful. The art forgery conspiracy went all over the place. The cartoon writer & art dealer set out to solve the crime. Neither have any qualifications. And the Tammy/Timmy thing??? How did she make things appear different & what were the ghouls? The FBI was so inept. Agents assigned to protect Lily & Simon let them go to a cemetery alone, let the bad guys almost burn them up, let them be taken to Sweden & magically appear to pull Simon out of a canal? They let a dangerous murderer escape from the hospital, lose her at the Antigua airport & can’t even catch her when their face to face in Bal Harbor. I still love Savich & Sherlock but my most favorite character is Sean.
4.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed the glimpses into the world of high priced art
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
Ms. Coulter's books are always an enjoyable read and Hemlock Bay is no exception! This member of her FBI series focuses on Dylan's sister Lily and their grandmother, Sarah Elliott's, paintings. I enjoyed the glimpses into the world of high priced art . There's the usual mayhem and a particularly gruesome paranormally-endowed murderer demanding Savich's attention plus a nice dose of romance between Dylan's buddy Simon and Lily.
I think the paranormal aspect could have been more fleshed out or left out. To me it felt very incomplete. Likewise the portrayal of Sarah Elliott is quite one-dimensional and trite but perhaps I'm being picky. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of Lily's cartoon politician "No Wrinkles Remus" who bears a great likeness to many of today's political "leaders."
All in all not her finest but certainly enjoyable and worth the time and money if you like Ms. Coulter's FBI series or just enjoy the police procedurals genre.
The book was missing the first four pages that were crucial to setting the scene for the entire story. I didn't realize until I began to read it less than a week after the return window closed! I would expect that a reputable publisher would not have this problem and that the seller would exchange this for another copy that would hopefully have all the pages. Very disappointed! Reading further, pages 39-40 were also missing! They weren't torn out; looks like a printing defect but really disappointing that Amazon or the manufacturer wouldn't replace or refund.
4.0 out of 5 starsSometimes a little choppy because there are really two mysteries ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2016
Sometimes a little choppy because there are really two mysteries being investigated which have nothing to do with each other except that one involves the regular FBI personnel we are familiar with (Savich et al) and the other involves Savich's sister.
One of her best in this series. As always, Coulter has several plotlines going at once. All my fingernails are chewed down and it's a good thing I've finished the book. Woo-woo quotient is high so if that bothers you, pick another in the series. They're all good. Wholesome romantic aspects without graphic sex. Loving, sweet portrait of one family life but becomes targeted by criminals. Very violent and creepy parts. Riveting.
This book, another wonderful installment in Catherine Coulter’s FBI series, is full of action and suspense. The characters face the known and the unknown in harrowing circumstances. Every time you think you might have a chance to take an easy breath the action takes you around the next twisty turn. I loved it!
These are 2 unrelated stories. You can almost put the book down in between them. Almost ! You don't know secrets about Lilly and you keep reading trying to work it out. And...Sherlock and Savich keep your interest as to is this really a paranormal phenomena or is there an explanation. Oh I won't give away any of the story, but if you enjoy these characters you won't be disappointed!
I read about 5%of this book and had to put it down. I was so disappointed. This book was not written very well. The dialogue was stiff; the characters weren't believable and the premise of the book was so far out. I have read other books by Catherine Coulter. It seemed like someone else wrote this under her name.