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Mary M. Novotny
3.0 out of 5 starsGood and Disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
This book moves fast through the lives of many characters whose descriptions are vivid and often humorous. Cornwell writes well, but her characters tend to 'stray' from very strong to weak to 'out of character' which is frustrating when reading about people of high accomplishment. For example: West wouldn't have screwed around with Brazil in the front seat of a car any more than Brazil would have spent two solid days drinking without ending up hospitalized. They just wouldn't do these things based on their histories. Also, it is bothersome that West and Hammer both treat their devoted animals as if they were inconvenient and unloved - then why keep them? It's disturbing. Also disturbing is West ending up with Raines after pushing him away, then climbing all over him, then rejecting him again. A little more consistency would be appreciated. It seems Cornwall, in trying to make these people more believable, has developed a love-hate with all of them. Unpredictable behavior is not indicative of a strong character, it doesn't fit any of their career choices, either.
5.0 out of 5 starsHumor mixed with drama - it's great!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
I always love Patricia Cornwell's books. She researches so much that I know I'm learning something when I read her books. I never realized that she could write humor intertwined with the drama! She is really funny.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
I received a large print version of the book, "Southern Cross" and it was in excellent condition. I was initially a little put off by the print but ended up really enjoying it as it was much less strain on my eyes. If I could have all my books in large print, it would just make life that much better.
...I'm so glad I did. I liked the Hammer, West and Brazil characters very much in Hornet's Nest, and found all the characters in Southern Cross to be well-drawn, believable, and either very endearing or appropriately distasteful, yet intriguing. The whole story hinges on a series of increasingly funny miscommunications, which all collide at the climax near the end. There is only one scene of truly shocking violence, as opposed to the many you might find in a Kay Scarpetta story, and it's a very good example of the sheer wastefulness of most crimes. I'd say that the only slight drawback is the odd way the West/Brazil relationship is handled. Still, it's interesting, and I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for them next, in the new book about them, which is due out in October of this year. (2001)
Bought this book here on Amazon because I like Patricia Cornwell and the Andy Brazil series. However I was unable to make head nor tail of this book, Southern Cross as it seems to have been translated into very poor English. Using past tense when it should be present etc. After several attempts to piece together a story line I finally gave up by page 65. I would be happy to return it to the publisher if they would send me an envelope. A few examples from pages 64 and 65 : "I think you were became impertinent" "..is I simple will not allow to permit you.." ..what by the when is perfect.." "Don't you view how you've opened a flooded gate? So I'm asking you reasonable to square a peg in that round hole.." And so many more...!