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1.0 out of 5 starsProfanity
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
I can't understand why some feel that gutter language makes for a good story. I did not finish this garbage.
I've read several of Mofina's book and in my opinion, this was his best so far. Jason Wade is a believable character as is all of his characters. The plot was excellent and the ending breathtaking. Read this for yourselves...you'll be glad you did!
There are a few crime/police detective writers I really admire (Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni for example) I have found another one. I was caught from page one. Jason Wade, rookie journalist (with a terrible boss!), homicide detective Grace Gardner, mother Rhonda Boland, etc., each had their own perspective of a nun's murder and none were aware of how they were all tangled together in it. Really quite a feat to carry this off without leaving the reader befuddled and irritated. Mr. Mofina managed this well. Without too much descriptors or too much stream-of- consciousness or too little dialogue or all action and no sense, this novel kept me "perfectly" entertained all the way to the end. And as an aside, thank you Mr. Mofina for not making everyone bad or had-to-be killed or there is no justice in this world. Real characters, real situations and probable endings. Sometimes good people have good things happen to them. Nice going.
5.0 out of 5 starsSister Anne Louise Braxton (49) had died doing what she loved to do
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
Seattle, WA. Pioneer Square District. Compassionate Heart of Mercy Shelter. Sister Anne Louise Braxton (49) had died doing what she loved to do; helping the downtrodden & those in dire need. News flash: Brian Pillar was arrested for solicitation, along with 10 other johns in the law enforcement hooker sting.
Detective Grace Garner (Seattle PD, homicde), & Detective Dominic Perelli (partner, Seattle PD, homicde), listened to Isabella Martell (Mutual Tower housecleaning) say Roberto Martell (26, grandson, drug dealer, pimp) never came to her place. Yesler Terrace. Detective Garner, & Detective Perelli had arrived at the crime scene. Jason Wade (The Seattle Mirror crime reporter, Grace’s ex-lover), was close behind. The CSI Unit & King County ME were present. Sister Vivian Lansing (60+, Chicago, IL.,) was here to make sure all the funeral arrangements/burial contact of family were taken care of. Kay Cataldo (Sr. forensic scientist) would also examine the body. There were 4 possible suspects. Why did Sister Denise Taylor go see Jason?
Whisper Creek Ranch. Jason was going to interview Sister Marie Clermont (retired Sr. council member Compassionate Heart of Mercy Order). Will the murder mysteries get solved & someone brought to justice?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dunnit murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
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It was touted as being written by one of the best thriller writers. This book was not a thriller. It was a very standard murder mystery storyline with a poor attempt at a romantic connection. There were a couple of secrets to be found out along with the solution of the murder, but once the secrets were found out they didn't live up to the hype. It was good enough for me to finish, but it wasn't a big page turner.
I really enjoyed this book and loved the Bible references as they were so apt in the case of Anne Brexton, the nun!! Who could possibly have killed such a wonderful and dedicated person? Well, I had to read to find out what happened. Great way to start the book – absolutely titillated my curiosity! Had to be more to the story than happenstance! Did enjoy the characters of Jason Wade and his father. I could actually visualize Jason Wade as Rick Mofina back in the days when he was working as a crime reporter– strange huh! (Smile) One thing that did bother me – really bothered me – and maybe I would have been the killer – had it been ME that was working as a journalist.... Are editors really like that??? Grrrr - would make me crazy! Oh well, on with the story... having been in the convent myself, I learned that there are all types of women that turn to God and none of them are saints, nor do they turn into saints. We all strive to do our best no matter what careers we choose. Anne Brexton was striving to atone for her past life. Sometimes, our past lives catch up to us instead of staying behind as we hope. But we are all human and we all have human failings unfortunately. I felt bad that she worked so hard to atone but still paid the penalty. A Perfect Grave was a perfect title for this book. Loved the way the sub plots all came together or should I say, twisted together – neat!! A great read!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2018
This is the 2nd Jason Wade book that I've read and it was a few chapters in that I remembered what I didn't like about the first one. I personally think that a free Press is a vital part of society and worry that we're losing it. The part I do NOT like is where there is a tragedy and the journos pick at everyone they can find, to get more details than a competitor, keep the story going and sell papers.
**SPOILER ALERT** As a former juornalist RM writes about Jason trying to be the first to get the low down on the murder of a nun, partly in order to save his job he digs deep in every direction. His editor is a first class....muppet....(to get by the censorship) and his demands just come across as unreasonable and more shouty than necessary. It was only when I got to the end that I realised that, for more than half the book, Jason kept getting Cassie foisted on him (by the editor with the ridiculous name) - and yet there came a point where she just vanished and the thread was left dangling.
In this book we finally get to find out why Jason's dad crawled into a bottle and, knowing the cause, I felt a bit more sympathy for him. But that explanation came in the last couple of chapters and, by that point, it was starting to get a bit tedious when he constantly rang Jason at work, whining and feeling sorry for himself. I suppose the explanation was vindication in a way - but there were times when, between the editor and the needy father, I'd almost given up on the book.
I do like the way Mr Mofina writes and the storyline was clever and fairly unique (in how it all pulled together) - but the aspect of the rough and tumble of the newsroom might deter me from reading another Jason Wade. I say might....I read a lot of books and I'll probably forget, at some point, and buy another one!. So I'd say that it's probably a 3.5 * book.
5.0 out of 5 starsGripping thriller quality writing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2020
JasonWade is a reporter fighting for a story that will ensure he keeps his job when the big one breaks. A nun is murdered in a viciously violent manner.she has the reputation of being an angel of nf mercy. Sh unconditionally forgive the former criminals who turn to her for food and spiritual comfort. She also urges them to forgive themselves their crimes and sins and despite some having commited murder., They all profess to love her.the e characters are vividly drawn. Jason's sad. childhood is explored with sensitivity. The plot is gripping with plenty of tension as vital information is withe!d to Frotect thechurch. Will it reach the right people? Exciting. Brillint surprise ending. Quality thriller writing at its best. Would happily read anything by this talented author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2011
When I read Rick Mofina for the first time I was really excited - I was gripped and the pace was great. He writes in the 'American Thriller' genre of Cornwell, Patterson and many, many others.
I read a second book, from a different series, and still enjoyed it immensely, although even his 'good' characters are not likeable people. By the time I was half-way through a third book, A Perfect Grave, I was beginning to get bored by the similarity between them and it had become obvious that they are written to a plan. I only managed the first quarter of the next of his books that I tried and decided that life is just too short to spend any of it reading something that I was mixing up with his previous books as it was so similar.
I read 'A Perfect Grave' about 5 months ago. I cannot remember a single thing about it, I know it was a reasonable, light-weight read but the details have evaporated long ago. It was THAT memorable!
I won't be trying anything else written by him and my advise would be to buy one book at a time, don't do what I did and buy a huge pile of them in the anticipation of good, recreational reading - a promise that was not fulfilled.
The twists and turns throughout this book keep you hooked to the end. When you find God and decide to become a nun you don't expect your past to catch up with you. Throw in a reporter and the investigating cop having had a thing in their past you have just two of the major twists to think about. Read thus fantastic book for more details about these two twits and more.
Quite a gripping story. I have read a couple of Rick Mofina's books previously and have downloaded a few more. The only criticism is that they are a bit long and drawn out and the last chapter tied everything up a bit too neatley.