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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,075

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Best yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Cormoran Strike’s lower right leg was blown off in the Iraq war, and he carries on his detective agency’s crime-solving feats with great difficulty getting through each day, sometimes each single step. Anyone with a chronic illness can relate to his anguished moments, and I’m glad Rowling added this dimension to Strike’s character. He is a hero of our times, an illegitimate son of a famous rock star who dropped out of Oxford to join the Army following his mother’s death, veteran of the military police who goes out on his own as a private investigator with a gruff manner but, of course, a heart of gold and a strong moral code. I always enjoy Rowling’s portrayal of modern-day London and its people, and the plots are as beautifully woven as her sentences. Thanks to Harry Potter we know that she has a stellar imagination, but her descriptions of people, even their physical characteristics, are so fresh that any creative writing student would do well to study them. I think the plots have gotten more interesting as the series has gone on, and this one--set off by the arrival at Strike’s office of a psychotic young man who rants about a child he saw strangled when he was young and goes on to involve a crusty MP and a valuable Stubbs horse painting--did not disappoint. This book opened with the wedding of Strike’s partner, Robin Ellacott, and the continuing sub-plot of the romantic tension between Strike and Robin also did not disappoint. We are rooting for these two damaged souls to become partners in every way. This is the 4th in the series, and Rowling says she has another 10 planned. I’m in.

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  • Written Off

  • Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 7
  • By: Sheila Lowe
  • Narrated by: Anna Crowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker. The manuscript, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered, exposes a shocking secret: explosive research about a group of mentally unstable grad students selected for a special project and dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs”. Was Madeleine conducting research that was at best, unprofessional - and at worst, downright harmful and potentially dangerous? Could that unorthodox research have turned deadly? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the elements of a good Mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 06-22-18

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Smart, interesting characters, a complex plot with just the right amount of twists and red herrings, and enough suspense to keep me riveted. I probably read 2-3 mysteries a week and this once stands out for its quality in all areas, including the prose style. The handwriting analysis concept and the setting (I'm a sucker for an academic setting) drew me in, the great writing kept me hooked. I'm going to seek out the rest of the books in this series. LOVED the narrator too, I hope she narrates others in the series.

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