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  • In a Bind

  • A California Corwin P. I. Mystery, Book 2
  • By: D. D. VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When a blackmailed drag queen walks into Cal Corwin's P. I. agency, she quickly throws herself into the investigation, but with each new clue she finds the case gets murkier, its web of lies more tangled. When murder rears its ugly head, it becomes clear more is at stake than money, and Cal must watch her own back even as she tries to find the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Spillane would have liked this.

  • By Christopher Smith on 07-12-15

Such a disappointment; could have been good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

who would enjoy..? well maybe someone that doesn't think things through.

Would you ever listen to anything by D. D. VanDyke again?

low cost drives some behaviors...

What about Francesca Townes’s performance did you like?

enjoyed the tonal inflections and the change of pace to match the tale

Any additional comments?

I don't write reviews, but just could not get by the holes...to reach suspension of disbelief. A major character, a connected thug, is chained up and beaten. Then there is no retaliation against the protagonist? just not realistic. The main character spends a bunch of time bashing men and their behavior/thoughts. And then ends up in a 'relationship' with one? One of two main murder victims had no identified killer? Come on, begin with the end in mind.

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  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,905

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Predictable and low on events/action

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-13

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

Try another? well maybe...I have been reading Grisham for quite a long time. Expect better than this. One can always hope..

What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There is too much description and not enough happening. Good to be with a set of old familiar characters. The courtroom drama was laid out for you well before the courtroom scences, so you know how this is going to go. The fun of courtroom scenes is the not knowing how it is going to turn out.

Any additional comments?

Potential spoiler -......so don't read this if you do not want to know......
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OK when the story includes a character that has not been on the seen for decades, well you know then this is the character that holds the key and will be the one to determine the outcome. Living in the South, as I do, one coud see where this was going from very early on. I expected more and therefore kept reading....oh well.

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