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Try Darkness (Ty Buchanan #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Ty Buchanan is living on the peaceful grounds of St. Monica's, far away from the glamorous life he led as a rising trial lawyer for a big L.A. firm. Recovering from the death of his fiancée and a false accusation of murder, Buchanan has found his previous ambitions unrewarding. Now he prefers offering legal services to the poor and the under-represented, from his "office" ...more
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Published July 30th 2008 by Center Street (first published 2008)
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C.J. Darlington
Ever since his first novel came out in 1995, James Scott Bell's been an author to watch. "The Darwin Conspiracy", a sometimes tongue-in-cheek look at the evolution debate, put him on our radar. Two years later his legal thriller "Circumstantial Evidence" debuted, and since then Jim hasn't strayed too far from his suspense groove. In fact, when you pick up a Bell novel you can count on his trademark tag-line "The Suspense Never Rests" to be true.

That's certainly the case for his new Ty Buchanan c
Sep 10, 2015 Zak rated it really liked it
''The nun hit me in the mouth and said, “Get out of my house.”

Ty Buchanan is living on the peaceful grounds of St. Monica's, far away from the glamorous life he led as a rising trial lawyer for a big L.A. firm. Recovering from the death of his fiancee and a false accusation of murder, Buchanan has found his previous ambitions unrewarding. Now he prefers offering legal services to the poor and the under-represented, from his "office" at local coffee bar The Ultimate Sip. A mysterious woman with a
Michael Sova
Jan 08, 2014 Michael Sova rated it it was amazing
I read, on average, somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty to sixty books per year. They're mostly fiction, and primarily in the genres of mystery, thriller and suspense. I keep a list of everything I've read. I record the author, the title, and a few words that capture my overall impressions. I may say something like good story with some areas of weak dialogue, or fantastic character development, or, strong plot but weak ending. And for a lot of books, I just give my own rating. Most books fit ...more
Nancy Feyen
Dec 23, 2015 Nancy Feyen rated it liked it
Try Darkness is suspensful, funny and enjoyable to read. However in the second book of the series I agree with reviewers who object to a covert Christian agenda. Many great writers have been Christian and have examined Christian issues by close examination of people and events. But here we have a slippery manipulation of events to push a message. It's propaganda. I probably won't be reading the third book in the series. James Scott Bell has referred to himself as a recovering lawyer. He's had a ...more
Ellen Christian
Feb 14, 2010 Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing
All said and done, this is the story of good and evil. It's the story of the rich and powerful against the poor and powerless. Ty Buchanan champions the poor like Robin Hood and locks horns with the rich in order to do that. Try Darkness is a fast paced suspense/mystery novel. James Scott Bell's writing style is witty and fun to read and keeps you engaged until the story ends.

I really enjoyed that his character wasn't foul mouthed and that the book wasn't loaded with gratuitous violence. Sometim
Aug 12, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
Ty Buchanan used to be a top-notch lawyer in a fast-paced L.A. law firm. The death of his fiance' and a false accusation of murder sent that career spiraling downward. He now defends the poor out of his Ultimate Sip's coffee bar 'office' owned by Barton C. McNitt, and lives in a trailer on the campus of a Benedictine convent. A Father Bob occupied one trailer on the land, Ty the other.

One day Reatta came in with six-year-old Kylie to Ty's 'office.' She was poor and living at the Lindbrook Hotel,
Nov 03, 2009 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Formerly a high-powered attorney, Ty now lives in a convent. Actually, he lives in a trailer on the grounds, where he spends his time playing basketball with a pretty young nun, Sister Mary, who has a competitive streak that surfaces whenever she steps onto the court. Ty is recovering from the loss of the woman he loved. Though he no longer works for a prestigious law firm, he does the occasional bit of pro bono work for the people he meets through Sister Mary and the convent’s priest. When he’s ...more
Jill Williamson
Nov 20, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

Ty Buchanan is recovering from his fiancé’s death by living at St. Monica’s parish in the hills of Southern California. Since he no longer works for the big law firm—and to help earn his keep—he offers legal aid to parishioners and the underprivileged. When one of his new clients is murdered, he finds himself in charge of the dead woman’s six-year-old daughter. Buchanan is determined to find the killer and protect the little girl. He partners up with a basketball-playing
Dec 11, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Trial lawyer, Ty Buchanan is back again in James Scott Bell’s second novel Try Darkness. He left the glamorous life in LA and can now be found living with Father Bob, Sister Mary Veritas, a nun who can run laps around you on the basketball court, as well as the rest of the nuns at St. Monica’s.

Ty may have taken on more then he can chew with his new client. Reatta and her six-year old daughter, Kylie are living in a hotel. They are about to be evicted. Ty instantly takes a liking to Kylie. What
Rita Bailey
Apr 06, 2014 Rita Bailey rated it it was amazing
Only James Scott Bell could combine a jaded LA lawyer, a wise-cracking nun, and a crayon-totting six-year old, and make it into a believable suspense story. Part of his magic is his prose. Characters are described in vivid short-hand: "a cheerful woman in the shape of a gas pump," "my stomach was inside out, like a gym sock taken off fast." Add to that a fast-moving plot, crackling dialogue, and a touch of dry humor and you've got a page-turner that won't let you down.
Dec 08, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd say 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the main character: Ty. He had a good sense of humor. I somehow heard about this book (can't remember where) so I requested that the library purchase this book, since it was nowhere to be found. Strangely enough, our library borrowed a copy from Salt Lake County library so that I could read it! I enjoyed it. It was easy to get through. It wasn't a literary masterpiece, but it was a good, clean suspenseful story. I hadn't realized it was part of a 3 part series, tho ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing

Losing his fiance isn't the only thing that has Ty down in the dumps. On top of his grief, he's also been accused of her murder. The one time big shot trial lawyer is forced to hide out in St. Monica's.

His loss was horrible but now Ty wants to give something back. He is offering his expertise to those less fortunate. A woman and her child come to him for help. They are being evicted and Ty's old law firm is the one who initiated this eviction. Ty decides to work for her and do all that he can to
Sep 13, 2012 Stevie rated it really liked it
This is the first novel of James Scott Bell's that I've ever read. Before Try Darkness, the books of Bell's that I've read before have been part of the Write Great Fiction series (which he gives the most useful and sound advice).

AS far as this book is concerned, it is a different kind of pacing from what I'm used to, but in no way negative. His characters are rich and multi-layered. There were so many jaw dropping moments where I was screaming at the pages cheering on Ty Buchanan and Sister Mary
Oct 30, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
This author is becoming one of my favorites. I really like the sense of humor that he allows in his characters. This book is about a woman that gets murdered and she has a six year old daughter that Ty Buchanan gets involved with--trying to help. LOVE the characters of Sister Mary and Father Bob and the discussions that they all have together.
Barbara Lazar
Aug 30, 2014 Barbara Lazar rated it it was amazing
I've been a long-time fan of James Scott Bell, and this book represents the best of him. It's a great murder mystery, opaque in all the right ways. The language throws some lightness into the tone that really makes this story dance on the page. Read it.
charles garner
May 11, 2016 charles garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and captivating book!

I stayed interested the whole way through. It had good mystery, compassion, empathy, and humor. Lots of different turns and tied together at the end. Top drawer!
Eric Wright
Sep 14, 2010 Eric Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bell tells a quirky story of a former trial lawyer, Ty Buchanan, who is recovering from his fiancee's death and a false accusation of murder. He recovers in a trailer on the grounds of St. Monica's, A Benedictine nunnery. His interaction, as a professed agnostic, with the Father assigned to the nuns, the head of the order, but particularly Sister Mary is fascinating. When a woman is killed in a low rent complex he rescues the little girl left an orphan and pursues the scamming landlord. That and ...more
Pamela Small
Jul 22, 2013 Pamela Small rated it really liked it
2nd in the series! James Scott Bell is a new author (to me), and his Tyler Buchannan series is sooo good! The dynamic characters are so well developed, the reader becomes engrossed in the external and internal conflicts of the main protagonist, Tyler, who is a lawyer for the downtrodden. The cast of antagonists are also well crafted, and Ty wins against them through pure will and incredible insight of deductive reasoning. The plot is actually plausible, absorbing and suspenseful... and one doesn ...more
chris rogers
Interesting and great for a stormy day

Good characters and plot will keep you turning the page!. Very enjoyable for a stormy day indoors or a sunny day on the beach.
Nov 20, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it

I again wish that you had 1/2 stars for the ratings (sigh). Good story and characters----just couldn't quite give it a four.
Linda Leigh Hargrove
Oct 24, 2011 Linda Leigh Hargrove rated it really liked it
James Scott Bell continues his delightful Ty Buchanan law/thriller series with this second satisfying installment. TRY DARKNESS is not as dark (no pun intended) as book number 1, although our sharp and witty Mr. Buchanan does get into some difficult, gritty situations. Don't worry there are some laugh-out-loud moments too.

JSB kicks up the Christian world view message in this book a notch, with Ty searching for life's meaning beyond the inner empty darkness he can't seem to escape. I found JSB's
Heather Beasley
Jun 08, 2014 Heather Beasley rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Bell's mysteries. Excellent characters in this book and the plots are always so good.
Jenny C.
May 05, 2013 Jenny C. rated it really liked it
James Scott Bell does an excellent job at making a fast-paced thriller. I love how Ty is a conflicted character and trying to find a way to redeem himself in this story. Also, it's interesting reading a book about a gritty nun. The voice of Ty reminds me a lot of Chandler's detective, and it remains constant throughout the entire narrative. Sometimes, though, the clipped speech and thinking patterns made the transitions too abrupt for me. Despite the obvious sympathy ploy of making a little girl ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Great book, great humor, and great plot.
Feb 11, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it
murder mystery, solved by lawyer, Ty Buchanan, who lives at a monastery; plays basketball with Sister Mary. funny! Hard to keep up with all the characters. 2nd in a series.
Sandy Mckenzie
Feb 17, 2010 Sandy Mckenzie rated it really liked it
I love the characters in this book - they are very real and quite flawed. Bell is one of the best writers of dialogue I've come across. I love a book that keeps me glued to the page with great suspense and storytelling and laughing at the quick and witty dialogue. I can't wait the read the the third book, Try Fear. If you like mystery/suspense books, you will Love this one.
Greg Pittman
Sep 05, 2011 Greg Pittman rated it it was amazing
First time reading one of James Scott Bell's books and I was really impressed! Good storyline with several different subplots that added up to an exciting ending. I liked the way Bell used some thoughtful religious backrouund material to balance the criminal side of this novel. Now I have to get his first book, Try Dying, and read it!!
Aug 27, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-ocpl-flp
Fun Chandler-type PI book. This was the second in the series. I've put them on my TBR list. Like the characters a lot, especially the nun. Yes.....the nun. Enjoy
Jun 26, 2009 Melanie rated it liked it
I hadn't read the first in the series but it really didn't seem like I missed anything for this story. It was an interesting story, but at times hard for me to follow.. Nuns, priests, lawyers, hitmen, orphans, prostitutes... All kinds of characters. I like some of his other books better than this so gave it a 3.
Nancy Boyd
Aug 02, 2011 Nancy Boyd rated it really liked it
I liked this second installment of this book series much better than the first. The first was good, but I had a hard time figuring out where everything was going. This second one really grabbed me and held on till the end. A great read!
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Jim is a former trial lawyer who now writes and speaks full time. He is the bestselling author of Try Dying, No Legal Grounds, Presumed Guilty, Glimpses of Paradise, Breach of Promise and several other thrillers. He is a winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Inspirational Fiction, and was a fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine. He has written two books in the Writers' Digest serie ...more
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