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Too Many Murders (Carmine Delmonico #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  627 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
In her riveting sequel toOn, Off, Colleen McCullough, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds, proves once again thatshe is a master of suspense.

1967. The world teeters on the brink of nuclear holocaust as the Cold War persists.

On a beautiful spring day in Holloman, Connecticut, twelve murders have taken place in one day, and chief of detectives Captain Carmine Delmonico
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 30, 2009 Kandice rated it liked it
It actually pains me to give this book 3 stars. Seriously. This is a continuation of Carmine Delmonico's crime fighting adventures, or whatever you want to call them. We met Delmonico in On, Off. This one starts with 12 muder/deaths on one day in a relatively small college city. They seem unrelated, but...are they?

The plot was vintage McCullough. It started out with a bang, shocking me into realizing this wouldn't be a calm who-dunnit, but the actual turns of phrase fell short of her usual geniu
May 18, 2010 Ruth rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries, series
Alternate title could be Too Many Characters … and I don't really like a one of them thus far.

OK. Finished it. Well, I sort of skimmed through the last few pages. Must try and remember to not read anymore McCullough mysteries ~ one of us doesn't satisfy the other.
Steph Bader
Sep 13, 2013 Steph Bader rated it it was ok
I really like McCullough's other books - especially the Rome series, but also the Australians. This one is set in the US in the late '60s in an exclusive college in Connecticut (read Yale). The subtext of anti-feminism and in fact the plethora of negative women characters completely overshadowed any interest I had in the plot. The main character detective is a gratuitous chauvinist and the entire work is peppered with anti-male, bra-burning, hysterical, totally negative portayals of strong women ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
A murder mystery set in Hartford Connecticut among big business and an elite college in the 1960's. 11 murders in one day, but they are connected along with the Cold War. An intricate story of suspense and espionage.

From the first reading of The Thornbirds, I was hooked on Colleen McCullough's work. Then, I discovered her series on Rome. Great historical fiction. But, the setting of this particular story does not jibe with the vocabulary used in the story. It is very British Empire. The main cha
Deborah Pickstone
Despite another rather bizarre plot this second book is a big improvement. I have ordered the third !
Tracie Stokka
Nov 26, 2014 Tracie Stokka rated it liked it
I find little to object to in Colleen McCullough's police procedural mystery series set in the 1960's Cold War university town of Holloman, CT. CM is an aficionado of the genre, and it shows. Holloman is a pseudonym for New Haven, and Chubbs University is Yale, the school where McCullough taught neurology prior to becoming a best-selling author. As the moniker Chubbs suggests, CM finds her old employer and the politics of exalted academia worthy of good-natured but barbed disdain. As is often th ...more
Akhil Ramankutty
Mar 12, 2014 Akhil Ramankutty rated it liked it
Hmm, well, I’m not very sure about this book. If you’re an avid reader, I think you may finish it without any regrets. But if you are one of those people, who could bear to read only the best of the best, I would not recommend this to you. Don’t know if it’s me or the author, but the writing’s a bit dull. I’m not saying that the circumstances were mediocre, which, on the contrary, were quite extraordinary if you ask me, but the descriptions of them, were. How else, would a crime-mystery novel be ...more
Alia Moustafa
Apr 23, 2015 Alia Moustafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another McCullough novel feeds my appetite. After three years of reading the first book in the series (On, Off), I have finally proceeded with the rest.

Twelve murders in one day! Espionage, spies, USSR and communism! Its 1967 and the good stuff is happening. Its all up to Captain Carmin Delmonico and Holloman PD to unravel these mysteries, while making the sudden mingling of the FBI their advantage.

I really liked Too Many Murders, although I admit On, Off was better, in my opinion. But, stil
Sep 06, 2014 Chris rated it did not like it
This was a waste of time. I would never have bothered to finish it, but it was a pick for a bookclub so I persisted. Not a single character was interesting. I actually checked to see any mention of the author's personal stature since she made so much of the various heights and builds of the women in the story. Lots of detail about nothing important -- lots of information about what they were cooking for dinner, the dresses and shoes of the (unimportant to the story) women, etc. And a glaring ana ...more
Zoe Jussel
Jan 31, 2012 Zoe Jussel rated it really liked it
A very well written mystery with protagonists you can't help liking and admiring. It was a mystery clear to the finish, but also a deep involvement in relationships. Beautiful writing, intelligent writing and a flair for description and words.
Oct 03, 2014 Juanctoledo rated it really liked it
2do libro de esta autora que me tiene cautivado por esta nueva manera de honrar en el estilo de novela negra y de detectives. Una autora famosa por sus libros de época romántica del estilo Jane Austen, según tengo entendido, que da un giro de 360 con este nuevo detective Delmonico del Depto de Policía de Holloman, NY. Un sagaz sabueso en persecución de mentes turbadas envuelto entre conflictos muy poco usuales en este tipo de novelas. Debo de reconocer que es muy notable la mano de una mujer en ...more
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Adorei o primeiro livro policial desta escritora, “Um Passo à Frente”, por isso tinha muita curiosidade em ler este livro.
Proveniência: A minha biblioteca.
A minha Opinião:
“Um dia, uma cidade, doze homicídios…” é esta a premissa do livro que promete ser um grande livro policial (ou não fosse o primeiro livro desta escritora, “Um Passo à Frente”, um dos meus livros preferidos!).
Mais uma vez, Delmonico vê-se confrontado com crimes violentos e assistimos ao desenrolar d
One day, one town, twelve murders. And you thought that Pearl Harbor was the “Day that Will Live in Infamy”.

The unusual conglomeration of victims include a child suffering from Downs Syndrome, a prostitute, a pre-med student, the wealthy CEO of a major R&D company, a college dean, a little old lady, three black caterers, etc. All have been dispatched by a range of methods ranging from poison and gunshot to drowning and strangulation to death by bear trap. Are these all singular, unrelated i
Aug 21, 2012 Andre rated it really liked it
A questão é que está cada vez mais difícil encontrar livro novo no estilo clássico. E quando isso ocorre, e ainda por cima a publicação é boa, é um deleite. Foi o que aconteceu comigo ao ler Assassinatos Demais, de Colleen McCullough.

A história se passa no ano de 1967 e gira em torno da investigação da equipe do capitão Carmine Delmonico para solucionar não um, mas doze crimes ocorridos no mesmo dia. Para quem gosta de um bom mistério, será um banquete. Um é assassinado por pancada na cabeça, o
Bertrand Brasil
Aug 22, 2012 Bertrand Brasil rated it it was amazing
Provando mais uma vez ser uma mestre do suspense, Colleen McCullough, autora do best-seller Liga, desliga, volta com Assassinatos Demais, mais um thriller da Série Carmine Delmonico. Conseguirá o capitão solucionar não um, mas doze crimes ocorridos no mesmo dia?

A história se passa no ano de 1967 e gira em torno da investigação da equipe do capitão Delmonico para resolver os vários crimes ocorridos em dezoito horas. Qual será a relação entre o assassinato de Dee-Dee Hall, uma prostituta local, e
Kim Tong Lim
Feb 19, 2013 Kim Tong Lim rated it liked it
I read the hugely popular The Thorn Birds written by Colleen McCullough back in 1970s. Her name remains in my consciousness when I picked up this crime fiction in 2010. The title Too Many Murders was enticing for a read. I like mysteries and reading for clues in solving crimes.

Colleen wasted no time in launching readers with the first murder of a nineteen year old university undergraduate in the first chapter. A vivid description of walking into a trap and the process of death of this student wa
Dec 10, 2012 Beeltri rated it liked it
I came across this book in a library about twelve months ago. The cover got my attention immediatly so I gave it a try and I bought it after having read the first five pages.

When I arrived home, I left it in my shelve dedicated to books pending to read. As I had to read some books before, I wasn't able to read it until April and I read it again in August.

I really liked the book. It was a mix of everything: anger, jealousy, love, action, mistery, forensic science, different perspective and antiqu
Hans Doreleyers
Entertaining but shallow

Ms. McCullough has been my favourite author for some time and this is the second Carmine novel I have read. No doubt both were entertaining, but it lacked the depth and the incredible research that formed the basis of her masterpieces on Rome's transition from a republic to an autocracy.
Her pen has now been stilled and we have been deprived of an incredible author. All that's left is to enjoy the considerable body of work she has left us.
May 10, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series infuriates me, there is always someone who gets away... Although I understand that sometimes you can't catch all the criminals, but still... But I guess that is one of the things I also like about this series, there is always a what-the-f*ck moment in the end...
Hmm... as for the story itself... I liked it, but I did find that there were too many characters squished into one book, at the end I couldn't really follow who had done what and when new murderers were uncovered I didn't reme
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Sep 15, 2012 Tess Mertens-Johnson rated it really liked it
This book is set in 1967, during the beginning of the Women's Movement and the Cold War.
Captain Carmine Delmonico is the police chief of a small CT town where 12 murders happen in one day. The first murder found is a student and the murder is especially gruesome, as the victim is not only tortured, but tortured in a way that death happened much later and they lived through most of the pain.
As more and more murders are found, more characters and subplots emerge. There is adultery, sexual persuasi
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Amitanshu Mishra
Mar 26, 2015 Amitanshu Mishra rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2015
Disturbing, convoluted, excruciatingly long, extremely riveting when it comes to deduction and character analysis..these are just some of many feelings that turn up as I decided to give this book one more shot.

The plot about 12 murders happening on the same day in itself is very alluring. However, what impressed me was the way certain characters are so thoughtfully constructed. I applaud the author for having the skill to weave a story that goes beyond the classical "whodunit" detective plot an
Jul 05, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
This was such a great mystery story. Though a couple parts were slow, I really wanted to find out the ending and could hardly lay it down. This would be a top read for the year and it would rate a five in spite of a few factors like the slow stuff, but the few instances of unbecoming language from the investigator (who was awesome I might add) which lowered the guy's great character made a 5 into a 4. I hate doing that since the storyline was gripping to me. The time setting was written wonderfu ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Carmine Delmonico is becoming one of my favorite detectives. Of course, he has some great helpers (notably, his amazing secretary Delia) and quite often just plain luck on his side. This second book in the series was not quite as good as the first, but still hard to put down at times.

This time, Carmine is hit with numerous murders, all different, yet all on the same day - very unusual in his small city. Once again, the numerous characters were hard to keep straight at first. There were some nic
B.J. Foley
Aug 05, 2010 B.J. Foley rated it it was amazing
Finished this book about an hour ago. Whodunit was a total surprise. Loved the main character, Good Guy Carmine Delmonico, and his wife, Desdemona. As in many mysteries that I have read, there is conflict between FBI and local Holloman, Connecticut, cops. The FBI character is totally humorous.

I suggest that you read this book SLOWLY. There are many characters to keep tract of. However, I could not keep myself from reading quickly. So well done, Colleen! You kept me caring for Carmine, laughing
Sam Still Reading
Jan 23, 2010 Sam Still Reading rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read On,Off
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Florencia Quarneti
Feb 03, 2015 Florencia Quarneti rated it it was ok
I gave this second Delmonico book a chance because I am a huge fan of McCullough. Coincidentally I started reading the book the day she died, so I reaaally wanted to like it, but to no avail. I will have to reread the Rome series!
Jan 17, 2016 Don rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not interesting. Too much background information about each victim and not enough. A real disappointment as I generally like this authors,books.
Lindsay Smith
Oct 28, 2014 Lindsay Smith rated it really liked it
I haven't read other Carmine Delmonico books so perhaps that is why I apparently enjoyed it more than other readers. I found it to be slow paced at times, but overall a really well structured story.
Feb 09, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
I was reading this when Colleen McCoullough died. That is a big loss to readers. And she is my age, too. Unfortunately I didn't care as much for this book as I did for the first in the series. I like the characters, but think this plot was too convoluted. Twelve murders in a rather small New England town is stretching things, but McCoullough manages to bring together. I plan to soon read one of her newer books, Bittersweet. And I think I'll give her series on Rome another try.
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Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

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