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Too Many Murders (Carmine Delmonico #2)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  466 ratings  ·  83 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
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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
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
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
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
Tracie Stokka
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read On,Off
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Lindsay Smith
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.
Bertrand Brasil
Assassinatos Demais é um thriller para ser lido na primeira oportunidade. O detetive protagonista é ótimo e perspicaz, com uma esposa apaixonada e inteligente; os subalternos participam ativamente, não sendo apenas apêndices dos protagonistas; a coerência da história é impressionante e o final, surpresa certa.

É interessante notar que o livro tem mais de 400 páginas e, sem fazer uso de cenas de ação em excesso, mas com muito diálogo e análise das mentes criminosas, prende o leitor desde a primeir
I love Colleen McCullough's "The Thorn Birds" and her historical novels, dealing with Julius Caesar and Cleopatra and Anthony, but I really disliked this mystery novel. I had no desire to read about Detective Carmine and his wife Desdemona or even liked this mystery story at all. Maybe it was just this book in her mystery series, that was the problem. I'm not sure, if I even want to attempt another book in this series.
And indeed there were too many murders. The mystery had its moments but nothing outstanding. I have to give CM credit for diversity in literary genres though.
A competent enough tale, but what really jarred was the overuse of exclamation marks! in almost every paragraph! it was really distracting!
Sheila A.
Too many characters and plots, but enjoyed the challenge.
So many twists!
Lynne Elsisy
I enjoyed reading this book even though I had read it before. I really appreciated the period detail even though the casual sexism and racism of the time jars modern day sensibilities. An humane book despite all the murders!
Any Length
There were too many murders for my liking. Not that they were awful murders, but the book went on and on a bit. The protagonist was likable enough, so was his wife and the secretary.
I can't really fault the writing or the topic, or the cold war that plays a big role in the book.
I know this book takes place in the late 60s and maybe it's that what makes it stick in my throat.
The sexism of the era is well shown, so it's probably my own reaction to it that makes the book less likable.
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) is an internationally acclaimed Australian author. Colleen was born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

McCullough was born in Wellington, in outback central west New South Wales, in 1937 to James and Laurie McCullough. She grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a livin
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