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Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross #7)

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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  35,325 ratings  ·  694 reviews
Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.
Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld o
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Paperback, 391 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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Maria
Jun 15, 2007 Maria rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mindless idiots with nothing better to do
According to this book, here are James Patterson's 7 Golden Rules of Writing:

1. Write simple sentences. Don't use big words or describe people wearing colors other than black or "powder blue."

2. Dialogue should be monotonous. Have your characters say the same thing over and over. Especially the hero. He has to bemoan his life yet cheer himself on in the next breath, reminding himself how great he is. Over and over. Bemoan, cheer, repeat! If that doesn't work, have other people say the same thing
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Salymar
This is my second novel by American author James Patterson. The first Patterson novel I have read is HIDE AND SEEK which I rated two (2) irreplaceable and stinky stars because it failed to court my inner bookworm side. I am a merciful (lol) critique so I decided to give the author another chance. And I must say, he failed me again.

Right now, the efficiency of what Stephen King said about James Patterson's writings during an interview for USA Weekend is starting to sink in me. I quote Stephen Kin
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Karschtl
The book before this one ended with a Cliffhanger. Unusual for Patterson, not to solve the case within the book but continue the chase in a second novel. Fortunately I had the sequel at hand (half of my books are in Germany, the other in Austria...so they're not always available right away for me)

New main characters (for this new case) are presented, including 2 vampire-like siblings and 2 guys that reminded me of "Siegfried & Roy", and I'm sure Patterson got his inspiration for them in Las
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Kevin
The bodies of men and women are turning up all over the U.S. showing signs of attack by animal and human teeth. As it turns out, a pair of brothers who just so happen to also be vampires are responsible for the attacks. Known by the FBI for his ability to profile killers better than just about anyone else, Dr. Alex Cross is brought in to investigate and is terrified beyond anything he has ever experienced before in his life. His investigation takes him to San Francisco where he meets and, in typ ...more
Jean
This will be my last JP book. It seemed like a recap of all the other books and I kept thinking "why can't he come up with some new material??" I've read all the others and didn't need to spend another 8 hours recapping. Yes - there was a new pretty good story but I got hung up on the numerous references to all of the past books.
Thom Swennes
This book reads like a Thanksgiving supper. What an appropriate simile and book for this time of year. I say this because the author lays a table of different elements that combine to make a well-rounded and delicious literary meal. Alex Cross travels across the country on the trail of vampires. If the murders occurring in major cities from coast to coast are not the works of a traditional (Bram Stoker) vampire than they are first rate imitations. Bodies of men and women hung and bloodless becom ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
VIOLETS ARE......PURPLE!!!!

I usually try to make it my business not to read any books relating to either werewolfs or vampires. As a matter of fact, I stopped reading Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta series for this exact reason....the werewolfs had invaded the pages. Since I like to read all of my series "in order", Violets Are Blue was the next one up at bat in the Alex Cross series. Little did I know that it would have the "dreaded" vampires as the main characters.

This book had two stories
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Jasmine Diaz
The book was about investigation of several murders that occured.They noticed that on each victum their was bite marks on the neck and that all the bllod was drained out of the body.The two brothers who are vampires would go on man hunts and suck peoples blood out while they were still alive. Kyle Craig who is known as the mastermined was the one sending the two brothers to kill specific people. Alex Cross got bit by a boy who claims hes a vampire and got an infection because he didnt go to the ...more
Noah Cordray
Violets are Blue is good book and is an enjoyable read. The plot is never boring and seems to be always moving at a solid pace. This was a detective/ crime story but it was so immersive due to its baffling murders and intriguing plot. The main detective (also the main character) is a man named Alex Cross who is a nationally acclaimed detective who seems to be able to solve any crime, until it comes to these. The victims would be killed but then drained of all of their blood and Alex could not fi ...more
John
Better than average as far as these early Alex Cross novels go, but still pretty darn tepid. Once again, Cross is pitted against multiple serial killers, though VIOLETS ARE BLUE also throws a weird vampire element into the mix. I appreciate Patterson's attempts to change things up a bit, but his limitations as a writer ensure that all his villains sound and think more-or-less the same, regardless of whatever cosmetic differences or particular fetishes he gives them.
VIOLETS ARE BLUE is helped by
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Jahnn Alexis
Okay, so I'm at that point in my life where I am so selfish with my time that, in order for me to truly like it, a book has to be either so meaningful that I have an existential crisis after every couple chapters or so frivolous that I justify its asininity using a sharp contrast to, say, the impending academic deadlines in my direct line of sight (or should I say sniping range....please, you treacherous ninja assignment due dates, have mercy! I didn't realize vlogbrother video marathons were TH ...more
Andrea Ika
My rating
3 stars

Blurb
D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles . . as his nemesi
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Stefanie
In typical James Patterson fashion, Violets are Blue begins in an explosive way. Alex Cross’s partner and girlfriend has just been murdered in a completely defiling way. At the scene of the crime, the Mastermind calls Alex to taunt him. The Mastermind begins calling Alex almost every day, at all hours, threatening, teasing… Mystery One.

Mystery Two is unveiled as two joggers are killed in San Francisco. People are turning up in various cities, hanging upside down, bitten and drained of their blo
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Evan Bolick
This is the first James Patterson book I have ever read. All right... The problem with this book was that the first two-thirds were very good and incredibly tense and the pacing of the story was well done. Patterson's hero, Alex Cross, faces three villains, the Mastermind and a couple of brothers who claim to be vampires...


SPOILERS AHEAD





What ruined this was the final act. Patterson spends the majority of the story building up the bothers as actually having super-human powers. They pull off incre
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Nicole
When I first started reading Violets Are Blue, I didn't think I was going to lie it as much as I did the others. My first thought was "Vampires? Really?" I had assumed it was going to be like all the other vampire novels that are on the shelves today, but then I remembered (1) this is James Patterson and (2) this was written two years before the disgrace to English Literature was even a "sparkle" (ha pun) in its author's eye, or dreams as the story goes (Twilight, if you are unsure as to what I' ...more
Cheryl
James Patterson needed better fact checkers in this one. At least the section on skydiving was short. Yes, you fall over 60 mph when you belly fly. But when you go vertical, you can easily pass 200 mph, not 100 mph. If an otter flying flat and stable at 16000 feet lost its pilot, the skydivers jumping out of the plane wouldn't see it crash near them shortly after landing.

OK, beyond that, I could have done without the vampire murders. That was a bit graphic. I did get a kick out of hearing that S
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Michael
After being thoroughly disappointed by the last two novels by Patterson that I picked up--his Murder Club series--I figured I'd give him another chance with the latest Alex Cross story, Violets Are Blue. ...Violets are Blue is just plain deplorable. The sentence structure reads like something out of a "See Spot Run" book and the storytelling isn't much better. Supposedly, Cross has been pursued by some person called the Mastermind... However, the secret to the identity of the Mastermind is so ob ...more
Jyotika Varmani
This book is very interesting and different. It gets gory in parts, but nonetheless, the suspense is engrossing. The issue tends to be that if you do have not read previous books of this series, it can be difficult to understand some of the story of the main character. I would recommend reading the series in order.
Barry
This was my first Patterson book.

Consequently, this will be my last Patterson book.

I gave it 2 stars mainly because the mystery/crime within the book was just barely strong enough to make you want to see what happened. And the balance between Alex Cross's obsession with the killings and trying to be there for his family is enough to make you care about him (that's all, though, really...otherwise, he's a cardboard cutout).

Now the bad stuff...

About 125 pages in, I came across 5-7 pages with some o
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Steve
After years of working in a bookstore and making jokes about this author and the frequency of his books being released ("Every other Tuesday"), I felt a sense of duty to actually read one at some point. So, on a slow work day, I picked up a copy of this that a co-worker had left in the office. It truly is as bad as I suspected. Ridiculous dialog, unrealistic characters and situations that are supposed to be suspenseful, but instead are just vulgar and tedious. Avoid at all costs.
Anna Koch
I thought this was one of the best Alex Cross books that James Patterson has written since "Kiss the Girls." The story line was just so different from the others. Alex also got into a new love interest. Patterson is very good with imagery. It makes me creeped out to go downstairs in my dark house after I'm done reading, as weird as it sounds. I recommend this book to people who are already reading the Alex Cross series because the books just keep getting better and better.
Jan
Second Read, must have read years ago. Worth 2nd read.

In this story Detective Alex Cross is just meeting Jamilla Hughes and getting to know her. Nanna and the kids are still missing Alex as he is gone all the time, and his best friend may not be.

People all over the USA have been killed by Vampires, only it has not been obvious until a wild animal kills two runners in California, and others are found drained of blood.

Someone is out to kill Alex and he is afraid for his family, the killer seems to
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Cathy Sanfilippo flynn
I was not a big fan of this book. It was about 15 chapters longer than it should have been. There are two storylines in this book. One is totally dumb and drawn out in painful detail, while the other, more interesting one is completely rushed through. It's like one story ends and then Patterson is like, oh yeah, let me finish this up and get it over with so I can get on to writing my next god awful book. The only reason I gave it two stars is because this book is actually important to the Alex C ...more
Ursula
Violets Are Blue picks up where Roses Are Red left off. This was a great read I really enjoyed it and finally one with a good ending.
Satrajit Sanyal
Once again James Patterson and his unforgettable detective hero, Dr. Alex Cross plunge us into another chilling descent into twisted criminal minds.

Cross once again must battle his nemesis, evil genius known as mastermind who taunts our hero with threats to kill him and his family.Cross must also balance this with his newest case: a pair of young killers who think of themselves as vampires and actually drink the blood of their victims as they brutally murder them!Cross with the aid of beautiful
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Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles . . as his nemesis, the merci ...more
Eden
Dec 18, 2013 Eden added it
Violets are Blue ,the seventh book in the Alex Cross series, opens on the murder scene of Bestey Cavalierre who had been Cross’s partner, and for a short period, a lover. Alex Cross is a Washington DC police detective, that in the previous novel, had been chasing the Mastermind. Before Cross can examine the crime scene, the Mastermind calls to taunt Alex again, as his has been for months. Some how, the criminal has still managed to evade all authorizes throughtout that time. The Mastermind laugh ...more
Kevin Wijas
Patterson once again produces another bestseller as he follows up his book Roses are Red with an award-winning sequel Violets are Blue. Cross-is dragged into another horrifying case that even sends a shiver down his spine. Real live vampires are on the loose throughout the nation and everyone in a panic with no one to look to for help. Cross-chases the blood trail from coast to coast while trying to ignore the psychotic killer who is stalking and threatening to kill his family. This book was a ...more
Dale
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I used to think the Alex Cross series had a lot going for it. I used to be very impressed with it when I first discovered it about 10 years ago. I don't know if my tastes have improved or if the series has declined but this is definitely not as good as I remember them being (and frankly, I'm scared about going back and re-reading one of them and ruining my only strong memories of the series).

There are two concurrent plo
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Jenny
My First time to read an Alex Cross series book from my favorite Author James Patterson. And as usual, I loved the book! Well the story started in the killings happening across America. And what really got me hooked with this is the two killers who thinks of themselves as vampires and actually drink the blood of their victims as they brutally murder them.


The Question is: Who is "Mastermind"? And what is the real reason for him to hate Alex Cross that much?

Oh Well, this heart gripping thriller l
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Alex Cross (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)
  • Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2)
  • Jack & Jill (Alex Cross, #3)
  • Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross, #4)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5)
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