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Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross #7)

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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
Paperback, 391 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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Jun 15, 2007 Maria rated it did not like it
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
Jun 06, 2013 Salymar rated it did not like it
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
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
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
Sep 04, 2007 Karschtl rated it really liked it
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 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
Feb 04, 2009 Jean rated it it was ok
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
Nov 17, 2014 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
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
Noah Cordray
Oct 11, 2013 Noah Cordray rated it liked it
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
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Apr 11, 2009 Nancy (Hrdcovers) rated it liked it

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
Jasmine Diaz
Feb 22, 2010 Jasmine Diaz rated it liked it
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
Another quick read featuring psychologist/detective Alex Cross and a continuing nemesis, the Mastermind. Although the reader found out who the Mastermind was at the end of the last novel, Alex has yet to tease it out. He's also got his hands full running across the country (San Francisco, Las Vegas, Savannah) after some real sickos. No surprises here - this is full of the staccato chapters and twists and turns that Patterson is known for. And don't expect deep themes - it's simple (but fun) mind ...more
I'm not sure when I actually finished this, so I just chucked in a random date. Anyway, this is another Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. In this one, Alex is working with numerous law enforcement agencies to stop more than one killer who have been leaving a trail of blood-drained and bitten bodies across the country.

To make matters worse, Alex is also at odds with another serial killer. This killer, known as the Mastermind appears to know Alex's every move. He killed one of Alex's lovers and
❆ Crystal ❆
Oct 04, 2015 ❆ Crystal ❆ rated it really liked it
4 stars. Another fun book in the Alex Cross series.
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.
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May 27, 2014 Barry rated it it was ok
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
Jahnn Alexis
May 21, 2014 Jahnn Alexis rated it liked it
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
Jan 27, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it liked it
My rating
3 stars

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
Jan 15, 2009 Stefanie rated it liked it
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
Evan Bolick
Jul 01, 2013 Evan Bolick rated it it was ok
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...


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
Aug 11, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it
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
Aug 20, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok
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
Sep 16, 2014 Jyotika Varmani rated it really liked it
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.
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
Aug 21, 2016 grandMaR rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

Page 32: uses "pate" for head;( p. 34), "chuffing" - defined description; (p. 83) carrel for cubicle. Word choice for writers define them. Pronounces their "style | voice. Patterson oft choses interesting choices.

Patterson may also tie-in chapters with repeat sentences or words, i.e.: (p. 45) "Cemeteries make me twitchy" and p. 46, chat. 14, "I was twitchy."

I notice in Patterson's books that he promotes other writers mentioning their names and titles. The same with musicians.
Greg Chandler
Jul 31, 2016 Greg Chandler rated it liked it
Alex is hunting vampires, or people who believe they are vampires. After finding a young couple who have been badly mauled and hung by their feet to bleed out, it's discovered that some of the bite marks are from a tiger, others are human. Bodies start to turn up that have been bitten and drained of their blood and an examination of similar attacks across the country shows a decades old reign of terror on the east and west coasts.

Vampire "experts" are brought in as well as profilers from the FBI
Aravind M (Honest reviews and promoter)
Similar story line to previous Alex Cross books. But this one is more sinister than the others. I always liked this series due to the fact , Alex doesn't shy away from the dangers he faces and also he is determined to find the truth. The case which deals with several homicides along the East coast is the heart of the story. How he find outs who the mastermind is and how he overcomes his despair to end mastermind's terror. I liked the beginning, the middle but not the end. The end was forseen alt ...more
Kirsten Weaver
Aug 31, 2015 Kirsten Weaver rated it did not like it
Uggggggh. This might be the worst book I've ever read. I think it's my first James Patterson book. I didn't really know it was a sequel, but I quickly discovered based on all the references to things I didn't care about that it was. It didn't actually distract from the book at hand though, which kind of points to the lack of talent Patterson actually has. (Why is he famous again?)

Reasons this book actually made me want to hurl:

1. The writing. It was like a parody of writing. I kept thinking, did
Justin Wildman
Oct 13, 2015 Justin Wildman rated it liked it
Kyle Craig, a detective with the FBI, calls Alex Cross into the case as it bares a resemblance to a case Cross worked in DC, where the killers hung their victim and drained her blood. Cross interviews various experts on vampire culture, such as the Fresno Kid, a man who fits vampires with dental extensions, in other words, fangs. Westin gives Cross a description of a real life vampire, as opposed to a role playing vampire. Cross feels victorious in solving the vampire murders, but unease follows ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it
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.
Ben Breen
Jul 26, 2016 Ben Breen rated it really liked it
James Patterson is my guilty pleasure. The short, punchy sentences and even shorter, punchier chapters suck me into a plot and keep me reading. It's not great literature, but there's no other author who keeps me reading into the early hours like Patterson. In particular, his writing of a psychopathic mindset always interests me.

Violets are Blue's biggest appeal is the resolution of The Mastermind storyline, which came to as head in the previous novel. And these parts of the book are what I most
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