The Odds (Richard Christie Mystery #4)
The cover of this book calls this a mystery. However, it really isn't much of one, more of just fiction. Because it was a finalist for the Edgar Award I had expected more. It's also scattered in it's story so t ...more
A man (Nick) in the wrong ...more
Read this because of nomination for Edgar Best Novel. Didn't find out until later that it includes an ongoing group of police officers. The main plot reads fine as a stand alone. The preoccupation of Det. Greer with Commander Christie's cancer treatment is irrelevant to the plot, adds nothing to the story but angst, and there's already plenty of that to go around.
A somewhat unbelievable story of four very smart, well-behaved children abandoned by their totally irresponsible stepmother (What was...more
Four young children of the Phillips family are abandoned by their step-mother. Since their father had already died, the children are alone. The eldest is Meg, age fourteen. She and her brother and sisters are very hard workers, each providing what they can to have the basic necessities. They are afraid of asking for official help because they worry about bei ...more
I actively disliked Colleen Greer, the lead cop. I guess her romantic ambival ...more
The plot centers around the amazing kids, a guy on the run, mobsters, druggies, and the police. The au ...more
What is interesting about the book is that it's part of a series - but I found the supporting cast of characters more compelling than the stars who reappear in each book. However, I really like ...more
The storyline was interesting showing what lengths children will go to to obtain what they view as a "normal" life. A family of siblings abandoned by their step-mother protect a guy who has gotten involved in gambling and debt. Good characters ... could be a movie of the week on TNT.
Also since the author lives in Pittsburgh, she should have involved the city more. It's a wonderful town with stores and character.
She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pittsburgh: B.A. (summa cum laude), 1964, M.A. (theatre), 1966, Ph.D. (theatre), 1975, M.F.A. (creative writing), 1988. She teaches theatre arts at the University of Pitt ...more