I have been away from Patricia Cornwell for a while and read alot of different books/authors in between. That may be why I was only luke warm on this...moreI have been away from Patricia Cornwell for a while and read alot of different books/authors in between. That may be why I was only luke warm on this book. I did read a few Kay Scarbetta books in a row when I read this one and I have to say this time around - Lucy kind of ticks me off...
Also, something I hadn't noticed before is these books kind of have a formula to them - murder, mayhem in the lab (Backstabbing and political positioning), Marino's grumpy, and Lucy's advanced technical skills uncovers a key piece of the puzzle - then throw in some FBI guy or psuedo love interest somewhere.
I may have even read this one before, but that's ok because the Kay Scarpetta books are good when it comes to murder and mayhem. I think I just find now that I prefer other authors.(less)
Another great read by Julie Garwood! I like how she weaves the different members of this family and their friends into each of the stories. There is a...moreAnother great read by Julie Garwood! I like how she weaves the different members of this family and their friends into each of the stories. There is a familiarity without the characters getting boring or stale. And of course there are twists and a last minute reveal that kept me reading the book as the passengers of my flight started getting off the plane... and you all know the urge to pack up and stand as soon as your plane lands defies logic!
These books are technically romantic thrillers, I suppose, but it is light on the romance. And by that I mean there isn't a lot of time dedicated to gratuitous sex or anything along those lines. It is more about telling the story of how characters got together...
Another thing I like about this author is that she puts the couples on even ground. While there are women in distress, they never seem weak in comparison to the men. They are strong, smart and successful in their own right.
This one is about a killer who targets Nick Buchanan's best friend's sister. Tommy (a priest) hears the confession of a man who "WILL sin"... Nick is in the FBI working for a special group that finds lost children. He is technically on vacation when he comes to help out Tommy and his sister, Laurent. (less)
First Book by this author and WOW... what a read!!! I was hooked early on and she had me guessing all the way up to the end... There are twists in her...moreFirst Book by this author and WOW... what a read!!! I was hooked early on and she had me guessing all the way up to the end... There are twists in here that will make you smile and others that will just make you shake your head. All in all a great read - fast paced, entertaining and not too obvious for those of us who don't always like to figure it out before the end.
Michelle is a girl from a very small town in LA (The other side of the main street is another town all together.) that becomes a doctor and comes back home to open a clinic. Before she gets there, she has to stitch Theo, a big-shot FBI attorney from Boston, back up after his appendix ruptures...
Of course he's gorgeous and of course she's a knock out... so you know he can't stay away from Bowen (he small town). The whole town seems to be courting Theo AKA "Coach"... "you see there was this kid..." LOL read the book to get the humor in that...
On the other hand you have Catherine... a very wealthy woman that is sick and living day to day. She passes away and six weeks later her will is read - and that is when the sparks start to fly...
It is fun to see how it all comes together! Don't forget to say hi to Lois for me!(less)
An ex-cop, Coop, teams up with a mystery writer, Deni, to investigate the death of his daughter for a true crime book thought to revitalize her waning...moreAn ex-cop, Coop, teams up with a mystery writer, Deni, to investigate the death of his daughter for a true crime book thought to revitalize her waning career. Deni attributes the death of Coop's daughter and several others to a yet undiscovered serial killer. A killer so crafty that he changes the rules for what law enforcement expect of a serial killer to avoid being detected. Throw in a bitter ex-wife, a greiving sister holding herself out as bait and a "determined" editor and you have an entertaining read.
Reading primarily mysteries/thrillers along the lines of Patterson, Ablow and Kellerman, I get excited when I find a new author to break up a sometimes monotonous or disappointing series. This is the first book I have read by Lutz, and I enjoyed it enough to read on.
The style is easy to read, the story was entertaining and overall, the book didn't leave me with the feeling that I have read this plot before. The characters are not overly complex, but they are likeable enough. I will be interested in seeing if he carries any of these characters over into his other books (that all seem to have the word "night" in the title).(less)
I can see where some people are going to be put off by this book and by what this man has to say about his life, but I found this book to be thought p...moreI can see where some people are going to be put off by this book and by what this man has to say about his life, but I found this book to be thought provoking and on a fundamental level... he makes sense.
I always thought DR was tough on the court and wild and crazy off the court, but in reading this book - I get him. Maybe not entirely, but I have a better understanding of where he is coming from. If you aren't a fan of the game or a fan of his era in basketball, I can see where you wouldn't appreciate this.
The game of baskeball has not been a simple game for a very long time. It is an industry that earns its cash off of the players backs. Inequities were/are prevelant. But as a fan of players and the game... I see where it is and has always been more about the players and less about the game. This makes me more interested in the politics of the game and reading the other basketball books I have on my bookshelf.
I will admit that I have been a fan of his for years... It was an interesting read. I learned things I didn't know about him and his family. Intellige...moreI will admit that I have been a fan of his for years... It was an interesting read. I learned things I didn't know about him and his family. Intelligent, down to earth... even though he is really a big kid! This book did nothing but reinforce my like/respect for him...(less)
I am almost sure that I have read this before, but that is ok... As stated in the other review I just did, I have found that I now like other authors...moreI am almost sure that I have read this before, but that is ok... As stated in the other review I just did, I have found that I now like other authors better from when I began reading these 10+ years ago. However, Kay Scarpetta books are a favorite in terms of murder/mystery books.
I really liked the internal sabotage, her niece Lucy kind of annoys me, and since I read out of order (rare for me), I liked seeing the pre BFF Marino. (less)
This book as well as a couple more by this author have been on my shelf for a couple of years now. A friend recently read another book by this author...moreThis book as well as a couple more by this author have been on my shelf for a couple of years now. A friend recently read another book by this author and raved about it, so I started reading them. The books I have read so far seem to follow the lives of the Buchanan brothers. I like the continuity of characters through the different books and I like the light romance with mystery intertwined.
In this book Alec has decided his future is in Boston with the FBI and immediately after turning in his resignation with the Chicago PD, he gets "saddled" with body guard duty for Regan, a wealthy hotel mogul. For the better part of three weeks he is with her for every waking hour of the day. Of course he's the "all-American" type and of course she is drop-dead gorgeous and a bit relationship challenged/naive. (Seemed to be the case with the other book I read as well - but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.)
Regan has a stalker... anything more might give the story away, and I don't want to ruin it. I am generally pretty good at guessing twists and such, but Julie Garwood has a knack at dropping at least one bomb shell in each book that I have read so far. Just when you think you can guess the outcome and twists for a book like this - she gets you... (less)