It's like Wimbledon (the movie), only with murders. Mostly really good on its tennis, only with "stars" you've never heard of. And then you reach theIt's like Wimbledon (the movie), only with murders. Mostly really good on its tennis, only with "stars" you've never heard of. And then you reach the one thing that throws you completely out of the story with its wrongness and you never quite view the thing the same way again. In Wimbledon its the fact that they keep playing after rain has started to fall. Dramatic, yes, but oh, so wrong.
With this book, it's the following line: "Taryn Henderson, a former Davis Cup star herself".
Tell me, oh fellow tennis fans - what's wrong with this picture? That's right, women don't play Davis Cup. Women don't get closer to the Davis Cup than the stands. That one slipped past everyone, and it shouldn't have. Sadly, it also makes me doubt that Navratilova herself read the final draft.
Anyway: it's fluff, and I borrowed it because I knew it was going to be false. I've read one of the previous books - Breaking Point - which was fabulous on the tennis, and I'm pretty sure had at least one queer couple. This one was rather straight, but still fabulous on the behind-the-scenes of tennis. The ending felt just a little rushed, but it's not like I was reading this for quality. I was reading it because it's fun to read something "written" by Martina (Goddess!) Navratilova....more
**spoiler alert** I love that Cordelia finally gets a partner in this one: I also love the development of Hattie and then Mia and Cordelia's interacti**spoiler alert** I love that Cordelia finally gets a partner in this one: I also love the development of Hattie and then Mia and Cordelia's interactions with them.
I'm worried, though, both about Peter, and about Jane/Kenzie. As much as I loved and adored Kenzie for driving all day to apologise for hurting Jane (*and* I loved the sort of pseudo proposal), Jane was just so uncertain... and I want to know more about that.
I'm assuming that the next book will have more about Raymond's tilt at the governorship, and about Jane/Kenzie.
And none of this has said anything about the actual plot, but with the Ellen Hart books, it's become so very much more about how much I love these characters....more
Just as good as the first, and so engrossing I lost track of time. I'm completely hooked on this series: good thing there are lots more for me to readJust as good as the first, and so engrossing I lost track of time. I'm completely hooked on this series: good thing there are lots more for me to read before I run out of new ones!...more
A long time ago I decided never again to read crime fiction written by a man. I was so disappointed by the James Patterson "Women's Murder Club" bookA long time ago I decided never again to read crime fiction written by a man. I was so disappointed by the James Patterson "Women's Murder Club" book that I read (I actually felt it was worse than Patricia Cornwall!), that I decided that was it. No more male writers.
But there came a day when I needed a heck of a lot of mental distraction on my (hour-long) drive home from work, and when I went to the library I discovered that they had four Mosley audio books and another four or five *books* of his. And as it was the only thing that looked vaguely interesting in the audio book section - and because it would count for 50books_poc - I decided to give Mosley a chance.
Mosley's writing, and his character Easy Rawlins, remind me of Sara Paretsky and VI Warshawski, a favourite writer/character duo that I've been sorely missing of late. They've got the rough edges, the gritty cities, the edge to their stories that other writers don't quite match.
Mosley is clearly a notch or two above James Patterson, although I don't know that I'd trust him to write a female pov character. His female characters are all just a little too much the sexual object, and not quite enough human being. (That said, I loved both Etta Mae and Shirley... and think either of them would have been the making of Easy.) I found myself liking and admiring Easy quite a bit: despite how much he despised himself, and despite the truth of his background. And I certainly did enjoy the resolution of the mystery.
(Whether it's Mosley, or the rhythm used by the reader on the audio book, the odd thing is I can hear that same rhythm echoing through the words I write in this review. The rise and fall of that rich voice that I loved listening to for just over a week, morning and evening, to and from work.)
I don't want to read (or listen to) too much Mosley too fast. I don't want to risk Patricia Cornwall syndrome. (I read every Cornwall book a housemate of mine owned in a single weekend while I was procrastinating on my honours thesis. Reading that many at a single gulp exposed the lack of creativity that Cornwall had in her storylines, and I've never brought myself to read another one since.) So I'll leave it a while before I pick another one up. But one day I certainly will. Especially those audio books....more
I've only read one previous McDermid, and it was just a little bit too gory. Fantastic, but too gory.
It was because of the setting of this book that II've only read one previous McDermid, and it was just a little bit too gory. Fantastic, but too gory.
It was because of the setting of this book that I decided to give it a go: or rather, the setting of one of the cold cases it involves - the National Miners Strike in the UK in 1984. I know very little about it, but the idea did interest me.
Certainly it was less gory than I remember the other one being. I don't believe this is a series for McDermid, which is rather a pity, as I liked Karen - and even liked Phil.
I really enjoyed the intertwining of the two plots, didn't really see any of the twists coming (and there were many), and overall enjoyed it. I probably wouldn't mind giving McDermid another general go. (She is the writer of the 'Wire in the Blood' books, and has a fabulous reputation for crime fiction generally.)...more
I ADORED THIS. (And the ALLCAPS are entirely legitimate.)
Disclaimer: I hosted Sulari Gentill at the library where I work in the week beWhat can I say?
I ADORED THIS. (And the ALLCAPS are entirely legitimate.)
Disclaimer: I hosted Sulari Gentill at the library where I work in the week before I started reading this. I was blown away by Sulari, and I think she is awesome. I think her book is awesome, I think her characters are awesome.
Between the on-board mystery, the two-stage on-boardness, by the way..., the lashings of history, the increasing fabulousness of Wilfred (and I know you're probably reading this, Sulari, but yes, I'm appreciating Wilfred more every time he shows up). I love Kate *more*, and Ernie, and oh Edna/i>.
But the inclusion of historical figures in this series is stunning. It's so seamless, in that if I didn't know people were real, I'd neither know nor care. They just ARE. And I am so very looking forward to books three and four in this series.
And Sulari, if we can convince you to come back for another visit to our library, we'd love love love to see you again! Book launch, perhaps? ...more
More fan mail for Sulari! Also, I am recommending the series to even more people than last time.
I loved the cameos! I had my suspicions about one of tMore fan mail for Sulari! Also, I am recommending the series to even more people than last time.
I loved the cameos! I had my suspicions about one of the less obvious ones, and it turned out I was right. And the couple of mentions of Norman Lindsay... Well, I was brought up with a healthy respect for Lindsay that survived the movie Sirens! And I love the thought of Lindsay sending Rowly a difficult model - and Rowly replying in kind.
And Wilfred is more adorable than ever. I don't know how anyone would cope with the real version (or Rowly and Kate with the fictional one) but as an occasional companion in fiction (and a pleasant foil to Rowly) Wil really is a winner. (Here I must admit I'm contemplating personal fic from Kate's point of view. Sinclair, not Leigh.)
All in all, a fabulous addition to the series. And next book we're in 1933 Germany! What... fun?...more
I was introduced to Kathryn Fox by a library user who wanted to find out about the newest book but couldn't remember Fox's name. Once we'd solved thatI was introduced to Kathryn Fox by a library user who wanted to find out about the newest book but couldn't remember Fox's name. Once we'd solved that puzzle, I took a look at the books, and realised that there was a significant similarity between Fox's story and an ABC miniseries from many years ago. I'm not even certain what to look for if I wanted to find the miniseries.
But Fox is a ridiculously popular author, and I couldn't get at "Malicious Intent", the first book in the series. And after a few intense books in a row, I wanted something more genre and straight forward, and in trying out Kathryn Fox, I think I've found a new favourite. I've loved Fairstein and Reichs and O'Connell in my time, and Fox is entirely in their vein.
In reading "Without Consent" I've really loved Anya Crichton - she's a great character. I'm looking forward to more of her stories as I can read more books by Fox.
As for this book in particular: It seemed to me a difficult topic carefully covered. The final sequence was as dramatic as one could wish for, but not entirely unrealistic. In short, I really did enjoy it at least as much as the mid-high level Fairstein's and Reichs'. (No one yet has met Kate Wilhelm for pure awesomeness.)...more
Number two (after Kathryn Fox) in the Random Aussie Crime fiction I didn't know existed and have been missing.
You don't realise, at first, that the nNumber two (after Kathryn Fox) in the Random Aussie Crime fiction I didn't know existed and have been missing.
You don't realise, at first, that the new detective introduced by KAtherine Howell is in fact Ella Marconi. You'd think it was, in fact, the paramedic, Sophie. But the continuing character is Marconi, and having reached the end of this book, I'm really, really looking forward to reading more about Ella.
In concert with beginning the stories of Anya Crichton through the books of Kathryn Fox, I feel like I've suddenly delved into the fabulousness of two Australian crime writers. I'm certainly looking forward to reading more of Katherine Howell's books (I've looked for "Panic" already and it's apparently not available on eBook, which annoys me, even though it means I'll keep on discovering new authors instead of getting stuck immediately into books by Fox and Howell, which was the exact same danger I saw when I was introduced to Stephanie Laurens (the complete overtaking of my reading by a single author. I've worked hard so far to keep from letting Laurens take over.)
I still haven't said much at this point about "Frantic", the book. Certainly, as I reached the end of the book, the title was entirely accurate. I was reading in a cafe and couldn't leave until I'd finished the book. There were some stunning, heart-grabbing moments that just made me feel ill. In a good way. In a "this is an awesome book" kind of way.
Howell is totally on my "must follow up" list....more