This is my second time reading this book. I started reading Sherlock Holmes over a decade ago and I was completely smitten. I got hooked by the characThis is my second time reading this book. I started reading Sherlock Holmes over a decade ago and I was completely smitten. I got hooked by the characters, the storylines, the incredible detail and the author's voice. And since watching the BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, I've been wanting go back and explore the literary works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once again.
A Study in Scarlet is the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works and introduces us to the main characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Watson, returning to London after his time away at war and nursing a wounded leg, he finds lodgings with a man going by the name of Sherlock Holmes. As he learns about his new roommate, he discovers that Mr. Holmes is a consulting detective, the one and only of his kind. He finds the man is a complex study of humankind. He was as ignorant as he was brilliant. Knowledgeable of numerous subjects as well as knowing very little about others. And yet, he can clearly see the smallest detail in a scene that many others overlook. This ability is displayed when Scotland Yard consults Sherlock on a case that has them stumped. Dr. Watson comes along and witnesses the extraordinary ability of Sherlock as he is put to the test to identify the curious murder of a man.
I won't go into details of the investigation since I know I'll unwillingly include spoilers and this is a story that is best read without knowing what happens at the end. Well, other than the fact that Sherlock solves the mystery. But the journey to that discovery is an entertaining one.
Although I enjoyed reading this book immensely to re-discover the origins of two of my favorite characters, I must admit the section concerning Utah and Mr. John Ferrier and his daughter, Lucy, was a bit dull at first. Not until close to the end of that section when the action increased. I muddled through because I knew it would get better. For some reason, I didn't remember that part from the first time I read this book.
Other than that, the writing was interesting, full of details and gorgeous Victorian language. The mystery was puzzling and it was a joy to read how Watson portrayed Holmes. I would recommend this book to any mystery fan. ...more
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books are always entertaining. If I'm looking for something light to read with some humor to make me laugh, then I alJanet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books are always entertaining. If I'm looking for something light to read with some humor to make me laugh, then I always go to her books. Takedown Twenty was no exception. The characters are as looney as ever! Stephanie has to bring in Uncle Sunny, who everyone in the neighborhood adores which makes her the most unpopular person of the moment. Everywhere she turns, Sunny is in hiding and no one is giving her any hints as to where. It doesn't help that Joe's Grandma Bella puts the 'eye' on Stephanie. Again. This happened before, so I think Stephanie is starting to get used to it. She's not Bella's favorite person by any means, which just adds to the complexity of her relationship with Joe. She thinks she wants to take the next step between them but she has her doubts when confronted with the large Italian family get-togethers. Then there's Ranger. Babe. Along with capturing Uncle Sunny, Stephanie is also enlisted to help solve the Dumpster murders. Someone is killing old ladies and dropping their bodies into dumpsters. And it gets a little scary when it seems that Grandma Mazur is next on the killer's list! Add all that to the typical antics of Lula and Kevin, the giraffe, and this book is enough to please any fan. ...more
Another fun romp from Janet Evanovich! I'm a fan of the Stephanie Plum series and though I was a little apprehensive about continuing this series, I tAnother fun romp from Janet Evanovich! I'm a fan of the Stephanie Plum series and though I was a little apprehensive about continuing this series, I truly can't say no where Diesel is involved. He's one of my favorite characters! In my opinion, this book was better than the first, Wicked Appetite, where I believe Ms. Evanovich spent much of the time introducing her cast of characters, their setting, and why they were doing the things that they do. Now, that she's got all of the background info out of the way, she can really have fun! I was pulled into this story, and grew to care more about Lizzy Tucker while Diesel dragged her into another quest to recover one of the special stones that she can sense by touch. The dialogue was snappy and the characters were quirky, just as I've grown to love and expect coming from this author. Carl the monkey is great comic relief, but my favorite in this book was Hatchet, the minion of Diesel's power-hungry cousin, Wulf. It was laugh-out-loud fun reading the antics between Hatchet and Glo, Lizzy's friend and co-worker. This is a great book to read if you're in need of a laugh. Pure fun!...more