It could be stretched to 2 1/2 stars. If it is a murder or scandal that the reader has even a passing acquaintance with it can be seen how little reseIt could be stretched to 2 1/2 stars. If it is a murder or scandal that the reader has even a passing acquaintance with it can be seen how little research was done. The writing style isn't bad. Not sure that there is anything that is actually misleading.
But the information on certain murders (William Desmond Taylor, Elizabeth Short (aka the Black Dahlia), Marilyn Monroe, etc.) was pretty shoddy and not up to the latest research.
And as for Anna Nicole Smith needing no introduction I never was sure who she was, where she came from or what she was famous for. I hope I didn't pay much for this....more
I just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is aI just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is a struggling actor in the Chicago theatrical community - at the Heartland (there's a nearby restaurant by that name) Theater. But her partner doesn't seem to be showing up. She finally auditions with someone else. Goes downstairs to a lesser used rest room and discovers her dead partner. Naturally she is a suspect. She left threatening messages on the woman's voicemail.
The bodies keep falling. The suspects keep mounting. But I didn't figure it out. Even though the killer was introduced early on in the book.
I look forward to future books in the series. ...more
Adam Dalgliesh learns a little something about false diagnoses. Then he goes to visit a friend who apparently died just before he arriveMaybe ★★★ 1\2.
Adam Dalgliesh learns a little something about false diagnoses. Then he goes to visit a friend who apparently died just before he arrives. The friend was working as a counselor/priest at a nursing home (?) for quadriplegics at a converted estate. But the bodies keep falling and they all appear to be natural causes. There were too many for natural causes to have killed them all.
All this while Adam is considering leaving the Met.
This was okay but as I was listening to this today, I kind of think I dozed off for a couple of chapters because when I woke up he was solving it. And facing other problems.
I've been working my way through the Adam Dalgliesh stories and with James' recent passing, I will continue. ...more
Interesting account of "sisters" uniting for fun and adventure. From rehabbing old trailers to riding to fishing, with recipes and cues forInteresting
Interesting account of "sisters" uniting for fun and adventure. From rehabbing old trailers to riding to fishing, with recipes and cues for decorating their trailers. It started out with a small group and just grew and grew.
I read a Kindle version and it has many links to resources, including one to join them. It does sound like fun. Also a bibliography....more
This was short. Tells the story about John Eleuthere du Pont. His failure to find a place in the world except for when he could buy it. And even thenThis was short. Tells the story about John Eleuthere du Pont. His failure to find a place in the world except for when he could buy it. And even then he didn't trust it. He knew that people didn't stay loyal but German Shepherds did. He put his faith in the dogs.
Patty Hearst's kidnapping only served to reinforce his mother's words about needing to stay isolated. And he gradually slipped further and further into insanity - always threatening to kill people. First, his wife, then various assistants and finally one of his wrestlers who thought he could help him. The author reminds us time and again that the du Pont fortune is based on gunpowder.
He believed he could buy his way out of anything. He always had before and didn't quite understand why he couldn't buy his way out of murder.
This was short but interesting. I'm probably more likely to see Foxcatcher now. He called his wrestling training center Foxcatcher....more
Interesting tale about the war between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Too much about the electrocuting of animals. I had hoped when they movedInteresting tale about the war between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Too much about the electrocuting of animals. I had hoped when they moved on from electrocuting dogs, cattle, horses to the electric chair that they were through. But, no, they came to electrocute Topsy. I'd forgotten about Topsy although I did once read about it in a prelude to a Sharon McCrumb book (which then had nothing to do with it - so I never read that book past the prelude. I would have been interested in the book, had she taken that story like.) I hadn't realized that one of the early Edison films was of the killing of Topsy. [Topsy wasn't completely blameless, big hulking elephant that she was. After all, she had killed three handlers in three years.] This film was deemed to be more entertaining than most of Edison's films. He didn't see the entertainment value in film. It took The Train Robbery for most people to discover the entertainment value. It also has a first splash of color - a little girl's red coat (later paid homage to in Schindler's List).
The first portion was basically a biography of Edison. I didn't notice that much of a biography about Westinghouse. Then it is the battle of AC vs. DC. And, for some reason - I guess to show the battle still rages on, he brings in the battle of Betamax dvd vs. Blu-ray.
For the most part entertaining for those of us whose eyes glaze over when anyone starts to talk about AC/DC. Putting it into this ego trip that it became for Edison and, subsequently, Sony, puts more of an edge to it....more
This is probably more like ★★★ 1\2. A little heavy on the recipes ... which might be fine in a physical book. But I was listening while driving and reThis is probably more like ★★★ 1\2. A little heavy on the recipes ... which might be fine in a physical book. But I was listening while driving and recipes came close to driving me off the road.
It was interesting finding out about how people used to eat, especially when they didn't have any money - this was during and just after the Depression. Surprising to learn that there were some big name writers (although they may not have been yet) connected with this project - Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, etc. Karlansky is interested in the WPA project and found out about it while researching another book. ...more
I am enjoying this series. Here Vickie Holden's assistance is finally requested by the tribal elders. Does this mean that she is accepted back into thI am enjoying this series. Here Vickie Holden's assistance is finally requested by the tribal elders. Does this mean that she is accepted back into the tribe? Apparently the tribes are about to get some of their artifacts back. But one of the elders remembers having seen a specific exhibit back in 1920 and it didn't make the list. They want her to find out about this. It is proof that there were Arapahoe at Sand Creek and the government is handing out land based on land seized in the past. Meanwhile, Father John is trying to set up a reservation museum so the Arapahoe can take some pride in their past.
Turns out the missing artifact is worth +$1 million and it is suspected that it has been lifted by person or persons unknown. The bodies start falling and begin to add up.
I really liked the bad guy Coel created in this book. Not that I like him but he is evil and slimy (at least to me). Even before I knew who the bad guy was I was against this character, although he wasn't my first guess for the perpetrator. ...more
I enjoy the Sharon McCone stories. Thought I would go back to one of the earlier ones. Here her sister Patsy has asked for help (hey! My sister used tI enjoy the Sharon McCone stories. Thought I would go back to one of the earlier ones. Here her sister Patsy has asked for help (hey! My sister used to go by Patsy). She and some friends are going into business together - boatel. I guess you pull up in your boat and stay in a mansion. Don't think I've heard of this, either because I don't own a boat or they don't have them on Lake Michigan.
Anyway, there are strange occurrences on Appleby Island and Patsy is freaked and it is also freaking her kids out. The others think she is blowing things out of proportion.
So Sharon comes for the weekend and sees a few things for herself, including a dead body and almost getting killed herself.
I think I figured out the killer right around the same time as Sharon did. ...more
What do you do when people beg you to tell you a story and then get mad at you for telling the storyInteresting story. Well told from after the fact.
What do you do when people beg you to tell you a story and then get mad at you for telling the story? This is the problem Millicent is faced with and she knows her family will be angry when they hear the story. But they force her to tell it anyway.
They all think that her husband killed himself. But they meet someone at a party, and they are about to head out to another party, who tells them they don't have the true story about their life in Borneo.
So what can Millicent do but tell them the story. And then they get mad at her. Then they have to go to the party. ...more
This is hard for me to rate. Much as I love the book the rating here is brought down by the audio book. Narrator is not terrific, nor is the sound quaThis is hard for me to rate. Much as I love the book the rating here is brought down by the audio book. Narrator is not terrific, nor is the sound quality. I also wonder if it was abridged. I read the paperback a couple of years ago and just loved it, as I also love the movie. But there were lines I thought I loved in the book that I don't recall hearing.
Good noir book but not read by a noir reader. Read very blandly.
This is only about the second audio book I've read where the narrator detracted from the story.
I seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is aI seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is a well written one, but, still a children's book.
I am very glad that this was not the first book I have read about the disaster that occurred in December 1917 in Halifax Harbor. Curse Of The Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald is ever so much better. This book, however, tones down the disaster that occurred whereas Curse brings home just how much of a disaster it is. This is especially so because this isn't a very well known incident. Part of this was due to it occurring during WWI and Canada probably wanted to tone it down while many Canadians were blaming it on the Germans. Germany had nothing to do with it.
Two ships collided in the middle of Halifax harbor. One of these ships was loaded with armaments and flammable stuff (coal, oil, etc) while the other was loaded with items meant for the saving of Belgium, including bandages and other related items that would catch fire real easy. At least one of the ships was abandoned and subsequently went plowing into the pier. The wreckage caused a tsunami. And a few days later they get a blizzard. So they had a confluence of fire, water (too much) and snow. Relief was unable to get through for several days.
Blizzard only gives us a very scanty view of this. Maybe because it is a children's book. And the author doesn't feel a young person capable of understanding what happened. Whereas Curse, I think, gave a fuller story. ...more
Recently finished listening to this, the third in the series. This series takes place on the Wind River Arapaho Reservation. Here they want to put inRecently finished listening to this, the third in the series. This series takes place on the Wind River Arapaho Reservation. Here they want to put in a nuclear waste dump on the Reservation. It appears there is one lone voice talking against it, Vicki Holden, Arapaho lawyer. The people for keep saying that they are talking "facts" and she is just trying to rouse the white protestors. So this opens the door for corruption.
It is difficult here to tell which is the back story and which is the front story. Because while there is much ado about the proposed dump which would provide a number of jobs and a lot of money to a couple of people, there is also a story about people getting shot in the face. A group of cowboys who hadn't seen each other in 40 years and they get shot the same way causes Father John to wonder what is going on. Something happened 40 years ago and one of the old cowboys is stirring the pot.
I enjoy these stories. But I am beginning to wonder why it feels like everything I read is about corruption. ...more
Interesting story of the raising of the Confederacy's submarine,the CSS Huntley. How did it sink? And why would another crew sign on after it sunk theInteresting story of the raising of the Confederacy's submarine,the CSS Huntley. How did it sink? And why would another crew sign on after it sunk the first time. But they did. One of those who did sign on was the creator of the Hunley. He felt it went down the first time because the captain didn't know how to drive her (do you say drive when talking about helming a submarine?). So he signed on to captain her. The question is did the sub go down on purpose or couldn't bring it back up.
The second part of the story is how she was found and raised. Very interesting. One of the men had been injured at Shiloh and had a coin marked commemorating how it was driven into his thigh. This was how they were able to identify this individual. Not all of the men could be identified....more