I still like the J P Beaumont stories. Listened to this today while driving through the storm. Glad I had something other than the weather conditions...moreI still like the J P Beaumont stories. Listened to this today while driving through the storm. Glad I had something other than the weather conditions to focus on.
Good story, too, though. Beau and Mel get put on a high profile case involving the governor's family. Her husband's grandson has been sneaking out of the house via rope ladders (just like the fire escape at the DeSoto House in Galena, Il - a rope ladder in the closet) and getting into mischief. How do parents let their children get out of control? Then how do they get the kids to take responsibility for their actions? Reference is made to Watchers by Dean Koontz. I haven't read that book but it sounded interesting. (less)
This book was a surprise. I wasn't expecting much. It was either a freebie from Kindle or else very cheap. So I wasn't expecting much.
But it does take...moreThis book was a surprise. I wasn't expecting much. It was either a freebie from Kindle or else very cheap. So I wasn't expecting much.
But it does take place in northern (?) Wisconsin. I have relatives who live on lakes and rivers and fish. I don't fish. But I do live a couple of blocks from a Great Lake. Growing up we had property in Wisconsin. No house because we got a boat and the majority of our time then was spent on the boat, either working on it or sailing it.
This book involves a woman running for the Senate in Wisconsin. We only see her in the very beginning. She quickly disappears only to reappear in a slightly different form. The question is who put her in that different form? We are offered a couple of suspects.
But the story revolves around a couple of central characters - the chief of police, her boyfriend who is a retired dentist who fills in for the coroner when he's out of town, a neighbor who guides fishing and hunting trips to outlanders. I liked the characters she peopled the town with. I will read more of this series. There aren't too many decent series about the Midwest so when I find one I've got to stick with it.
Plus there are people who used to live in my town. So when I find a book where people live (d) in Evanston, I've got to read it. But these haracters probably won't be in another book.(less)
Started off with a flashback to when the Crawfords were with the regiment in India. Many serving the British Empire in...moreExcellent. I enjoy this series.
Started off with a flashback to when the Crawfords were with the regiment in India. Many serving the British Empire in other lands would send their children back to England to be educated. There were apparently people in England who had housefuls of these children. Were they all good and caring people? Presumably most went into it with the best of intentions. In Baa Baa, Black Sheep and The Gardener, Rudyard Kipling wrote of his own experiences as one of these children. It wasn't pleasant but it was a good story.
Bess was not one of those that was sent home.
In this edition of the advebtures of Bess Crawford, the war is winding down to its bloody conclusion, although not soon enough for those involved. And, as if the war weren't enough, the influenza pandemic as returned and hit those in the trenches. Bess had it in an earlier book and was now safe to nurse others through it, having built up antibodies to the disease.
In the spirit of a doctor and a cleric we see shell-shock, today's PTSD (or maybe they already have another name for it - it seems to change with each war). One seeks solace in the bottle and the other attempts suicide (still time-honored ways of dealing with it. I just saw a report that we now have 22 suicides a month by veterans).
There is murder here. The murder of one of these families that took in the children. It is believed that one of Col. Crawford's men committed it when taking a woman home to bury a child that died while in the care of a family.
I look forward to the next book. Will Todd carry on with this character after her part in the war has concluded? I hope so. There was intimation that she would do "something" after the war. But I do like the characters in this book. Here, they incorporated Melinda who is also in their other series and Rudyard Kipling, presumably before he wrote the story about being sent to England for education. He doesn't react well when Bess broaches the subject with him.(less)
Not sure I should have "read" this one out of order. But I did. Forgot how much I enjoy Slaughter. So maybe I will go back to the other books in the G...moreNot sure I should have "read" this one out of order. But I did. Forgot how much I enjoy Slaughter. So maybe I will go back to the other books in the Grant County series.
I'm still not sure why Lena wouldn't leave town.(less)
Listened to this from Indiana to NC and for a few days after arriving at my destination. Love the reader. It started out pretty gruesome with dead bab...moreListened to this from Indiana to NC and for a few days after arriving at my destination. Love the reader. It started out pretty gruesome with dead babies seemingly everywhere. But it picks up and Brennan thinks she has a cause - to find out what is going on and to punish any mother who would do that to her babies. This leads her to work with Ryan, who appears to be a former lover, and Ollie, who also appears to be a former lover. Jeez, that can get a little dicey.
Pretty intresting. They go from Montreal to Edmonton to Yellow Knife. Ineresting characters.
Except for a character thrown in at the end, I had it figured out beforehand.
Is Kathy Reichs getting predictable? Even for those of us who haven't read every book?(less)