I was mildly interested in the TV series Whodunnit, so when I saw this for free on Audible I grabbed it. I wasn't really expecting much out of it, soI was mildly interested in the TV series Whodunnit, so when I saw this for free on Audible I grabbed it. I wasn't really expecting much out of it, so I can't exactly say that I was disappointed, but it could have been better.
This novel is meant as a prequel to the TV series and introduces us to the show's host butler, Giles. It does not correlate directly with the first season of the show.
I enjoyed the beginning part where we learn why Giles comes to the manor, but once the guests started to arrive I started to lose interest. It reads, quite literally, like a novelization of a reality TV show. I'm sure this was intentional, but I can't say the format translates well to paper....more
I don't know about this book, I didn't love it. But I rarely love any book that follows a ton of hype. I should really learAudiobook Notes at the end.
I don't know about this book, I didn't love it. But I rarely love any book that follows a ton of hype. I should really learn to stay away from them. :)
I've always admired authors who write mystery thrillers. Fitting in all the little details that someone will catch on to if they're reading closely, but they're likely to miss until they all add up in the end. Flynn is a master of this. There are so many small mysteries within the larger mystery and the book is very well crafted. The characters, while extreme and not exceptionally like-able, were believable.
At first I was disappointed with the ending, but now that I think about it I think that it was a well deserved ending for everyone involved (okay, minus that one innocent party that we meet near the end) and I admire Flynn's ability to present us such an ending in a way that was believable.
But all in all there was nothing super duper exciting about it, so I'm sticking with 3 stars.
The book is split up into two narrations - Amy's narrated by Julia Whelan and Nick's narrated by Kirby Heybourne. Both were quite good. There was a lot of emotion going on in the book and I thought both narrators captured that. Whelan especially was exceptional. I would definitely look for a narration by her in the future. The one audiobook downside was that it was very slow paced. I sped it up to 3x speed because it seemed to slow to me which is something I haven't done before as I usually find that 3x speeds it up just enough that it starts to sound distorted. The narration was so slow that it wasn't....more
I read the first three In Death books and this was hands down my favorite. In the first two books both Eve and Roarke were out of character too oftenI read the first three In Death books and this was hands down my favorite. In the first two books both Eve and Roarke were out of character too often and then finally settled down into a good characterization in this book, which I greatly appreciated.
I was disappointed that I had figured out whodunnit at the first introduction of that particular character.
I might read more in this series one day, but it's a huge series to commit to and I have so many other books on my TBR list that I'd rather read first!...more
I liked this book a little better than the first in the series.
Roarke (the male romantic lead) irked me in the first book because he was over-exaggerI liked this book a little better than the first in the series.
Roarke (the male romantic lead) irked me in the first book because he was over-exaggerated both on the sweet side of the spectrum and the alpha male side of the spectrum. This second book tones him down a bit - he's still very sweet and very alpha, but the two mix together in a more convincing way.
I'm not really liking the science fiction aspects. They aren't directly related to the case and are, for the most part, pretty low tech advancements - laser guns, discs instead of books, flying cars and fast jets. But, this book mentions the idea of profitable smuggling between Earth and Mars which, to me, is a little more high tech than what we see from the world otherwise. I also don't really feel like the sci-fi bits add anything to the story, I mostly forgot they were part of the story until they got mentioned again.
The books are good enough as fluff that I'm going to go on to the third for the trilogy arc, but I'm still not committed to the series as a whole....more
Naked in Death is a crime procedural in novel form, very akin to Law and Order. I enjoy crime procedurals but they aren't something I feel the need toNaked in Death is a crime procedural in novel form, very akin to Law and Order. I enjoy crime procedurals but they aren't something I feel the need to watch religiously, which is very much how I feel about this book. I'll be reading the 2nd book since this is for a book club, but I'm not sure that I'll continue after that - there are too many other books on my TBR list to get bogged down in a 40-some book series.
I liked Eve but Roarke (the romantic lead) didn't click for me. His character was a bit inconsistent - sometimes he was extremely sweet and other times he was extremely alpha. I know a good alpha male always has a soft spot for their lady, but Roarke seemed to be over exaggerated on both sides of the spectrum.
I wasn't expecting much from the sci-fi aspects so I wasn't disappointed when I found them lame. The book takes place in 2058, so it's a near future world. The scientific advances are elements that are more on the fringe of what's actually happening in the story and sometimes they were a bit cheesy. ...more
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle was a free holiday-themed story from Audible and my first introduction to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. (I've seen plenThe Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle was a free holiday-themed story from Audible and my first introduction to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. (I've seen plenty of adaptions of Sherlock Holmes, but never actually read anything from Doyle).
It was a fun quick mystery and I loved Holmes (oft comedic) deductive reasoning....more
I want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changeI want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changes to their relationship in this book and I'm okay with the ending. The main reason I'm only giving this two stars is because I felt like the book itself was poorly written.
Here are my thoughts on the ending:
(view spoiler)[Before Eric was really in the picture as anyone other than the creepy vampire sheriff that wanted to use Sookie to his own gain, I preferred Sam over Bill for Sookie. I do like Eric, but I don't think Eric and Sookie would have worked long term. I can't deny that he cared about her, but I think his old fashioned viking-virtues would have made Sookie a prisoner in their relationship. He thought he knew best and would have forced his decisions (i.e. turning her, moving her to and hiding her in Oklahoma) onto her without a second thought. It wouldn't have been a HEA for her.
Sam has always been the one in the background, being supporting of Sookie and helping her when he was able. They've always had a close relationship and I think they've both always felt some sort of mutual attraction, even if they didn't act on it. Sam also has the added benefit of not being mixed up in supernatural politics in the same way that Bill, Alcide, Quinn and Eric are. Sookie has had a lot of terrible things happen to her since she got involved with the supernaturals and I think she deserves to be with someone that's going to give her a little more predictable of a life. (hide spoiler)]
Now that I've got out my thoughts about the end of the series, I'm going to talk about this book on it's own. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I didn't feel like the book was done.
The cameos from all the characters throughout the series who came back to stand with Sookie seemed like filler to make up for the lack of story. I almost felt like nothing really happened in the book, it was much slower-paced than others in the series.
The development of Sookie's overall relationship status was awkward. True, it was an awkward situation all round, but it just seemed poorly done from the writing side of things.
It was poorly edited. I don't know if Harris was too close to the deadline and didn't get enough proofreading in or what, but I caught several glaring typos where words were literally missing from sentences - and that really irks me.
So, overall, I'm okay with where the series ended up but I'm not happy with this book on it's own. Even though I didn't LOVE the other books or think they were overly literary, I found them fun fluff reads and this book disappointed that expectation.