**spoiler alert** First things first: French Pastry Murder isn't a bad book, and if you haven't read the other Lucy Stone books, that's okay because t**spoiler alert** First things first: French Pastry Murder isn't a bad book, and if you haven't read the other Lucy Stone books, that's okay because this doesn't require much (if any) knowledge of the previous books. Lucy, her husband, and her friends win a trip to Paris and naturally murder ensues.
The book reads quickly and some of the little slices of Paris are nice, as are some of the family moments between Lucy, Bill, and Elizabeth. I also liked the realization for Lucy's group that the freedoms Americans take for granted are not extended into other countries simply because they happen to be American while in, say, Paris.
Nope, the stars start dropping because things just felt off throughout the book. Throw in a heaping pile of possible terrorism and all the rants that's bound to dredge up in Americans and we're in free fall, really. There aren't enough sights to be 'seen' to distract from the weirdness of the murder (I'm fairly certain that if my roommate, even if I hated her, had been tortured for reasons unknown, my parents wouldn't have just sent me back to my apartment alone. Nope, nuh uh.)
There's a bit of a love triangle with Elizabeth which is a bit jarring since we last saw her being Truly In Love and now, not so much. Also, my final star fell off when we found out that Sylvie's death was indirectly caused by Elizabeth picking up a shiny she found while cleaning. Elizabeth hears this and there isn't enough a moment of the traditional bout of guilt (even though it's not her fault someone is insane enough to torture/kill over this shiny bit) because she's too busy being fought over by two men.
Right, sure, yes.
Meh. You could do worse, but you could also do far better....more
My Milk To of is a really quick read but an adorable one all the same. Lardee and Ickle are charmers and I'm hopeful we'll get another book of their fMy Milk To of is a really quick read but an adorable one all the same. Lardee and Ickle are charmers and I'm hopeful we'll get another book of their further adventures....more
Otherwise, Flesh and Blood inches us back to the Scarpetta novels not requiring alcohol and a short memory iFreakin' cliffhanger!
That's your warning.
Otherwise, Flesh and Blood inches us back to the Scarpetta novels not requiring alcohol and a short memory in order to get through them. Yay! I'm not entirely sure I would get on board with anyone saying current Kay isn't cold (I think I found her less so earlier in the series but I'm not positive this isn't a case of rose colored glasses) but whatever floats your boat, guys.
The book starts off more like the cookbook we got eons ago and then kind of throws us into a series of murders that don't seem connected but most definitely are.
I do wonder how many pages we'd lose if anyone around Kay would actually communicate with her and not start a conversation in the middle and wait for chapters to circle around to the beginning.
Marino is on the road to recovery from his previous character assassination (yay!) but Lucy is still... whatever Lucy is. I continue to find Benton to be as dull as dishwater but that's a step up from wanting to throttle him as I have in previous books, so that's a thing. Also, I do fear for him in the cliffhanger and that's also a positive. (Me not wishing him dead, I mean. Not that he's in danger.)
I called the bad guy (well, one of them) but then spent the rest of the book trying desperately to remember anything about them aside from the obvious. I'm not so sure I should be re-reading Scarpetta books from before the shark jump, honestly, especially since it's taken so long to get back to a place where I enjoy more than I don't. ...more
It took me a little bit to get into the book because I could not keep up with which baker was which during the prologue. However, once we settled intoIt took me a little bit to get into the book because I could not keep up with which baker was which during the prologue. However, once we settled into the book proper, I really liked the first and the last stories.
The middle, however, was never ending. And, as you might expect, not in a good way. I liked Abby from the prologue and I thought she sounded interesting, but you'd never know it from her short story. The most life to be found in it was when the cat was 'on screen'. The sentences were weirdly stilted and the story just moved at a snail's pace for me. It didn't help that I never actually warmed to Lander as he seemed to be there to fix Abby... enh.
In comparison, Lily's story zipped by and hers was spread out over a much longer period of time. Also, technically it was labeled as her story, but it was really more of Peter's story with a little Lily on the side.
Clara and Will probably had the best chemistry of the bunch, though it's probably good the story didn't last much longer than it did. Fictional kitchens were certainly harmed in the making of this story. :p...more