Only Emma Lathen could make Wall Street riveting as happened in every one of her mysteries (yes, I know the author's name was a pseudonym f...more#77 - 2010.
Only Emma Lathen could make Wall Street riveting as happened in every one of her mysteries (yes, I know the author's name was a pseudonym for two cowriters ... don't care). Written with understated humor, these books are a joy to read.
John Putnam Thatcher, Wall Street senior vice president at The Sloan (one of the largest banks in the world), has been named as a trustee on the Dreyer's Chocolate charitable board. Think "Hershey's" and you'll get a good idea of Dreyer's power and money. Early in the series of meetings, a cocoa buyer is found murdered in the hotel pool. Luckily Thatcher's long experience on Wall Street means he has a deep experience of that always-present commodity, human nature.(less)
I read all these in different editions, many when they first came out long ago. They prove just as entertaining now as they did then, and...more#76 - 2010.
I read all these in different editions, many when they first came out long ago. They prove just as entertaining now as they did then, and in many cases I don't remember the stories well, which is a bonus. There is no one for sniffing out wickedness in basic human behavior like a spinster lady who has lived in a little village, as gentle Miss Marple continually must remind those around her.(less)
Light and enjoyable mystery and clearly meant to be so. It was a quick read, which I did in one evening, and as such was enjoyable entertai...more#74 - 2010.
Light and enjoyable mystery and clearly meant to be so. It was a quick read, which I did in one evening, and as such was enjoyable entertainment. However, even so, it was too facile. I know we're not going for indepth character development in a book like this, but still, Mike's relationship with the little girl took off so fast that it never felt real. Also, as bizarre as the solution was, I still got there ahead of the detectives. Really? That was either telegraphed very broadly or not well written, because Agatha Christie's The Moving Finger had me guessing up until the end. That despite the fact that I had a vague idea I remembered the killer from reading it many years ago. Christie just worked the conjuring so well that I still disbelieved my memory until the very end. No such luck with Cut, Paste, Kill. Despite my disbelief in the solution I was thinking of ... it was right.
Ok, if this is all you can find but generally I'd advise looking elsewhere.(less)
I began this book when I bought it a long time ago. Probably soon after it came out in 2007. Whether I just wasn't in the right mood or it got shoved...moreI began this book when I bought it a long time ago. Probably soon after it came out in 2007. Whether I just wasn't in the right mood or it got shoved to the bottom of the stack by newer books, I am not sure ... but I picked it up last night and have been captivated. As with The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living, this is irreverently humorous while managing to maintain reverence toward the Catholic faith. A neat trick and one that Zmirak pulls off with an triumphalism that is somehow offset by the humor. Nicely done thus far. I'm just entering the "C" list.
Update: this is so darned long and I keep comparing it to The Habit of Being (also very long) and wondering why I don't just pick one of them? Answer: both are very different and very good. I am absorbing so much about Catholic history (sometimes reabsorbing or learning new details) while also reading about spirits (the drinkable kind). It will take forever to finish, but I'm ok with that.
Update: I am moving this back to my "to read" shelf until I get done with The Habit of Being. Both books are so long that I feel as if I will never finish either if I don't simply concentrate on one of them.
UPDATE Still unfinished but as I'm going to be using my "to read" list for my 2012 personal challenges, I'm moving this to the "read" category for the time being.(less)
This is the September read-along book for SFFaudio in September. It is very short and last year I read a book of Jack Vance's short stories...more#19 - 2010.
This is the September read-along book for SFFaudio in September. It is very short and last year I read a book of Jack Vance's short stories which I really liked so I'm intrigued to see what he does with a longer work.
Finished: Hmmm ... My comments on this book will come on the SFFaudio podcast at the beginning of September.
Update: Turns out we all either had a lot of trouble with this book or disliked it, which meant there would be very little conversation on the podcast. We are abandoning it and moving on, therefore I will share briefly my comments.
I liked the style, but but found so little else in the stories that I began looking into other reviews and sources just to see what I was missing.
I mean to say, I KNOW that what I was missing in the stories was plot, cohesion from story-to-story and character development. Evidently so did many, many others.
There wasn't much "there" there ... if you know what I mean. Thinking about it, I am having to change my rating to one star because I don't know if I would ever recommend it to anyone.(less)