The Eve Dallas books are one of my guilty pleasures. The latest book in the very long series basically is more of the same, and it satisfies. The newThe Eve Dallas books are one of my guilty pleasures. The latest book in the very long series basically is more of the same, and it satisfies. The new girlfriend of Chief ME Morris is dead, and she has a connection to a criminal that Eve and Roarke's fathers worked for, and who they put away in an earlier book. As well, as the last book (or the one before that), Eve's friend Dr Louise is marrying former LC Charles (in other words, a licensed prostitute), so there's the added hiccup of Eve hosting a bachelorette party, while Roarke takes the guys to Las Vegas for a bachelor party.
Standard plot elements we are familiar with: Eve is anti-girlie stuff. Eve is panicked by babies. Eve doesn't know how to buy gifts. Eve doesn't do the emotional bit. Roarke is suave. They have great sex. Peabody has a dirty mind. Peabody and McNab gross Eve out with PDAs. Trueheart blushes at the drop of a hat, being incredible young and innocent for a cop.
And despite knowing that all those elements are going to be there, it's still a fun read, the way 90% of the series is. This one isn't the best in the series, but it's still in the top half, I would say. If you like other books in the series, you'll like this one....more
A wildfire, a murder, a ceremony that can only happen when everything lines up, fires or no fires. The sleuth is a woman with a wolf she raised from aA wildfire, a murder, a ceremony that can only happen when everything lines up, fires or no fires. The sleuth is a woman with a wolf she raised from a pup, and the scenery is straight out of Tony Hillerman country.
The book is a competent mystery novel, but didn't have me rushing to the library to find the other books in the series. A nice little summer distraction....more
I enjoyed this book (and the rest of the series), but I really have trouble figuring out why. The romance was a little forced, the initial mystery wasI enjoyed this book (and the rest of the series), but I really have trouble figuring out why. The romance was a little forced, the initial mystery was cheesy (tv show inspires murders), and the solution not well set up, and the secondary mystery was just a WTF, with no real explanation of motive, and dropping in a crucial character with no setup.
And yet, I still enjoyed the heck out of it, because Ms. Coulter is an engaging writer, even when the plots are paper-thin....more
After getting hooked into the recent Sherlock movies (Sherlock Holmes translated to modern times; highly recommended), I picked this collection up froAfter getting hooked into the recent Sherlock movies (Sherlock Holmes translated to modern times; highly recommended), I picked this collection up from the library. It's a set of short stories about Sherlock Holmes (the classic Victorian version) with a horror bent.
It was a slightly strange collection, since Holmes is so ultra-rational that throwing in horror touches is bizarre. Stories included the truth that was hidden about the Hound of the Baskervilles, the secret of Moriarty's fate at Reichenbach, and a family straight from Lovecraft's world.
I enjoyed a lot of the stories, but as a whole, the collection was a little on the blah side....more
The Uplift universe is one that I discovered in high school, back when they were first coming out. The universe, where all races come from lines of 'uThe Uplift universe is one that I discovered in high school, back when they were first coming out. The universe, where all races come from lines of 'uplift', where older races make deliberate changes to other races to bring them to full intelligence. All races, that is, except humans; the wolfling race that only hangs onto any status because they were already uplifting dolphins and chimps before being discovered by the older races.
This book is the first one, chonologically, and deals with the early days of adaption to galactic society, and a scientific expedition into the sun that has found something unprecedented.
The characters fascinated me when I first read the book, as did the science and the mystery (complete with a bring the suspects together and reveal the truth scene).
I decided to go back and reread the series over the next while, and it was interesting to reread this one. It still holds up well, but you can definitely see how the writer improved over the years. For one thing, he used far too many exclamation marks in his early books. They kind of stand out.
But still, this works well as an introduction to a series, an sf novel, and a mystery novel. I definitely recommend it to others. But I think that The Uplift War will remain my favorite of the series....more
Someone mails an authentically shrunken head to the Anthropology department at LVU. Who did it, why, and how can the PD keep the press from finding ouSomeone mails an authentically shrunken head to the Anthropology department at LVU. Who did it, why, and how can the PD keep the press from finding out and sensationalizing it?
If you've watched the show, CSI, you pretty much know what to expect. This is placed somewhere between the end of the miniature killer story-line and the death of Warrick, so mid-season 8. And unlike the tv show, they actually do acknowledge that tests take longer than twenty minutes.
One procedural element that annoyed me though, was when Brass and one of the CSIs go to the home of a suspect. CSI climbs up on a box to look in the backyard, sees what *might* be a curare plant, and they decide that it's murder weapon in plain sight, so they don't need a warrant to break down the front door and search the place. Good thing the killer was caught with lots of evidence on them, because I would guess that the results of the search would be tossed out in court....more
I had trouble rating this book. As a science fiction story, I give it a four. The world created was interesting and I found the characters compelling.I had trouble rating this book. As a science fiction story, I give it a four. The world created was interesting and I found the characters compelling. As a mystery, it was about a two. At best. The plot was simplistic, and the b-plot just wasn't fleshed out enough to be believable.
I did find the pigdin of the street kids overdone, to the point of making me uncomfortable. And the cover is highly misleading. It took about a third of the book to realize that Bengal station was on Earth, not a space station, but I blame the publisher for that.
I may read the others in the series, but this one stood on its own well enough that I may not. We'll see....more
The Eve Dallas books are always a of fun. This is one of the rare ones where you know who did it from the very start, and Eve knows who did it. The quThe Eve Dallas books are always a of fun. This is one of the rare ones where you know who did it from the very start, and Eve knows who did it. The question is how to prove it.
Renee Oberman is the daughter of the previous Commander of the NYPD. After Peabody accidentally overhears the woman talking with one of the cops under her about side work in selling drugs taken in busts, as well as killing a weasel who tried to take off with 10K, Peabody goes straight to Dallas (of course) which leads to the operation to prove that Saint Oberman's daughter is dirty.
One nice thing about this book is that we are finally getting to the point that we don't have to have flashback dreams about her traumatic childhood all the time. After all, if she weren't recovering by *now*, she shouldn't be out on the streets carrying a weapon....more
This is the second volume of the Arthurian Mysteries series, but I had no problem with not having read the first book. However, I'm not all that sureThis is the second volume of the Arthurian Mysteries series, but I had no problem with not having read the first book. However, I'm not all that sure that I will read any of the others in the series based on this one.
Malgwyn is a one-armed warrior who is an adviser to Arthur, although this is more true to history than the legends. While on their way to inspect one of the local abbeys, they are met by one of the monks, saying that a monk had been murdered, and Malgwyn (having a talent for this) is needed to solve the mystery. As well, Patrick (Saint Patrick) has arrived on his way to be questioned about a crime he may have committed as a young man before being abducted by pirates and taken to Ireland.
The main problem I had with the book was that while it was labeled as a mystery, and the murder is central to the story, it wasn't really a mystery, and the guilty are never exposed. In fact, innocent (so to speak) people are judged guilty in the end.
All in all, it was interesting, but not terribly gripping....more
I usually get tired of series books after a half-dozen book, but this series continues to pull me in, despite repetitive elements and writing no-nos (I usually get tired of series books after a half-dozen book, but this series continues to pull me in, despite repetitive elements and writing no-nos (like switching POVs in mid-paragraph).
This book is a departure from the others in two ways. First of all, there's the title. There's no "In Death" on it! Also, the mystery is not in New York.
Instead, her first big bust, a violent pedophile who kept 22 girls locked in a room, has managed to escape from jail, and goes after one of his earlier victims, now living in Dallas. This is, of course, to lure Eve down to the city where she was brutalized, and killed her own (abusive) father.
In the last book, I commented that it was about time they dialed back the past trauma, so of course the author dials it way up in this book. However, it really fits into the story. As well, we finally find out something about what happened to her mother, who abandoned her with her father when she was only three.
I just hope that the next book won't have the nightmares ramped up again....more
I've read a number of Ms King's Sherlock Holmes books, and while I enjoy them, I'm not a huge fan, since I see her character of Mary as an obvious MarI've read a number of Ms King's Sherlock Holmes books, and while I enjoy them, I'm not a huge fan, since I see her character of Mary as an obvious Mary Sue.
This is the first of the Kate Martinelli stories I've read. I'm debating whether to read one of the others.
Kate is a police detective, who is also gay, with a partner and a daughter. Her latest case involves a man who was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, and who may have discovered a long-lost Holmes story from 1924. The text of that story makes up about a third of the book (in very difficult to read font, I might add). It involves Holmes, a murdered army officer, and the murdered man's transvestite lover. Needless to say, it would turn the literary world on its ear. Was he killed because of the story?
To be honest, the Holmes story was the best part of the book. It was an interesting look at the 1920s in San Francisco.
I found Kate a likable character, but her partner was something of a blank slate, and their pre-school daughter did not act anything like any kid of that age that I've ever met. Far too reasonable and well behaved.
The ending certainly tells you when it was written, or at least set, since it falls into that brief period where the mayor of SanFran decided to start issuing same-sex marriage certificates, before the state courts put a stop to it.
The main murder mystery was clever, and yet had very little impact on me. Like I said, the story inside the story was the most interesting part of the book,...more