**spoiler alert** Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. Did not expect the ending. I'm sure there are others that did; but I did not. What a shock for me.**spoiler alert** Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. Did not expect the ending. I'm sure there are others that did; but I did not. What a shock for me. No wonder this was a quartet, originally.
Boy, Jimmy Perez did seem a bit slow in this book. He usually plays it down low and doesn't show his hand or what he is thinking; but he seems a bit slow on the up take in this one. However, he was probably a bit thrown by being back home, with all the attendant family guilt that comes up with that; as well as his engagement party on Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands, and impending wedding with his fiancee, Fran.
I just love this series; even though I was thrown by this particular one. I was disappointed there were only supposed to be four books. Apparently there are more, though. Where do we go from here?
What an unexpectedly engaging series. The premise it a bit fantastical. This young woman (only about 23) not only protects Winston Churchill from an aWhat an unexpectedly engaging series. The premise it a bit fantastical. This young woman (only about 23) not only protects Winston Churchill from an assassination attempt; but now, in the second book, she also helps protect he future Queen Elizabeth II, only a young woman of 14 in this book. For some reason, you don't focus on how incredibly impossible this is - I found my self caught up in her ingenuity, resourcefulness, intelligence and her feisty, stubborn attitude.
A very enjoyable read; though I did find myself scratching my head, wondering why I thought this was believable; now that I'm done. ...more
Really?!?! Really?!?! Chicago is now the serial killer capital of the world? This is what this series would have you believe.
Catching up quickly on myReally?!?! Really?!?! Chicago is now the serial killer capital of the world? This is what this series would have you believe.
Catching up quickly on my old favorite series, so I thought I try this one in hopes of adding a new series to my list. I like series that develop the characters and have you engrossed and coming along for the ride. What a big disappointment.
The first book concerned a serial killer. The second concerns a serial killer as well; and form what little I read of the preview of the third book, yet another serial killer. (Little boys killing kittens/cats!!! I’m so, so, so, so sick of this. It’s cruel; it’s sick; It’s unconscionable as entertainment!)
It’s a shame really. I like the relationship between Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels and her partner and the humor in the books. This could have been and enjoyable series, except for the serial killer focus. I don’t mind a serial killer in the midst of a series. If it’s a fairly long series, that might be expected. But, to have the whole series focused on serial killers. I can’t take this.
I really am very conflicted about this book. It is a very engrossing read, so I rated it highly. However, the moral grounds covered in this book are vI really am very conflicted about this book. It is a very engrossing read, so I rated it highly. However, the moral grounds covered in this book are very troubling to me. How far do you go for friendship? How far do you go for love? Does friendship and love trump following the law or the moral thing to do? Are morals so flexible that they can be changed to be the “right” thing to do if someone you love is in very deep trouble? What is you are an officer of the law? Shouldn’t you be held to a higher standard, since your job is to uphold the law?
These are the issues which trouble me about this book. Detective Sargent Barbara Havers has always gone her own stubborn way in this series. Sometime she’s right – many times she’s impulsive and wrong, but she doesn’t seem to learn from this. She always thinks she’s entitled to gone her own way, not follow orders and follow her own course, if she thinks and feels she’s right.
Inspector Lynley has been very tolerant and forgiving of her stubbornness and rebellious behavior, since he has come to value her instincts, tenacity, intelligence and friendship. He has protected her and saver her from her impulsive behavior many times and she save his life from a serial killer, which indebts him to her and is brought up several times in the book.
However, Barbara oversteps the bounds of friendship, duty, and morality in this book, that I am stunned and a bit let down and disappointed that George found a totally incredible and unbelievable way to save her in the end. Frankly, after her actions in this book; the way she unmercifully and frankly incredibly expected Lynley to back her up and save her; even thought she was taking every advantage of him and totally presuming upon their partnership; I thought she totally deserved to lose her job and no longer be in law enforcement. She was acting totally impulsively and even acting and behaving like she was above the law, because as she saw it, her motives were to protect her friends and people she loved and that to her trumped following her duty as a law enforcement professional.
This was way over the top and bit too much for me. I honestly, as much as I admire and trust Inspector Thomas Lynley, didn’t understand how he could still strive to help and protect her; especially when she defied and took advantage of him as long as it server her purposes.