Review: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because itReview: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it seemed to not relate too much to her personal life which didn't appeal to me. ...more
This novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The peThis novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The personal aspect of the kidnapping of Cross's niece adds some drama into the story. The story has plenty of thrills and chills, but there is certain realism to it, lots of young women disappear all over the country, things like this happen, there are no supernatural demons and creatures that lurk in the imagination, this can be real. When I was reading the book I kept thinking, what if that happened to me, what would I do? Fight to the death of course, hopefully the bad guy's death. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is true that there are some very graphic descriptions of violent acts involving female victims. Graphic descriptions of violent acts are not rare in books of this genre, and I don't see the complaints if the victims are men. So, if you have a serious problem with violence against women this book is probably not for you. ...more
Along Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is welAlong Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is well balanced, but the real key to success is Alex Cross himself. Alex is a black, detective with a degree in psychology, who is passionate about his work, volunteers at a food bank and counsels on the side. And he isn't perfect, he loses his head and punches out racists, doesn't spend enough time at home with his kids and is a bit of a sucker for the ladies. The plot of the novel is pretty basic, but flows well, the first half reads like a standard serial killer case, the pace does slow a little in the second half as deeper intrigue is revealed. This book is wonderful! Suspenseful, twisting, and delicious, James Patterson has crafted quite the protagonist in Detective Alex Cross. AMAZING! I loved it. I would read it for hours and hours. I had a hard time putting the book down. It was great! James Patterson is one of my favorite writers.
A very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well asA very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as likable. I look forward to his next foray with Lindsay Boxer a recommend to all mystery/detective fans. 4th of July, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a very good book. It's a classic suspense novel with an extremely eerie vibe. This makes a hard book to put down.I enjoyed this book. Especially the two storylines, which go in parallel (the trial of Lindsay and her murder investigation). Overall it was an entertaining book. Patterson's style of small chapters (2-3 pages) is very addictive ... just one more chapter ... and another one. I am not sure how realistic the trial is, but the trial showed some real issues from two sides. It is also extremely fast paced and enjoyable as it contains a twist that caught me off guard(that I should have expected)....more
While I enjoyed the book, it seemed to me that the way it was written applied the story so much better to the screen rather than the written word. OfWhile I enjoyed the book, it seemed to me that the way it was written applied the story so much better to the screen rather than the written word. Of course, the incredible acting by Meryl Streep, and the oh so wide eyed - well played role Amy Adams took may have shaded my take on this. So often, for me the book turns out to be so much more enjoyable than the movie, but in this case, I have to say that I enjoyed the movie much more than the book!!
Apart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's MurderApart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder Club series is every bit as nailbiting as the first two, but with a slight twist: this time, the solution to a grisly string of bombings cannot come without the expense of having to lose someone very close to our amateur detectives.
Riveting plot twists. Bullet paced turn of events. This novel packs in just about everything you would expect from a wholesome crime thriller. If you've read the first 2 in the series, you'd probably be even better off as you could relate more easily to the fears and idiosyncrasies of our intriguing protagonists.
Don't know how Patterson does it, but he just keeps on getting better and better! Couldn't put 3rd Degree down. ...more
The plot is still very exciting and the story grabs you. The plot of "2nd Chance" moves along rather quickly, rarely stopping for a breather. When LinThe plot is still very exciting and the story grabs you. The plot of "2nd Chance" moves along rather quickly, rarely stopping for a breather. When Lindsay isn't dealing with the stresses of her job, her personal life is there to stress over. Her father returns to get a second chance at being a good dad, she finds out one of her friends is pregnant, and she still is trying to cope with the fact that Chris Raleigh is dead. This was a great 2nd book, better than the first in the series. The characters were developed further, and so were their relationships to each other. And, all that was in the background of a fantastic mystery with tons of twists and turns. Patterson really leads the readers (and the characters) through mazes that seem to never end. And, when you finally do get to the end, you are led through one final twist that is sure to delight the reader. Great effort! ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Asha Miro's novel. Her journey and discoveries made for a page turning book that I was unable to put down! This is a book for allI thoroughly enjoyed Asha Miro's novel. Her journey and discoveries made for a page turning book that I was unable to put down! This is a book for all Adopted children, those who have adopted, and for those who one day would like to adopt, as well as for those just looking for a very interesting and well written story! This is a book about trying to find out about oneself, and Asha Miro is the young woman who is trying to piece together her fragmented past, from her life in India until she was six until the day she returned to India from Spain, in the hope of finding out more about her adoption, her birth family and why they had given her up. A wonderful book that is far from being sentimental, Asha has no illusions about her life, she is European and cannot give up the trappings of her westernised life but she promises herself she will not forget where she has come from and I would like to think that she keeps that promise, not just for herself but for the faily who lost her and then found her again after so many years.
This is a fun, short, easy mystery read. If you're looking for a cozy mystery, Aurora Teagarden will hit the spot. The book is light enough to make foThis is a fun, short, easy mystery read. If you're looking for a cozy mystery, Aurora Teagarden will hit the spot. The book is light enough to make for a quick read, but suspenseful enough to keep you sucked in. Highly recommended for mystery fans. Don't expect any paranormal here, though, or you'll be disappointed - that's another series. The characters that fill these pages are what I have come to expect from Charlaine Harris. She takes your ordinary, average, every day people and adds a decent dose of charm and a healthy heaping of eccentricities. Roe may lead a rather staid lifestyle on the surface, but she is anything but boring. I found myself chuckling quite a few times at the things that go through her head. The mystery is exciting and kept me guessing... I was shocked at the end. This is an amusing, southern cozy and I recommend it for a relaxing read. ...more
June 2010: ========== One of the most satisfying cozy mysteries I've read. Cozy mysteries seem to have a specialization, whether it's a bookstore mysterJune 2010: ========== One of the most satisfying cozy mysteries I've read. Cozy mysteries seem to have a specialization, whether it's a bookstore mystery, a pizzeria mystery, or, in this case, a mystery set on land with an orchard. Connolly allows the reader to learn about renovating the old farm house, and tending the orchard, right along with Meg, but she never forgets this is supposed to be an enjoyable mystery, not a lesson in country living.
Granted, it's easy to pinpoint the killer, but for most of us who read cozies, the puzzle is only part of the reason we read them. This is a mystery for those of us who enjoy getting to know the characters, watching their lives change, and relationships develop. Rotten to the Core is warm and entertaining from the first paragraph to the last. Fans will look forward to the next Orchard Mystery. I love the spunk of Meg. She is a great heroine. Informative about the growing of apples plus incorporates a good story line. A nice change from all the baked goods stories. ...more