This book is one of favorite Grisham books to date, though I haven't read them all. It is different, in that it has more humor than his previous books. BThis book is one of favorite Grisham books to date, though I haven't read them all. It is different, in that it has more humor than his previous books. But the characters were well drawn, the plot was believable, the writing was very good, and the ending was very satisfying (unlike some of the tragic endings in recent books). It was a fun, fast read, and I look forward to his next book....more
I've now read the first nine books in this series. This installment was OK, but it wasn't the best. I'm really getting tired of the increasingly graphicI've now read the first nine books in this series. This installment was OK, but it wasn't the best. I'm really getting tired of the increasingly graphic sex in this series. I was also a little disappointed that Yuki had such a small role in this book. Still, it was a quick read, and it was entertaining enough to make a worthwhile read. ...more
This is one of the strongest entries to date in the Scarpetta series. The characters and relationships are well drawn,and continue to evolve. But the foThis is one of the strongest entries to date in the Scarpetta series. The characters and relationships are well drawn,and continue to evolve. But the forensics is front and center, as it was in the last novel, and I find it fascinating. Kay finds herself manipulated and drawn into an investigation in another part of the country, and she finds herself balancing the importance of doing her job while carefully honoring jurisdictional lines, and even dealing with the suspicions of those who suspect her involvement in the crimes that keep occurring since her arrival. Those who have felt that recent novels have drifted away from the Kay Scarpetta we knew and loved should find this novel a welcome treat. This book is Patricia - and Kay - at their best!...more
I enjoyed this book. Yuki had a much larger role to play, all the members of the Club are undergoing important relational changes for the good, the expliI enjoyed this book. Yuki had a much larger role to play, all the members of the Club are undergoing important relational changes for the good, the explicit sex which seemed to be growing in the last book has been toned down, and all of plot lines reached good, reasonable conclusions. I continue to enjoy the short chapterlength, though as one reviewer said, it's so easy to say, "Only 3 pages? I can read another chapter before going to bed." And one chapter becomes one more, and one more, until it's much later than I intended! All in all, I like this series very much. My only real problem is that I watched the TV series before reading the books, so Angie Harmon will always be Lindsey Boxer to me. So when she is often referred to as "Blondie" in the books, it's offsetting - Angie is definitely not blonde! A minor problem, not to deter from my enjoyment. Now that I've caught up with the series - I always read series books in order, and only started this year - I will anxiously await the next installment....more
(Note: It's a minor spoiler, but if you plan to read the book, might want to skip my last paragraph)
I've always had a love-hate relationship with Martha(Note: It's a minor spoiler, but if you plan to read the book, might want to skip my last paragraph)
I've always had a love-hate relationship with Martha Grimes. I love the Richard Jury series, and I have all of them. But, unlike the Women's Murder Club books or Stephanie Plum books, which I can read in a couple of days, Martha Grimes' books are, for me at least, much slower reads. That's why I'm six books behind! Part of it is the style - though American, her books read more like older British novels, and can sometimes become rather dense (or maybe it's me who is dense!), though not as thick as PD James, whose books I struggle to get through even more. Part of it is the detail - she includes so much detail, and draws her characters in such depth, that it's easy sometimes to get bogged down.
HOWEVER - the detail and the characters are also one of the great strengths of these books. Reading this series, the reader feels that we really know these people, with all their eccentricities. Newcomers to the series may feel they've missed something, and I would recommend reading the series from the beginning. Even long time readers may find themselves forgetgting exactly who some of these people are, but the author gives enough detail that it's usually pretty easy to remember and reconnect sufficiently to enjoy the books. And the darkness of the crimes is balanced nicely by the humor of the interplay of the characters, the "Piddletonians."
As for this book, others have pointed out that it's really more a Melrose Plant book, as Richard Jury doesn't show up until two-thirs of the way through. But Melrose is such an endearing character, and it's nice sometimes to see Holmes' Dr. Watson (which is the way I see Melrose) in the forefront, so this is not a major problem. As always, the characters are well drawn, new comers will enjoy them, and long time readers are treated to more information about these characters backgrounds. The mystery is also well crafted, with enough suspicion to go around. And complex though the plot may be, all the loose strengths come together at the end.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this book.
And I especially enjoyed the last line - "Macalvie took off his coat." I won't explain it here, but I found this line to be - Brilliant!! - and I believe readers will agree.