Agatha's business is slow due to the economic recession. Her firm is mainly handling divorces and missing pets. Then, shClassic, fluffy Agatha Raisin.
Agatha's business is slow due to the economic recession. Her firm is mainly handling divorces and missing pets. Then, she discovers a grisly murder when taking her friends to a pig roast in a nearby village. The victim, a very unpopular copper who Agatha herself had openly expressed desire to see burn in Hell.
Of course, Agatha becomes the main suspect. At least she is until she receives a package containing major evidence. That combined with death threats and attacks on her friends and employees quickly change both the police's and Agatha's views on the crime.
This book is classic Agatha through and through. Light and fluffy fun mixed with dark and gruesome crime. The only major disappointment is the extremely anti-climactic ending concerning Agatha's garden. Sure, this may be lining things up for the next book in the series, but it is definitely 20 pages of let-down. It's inclusion takes away all of the thrill of solving the case and putting the guilty behind bars. Instead we're left thinking about lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. This is such a let-down in fact, that I'm docking this book an entire star....more
Meg Langslow is struggling with the reality of having four-month-old twins, sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, a dirty kitchen. One evening Meg finds hMeg Langslow is struggling with the reality of having four-month-old twins, sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, a dirty kitchen. One evening Meg finds herself awake for late night feedings, and also finds am entire menagerie in her living room! To add to the trouble, the chief of police shows up on her doorstep...with a barking phone and the news of a murder. With so much on her plate as mother, reluctant zookeeper, and sleuth, how will Meg manage, and will she make it home in time for the twins next feeding or become the murderer's next victim?
Donna Andrews definitely has a way with words and humor. I absolutely loved the writing and the sarcastic wit. I did find a few flaws, though. The plot seemed to lack the drama and intrigue I typically look for in a mystery. I also found it extremely predictable. (I knew the murderer's identity the moment the character was introduced and the motive from the time the first crucial piece of evidence was found.) On top of that, I had a difficult time actually feeling connected to the characters. Perhaps, I would have felt more connection if I'd read the previous books in the series first, although cozy mysteries should be able to stand on their own as well as building in a series. Despite the flaws, I was deeply enamored by Ms. Andrews's writing and humor and that has definitely upped the appeal of this book. I would like to go back to the beginning of the series and see if that that helps to redeem any of the flaws I found in this book. ...more
Thursday is missing, but is it the real Thursday or the written Thursday. No one really knows, not even Thursday herself. Throw in a slew of syntheticThursday is missing, but is it the real Thursday or the written Thursday. No one really knows, not even Thursday herself. Throw in a slew of synthetic Thursdays, flat Thursdays, a cogman butler with a flare for cocktails, and a dozen or so Men in Plaid and you're in for a rollicking good time. Oh, and did I mention a thieving goblin, a flaming busload of nuns and orphan puppies, and an understudy who likes to get her hyphen on???
Jasper Fforde most definitely has a way with intelligent sarcasm. His wicked sense of humor makes this book a laugh riot from start to finish. I must admit that I was sometimes confused by locations, characters, and backstories, especially at the beginning, but I believe that it was due to the fact that I have not read the first five books in the Thursday series, something I recommend and plan to go back and do myself. Still, the humor and the writing more than made up for any confusion. A definite must-read!...more
this is a terrible, terrible book. The writing is less than mediocre. It is stilted. The vocabulary is limited with great repetition of a handful of mthis is a terrible, terrible book. The writing is less than mediocre. It is stilted. The vocabulary is limited with great repetition of a handful of modifiers. The characters are flat and have few if any redeeming qualities. There is a vast array of sub-plots which are very loosely connected to the main plot, if connected at all. I would say that the ending is anti-climactic, but for that to be the case, there would have to be some sort of climax and there is absolutely no arc at all to the story. This is 412 pages of boredom....more
"Rules of Civility" is a beautifully written novel following twenty-something Katey Kontent through a pivotal year in her life, through loss and love,"Rules of Civility" is a beautifully written novel following twenty-something Katey Kontent through a pivotal year in her life, through loss and love, triumph and tragedy, all set in the backdrop of Jazz-Age New York. Through Katey's journey, we see how even the simplest of decisions have a lasting effect in determining our course in life.
"Rules of Civility" is one of the best written novels I've read within the last year. The imagery is gorgeous, the emotions true and all encompassing. While the author's lack of the use of quotation marks in his dialogue is a bit of an irritation, you can't help but forget about it as you are carried away to a world of six-floor walk ups and basement jazz clubs. A definite must-read....more
***I must disclose that I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.***
Josie Corsino is struggling with***I must disclose that I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.***
Josie Corsino is struggling with the the same issue many working women struggle with, how to balance her job with being a good mother and a good wife. The only difference is, Josie's decisions can have life or death consequences and be the deciding factor in whether or not justice is served. Josie is Captain Josie Corsino of the Hollywood precinct of the Las Angeles Police Department.
When a teenage movie star ends up dead in a Josie's district, shot through the head in a Hollywood home, it is Josie's job to oversee the investigation. This takes a difficult turn when Josie finds out that her son is an acquaintance of the victim as well as close friends with the main suspect. She's also faced with a politician using his clout to sway the investigation and the possibility of police corruption within her own division. Can Josie solve the crime and ensure justice is served while also protecting her family and her own job?
Connie Dial is a wonderful writer, in the style of Tami Hoag. The writing is raw and blunt, filled with emotion without being overly dramatic. The storyline is quick paced without feeling rushed. Ms. Dial keeps you intrigued throughout without the occasional drag you often find in thrillers and mysteries. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read that I highly recommend....more
Southern hospitality, tea, and gourmet food mixed with pirates, robbery, and murder. What could make for a better mystery! It was truly a joy to folloSouthern hospitality, tea, and gourmet food mixed with pirates, robbery, and murder. What could make for a better mystery! It was truly a joy to follow along as Theodosia and Drayton served up cup after cup of oolong, chai, and intrigue, while surrounded by a supporting cast that includes the token grumpy cop, a pirate obsessed antiques dealer, and a skull-wearing proprietress of an art gallery, not to mention a couple of neurotic sisters and a smarmy attorney. Who killed the intern and stole Blackbeard's skull cup? Can Theo find out before the killer strikes again, or will she find herself or someone she loves the next victim of Blackbeard's curse? ...more
This is not the mystery of the smoking gun. It is the mystery of the exploding gun. When the signal pistol explodes at a yacht race, Theodosia is righThis is not the mystery of the smoking gun. It is the mystery of the exploding gun. When the signal pistol explodes at a yacht race, Theodosia is right in the middle of the fray. She watches as the man's lifeless body falls to the ground, brushing against one of her very own tablecloths as he goes. While most believe it to be nothing more than a tragic accident, Theo isn't so sure and can't resist the urge to involve herself, and her friends, in the investigation. Will Theo find the killer, or will the killer find her?
While this is a classic cozy mystery wrapped in humor and intrigue, it is more than a little predictable. Also, Ms. Childs needs a better editor. Not only are their the general typos and such, but there are well-known sayings and quotes that are grossly misquoted. Also, there are gross inconsistencies between books. In this book, Haley is 24, but a year later in "The Jasmine Moon Murder", Haley is only 23. These issues make it difficult to completely enjoy these books. While they are still interesting and fun reads, they are difficult to fully immerse yourself in when there are such issues....more