Seattle homicide detective JP Beaumont is about as hardboiled as a hardboiled egg. His tough outer shell is easily cracked, especially by a pretty womSeattle homicide detective JP Beaumont is about as hardboiled as a hardboiled egg. His tough outer shell is easily cracked, especially by a pretty woman of a certain age; and he is very gooshy on the inside.
Recovering from his emotional and physical ordeal, Beau is on vacation at a resort when he hears a woman screaming on the beach. As he goes to investigate, he finds a woman pulling a dead body out of the cold water. And so begins another mystery.
Out of his jurisdiction, he investigates anyway, relying on contacts and his own stubborn doggedness. He uncovers a murderous mystery of madness and destruction. He also demonstrates the strength of his dedication to those he cares about, living and dead.
Beau is likable and appealing with his insightful self-deprecating sense of humor. He is both optimistic and pessimistic. He is good to his friends and relentless to injustice.
This character is very different from the other main characters in JA Jance's series and demonstrates her writing prowess. Her strength is building flawed and appealing characters in intense situations.
I listened to this and the narrator is excellent. A perfect match for the character. ...more
There is so much to love about this book. What could have been a very good alternate timeline magic in the world book is set on it's head with the intThere is so much to love about this book. What could have been a very good alternate timeline magic in the world book is set on it's head with the introduction of race, interracial marriage, the status of women, and the question of (il)legitimacy. It is well written and fun to read. I listened to the audio-book read by one of my favorites, Jayne Entwhistle.
You can read many summaries and I will leave it at that. Except to rave about Prunella Gentlewoman. One reviewer called Prunella her fictional best friend and another, her patronus. She's a gutsy, smart, ambitious woman........more
The first book in a series. For some reason, I've never read this series. It's adorable. Annie inherited a mystery book store from her uncle, Death onThe first book in a series. For some reason, I've never read this series. It's adorable. Annie inherited a mystery book store from her uncle, Death on Demand. It's located on a small island off the South Carolina coast. The island is an up-and-coming resort time with old time fisherman and townfolk. Many of the inhabitants are mystery writers, an eccentric and often obnoxious group of people. When one of them is murdered in the bookstore, Annie becomes the suspect number one. Her erstwhile lover has reappeared and together they investigate the crime(s).
I loved all the references to mysteries, it often sent me to my favorite website www.stopyourekillingme.com so I could catch them all. I loved Annie and Max. Very charming and readable book....more
I loved this book. Cormoran Strike tries to be a hardboiled private detective but his humanity gets in the way. He tries to look at the world as noirI loved this book. Cormoran Strike tries to be a hardboiled private detective but his humanity gets in the way. He tries to look at the world as noir and depraved but his compassion prevents him from plunging into the darkest despair. He is down on his luck. He has just made the final break from his beautiful, passionate, manipulative obsession, Charlotte. Cast out, he camps in his seedy office.
He is greeted by his new temporary secretary, Robin, who has stumbled on her dream job of working in a private detective agency. Recently engaged and looking for full-time employment, this job is supposed to be a stop gap. She proves to be a efficient, smart, intuitive, and discreet. Cormoran reluctantly begins to like her.
He is hired by a very rich man to investigate the suicide of his model sister. What follows is an investigation into the world of the rich, famous, and selfish. Cormoran uncovers the mystery and I have to admit, I did not see it at all. The key to a good story is the clues are all there and the reader misses it and then at the end says, "oh yeah, it was all there and I missed it!!"
I really enjoyed this book. Well written and very well plotted. Characters are richly drawn with flaws and strengths. This proves the author is a versatile and imaginative writer in many genres!...more