Adult/High School—This is the 17th entry in Davis's popular series about a Roman private "informer" (read private investigator). He normallSLJ review:
Adult/High School—This is the 17th entry in Davis's popular series about a Roman private "informer" (read private investigator). He normally works for the emperor, but while on vacation in Egypt with his family, Falco is pressed into service as the lead investigator in a high-profile case. The head librarian at Alexandria has been found dead, and all indications suggest murder. The mystery is of the cozy whodunit type with plenty of false trails and suspects galore, clever repartee, and layers of motives to dig through. The setting is lush first-century Egypt, and the period detail is interesting; the characters, both main and secondary, are fully fleshed out. There are some odd notes, such as Falco's offhand references to forensic techniques far ahead of his time and his modern attitude toward his wife, which can be distracting. A very large cast of recurring characters with numerous variations on their names makes this a difficult book to read as a stand-alone, but it should be popular in libraries that have mystery lovers or Falco devotees.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI...more
I enjoyed this look into the Muslim world very much. A young woman drowns in the desert. A devout Muslim desert tracker and a Saudi woman in the medicI enjoyed this look into the Muslim world very much. A young woman drowns in the desert. A devout Muslim desert tracker and a Saudi woman in the medical examiner's office band together to find out the who and why of her death. The gender related issues were fascinating to me, as were the circumstances of women in Saudi culture. The fact that Katya works is a shameful thing for her family, despite her phD. Good story. ...more
It's a combination ghost story/mystery/historical/geneological research/humor book. Hmmm. Maybe I should say hard to classify? "Willie Upton returns tIt's a combination ghost story/mystery/historical/geneological research/humor book. Hmmm. Maybe I should say hard to classify? "Willie Upton returns to Templeton in disgrace and spends some time looking through her family tree" just doesn't seem to cover it. ;-P...more
**spoiler alert** It was hard to put down and definitely not boring. It is very plot driven, but I'm strangely dichotomous that way. Usually it's all**spoiler alert** It was hard to put down and definitely not boring. It is very plot driven, but I'm strangely dichotomous that way. Usually it's all about character for me, but I'm a huge David Morrell - who is all about the plot to the exclusion of character - fan, so go figure.
It also reminded me a great deal in feel of THE SECRET HISTORY, of that outsider looking in viewpoint, but without the lovely language and lyricism. Actually, the writing itself was kind of pedestrian, but the story was so compulsively readable, it didn't matter much to me. I think the writing in HARRY POTTER is pedestrian, too. Didn't keep me from devouring the books.
Great setting, and I thought the setting was hugely important to the story, almost another character. I was intrigued enough by the mentions of CITY OF GLASS to pick it up and take a look - gah, philosophical detective story! Things that I thought were plot holes closed up when I began really thinking about them, including one that happens very early on and had me quite confused.
The answer clicked into place for me before the end, but not so far before that I didn't enjoy the rest of the book. Dean Ormand's involvement with Milgram colored my reading of the story and clues and I had a big "A-HA!" moment about three quarters of the way through that was borne out by the ending. Brian's resolution somewhat surprised me, though. ...more
SLJ Review: Adult/High School— The shocking opening chapter of this thriller lets readers know they're in for a rough ride through the minds of damagedSLJ Review: Adult/High School— The shocking opening chapter of this thriller lets readers know they're in for a rough ride through the minds of damaged people, including a drug-addicted police detective and an ambitious newspaper reporter. Two years earlier, a sadistic female serial killer captured and tortured Archie Sheridan, the lead detective on the Beauty Killer Task Force, leaving an indelible impression on his psyche and numerous physical scars. Now a new serial killer is stalking Portland, OR, and Archie is called back to duty to head a new task force. Susan Ward, a bright, offbeat reporter, is surprised to get the inside track on the investigation from him. It seems that he is finally willing to expose his feelings about Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, but Susan will have to reveal her secrets as well. Vaguely reminiscent of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs (St. Martin's, 1988), with the setup of the serial-killer psychiatrist trading information while working her own angle, the novel has plenty of gruesome details, building suspense, false leads, and startling imagery in a setting so realistic that readers will feel damp and chilled. This one is for teens who like their stories gritty, grim, and gory.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI...more