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Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)
4.25
Incredibly annoying spoiler in this summary for those who haven't read #12.

3.5 stars as usual, balance requires giving this a 4. Enjoyable characters
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Aug 02, 2011
Nov 16, 2010
 
Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1)
4.01
Too long for the amount of substance. First-novelitis?
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
 
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.79
Would sell 5 copies if it weren't for the Potter connection. OK readability, but commits the cardinal sin of giving you all the thoughts of the POV de ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
 
In The Name Of Honor
3.77
By-the-numbers Patterson. Readable, but not as engrossing as many of his other books. Early on, I thought I knew the card he was palming for the book' ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
Too Close to Miss (Mara Cunningham Series, #1)
3.52
It's only 99 cents, so if you rate it by cost/enjoyment ratio, it's clearly at least a 4.

Basic genre stuff, where the genre is "spunky woman mysterie
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Dec 07, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
 
In Deep Voodoo (The Mojo #1)
3.78
Free Kindle book. Well-enough written that I didn't stop reading it as light entertainment, but it's not terribly surprising to find that she got her ...more
May 12, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
4.53
This would be tough sledding if you haven't read the previous books in the series, since you'd be unlikely to care about the characters. The pyrotechn ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 16, 2010
 
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar, #10)
4.06
I stayed up until it was finished, so I must have enjoyed it. It's formula, but Coben allows a meta realization of that fact to leak through, which ma ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder, #6)
4.16
One of the more interesting things beyond the usual is how Block felt it necessary to go back in time to when Scudder an alcoholic in order for the st ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
 
Against All Enemies (Max Moore, #1)
3.94
Clancy really should be embarrassed. This is either written mostly by his co-author (who you have to search for on the cover), or he's found a compute ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Jr., #2)
3.74
OK, though the side plots he threw just for the sake of sharing his opinions (Ryan for President, prosecuting the soldier) should have been cut. His b ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
 
Windy City: A Novel of Politics
3.27
The mayor of Chicago gets murdered, but this is more of a story about the politics of the situation rather than a mystery. The characters are somewhat ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder, #16)
3.86
Genre writing, done with a complete understanding of the craft, can approach art.

I found the end a little disappointing - not the plot, but the handli
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Aug 04, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
One Night Stands and Lost Weekends
3.43
Listened to the audiobook version - couldn't make it through all the pulpy sludge. Skipped to the Ed London novella when reading the ebook, and they w ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
 
Getting Off (Hard Case Crime #101)
3.34
Written in the '50s pulp-sleaze style of his youth. Better porn is much more widely available these days. Skilled craft in the service of a rather poi ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
The Devil's Light
3.30
Generic carefully crafted thriller. Well done, but nothing extra. Lots of exposition at one point, educational and not too badly done but it's a big l ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
 
High Profile (Jesse Stone, #6)
3.75
Parker does better when he has a decent plot. This time, the plot is there to give the characters a chance to show their depth. Sadly, they do.

Still,
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not set
Apr 24, 2011
 
Every Precious Thing (Logan Harper, #2)
3.87
Generic characters in a generic genre novel. A (small) step below publishable, but OK for a free book. Just when I got rolling along, the author chang ...more
May 21, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
The Canceled Czech (Evan Tanner, #2)
3.60
Blah. I would have put it aside, but the one thing it has going for it is that it's simple, and I was busy, so I was reading it in bits and pieces and ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
4.10
Genre novel, done well. I'd seen the movie, so that may have helped fill in some background and imagery. OTOH, seeing the movie did spoil the suspense ...more
May 24, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Sixkill (Spenser, #39)
3.96
Should be 3.5. It's Spencer, no more, no less, perhaps a little unfinished because of the timing. But it's still the guy all the others try to copy. N ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport, #20)
4.09
Another perfectly adequate time-killing series novel. Sandford has a reasonable touch with the balance between acknowledging past installments and wel ...more
Oct 21, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
 
A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder, #10)
3.92
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liam Neeson. THere will have to be significant changes as some of the tech involved in major plot points ha ...more
May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013
 
Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17)
3.90
Exactly the same book as the last few in the series. OK if you're new to it, but dull if you're not. Sure Spencer (for example) is repetitious, but no ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
My Dead Body (Joe Pitt, #5)
4.07
Neatly raps up the series (it could continue, but there's no need). Odd how the series shifted from standalone books to a connected narrative in the m ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
 
The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4)
4.20
Series novel, and the author is too lazy to provide background for reoccurring characters.

Life is too short to spend time on anything this precious.
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
The Affair of the Blood-Stained Egg Cosy (Burford Family Mysteries, #1)
3.77
Written in 1975, set in the 30's, reads more like it was written then. If that appeals to you, fine, but it comes off as too precious for me to bother ...more
May 08, 2013
May 15, 2013
 
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years
3.63
The authors do a good job of evoking the Holmesian aura, but don't do as well with the actual mysteries. Most of them are too easily solved.
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
 
9th Judgement: (Women's Murder Club 9)
4.04
Almost didn't bother to finish, but it was short. I'm reading through a bunch of bestsellers, and I am sorely disappointed in the book-buying public.
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Small Town: A Novel of New York
3.49
OK, but not prime Block. The focus revolves around multiple characters, but most of them appear to be there to pad the plot out to novel length.
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
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