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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  4,510 ratings  ·  619 reviews
Yirmi altı usta yazardan tek bir hikâye…

Jeff Abbott - Lori Armstrong - Sandra Brown - Thomas Cook
Jeffery Deaver - Diana Gabaldon - Tess Gerritsen
Andrew F. Gulli - Peter James - J.A. Jance
Faye Kellerman - Raymond Khoury - John Lescroart
Jeff Lindsay - Gayle Lynds - Phillip Margolin
Alexander Mccall Smith - Michael Palmer - T. Jefferson Parker
Matthew Pearl - Kathy Reichs - Ma
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Martı Yayınları (first published 2011)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: There is always that case, the one that keeps me awake at night, the one that got away. It’ll always be there, gnawing at the edges of my mind. It doesn’t matter that ten years have passed, it doesn’t matter that the case is officially closed. An innocent woman was executed, I was the one who helped make it happen, and on the sad night when the needle was inserted into her arm, injecting her with death, part of my life ended too.
It never felt right, never made sense. Sure, there was mot
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jesi by:
FINALLY finished. I realize that it only took one day of my time, but really? that's one day that I could have spent listening to something, I don't know... GOOD. I only finished it out, because I'd stopped listening to a few books in a row before this one and felt guilty for the cost.

There are authors in this round-robin who I enjoy. Tess Gerritsen, for one. But when they all put their considerable talent together in this, it came out poorly. I think each author got a character synopsis, what w
Bruce Hatton
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly unusual novel: a project initiated by Andrew Gulli in which he invited 23 of the top crime writers to write their own chapters. None of the authors knew the entire plot but were just given “briefing notes” for the chapters they were asked to write.
The story centres around the murder of museum curator Christopher Thomas in 1998; a crime for which his wife Rosemary is tried, convicted and executed. However, the detective leading the case is certain the verdict is wrong: Rosemary w
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd prefer to give No Rest for the Dead 2.5 out of 5 stars, but instead of rounding down I'll round up due to the fact that the book was written by an army of writters, and the proceeds go towards a good cause. The fact that it was written by 26 writters is the most interesting thing about this book, to me.

To be honest, I don't often read mysteries--although the book I read previous to this one was also a mystery--but it is a genre that, when I do partake, I tend to enjoy. I didn't recognize mos
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty six authors writing in collaboration to tell the story of an innocent woman wrongly executed for her husband's murder. Huh? Twenty six authors? One book? When I read the synopsis of No Rest for the Dead and then looked at the list of contributing authors I knew that I just had to read this book. Could this work? WOULD this work? Yes it works just fine, thank you! Each author writes one chapter, or story, labeled with their name so you do know who wrote what. But the "who wrote what" dynam ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything had gone wrong for Rosemary. She married the wrong guy. An
ass who cheated on her. She got accused of his murder, convicted,
sentenced to death and not even her death would go smoothly. In a
matter of pages you feel so deeply for Rosemary that you want to save
her, you want justice for her. And you want someone to solve the
murder of her husband and get the right killer.
No Rest for the Dead hooks you from the prologue to the final words of
the last chapter. Don’t think you’ll just sk
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The string that held these stories together did not work for me. I would rather read an anthology of independent short and unrelated stories. This gimmick was for "the seller" not "the buyer". ...more
Jack Heath
3 Stars. I was torn, the story did capture my attention, but the distractions of numerous authors and narrators (in my audio edition) were present too. There are reasons why collaborations in fiction writing are rare; an author wants to combine an interesting story with his or her individual style and approach. Hard to do with 25 partners even though a few only appear for a half dozen paragraphs or so. It's good but not great. We open with a middle-aged woman, Rosemary Thomas, on death row; she' ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not typically a fan of mysteries. Usually they're either way too predictable or have some completely random "twist" of an ending that doesn't make sense. I like mysteries where, once the killer has been revealed, you can look back over the story and say, "Oh yeah, now it all makes sense."

That is what this book does.

Did I guess the killer? No. Did I have inklings that could have pointed me in that direction? Yes. And that's a good thing.

Or maybe I just watch too much Bones and CSI (also a go
Steph (loves water)
Alrighty...twenty-six authors with all different writing styles. I think it would work better with two or three. There were a few favorites in here, and I was VERY happy to see Jeffery Deaver. But, seriously? Diana Gabaldon? R.L. Stine? I guess this book was written for a good cause, with all donations going to lymphoma research, but I think I could've lived without it. ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book was promising...get a couple dozen crime and suspense authors to collaborate and write one story. Sadly, the idea fell flat. The book was just okay. The authors probably could have written a much better book by themselves.
A tad disjointed and I figured out 'whodunit' early on in the piece. Maybe I read too many of these kinds of books LOL ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was pretty great the story itself was ok, but I loved the collaboration of 26 mystery writers each continuing the same story. I’ve never read some of the writers, so it was great to get an idea of their style of writing.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Rosemary Thomas is found guilty of murdering her husband, Thomas. It was said that Thomas’s body was found encased within an iron maiden trap. His body was decayed and so decomposed that it was almost impossible to identify his body. The only thing that the police were able to use was a small, piece of a tooth.

Jon Nunn was the lead detective on the case. Present day. To this day the image of Rosemary’s execution still haunts Jon. Jon decides to reinvestigate the case for closure.
Tala  Lolias
Wow, a book written in collaboration with a few of my other favorite authors was awesome. It took me a little while to get into the book but I am so glad that I did persist and finished the book in under 3 hours! The overall layout of the book was good, I thought that since there was a few authors working on this book that the writting style would almost vary from chapter to chapter. I found that this was not the case, and the book flowed well until the very last chapter.

***The Story***

Jon Nunn
Michael E. Humphrey
Just plain lousy!

There are so many problems with this story, it would be hard to list them all. There is absolutely no way possible in California for a RICH, WHITE, FEMALE to be put to death only 2 years after being found guilty of murder. It is never made clear the errors the main character, police detective Jon Nunn, made in his investigation that led to her being convicted - as if a single, supposedly expert investigator would be solely responsible for the conviction. And we're supposed to be
I was extremely disappointed in this novel. I love the concept where each chapter is written by a different author which allows the story to go in any direction. I loved the cast of authors. There were so many big names that I had high hopes for this novel. But the whole thing lacked suspense or any excitement. I think the starting point left the authors with little to work with. It ultimately felt like a game of Clue where they're trying to figure out who murdered someone (over a decade ago) fr ...more
Don M.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the most disjointed books I have ever read.

It's not that the story itself is bad. However, it's like a committee project where the members have hardly communicated with each other. Some chapters are written in the third person singular, while others are in the first person singular. There are cases where two successive chapters are in the first person singular, but the "I" refers to different individuals.

It's actually a confusing and frustrating read rather than "Good Read
Martha Bryce
Each of these writers is stronger individually than all of them are as a whole. It was predictable, the characters were weak and my entire review could be summed up in two words: who cares?
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I figured out the whodunit aspect right away so the rest of the book just felt like a trial. It was difficult to settle into the story due to so many different writing styles. It wasn't particularly exciting and there was nothing which invested the reader emotionally. Clearly, the writing was well done, with such an array of outstanding authors but that's the best compliment I can give this one. ...more
Sheila Myers
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Great writers, great characters, and great plot. I would think it almost impossible to get 26 authors together to work on one book, but it was done. Even though different authors wrote different chapters, the plot flows without any disruption and each added a little something to each character. I'd like to read more books written this way. ...more
Sam H  Arnold
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a unique perspective, every chapter of the book has been written by different crime authors. Some get more than one to write but as you progress through the story you need to keep in mind it was written by different authors. Authors who never saw any of the other chapters just had a rough outline of what had to happen.

What a story it is as well. Christopher Thomas has been murdered his body hidden in an iron maiden. Rosemary Thomas his wife is number one suspect. She is convicted
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written chapter by chapter by 26 different authors. Many of them I know their work well. Others I had not heard of before. They did an excellent job of tying all of the chapters seamlessly together. Often it was difficult to tell that a different author was now at the helm. I couldn't rate this with five star though. They promised and explosive ending that would shock everyone. Can't honestly say I was shocked and it really didn't seem that explosive. But a good mystery thriller nonethe ...more
Ross Barnett
Interesting concept of 20 different authors contributing to one story but I'm not sure if this is a winning formula for the future. The story however was interesting if a little bit unevenly paced at times. (which you get when you have different authors with different styles)For instance I think Jeffrey Deaver should have written some of the earlier chapters and maybe Faye Kellerman the later ones rather than the other way around . It only took me about 6 hours to read this book and despite figu ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really liking this book. I almost didn't read it when I saw every chapter was written by a different author. It was a good whodunit.
Baldacci says in intro that if you say you figured it out before the last few pages you'd be lying. Well my second guess was spot on, so pooh to you baldacci. I guessed when the iron maiden was opened in Germany but then I kept wondering if I was wrong but kept going back to the same answer. Was a good read I would recommend this book to anyone.
Sue J
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique mystery written by 26 authors. It had good continuity, almost seamless. An enjoyable read!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A predictable story and plot twist. But I like how all the writers collaborated yet the novel sounds like one.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books-2019
What an excellent book!! I loved all the different styles of writing and how each author took the story in their own direction.
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, these compilation anthologies of a mystery written by a number of different authors present a particular challenge...As I'm usually very familiar with the authors stories and styles, their work seems to be a tad schizophrenic and in this one there are 26 authors...In spite of this "No Rest for the Dead," is a joy because of the great lineup of authors most of which were familiar, although there were some I'm going to check now that I've read this tale of an innocent woman wrongly execute ...more
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