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Scandalous Behavior

(Stone Barrington #36)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  5,148 ratings  ·  405 reviews
After a series of nonstop adventures, Stone Barrington is eager for some peace and quiet in a rustic British setting. But no sooner does he land in England than he’s beset by an outrageous demand from a beautiful lady, and an offer he can’t refuse.

Unfortunately, Stone quickly learns that his new acquisition comes with some undesired strings attached -- namely, a deadly mys
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Published January 12th 2016 by Penguin Audio (first published January 5th 2016)
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Okay, yes, I've read another Stone Barrington book and I won't apologize for it. I realize that certain people feel that there is no "literary value" to this type of story, but at the end of an 8 hour day spent trying to make sense out of medical charts dictated by foreign doctors who are unable to speak English clearly or Americans who don't care enough to speak clearly, I want to read something that I enjoy, that takes away the stress, something that I don't have to think about or evaluate eve ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it is because my first read of Stuart Woods was book #36 but I found it awful. The protagonist Stone Barrington is probably more interesting than the Dos Equis most interesting man in the world. In other words he is as fake as any character ever created in literature (literature is used loosely for this trash). Stone knows everyone including the Director of the FBI, the POTUS, Jesus Christ (whom is not quite the man Stone is), and not only does he know the director of MI6 he also inserts h ...more
Jay McCormack
Scandalous Behavior is a entertaining quick read as many of the Stone Barrington series are. However, the last 6 or so books haven't been very deep in the way of plot or action. Since Arrington's death the books have been about a wealthy guy spending his money and coming into a few scrapes along the way, while he flies his new jet to a new location. It's as if the author is in a funk of putting out fluff books to meet contract obligations. I'd like them to be deeper and full of action the way hi ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
3.5 stars...I ant help it; I'm a shameless, lifetime Stone Barrington adorer. I'm sure I'd fall prey to his "ways" were he a real dude, lol. Actually though, I thought this was a pretty good storyline. :) ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another episode of " Life of the rich and famous" featuring Stone Barrington. Why do I continue to read these books? ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
At this point - having read too many books in the Stone Barrington series to count ( I've reviewed 11 here on Goodreads) - I think I've finally come to terms with the things that started to bother me a few years back when the books got noticeably shorter and more boring (to the point that I began referring to the filthy rich New York lawyer as Stone Yawnington). In fact, I've rather enjoyed the last three, as I did this one. Where else will you find someone who, after just one look, buys an Engl ...more
Joseph M. O'Connor
Two and one half stars...

... rather than two. But that option is not available. Stuart Woods has worn out the Stone Barrington brand. If Barrington were any more perfect, any more wealthy, any more frequently laid, or had any more perfect taste or any more perfect children it would only make him MORE ludicrous.

This is pretty much it for me and Stone Barrington. He's so
bloody perfect he's dull. The mansions he buys are dull. The women he beds are dull. Dino has become dull. Even the antagonist i
Bob Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Stone Barrington, the person who "The Most Interesting Man in the World" hero worships.
After his last adventure Stone contacts his friend and occasional sleeping partner Felicia who is head of MI6. BTW he also has head of FBI, head of NYPD and a former POTUS on his speed dial.
He is looking for a country retreat in Britain.
Day 1 Buys $10M estate
Day 2 Buys a Bentley and after some hesitation buys a Porsche to go with it. Then hits Saville Row for his British wardrobe.
If you are looking for a myste
Jon Harayda
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
At their best, Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington novels are the sort of light fodder best read in airport lounges and long, sleepless, jet-lagged nights in foreign hotels. At their very worst, and this book is that, they come across as insipid and uninspired drivel. This is only made worse when "read" via books on CD, where you can actually feel your brain shrinking as you listen. I was forced to grab the paper version after two or three chapters in the vain hope that things might improve, but foun ...more
Melody Dealing
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read and enjoyable to read as you wind down your day. This is the first Stuart Wood book I have read. It wasn't what I expected but I did enjoy it. The story begins with Stone Barrington buying an English estate where shortly after the purchase there is a murder on the grounds. this murder is quickly solved and isn't mentioned again until the end of the book. Meanwhile, Stone's son Peter ruffles the feathers of a nefarious cult leader. Papa Bear Stone gets involved trying to pro ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Head of MI-6 and occasional lover Dame Felicity Devonshire, convinces Stone to buy a gorgeous Georgian mansion in England near her country house from its dying owner, just in time for a neighbor's murder. Of course, he has to buy a Bentley, Porsche and new wardrobe (by page 30.) Back in the U.S., a religious cult leader has declared a vendetta against his filmmaker son alleging slander. Teddy Fay convinces Stone to move his son and friends to the new house. Stone and the decorator get all horizo ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense
I received an ARC for this book. Sometimes I think I ought to class these under fantasy. Stone is able to buy two English country estates on a whim, shop at Turnbull & Ascott, buy airplanes, and otherwise live the deluxe life. They are fun to read but not deep. The usual cast of characters appears. Stone buys the first country house as a favor to Dame Felicity, so I'm expecting it will turn up in a future story. ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep reading these books? No character development, thin plot line, you could speed read read through this. Stone Barrington is every guys fantasy, rich, lucky and I guess good looking. The fact that he sleeps around with so many women and hasn't picked up an STD is amazing. What's also amazing is that he manages to find all these women who don't mind him sleeping around and actually encourage him to do it! No more. ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Stone Barrington! Flew his new jet! Bought another multimillion dollar house! With staff! Bought another Bentley! Bought another Porsche! Rode a horse! With his son! Wore a tux! Discovered the real killer by a fluke! Billy Bentley saved the day!

This is the first boring Stone Barrington book I have read.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel gets a supreme rating due to its excellent story line and perfect ending. 10 of 10 stars
Mike French
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining and enjoyable book in the Stone Barrington series!
Joanne Liddy-mctavish
Well that was sort of silly and sort of fun. This was my first Stuart Woods (and Stone Barrington) book. If you are looking for a non stressful read full of escapism this is it! I will definitely look into reading more. This book was # 36 in its series - lol.
John Olson
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Stone Barrington buys another residence. A bargain of sorts. Felicity, the MI6 leader lives near there that being the reason to have Stone acquire the wooded mansion. TV evangelist Dr Don , leads a church whose parish turns over their property to him. Murder and mayhem leads to more murders by the former owner. It’s a 3 1/2 stars for me but so I rounded up.
Kathy LeJeune
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Stuart Woods books, especially read by Tony Roberts. This was one of my favorites. I love all the characters. Stuart Woods makes my drive in Atlanta traffic fun! If I am listening to his books, I forget it takes me 2 hours to drive 21 miles!
Karen Smith
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Could almost have enjoyed this book, except for the author's need to use obscene language in some places.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Stuart Woods many years ago. I have changed, and perhaps Mr. Woods has too. This is a story in the Stone Barrington series that mostly involves rich people with too many toys, and Barrington heads the list. As the novel opens, he lands his plane in Southampton, England, where he is met by the head of M16 (Britain's equivalent of the CIA). She whisks him off to a country estate where he whips out his checkbook and purchases the property for a ridiculous amount of money. He is th ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-challenge
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart woods
Stone Barrington series Book #36

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After a series of nonstop adventures, Stone Barrington is eager for some peace and quiet in a rustic British setting. But no sooner does he land in England than he’s beset by an outrageous demand from a beautiful lady, and an offer he can’t refuse. Unfortunately, Stone quickly learns that his new acquisition comes with some undesired strings attached—namely, a deadly mystery involving the complex relationships
Shannon Upton
Aug 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
OK, this is the thirty-sixth Stone Barrington novel, and I will confess that I've only read one (at most two) of the others. So, it's possible I could be missing something here. There are probably great depths of backstory that I'm missing, and characters that I'm supposed to have great feelings for that I do not. I got this book almost on accident, and though I remembered not totally loving Stone Barrington from my first venture into his world, I figured I'd read it anyway.

That was a mistake. T
Nathan Flamank
ZERO STARS for this load of absolute trash. It, along with the last twenty books put out by Woods' team of industrious monkeys, was given to me for free and its "Freeness" is the only reason I continue to read what can only be described as "toilet paper". Another novel filled with convenient coincidences that has NO story, NO characterisation, NO depth and NO soul. SB is without a doubt the worst novel I have read since, well, since the last Woods' monstrosity. The story (what little there is) i ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is back and this time he has been invited to England by his Friend in the British government who has a surprise for him. One of her neighbors has a "Stately Georgian home up for sale and the locals do not want just anybody to move in. Stone is eventually convinced to buy, and now is the owner of a moderate estate with servants, a resident hermit and an interior decorator who has been working on updating the mansion. Naturally she and Stone make a connection as she completes her ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
Predictable like all the other books in this series. In addition to the usual: planes, food, sex, liquor, cars and name dropping, the author now includes English country estates. I will concede there are segments of the story that dealt with the villain are very funny. The writing and pace of the story is better than previous books in this series. Still, the author needs to inject a dose of reality for the main character. Stone is as virile as he was in book one. How old is this character anyway ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stone's son Peter, and Dino's son Ben, have produced a new movie which will be making it big debut. Unfortunately for them, the story line parallels very closely the life of a well-known preacher (Dr. Don) who is threatening everyone with all kinds of mayhem. Stone and Dino send them to England to get them away from the preacher. Stone flies them all to England in his plane, and with Dame Felicity's urging purchases a country estate. When they discover that Dr. Don and his cult of followers inte ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Scandalous Behavior should have been combined with the previous book, Foreign Affairs, as it is just a continuation of that novel. I am struck by how out of touch with real life Stone appears to be, as he can just buy houses, cars, and whole new wardrobes, seemingly on a whim. This reads more like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous than a novel about a lawyer who specializes in doing his firm's dirty work. I wish that Stuart Woods would either allow Stone to return to the legal profession or to r ...more
Don Gorman
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
(2 1/2). Stone Barrington books are my comfort food, and they do go down quickly. However, instead of using good beef in this one it feels at times like Woods used a little Hamburger Helper. He writes four of these books a year and once in a while one of them suffers a little and this is the one. We have Stone and Dino's kids here, a new lady, a silly villain and the usual unbelievable exploits. Perfect escapist reading. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have a few hours and a desire to escape the realism of life, this thirty-sixth installment of the Stone Barrington novels is your read. While some Woods’ readers may feel the author has "jumped the shark”, the introduction of a crooked TV preacher as Stone’s nemesis adds a new dimension to the series. ...more
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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