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Crimson Shore

(Pendergast #15)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  13,647 ratings  ·  1,537 reviews

A secret chamber.

A mysterious shipwreck.

A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.

Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the

Hardcover, 339 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 1st 2015)
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Bob Milne
The first two-thirds of Crimson Shore were absolutely fantastic – the very definition of a page-turner. The Poe-esque hidden burial chamber, they mystery of the lost shipwreck, the terror of the mud flats and salt marshes, the forgotten community of Salem witches, and the creepiness of small town America all combined to provide the perfect Agent Pendergast story. It had plenty of atmosphere, a legitimate mystery, some dark humor, and even a bit of awkward romance.

Fully healed and completely reco
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 1 of the year 2019 finished! *and there was much rejoicing*

However, the fact that it is only 3.5 stars that I am rounding up to 4 is a bit disappointing. A three to 4 star rating isn’t bad, it’s just the Pendergast series is one of my favorites. I have frequently referenced my least favorite entry in the series (Wheel of Darkness), I now may have a new one to reference. My main reasons for reducing the rating are fraught with spoilers, so I will add them below under the spoiler tag - read o
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, whodunnit
Only the fact I still super love aspects of the Pendergast persona prevents me from giving me this one star. Yes! Yes! It is that bad. But fans, go ahead and read it anyways and tell me if I'm wrong. I have the last ten books in hardcover and their books take up like two whole shelves so I am a fan. But ugh. At one point, I was so horrified by what I read that yep, the dreaded sticky notes came out so I could reference the awfulness of what I was beholding later.

And now because spoilers are goi
Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Published 2015, Grand Central (November)
Stars: ★★★★★
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

OH. MY. GOD. That ending was exactly what I WANTED. I AM FLOORED.

Bring on book #16 asap, Preston/Child. There's a reason Pendergast has been one of my top favorite series for over a decade... it's because Preston/Child know just how to play with your emotions, when to hold back, and when to let all hell break loose!

While it's not my favorite book of t
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And the first book read in 2019 is Crimson Shore!!

4 STARS for another action-packed ending!

3 STARS for possibly bringing up a plot story that I do not want to happen in this series! I obviously won’t know if my fears are warranted until I read The Obsidian Chamber, the next book in the Pendergast series. *fingers crossed*

So, I'm rounding up to 4 STARS!

Crimson Shore starts off with Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast getting a private case involving the theft of a wine collection. But when Pendergast
Edit & update:
I forgot to put that after about the 1st 20 chapters, I found an audiobook of this to borrow. I played it while I read the book to see what it was like and I loved it. The narrator is awesome on his Pendergast accent. Total immersion was really rewarding. Doing the same if possible on the next.

DANG ! That end!!!!
4⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a <3 ❤ for the heart pounding end. Geez. I can’t wait now !! Some of you guys come on! Get reading !!!!
Okay, so at first on this one you are like, Pend
Diane S ☔
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a man comes seeking Prendergast's help in the theft of his extensive wine collection, he is told this is not the type of case he is willing to investigate. Now I have goodread friends who are probably shouting, the theft of all that wine is of the utmost importance. It turns out that Prendergast does take on the investigation, after the renowned sculptor mentions a very expensive wine, thought to be out of existence, a case of which had been left behind. He and his ward, Constance travel to ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Pendergast and his ward Constance Green traveler to Exmount, Massachusetts, an old village on the coast north of Salem to investigate the theft of valuable wine from a wine cellar. What they found in this peaceful little village is much more than the bargain for and soon they have to fight for their lives.

Don't read the real blurb! I mean it, I'm sick and tired of blurbs giving away much of the beginning of the book. I want to read to find out what is happening, not get the first part of the boo
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This P & C book proved my suspicions correct concerning the downward spiral of the Pendergast series. CRIMSON SHORE actually started out quite promising, but then it just escalated into confusion and preposterous plotting. Pendergast and Constance became even less likable and more farcical. I regret that this is arguably the final Pendergast book that I will read.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The book's a little slow-moving for the majority of it, more of a straight up mystery. It gets solved 2/3rd's of the way through the book. That's when the book takes a left turn into Relic land.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Like they had two ideas and couldn't decide on which book they were going to write, so they wrote both. Seriously pissed. Probably my last in the series.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness...I feel like I have been on a never ending roller coaster that stops right at the top of a hill and I am being hovered over the steepest drop. Not allowed to fall but continuing to linger with the threat and anticipation of the fall.

I cannot believe I waited so long to continue reading the Pendergast series. As always this book provided adventure, education, action and the ultimate unexpected ending.

I can only say I am happily exhausted after this read and only if you read it wi
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was not up to the usual standard of these authors. The first 100 pages read like a very rough draft. Pendergast and Constance seemed like caricatures of themselves. The writing improved when the details of the mystery were presented, but the mystery itself was pretty mediocre and failed to hold my interest. The mystery is solved about 100 pages before the end of the book. Then it turns into an "X Files monster of the week" episode, but even that is more gorey than interesting. It ends ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of a better kind of thriller
pre-ordered and arrived today, a lovely HC 1st edition.

I was really looking forward to a new Pendergast thriller so was totally ready to enjoy it. And by Jove it is enjoyable. The books consists of two parts the first two thirds of the books is about a crime committed a century ago and still has a village living its secrets about a missing ship and its valuable content. And all Pendergast came to look for was a missing exclusive wine collection. The last part of the book is about another Dark pa
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
In CRIMSON SHORE, Agent Pendergast is back to his enigmatic ways once more. When asked to take on the investigation of a burgled wine cellar, he accepts--thinking that it would be a refreshing "break" of sorts for he and Constance Greene from their everyday routines. Naturally, the case proves to be MUCH more than that.

Pendergast is back to doing what he does best--flawlessly playing people into the positions he wants them in, discovering clues and additional crimes that local law enforcement wo
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, thrillers
A mostly retired Pendergast agrees to explore a mystery set in a small New England town with haunted folklore tales. Constance is along with him and gets several chapters of her own. Big surprise at the end . . . or maybe it isn't a surprise to some.

I read this one out of order so I am going to presume I missed some things (I am on book 6 but figured I would never get up to this installment since I am reading so many other things) so it feels like a three star experience close to four star . . .
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry in the Pendergast series! This time, while between other investigations, he is hired as a private investigator when a sculptor who lives on the north coast of Massachusetts has his excellent collection of wine stolen in a break in. (And it was stolen from the light house where he lives.) Initially rejecting this as not his "style" of job, Pendergast finds something that puzzles and attracts him to the job. So he and Constance Greene leave for Exmouth, MA and so much happens. ...more
kartik narayanan
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crimson Shore is another classic Pendergast - a good mystery, the creep factor, great writing and a tense climax. There are shout-outs to The Hound of the Baskervilles but I found that this book reminded me more of the Cthulhu mythos as well as Stephen King's Bangor setting (if that makes sense).

The actual plot is bought to a conclusion about three quarters of the way in. The rest of the book is devoted to setting up a return of a character. In fact, I think this might be the shortest Pendergast
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, neo-pulp
I think this is best described as Pendergast goes to Peyton Place. I was disappointed in the lack of a picnic scene.

Pendergast is hired to find out what happened to a billionaire's wine collection, which was housed in a lighthouse basement in Massachusetts. While searching the scene, he finds a niche with chains, like something from Edgar Allen Poe. This sends the investigation in a new direction: the surrounding town with all the usual small town secrets you'd expect in Massachusetts, including
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of action, adventure and mystery
Another great installment! This series hits all the buttons for me. Love the storylines, love the mysteries, love the action, love the suspense and I especially love the characters. As always, well written and fun to read. I’m a 4.5/5.0 stars here.
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REVIEW: CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

I am ecstatic to discover with CRIMSON SHORE that my decades of fascination with the elusive, eccentric, and deep FBI Special Agent A. F. X. Pendergast (of New Orleans) has returned, after 2014's BLUE LABYRINTH (which I still haven't completed). CRIMSON SHORE unfolds with the high quality and puzzling multiple mysteries of which Pendergast is past master. Incited by a theft case at the isolated Massachusetts lighthouse residence of a sc
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mystery-thriller
Bones will speak, the marshes will speak, relics of the past, legends and mystical things, all things will go arie .
A mystery of the caliber that you would expect penned by the duo Child and Preston with the main protagonist, the very unique FBI special agent, Pendergast centre stage of a gothic landscape and a gothic mystery tale in all the sense of the word.
Something that started as a simple case of a mystery behind a stolen expensive wine, losses all its simplicity with mysterious goings on,
Karen B.
Read this one during Dewey's 24 hour readathon but didn't have time to finish it until the next day.

Once again a great entry into the Agent Pendergast series! This time Pendergast is approached by a sculpture from New England for a private investigation - to find his stolen wine. Constance Green. Pendergast's ward, accompanies him on this investigation. I loved it that Pendergast only accepted the investigation because he is a wine lover and his payment will be one of the a bottle of the rare wi
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
#15 in the Pendergast series

I have read all of the books in this series and I have to write that I was disappointed with this offering. There was just too much going on with no focus.

Pendergast and his ward, Constance Greene, are hired to solve a wine robbery. Now, while there was a LOT of wine taken, this just seems pretty piddly for an FBI agent to take on.

There was more about Constance in this story, which I enjoyed reading. But otherwise there was a hodgepodge of the robbery, a hidden room,
Stewart Tame
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hi. My name is Stewart, and I'm a Preston & Child addict. I long ago ceased to read the jacket flap descriptions of their books and just buy them on sight. When a new one comes into my possession, anything else I'm reading or plan to read gets put on hold until the P&C book is finished. What I'm trying to say is: I may have been just a tad predisposed to like this book. Make of that what you will. So Pendergast and Constance are called to New England, the small town of Exmouth, Massachus ...more
Yet another one for the DNF graveyard.
I put this one down at the 89 page mark. Agent Aloysius Pendergast has become a caricature of himself. I felt the authors were going overboard to make him kooky and quirky. While I have liked his ward Constance in previous books she felt like a caricature too! I am sure die hard fans of this series would love this book but it just was not for me.
(As always I do not rate books I do not finish.)
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This focused on Pendergast and Constance in a story with a supernatural bent. I’m not sure I find it particularly believable that Pendergast didn’t pick up on what Constance did which bumped me out of the story a little. It also ended very suddenly. My heart sank a little at the hints of a reappearance of my least favourite characters of the series, but the promise of more of Procter will still lure me onwards through the next instalment.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
This is a very good entry to the FBI Special Agent Pendergast series. While it works as a standalone, it is certainly better to have read some of the prior books, particularly "Cabinet of Curiosities" and you should know that it ends with a huge cliffhanger. That's ok with me since I have read every one of the Pendergast books and I fully intend to keep reading the series with two caveats. First, I do not want Constance, Pendergast's ward (who has a complicated history not explained in this book ...more
Brandon Petry
Note to self: no matter how appealing the elements of a Pendergast book seem (in this case New England witches, a cursed shipwreck, creepy lighthouses and demonic murders) you actually hate these books. Somehow you forget that the writing is boring, padded, cliche and lazy. So lazy. What exact kind of knife is she using in this fight at the climax? Oh right, I don't give a shit. Maybe this series had its day but it's not for you so no matter what, don't fall for it again.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, netgalley
* I received this ebook at no charge from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
Once again we join A.X.L. Pendergast and his ward Constance Greene as they are enjoying a quite evening at 891 Riverside Drive.  Once again the doorbell rings, “the rarest of occurrences at the Pendergast mansion”.  As faithful readers of the series recall – last time this happened it was certainly a harbinger of bad things to come.  As Proctor answers the door Agent Pendergast gives the strict order NOT to le
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“Wine is like many of the fine experiences in life which take time and experience to extract their full pleasure and meaning.” 3 likes
“The town had a faint air of benign neglect that only added to its charm: a seaside village with white clapboard buildings, seagulls wheeling overhead, uneven brick sidewalks and local shops. They passed a gas station, several old storefronts with plate-glass windows, a diner, a funeral parlor, a movie theater turned into a bookstore, and an eighteenth-century sea captain’s mansion, complete with widow’s walk. A sign out front identified it as the Exmouth Historical Society and Museum.” 1 likes
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