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...more
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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 ...more
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Published 2015, Grand Central (November)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 . . . ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.)
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 ...more