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Paradox by Catherine Coulter
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My thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Paradox. I have enjoyed this series over the years. Sherlock and Savitch are a dynamic duo: married, FBI partners. It is these endearing characters that have successfully propelled this series to 22 installments! PARADOX starts off with a bang and the enthralling action continues to rise as more (albeit outlandish) events occur. The author seemlessly and thrillingly weaves two unrelated crimes of passion together. The reader is hooked on who did what when and where to whom...perfect mystery! There are a number of involved players and red herrings and the mysteries are very intriguing and created a compelling curiosity in this reader!

The big delta is its length and pace. An easy crime mystery should cap out in the high 300’s. Paradox labored on close to 450 pages, and it would have been more captivating if it had been slimmed and trimmed. Way too many unnecessarily trivial details and descriptions did not enrich the story, but only bogged it down. The earlier books in this series were more concise and tight....and much more compelling as a result! Word choice is another issue: “dark eyebrow raised” and “bespoke” used multiple times as to become annoying. Another unusual- and distracting- addition in Coulter’s writing is to dabble in the paranormal: visions and otherworldly connections. However, if one can skip the “visions” entirely and skim over the obvious “fluff and fillers” and get back to the meat of the plot line, then one will find Paradox an interesting and suspenseful crime caper! Ideal summer travel book!
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Reading Progress

August 6, 2018 – Started Reading
August 6, 2018 – Shelved
August 11, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 12, 2018 – Shelved as: suspense-crime-police

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