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The Blade Itself: A Novel
The Blade Itself: A Novel

Review: A story of life and death and choices that could have changed at different points in these characters' lives. Sometimes self-awareness comes too late. If we're lucky we get to live and make a better choice. Loved the character development. They were real.
This is a must read -- pure and simple!
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Void Moon
Void Moon

Review: i am a huge fan of m. connelly and eagerly pre-order anything that he has written but Void Moon was a big disappointment--- i usually listen to the audio books as i work on some renovation project---- in Void Moon, there is a sequence with Cassie in the hotel room of "the Mark" that details how she puts electronic devices in the hotel room----- i could have written as exciting an excerpt of how i mask a room for painting--- "she first used a 5/8th inch width blue tape around the baseboard.... th... Read more

The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow

Review: The best story ideas come from daily life. Michael Connelly knows this very well. In his gripping suspense thriller The Scarecrow, Connelly has taken his story from today's economy where outsourcing and downsizing have become the norm, with big business bean counters who could care less about the little guy. Bottom line is accomplish the work cheaper. In today's economic world all of us are effected by this trend not just the fictional veteran crime beat reporter Jack McEvoy of the LA Times.
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Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel)

Review: Michael Connelly is unsurpassed as a first rate storymaker and -teller. The well-paced narrative is scattered with detail and stories within the story, that give depth and verisimilitude to the whole. Excellent, entertaining read. Read more

No One Knows: A Book Club Recommendation!
No One Knows: A Book Club Recommendation!

Review: I was really into this novel until the end when I became disappointed in all the unanswered questions. I feel like there should be a second book of confessions. It was obvious that Chase Boden was the real Josh Hamilton. Who was the fake, maybe the pharmacist at Vandy. Who really knows? The novel felt uncompleted. Read more

The Man in the Brown Suit
The Man in the Brown Suit

Review: This is one of Agatha Christie's best stand alone novels - part mystery, part thriller and part espionage story - which takes us from a London tube station to revolution in Africa. It begins with Anne Beddingfeld, the daughter of a professor who longs for adventure. She spends her day trying to placate creditors and longing to 'step out' with a young man. When her father dies, she takes an opportunity to go to London, where, quite by chance, she witnesses the death of a young man at a tube stati... Read more

A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

Review: Never read an Agatha Christie novel but was inspired to purchase one from watching a Doctor Who episode. I purchased the 1960s hardcover edition and it looks like it got here from a time machine itself. The cover, inside binding, and pages look brand new. Very happy Read more

A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) - The Body in the Library
A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) - The Body in the Library

Review: Couldn't even finish it. The story line takes forever to develop. And I thought it was extremely boring. But, that's just me. I've never been a fan of Agatha Christie and found most of the stories rather boring. Too much conversation and not enough action. Read more

Sparkling Cyanide
Sparkling Cyanide

Review: If I were to have a bucket list, solving one of Ms. Christie's mysteries using all the clues she placed in the story would be on it. It's beginning to feel I have a better chance of discharging solid-gold goose eggs from my backside. I've been reading her Hercule Poirot mysteries in the order they were published. 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe' is the author's twenty-third Hercule Poirot novel. It was published in 1941. There is no actual profanity in the story if you happen to be sensitive about tha... Read more

The Sittaford Mystery (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection (Paperback))
The Sittaford Mystery (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection (Paperback))

Review: I read this book many years ago and had actually forgotten the ending. What a surprise. Ms. Christie blends a little romance in as well but just enough to make it a fun read. It's mostly a good old fashioned mystery story with great characters. I think this is one of her finest, but then I always have liked her earliest books best. Read more

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