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on March 13, 1997
April Woo is the best fictional female cop of them all! Leslie Glass has brought us a deeply human, yet fascinatingly inscrutable heroine in Hanging Time. Where Burning Time was brooding and macbre, Hanging Time weaves a perplexing and compelling story that doesn't disappoint on any level. Not a purists' police procedural nor an overly sensational crime thriller, Hanging Time gradually feeds out a little more about each character and their lives from the last book.

Mystery fiction can so easily resort to cliched characters and tired crime plots, but Ms Glass has brought to life a group of characters who, although intertwined, are uniquely independent and involving.

April Woo, a strong determined detective, struggles with her cultural conflicts and domineering mother. Her Mexican partner is a possible love interest, but not obviously so and not in this book, thank you.

Jason Frank, unlike Jonathon Kellerman's shrink, is an unwilling partner in investigations but his weaknesses are touchingly human. His life is far from ideal and his insight is not used as some super-human knowledge as psychiatric professionals are sometimes used.

This series of novels is the best I've found since getting hooked on John Sanford's Davenport. Linda Glass is able to portray her people as normal humans with all the ambivilence and insight that real people experience without beating a concept to death. Gimme more...
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on April 5, 2004
April Woo, a Chinese-American police detective is a fascinating character who grows and evolves throughout the books in the series. It's a nice change of pace to read a mystery series in which the characters do not simply remain static, but rather have all the dynamics of real people who experience intense situations and are changed by them as a result. Ms. Glass' characterization is superb. You see the main characters as real people because they have depth. You get to know their quirks, foibles, and motivations.
April's ambivalence between her duty as a cop and the demands of her over-bearing and very "old-country" Mother are intriguing. While you empathize with April's exasperation toward her Mother, the exchanges between them are hilarious. Therefore, you don't feel annoyed or worn out from their clashes. You're simply left smiling and realizing your own Mom isn't so bad after all!
The other 2 lead characters are also realistically drawn. Psychiatrist Jason Frank, M.D. is highly intelligent, yet his life is far from perfect. He & his somewhat self-centered (and occasionally pouty) struggling-actress wife, Emma, are opposites. This results in mild arguments and even a brief estrangement in this book. Jason is very likeable, but is self-centered in his own way. Not a shallow, superficial way like
Emma, but rather in that he is so conscientious that his medical career and patients come not only before his own needs, but also before that of Emma's. And despite being a Psychiatrist, Jason does not seem entirely well-adjusted. His big quirk is his huge antique clock collection driven by his obsession with time, hence the title of the books. Albeit, given that his patients are allotted one hour time slots & therefore he does not have the "luxury" of running late like most physicians, his obsession is understandable.
Detective Mike Sanchez is also nicely developed over the course of the first few books. Sanchez is a possible love interest for April. It's very believable because Glass develops the prospective romance slowly. It is a book that should still appeal to men because the romance is not cheesy or predominant. Unlike some books, which are primarily romance but are disguised at thrillers/mysteries (i.e. Sandra Brown, whom I like, but only in small doses because she is rather formula-like) or those which are equal parts mystery & romance (i.e. Linda Howard, whose book "Mr. Perfect" was exceptional but was definitely geared to the female reader).
I have read the first 3 April Woo books and am almost done with the 4th and so far April Woo hasn't "hit the sheets with anyone" but given Ms. Glass' style, I'm sure it will be tastefully done. I seriously doubt that Glass would resort to the smarmy, overused phrases and graphic style found in those steamy, yet cheesy, formula romance books. Her writing is very real -- not "over-the-top".
"Hanging Time" was not quite as good as "Burning Time" (the first book in the series), however it is less graphic/gory. If you find books like Thomas Harris' "Silence of the Lambs" and James Patterson's "Kiss the Girls" too disturbing you should probably pass on "Burning Time", however you should be able to handle "Hanging Time" unless you have a very weak stomach. (In which case you should try Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries. If those are still too intense for you, mystery is probably not your genre!)
Although the mystery is fairly easy to figure out, the book is still very entertaining and superior to most detective novels.
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on August 6, 2001
This is the second book in the April Woo series (and the second I have read). In this book April and Mike (her partner) have been assigned to find out who murdered a young store clerk. Within a few days, another similar murder occurs putting the pressure on them to solve the case. In addition to the story about the murders, psychitrist Jason Frank is treating a woman who is concerned about her sister. She says her sister is capable of doing dangerous acts and she feels the doctor should do something about this. These stories begin to weave together and soon April and Dr Frank are once again working together to solve the mystery.
This venture is a little too predictable, about 1/3 of the way through I had figured out who was committing the murders. The only reason I stayed with the book is to confirm my hunch and find out why. For this reason, the book didn't meet my expectations.
I really enjoy the chemistry of the characters - April and her partner Mike as well as Jason. Leslie Glass has been able to write strong characters and draw the reader into their lives. I will probably try one more book by LG before I give up...
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on November 13, 2014
So many twists and turns on the clues that it keeps you guessing right to the end. Characters developed nicely and you hope to learn more about them. Woo's mother is great comic relief. Looking forward to other books by this author.
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on August 16, 2013
I just didn't get the order right
Now I need to google and find out other books as I have read 2 now but in the wrong order
Loved the
Good stories
Like the characters staying in them too x
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on July 6, 2012
I did not realize that I had read this before, if you are into people being hanged (hung) by a crazy person then you might enjoy this book. Not for the sensitive!!
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on September 21, 2006
I read a lot of crime - mystery thriller fiction. I found

"Burning time" much more graphic than "Hanging Time." I especially liked these two in the April Woo series for their characterization. However, the latter was poor in forensic analysis. It was really 50 - 50 who the villain turned out to be and went on very repetitiously. Still a unique series and worth reading.
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on August 10, 2014
Haven't read
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