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Unseen (with bonus novella "Busted"): A Novel (Will Trent Series Book 7)
Unseen (with bonus novella "Busted"): A Novel (Will Trent Series Book 7)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, July 11, 2013
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Jared and Lena are almost assassinated, Will Trent is undercover and Dr. Sara? Well, she's just pissed off.

I'm a huge fan of this saga, but UNSEEN really tested my patience. The ongoing feud between Lena and Sara simply fails to interest, and I can only hope this part of the story is finally concluded.

Slaughter is a wonderful writer and there are terrific moments of pathos and suspense mixed with the unseemly violence that's a hallmark of the series.

I'll buy the next one, but this one is not the best--not by a long shot.


The Crocodile (World Noir)
The Crocodile (World Noir)
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Price: $7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check it Out, July 8, 2013
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Young people start getting knocked off by an anonymous old man and Inspector LoJacano emerges from a purgatorial desk job to solve the crime.

THE CROCODILE is a quick, one-day, can't-put-it-down thriller that provides a strong, cleaver plot, vivid characterizations and some heavy duty suspense. It's an easy book to recommend to crime fiction lovers.

Some might find the ending to be daring. I did not.


The Fallen Angel: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 12)
The Fallen Angel: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 12)
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Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Suspense Novel Right Until the End, Then...., June 23, 2013
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A young female curator is murdered inside the Vatican, and Gabriel Allon just happens to be restoring on a Caravaggio at the time. So, naturally the Pope (through his secretary) enlists Allon to solve the mystery. What happens is next is pretty good, though.

The plot unfolds with precision and keeps the pages flipping. I read most of FALLEN ANGEL on a series of annoying short flights as I tried to work my way coast-to-coast. Whatever happen to direct flights?

When I finally deplaned, I still had the third act to get through and I was dying to find out what was going to happen, but the denouement (so beautifully set up) fell (ahem) surprisingly flat.

Still, Silva's an expert storyteller and I recommend this to fans of the series.


A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel
A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel
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Price: $12.70

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Message In a Bottle, June 13, 2013
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Written in blood, a note in a bottle gets caught up in fishing nets off of Scotland and eventually finds its way to Carl Morck's Dept. Q desk.

A vast improvement over THE ABSENT ONE, CONSPIRACY OF FAITH sports a strong story and some moments of spine-tingling suspense. Morck and his rag-tag crew are up to their ears not only in two difficult cases but they're fighting the authorities over asbestos contamination in their basement offices.

The bad guy is brilliantly conceived and it takes all of Morck's abilities and a great deal of luck to track this maniac down. Though there are places where the book threatens to careen off into crazy tangents, the main storyline holds up nicely. One might quibble with the denouement a little and the coda seems tacked on. Yet, crime fiction fans will definitely enjoy another visit into Carl Morck's peculiar world.

I'll be waiting in line for the next one.


Goodbye, Enorma (An Emmett Love Western Book 4)
Goodbye, Enorma (An Emmett Love Western Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Fun, June 8, 2013
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While the eighth-grade humor of having a character with large physical attributes named Enorma Stitz wears thins almost immediately, GOODBYE ENORMA is a worthy addition to the Emmett Love cycle.

A quick-draw of a dime novel Western, the books is chockablock with hilarious characters and situations. Emmett and Gentry, the ex-whore, have settled into un-wedded bliss with their 3-year-old witch of a daughter (that's not a judgment, the child is supernaturally gifted).

There's no real plot in GOODBYE ENORMA nor is there any life and death struggle for Emmett to overcome. There aren't any antagonists other than some pesky women (including the chesty 14 year-old Enorma) who want to lure our hero away from his paramour. Consequently, there's very little suspense, and the book is missing its trademark cliffhanger ending.

My inclination is that this is a 4* trifle in a 5* series, but I enjoyed it so much on its own terms that I'll give it a begrudging 5.


Murder as a Fine Art
Murder as a Fine Art
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, May 31, 2013
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A madman is recreating a series of murders that occurred 47 years prior and Victorian London is in a panic.

MURDER AS A FINE ART is exhaustively researched and wonderfully involving. The details David Morrell has mined from the period make the book a very entertaining read.

The characters are vivid and the story is interesting. Yet, it's impossible to say who the main character is. Hence, it's hard to get emotionally involved. The climactic set pieces feel contrived, and consequently the narrative suffers.

It's easy to recommend this novel to fans of historical crime fiction, and Morrell is to be congratulated for his scholarly attention to detail, yet the story is oddly lacking in the suspense that might make it a "must read" book.


Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel (The Prey Series Book 23)
Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel (The Prey Series Book 23)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertains but Lacks Suspense, May 25, 2013
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A democratic senate candidate and her henchmen are up to no good, and the Governor assigns Davenport to personally take the case on the QT.

Sandford is the master at this sort of stuff, and SILKEN PREY will certainly satisfy his legion of fans. The story moves right along, and the characters are as strong as ever. As the reader knows whodunnit long before our hero, there's very little suspense as the plot unfolds. The subplot with Kidd, the artist/computer genius strains credulity to the max--particularly the scene when a lawyer from out of state is at their house to explain some stuff to Davenport and then disappears. It's ham-handed.

Still, I greatly enjoyed reading this one and recommend it highly. Sandford deftly handles the political milieau and the bad guys are pretty entertaining.


The Outsider (Ash Rashid Book 2)
The Outsider (Ash Rashid Book 2)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to Be Missed, May 16, 2013
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Detective Ash Rashid struggles with his personal demons while he tracks the hit-and-run killer of a family friend.

THE OUTSIDER is no ABBEY, but, then again, how many crime novels measure up to that?

Rashid continues to enthrall as his battle with the bottle threatens his investigation as well as his home life. It's almost impossible not to sympathize with his journey.

A fellow Muslim-American is charged with murdering a policeman and Rashid is inexorably drawn into the case with unexpected consequences to his career.

OUTSIDER sports a complicated plot and it's a testament to Culver's monumental talent as a writer that it all holds together. I eagerly awaited the newest Ash Rashid book, and I was not at all disappointed.


AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Product, May 13, 2013
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This was actually better than I thought it'd be. I hate sharpening knives and I stink at it. This gadget was terrific for the money.


The Sex Club (A Detective Jackson Mystery)
The Sex Club (A Detective Jackson Mystery)
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Improved, May 13, 2013
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Many books I pick up on the Kindle bargain shelf start out promisingly and then proceed to fall apart, bit by bit. Second Acts of novels are often what the pros from the amateurs. THE SEX CLUB is the exception to that rule.

I didn't much care for the beginning of this story. I found the writing stilted and the characters two dimensional. But Detective Jackson turned out to be a credible and likeable hero, and his almost budding romance with Kera, the Planned Parenthood nurse was actually pretty interesting.

As much as I wanted to give this book 4 stars, I found that I couldn't in the end. There were too many loose threads, and the coda was almost an afterthought. There was no real need to read anything past the climax.

Still, I'll check out the next one at some point in the hopes that the storytelling improves. I wouldn't mind spending more time with Jackson.


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