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Baby's Got Blue Eyes: compelling début crime thriller (Ted Darling Crime Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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'A unique style of detective fiction that is well worth reading!' - Amazon Reader Vine Voice
'I was hooked from page one and didn't want to stop reading. And I would read it again...my maxim for a good book.' - Amazon Reader
'I enjoyed reading this crime cracker. At last, a normal copper who isn't constantly in trouble with his superiors. ' - Mrs Bloggs Book Blog
'Great mystery with clearly drawn likeable characters. DI Ted Darling is not your run of the mill detective. ' NYT bestselling author M A Comley on Goodreads
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00TA4N5S6
- Publisher : LIVRES LEMAS; 3rd edition (February 13, 2015)
- Publication date : February 13, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1846 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #579,239 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Drawn into the story from the first page with descriptions of characters that presented them very much as 3-dimensional people. The author has created truly believable characters and it was not difficult to relate emotionally to all of them, in some way. As a reader, I enjoyed the range of emotions elicited, the sadness, the pleasure, the harshness, the thrills, the twists and the conspiracy. I particularly enjoyed the detail given was more about people, circumstances and situations, with minimal (but appropriate) graphic detail around the crime scenes. A superb plot with appropriate "red herrings". One has to wonder how the original idea was born, and how ideas for sequels will develop.
Will I read another crime story? Certainly I will purchase any sequel(s) by L.M. Grier but I'm not sure about other crime writers as I will judge all others on L.M Krier's superb style of story-telling.
Often, in crime fiction, the perpetrator appears at the last minute. Rather a cheat, I think. With zero seeds having been planted, making his/her sudden revelation nothing but a haphazardly arranged bouquet of laziness. Coldhouse flowers grown fully out-of-sight, resulting in an unsatisfying, implausible, last minute "delivery". THIS book, THIS bouquet's creation and delivery, by a character who is present throughout the book (though who is not at all obviously the killer), makes the denouement both surprising and not at all a surprise. And, DOES make the novel's mastery all the more remarkable. Because, it's ALL RIGHT THERE! From the BEGINNING! We, as well as the investigators, were nothing but reasonably unaware of what we were seeing! This complex, yet completely, obsessively readable book, is far too rare an occurrence in crime fiction, where sudden, never before focused-on characters are suddenly the killers, suddenly just poppingup at the door, delivering their blood-drenched bouquets! ! The card, which accompanying their haphazard and perfunctorilly assembled arrangements, must take on the tiresome task of explaining everything we never could have known, making totally unsatisfying this rushed, implausible, perfunctory explanation.
BUT, in "Baby's Got Blue Eyes", we have a killer who is there the entire book. SPOILER: And, how BRILLIANT having him/her RESPONSIBLE for the lack of evidence! IN CHARGE, in fact, of its very detection and delivery! Which makes the revelation of the killer's identity both astounding, a true revelation, satisfying, and something that feels completely right.
I must add that, as a gay reader of crime fiction, having the lead detective be gay, and involved in a charming long term relationship, was fun and somehow moving. DI Darling's sexuality, however, has almost everything and nearly nothing to do with the murders and investigation. Darling's sexuality adds an interesting character trait, effecting only that which is appropriate, but as important an element to his detectiveness, his policies and insights, as is any lead detective's personal history. In other books, it's the loneliness brought on by "the job", or by the violent loss of a spouse or parent. A battle with drugs or alcohol or women or with weary indifference. He could been the victim of an assault or endured the violent loss of a partner. Or perhaps his/her ethnicity is considered unusual under the circumstances. DI Darling's gay. And, KIND! This exists in him as an advantage, a blind spot, or as nothing in particular. But, unto itself, it's something blessedly new to the genre! An interesting aspect of his character, making clear how a detective's unique composition comes into play during any investigation, making each character trait of importance. This is, however, by no means a "gay novel". It is a crime thriller whose lead detective is who he is. He is also short. A Marshall arts master. He fell off a horse when it sneezed. He is an unusually compassionate boss who is FRIENDS with his superior. He is in a committed, long term relationship.I loved the author's fun, seemingly haphazard touches. Like having Darling and his life partner be involved in martial arts, or having the partner love motorcycles, which both turn out to be NOT AT ALL haphazard, but interests that PAY OFF. THAT'S the REAL glory of this novel. EVERYTHING PAYS OFF! NOTHING is just THERE. Everything seemingly random or nonessential PAYS OFF!
And, the novel's ending -- how wonderful, first, that it HAS one -- most crime fiction these days doesn't so much end as stop -- but the ending of this wildly entertaining literary achievement, which makes the solving of the crime it's penultimate event, was a delightful surprise, fully earned, brilliantly set up, and truly, deeply moving. "Baby's Got Blue Eyes" is now, as you may have guessed, one of my new favorite books, as Ms. Krier is one of my new favorite authors. I cannot WAIT to read EVERYTHING the woman has had put into print! What an unparalleled joy it is, reading this woman's mind! ONWARD!
Top reviews from other countries
L M Krier may be a new name in the crime fiction world, but the author is a journalist, copywriter and author of several other books, all of which are highly entertaining. This is a brave new venture and its style reflects the incredible ability of someone who is able to turn their talents in a radically new writing direction and inspire us mere readers, with a very different and enjoyable, modern detective tome whose main character does not resemble the typical gumshoe we have come to expect. I could not put my kindle down until I had read the final page.I do hope we will see DI Darling and his colleagues in more crime solving capers very soon. Highly Recommended.
Congratulations on this first 'whodunit' with a difference and I am looking forward to the next...and the next...and the next.
I enjoyed this story, though I guessed the villain some time before the end. I found Ted’s relationships both at home and at work very convincing and the story was well paced. The last part was particularly exciting. I shall certainly read more in this series and I recommend it to all crime fiction fans.