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Blake Pierce: Mystery Bundle (Before He Kills, Cause to Kill, Once Gone, A Trace of Death, Watching and Next Door) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01NAE3565
- Publication date : November 30, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1910 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1284 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,414 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The storyline is interesting, the killer is insane so there is no background for him provided.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. The dialogue is okay.
The procedures, actions and reactions are not realistic. Avery, the lead female, is her own worst enemy.
'Avery jumped in her car and stuck a siren on the roof.'
Must be hardtop, otherwise how would the siren hold?
I read the first story in this bundle but have no desire to read the rest of the series. I like law enforcement stories to be procedurally accurate and informative.
Remember this is my personal opinion and does not reflect on the author.
These are all easy reads; the cast of characters were believable, plot easy to follow and ended well. I've read tons of murder mysteries, the flow was easy to go to each book with different main characters. Mr. Pierce did a fine job of keeping your interest throughout this series, and as I have discovered is a prolific writer. I look forward to more of his books! Thank you Mr. Pierce for giving my mind a break from the shattering every day occurrences we are suffering here in 2019! Carl L Rosner
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On to Before he Kills and Mackenzie White. Novice cop in Nebraska. Thinks all men are against her. Why? Because she is smart , female and better than them. Investigating murders of strippers, whipped, tied to poles in vaguely crucified manner. Religious theme. Despite male opposition our Mackenzie solves case. Of course she does.
Then we have Once Gone and Riley Paige, FBI agent traumatized by her past (again? Do no non traumatized women join law enforcement?). Killer fixated by dolls and poses female victims (again) as if they were dolls. Solved.
We meet Keri Locke, Missing Persons detective. Traumatized (oh, dear, are you seeing a pattern here?) by unsolved kidnapping of own child years previously. However at least Keri does not have a massive chip on shoulder. That came as a welcome relief. Case to solve? Kidnapped teenager of wealthy parents. This was the most interesting book because part of it is seen through the victim's eyes and she is no pushover. I liked her, worried about her fate. This was easily the most thrilling and I was rooting for the detective because she was the only one thought it a genuine kidnapping, everyone else wanted to dismiss case as a spoiled runaway.
On to Watching and Riley Paige, future F B I agent met at college. Students (female) murdered. Riley also traumatized by murder of mother when child. Riley is marginally interesting although prone to stupidity (when do people realise they should not lone wolf things when chasing murderers? However, good news is she survived and meets possible husband.
Finally, oh, thank goodness, finally we come to Chloe Fine, Trainee F B I agent. Traumatized? Check. Mother killed when child? Check. Back she goes with fiancee, a jerk of the first water (you just know he won't stay the course) to her childhood town. Meets women who knew her dead mother. Reconnected with twin (badly traumatized - is there any other kind of woman in this writer's universe?) sister. Boyfriend of sister is killed and she looks in the frame. No problemo, our Chloe sorts it all out and solves murder of mother as well. Happy ending.
Overall impression? I was bored with so many women pretending to be ever so tough versions of Dirty Harry in a skirt and no, they did not 'Make my day'. The accompanying blurb speaks of 'beloved new characters'. beloved by whom? Well, I for one am not going to be following their later adventures. I am glad I managed to wade through the pedestrian writing for a few specks of gold and if you ask why I kept on with them...well, I am a lifelong dedicated reader of books and I like to finish what I start out of respect for the writer. Just in case there are any misconceptions, I too am female. If you like slow stories constantly running down men then these are for you. If you like crime stories where women are the predominate victims then these are for you. If you like stories with self confident clever women who manage to get on reasonably well with their male colleagues then these are not for you. And yes, I do know it is hard for women to succeed in jobs which used to employ only men, but a lot of women manage it and I can think of a great many fictional female detectives who do it in style. The style of this collection is that of a constant 'Poor me' whine. Having said all that if you don't want something mind stimulating then these books will pass the time without pain.
Granted, there's little else to do during this horrible pandemic. However, I was thrilled that these books arrived in my kindle. Serial killers b!ackmail, romance and family situations all included. I will not give any plot away, suffice to say......Anyone who loves a decent read, to for these from a brilliant author
Its a little like the same formula written slightly different every time or with a little additional thread.
Having said that its not the worse set of books I've read & as you can see I haven't given any of the plots away so at least you can see for yourself.