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Almost a Merry Christmas for Alex
on December 29, 2014
For a Christmas mystery, I chose to read "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross." I never tire of the Alex Cross books or really any of James Patterson's novels even with his co-authors contributing their parts. This particular book was shorter than most but I remember reading that about this particular novel when it first came out.
In the beginning, Alex is called upon to help nail a thief who is stealing from the church's poor box. That's a rather short and simple story that allows Alex to go home to Nana, Bree and his kids for Christmas Eve and tree decorating. No sooner is Alex home than he has a call telling him that he is needed in a dangerous domestic hostage situation. His family isn't happy about it, but by now they understand that when he is called on a case, he must go.
This book kept me reading straight through to the end and I especially liked the Christmas scenes with Alex and his family. It gave me a dose of needed Christmas spirit even though it is a mystery/suspense novel. I read the sample first and of course, that had me hooked. All in all I enjoyed this very much, despite the cost and despite the co-author's contributions. I look forward to more James Patterson books in the future. I find them as fast-paced as ever and some of the plots just as diabolical, and when it comes to enjoyment, it depends on how much one is willing to spend for those hours reading or re-reading a good book.