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The Origin Of Murder (Roger and Suzanne Mysteries Book 8) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00K4KDL3O
- Publication date : May 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1427 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,880 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As in Last's previous novel in the series, THE DEADLY DOG SHOW, the setting is the heart of the book. Both Quito's charms and slums are described and the reader gets a healthy dose of description of major historical locations. When the action moves to the Galapagos, the author spares no effort to put the reader right there, with exceptional descriptions of the islands' unique bird life, terrain, and access by boat. The mystery is woven throughout but the magnificent setting is what really drives the narrative.
A favorite element of the book was the way each chapter begins with a relevant quote from Charles Darwin's ORIGIN OF SPECIES, written while Darwin was cruising the Galapagos on the HMS Beagle in the early 1800's. Last's choice of quotes is perfect in every case, so that the action is presaged and the reader understands the clarity of Darwin's observations as well.
THE ORIGIN OF MURDER is a great book for armchair travelers, anyone interested in Ecuador, and is a must-read before your next expedition to the Galapagos either real or virtual!
Be sure to peek at the previous books and shorter stories......jim
The novel is rich with descriptions of the flora and fauna of the area, so much so that the reader can easily visualize the myriad variety of birds and other wildlife in the area. In some ways it almost reads like a documentary. But a documentary this book is not. The Origin of Murder is a complex twisted plot of a murder novel.
In this novel we become better acquainted with the personality and talents of the Bowman's nanny Bruce and find a little more about their son Robert as the Bowman's are on vacation in the Galápagos Islands.
I like the way the Roger and Suzanne work together as a team solving their cases and how their abilities complement one another. There are enough twists and turns in this novel to keep your head spinning. Multiple murders, multiple suspects, multiple motives. You'll just have to try to keep up.
If you like mysteries, you're sure to like this one. I'd recommend the Origin of Murder. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/02/book-review-origin-of-murder-by-jerold.html
I found the story to be fast paced and a lot of fun to read. As in Last’s other stories of South American adventures, the travel log is part of the fun. The descriptions of the islands, fauna and flora are quite informative, and in this book integral to the story. But, now I know why I don’t want to go to the Galapagos Islands. Oh, I would love to follow Darwin’s adventure there and see the wonderful creatures. I just don’t want to have to take precautions against getting seasick or riding on a dingy across any expanse of ocean.
Because I don’t want to give away any of the intricate plot, I will refrain from writing anything specific. I did find Suzanne’s incredible memory and a couple other plot devices a bit beyond credible, but as Last himself points out at one point how amazing the defiance of Murphy’s Law would be, I saw the humor in all this.
In summary, this fast paced gallop through the Galapagos is well worth reading. And as a bonus, Last has at least reduced the puns.