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- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publication Date: May 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K4KDL3O
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Origin Of Murder (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 8) Kindle Edition
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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
The private investigator (Roger) and his wife (Suzanne) have obviously worked together to thwart criminals in previous books, but this one stands on its own. Readers are given enough information about previous plots to encourage reading other books, but we're not left hanging or feel cheated in this one. It's like traveling with Agatha Christie's characters getting ready to jump into the middle of a mystery. We know they've solved other crimes but we have fun watching them work on this new one.
It's easy to believe the main characters can accomplish the job at hand. I love the quick intellect of Suzanne and the fun way Roger "plays" the suspects along to get information. Their "nanny" Bruce is a macho man with a soft and cuddly side. They all work systematically to examine the possibilities and readers feel satisfied at the results they get. I won't give away too much of the plot and ruin the story for new readers, just be prepared for a complex crime and an intricate solution. Globe hopping takes on a new meaning for the heroes of this novel.