This reader (DGotfryd@aol.com) disagreed with our review of AND THEN SHE WAS GONE by Susan McBride.
I bought and read this book and have to disagree with your reviewer. Real
life doesn't always follow procedure -- Maggie went with what was happening
and it revealed something of her character. I didn't even notice one of the
procedures your reviewer brought up. Was it really so important? I'd give
it another star for sure.
Aileen (email@example.com) recommends Martha Grimes.
If your readers are not used to reading Martha Grimes, I heartily
recommend her --
her Richard Jury mysteries have every element of what, in my mind, makes
superb read -- spine-tingling suspense, dry English humor, characters
that seem to come
alive on the page, and lots of foggy, nasty English weather that sets
the stage for the
gruesome murders that Jury investigates. Grimes' writing is so well
done that her
writing is in itself no detraction from the book -- does that make sense?
Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org) enjoyed RUBICON by Steven Saylor.
I loved your review. I loved the book. Found myself going back over
the end just to reread. I have always thought that Saylor does a
remarkable job w/ setting, story and ethics. Perhaps his weakness is
plot, as in mystery plot. This book is stronger than some earlier ones,
that way. I feel that this is his best so far. Very mature. Of
course we are looking forward to his treatment of Caesar's
assassination. And one wonders how long Saylor can keep Gordianus alive
so we can live Roman vicariously.
This reader (SuckaFreeNYC@aol.com) is a Dennis Lehane fan.
The Dennis Lehane series is incredible. Gritty, violent, witty, human,
powerful and informative reads, with lots of twist and plenty of in your face
violence. I consider myself very knowledgable with regard to crime mysteries
and Darkness, Take My Hand really impressed me. Anyone who likes Parker,
Vachss, Hunter, Child, Deaver, Macdonald, or Izzi will love PIs Patrick
Kenzie and Angela Genarro.
Mary (email@example.com) is a new visitor to TMR.
Nice web site! Scanning it, I didn't see anything on Stuart Kaminsky's
Lieberman books. These are excellent in character, plot, thrills,
twists, humor. A kind of Jewish Chicagoan Elmore Leonard. If we raise
the profile of these gems, Kaminsky might write more.
Editor's Note: Mary, we recently reviewed Kaminsky's latest book, VENGEANCE.
Rick (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a book to recommend.
Just got done reading "Murder With Peacocks" by Donna Andrews. I found
the book very funny and quite entertaining. It has crazy characters and
family members similar to Charlotte MacLeod, Dorothy Cannell and
Maggody. Although the mystery plot was only good, the characters kept
one reading to find out what they would do next. I recommend this book
for a fun read and hope to see more from the author.
This reader (Pincja@aol.com) discovered our review of IN PURSUIT OF THE PROPER SINNER by
I missed this review and have been fuming about EG's latest and probably her
best work being ignored. Thank goodness I found your review!
Thoroughly agree with your comments about the author. I am so intrigued with
this series that last summer I gathered up all the earlier ones and re-read
them in sequence. Absolutely marvelous work is faint praise indeed.
Author Mignon Ballard had these comments:
A few words about my mystery, ANGEL AT TROUBLESOME CREEK: The book was
meant to be a fantasy and Augusta is a whimsical character intended to
bring a smile to the reader and to steer her subjects along the right paths
without actually solving the mystery (and their problems) for them. Please
don't take it seriously. To enjoy the book, I recommend that readers
temporarily suspend belief in reality and just "jump in" and have fun.
didn't make a point of this, but I assumed that the angel would have been
supplied with enough money to get her through her assignment so she would
be prepared. The clothes she arrived in were from her last mission in the
1940's. She didn't wear the ugly shoes in Heaven, but dressed in the
clothes she had worn before when returning to earth. Mary George buys the
shoes for her because, except for unusual circumstances, Augusta doesn't
allow herself to be seen by anyone other than the protagonist. I'm glad the
reviewer would like to spend more time with my saucy angel and I thank her
for her kind words. I hope readers will also enjoy my next book, AN ANGEL
TO DIE FOR, which is due out next fall.
We received several comments about A FOOL AND HIS HONEY by Charlaine Harris
This reader (ECDent@aol.com) says:
I must say that I've never read review before I read a book that I am looking
forward to, but I may just start, as reading this review would have saved me
a sleepless night! Jeri Wright's review of the latest Aurora Teagarden
mystery was right on, except the "unexpected tragedy" at the end would have
earned only one star at the end had I been reviewing this story. I have read
all of the series, but am seriously considering not reading another if/when
it is published. Not only did I stay up late to read it, but I've been
waiting for my local library to receive it for weeks! Thanks for letting me
vent, and keep up the great work on both this site and The Romance Reader.
JC (email@example.com) also wrote about A FOOL AND HIS HONEY.
So glad to see that I'm not the only person who reads cozies for the
relationships. I was very disappointed in this last book and didn't
finish it. I "ate up" all of her other books including the wonderful
cleaning woman who lifts weights series. I hope she doesn't intend to
continue this "realistic" type of stories.
Dinah (firstname.lastname@example.org) was upset with A FOOL AND HIS HONEY.
I agree with Jeri Wright about this book. I was very upset about the death
of such a main character. If Charlaine Harris felt this strong character
was not needed in the series she could have just had them divorce. And to
end the book on such a down note! You feel as though Roe is going to take
to her bed and never venture out again.
I got interested in the Roe Teagarden series through Charlaine Harris'
other books, the Shakespere series. It makes me worried about the future of
Jack in those books. I really don't know if I will read further on her
series as I read to be entertained and visit with my favorite characters. I
really liked Martin. I was really disappointed.
Lisa (email@example.com) disagreed with the review of HUSH PUPPY by Laurien Berenson.
I don't agree with the review of Laurien Berenson's Hush Puppy. I enjoyed the book a
great deal and was completely pulled into the story. I had no problems with the
secondary characters but unlike the reviewer, I have read all the previous books
in the series and look on many of these secondary characters as 'old friends'.
Her criticism of the use of the 'b' word in its correct useage, that of female dog,
struck me as immature. Berenson's books all involve the dog show world and to use any
other word or phrase to designate the female dog would falsely portray that world.
Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a book to recommend.
Recently I finished reading Burn Baby Burn by Mike Savage. It deals with
pyromaniac personality and cult. It left me smoldering. I should read the
previous release in the series, Something in the Water, again just to cool
off. A mystery within a mystery is solved in Something in the Water; the
whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa is made known. These detective "Dave" Davecki
mysteries are different than any I have ever read. They are fast moving
and serious, but when I'm finished reading, I feel like I've had some great
Mary (email@example.com) wrote to agree with a review.
I agree with the Lesley Dunlap review of Second Wind by Dick Francis.
Good writing but boring plot.
Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) recently saw the movie THE BONE COLLECTOR.
I read the Jeffrey Deaver novel "The Bone Collector" and enjoyed it
immensly. I eagerly anticipated the film adaptation and was moderatly
dissapointed. The killer was not disturbed or sinister, but an angry
man. The clever suprise of Rhyme's early incompetence leading to the
killer's scarred but brilliant mind was thrOwn out in favor of the rather
formulatic "cop in jail" twist that Hollywood seems very fond of.
This reader (LWHITMAN3@cs.com) wrote to comment on UNTITLED by Julie Kaewert.
I agree that the action harkens to the gothic genre: "had I but known."
It's irritating enough when a damsel is set up to be stupid, but Alex has
suspended too much disbelief.
BigRedWCW@aol.com enjoyed VESPERS by Jeff Rovin.
Excellent book! Four out of four stars! The plot was well written and the
climax was unsuspected. If you like Vespers, you will probably enjoy these
other two novels.
Meg: By Steve Alten
Reliquary: By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Lynda (email@example.com) enjoyed WITHOUT CONSENT by Ruth Rendell
I have just finished reading Without Consent and enjoyed it so much. I
thought it definitely had a Ruth Rendell flavor to it - in the
multilayered plotting, psychological insights, etc. Fyfield is very
good, maybe one of the best of the British mystery writers.
Phil (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a recommendation and a question.
I enjoyed Eyes by Joseph Glass. It wasn't one of the best books I have read, but it was
pretty good. I enjoyed how the clues started to come together. The
ending happened a little fast and her just showing up at the right
apartment door was a strech. I lived in Chicago 30 years and the area of
town she was in has a lot of different buildings that have the same
view -- we are talking hundreds of doors. Anyway, I would read another book
featuring Susan. Any news about a new book? Any speculation as to who
Joseph Glass is?
Judy (email@example.com) has a question.
I so enjoyed the two "Skinny man" books by James Colbert. Waiting for more.
Does anyone know what's going on with him or how I can e-mail him to get
moving on more Skinnies?