Terry is becoming a big fan of J. D. Robb’s books.
I'm in the middle of "Rapture In Death" by J.D. Robb, and I had a hard time putting it down at the end of my lunch break. (How can I work when I am on the verge of figuring out "who did it"?) I finished the first 3 books in1.5 weeks.
I started reading the series because I like Nora Roberts. She has done a great job with this series, especially with the two main characters. The female detective is a great mix of tough brilliant cop and of unsure vulnerable woman. Her significant other is a strong romantic man -- the type who can both sweep a woman off her feet and protect her from danger. Plus being an engineer, I am fascinated by the future technologies that Robb has dreamed up for the books. (Too bad I can't have some of these great toys now.) I look forward to more "In Death" books from Robb.
NighHawk (firstname.lastname@example.org) also recommends the J. D. Robb books.
I welcome the J. D. Robb books. The books that Ms. Roberts is writing now are good but they lack the intensity of her earlier novels, like Hot Ice. I rate writers with different levels. Some books have great plots but you can never dive beneath the surface, become drawn into the story. With the J. D. Robb series Ms. Roberts brings back what I consider made her a great writer in the first place.
NighHawk also likes Anne Stuart’s books. Ms. Stuart's writing skills are as great as ever but I am concerned about the author herself. I have every book she has written and have noticed for the past five years her books become frightening darker, it is like seeing a friend sinking into depression but not knowing what to do about it. Of course it could just be me.
(KKelly1102@aol.com) is another J. D. Robb fan.
For anyone tired of the same ole' stuff and ready to bravely explore a new world, pick up any book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series. They are a fascinating look at life in the year 2058. The intricately twisting plots and intelligent character development will make you never want to put this series down. They will serve to remind you that although time always passes, some things never change, such as crime, murder, and love. You'll love it!:)
Fred (FLT@solutionscard.com) has these comments about The First Horseman.
I found this book in paperback while on vacation this summer and enjoyed the author. I know that John Case is not his real name and I am curious if its another well known author as the style seems vaguely similar. The only weakness in the plot is that I could not understand why "Kang"
was never interviewed by the "special team". Also, if he got the Spanish Lady flu and survived, wouldn't he be the source of an antivirus?
It just seems that an integral character was dropped in the first portion of the novel and by doing so a lot of questions were unanswered. I am now reading "The Genesis Code" and have enjoyed it so far. I agree that this is an author to watch.
cbriden (email@example.com) recommends Patricia Cornwell’s books.
I've done alot of reading this past summer. I just finished "Point of Origin" by Patricia Cornwell and I think it was one of her best. I've read all of the Dr. Scarpeta mysteries and I am familar with all the characters. Looking forward to her next novel.
A mystery reader (caroChi@webtv.net) is ready for a new Cornwell book.
i really like Scarpetta, Lucy & Marino. I'm hopeing Scarpetta gets a new love intrest soon. Ayounger man seems to be the way the author is going..I am waiting anxiouslyfor the next novel.
Stephen (PAWGROUP@aol.com) is hooked on Patricia Cornwell.
My first encounter with Ms. Cornwell writing talent came from a coworker. Where we work we have a lot of free time and she saw my discomfort. One day she said try listening to what I just finished listening to. It was "Body of Evidence". I have been hooked every sense.
A reader (SUE72555@aol.com) recommends The Ballad of Frankie Silver
Read it, loved it.... Going on vacation next week and want to look for
Frankie and Charlie Silvers' graves. I am looking forward to reading more.
I have read She Walks These Hills, and The Rosewood Casket. Heading for the
bookstore soon for more.
Nora is a wonderful character. The book really takes me into the mountains,
and I want to stay.
Darlene (firstname.lastname@example.org) has these comments about Kellerman’s Billy Straight.
I have read much of Kellerman, and I heartily agree with you about giving Dr. D. a rest. In the last couple of books, I disliked the remoteness that I felt - not at all like returning to a favorite protagonist. However, I had a terrible experience with Billy Straight. My book stopped just as
Sam's apartment was being broken into by Balch. Right there, mid-word the book ended. I called the Book of the Month club to replace my copy, and they were quite apologetic. Hopefully, I can wait for the last ?? pages until my new copy arrives next week. Pretty frustrating!
I, too, liked the characters of Petra and Billy. Would love to learn more about Billy. Stu can move onto acting, too cardboard, but maybe that was accurate for a California Morman Cop. The raunchy characters were hateful, but the decent ones were real enough to believe in, and we need to be able to do that.
Celia (email@example.com) was delighted with Annie Griffin’s A Very Eligible Corpse.
This book was such a departure from her Julie Blake series under another name, I was just delighted, especially with her sister characters, Hannah and Kiki. Only in Marin would one have a double mastectomy scar tattooed with a floral scene and the other still be practicing "free love" at sixty plus! Annie Griffin has a great comedic sense of humor. I belly laughed all the way through "A Very Eligible Corpse!" I also just read her second Kiki and Hannah book and it's hysterical.
High Five is a favorite of (Lcervacsp1@aol.com)
I thought high five by Janet Evanovichwas a great book. This is the first of the series that I have read, but you can believe that I will be reading the other 4. I liked all the characters, the suspense, and most of all the humor. Grandma was a hoot and the little person was pretty good himself.
A reader (firstname.lastname@example.org) has high praise for The Passenger.
I have just read The Passenger by Patrick Davis (publ. by Putnam) and loved it! I couldn't put it down and didn't figure out who did it.
Lorna (email@example.com) didn’t like Other Worlds.
I am an avid B. Michaels fan. I have also read all her Elizabeth Peters books. I was furious when I finished reading Other Worlds. I felt cheated. This book was sloppy and not written with the author's usual wit and intelligence. I suppose I would not have felt so angry and disappointed if I wasn't such a fan of Barbara Michaels. I have come to expect a great deal more.
A.L. (firstname.lastname@example.org) thinks Dick Francis books belong in the winner’s circle
Hello, A mystery reader for over 20 years...!!!... and just a couple of years ago discovered the mysteries by Dick Francis. Have you ever reviewed them? Each one is set around the "Horse World" and every book brings interesting characters, a world of knowledge of horses and racing. In each story the varied protagonists are in a different phase of that world.....a jockey....an artist-painter of horses......a trainer..... a horse-buyer....a world that, before Dick Francis, was not one I'd have gone looking for.
I love stories that open new worlds to the reader, from which we can learn. A librarian turned me on to the Dick Francis mysteries and I followed the listing in the publications book to get them in order but as each stands alone it's not necessary. Happy reading --- Tally Ho!
Sherri (email@example.com) has a question.
I saw the recent question about Meredith's Branson/Fairchild mysteries. Does anyone know (1) whether or not she has any intention of writing any new mysteries in either of her two series, and (2) she wrote any short stories that belong with either series and the name/editor of the book
if she did so?
Bill(firstname.lastname@example.org) has these comments about Jan Burke’s Bones
Her best yet. Irene is a believable character. I think I worked in the same newsroom she does. I think I had to same editors she does. Great series.
Doug (email@example.com) recommends Darkness Peering.
"Darkness Peering" by Alice Blanchard
I've searched your database but, to my surprise, can't find one of the best new suspense thrillers I've read recently. DARKNESS PEERING by Alice Blanchard (Bantam). The New York Times called it "deeply scary" and I agree. But also, it's stunningly written with vivid characters I can't get out of my mind. Blanchard is a unique and bold new voice. Check it out, I guarentee you won't be able to put it down.
A reader(firstname.lastname@example.org) has comments about two books.
Love these books! Can't wait for more by Kathy Hogan Trocheck.
Really like the Arly Hank's series, but I can't wait for the next Claire Malloy to come out. I relly miss reading about her.
Wayle (email@example.com) finds Umbrella Man by Doug Swanson humorous.
I am on page 237 of this book as we speak. It is really great. I love mysteries with some humor. Hard to find these days.I didn't notice if you have a catagory for mysteries that are funny. Do