Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) enjoyed ANGELS FLIGHT by Michael Connelly.
For anyone who has ever read a Michael Connelly book — Angels Flight may
be the best of the lot. I personally have read all the Harry Bosch books
and I must say it helps for complete enjoyment of this new one.
Even for a novice, however, Angels Flight has to be a great book. The
only problem is finishing it and realizing it will probably be a year or
more before Harry comes back.
This reader (Hawaiigg@aol.com) had a question:
I'm a big fan of both The Romance Reader and now your "sister" site,
Mystery Reader. However, I'm wondering if you will ever be consolidating the
five star mystery reviews into one page as you have done on the The Romance
Reader site. Thank you.
Editor's Note: Good idea! We now have a 5 star page.
Kathy (KLandis-Kays@providence.org) has a book to recommend:
I just read a terrific mystery by a new author, April Henry, called
Circles of Confusion. Check it out; I'd love to hear what someone else
thought of it.
Editor's Note: Look for our review soon.
Laura (email@example.com) had a comment about character names.
Thank you for your comment about character names in the review of
ORCHID BEACH. It drives me nuts when the names are too much alike,
and this was an extreme example. Sometimes I blame myself (a recent
example, I forget the book, had the two main male characters named
Wade and Hank, which I somehow managed to confuse) but basically
an author can take pains to avoid this by varying length of names,
initial letters, and (in many cases) ethnic origin. Not that I
expected Tolstoy to rename his many characters in WAR AND PEACE so
that some of them didn't sound Russian, but it did help that the
primary protagonist was named Pierre instead of Nikolai Borisovich
or some such.
Pamella (firstname.lastname@example.org) disagreed with the wording of our 5 star reivew of
Jeffery Deaver's, THE BONE COLLECTOR.
I cannot imagine why you would describe Lincoln Rhymes as cold...the
fact that he isn't is beautifully brought out by his interaction with
his "nurse" and Amelia.
And even Amelia, who is put under most pressure by the man, comes to
Surely he's insensitive and emotionally stunted -- the former is a
natural outgrowth of the latter. But even he comes to see his
limitations, and at the end of the book there is hope there that he will
become 'whole' again. How is this not mentioned? The book is so heavily
driven by Rhyme that his emotional development should have a central
place in any review. His brilliant mind, and dull heart are at the
center of the book! (And I hate to use exclamation marks)
And starting out with the forbidding: "JD's nail-biting thriller The
Bone Collector comes complete with a detailed glaossary of forensics
terms, so it is not necessarily a novel for everyone. However...." is
utterly maddening. It turns people off.
"Nail-biting" might have redeemed it, if it hadn't been for the fact
that the term is much over-used. And that HOWEVER! That is death itself.
It says "Oh, it might have been a preety good book, but all those
The rest of the review does not redeem it. The review should
have begun with the the second sentence, slightly adjusted.
Something like: "Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector so superbly blends
the author's technical knowledge into a compelling and terrifying story,
that I unhestiatingly recommend it to any and all suspense readers."
What say you, eh?
The book is enriched by those forensic terms, although Mr. Deaver tried
a tad too hard, I think -- A thing which could have been said in the
review without leading off with it.
Thanks for your time.
Mary(email@example.com) enjoyed SOONER OR LATER by Elizabeth Adler.
Sooner or Later was a good read but it didn't come up to "Now or Never"
or some of her other books. I loved the lead characters in "Now or
Never" and Squeeze, Santana"s music, all I can say it is one of my
favorite "keepers". I just found this site today--I'm still learning how
to get around on the internet--I liked all the info I found today--the
lists of books is great.
Editor's Note: Welcome, Mary!
Delight (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a fan of Anne Perry's William Monk series.
I really liked this Monk book. I enjoy the Monk series anyway better than the Pitt series, because they seem to have more depth. The Pitt series is good, but is almost comparable to Harlequin Mysteries sometimes. A Breach of Promise flows even more than her other Monk books. My husband was surprised when I figured out who Melville was by page 176. My husband is also an avid Monk series reader.
Steven (email@example.com) enjoys cozy mysteries.
Your web site is very informative and I use it at least twice a week. I was
so happy to have found you and to read the reviews you print.Cozy mysteries
are a favorite with me and you have put me on to some new cozy authors.
This reader (Lm1400@aol.com) enjoyed Lynn S. Hightower's book, NO GOOD DEED.
I really enjoyed this book but I had read the two previous books in this
series "Flashpoint" and "Eyeshot". I look forward to the next book in this
series. Lynn S. Hightower has a place on my "keeper" shelf.
Dolores (firstname.lastname@example.org) recently discovered TMR.
I appreciate the fact that you actually give 2 and 3 stars to mysteries.
Too often, it
seems to me, people indiscriminately praise mysteries that sound to me, even
their titles, to be potentially mediocre. I also appreciate the fact
you not only point out large issues like coincidences but "smaller" matters
paragraph structure. Keep up the good work. Honest reviews sell more
turning everything into a glowing review.
Jane (email@example.com) enjoyed Chris Rogers book, THE BITCH FACTOR.
Loved this book the ending was a astonishing. The characters were were developed and it was a real page turner.