Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds, #4)
by J.A. Jance (Goodreads Author)
Ninety pages. That’s all I could handle of this drivel.
That’s twice as far as I should’ve read, but I really thought it would get better. I got into the plot immediately, but then the author introduced an onslaught of meaningless characters, offering up countless pages of useless back story on each one.
I’ve complained about excessive fluff from a couple female writers lately, but this book goes above and way beyond that.
As curious as I was to follow the plot, it was way to painful to consider going any further. For a New York Times bestseller, I am flabbergasted. Personally, right now, I’m getting more enjoyment at watching a light breeze blow through the palm trees off my balcony.
Dont Look Twice
by Andrew Gross (Goodreads Author)
Best book I’ve read in quite some time. I think I may have read one of this author’s books when he wrote under James Patterson’s name. If I did, I don’t recall being that impressed. Maybe it’s because I don’t like how a group of authors use Patterson’s name to sell their novels. Perhaps I wouldn’t be so disgruntled if Patterson took me under his wing.
Andrew Gross hit a home run with Don’t Look Twice. I’ve heard the line, “I couldn’t put the book down” a million times, and in this case it was true for me. The story moved well, with believable characters and good police drama and action.
I was impressed with the author’s protagonist, in that he didn’t have all kinds of super powers and mixed martial arts. Having been a police detective, I found the cops and criminals alike to be true to life.
For anyone who enjoys a who done it crime drama with some action, put this book on your to read list.
Beautiful Lie the Dead (Inspector Green Mystery, #8)
by Barbara Fradkin (Goodreads Author)
I have trouble getting into novels written by female authors, mostly because of what I call excessive fluff…too much detail about things that I really don’t care about…like deep back story from secondary characters.
Having said that, I’ve come to learn that female readers tend to enjoy that sort of thing. After becoming an author myself, I’ve also learned that 80% of all readers are female. So there it is, a lesson learned.
I’d never heard of this Canadian author so it was a good learning experience for me to see how a fellow Canuck author does it. I enjoyed the story and characters, but thought the plot was a bit predictable for a mystery novel. It just didn’t reach out and grab me enough to receive that fourth star.
What better place to stay in Melaque, Mexico, than above a Bistro. We were a bit worried about noise and privacy at first, but after a week of living above Bistro Escondido we’re more worried about the savory smells wafting up from the kitchen. The Bistro is open every day except Wednesday, from 2pm to 10pm. Continue reading “Bistro Escondido”
by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author)
This is the first Nora Roberts novel I’v read. I chose it for comparison purposes, having written a book with a similar story about a serial arsonist, called Torch.
I had a difficult time keeping track of the characters at first, wondering why a couple in particular, were included in the story. My answer came about half way through the book, where everything came together.
For me, the plot was too predictable, yet the protagonist doesn’t catch on until near the end. I ave to think every reader came to the same conclusion.
Regardless, Blue Smoke is a well written, great story. Having been an arson investigator, I found the story accurate and compelling.
A very good read!
Who are the elusive men of Mexico? To us Gringos who flock south for the winter, if we pay attention, we might just catch a glimpse of the homosapien species. Our first exposure was at the Puerto Vallarta airport, where throngs of eager males threw themselves at arriving snowbirds in the hopes of snagging fares for the taxis and shuttles that were stacked up out front.
Continue reading “The Men of Melaque”