Cruel Intent – J.A. Jance

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by J.A. Jance (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 25, 2017  · 


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.

Don’t Look Twice – Andrew Gross

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by Andrew Gross (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 19, 2017  · 
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.
Enough ranting.
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 – Barbara Fradkin

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by Barbara Fradkin (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 17, 2017  


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.

The Rainy Day Killer – Micheal J. McCann

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by Michael J. McCann (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 11, 2017  ·  edit
3.5 Stars
I was loaned this book by someone who had received an autographed copy from the author, Michael J. McCann. The cover and content look professional, but I had never heard of McCann. No big deal there – most readers have not heard of me either.
The book is about homicide detectives and a serial killer so I had to give it a spin. Having been a police detective in my past life, I liked and associated with the characters from the start. A couple of them seemed over the top or too typical, but I have met those types in real life.
The story unfolds at a good pace and easily held my interest. The author went to great lengths to highlight the killers idiosyncrasies, so I was disappointed when he didn’t divulge their origin. Having said that, personally, I don’t believe readers should find all the answers. That is how it is in real life.
I originally rated this book four stars, and only knocked it down a notch because I think it could have been done that much better.

 

Blue Smoke – Nora Roberts

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by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 07, 2017  · 


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!

The Men of Melaque

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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.

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