Book Review: Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ordeal by InnocenceOrdeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and Goodread Giveaways for a review copy of this book.

It’s Agatha Christie, really, what more is there to say… “Perfection”

The characters are developed just enough to keep one guessing. The house seems also to be a character in its own right.

This edition was published to help market the “Limited TV series”, which I am told, is on Amazon Prime. Apparently the adaption is good, but they changed the ending and the murder is done by someone else. I can only guess that this was done to keep the viewer guessing. Personally, I’m not a fan of changing endings in tv or movie adaptions. But, I haven’t seen this one myself, only passing on what I was told.

Read: 4/20-22/2018

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Book Review – Vanish by Tess Gerritsen

Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5)Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

#5 in the Rizzoli & Isles series.

This book moved so quickly, I didn’t want it to end. It’s not that it’s missing anything, I just want MORE!

All the pieces of the plot fit well together. Even though the television show varies so much in plot, I love hearing the characters voices as if they were being said by the actors. In particular, the t.v. writers and the actress who plays Jane Rizzoli nail her; even the books internal monologue could be coming from her.

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Book Review – The English Agent by Phillip DePoy

The English Agent (Christopher Marlowe Mystery #2)The English Agent by Phillip DePoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounded up.

#2 in the Christopher Marlowe Mystery series.

From mom.

I would have enjoyed more if I had read the first book in the series prior to this – and if my schedule had allowed more reading in one sitting, instead of the short bursts over a period of 10 days. Starting and stopping, I found it difficult to keep the locations and intrigues straight. Again, if I had read the first book, I believe I would have had a clearer understanding.

The writing is crisp and evocative. The history, research, and plotting, ingenious.

I need to get a copy of the first book in. the series (and the third) and then read all of them in order. It’s definitely worth another look.

Read: 10/4-14/2017

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Book Review – The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8)The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

4.5 stars.

#8 in the Bess Crawford series.

Thank you very much to the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and Goodreads giveaways for a complimentary copy of this book.

I’ve been looking forward to reading Charles Todd for some time. Historical fiction from the WWI period has become an interest of mine over the last few years.

This book did not disappoint. A great mystery with interesting characters; I felt present both on the front and on leave in Paris. My only regret is that I didn’t start the series at the beginning, something I hope to do in 2018.

Read: 9/28-10/3/17

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Book Review – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you very much Read it Forward and Crown for an advance readers edition of this book.

The writing is like soft butter. Chapters alternating between past and present are seamless. I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night to finish it.

Brilliant. Ghost story, coming of age, murder mystery, deconstruction of interpersonal relationship (among peers and intergenerational), philosophy…

Book hangover.

I wonder how this would translate onto film?

Read: 12/11/17-12/12/17

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Book review – The Sinner by Tess Gerristen

The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

#3 in Rizzoli & Isles series.

I first watched the television show and now am reading the books they were (loosely) based on… It’s “alternative reality” Rizzoli & Isles, like a whole season where everyone is just slightly different. Neither is better, just different.

Read: 7/15-7/19/17

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