Book Review-Love-Lies-and-Murder

Love, Lies and  Murder

by

Leslie Wolfe

 

 

Love, Lies and Murder by Leslie Wolfe was my first of Ms Wolfe’s short stories and possibly my last, not because of the stories but because they were just that….short stories.

The ‘short’ short stories were too short and left me wanting more.  The longer stories were meatier and built my interest when they also ended.   Abruptly.

During the past twelve months I have read several books of short stories and even though I can read an entire story while having a coffee, I still prefer a novel.   Therefore, I have decided I am not a fan of short stories and only rate them as three star reads or less. Love, Lies and Murder definitely rates a three star read.

Concluding on a happier note, these short stories were ideal to reading while partaking of coffee or before lights out at night.  I found it easy to read two stories in bed before I fell asleep.

Leslie Wolfe fans will, like me, enjoy the stories.  It all boils down to whether you like short stories, or not.

 

At the time of writing,

Goodreads readers have rated

Love, Lies and Murder

an average of 

4.14 stars

from 49 ratings and 16 reviews 

 I have rated 

Love, Lies and Murder

solidread.

Love, Lies and Murder

Love, Lies and Murder 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Bullseye

 

Bullseye

by

James Patterson

&

Michael Ledwidge

 

 

Bullseye is set in New York and Washington DC and tells of how an assassin attempted to kill the American president.  The topic was fascinating, however the dialogue writing could have been written by a primary school child.  The authors, apparently, do not have any other word than ‘said’ to describe utterances emanating from the human vocal chords.

Asked, commented, exclaimed, grumbled, muttered, shouted, laughed, giggled, scolded, shouted are but a few of the adjectives which could have been used during dialogue. However, again readers were subjected to “He said”, “I said” over and over again.

Again I query just how much input James Patterson has in these supposedly collaboratively written books bearing his name.  The above, coupled with the hard voice of the narrator combined to reduce my interest in Bullseye.

That said, Bullseye was worth listening to even if to hear how an assassin may have gone about planning the assassination of the U.S. President and how the secret service put into place plans to foil such a deed.

One day I must reread one, or some of his early novels, written solely by J. Patterson to compare writing styles.

 

I rated

Bullseye

 as aread.

Bullseye (Michael Bennett, #9)

Bullseye

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

June 08, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Bullseye

an average of 3.89 stars

from 10,928 ratings and 753 reviews.

Book-Review_Dont-Wake-Up

Don’t Wake Up

by

Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up was my first Liz Lawler book and won’t be my last.  Set in and around a hospital and its staff, Don’t Wake Up is about an attack Dr Alex Taylor claims happened to her in her hospital’s car park.

Alex is a well-respected doctor who works in the emergency department.  However, her recount of what happened has her colleagues shaking their heads in disbelief.  The police, called in to investigate, generally feel the same.

The words ‘chilling’, ‘psychological’ and ‘thriller’ are used to describe Don’t Wake Up.  Chilling and psychological it is.  A thriller it is not; at least not by my (and Google’s) definition of the genre.  During the past twelve months I have reads quite a few books which proclaim thriller status, however, only one or two have been, by definition thrillers.  I believe Don’t Wake Up to be a very good mystery.

A thriller is one where the reader knows who the villain is very early on in the story.  The thrill of the story is generated by the main ‘good guys’ interaction with the villain while not knowing he/she is a villain.  Whereas a mystery is the opposite with the villain being revealed when caught at the conclusion of the book.  Quite often there will have been some bread crumbs, so small that they went unnoticed, regarding the villain’s identity.

I enjoyed Don’t Wake Up and look forward to listening to I’ll Find You, also by Liz Lawler.

Don’t Wake Up is narrated by Zara Ramm.  This was the first time I have heard Ms Ramm narrate a novel and she is definitely on my list of enjoyable narrators.

I will rate Don’t Wake Up as a four star novel which does include half a star for a debut novel.

 

I think

Don’t Wake Up

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler (9780062876133) - PaperBack - Crime Mystery & Thriller

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review,

May 13, 2019, other

Goodreads readers have rated

Don’t Wake Up

an average of 4.05 stars

from 12,055 ratings and 760 reviews

Don’t Wake Up

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review-Run-Away

Run Away 

by

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben’s latest novel, Run Away, is one of those books which you hope stays on the pages of the novel.  It is also a novel which kept this reader up until the early hours of the morning, reading that next chapter.

Most parents will remember the day their eldest child set forth into the world we know, either for work or for tertiary study, and commenced their life living away from home.  Such was the case with the Greene family.  Their eldest left home for University/College studies and disappeared.  All the best intentions in the world could not have predicted what would happen to Paige or Simon and Ingrid (her parents) in their hunt to retrieve their daughter from the clutches of a drug dealer.  Nor could they have imagined how they could have become the target of a ‘hit man’.  Yet they did.

Although some scenarios may be stretching the realm of possibility, which I think makes for a good story, in the context of this story, were acceptable.  I thoroughly enjoyed Run Away and will not add any more spoilers into my review.

I think Run Away is a novel which could easily be made into a movie for either the big or little screen.

I think

Run Away

Run Away

is a solid

read.

Run Away was released in early April, 2019.

At the time of writing my review,

May 05, 2019, other

Goodreads readers have rated

Run Away

an average of 4.14 stars

from 9,237 ratings and 1,231 reviews

Run Away

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-No-Middle-Name

No Middle Name

(Jack Reacher #21.5)

by

Lee Child

 

No Middle Name is another book which has been sitting on my iPod for some time.  So long in fact that if I knew it was a series of short stories I had forgotten.

I am not a fan of short stories and this was not an exception.  The only good thing about it was the first few stories focussed on the Reacher boys and provided me with, again perhaps forgotten background information, regarding their army careers.

In my biased opinion, No Middle Name commences well with one or two good stories.  However, from there on each story seemed to become shorter and less interesting until a twenty-minute track contained a beginning, middle and ending…of sorts.  In fact the second last story lasted a whisker over six minutes and thirty seconds.

Three stars is my best rating for short stories.

 

I rated

No Middle Name

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as a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

No Middle Name

an average of 3.94 stars

from 11,069 ratings

and 1,074 reviews

No Middle Name

can be purchased on-line at

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Book-Review-Kiss-Me-Kill-Me

Kiss Me, Kill Me

by

J. S. Carol

 

Kiss Me, Kill Me by J. S. Carol, had me hooked from the first few sentences and my wife ready to inflict serious damage on the male mentioned in those same few sentences.  Those infuriating sentences told of a husband telling his wife what to wear and eat among other things.

At this stage Kiss Me, Kill Me, had potential.  However, as the story progressed we soon were asking where is this story going?  On and on readers heard of Zoe’s life with Daniel and how she escaped.  But had she?  Escaped, that is?

Bodies mounted up left, right and centre and finally Zoe escaped.  But did she live happily ever after?  That’s for you to find out.

If we had split this story into first half, second half and to use the term loosely, epilogue, then cut the second half and tossed it away, it may have made a good short story.  As it was the ‘second half’ was a repeat of the first half in a different setting.   Out of the frying pan and into the fire, if you will.

I listened to Kiss Me, Kill Me and enjoyed Laurence Bouvard’s narration, but the storyline fell off a cliff.

 

I think

Kiss Me, Kill Me

is barely aread.

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

Kiss Me, Kill Me

an average of 3.68 stars,

from 364 ratings and 97 reviews.

Kiss Me, Kill Me

Kiss Me, Kill Me

can be purchased online at

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Book Review-Fifty-Fifty


Fifty-Fifty

by

James Patterson

&

Candice Fox

 

I listened to the audio version of Fifty-Fifty and was not overly impressed with the narration by Federay Holmes.  Fifty percent of the story was an all-male cast and the other fifty percent contained only two female voices.  Harriet Blue was one of them.  I felt there was little modulation in her voice at times whereas my wife thought her voice was a good Australian voice which suited those characters.

Again I question how much James Patterson and Candice Fox wrote.  One half of the story sounded ‘heavy’ while the other half was ‘lighter, faster’….a different pace altogether.  Was the ‘heavy’ section trying to reflect the perceived voices of country Australians?  Who knows?

Moving on…..

Harriet Blue is a short-tempered city detective who is moved temporarily to a country posting because she punched a lawyer defending her brother, outside a courthouse.  At her country posting she befriends the local female police officer and together they solve a case while Harriet’s friends try to help her brother back in the city.  Therefore, a city and a country story to be solved.

Brother Sam has been accused of abducting and murdering several (university age) girls although he and Harriet both maintain his innocence.  More will trigger the spoiler alerts so I will desist from any further story line comments.

I enjoyed the Fifty-Fifty storyline.  However, I do think a male and female narrator would have added interest to the audio experience.

I have rated

Fifty-Fifty

 as aread.

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Fifty-Fifty

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

April 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Fifty-Fifty

an average of 3.86 stars from 7,657 ratings and 657 reviews.