Book Review-The-Watson-Girl

The Watson Girl

(Tess Winnett  #2)

by

Leslie Wolfe

 

The Watson Girl sees Tess has returning to work early, from leave, and immediately asked to interview a death row inmate, due for execution, for killing 34 families.

Does she become seduced by the killer’s demeanour and believe his claim?  During the interview she is told a few truths which make her question some findings of cold cases.

The Watson Girl was a slow starter and seemed to just get going when the villain of the story was given time to introduce himself.   The first villain chapter seemed to almost bring the flow of the story to a halt.  Through regular interludes with the villain readers are given a real insight into his depraved mind.  As the villain chapters progressed so too did my enjoyment of The Watson Girl.

As with all good thrillers the villain was not revealed until well into the book.  While busy wondering how the villain would be caught, slip up there was another unseen twist brewing in left field.

The Watson girl sees a subdued Tess Winnett back on the job.  She tries extremely hard to keep her tongue in check, but still has her moments.

I enjoyed The Watson Girl and rate it as a solid four star read.

Of the 3,660 Goodreads readers who rated The Watson Girl over 3,000 of those ratings have been 4 or 5 stars.  There has also been 42 one star ratings.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Watson Girl

an average of 

4.22 stars

from 3,962 ratings and 283 reviews 

 I have rated 

The Watson Girl

solidread.

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The Watson Girl 

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Book Review-Devil’s-Move

Devil’s Move

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Alex Hoffmann #2)

Devil’s Move is one of Leslie Wolfe’s earlier books (published 2014) and the second of the Alex Hoffman series.

Set prior to an upcoming presidential election in the USA, Devil’s Move had great potential.  Factions within Russia are trying to organise the election outcome via controlling a new e-voting system.  Russian involvement in a presidential election!  Sound familiar?

However, the first third to half of Devil’s Move was, for me, a laborious read.  Laborious because it contained a lot of conversational passages, which annoy me no end.

 

The other burr under my saddle was the detailed locations and time zones between chapters.  Considering I was reading a mini iPad, with enlarged writing, this is information was popping up very regularly.  However!  Enough negatives.

Devil’s Move move upped the ante once setting up the plot and characters had been achieved.  At his stage Devil’s Move graduated from mystery status, to a real thriller, in my opinion

With two off-shore contractors involved in creating hardware and software for the e-voting devices, it was up to Alex Hoffman, and her colleagues, to save the day.  Alex has to negotiate her way around obstacle after obstacle.  Because she is Alex, female, she is often threatened with severe violence in her offshore environment and her authority is totally ignored.

I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Leslie Wolfe and will continue reading the Alex Hoffman series as I find that even with a steady start each book develops into a great story.

I rated Devil’s Move a solid four star read.  Imagine if the beginning had been more to my taste!

At the time of writing,

Goodreads readers have rated

Devil’s Move

an average of 

4.23 stars

from 815 ratings and 50 reviews 

 I have rated 

Devil’s Move

solidread.

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Book Review-16th-Seduction


16th Seduction

by

James Patterson

&

Maxine Paetro

 

 

A museum explosion kills many people.  A spectator (Connor Grant) appears to confess and her husband is caught in the second explosion. This completes Detective Boxer’s night out and sets the scene for 16th Seduction, written by Maxine Paetro and James Patterson

With the confessed perpetrator arrested Detective Boxer thinks she has a slam dunk case solved.  However, things do not go as she planned.  Suspect Connor Grant is not all that he appears.

Later, she is told a body was found near the blast site with only a small puncture wound to indicate foul play.  More bodies arrive at the coroner’s slab and investigations lead Detective Boxer to a psychiatric ward where a highly intelligent inmate is confronted.

The original bombing suspect, ‘Connor Grant,’ filed a complaint against Boxer and she is hauled over the coals by her disciplinary board.  The Women’s Murder Club then gets together to solve the Connor Grant mystery and upon reflection I’m not even sure they achieved that.

I enjoyed the 16th Seduction Probably however, it is a long way from the best I have listened to…or read.  It appeared to be two separate stories published in one book with the only connection being the subjects’ mental stability…or instability.  Again I ask the question, ‘How much input to these collaborated books does James Patterson have?’

I have rated

16th Seduction

 as only aread.

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16th Seduction

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At the time of writing my review, March 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers had awarded 16th Seduction an average of 4.07 stars from 23,765 ratings and 1,499 review.

I also noted the figures below.

All editions:  4.07 average rating, 23,765 ratings, 1,499 reviews, added by 47,492 people, 9,586 to-reads

This edition:    3.84 average rating, 10,914 ratings, 925 reviews, added by 23,485 people

Book Review-Juror-#3


Juror #3

by

James Patterson & Nancy Allen

 

Juror #3, written by Nancy Allen and James Patterson was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.  I listened to an audio version while working at my computer, completing the book in fairly quickly.

 

After going to school in small town Rosedale, Ruby returns to practice law.  Major difference is that she is no longer initially recognised as many of her peers have also moved on.

She is struggling to make ends meet and has not been a practicing lawyer for very long.  Told by a Judge, to represent an accused murderer does nothing for her reputation in a state where African-Americans are still thought of as second class citizens by some of the town’s folk.

Due to Ruby’s diligence she gets her client acquitted and six months later Ruby finds herself being called upon to defend her ex-fiancé who is also accused of murder.  This time she is perceived to be batting for the ‘upper end of town’.  However, by this time she has a partner and the accused is her partner’s nephew.  Confusing?  Small towns!

I enjoyed listening to Juror #3.  It was fast paced well narrated by Megan Tusing.  Kudos everywhere for the wonderful character voices…particularly Aunt Susanne.

James Patterson fans will love it.

At the time of writing Goodreads readers

Goodreads readers have rated 

Juror #3 an average of 3.83 stars,

from 6,180 ratings and 616 reviews.

I rated

Juror #3 a solidread.

Juror #3

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Book Review-Beware-of-the-Dog

Beware of the Dog

(Cliff Hardy  #15)
by

Peter Corris

 

Although I have not read all of the Cliff Hardy novels, Beware of the Dog is the fifteenth in the Cliff Hardy series of novels by Peter Coriss.  It was my tenth Cliff Hardy read, which leaves me with over thirty to read if I want to read all available in the series.

 

Beware of the Dog begins with Cliff Hardy lecturing students at a Sydney College of Technical and Further Education (TAFE).  After the lecture he is approached by a student for an interview.  Quite rightly Cliff is sceptical about this and declines until she follows him to his office.

Upon accepting her as his client Hardy becomes wary of his new client’s mental stability.  The client also wants Cliff to follow her husband.  From there on there is twist upon twist and it did take some concentration to follow who belonged to whom.  And who is related to whom and any more will spoil the story.

Beware of the Dog is narrated by Peter Hosking who is an ideal narrator of the Hardy series of books.

As with all the Cliff Hardy books I have read so far, Beware of the Dog is a quick, enjoyable three star read.

I think

Beware of the Dog

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is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Beware of the Dog

an average of 3.60 stars from 98 ratings and 10 reviews

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Book Review-Death-Mask

 

Death Mask

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #5)

by

Kathryn Fox

 

 

 

Death Mask was my fifth Kathryn Fox book according to Goodreads, and won’t be my last.

Death Mask commences with Dr Anya Crichton having a bride (Hannah) and groom of six weeks being referred to her to try and figure out why the bride has, not one but two, sexually transmitted diseases while her husband is clean.  One of Hannah’s aims in life was not to have sexual intercourse with her boyfriend/fiancé until their wedding night.  Now six weeks later and no other males in her life she as two different sexually transmitted diseases!

Anya is the third medical professional to have consulted with Hannah and it is not until Hannah’s husband is coerced into leaving the room that the truth begins to unfold.  From there it doesn’t take Anya long for figure out the ‘how’ and ‘why’, disgusting as both may be.

Fast forward a week or two, and we find Anya in New York where she has been employed by the USA’s National Football League to investigate some players, their off field behaviour and particularly their behaviour with, or towards, women.

 

Anymore and there will be spoilers left, right and centre, so I will continue with kudos for the narrator, Jennifer Vuletic.  Although I only have television and movies for accent comparisons, I believe Jennifer Vuletic has narrated this novel extremely well.  And if, to New Yorkers, these accents are way off the mark, Ms Vuletic at least provided this listener with what I felt were clear character voices, which makes an audiobook so much more enjoyable.

As usual I enjoyed this Anya Crichton novel and rated it a three star read plus one more for the topic.

Death Mask

is a solid

star read.

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Death Mask

an average of 3.80 from 478 ratings and 59 reviews

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Book Review-Jar-of-Hearts


Jar of Hearts

by

Jennifer Hillier

 

Someone once told me that raising boys was much easier than raising girls.  After my last two reads, where mid-teenage girls feature I am inclined to agree that it may be so, although I don’t have a daughter for a fair comparison.

Jar of Hearts, a thriller by Jennifer Hillier, is a story about two sixteen year old girls.  Angela (the teenage beauty) and Georgina (Geo) are best friends.  However, one night Angela fails to return home.  Extensive enquiries provide no leads and she is eventually placed on the ‘missing persons’ list.

Fourteen years down the track Geo is arrested for Angela’s murder.  While this may appear to be a spoiler, it’s not, because this where is where the story begins.

After lengthy prison sentence I had a feeling that we have not heard the complete story of Angela and Geo’s relationship or the night Angela was murdered.  And that is what makes Jar of Hearts intriguing.

The story of the sixteen year olds relationship and Angela’s death is slowly revealed in flashback mode.  With each revelation that nagging feeling of ‘there’s more to this than meets the eye’ continues.

During the last third of this story readers may or may not be able to pick the ending.  However, I didn’t.

I really felt like reading an Enid Blyton book after my last two reads…again, I didn’t.

I recommend Jar of Hearts to readers of the crime/thriller genre.

 

  Goodreads Readers have rated

Jar of Hearts

an average of

4.11 stars from 6,876 ratings

and 1,981 reviews 

I rated

Jar of Hearts

aread.

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Jar of Hearts

can be purchased on-line at 

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