Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card

The Twelfth Card

by

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver’s 2005 book opened on my iPad accidentally a week or so ago.  I could not remember the story so began reading.  I was more than far enough into the book when I discovered a review I had written in 2013.  I generally don’t re-read books, however, decided to make an exception to that rule…this time.

I must confess that The Twelfth Card kept my interest as much this time as it did four years ago and maybe that is why.  I could not remember any of the plot so each page was fresh and new.  Not sure if this reflects as an uninteresting book or one that is as good the second time around.  I am opting for the latter as I don’t want to insult Jeffery Deaver (haven’t read a bad one yet) and I do not want to admit that age and memory are catching up with me!

This is at least the fourth book, read this year, in which a late teen/early twenty female has been a pivotal character.

This story/plot is more plausible than some of the scenarios created in the Rune Trilogy, in my opinion.   Also aiding the plausibility is the fact that the young heroine stays away from the bad guys instead of confronting them…either knowingly or unknowingly…as, from memory, as Rune tended to do.

I will again rate The Twelfth Card as a FOUR Star read.

Included below is my original 2013 review of

The Twelfth Card.

*****

 Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story which kept me wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end, I was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

The Twelfth Card kept me intrigued until the last page!

******

Again, I think

The Twelfth Card

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is a

read.

In 2017,

Goodreads readers have rated

The Twelfth Card

 an average of 3.98 stars from

12,415 ratings and 507 reviews

 

The Twelfth Card

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Book Review-The-Blue-Mile

The Blue Mile

by

Kim Kelly

While I have grouped The Blue Mile in the General Fiction category, it is said, on the blurb to be an historical fiction novel, which I suppose is, as it takes place at the start of Australia’s Great Depression in the early 1930s.  The Blue Mile refers to the stretch of water, in Sydney Harbour, between the homes of lead characters, Yo O’Keenan and Miss Olivia Greene.

O’Kennan and Greene must overcome their Irish Catholic and English backgrounds and also in the mix is O’Kennan’s young sister who he has taken with him to escape an abusive home environment.

O’Kennan manages to find work building latter stages of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.   This is not ongoing work and upon its conclusion his Irish pride sees his life appear to fall apart.

However, we all know that young love will win out over adversity.  In this case it is a matter of how that is going to happen.

My only negative comment about this novel, and it has more to do with the narrator than the author, was that the male voices working on the Harbour Bridge seemed to be shouting whenever they spoke.  This may have been to convey to the listener a sense of the type of men working in that environment.  I found these gruff voice characterisations a minor irritation in an otherwise enjoyable novel.   That said, I do believe that the idea of unskilled labourers working on the Bridge was thoroughly conveyed by the narrator James Harvy, to his audience.

The audio version to which I listened was narrated alternately by Zoe Ellerton-Ashley and James Harvy.   Overall, I enjoyed their narrations, character voices and the perspective each character put on the same situation.

 

This was my first Kim Kelly novel and it will not be my last as I have just found and downloaded Paper Daisies and This Red Earth, also by Kim Kelly.

I think

The Blue Mile

 The Blue Mile

is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Blue Mile

 an average of 3.8 stars from

150 ratings and 40 reviews

 

The Blue Mile

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Book Review-Deadly-Obsession

Deadly Obsession

by

Karen M. Davis

 

Deadly Obsession is the second novel in the Lexie Rogers series by Karen Davis.  As indicated its central character is Lexie Rogers a young Sydney homicide detective who has several broken relationships and work related wounds from which she is recovering.

With the discovery of a body on nearby beach she finds that many of the indicators are pointing to her ex-husband, a paramedic.  Further investigation reveals that another friend and another young girl have also died in a similar fashion.  Is there a connection?

A red rose is common to all murders along with the fact that they had all come into contact with a handsome emergency room doctor at hospitals in the area where their bodies were found.

Lexie’s current best friend and a former best fiend also feature, to varying degrees, in the plot.

Although this is the second of the Lexie Rogers series, it is quite readable as a standalone novel as very little mention is made of her history and only time will tell if Deadly Obsession is a true sequel.

I have downloaded books one and three of the Lexie Rogers series and hope they will be as enjoyable as Deadly Obsession.

My fingers are tightly crossed as, this year, I have selected some real dud books and it was a pleasure to finally find a book that was totally engrossing.  Also, a book to which I was able to listen while driving and more importantly…follow the plot.

Although with crime novels it is always a case of character introduction, crime committed, investigation, leads to suspect, followed by a twist or two, and resolution…usually happy.  In other words not that hard to follow.

Before finishing I must also commend Kate Hosking’s narration of Deadly Obsession.  It was a pleasure to listen to her voice and I look forward to listening to more of Kate’s work and also more of Karen Davis’ novels.

 

 

Deadly Obsession

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as a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Deadly Obsession

an average of 4.01 stars from 72 ratings and 22 reviews

Deadly Obsession

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The Orphan’s Tale

by

Pam Jenoff

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff is a heart-warming story about two women and their encounters with the Nazi regime during World War II.

Both are banished from their family homes for entirely different reasons and although there is quite an age difference they form a mutual bond.

One is accomplished circus aerial artist, the other a lost young girl who finds her way to circus life where it eventually becomes her home also.

They look forward to the day their circus goes on the road.  However, they find that they are being told where to perform and the even though they have crossed the border into France they are not safe from the Nazi regime of the time.

How and why Noa, and Astrid are banished and learn to share a circus life together is a heart wrenching part of their tale.  And theirs is a very rocky road to real friendship and trust.

This was my first Pam Jenoff read and I have since finished another of her novels.

 

I have rated

The Orphan’s Tale

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a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Orphan’s Tale

an average of 4.03 stars from

15,806 ratings and 2,017 reviews

The Orphan’s Tale

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Book Review-Manhattan-is-My-Beat

Manhattan is My Beat

by

Jeffery Deaver

 Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the Rune trilogy.  Rune is a five foot two, twenty year old seems to be able to solve many crimes the police cannot.  This inevitably has her running foul of employers and authorities alike.  Does she mind?   Not the slightest.

 In this novel, the first of the trilogy series, Rune works in a video store where she befriends an elderly customer who happened to have a role in the movie Manhattan is My Beat and which he rents regularly

The Manhattan is My Beat movie is allegedly based on a 1940s, real life bank robbery in which one million dollars was stolen and never recovered.

Rune believes she knows where the money is hidden and sets out to recover it which leads to inevitable problems.

Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the rune trilogy, however, there is no necessity to read Manhattan is My Beat first.  Rune is the lead character in all three novels with a few other characters playing supporting roles.  In other words each book can be read as a standalone novel.  I have enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s entire Rune trilogy which was written in the late eighties early nineties. 

 Lack of mobile/cell phones and pay phones being the only means of communication with others combined with video tape stores, all date these books.   Overlook lack of modern technology and you have a good well-paced read.

The end caught me off guard this time also.

 Probably a three and a half star read

I think

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is a

 read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Manhattan is My Beat

 an average of 3.41 stars from

1,886 ratings and 123 reviews

 

Manhattan is My Beat

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The List

by

Steve Martini

When I began this book I had no idea or preconceptions to what the title was referring.

However, it did not lake long before that became clear and book quickly developed into a quick, fast paced page turner.

It is an entertaining book about the media industry.  The interesting thing about this book is that the plot is happening…..now!

This was my second Steve Martini book.  I have since read a third, The Arraignment in 2017.  To  date, Martini’s books have remained interesting and fresh with a twist on the title.

Yes, I will be seeking more.

I think

The List

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is definitely a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The List

 an average of 3.95 stars from 11,919 ratings and 145 reviews

The List

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Book Review-Jack-of-Diamonds

 

Jack of Diamonds 

by

Bryce Courtenay

Most people start at the very beginning.  Alas, I am not most people and my first Bryce Courtenay novel to be reviewed is also his last.  As far as I know.  I finished listening to the audio version a while ago now; on March, 24, 2014, to be precise.  I completed my review, which follows, the same day.

Read on……

I finished listening to the Jack of Diamonds today and was sad to see that I had reached the end of the story.  It was the best book I have listened to for some time.  I stress ‘listen’ as the narrator’s accents, Canadian, Italian, American, South African, German and Australian were, in my opinion, perfect.

Was the story line plausible?  Possibly.

Was it a good read/listen?  Definitely.

A five star, favourite book does not come along very often.

Does it have a Mature Adult rating?  Definitely.

However, language which befits the setting, plot and characters.

You have been warned.

It may not read as well as it sounded as an audio book.  I loved it.  Just a pity there will not be any more.

Spanning the Great Depression, World War II, follow by ties to the Las Vegas Mafia and a romance in South Africa all are combined as only Bryce Courtenay could, to weave a wonderful story.

If you have not read Jack of Diamonds it must be added to you list.


A definite five star favourite.
read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

Jack of Diamonds

an average of 3.92 stars from 1,515 ratings and 188 reviews

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Jack of Diamonds

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Read in 2014