Book Review-Crimson-Lake

 

Crimson Lake

by

Candice Fox

 

Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox sees a then teenage girl convicted of murdering another teenage girl and an ex-cop accused of abducting and assaulting another teenage girl join forces in an interesting murder mystery set in Australia’s Far North Queensland’s city of Cairns.   Although a convicted murderer Amanda is a licensed private investigator who takes ex-cop, Ted under her wing while they investigate local deaths.

Because Ted has been accused of abduction and assault (no conviction) of a teenage girl he draws a fair amount of attention from both do-gooders and two ageing cops who have not been promoted during their years of service.  Ted wonders why the beat cops have not been promoted?

 

Amanda notices inconsistencies with Ted’s case and quietly looks into that, with fresh eyes.  Together they try and solve a local disappearance which may have been murder or accident.

 

Narrator Lani Tupu does a good job of narrating Crimson Lake.  His vocal range captures everyone from hot headed, disrespectful teenagers and Ted’s gravelly cadence, to the oozing slime generated by the aforementioned cops.

 

I thought Crimson Lake not quite a four star audio book.  However, a half star for the narrator’s contribution and it scrambles into the four star category.

I have rated

Crimson Lake

 as aaudio book.

Three and a half for the story

and half a star for

the narrator’s  contribution.

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Crimson Lake

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Crimson Lake

an average of 3.98 stars

from 4,839 ratings

and 854 reviews.

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 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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-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 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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.