Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Woman with a Birthmark, by Hakan Nesser

  • Title:  Woman with a Birthmark
  • Author:  Hakan Nesser
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (AudioBook)
  • Started: 4/16/2015
  • Finished: 4/21/2015 
Another Inspector Van Veeteren mystery, notable for the total lack of police influence in the case.  Characters were enjoyable as ever.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Roman Blood, by Steven Saylor

  • Title:  Roman Blood
  • Author:  Steven Saylor
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Kindle Edition)
  • Started: 3/27/2015
  • Finished:  4/19/2015 
I wanted to like this one more than I did, particularly the ending that felt forced.  Still, it was fun to have another take on Cicero and Tiro, will probably give the second book in the series a chance at a later date.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

March Violets, by Philip Kerr

  • Title:  March Violets
  • Author:  Philip Kerr
  • Borrowed from DC Public (Audiobook)
  • Started: 4/8/2015
  • Finished:  4/15/2015 
Wanted to like this one more than I did.  There was one really unnecessarily detailed sex scene (same complaints two books in a row, maybe I am a prude), and the book was wrapped up much too quickly with a coincidence that was too ridiculous to overlook.
Having said that the atmosphere of the book and the protagonist were both good -- probably good enough to eventually read the rest of the series, but not anytime soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kindness Goes Unpunished, by Craig Johnson

  • Title:  Kindness Goes Unpunished
  • Author:  Craig Johnson
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library (AudioBook)
  • Started: 3/31/2015
  • Finished: 4/7/2015 
I was going right along with this third book in the Longmire series, enjoying it a fair amount despite the ridiculous plot, and then the out of nowhere sex scene.  I'm no prude, I don't mind sex in books at all, but it was so out of place and unnecessary  that it ruined the book for me.  Seems like I'm not the only reviewer (from my web searches) to feel this way.