Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week Eight - 44 To Go

The collaboration of James Paterson and Richard DiLallo has produced two likable characters, Luc, the Frenchman, and K. Burke, the New York cop. As with all Bookshots the pace is swift. Here our two detectives solve two separate mysteries, one NYC business and the other a personal matter for Luc.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week Seven - 45 To Go

If you wonder from where that ear-worm song came, Marc Myers will help you with 45 of them. Using the premise that the intention of a new song was to result in a hit record, Myers lines up 45 songs in chronological order. Sharing the stories behind the songs makes them intriguing. A recommended read for music fans.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week Six - 46 To Go

Dennis Lehane, a native son of the Boston area, is very comfortable using this New England city for his backdrop. But Sean Devine is no Spenser. While the pace was plodding and slow at times, the ending was logical. The subject matter (foul language, misogyny and latent racism) might put some readers off. But as Lehane’s characters realize we cannot be a child forever.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week Five - 47 To Go

While some readers might feel the plot plods along, Stuart Wood makes this a good read by picking up the pace towards the conclusion. Although the author will get few accolades from conservatives, his mention of the corruption of money in political campaigns is spot on. Plus Ed Rawls comes to rescue.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week Four - 48 To Go

Beginning with two adulterous affairs, Professional Detective Services partners Carpenter and Quincannon work separately to resolve the incidents for their clients. One reviewer felt that each of the separate cases peaked too early in the novel. Thus making the reader trudge to the end. Regardless the conclusion foreshadows an acceleration of mutual interest between the two partners.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week Three - 49 To Go

In this novel Paulo Coehlo takes up the case of a Dutch exotic dancer, Mata Hari. Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Zelle. To escape from poverty the Germans offered Zelle 20,000 francs to convey information to them. Coehlo lets Zelle tell her own story, but the author implies that Zelle’s fate, death by firing squad, might have been influenced by her pride.