December 2016-What are you reading?
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3 1/2 ⭐️s
I'm not usually a short story reader, but these were fun. The first was a Lucy Stone story. It mixed a Santa beard club with Veterans , PTSD and alive triangle. I found it rather dry and preachy. Not to my liking. The second story by Lee Hollis also took place in Maine, featuring Hayley Powell. A cute story with. Scrooge-like town librarian who is allergic to eggnog. The final story by Barbara Ross, was my favorite. Julia Snowden was moving from NYC back to her hometown in Maine. She rather unwittingly invites the subtenant of her apartment to share the holidays with her family in Maine. Murder and mayhem ensue. I might check into reading this last series, as I enjoyed the character of Julia. All in all a cute quick holiday read.
The writing style is not easy to read, I find so far... I hope it picks up or I probably won't finish it... which is odd since the book is well rated.
I am sure that it is a decent read if I stuck with it... a 4.5 rating or so means an awful lot of readers loved the book but it is just not for me. I won't add the book to my library or rate it.
Some day at the library try Strong Poison, or one of her other ones. IMO, Gaudy Night is a lot more enjoyable if you know the backstory.
P.S. I recommended to my wife that she read her Nine Tailors first, and she really liked it. But that's one of the longer ones, and you might want to start with a shorter one.
It makes a lot more sense as part of the series (and really does not work as a standalone...). Although the series have a certain... Englishness that is not for everyone
The language is somewhat stilted to my view and that does not help any. I know Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler were great mystery writers of the 1930's as well and I recall decades ago to try to read one of Hammet's novels but the language was holding me back there too. I think I have to get over this objection somehow for future reading :)
#3 in the Cotton Malone Series
I thoroughly enjoyed the feel of this book, and as usual Steve Berry's writing style. The book is centred around Alexander the Great's history, and particularly his death and the location of his body - this was a very interesting facet of the book and left me wanting to find more out about Alexander. Within the modern day context we have Irina Zovastina, Supreme Minster of the Central Asian Federation, who has dreams of Empire Building. What can this have to do with Alexander's body and the chemists Irina has working for her? Amongst all this mix we have Cotton Malone and Henrik Thorvaldsen helping Cassiopeia avenge the death of her friend and treasure hunters searching for medallions and destroying museums by fire as they go.
This is quite an epic adventure taking place across Europe and Asia, with sub-plots aplenty. It does keep you wanting to read on and find out what the next twist is, and there are plenty. I have to say Steve Berry pulled out a few surprises on this one that I didn't see coming. It was also good to have a book where us mere mortal readers had a chance of solving the clues, it always gets you more involved in the book. I really enjoyed this book and the only thing that let it down for me was a few inconsistencies in a couple of the characters, and the ending which I felt stretched credibility a bit too much. That said though I can't wait to launch onto the next book in the series as I do love Steve Berry's writing, plotting and the incorporation of historical facts within the book.
I hope this will be a good read... I need one now :)