heard lots of good things about Beth Moore so maybe this just wasn't a
good first introduction to her. I was looking for a daily devotional
but the thoughts in this one were just too short and shallow for me to
really enjoy. Obviously I didn't need to read a whole year's worth to
know this wasn't what I was looking for but I tried it for a full month.
I'll try one of her books that is a real study rather than just daily
thoughts before I really decide what I think of her as an author.
Murder on the High Seas is too short to be called a novel, the
term “novella” suits it much better. It is a very quick read, under an hour for
me.It isn’t a ‘whodunit’ kind of
mystery, there’s no murder to solve.The
title really isn’t representative of the story.
There were things that I liked.I did enjoy the main character being a
caregiver because that is something I can relate to.My mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s lives with
us so I could really sympathize with
needing time to be free of responsibility and I think that was represented
well.The character was likeable and
sensible most of the time.The
atmosphere aboard the ship felt real and that’s important to me.
There were things I didn’t like.The story was so short that the relationships
didn’t have time to develop naturally.They felt rushed.The main
character seems to like or dislike people almost instantly which left very
shallow at times.She becomes rude with
one character after a very brief acquaintance and one that I did not feel
justified that rudeness.Several of the
characters were so stereotypical as to almost be caricatures.
It felt like the first draft of a story that should have
been expanded and filled out.Given time
for proper depth and proper character development, it could be quite
interesting but in it’s current form, it’s just too short for the story it
wants to tell.
I’ve become a fan of Libby Fischer Hellman over the last
year or so and I’ve read a book in each of her Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman
series. This short story, which is also
published in “Nice Girl Does Noir” has both of her heroines. When Ellie finds a dead body, Georgia is one
of the cops on the case. I really love
when a writer has their literary worlds overlap. I often wonder why more writers don’t do
it. To me, it grounds the stories and
makes them seem more realistic.
Ellie arrives early at her exercise class and has the
unpleasant discovery of a dead body.
Georgia’s boyfriend, a detective is having a meal nearby with Georgia,
not yet a detective, and brings her along to the scene of the crime. It’s definitely not best-friends-at-first-sight
for Ellie and Georgia. The POV moves
back and forth between the two so you have plenty of insight into what’s
happening. When Georgia makes a crucial
discovery, the case is blown wide open.
This is a short story, you’ll probably have it read in 20
minutes or so. But if you are a fan of
Georgia Davis or Ellie Foreman it’s fun to see them when Georgia was a still a
cop and Ellie was just learning how to be a single mom. As with Libby Fischer Hellman’s other
writings, you have a well-written compelling story with sympathetic heroines.
GRAPHIC VIOLENCE WARNING. Ok, you have been warned.I was warned by the author (thanks Mr.
Konrath, I really do appreciate it!) that this book has the most graphic
violence in the series.Having been
warned, I was able to blip over sections where that violence occurred.It was pretty easy to see them coming.So why would I even read a book with stuff I
don’t like in it?Well, I really wanted
to know what happens to Jack.I was
starting to get fairly invested in her after the first two books, Whiskey Sour and Bloody Mary, and having
been told that the violence decreases after this book, I wanted to keep up with
The first book involved Jack’s investigation into the
Gingerbread Man.He pops up again here
and let me say that he is not someone you want to deal with more than
once.Jack is once more being personally
targeted by a serial killer.Her partner
is having to deal with some health issues, her mom’s in a coma, her
ex-boyfriend has a new girlfriend, life is not fun.
As with the first two, there are excellent descriptions of
police work.I like hearing about some
of the nitty-gritty of an investigation, the leg-work involved.I don’t like cases being solved purely by
intuition or a sudden revelation.We see
plenty of good detective skills here.As
with the first two, there is plenty of humor.Great one-liners, good relationships between the characters.Jack and her partner have a real warmth to
their relationship that I enjoy.For all
the things that are wrong in her life, Jack has a great group of people that
like and help her.
Bottom line-if you don’t want the violence, avoid this
book.If you can jump over it and are
interested in following Jack’s story, you’ll find this quite satisfying.
Hugh Laurie states the case admirably "The first thing you should know,
and probably the last, too, is that PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have
put words on paper." I couldn't agree more. "I'm not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare-or, if not, it's some equally brainy lad-who says that it's always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping.. There's no doubt the man's right." And so is our first introduction to Bertie Wooster. Bertie Wooster seems destined to always have Fate sneaking up behind him with a lead pipe. If anything can go wrong for him, it will. Overbearing relatives, friends that need rescuing, ties that don't match the suit he's wearing. Enter Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman. Calm, cool, and collected, Jeeves is always able to get Bertie and his friends out of whatever scrape they have gotten into. And he's always able to make sure that Bertie is properly attired while doing it. Comis genius is the only description of what goes on in a Jeeves story. This book, Wodehouse's earliest writings about Jeeves, is a set of short stories, several of them about Reggie Pepper, rather than Bertie. The two characters are almost interchangeable except for the absence of Jeeves in the Pepper stories. Some of these stories were rewritten for later Jeeves books. If you've never read P.G. Wodhouse before, his writing is almost hard to describe. He's quintessentially British. He's hilarious and there is plenty of slapstick humour but there is also lots of dry humour. His vocabulary is different than anyone else I've ever read. His use of the slang of the time and his depiction of the idle upper class and the aristocracy before WWII are just fun!He's one of the five authors who's works I would take to a desert island with me. Some Wodehouse sites Plumtopia (Plum was Wodehouse's nickname) A celebration of P.G. Wodehouse The Wodehouse Society PG Wodehouse books-A site with some really excellent articles about Wodehouse
Would I pay money for it? Absolutely. I have bought many Wodehouse books.
Would I read more by this author? yes
Would I recommend this to a friend? I've been recommending him to everyone I know for years
This publication shows how the changes in the publishing industry can promote new ways of telling stories and new ways for authors to get their work out to the public. This is a short story, 6 pages long, that began as a blog post from the 7criminalminds blog where they gave a writing prompt and different authors used it to create a short story. It's apparently always a freebie which would make sense at that length. It is obviously a very quick read at 6 pages. The prompt was "The Clue characters are locked in a winter lodge. Mr. Boddy is found
dead in a snowdrift with no visible signs of trauma. Who did it and how
do you prove it using just the things in the lodge?” I don't know if the other blog posts were published for Kindle but if they were, I would read them.
I'm a huge fan of the game "Clue" so the characters were quite familiar to me but in a story as short as this there's no way to really develop them or give much backstory. I found it an entertaining little read, reminiscent of the 1985 movie.
When I was a
kid, probably late elementary or early junior high, my mom introduced
me to the old movie version of this book that had Elizabeth Taylor in
it. It was a haunting movie and I was thrilled a few years later, early
high school, to find the book and read it. Needless to say, the book
contains so much that the movie left out, whole storylines in fact, but it is equally haunting and
quickly became one of my favorite books.
Most people know the
basic story line, poor mistreated orphan makes good, but that is a very
simplistic way to summarize this novel. The dark, heavy, brooding
atmosphere is so perfectly done that this is the ultimate gothic romance
for me. I hope there were never real adults of such evilness and
cruelty as the adults in young Jane's life. I felt every unkindness and
petty cruelty with her. It's still difficult sometimes to read through the opening chapters. The deep mystery of Thornfield Hall drew me in
completely. You feel every shadow of that huge stone mansion. The
characters were real and have stuck with me as if they were people I
have met somewhere along the way in life. The book feels intensely personal.
Other books have used
similar story lines to Jane Eyre but none have done them as
successfully. This is the epitome of gothic romance and gothic horror
to me. Unlike some books proclaimed to be a classic, it is very easy to see why this one is. This book is one of my most highly recommended ever. And that goes for the 1943 movie version of it also!