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July 23, 2010

Hounded to Death: A Novel by Rita Mae Brown

Filed under: Mystery — Randolph @ 4:07 pm

Hounded to Death by Rita Mae BrownAfter a hound show at a hunting club, a man, naturally hated and who mistreats animals, is murdered. Later, a woman turns up as an apparent suicide, and another body surfaces.

I found the book a little difficult to get into, it is book seven in the “Sister” Jane Arnold series, and perhaps earlier books would help understand the characters.

Much of the book is in dialog form. I found the dialog natural and well written, and the people were well formed. There seemed to be too little investigation, I didn’t feel there was adequate information for a reader to actually figure it out.

One thing that did bother me was that the animals talked. Not to humans, or at least the humans didn’t understand them. I tried to interpret it as what humans interpret from their pets, but it did go beyond that. The hounds revealed the smell of the killer. It felt like something I shouldn’t have known, but it didn’t come into the solution.

The solution seemed to appear out of the blue in the late pages of the book. This just isn’t my style of book.

July 9, 2010

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Filed under: Mystery,Series — Tags: — Randolph @ 4:02 pm

U is for Undertow by Sue GraftonAfter more than 20 years, a young man appears at Kinsey’s office and asks her to investigate something he saw. Two men burying something when he was six years old. He believes it was related to a 20-year old kidnapping turned murder. During the investigation, they find a pet dog buried in the hold and that the man has a history of manipulation and a penchant for lying. However, the twists and turns lead to an interesting investigation and the death of the young man.

This is the 21st book in the alphabet murder series, and it is as good as any of them. The book is well written and engaging, the mystery is good. Side issues abound in Kinsey’s life, and this time her love interests are absent but her new relations are involved again as she learns more about her aunt/guardian and distant relatives.

Now I’m patiently waiting for V.

July 1, 2010

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King

Filed under: Mystery — Randolph @ 4:01 pm

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. KingThis is the latest in the series of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russel stories by Laurie R. King. It is also the second in a two-part story starting in The Language of Bees. As its predecessor, this is more of an adventure story than a mystery, but the depth of Sherlock Holmes is not lost.

From the previous book, Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes are split in different parts of Europe, hunted by Lestrade and trying to learn information about Mycroft, who is a major focus in this book.

This book introduces a new character, Robert Goodman, who is a man of the woods with a strong influence of childlike innocence. He seems open, free-spritied, and has an ability to see through complex situations to find a simple unstated truth. He is a fun character who’s past is mysterious and unraveled in part during the story. He plays a counterpart to both Holmes and Estelle, Sherlock’s granddaughter. I would love to see more of this character in the future.

The book is fairly fast-moving and does a good job of keeping your interest. Mary Russel is the primary focus, as we follow her from the northern reaches of Scotland back to London, under pursuit and avoiding Lestrade. Laurie King does a good job of portraying the intelligent sophistication of the characters, and explaining intricacies to the reader without violating the narrator-author illusion.

Overall, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next one.

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