Short Reviews [TSS]

Title: Booked to Die
Author: John Dunning
Source: Library
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

I actually heard about Booked to Die from Allison Hoover Bartlett’s The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.  It’s about a cop named Cliff Janeway, who also happens to love rare books.  When a book scout, or someone who goes around to regular used bookstores looking for rare books to resell, is murdered, Janeway is on the case.  The mystery is very well-written and keeps the reader guessing through the course of the novel.  Additionally, there is a lot of information about rare books in Booked to Die, so it’s one that any book lover will definitely enjoy.  I’m really glad that this is the first in a series, because I can’t wait to read the rest of them!

Title: The Doomsday Key
Author: James Rollins
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical Thriller
Rating: 4 out of 5

The Doomsday Key is the next novel in James Rollins’ Sigma Force series, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint!  The history is interesting and insightful, and as always, Rollins includes an author’s note at the end of the book that explains what is true and what isn’t.  Gray Pierce is always the appealing hero, and it’s nice to see old beloved characters.  Rollins makes sure to change up every novel to make sure nothing becomes stale.  This is a great series that I highly recommend!

Title: Pieces of the Heart
Author: Karen White
Source: Personal Copy
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

Pieces of the Heart is a sweet women’s fiction tale.  It’s a classic story – a prickly, damaged (both physically and emotionally) woman goes home to recover, and while there faces ghosts from her past.  I have read most of Karen’s White’s books, and have a certain expectation when it comes to her works now.  I’m glad to say that, though Pieces of the Heart isn’t a mystery like many of White’s other books, it’s still well-written and satisfying.  White is wonderful at creating Southern atmosphere.  It’s a sweet (if predictable) story that I definitely recommend if you’re in the mood for some Southern charm.

Title: Death By The Book
Author: Lenny Bartulin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 3 out of 5

Death By The Book is a mystery set in Australia about a rare bookseller named Jack Susko.  The premise was intriguing and the mystery was interesting enough, but I just couldn’t get the main character.  Jack was abrasive and confrontational for absolutely no reason.  While his instincts were good, and he’ll likely make a great main character for a mystery series once he is better developed and more established, in this book I just didn’t get him, and therefore didn’t like him.

Comments

  1. I love a good mystery, and if it involves book, even better. Have you ever read the Burglar series by Lawrence Block? The protagonist is an antiques book seller by day, burglar by night. But he only robs people who need to be robbed, sort of like Robin Hood. These books are a total hoot.

  2. I love a good mystery, and if it involves book, even better. Have you ever read the Burglar series by Lawrence Block? The protagonist is an antiques book seller by day, burglar by night. But he only robs people who need to be robbed, sort of like Robin Hood. These books are a total hoot.

  3. Nice set of short reviews — there are a couple of good mysteries there for me. I haven’t read Block’s Burglar series, but I read Block’s Hit Man and loved it!

  4. Nice set of short reviews — there are a couple of good mysteries there for me. I haven’t read Block’s Burglar series, but I read Block’s Hit Man and loved it!

  5. It looks like you’ve been doing some good reading. I’m glad to see you liked Pieces of the Heart because it looks good to me.

  6. It looks like you’ve been doing some good reading. I’m glad to see you liked Pieces of the Heart because it looks good to me.

  7. All of these sound really good! I’ll have to keep my eye out for them the next time I’m in the library. Thanks for sharing!

  8. All of these sound really good! I’ll have to keep my eye out for them the next time I’m in the library. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I really loved the first few books of Dunning’s series, but then I stalled out. I should really pick them up again, but I can’t quite remember where I left off….

  10. I really loved the first few books of Dunning’s series, but then I stalled out. I should really pick them up again, but I can’t quite remember where I left off….

  11. I found an autographed copy of Lenny Bartulin’s, “A Deadly Business,” on my trip to Sydney in November. It was one of my first book reviews. I’m glad you mentioned there’s another one in the series too. “Booked to Die” has been on my shelf for a long time. I’m hoping to read it this year.

    Aloha from Rob

  12. I found an autographed copy of Lenny Bartulin’s, “A Deadly Business,” on my trip to Sydney in November. It was one of my first book reviews. I’m glad you mentioned there’s another one in the series too. “Booked to Die” has been on my shelf for a long time. I’m hoping to read it this year.

    Aloha from Rob

  13. I loved Doomsday Key as well and am really enjoying the Sigma series.

  14. I loved Doomsday Key as well and am really enjoying the Sigma series.

  15. It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy Death By The Book (published in Australia as A Deadly Business).

    I have read the second in the series, The Black Russian, and I loved it.

    I agree very much that Jack’s way of dealing with people was abrasive and perhaps not always completely realistic – but it was hilarious.

    I think that Bartulin’s Jack Susko series are just so incredibly Australian – it really hits the nail on the head what its like here in Sydney. He’s got the setting, the language, the people, the humour of Sydney down perfectly on the page. It was like reading about my own experiences (obviously without the mystery!).

  16. It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy Death By The Book (published in Australia as A Deadly Business).

    I have read the second in the series, The Black Russian, and I loved it.

    I agree very much that Jack’s way of dealing with people was abrasive and perhaps not always completely realistic – but it was hilarious.

    I think that Bartulin’s Jack Susko series are just so incredibly Australian – it really hits the nail on the head what its like here in Sydney. He’s got the setting, the language, the people, the humour of Sydney down perfectly on the page. It was like reading about my own experiences (obviously without the mystery!).

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