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review 2015-06-06 02:38
Not a good imitation of Agatha Christie
The Monogram Murders - Sophie Hannah,Agatha Christie

I received this at the Malice Domestic celebration of Agatha Christie. I have to admit the plot was good (although preposterous) and the book relatively readable. I probably would have given a higher rating IF the main detective were not Hercule Poirot.

If you are expecting a true Agatha Christie tale, you will be disappointed. The main reason is that Ms. Christie did not write long and wordy novels. Her style is short and succinct. Her books are seldom boring nor does she have long sections of tedium. This book is too long, too wordy and just makes me want to read a REAL Agatha Christie book, which I am doing. The first few chapters just DRAGGED. After that the story did pick up. The narrator of the story is supposed to be policeman from Scotland Yard, but he certainly isn't the brightest bulb on the tree. He is much less imaginative than Hastings who I always enjoyed. This policeman did not have a pleasing personality at all.

Would I read another book by Ms. Hannah? Probably, but only if I got it free or from the library.

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review 2015-05-26 04:04
Definitely a Fantasy Tale.
A Tiger's Tale - Laura Morrigan

I won this book at the 2015 Malice Domestic conference this month. I met briefly with the author and spoke with her as she signed my book.


The book was well-written; however, it is not the type of book that I enjoy. The main character, Grace Wilde, communicates with animals and understands what they feel and see. This is how she discovers that a teenage girl, Brooke, who is missing was actually kidnapped. I don't really think that this kind of ability exists, but I was willing to suspend my beliefs and go with the flow. However, I think this 'ability' was used too often to discover clues and to move the plot along. Much of the story was so improbable and tiresome that I couldn't wait to finish the book. Then the ending was much too violent for a cozy. I read cozies in order to avoid the excessive violence in many books today.


I did enjoy the slow progress of Grace and Kai's relationship. That is more realistic than much of the other events. However, I don't think I will continue with the series to see how their relationship evolves.

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review 2011-06-16 00:00
Elizabeth Peters Presents Malice Domestic
Elizabeth Peters Presents Malice Domestic - Elizabeth Peters,Charlotte McLeod,Audrey Peterson,Barbara Paul,Sharyn McCrumb,P.M. Carlson,D.R. Meredith,Diane Mott Davidson,Valerie Frankel,L.B. Greenwood,Charlotte Elkins,Aaron Elkins,Janet LaPierre,Joan Hess,Carolyn Hart It's difficult to rate a collection of short stories because some are better than others, but I'd give this a solid, middle of the road 3 as a whole. I thought one story was awful, one was great, and the others were all somewhere in between.
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review 2011-05-30 00:00
Phyllis A. Whitney Presents Malice Domestic 5
Phyllis A. Whitney Presents Malice Domestic 5 - Martin H. Greenberg,Phyllis A. Whitney,Dean Feldmeyer,Susan Rogers Cooper,Nancy Atherton,Medora Sale,Peter Lovesey,Alan Russell,Eve K. Sandstrom,Carolyn Wheat,Sharan Newman,Eileen Dreyer,Barbara D'Amato,Joyce Christmas,Patricia Moyes,Sue Henry,Toni L.P. K Since these are short stories, it's pretty easy to figure out what's going to happen next, so if you like to be surprised, maybe that isn't the right book for you; however, if you just like good, cozy mysteries that you don't have to think too hard about, then this book might be the perfect read. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but they were all well written, so I wouldn't toss any of them out.
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