IT IS PURELY MY OPINION - Reviews by L. J. Roberts
Recovering alcoholic Sam Turner keeps telling people he’s a private investigator. But when a friend asks Sam to find out if his wife is being unfaithful and then ends up murdered, Sam, with the help of a retired schoolteacher, a homeless youth, and his pool-hall friend, becomes an investigator for real.
Sam and the crew he picks up along the way are diverse and delightful. Although the dialogue is weak in points
and the plot fairly light, it is definitely the characters that drive
this book. I am definitely going to
follow Sam and the crew to see where their adventures take them.
This looks to be a very enjoyable new
series. Good Plus
When drugs come to the Scottish Highlands when a young man is found dead from an apparent overdose, his parents believe it as murder and ask Constable Hamish Macbeth to investigate.
*** Although Hamish is brighter than he appears, the idea of him posing as a drug kingpin just doesn’t work, and the dialogue is weak in the extreme. It is rare when a television series is better than the books, but the BBC series of Hamish Macbeth is. Even though this is a very light series anyway, this story was one of the weakest. OK
It’s bad enough when Joe finds the mutilated body of a moose, but when similar mutilations are found on dead cattle and then two men, it becomes clear that the predator has two legs rather than four.
*** After Box’s first three books, all excellent, I found this a bit lacking. It felt very slow at times and had a number of things left unexplained. I don’t mind the element of mysticism, but it didn’t feel complete. Joe, his family and friends are great characters. The story definitely had me turning the pages and completing it in a day, but it wasn’t quite as strong as his previous books. Don’t misunderstand; this is still a very good read and a series I shall continue to follow. I just hope the next entry will have a bit more suspense to it. Good
During the reign of Elizabeth I, actor Nick Revill joins the Chamberlain’s Men, the acting company of Richard Burbage and author William Shakespeare. After he unmasks a thief, he is asked to investigate the death of a young man’s father whose mother then marries his uncle.
There are scenes of great good humor, early investigative techniques,
some suspense — could Shakespeare be the killer? — and
wonderful depictions of London during the late 1500’s.
One doesn’t need knowledge of Hamlet to enjoy this book. This is a well-plotted, delightful book and
the start of a very good series. VG
When Kinsey is hired to pick up Reba, the daughter of wealthy Nord Lafferty from prison, little did she know she would find herself in the middle of a money-laundering investigation.
Kinsey is finally growing as a character, and Reba was a delight. The story felt less dated than it has been,
and the tone was lighter but not silly. If
there are a couple of people who haven’t yet
discovered this series, this book would even read as a stand-alone. I had nearly given up on this
series a few books ago, but I am very glad I stayed with it. This book was great
Bike messenger Jace Damon makes one last run of the day and ends up running for his life when the lawyer who gave him the package is murdered. Jace is both the prime suspect of the police and the target for someone who wants that package..
I have loved Tami Hoag’s books since her early romantic/suspense novels
and she has only gotten better. There are
wonderful characters, great suspense, fast-paced action, and a twist at
the end I didn’t see coming. I picked this
book up thinking I’d read a few pages, and I didn’t put it down until
I’d finished it. This is a great
The San Francisco detective agency of Weiss Associates sends operative, pilot and lady’s man Jim Bishop to investigate how the planes of a small Northern California airport are being used. Meanwhile the agency’s owner, Scott Weiss, is investigating several deaths that seem to tie to a beautiful, but missing, woman.
It’s hard to say what made me like this as much as I did.
While the suspense is good, it’s the crisp writing and the
very intriguing characters that really drew me in and kept me going. I have not read Klavan before, but I can
guarantee you that I will be reading him again.
It’s winter in New York City. Priests are being murdered with a card of Our Lady of Fatima left behind, and a letter sent to the New York Post from “The Soldier” claiming credit. Detective Sergeant Thornton Savage and his team are under pressure to solve the crimes before the pope visits New York.
This was a very enjoyable police procedural which to me captured the
feel of New York City. I did feel I’d have
been better off having read the previous books in the series to
understand the characters better, but it was still fast paced and had a
couple of good twists. While not
exceptional, it’s a good page-turner. Good
Newly engaged Judge Deborah Knott, looking to escape the chaos of her family, agrees to sit in for another judge in the small mountain community of Cedar Gap. But when the friend of her twin nieces is brought before her accused of murder, she becomes more involved in the community than she planned.
Maron’s first book Booklegger’s
Daughter is still a standout for me, and I’d moved away from the
series. But while lighter than I usually read, although not
really a cozy, I very much enjoyed this book. The
character of Deborah is a wonderful blend of southern gentility,
contemporary independence, and backwoods strength and survival.
The combination makes this book well worth
Lieutenant Peter Duluth and his actress wife Iris are spending his leave at the Lake Tahoe home of wealthy Lorraine Pleygel. Other guests include Lorraine’s brother and a group of women about to be divorced, but when Lorraine shows up with the soon-be-ex-husbands, the mortality rate rises daily.
Set during WWII, and featuring an entertaining husband-and-wife
investigative pair, this book is not as light as you might expect. What I found particularly interesting, given
that the book was written in 1945, was that the female characters held
their own. I’ve read all the books in this
series and have always enjoyed them. I’d
recommend giving them a try for something a bit
different. Good Plus
Set in New Mexico, Pauly Caton takes refuge at her carnival-queen mother’s house while trying to find out who killed the husband she married four days ago.
*** Between a recent widow
lusting after every man she meets, terrible dialogue and absurd
characters, I could not get through this book.
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