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Posted October 11, 2011
I know how you feel. You pick up a mystery set in a European country and you have second thoughts. "I can't pronounce the names," you say. "I'm not familiar with the cities." My answer? Who cares if the street, city, or personal names are half a mile long or don't contain but one vowel? With Genelin's latest Jana Matinova mystery, you'll forget all about the confusing names and enjoy an intriguing little mystery while touring some of Europe's locales. Matinova's character is caring, witty and her deductive reasoning is very convincing.
Commander Matinova attends a party for a financier politico wannabe and ends up watching the man's wife get killed. Staying out of the public eye, she parallels the official investigation, always staying a step ahead, but always searching for what she's not being told. With the help of an enigmatic and precocious teenage street girl, and avoiding several attempts on her own life, Matinova puts together the pieces of a puzzle that has connections to bands of thugs in World War II.
What rounded out this book were the other things occupying Matinova's life. Besides her major case, she deals with the shooting death of a Gypsy boy and how recollections of her mother's Communist attitude shape her own thoughts. This is Genelin's fourth Matinova mystery so fans should be satisfied with another fine novel.
Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine
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Posted March 15, 2013
Just bought the fourth book in the series. I'm addicted to this
Just bought the fourth book in the series. I'm addicted to this series. The books are well-written, the stories are quite compelling and intriguing, and the characters are well-developed. I love the international flavor! Once I start reading one, I cannot put it down! Genelin knows how to mix story, settings and characters to produce a quite engrossing and enjoyable read! Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2012
It grew on me (wait - could that be a song title?)
Requiem for a Gypsy - I read the paperback edition. The plotting is excellent. The characterization is interesting: plenty of well drawn and well differentiated characters, but the protagonist is a cool, analytical, morally courageous figure who goes her own way and is slow to reveal anything of herself. Lots of Slovak modern history, but never didactic. I considered being bored, then realized I was hooked. I'll probably read more of these.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2012