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The bestselling author of The Old Contemptibles brings her brilliant brand of British psychological suspense to a dazzling new novel of small-town American intrigue. Maud Chadwick learns about loss as her son leaves the nest--and learns about murder as her lawman lover follows the trail of a serial killer.
Posted November 9, 2006
I loved this book. It isn't the typical Jury/Plant book (as far as I know I've read them all and loved them all), but it is original and I enjoy Ms. Grimes' character development. I think the book is getting a bad rap. I consider it the background to the 'Hotel Paradise' series which I also have enjoyed very much. Three cheers for Ms. Grimes for not getting stuck in a rut with her writing. Anyone who was disappointed with this book should try the Jury/Plant books. They are great fun. Ms. Grimes is one of the best mystery writers going.
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I never really enjoyed Ms. Grimes' series detective, but this book and the Emma G. mysteries are original, offbeat, well-written and enthralling. I wish she would write more like this. Truly a good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2005
This was the first book (may well be the last) that I have read by Ms. Grimes and the title of my review pretty well sums up the entire book--dysfunctional. The book gets off to an extremely slow start and the slow beginning sets the plodding pace of the entire book. Within this book, there does not appear to be a single, solitary character that is not psychotic in one aspect or another; every individual seems to be suffering a mental imbalance in one way or another. Also, she really doesn't 'flesh out' her characters in any other way except for their aberrations and as societal misfits. The entire book seemed to be disjointed. It was as if every time Ms. Grimes was interrupted while writing, she would lose her train of thought and have to start off from a new line of thought when she could begin again. As for her chosen killer psychopath, very little was written to develop the killer's character; and there was a failure to demonstrate the motivation of the killer. Although the killer was depicted as being in more or less of a mesmerized state during the killing process, at least one murder was out of character as it definitely required forethought and planning ahead for the provision of an alibi during the time of the killing. Another failure in this book was the sporadic insertion of expletives and obscenities throughout the book for no apparent reason other than a lack of the english language to be able to adequately express herself. It seemed as if not one character in her book was able to speak without using an obscenity or two. This is not so in actual life. This is one book that, even though I bought it at a greatly reduced price, I rue having purchased it at all. About the only thing that this book is fit for is to be shredded and used as mulch in my flower garden; but I am not even certain it will be any good for that. If I may suggest, if you have money to spend on a book, make another choice other than this book or just save your money and your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2003
This was the first Martha Grimes book I have read, and I was extremely disappointed. Too many people named 'Bubba' or 'Bunny', who seemed interested only in Coors Light and American Soaps.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.