[Reviews] Over the EdgeThe third novel in the series mostly charms as Alex Delaware investigates his most interesting case up to that point.
[Reviews] Blood TestAn entertaining story overall, but it lacks the focus and consistency I expect from its author.
Makes me glad I decided to give Kellerman a shot, but I certainly wouldn't have minded a better twist at the end.
I had occasionally seen Jonathan Kellerman's books in stores, but the covers never really grabbed me and in the few instances when I picked one up anyway and read the back blurb, that didn't do much for me, either. He's a prolific writer, though, and has appeared regularly on bestseller lists for some time now. Some fellow mystery readers also recommended his work when I asked who I should be reading, so that was encouraging, too. I finally decided to give him a proper chance. The book I chose as a starting point--for no reason other than pure convenience--was "Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel."
Despite a slow beginning, the second Adam Dangliesh novel is an enjoyable read that gets better as it goes.
"A Mind to Murder," the second novel from P.D. James, was written in 1963. That's more than 50 years ago, and the story the novel tells is one that would have had to be updated considerably in order to pass as a 2015 creation.
A decent collection of short stories that Scudder fans should find interesting, but probably worth skipping if you haven't read the novels.
I'm not particularly big on short stories, but there are times when I will make an exception. "The Night and the Music," a short story collection from Lawrence Block that features his Matthew Scudder character in each one, is one of those times.
This return to Scudder's comfortably familiar past feels a whole lot like the last novel we'll ever get to read about him.
Reading through "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" in some respects proved difficult starting about 100 pages in, once it dawned on me that in many respects, this most recent of the Matthew Scudder novels features too many fan favorite elements all one convenient location for it to possibly be a coincidence. The novel is quite enjoyable, even if it's not quite a first-rate entry in the consistently excellent series, and I couldn't escape the notion that this is it: the last novel we'll ever see about one of New York's finest fictional sleuths.
                                          
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