Friday, December 16, 2016

The Christmas Mystery

The Christmas Mystery, by James Patterson with Richard Dilallo, is the second of the detective Luc Moncrief series. This novella was published by James Patterson own company out of Little, Brown and Company publishing house. Bookshots are mostly ebooks, although I have one in paperback. They are novellas, less than 150 pages and less than $5.00 and are just right for people who want to read a book in a day or two.

I skipped the first of the series because I thought, what better time to read about a Christmas mystery than the week before the beloved holiday.  The book is a delightful story about a French detective and his American partner, who stamp out crime in New York City. The Frenchman, Detective Moncrief, comes from a very rich family and thinks nothing of dropping $150,000 on a painting, which he just happens to see on his lunch hour. His counterpart, K. Burke, is quite the opposite.  While he loves to spent his time walking the streets looking for trouble, she is a ‘by the book’ cop, who is concerned with paperwork.  She wants to let the boss know their actions on a case, each step of the way and Moncrief plays it fast and loose.  When he gets in trouble, Burke is always there to back him up. 

In this story, they are called on a case in which a rich debutante is murdered. The partners noticed the theft of all of the artwork that she owned and, since that was right up Moncrief's alley, they go after the thieves as well as the killers. 

As I said before, this is a delightful story, full of dry humor, for which Patterson is known. I finished the book in two sittings, only because I could not keep my eyes open.  It was impossible to put down the next day. I can’t wait to read more about this incredible duo.  I give Mr. Patterson 5 stars.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Gourmet Detective

The Gourmet Detective goes from place to place on behalf of restaurants to find uncommon ingredients for uncommon recipes. In this book he is asked by the police to use his knowledge of the restaurant business to help sniff out a killer.

The reason that I bought this book was because I had seen the movie and enjoyed it immensely. The characters were very different in the book and I didn't like them as much as in the movie. In the movie, there was delious tension between our gourmet detective and the female detective. The book fails to convey this tension, which only adds to the mystery. 
If you like reading about gourmet food and how it's prepared, this is your book.
While I give the movie four stars, the book receives only one.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes, by Tami Hoag, was published in 1999 by Bantam Books. Ms. Hoag has written over thirty books. She has taken her readers on different paths by writing several different series, including Kovac and Liska. This series is comprised of five, nail biting thrillers. Ashes to Ashes is the first of this series.

When the Cremator kills, he chops off the victim’s head. Then, he makes a fire, and throws her on it. Then, staring with delight at his prize, he says, “Ashes to ashes.” At first, he seemed to strike only prostitutes. But when he kills Jillian Bondurant, the daughter of a very important, very rich business man, Peter Bondurant, Kate Conlan and John Quill work around the clock to find this madman.  They both are strong characters and very much the same, so, in the past, when these two worked together, it did not go well. 

This book had me from the first page to the last. When we first meet Kate, we find out just how tough she can get, when she stops a mugging. And that is just the first page. From there on in, Ms. Hoag takes you further and further away from the safety of your home and into the depths of depravity. I give Ashes to Ashes and its’ star performers 5 stars. I would certainly suggest it to those who love a good mystery/thriller.

Hello Again!

I am very pleased to be back from the international writing event, NaNo.  You may notice that D's Bookshelves has a new look; one that I hope you will like.