Peppered Justice

32793511Peppered Justice (Cambodia Trilogy Book 2) 
by Mark Bibby JacksonJoe Slater (Illustrator)Kate Burbidge (Editor)Jonny Edbroke (Photographer)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Nov 24, 2017  

 

I took too long to read this book, and forgot a few details along the way so maybe I would have enjoyed it more in other circumstances. It is a good book and the setting is familiar to me, having visited that part of Cambodia.
What I did take from the plot is that politics and policing travel hand in hand, no matter what country you’re in. I liked that the protagonist was no hero, but and honest cop who believed in getting the job done.
The story itself is a descent who-done-it, with enough clues and misdirection to keep you guessing until the end.

The Clinic

441068The Clinic (Alex Delaware, #11) 
by Jonathan KellermanJohn Rubinstein (Narrator)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Sep 18, 2017


Big yawn!
I really tried to finish this book just to see who did it, but three quarters of the way through I didn’t care any more and gave up. I’ve read previous works by Kellerman and love his characters, but for a murder mystery novel, this one made want to fluff my pillow instead of turning the page.
There was way too much fluff…useless descriptions of everyone, hypothesizing between characters, and painfully dull dialog.
If you’re looking for a good read to help you sleep, The Clinic is for you.

Raylan – Elmore Leonard

12037108Raylan
by Elmore Leonard

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 18, 2017


I’ve seen many of the movies made from Elmore Leonard’s books, but this is the first novel of his I’ve read. Apparently there’s also a television series of the same name, Raylan.
Although the U.S. Marshal of the same name is a no-nonsense shoot first ask questions later kind of lawman, he is a smart cop who’s mind is quicker than the coal country hillbilly drawl that can be a bit difficult to read. The fun part is that I found myself sounding out the slang in my head.
Actually, I’d rate this book at 3.5 stars. It was a good read, but maybe too predictable at times. Raylan says that life and folks are different in the Kentucky mountains. So is this book. R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.

NYPD Red 2 – Patterson/Karp

18170134NYPD Red 2 (NYPD Red, #2)
by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Marshall Karp (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 10, 2017  


This is the first book from the combo of James Patterson and Marshall Karp that I’ve read. It was a fast-paced easy read that’s typical of Patterson. With this novel Karp has moved to the top of my list of authors who write under the man who controls a large percentage of book sales.
I liked the characters and concept of a special policing unit that was put together specifically for the rich and shameless.
If you’re sharp you’ll catch the plot twist near the end – I admit the fake sucked me in before I was hit over the head with who the real bad guys were.
Although I held back a star on this one just because it wasn’t sensational, it was a fun read.

The Progeny – Tosca Lee

progThe Progeny (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)
by Tosca Lee (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 02, 2017


I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I wondered when I entered the draw if the novel was my kind of read; it took me 60 pages to discover it is not.
I gave it a chance, intrigued by a young person who scrubs their memory to escape her past (how bad could it have been at 21?), but I quickly tired of her quest to understand the life she escaped.
The book is Young Adult, something I don’t normally read. Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about the author’s voice.
Someone actually compared this to Dan Brown’s Divinci Code. Not!
I’m not saying the book is bad, but I’m convinced it’s not for me.

Wolf Pass – Steve Thayer

852211Wolf Pass
by Steve Thayer

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 31, 2017  


Having found this book on a shelf in a private cottage in Tobermory, I was pleasantly surprised. I’d never heard of Steve Thayer, although he’s reportedly a N.Y. Times bestselling author.
For anyone who is looking for suspense thriller that’s not a cookie-cut tale like many of Patterson’s, this novel is a good read.
The story jumps back and forth from Nazi occupied Germany to the Kennedy assassination era, with a Deputy Sheriff from Wisconsin narrating the tale.
The characters are interesting and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.