Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Der Fledermausmann

Der Fledermausmann Der Fledermausmann by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just saw I did not list it, this was a few years ago one of the worst books I ever read, boring with epic background to characters I did not like, neither the MC nor the minor ones.
So I chose this as one of the first books I DNF'ed very early.
Just saw the movie to Snowman, so I am looking into that book, but skimming and skipping
things, going FF, just to see, if he gets beter (that being the #07th book in the series).
This one is supposed to be a serial killer case, but as far as I got, the case plays only a little part in the book, not something I want to read in a book heralded as a good thriller?! Wonder what boring drivel this people read to label it thus.

This is not recommended and stay away from this author, time-waster, no suspense.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great follow-up to the Mara Dyer Trilogy .
That you should have read before, although some flashbacks to it are integrated into the story, necessarily, even for me - as it has been nearly 3 years since reading the last book.

Also have all these on Audible, so I listened to some part of it. Should have read Mara Dyer again before, or listened to it. Will probably listen to it soon, when I find the time.

Interesting, but short. Still recommended, these books are among the best I read this part of the century. For some reason the book, that now comes to mind, is A Clockwork Orange, which I also want to read again and/or listen to.

Pre-ordered this as soon as read of it, and have pre-ordered The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, which I will buy as an ebook (as I do most books nowadays) and if possible as an Audio (meaning I try to get the Kindle-Audible-Whispersync-Deal if possible).

(Added later)Realized that have given no reason to read this book or why I liked it. And in light of some other reviews (and a few 1-2 stars even from people who liked the Mara Trilogy) I will change that, but this might take a few days, sorry.

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Review: No Escape

No Escape No Escape by Michelle Gagnon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rather short addition (was free for me, I do not think it is worth anything to pay for it, so be aware).
OK introduction, but no hacking, and I did not really get into it, not having read anything else yet.
Bought the first novel today, to read it. It may be a mistake to read this first, or add no value.
Hopefully the novel is better, else I see a DNF coming...
Will add to this review wether it may be necessary to read this after finshing the novel.

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Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great follow-up to the Mara Dyer Trilogy .
That you should have read before, although some flashbacks to it are integrated into the story, necessarily, even for me - as it has been nearly 3 years since reading the last book.

Also have all these on Audible, so I listened to some part of it. Should have read Mara Dyer again before, or listened to it. Will probably listen to it soon, when I find the time.

Interesting, but short. Still recommended, these books are among the best I read this part of the century. For some reason the book, that now comes to mind, is A Clockwork Orange, which I also want to read again and/or listen to.

Pre-ordered this as soon as read of it, and have pre-ordered The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, which I will buy as an ebook (as I do most books nowadays) and if possible as an Audio (meaning I try to get the Kindle-Audible-Whispersync-Deal if possible).

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Find Me

Find Me Find Me by Romily Bernard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger warning: suicide, abuse, child-abuse/teen-abuse, a little bullying.
Had this on my TBR for nearly a year now, but not yet bought, which I did today.
Just read a recommendation and liked the blurb.
Although I had been burned in the past by a few of these recommendations and will stay away if the bad-word-tag (Gone Girl-alike, Psychological Thriller, meaning to me DNF / total-bore) pops up, still think, I will like this and am just in the mood for it. Price was ok.

Could have more hacking, but ok, for what it delivered. MC was ok, but not totally convincing, feel at a loss to put my finger on why.

Recommended, but a little too much romance, no sex. For a debut 1 star extra, not sure if and when I will read more of this series. Reasonably fast read, had to wait for a delivery which came late and nearly read 80% during the hours of waiting.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: You Were Gone

You Were Gone You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dead Good Books recommended - have to be more careful with these recommendations, way too many bad books started / bough in the last years. If I ever see the moniker "psychological thriller - page-turner" again, I should stay away from it.

Boring, way too long. Two stars for a good idea.
This certainly brings to turn the page - to get to the reveal much faster.
No suspense, not enough twists, one was obvious to me nearly from the beginning (only revealed in the final crime scene at the house with the woman).
One more of author for never-buy-never-read-again-pile. Pitty. Sounded good from the blurb.
While after reading it, a lot felt unreal and ridiculous, stranger things have already happend in RL, so I cannot safely say it is to far out there.

There was too much not needed and boring information about the life of the MC and others in there, that could have been cut without changing the story. And it was as much as 50%, by my best guess.
Not recommened. Skipped a lot, going fast-forward through it, but the time it took me (a week) is testament to the unnecessary length of the novel, even after the solution-reveal there came more story I really did not want to know.
Not very entertaining. And it was not even cheap, I paid full price for it, which I regret now!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a first book, start of a series, I rate this a generous 4 stars. Not really sure if that is entirely deserved. As the main case ended it felt too long, then came the side story of Charly's love-live.

Nice sex-scenes (explicit but rather non-kinky and straight).
Like the POV-tone of the MC Charley, snarky, but sometimes also a bit unsure and whiny, but not too whiny.
World-building nicely integrated in the story as the MC does not know everything, even in the end there are things hidden from her. So far luckily no Zombies, no Vampires, so that is a plus, also no love-triangle, and no insta-love (open to interpretation, some might say it is insta-love).

For the older YA-Generation, would not really see this for a 12 yr-old, I guess 14 and above. Bloody death scenes, torture described, and all that. Maybe not even YA but more NA.

Recommended four stars, might read the next book, but not too soon, I think.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Mitgift

Mitgift Mitgift by Kirsten Wendt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Das Buch alleine hätte knapp 3.5 Sterne bekommen, je nach Stimmung auf- oder abgerundet auf 3 bzw. 4 Sterne.
Drei Sterne sind jetzt für die ganze Serie.
Das Buch, ebenso wie das vorige war einfach zu kurz. Als ein etwas längeres Buch alle 4 Bände würde ich besser finden. Die beiden Krimifälle, ein eigener und der Buch-übergreifende Fall der Kindesentführung werden beide gelöst, wobei bei einem die Lösung klar ist, aber nicht zuende geschrieben wird, das Buch endet einfach.
Die Fälle im letzten Band waren ok, aber nicht kompliziert, keine überraschenden Wendungen. Das hätte gerne länger und komplizierter sein können, die übliche Mischung aus Privatleben und Fall, aber durch die Kürze ist mir das Privatleben etwas viel geworden Die Technik ist up-to-date, spielt aber selten eine Rolle und leider auch keine tragende. Hätte gerne mehr sein können (social media, IT, Computer, Mobilphone-Ortung etc.).

Zurückhaltende Empfehlung, alle 4 Bände zusammen können wohl an einem Wochenende oder schneller gelesen werden, hätten anspruchsvoller sein können und länger. Würde für einen angemessenen Preis auch eine Fortsetzung lesen. Diese 4 Bücher sind auch was zum Leihen, glaube nicht, daß ich die Bücher nochmal lese.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Gone Without A Trace

Gone Without A Trace Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF at 15 % / Page 44 from 293 (as per Tolina epos display).
Skimmed the last few chapters and the epilogue.
Not my kind of book, this was recommended by BookRiot, and I have to remind myself, to check other sources before buying or reading a book.
MC and all other characters unlikeable, could not even pity Matt. And Jamie is a creep as bad as they come.

Some of what I said in the review for Girl I used to be also applies here, so I will not waste time repeat it, read it if you want to be warned. My 2star review of Girl I used to be

The ending in the epilogue is the main reason for the second star with this book.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Straßenköter

Straßenköter Straßenköter by Stefan B. Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trigger Warnung: Pädophilie.
Die ersten beide Bände der Serie Mordkommision Leipzig hatten beide je etwa 140 Seiten, dieser hier 109 (Anzeige Tolino epos). Entsprechend schnell war ich fertig mit dem ebook.

Der Hauptfall ist ok, nicht übel vor allem am Ende. Die Kindesentführung war im 2. Buch kaum Thema, hier ist es fast genauso wichtig, wie der Hauptfall, vor allem, da aus allen Teams Leute abgezogen werden.

Mit der um ca. 1/3 reduzierten Länge des gegenüber den anderen Bändern hat das Buch einen Preis von knapp 1 ct./Seite. Wobei ich nicht sicher bin, ob das ein dauerhafter Preis ist, oder nur als Einführung herabgesetzt - dann würde es m.E. bei einer Preisanpassung zu teuer.
Angemessen währe ein Sammelband für 2,99 Eur, oder weniger, wenn der 4. Band erschienen ist (ca. 1 Woche).

Guter Krimi, glaubwürdig, Technik (Handyortung etc.) aktuell, aber nicht dominierend und auch nicht übertrieben. Solide 3 sterne Empfehlung von mir.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Hurenball

Hurenball Hurenball by David Gray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wie das erste, ok, 3 sterne, wobei in dem Fall der Kindesführung nichts passiert, ausser das einer der beiden Polizisten Gewissensbisse bekommt.
Nette Aktion-Szenen, wilde Schiesserei und mehrere Schwerverletzte.

Was ich beim ersten Band geschrieben habe, gilt auch hier, kein Sex, kleine romantische Anwandlungen, die aber nicht ausgelebt werden. Dafür wird Missbrauch, Padöphilie und Kinderpronografie gestreift, aber nicht explizit oder ausführlich.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review: The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to Be The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Trigger Warning: boredom, nearly no sex, too much family, no suspense. Real trigger warning: Rape, but not very explicit.
DNF, will go FF till the end.

Fell (again) for a blurb which made the book sound way more interesting than it is.
Also some reviews had "page-turner" in the reviews. Well, more like, stick-together-pages-I-had-to-cut-if-I-was-not-reading-an-ebook.
Just checked, the main recommendation was from BookRiot, also I have Gone Without a Trace (bought it cheap), which was also a BookRiot-recommendation, now I am wary, I will probably look into it, with the goal to decide early on, wether to read it and finish it, or if that is also another DNF.

Stopped reading in earnest at the beginning of chapter 12, I think.
This reads more like a romance, than a mystery or thriller.
Boring, takes to long and too much familiy with barely a hint, what is wrong. No page-turner so far, and I am near DNFing it.

Still wonder what other people read, that they think it is a fast-paced page-turner.
Two stars for a good blurb, and I regret pre-ordering this and paying for it, price was ok, though. Will FF to the end and add to this review a little then.

Skimmed a few 4/5 star reviews. And one said, this is "on the lighter side" in comparison to Gone without a trace, so here's hoping, that will be better. There is supposed to be a twist, bit so far I have not read it.

(Added a day later) So, now I have FF through until the end. What a chore! A few little twists, of which one was obvious, the others not so much, but did not save the book from the boredom it transpires. Not sure, wether this warrants 2 stars, but at least there was no vigilant-killing and the reason for not calling the police before the finale was well written.

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Review: Rampensau

Rampensau Rampensau by Marcus Hünnebeck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short series, with 4 different authors writing about the murder-squad in Leipzig.
Review in German, this is so far not available in English, I think.

Kurze Serie, 4 Bände, die in Abstand von 2 Wochen publiziert werden, 2 habe ich schon, einer erscheint morgen (07. Mai 2018) und der letzte am 14. Mai 2018.

Die Bände sind preiswert (noch?), aber auch nur so ca. 140 Seiten kurz. Also alle 4 Bände kosten knapp unter 4 Eur, und sind zusammen etwa ein langer Roman.

Die Titel sind etwas reisserisch, ich hatte auf so etwas wie die Sex & Crime-Reihe vonm Harry Hold gehofft, das war es nicht.

Normaler Krimi, mit netten Polizisten, etwas Lokal-Kolorit, und einem kurzweiligem Fall. Nix perverses, kein Sex, als Trigger höchstens die Kindesentführung, aber die ist im 1. Buch auch nicht aufgeklärt. Mir währen ja vor allem Polizisten lieber, die sich an Gesetze halten, mal sehen, wie sich das in den nächsten Büchern entwickelt.

Empfehlung für ein verregnetes Wochenende (bzw. evtl. nur einen verregneten Nachmittag). Bin gespannt, wie die anderen Bücher sind, und wie gut die Zusammenhänge sind. Aber eben auch nur 3 Sterne, mehr nicht, sorry. Das werde ich anpassen, wenn ich die anderen Bücher gelesen habe.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trigger warning: rape, under-age-sex, abuse, killing. In short, your typical YA-book ... for people who still think school was the worst thing that happened to them.
Also, a tear-jerker, I felt for the MC, so be sure to stack up on tempo-tissues.

Wow! A different serial-killer book, well written from the POV of one of the (female) survivors of the killer, dealing with the story up to the obvious escape and a little aftermath (no spoiler, this much you can gather from the blurb).

Did not know the author, this one was recommended to me (somewhere on goodreads? Rivited?, BookRiot?) and I lent it with a 2 month 99ct./month Kindle Unlimited trial.
Also now lent a few days before that runs out the second book in the series, and have the third one pre-ordered as a buy, should be published May 22nd, 2018.

Not much action and some may not like the style the story progresses, but I did. Also the MC is exceptional real, just my kind of sassy, strong, outspoken female - young, but way older than her years in experience.

Highly-recommended page-turner, some might consider it for adult, but I still think, as a warning, this could and should be read by teens age 15 and above, so I consider it as YA but then I remember, my favourite YA book I read when I was a few years older (18?) is A Clockwork Orange, so maybe I am the wrong one to judge.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: The Protector

The Protector The Protector by Danielle Lenee Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited, glad I did not pay for it.
Not enough suspense, too much personal stuff, MC ok, but also too much personal information, and not enough of the case.

Case is a simple mystery, not very gripping, and should have been more important, although the book is short, it felt like 50% was (for me) unimportant personal stuff. Also the case could have been better handled by the police (more resources etc.). Police procedures where well written with a forms for the witnesses to agree to search/DNA invasion opf privacy, at times too detailed.

It feels more like a simple mystery, and with the added romance like a read for a rainy weekend. Not recommended, maybe the next books in the series will be better, but I will most probably not read them.


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Review: Frostkind: Sylt-Thriller

Frostkind: Sylt-Thriller Frostkind: Sylt-Thriller by Daniela Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited.
With two cases it should have been more suspenseful, but the actual investigation was rather bland, meh. Will probably not read more of this author. OK, but not really recommended.

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Review: Das Jesus-Experiment

Das Jesus-Experiment Das Jesus-Experiment by Bernd Roßbach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lent this with Kindle Unlimited. This is one of the books I would have paid a reasonable price for, after reading it.
While long, it kept my interest and was never boring.
This would have been a Dan Brown-like 4star, except it has something (in Kindle. not sure about EPub) I miss from a lot of these books, footnotes / source-links.
Not available in English (yet, April 18th, 2018). If and when it gets translated in English (or your language) I recommend it.

Also weiter in Deutsch:
Während es lang war, war es durchweg interessant und niemals langweilig.
Vergleichbar mit Dan Brown, was normalerweise eine 4stern-Bewertung rechtfertigt, hat dieses Buch Fußnoten und Links zu Quellen (in der Kindle-Ausgabe, nicht sicher ob die EPub-Ausgabe das auch hat (öh, es gibt keine).
Dazu eine gute Zusammen als Nachwort vom Autor und einige sehr gute Tabellen.
Der Autor hat auch Fachliteratur veröffentlicht und dies hat er super gut eingebracht. Bei vielen Büchern (u.a. auch Preston / Child's Agent Pendergast-Reihe) wird extrem viel recherchiert - warum lassen uns die Autoren dann nicht daran teilhaben?

Das Buch ist vergleichbar mit Dem Jesus-Video (publiziert 1998) von Andreas Eschbach, aber da wurde der Kniff einer nicht weiter erklärten Zeitreise benutzt (wenn ich mich richtig erinnere), womit es ins Fantasy-Genre rutscht.
Im Kontrast dazu sind die Technologien, die in diesem Buch beschrieben werden, real und in den Anfängen ihrer Forschung, und damit in die SF Zukunft logisch fortgeschrieben - also nicht so unwahrscheinlich.

Einige der theologischen Kontroversen (Stichwort Apokryphen) sind aktuell belegt bzw. in der Erforschung.

Für diese Fußnoten/Links, die Tabellen und das Nachwort also 1 zusätzlicher Stern.

Damit eine dringende Lese-Empfehlung, und ich werde mit Sicherheit noch weitere Bücher vom Autor lesen (und wohl auch kaufen).

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Review: Das Jesus-Experiment

Das Jesus-Experiment Das Jesus-Experiment by Bernd Roßbach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lent this with Kindle Unlimited. This is one of the books I would have paid a reasonable price for, after reading it.
While long, it kept my interest and was never boring.
This would have been a Dan Brown-like 4star, except it has something (in Kindle. not sure about EPub) I miss from a lot of these books, footnotes / source-links.
Not available in English (yet, April 18th, 2018). If and when it gets translated in English (or your language) I recommend it.

Also weiter in Deutsch:
Während es lang war, war es durchweg interessant und niemals langweilig.
Vergleichbar mit Dan Brown, was normalerweise eine 4stern-Bewertung rechtfertigt, hat dieses Buch Fußnoten und Links zu Quellen (in der Kindle-Ausgabe, nicht sicher ob die EPub-Ausgabe das auch hat (öh, es gibt keine).
Dazu eine gute Zusammen als Nachwort vom Autor und einige sehr gute Tabellen.
Der Autor hat auch Fachliteratur veröffentlicht und dies hat er super gut eingebracht. Bei vielen Büchern (u.a. auch Preston / Child's Agent Pendergast-Reihe) wird extrem viel recherchiert - warum lassen uns die Autoren dann nicht daran teilhaben?

Das Buch ist vergleichbar mit Dem Jesus-Video (publiziert 1998) von Andreas Eschbach, aber da wurde der Kniff einer nicht weiter erklärten Zeitreise benutzt (wenn ich mich richtig erinnere), womit es ins Fantasy-Genre rutscht.
m Kontrast dazu sind die Technologien, die in diesem Buch beschrieben werden, real und in den Anfängen ihrer Forschung, und damit in die SF Zukunft logisch fortgeschrieben - also nicht so unwahrscheinlich.

Einige der theologischen Kontroversen (Stichwort Apokryphen) sind aktuell belegt bzw. in der Erforschung.

Für diese Fußnoten/Links, die Tabellen und das Nachwort also 1 zusätzlicher Stern.

Damit eine dringende Lese-Empfehlung, und ich werde mit Sicherheit noch weitere Bücher vom Autor lesen (und wohl auch kaufen).


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Review: Keep You Near

Keep You Near Keep You Near by Robin Roughley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got this from the Bookbub email-letter as a freebie. Well I am glad, I did not pay for it.
The grammar reads a little confusing (not entirely sure if it is wrong), too many people-POV, and only at 69% in the book the story-lines get together.

Trigger Warning: tl dr: you name it, this book has it...
torture, abuse, bullying, child-abuse, pedophelia, BWS, mental health issues. Surprisingly high body count, graphic and violent deaths.

MC is a bit to deep in. Her next supurior and partner (?) is not very fleshed out and not very convincing, at times sounded like a dumb sidekick, not like a surperior and was too often surprised by some of the evil people do and some suggestions as to what might have happend by the MC. Lets me question how he rose in ranks.

The writing feels fractured in too many POVs, too many important people, and not enough suspense.
If I remember correctly, all persons get a little background, even minor side ones. This ads nothing to the crime-story and supports the boredom I felt reading this book.
While I liked the short chapters, with each new chapter you stumble in a different POV, only in the end you have a longer suspensful sequence.

Also one of the POV was from a mentally ill person, which was hard to get into, although well written as far as I can tell.

The case and its conclusion is very harsh and interesting, the writing not so much. Not recommended, there are better books available, and I am not convinced I will read more of this series. Still 3 stars for the crime and the conclusion. The reading time (ca. 3 weeks) reflects that I had to read shorter, lighter, better books in between.

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Review: Keep You Near

Keep You Near Keep You Near by Robin Roughley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got this from the Bookbub email-letter as a freebie. Well I am glad, I did not pay for it.
The grammar confusing (not entirely sure if it is wrong), to many people-POV, and only at 69% in the book the story-lines get together.

Trigger Warning: tl dr: you name it, this book has it...
torture, abuse, bullying, child-abuse, pedophelia, BWS, mental health issues. Surprisingly high body count, graphic and violent deaths.

MC is a bit to deep in. Her next supurior and partner (?) is not very fleshed out and not very convincing, at times sounded like a dumb sidekick, not like a surperior and was too often surprised by some of the evil people do and some suggestions as to what might have happend by the MC. Lets me question how he rose in ranks.

The writing feels fractured in too many POVs, too many important people, and not enough suspense.
If I remember correctly, all persons get a little background, even minor side ones. This ads nothing to the crime-story and supports the boredom I felt reading this book.
While I liked the short chapters, with each new chapter you stumble in a different POV, only in the end you have a longer suspensful sequence.

Also one of the POV was from a mentally ill person, which was hard to get into, although well written as far as I can tell.

The case and its conclusion is very harsh and interesting, the writing not so much. Not recommended, there are better books available, and I am not convinced I will read more of this series. Still 3 stars for the crime and the conclusion.



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Review: Hafenmord

Hafenmord Hafenmord by Katharina Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited.
Liked the writing, the case and the MC.
As it is playing in the time it was published (2014) good use of technology, just the right amount, not too much or too SF-like, keeping it real.
Recommended, will probably read more in this series, but the other books are currently too expensive and not on Kindle Unlimited (for now?).
Rated 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for a first in a series.

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Review: Hafenmord

Hafenmord Hafenmord by Katharina Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited.
Liked the writing, the case and the MC.
As it is playing in the time it was published (2014) good use of technology, just the right amount, not too much or too SF-like, keeping it real.
Recommended, will probably read more in this series, but the other books are too expensive and not on Kindle Unlimited (for now?).

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Review: Sühnekind

Sühnekind Sühnekind by Caroline Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited, read most of it in FF mode, ok-ish, but not really interesting for me.
The crime-scenes are well done, the MC and others do not interest me enough.
Glad I lent it, paying for it would have been too much, writing is just not gripping enough for me.
Others may like it.

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Review: Kalte Wut ... TODESFLUT

Kalte Wut ... TODESFLUT Kalte Wut ... TODESFLUT by Paul Rheinfels
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Lent with a 2 month 99 ct./month Kindle Unlimited Trial.
DNFed it after 2-3 chapters. Writing was a detailed description of a few bloody massakers, could have been my kind of book, but did not grip me. Detected so far no errors and did what KU is for: gave it back unread, the author will not receive much money for it, as the authors of KU ebooks are paid by pages read ...


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Review: Blue Monday

Blue Monday Blue Monday by Nicci French
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As the family (my mother, my sister and my nice) are reading this in German translation and are all quite fond of the series, I tried it in english.
Not a book for me, ok-ish, and as I have another book by Nicci French, Secret Smile (already bought), I will look into that, but probably not read more by her.
If you are into lots of inner musings by the MC, this might be the book for you, Frida Klein is a rather interesting character and I like her style of living.
The book takes place in the UK (London again, big yawn), with a lot of walking by foot taking place and a few rather good descriptions of places, but somehow that did not grip me as it did in other books taking place in the UK. Also, due to the timeframe (no smartphones) and the MC not even owning a mobile phone, not a lot of technology.
The crime-story is not very suspenseful and the investigation takes too long.

So, 2 nice unexpected twists near the end could not save this for me, barely 3 stars for a first in a series I will not recommend and most probably not visit again.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Review: The Pros of Cons

The Pros of Cons The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pre-ordered this as I highly anticipated this. Also really like the clever word-play-title.
OK, but in the beginning no page-turner, no suspense. But as it is ok lengthwhise, I finished it fast.
A bit much with the (sexual) diversity, just glad no disabled or coloured person was added to the group, it would have been too much.
The different MCs where all likeable and even the minor characters like Beige (a toddler singing German Opera...) and her Mother where well fleshed out and believable.
The MCs all really grow in the short time of the cons.

Recommended, but 1 star less as it could have been more suspenseful. Not sure wether there will be series / sequel, but I would pick it up in an instant without thought. Or maybe wait for the price to sink though - and this also goes for this one.
For fans of comic con and other cons, and books about them like two Fangirls, this Fangirl and this one FanGirl (not finished yet) and also Queens of Geek Queens of Geek ) and also "If I was your Girl" If I Was Your Girl (inserted links to books on Goodreads a day later, as it was not working due to some reason yesterday).

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Review: Flammenkinder

Flammenkinder Flammenkinder by Lars Kepler
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Blurb sounded ok, so I bought this for a promo price from a lesen.net email - which I also saw as a recommendation... was I wrong in that.
No suspense, style boring, and I DNF'ed it after more than a year pretending to read it at 19%. FF through some of the rest of the book. Nothing to write home about.

Read the German translation. And it was even for a promo too expensive for that.

Deleted this one from my Amazon account, never to read it again (a first).
I have two more books from that author, and will skim about 5% and then probable delete them.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: Flammenkinder

Flammenkinder Flammenkinder by Lars Kepler
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Blurb sounded ok, so I bought this for a promo price from a lesen.net email - which I also saw as a recommendation... was I wrong in that.
No suspense, style boaring, and I DNF'ed it after more than a year pretending to read it at 19%. FF through some of the rest of the book. Nothing to write home about.

Read the German translation. And it was even for a promo too expensive for that.

Deleted this one from my Amazon account, never to read it again (a first).
I have two more books from that author, and will skim about 5% and then probable delete them.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Third Watch

Third Watch Third Watch by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited, got that for 2 months on a Eur 0.99/month promo from Amazon.de.
As before noted, a lot of books are available cheap to buy and not the top-notch, this short (47 pages) story one of the rare exceptions - buying it would have cost me Eur 2.99, where imho even Eur 0.99 would have been too much, even though this author is one of my favourite crime authors.

Even this short story was very good, highly recommended, even if you have never read one book of the Tracy Crosswhite series. But still I think, it should have been available for free, and as such, it is one of the rare reasons to pay for Kindle Unlimited. Still KU is not for me, I will cancel it after the cheap 2 months, the usual price is ok, if you are constantly lending books from authors you do not know, or beginning books and not finishing them and giving them back, still, I'd rather buy them cheap.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Call to Arms

Call to Arms Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most what I say here is from my other reviews of books in the Kay Hunter series.
tl;dr: highly recommended, nice developing of the MC to a higher rank with leadership responsibility.

Will order the next book as soon as it is possible to. Some may think 5 stars is too much, what with the fast read (helped by the short chapters), again a little short, but I like this, and I stand by it.
Good police procedure, UK, nothing about BREXIT, no sex. Again 5 stars as the story is strong, no mistakes in the procedures and all was very good integrated in the series.

For fans of these series (Author - Heroine):
Angela Marsons - Kim Stone
Robert Bryndza - Detective Erika Foster
M.J. Arlidge - DI Helen Grace
Celina Grace - Kate Redman (too much romance and not strong enough heroine for me)
Griffiths, Elly - Ruth Galloway (must admit, I have only read 2 books and a novella yet)
Robert Dugoni - Tracy Crosswhite
Rachel Amphlett - Kay Hunter

And with the caveat of a male MC (but a female sidekick):
Last Gasp

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Last Gasp

Last Gasp Last Gasp by Robert F. Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very well written selfpublished (?) book, available cheap as an ebook.
Some errors, but minor ones, I would guess a dozen, one sentence with "he he (in context of he is doing this or that, so two he's are certainly wrong here)", once a capital character within a sentence, so imho little things, which did not stop me from enjoying the book and did not hinder the reading flow much. Not reading this on a Kindle, I was not able to mark this errors and send them to the publisher (with a Kindle this is built in and fairly easy).

There are 3 interchanging storylines: a current serial killer, an old serial killer case where the Killer was caught and died in prison and a family-affair-project. The book takes place mostly in the UK and a short trip elsewhere. Both locations are well done, with some local dialect and I had the feeling of being there.
The descriptions of police procedure and even the stress all sound true to me, exceptionally well written, as far as I can tell.

While the MC is male, his partner is female and some scenes are from her POV. Both and the Killer and some other characters are well fleshed out.

This being a rather cheap book, with only a few reviews so far, I recommend it highly, I got it for free (informed by the daily email from Fussy Librarian), and I just looked, it is still free (at some places, maybe not all). Feel bad not having paid for it, it is worth buying.

I will certainly buy and read the next book in the series and look for other books from this author.

Trigger Warning: this goes into the BSDM-scene, so some graphic scenes should not surprise, the killings are gruesome, but the details are on a normal level for a book about a serial killer, imho, could easily have been even more gruesome, or may be I am just used to it. No sex, which is rather surprising but a little romance.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The Obsidian Chamber

The Obsidian Chamber The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Slow beginning, but as good most of the other ones in this series.
Although I did not like the NAZI-sub-plot a few books back.
And I think the series should come to an end (being one book behind in the series, this may well be case, or planned for a few books in the future).
Surprises and twists I did not see coming, also there was the feeling, I missed an entire book in between, as I could not remember the drowning and story around that. As most of it was retold, I did not bother to look for the missing part, and checking here, I did read all books and even a few short stories and extras (EMail infos).

Highly recommended for fans of the series, should have read all, as it is not really to be read as a stand-alone, although some people may differ on that. And not so sure, wether 5 stars are warranted, but I feel like it today. On another day this might have gotten 4 stars from me.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: OstfriesenKiller

OstfriesenKiller OstfriesenKiller by Klaus-Peter Wolf
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review in German, not sure wether this is (or will be) translated.

Nicht so spannend, aber mit dem Themen Betreuung, Integration (geistig) Behinderter, Monogamie, Ethik und Moral ohne zu überzeichnen recht gut gelungen.
Drei Sterne, und eine Leseempfehlung. Hab mir eben noch den etwas preiswerteren Sammelband 1-3 geholt (ebook), dazu rate ich auch, die Bücher sind neu zu teuer, sowohl was die Lesedauer angeht, als auch den Anspruch. Würde ich sonst leihen oder gebraucht kaufen. Kann im Moment auch noch nicht sagen, ob ich mehr als die 3 Bände kauf, bevor ich alle gelesen habe (sind wohl schon 12).

Woanders stand, das liest sich etwa wie ein Drehbuch (Autor schreibt wohl auch viele Drehbücher), ok, ist auch verfilmt worden und da haben sie auch die dümmste Szene weggelassen. Der Film lief im ZDF April 2017, hatte ich aufgezeichnet und dazu das Buch gekauft. Normalerweise lese ich erst das Buch zum Film, diesmal habe ich erst den Film gesehen. Der Film ist mit Christiane Paul (Ann Kathrin) und hat etwas mehr Ostfriesland-Feeling, als das Buch, mit schönen flachen Landschaftsbildern.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Die Tränen der Kinder

Die Tränen der Kinder Die Tränen der Kinder by Alex Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amazon Selection, German Book, cheap, probably not available as an English translation, unless successful. Therefore review in German.

OK, aber fühlt sich etwas zu lang an. Fall meandert so rum, und die Entwicklung zusammen mit ein paar twists ist ausreichend spannend, auch wenn wieder die weibliche Hauptfigur oft alleine Leute und Orte aufsucht, ist es in der Geschichte gut begründet und nicht übermässig weit hergeholt: ihr Auftrageber und die Firma, für die sie arbeitet bleiben gegenüber der Polizei (ortsansässig) und den Zeugen geheim und es gibt eine Coverstory.

Habe etwas über die anderen Bücher des Autors recherchiert und damit erklärt sich einiges, er hat eine andere Serie draussen, die sich um eine ermittelnde Nonne dreht, also auch wieder im Kirchenbereich. Damit und mit dem Ende, obwohl es gut passt, und ich ihren Vorgesetzten interessant finde, werde ich wohl eher kein weiteres Buch von dem Autoren kaufen, wenn es nicht kostenlos oder superbillig ist, einen normalen Preis ist mir so etwas nicht wert, hier bin ich relativ preiswert als Promo (typisch für einen Beginn einer Serie) rangekommen und der Blurb las sich interessant.

Wenn ich die Kritik so lese, werden sich manche wohl fragen, warum ich 4 Sterne vergeben habe. Das zu erklären, ohne zu spoilern, ist schwierig, ich kann dieses Buch durchaus weiterempfehlen, aber die Hauptwendung passte zwar, bedeutete für mich aber auch, zusammen mit der engen Verknüpfung zur Kirche, daß mir ein solches Buch reicht, weil die anderen Bücher der Serie eindeutig in die selbe Richtung gehen (müssen), und das brauch ich nicht in Serie.
Ist also trotzdem eine Empfehlung und hat vor allem als 1. Band einer Serie die 4 sterne für mich auch verdient. Wen die Wendung nicht stört, der sollte evtl. auch einen Blick auf die andere Serie werfen, ich vermute mal, das die auch in den Bereich wandert.

Ergänzung, etwas später, wieder völlig vergessen, aber nicht ganz unwichtig, ein paar Sachen: wegen der Thematik habe ich meiner Mutter von dem Buch abgeraten, einige Szenen sind hinreichend blutig, kann evtl. auch was triggern (Geburt), und der Titel passt ja sowas von überhaupt nicht zum Inhalt. Der Titel hätte mich eher davon abgehalten, wenn ich den ernst genommen hätte, der Blurb zeigte aber schon, das der Titel nichts mit dem Buch zu tun hat. Wobei ich mich umgekehrt frage, wie ich denn wohl ein Buch gefunden hätte, das dem Titel gerecht wird...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saw the trailer for the "Love, Simon" movie, and noticed I already own the ebook, so I started it in between with 3 other books.
Nice fluffy gay coming-out romance with a few good twists, no violence (although I was expecting some, a few actions from someone warrant a good beating), sex only talked about.
A little on the short side, but that suited me well.
Highly recommended, will certainly watch the movie, which will hopefully be good (will leave a comment here when I watched it).

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Assassins Vengeance

Assassins Vengeance Assassins Vengeance by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Longer review with the third book, for the series.
Ok, twisted, but that is expected.
Recommended, even more so, than the third book is published (pre-ordered, should be published January 21th, 2018 was wrong date, corrected).


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received an EMail from BookBub that this was available for a rather low price, checking the different retailers, I saw an Omnibus Edition of all 4 books, but that when checking that price against all 4 books, these where even way cheaper (saved more than 7 Eur).
The Omnibus has 46 pages more, but there is no mention of additional material, so that may also be excerpts / teasers for other books.

While the beginning is interesting, it takes rather long with the bad-boy drama to get on, reads so far more like a murder-mystery with a suicide-or-possible-murder thrown in, but even with an attack, an accident and a break-in, not enough suspense for me, drags currently.

Not sure wether I will recommend this one, currently, as it picks up the pace a little at 50-60%, 3.5 stars, for the first one in the series rounded up to 4 stars. Will look in the next book when I feel like it. As I have just read the first part of The Fallen and Leviathan and it is not so long ago I finished with a DNF/FastForward Fallen I can say this has not enough suspense and the mixed feelings of the MC are not too believable. Also I guessed the little twists of the persons who turned out to be bad early on (nearly when they where introduced, they where way too obvious). Can accept that, but the story would have played out differently if the MC had not kept a few things to herself but talked with her BFF or her Mother about them.
Some review said that the second book was a little boring, and one should keep on, that alone makes want to abandon the series, as this book barely held my interest. With some authors the series get better with every book, so I will peek into the next book and then decide, but not soon, I need something different with more meat in between.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Once Taken

Once Taken Once Taken by Blake Pierce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Snatched this ebook up for free after seeing that on Amazon.
Already got the first book for free and both sounded very interesting from the blurb, so without thinking, I got this also.
As with my two-star review from the first book, the MC Riley should be fired from her job, this time it is not as bad, so I rounded up from 2.5 stars to 3. The cliffhanger from the first book is what took me in. Also talking to a jailed killer-inmate for insights very well done.

The solving of the second case is at least a normal group effort, but Riley should (again) not be on the job.

With short chapters and a little more suspense and a little more real police work and not going too much on her own, it is ok-ish, even though Riley is obviously unfit for the job.
Not really recommended, but not really bad either. A fast read for a rainy weekend. No real romance, some complications, no sex. Not enough twists for me.
Very graphic at times, and brutal insights in the killers mind. But imho that is as expected for a serial killer.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Rattle

Rattle Rattle by Fiona Cummins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bought this for a normal price, as the second book was available cheap and both sounded good from the blurb.
And I wasted my money. This is most possibly a DNF with me not bothering to start the second book. Writing is too complicated and too fractured to be suspenseful, for a serial-killer I would have suspected more. Currently I give 1 star, page 140 from 800 (?) as per my current ebook-reader (Tolino epos), I will skim / FF through the rest of the book.

Interestingly this should have been my cup-a-tea (only, I do not drink tea, but rather Nesquik or some Coffee-Espresso-Capuccino mashup).
One of the children in the book has a bone disease which is a little comparable to mine (Albright-Sternberg-Syndrome), only his bones are not only brittle, but also growing too much.
But still it does not grip me, maybe it rather hit too close to home.

The different parts of the story are too complicated and too many, with all people rather too detailed and none (for me) I can relate to or even hate at least. So far this looks like the beginning of a puzzle, but without the suspense. Or maybe 2-3 different puzzles with the pieces mixed.

So far, not recommended and I fear I fell for the blurb and the low price of the next book.
Do not waste your money, not even worth to be free (if you get it free or lend it).

Somewhere at 1/3 to 1/2 it comes a little together, and a few more things become clear. But that does little for me, just that I want to finish it, suspense is still missing, and there is rather too much unneeded information and too little real investigation. And too much inner musings of the many people. A good editor might have helped, or maybe there are enough people who will read something like this, only, it is not a thriller for me, with the missing thrill. Trying to end this tomorrow, only, that is now next year...

This book is filled with too much information which is not relevant to further the story, EVERY characters has his POV, thoughts, background. Way boring.

As noted in the Review of Once Gone, I hate it, than police officers are supposed to be good police, but go places alone, without partners, without informing others why and where they are going, even if they suspect, it might lead to the suspect.
The mc, Fitzroy, should have been suspended since the events which have taken place before this book, and which are told in flashbacks. She should surely have been fired, this book.
Also, due to lots of information, this book could easily have been condensed to 50% or less, without loosing story. This is what I think a good editor should do. As it is, this was with a normal price paid for, too expensive in hindsight.

No suspense, no thrill.

So why upped to 2 stars? The ending was a nice twist, and a good surprise, saved it a little. Will skim the next book, which I got cheap for promotion-price (99 Euro-ct.).
Not recommended and I cannot understand the endorsement by Val McDermid, wether she really thinks this is a good thriller?!

(Edited sloppy writing 04-Jan-2018 (grammar)).

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