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Mystery Books Read in May 2015



I tried a couple of new series this month – with mixed results.

And since I was away from home, I read all three books on my Kindle app.


1. THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM by Chris Ewan (Fiction, Mystery, Series) 4 star rating

 photo good thief_zpswcokuinb.jpgThe Good Thief series features Charlie Howard, master criminal, who accepts ‘challenges’ around the globe. This first in the series, my introduction to him, was excellent: the mystery well-paced and evenly-developed.

I was exposed to enough tidbits about Amsterdam to get a flavour of that city and look forward to globe-trotting in the future with Charlie.

4 stars


2. THE KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child (Fiction, Crime, Series) 4 star rating

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This, the first in the very popular Jack Reacher series, introduced Reacher, an ex-military police officer and now-drifter, who happens upon a town in Georgia where he’s arrested for a murder that he didn’t commit.

Reacher’s voice in this story was in the first person; it’s warm and intelligent. The story was very good as well.
I was sure I’d found a series that I’d really enjoy.

4 stars


3. DIE TRYING by Lee Child (Fiction, Crime, Series) 3.5 star rating

 photo die trying_zpsbf6vbjza.jpgThis second installment in the Jack Reacher series was a great disappointment.

Child changed the story to a third person point of view, and this seemed run-of-the-mill after the almost-endearing voice of the first book. Plus, the body count in this instalment just got away from us; it seemed to me to be a lot of gratuitous killing.

I don’t know if the third person voice continues in the rest of series since this outing was enough to make me move the next book so far down my TBR list that I haven’t yet returned to it.

3½ stars


I know that the Jack Reacher series is immensely popular, and my sister likes it very much. But I’m hesitant to go on to the third book.

Have you read this series? What do you recommend?


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2 Comments to

“Mystery Books Read in May 2015”

  1. On February 9th, 2018 at 9:21 pm Judy Krueger Says:

    My husband likes the Reacher series but he gets bored if he reads too many in a row too soon. I have not read those.
    In May 2015 I read quite a few mysteries: The Secret Place by Tana French. I love her books!
    The Whites by Richard Price, A Murder of Quality by John le Carre, The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer. I liked all of them.
    I guess I have said this before, but I like these posts because looking back at what I was reading in earlier years makes me happy!

  2. On February 10th, 2018 at 5:40 pm Debbie Says:

    I don’t think I’ve read any of the mysteries you read in May ’15, Judy!

    Does the fact that your husband gets bored by the Reacher series suggest they’re formulaic?

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