Monday, September 15, 2014

3 star review for Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop

Otto Penzler is a book publisher/editor who also runs a mystery book bookshop.  It is in New York City, although no longer at its original location.  From 1993 to 2009 he asked famous mystery writers to write a tale he could hand out to his customers at Christmas time.  There were just three requirements: must be set at Christmas time, must be a crime/mystery/suspense story and part of the action must take place in his bookshop.  These are very short stories and although the book said they were written by well known/famous mystery writers, I only recognize three of the names: Ed McBain, Anne Perry and Mary Higgins Clark.  With that said, I checked the book out of the library.  I know it's not Christmas and we haven't even had Halloween yet, but I was curious to see what these people wrote.

I did not read all of them.  They were okay, but really not impressive.  It was good light reading, but some of the stories have, what my mother would call, "salty" language.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

zero Star review for The Ghost and the Dead Deb

What?  A zero star you ask?  Correct.  A zero star.  I hate it when an author writes a wonderful and then dirties it up with vulgar words.

Cleo Coyle writing as Alice Kimberly wrote a great book.  The story was fantastic.  This is a second book in a series of six.  Unfortunately, this pair of writers decided the best thing to do was to drop the f-bomb when you were about 30 pages from the end.  How sad.  They completely made their story worthless. I did a Google search and found out this is a husband and wife writing team writing under two different fake names.  That doesn't make it any better.

Why do otherwise extremely talented people feel it necessary to add vulgarity to their stories?  I don't get it.  I don't use the f-bomb, I have never used the f-bomb and the same goes for using the Lord's name as a curse word.  It is only people who can't express themselves intelligently or want to go with the flow that use this kind of language.  What crap these two turned out to be.  Sad too, I wanted to read the other books.  Glad to know not to waste my time.