Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Decaffeinated Corpse

Decaffeinated Corpse
Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this; but much like a real cup of decaf, it wasn't quite as good as the previous Coffeehouse mysteries. Don't get me wrong, it was fun and I always love all the coffee-insider stuff. But the plot wasn't as strong as I would have liked and there wasn't much more character development beyond what was there from the earlier books. Nevertheless, if you like Coyle's mysteries, you'll like this one as well.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Review: Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book. A Jewish detective in New York? Right in my wheelhouse. And there were many interesting aspects of it: the
Marrano elements in particular. But overall, I didn't like it. The language was hard to penetrate: trying too hard to capture the lingo and slang of the underworld and police. I need a character to root for in a novel, someone to believe in or respect. But these characters were either weird, unsympathetic, evil, or uninteresting. The storytelling itself jumped around; I didn't have a good sense of what was going on for most of the book.

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