G. Green

"book junky"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (2 of 3)
Location: PA USA
Birthday: Oct. 31


Top Reviewer Ranking: 563,140 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 3
The Torso in the Town (Fethering Mysteries) by Simon Brett
I haven't read a book by Simon Brett that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed and I have read 29 of them. This new series is a refreshing change from Mrs. Pargetar and Charles Paris, although I still like the Paris books the best.
That said, I have just one minor complaint. Mr. Brett uses a word not often heard, at least in the U.S. After the third time I started counting how often "punctilious" was used. Eight times in a book just 340 pages long is a git much. I wish he could have used conscientious, careful, scrupulous, precise or nice once in a while. That said - I still enjoyed the book.
A Fine and Bitter Snow: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
I have read most of Ms Strabenow's books and always looked forward to a new hardcover. In her latest Kate Shugak novel however, she spends an excessive amount of time lecturing the reader on her political views. I do not purchase books in order to be lectured to, whether or not I agree with the author's politics. I will not buy another hardcover by this writer. I will, instead, wait for it to come out in paperback. If this book also turns out to be a political lecture I will not purchase another. I do so hope Ms Stabenow gets off her soapbox and writes another book that is simply a good read.
Death on the Downs (Fethering Mystery)
3.0 out of 5 stars As always, a "good read", Aug. 20 2001
I have read 26 of Mr. Brett's books. This book, the second in his new series, is not up to his usual standards. Previousely his lead characters were well presented, warts and all. Carole is not as colorful a character as Charles Paris or Mrs. Pargeter although she is improving. I could do without Jude, she's rather boring, in fact the dog is more engaging. Ted has real possibilities and the addition of other villagers would help. With this said, I did enjoy the book although I'll probably wait for the paperback next time.