GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 398
SERIES / STANDALONE: Roma Underground #4
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy Book tours. Thanks guys.
Yet another good thriller from this writer. Set in Naples, the story is majorly about the famous (or Infamous may be!) Italian mafia – Camorra.
With one of the prime characters going undercover, the readers are treated to the ruthlessness of the Mafia. That part of the story felt so realistic that at one point I felt that the writer must have either been a victim or must have had an Italian or simply must have done his research well. Finally we get to know the “face” behind bianca’s online friend Loki. That part of the story however wasn’t really up to my expectations and was bit of a drag.
The story provided a rather different insight about Italy as such. Reading about how the mafia actually impacts the lives of common people is a bit appalling and sad. Italy has forever been in my buck list of places to visit. Reading about the other side of the country gave me a different perspective.
Just like the previous books, the writer added that extra layer of characterization over the base character sketch that he had developed in the first book. The writer seems to be an expert in “group” characterization. As in each character seem to behave differently as an individual but differently as a group. This added a depth to the story. In short, the book was a fantastic read.
MY SAY: A well written thriller.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
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GENRE: Fiction – Mystery
NUMBER OF PAGES: 304
SERIES / STANDALONE: Music Lover’s Mystery #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers – Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!
Mystery is a genre that I can never resist. I wasn’t able to resist this book as well when the publishers offered me a review copy. Not that I regret picking it up, but the story didn’t really impress me either.
Our protagonist, Midori has penchant for getting entangled in some murder investigation and end up in mortal danger. This time, it is the death or rather the murder of the Philharmonic orchestra’s patron, Mr.Major. Given that she was present in the scene, she is intrigued and begins her own private investigation. More than investigation, she sort of pieced in all the evidence and brainstormed a possible solution.
Though the story pretty much followed the typical sequence of events – the murder, the suspect list by the protagonist, the investigation and finally the murderer is caught. In spite of following a conventional story board, the book had ample twists and turns that were more character related than that of an event related. In sense, the more than the actions by the character resulting in a twist, the layering of the characters brought in more twists. Apart from the mystery element, the story also had a couple of romantic threads. Of course, the initial thread of that of Aaron seemed a bit less developed in this book. When I realized that this is the second book in the series, while looking up details to post the review, the lack of depth in that part of the story seemed justified. Also Midori’s relationship with her best friend JT seemed to lack depth. May be we would see more of it in the next book given that it is a series. Apart from these two wee bit minuses, other characters had the depth that was required for the story.
MY SAY: A pretty conventional mystery.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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GENRE: Fiction – Romantic Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 300
SERIES / STANDALONE: Le Chat Rouge #3
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France Book Tours. Thanks Guys!
Art dealer, singers, Paris, London and a game – an explosive recipe for a perfect thriller isn’t it? This book had all the ingredients of that recipe, of course, the end product wasn’t perfect, but then, the concept of perfection is based on one’s perception of perfection.
Art dealer Marc relocated to London along with his girlfriend Sera to start a fresh life as a musician. Things take a dramatic turn when he is forced to go back to Paris, leaving Sera all alone in London. Sera discovers the “womanizer side” of Marc which ultimately leads to an emotional conflict in her. With a spies from past hot on her trail the lovers are forced into a high stakes game of cat and mouse.
One thing I totally loved about the story is element of reality. Surviving in a country without knowing the local language isn’t really easy. To top it all, prejudices against the home language in the new country adds misery. Sera’s struggle in adapting in London is so realistic. The plot as such was quite predictable to a certain point but the writer threw in one twist which ended up changing that element of predictability. I felt I should have read the previous books as certain parts of the story needed knowledge of characters that I lost out by not reading the series from the start. In spite of this, I was able to read the book as a standalone. Moreover, the writer must have actually established the characters already in the previous books, thus the characterization in this book didn’t really have that depth that a fresh book would have. Originality would be high light of this book. The story was quite original and unique and didn’t really have the usual clichés associated with Art based books. The usage a lot of French words irked me in the beginning but I took it as a challenge to Google them. Learning a new language is always fun!
MY SAY: Engaging read!
PLOT : 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10(Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
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GENRE: Fiction -Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 342
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy Book Tours. Thanks a lot guys!
Sophisticated would be the perfect word to describe what the summary promised. The story delivered it bang on.
Alabaster Black, the savvy forensic accountant is hiding in Roma from her former employer after her last case went sour. She meets, Dante, the speleologist/ investigator-accountant. They end up plotting and executing an elaborate trap to catch art smugglers who seem to be stealing these artifacts and sending it out of Italy.
I know that is not much of a summary to decide if you want to pick the book, but giving out any more would simply result in spoilers. The story is built that way. All most all thread of events in the book is interconnected and giving out one would simply result in a domino effect. That is exactly the beauty of the book. The plot had few minor loop holes but that didn’t affect the overall plot. The writing was quite fast paced and I was totally hooked. One thing that sort of annoyed me was the detailed description of the food that the characters ate; I felt it was out of place. It simply left me hungry! The writing was filled with enough humor to have me chuckling all along. The characterization was quite detailed and played a huge role in making the plot the interesting. Alabaster’s character for some reason reminded me of Lisabeth’s character from the Millennium series ( By Steig Larsson) minus that gothic element.
The plot also largely reminded me of an old American thriller TV show, Alias. May be that is because of the mysterious financial analysis wing called rendition. The show also had that sort a mysterious organization.
MY SAY: Alluring. Riveting. Captivating. Sophisticated. That’s all I can read!
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10
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GENRE: Fiction - Mystery
NUMBER OF PAGES: 140
SERIES / STANDALONE: Winemaker Detective Mysteries #8
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of French Book tours. Thanks guys!
Exotic location from France, Wine brewing and a good mystery – the perfectly intoxicating combination for a mystery lover like me. The book proved to be just like Wine, the mystery brewed slowly and ended in a bang when tasted.
Wine expert Cooker travels to the capital of France to provide his expertise to revive a dying vineyard. Paris holds a lot of fond memories for Cooker. He visits his old friend Arthur Solacroup, a strange Wine merchant with a mysterious past in the French Legion. Right when he enters Arthur’s shop he find Arthur bleeding and bottles of wine broken. Apparently Arthur’s past seems to have caught up with him resulting in the attempt in this life. Cooker and his charming assistant Virgile embark on a journey to solve this mystery and find more about Arthur.
The writing constantly reminded me that this was indeed a translated book. I felt I was missing out on something, though I couldn’t really put my finger on it. Having already one translated work (From French to English) by the same publisher, I quite expected this book also to match that level. Sadly it didn’t, thanks to a couple of translation errors. The story was simply perfect, making up for whatever was lost literally in translation. The writers executed the mystery just like the wine that they majorly talked about – brewed slowly over a long period to produce something intoxicating. The characterization however made me realize that I should have probably read previous books in the serious. In spite of all this, I totally enjoyed the book!
MY SAY: A good mystery brewed slowly with tasteful flavors.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
BOOK LINKS: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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