This is a fun book that takes the old hard-boiled detective and turns “him” into a “her.” I quite enjoyed it and would read more about this character. The backdrop is nicely developed and the mystery interesting, and we learn enough about the main character in well-timed tidbits to feel that she’s someone we’d like to get to know better.
Full disclosure: I have a story in this issue. Assume that my rating is based on all the other stories, leaving mine out. :) Altogether a very satisfying issue, with a nice variety of stories. If you love mysteries, this magazine is worth checking out!
Every once in a while I like to read a Spenser book, just because he’s such a great character and such fun to read (especially if you love hard-boiled detectives, as I do). This one does not disappoint, although knowing that it’s the last one is a bit bittersweet. Definitely recommended if you enjoy this genre.
We recently watched “Spectre,” and so I suppose I had Bond on my mind when browsing my library’s audiobook offerings. I remember watching the movie with this title years ago, but the book struck me as being significantly different. Much slower-moving, for one thing, although I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to compare the speed of any book with a Bond movie. At any rate, it was enjoyable (apart from the lengthy bridge game description). I’d read more Bond books, just for the fun of comparing them to the movies.
Of course this is one of my favourite movies, and it didn’t sit well with me that I’d never read the actual book. I was delighted to discover how close the book and movie versions actually are, and how true to the tone of the book the movie stays. If you’ve encountered this story in one medium but not the other, I think you should broaden your experience and read/see both.