An unsettling but well-written mystery. Kept me intrigued from beginning to end, and although the subject-matter is distressing, it was not too graphic to read about. I was a bit confused about the motivations of one of the characters but it did all come out pretty clear in the end. A deft handling of a difficult subject.
I quite enjoyed this mystery; I liked the characters and the setting, as well as the central problem. A few of the secondary characters were a bit one-dimensional, but it didn’t spoil the intrigue of the book. I figured a few things out, but I don’t mind when that happens–I like to feel smart occasionally. ;) Recommended for all mystery-lovers!
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.