Hopjoy was Here
March 30th, 2018 by diane92345

Droll rather than humorous, Hopjoy was Here is definitely different from the standard English village cozy.

Inspector Purbright receives an anonymous letter from a neighbor of the male roommates Hopjoy and Periam about a fight in their bathroom. Hopjoy is working for a mysterious (CIAesque) agency. Was Hopjoy or Periam murdered using acid in their own bathtub?

Unusual murder method, spies, formal British language, and passé humor, the book is not for everyone. The village characters are the best part.  Difficult to rate but 3 stars–onto the next in the series.

Thanks to Farrago and NetGalley for a copy.

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Need to Know
January 25th, 2018 by diane92345

While doing your job as a CIA Analyst, you find something that will rip your family apart. Do you reveal it to your superiors?

Vivian is a counterintelligence agent with the CIA. While employed, she developed a new program to find Russian sleeper cells inside the United States. She is married with a perfect husband and four kids including a set of infant twin boys. Without providing spoilers, Vivian discovers something that may rip her family apart.  Even with confirmation, she decides to approach the problem from a unique angle leading to a twist-filled tale of conflicting loyalties.

The author was formally a CIA Analyst so she knows of what she writes. To be honest, that is actually scary since the security at the CIA seems remarkably lax.

Need to Know is an enjoyable fast-moving read.  The best part is the fantastically unexpected ending. It has been optioned to be a movie with Charlize Theron. I can’t wait! 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for the review copy.

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July 11th, 2017 by diane92345

Meh…Read any other book by this author first.

Amos Decker, the Memory Man, witnesses a man killing a woman and then himself in front of the FBI Washington DC headquarters. There is no question of whodunnit but Amos and his team are tasked with finding out why the crime was committed.

I was disappointed in this book. I may have had too high of expectations from this author. I really enjoyed the two previous entries in this series but this one was just meh. The first third was great but then the author moves from a mystery into a genre populated by my least favorite of Agatha Christie’s sleuths. In addition, the book felt over plotted with too many twists and turns. I love twisty thrillers but by the end their were so many red herrings that basically everyone but Amos could have been the killer’s motivation.

I can’t recommend this book but can recommend any other book by this author especially the first in this series, Memory Man, or the excellent Camel’s Club series.

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