Posts Tagged ‘Police Procedural’

NO WIND OF BLAME by Georgette Heyer is 266 pages in paperback form. This is #5 in Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway Series.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

PROFIT AND LOSS

Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince Alexis Varasashvil and a scandalous blackmail letter. When Wally Carter was killed, the superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible — no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don’t hold up.

No one cared that Wally Carter was dead. Pity. But someone had cared enough to shoot him through the chest. Who the devil could it be? The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, Ermyntrude Carter, the neighbor who’s in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow’s emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there’s the blackmail plot that may — or may not — be at the heart of the case… The inspector reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.

MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed this book and it was very interesting.  The language was dated and I was amazed at some of the words that were used to describe someone talking.  But when looking them up in the dictionary, I found that it was in most cases the first definition.  I had never read anything like this one before.  I don’t normally read a book out of sequence, but I don’t think this would matter as the story could have been about anyone.  It was almost like a stand alone.

It is classed as romantic suspense, but I felt it was more like a cozy mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie.  There was definitely a lot of drama from the people that were involved.  I had figured out who had committed the crime, just now how it was done.  There were interesting names as well as very interesting and dramatic people.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it was a nice change of pace and would probably read more by Ms. Heyer if I can find them.

 

THE GLASS RAINBOW by James Lee Burke is 560 pages in paperback form. This is #18 in The David Robicheaux Series.

Brief Description:

The brutal murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish pull Robicheaux from his New Iberia home into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims, a high school honors student, doesn’t fit. Investigating with his friend Clete Purcel, Robicheaux confronts Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer — but shocking violence sends the already blood-soaked case spiraling out of control. And with his daughter, Alafair, in love with a man with dangerous ties to a once prominent Louisiana family, every dark fear Robicheaux harbors for himself and his daughter is on the precipice of becoming reality.

My Review:

I love the literary feel to these books.  You sometimes need a dictionary to see figure out the meaning of some of the words, but that doesn’t bother me at all.  Some of the writing is very poetic too.  This one had his daughter in it too throughout the book.  It gives you the sense of what a real family is about and how each family member deals with the other.  How sometimes a parent only want the best for their child and will do anything to keep them safe even though the child doesn’t think they need that.

These books are definitely about good and evil and how the evil is sometimes very hard to understand and why or how they have become so evil.  I like this aspect of the book and wish more authors would do this.

After finishing this one, I had to start the next one as James Lee Burke really left you hanging at the end.  I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  It was well written as always and I do so enjoy all the conversations Dave has with Helen and others.