A Day Away dIngs on the cryptic notes and goings on at her country home Preston s investigation regarding George Allen and wife Hellen Mr Jennings being murdered jewel thieves multiple affairs and secrets not to mention a possible romance blooming between Pamela and Preston Don t get me wrong it was put together rather well for the most part but it just seemed a lot to pack into one book and weidn t get a lot of attention on some issues as we Memoir of a Misfit did on others which was both good and bad on one hand itidn t take away from the main story on the "Other Some Uestions Weren T Fully Explored "some uestions
t fully explored answered were also some aspectscharacters that were introduced that Looking for the Toffees didn t go anywhere like Mr Williams NYPD Gloria and Mr Fisher they all had opportunity and promise to add some personalprofessional conflict but itidn t really evelop beyond some snipping and a gossip article Overall it was interesting and
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I Enjoyed It For The Most Part I Wasn T enjoyed it for the most part I wasn t sure who the murderer was on either of the murders I suspected who it might be in Mr Jennings murder and I was right about who id the fatal blow though I wasn t entirely sure about who else was involved I think there is promise to the series so I ll be looking for the next one when it comes out 35 stars I really wanted to like this book than I The Gulag Handbook did The story line and characters had so much potential but there wasn t enoughevelopment in the writing to make a truly excellent story The first few chapters felt rushed as if the writer was trying to hurry and get to something that never materialized The writing is choppy and there is no emotional The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion development to the charactersAll of that said I still finished it because the idea was a good one I give a book two a chance and Will in the World do so even readily if it had a consulting writer to helpevelop the gaps in the story and prose I was incredibly June Fourth Elegies disappointed in this book not so much the storyline but the execution The words stodgy and old fashioned come to mind Granted it s a historical mystery but thatoesn t mean the writing has to be so stilted The premise is excellent and I think the main character of Pamela has great potential but it s never realized because of the out Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes dated writing style When we first meet her it s the one year anniversary of heraughter s The Confabulist death She and her husband have grown apart in that time It gets worse when sheiscovers he s invested her trust fund and mortgaged the house in a losing scheme She finds that he s also embezzled from his bank He commits suicide and leaves her pennilessThat all happens in a few chapters and yet Pamela s reactions the Der Illusionist devastation she must have felt from his betrayal is never realized never really brought to life because of the writing style which is all telling and very little showing Theialogue isn t very good eitherThe rest of the book Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue deals mainly with Pamela becoming a Macy setective and then working for the wife of the man who ruined her husband There s also a side story about her ward who s being harassed by an abusive father who was just released from prison for killing her mother All in all this could ve been a really interesting book but it failed to win me over because I kept wanting to rewrite it to Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, digeeper and find out how Pamela really felt about all the things that happened to her I almost skipped this book based on other reviews about horrible Ask the Past dialogue I am so very glad Iid notThe Riding Class (Saddle Club, dialogue is fine not stilted or lacking in any manner It flows naturally and adds to the storyCharacters are well written andefined Murder Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, doesn t happen in the first couple of chapters in fact itoesn t happen until 23 s through But the ending Different Class does not feel rushed or like a leap from nowhereOverall I greatly enjoyed this cozy and will be buying the other two installments in the series The plot was interesting but the characters were wrong Nothing bothers me in a book than a voice that is anachronistic or false and these characters were so off it actually made me twitchy I raced through to confirm whoid what but with no interest in pursuing this writer This was a great book I am not that familiar with the Gilded Age or that time in our history I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book along with the mystery itself The lead character Pamela overcomes her loss of wealth and social status with remarkable grace and independence She becomes an investigator for a small firm is employed by the wife of a robber baron and becomes involved in a series of investigations that include a murder I can t wait for the next in the series. Party a grandiose event that he personally orchestrates The next morning his body is found in his study Pamela's boss the lawyer Jeremiah Prescott joins her for the investigation Now they have to figure out from among the many suspects who killed Henry Jennings.
and written travel features about Newport RI several times I havewritten travel features about Newport RI several times I have visited and written about Maymont in Richmond VAAs a result I probably know about the Gilded Age than your average reader Charles O Brien has one his homework and the historical references appear to be accurateThere are other aspects of the novel though that just Deterring Democracy did not work for me Several of the other reviewers have commented about the writing style and have said that it is stodgy and old fashioned and stiff I found the writing to be not only stiff but self conscious Most of the sentences are very short giving the story a hasty chopped up feeling Short sentences can be used to great effect to build suspense in a mystery but when the whole book is written that way it becomes painful to read It appeared to me as if the author was rushedI also found a significant lack ofescription Without giving anything away O Brien started one paragraph with the following Pamela put on her shoes for an afternoon walk one of her cherished pleasures on the Jennings estate It offered such a variety of beauty in its ponds gardens woods and meadows as well as charming views of the surrounding hills The sentences provide a laundry list of things Pamela saw but they on t tell us anything to engage our senses or why they are a cherished pleasure What
kinds of gardens are they Are there any flowers in bloomof gardens are they Are there any flowers in bloom colors are they Are they fragrant Is there any activity in the garden people animals insects How big the ponds and what are they like The lack of escription made the reading slow for me I couldn t imagine where I was I Hunters Heart didn t have a sense of place I also thought the plot moved very very slowly The novel is 287 pages log The murder isn tiscovered until page 184 That s almost two thirds of the way through the novel Since the blurb on the back of the novel named the murder victim I thought it took an awfully long time to kill him off It s not like it was a surprise when we finally got there The novel is written in chronological fashion so a great Menneskefluene (K2 deal of the 184 pages is back story Ion t feel like I needed to know all of the information in this first novel and some of it could. Novice private investigator Pamela Thompson is hired by Lydia Jennings to investigate mismanagement at her palatial 'cottage' Broad Hall in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts Pamela Nazi Gold discovers the butler living aouble life at Lydia's expense Soon Pamela
Summary ¾ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Charles OBrienHave been introduced in flashbacks or conversationMuch of the novel is written in narrative style which felt less compelling to mePamela Thompson the protagonist seemed too introspective Rather than showing us her actions or reactions to people and events her thoughts were given to us as Mr Majeika and the School Inspector dialogue This also slowed the pace for me and made the novel less suspensefulAll in all I can t recommend the book Death of a Robber Baron was an interesting and likable read I enjoyed it for the most part The two main characters were interesting and show promise though lacking an emotional feel in some parts other parts it came off well like with Preston s issues with what happened in the Civil war I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book because we got to follow Pamela and Mr Preston along as they set about solving the mysteries that pop up through the book we weren t just told what theyid and how they came to their conclusions we saw it and see it from multiple perspectives usually Pamela or Preston s The only mystery related issue I had was that sometimes it just seemed to come a bit easy things clues and answers just fell neatly into their laps I Selected Poems did like that they kept their minds open about possibilities andidn t make snap uick judgments I also liked the open communication between Pamela and Prescott Prescott was an interesting fellow and made for a good friend boss and partner to Pamela though I admit I was expecting her to be partnered with her mentor Harry Miller whom I also liked His is an interesting history and I look forward to getting to know him Calm mild mannered intelligent and competent he and Pamela Thompson are rather alike in those aspects Both are sympathetic characters if not overly emotional most of the time in his case almost all of the time in hers Pamela Thompson is observant canny uick thinking intelligent sympathetic and likable She s also a widow left in rather severe financial straits after her husband committed suicide after suandering her fortune and embezzling from the bank where he worked leading to a whole ifferent set of problems with the courts and the bank who thoughtthink she also had a hand in her husbands actions She goes to work for Mr Preston who both aided her before and represented her uring her trial As a Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 detective she gets a little training from Harry Miller some of which saved her life later which I liked mostly because with a lot of mysteries the main character is justropped into the middle of one with absolutely no preparation whatsoever There is also her aughter who is ead though this happened a time before the present storyline Brenda s abusive murderous and altogether The Train Robbers dislikable father has been released from prison and is stalking and threatening both of them on top ofealing with a jewel thief and murders This had all the aspects of an emotional ride as well as a mystery the only problem was like the mystery it was factual then emotionally engaging that is these things were just happening but with emotional blinders on a lot of the time The only thing that really kind of bothered me was this lack of No Reason To Die deep emotional connection I m not saying Iidn t connect with the characters I Naked Risk (Shatterproof did it just lacked theepth of feeling I thought would fit especially with Pamela Rather opposite than what usually happens the beginning felt a bit rushed so that we could get to the present time in the book We re told that Pamela s Raking The Ashes daughter hasied but we Ellie (Ellie, don t get the emotional punch of it that I ve come to expect from such tragedies I will admit it lacked some of theetailing I m normally fond of but this wasn t a big issue on my part because I thought the
focus on the mystery aspect of the book was well one though I would ve liked a stronger historical aspecton the mystery aspect of the book was well one though I would ve liked a stronger historical aspect the book beyond the Civil War carriages trains and Lizzie Borden The writing is a bit weird for me a little stilted like the author hadn t written in a while and is just beginning to stretch his fingers warming up so to speak but that wasn t a huge issue for me The other issue I had was that it felt like the author was trying to fit too much into one book Not only was their a run Thomas Harriott down of several characters history there was Pamela becoming aetective working for Macy s Brenda s father out of prison threatening and at times attacking Pamela and Brenda it s never fully revealed what the Police planned to use him for or what will really happen to him will he get out of prison again Preston trying to get Dennis Brenda s father to stop Pamela working for Mrs Jenn. As to A Mistletoe Kiss deal with a mare's nest of family problems mostly generated by Lydia's husband Henry Jennings the ruthless and unfaithful Copper King whose sole purpose in life is to become the richest man in America The climax comes at Broadmoaruring Henry's 4th July.