dinsdag 15 september 2009

Dead Write (Claudia Rose) by Sheila Lowe

Forensic handwriting analyst Claudia Rose is hired by N.Y. matchmaker Grusha Olinetsky to analyse the writing of several of her clients. She discovers several clients died mysterious deaths, though the police writes them off as accidents. Compelled to investigate she finds herself in grave danger.
The forensics are fascinating... I wasn't very familiar with handwriting analysts and the details Sheila serves up are very interesting. The mystery itself is satisfying, although a bit slow at times. Luckily enough surprises turn up at just the right times to keep your interest.
Claudia Rose is a likable, 'real' protagonist with as is revealed tragic past. I'm looking forward to meeting her again.

dinsdag 8 september 2009

The Keepsake (Maura Isles & Jane Rizolli) by Tess Gerritsen

When a perfectly preserved mummy turns out to have a bullet inside Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles turns to Homicide detective Jane Rizolli. When other dead bodies turn up that have also been mummified in several ways it soon becomes clear there's a sinister serial killer at work. A great deal of the story is told from the viewpoint of a young archeologist with a stunning secret. Her story ensures the plot stays fresh and different from earlier Isles & Rizolli tales. Series regular Barry Frost also get spotlighted a bit more than usual. Unfortunately it seems that, aside from the beginning, Maura Isles has little to do this time around and the inclusion of one of the Mephisto Club characters from the novel with the same name doesn't really go anywhere. Also the mummification M.O. of the killer doesn't add much to the conclusion of the story and seems to be added just to spice up the tale a bit. What is interesting is the Ross McDonald-like web of family secrets Jane manages to expose.
Thrilling as every novel by Tess Gerritsen, but maybe not up to her usual high standards.