“Tied together fairly well for having 26 different authors. Interesting twist!”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Not good, plain and simple. I quit halfway through, when a sympathetic main character still hadn't shown up. Most the other characters were pathetic losers who I didn't care to know better, including the woman who died and who the story was about.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Tied together fairly well for having 26 different authors. Interesting twist!”Liz Hoffman wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book for two reasons. The first to see if 26 authors could write a mystery serial novel that made sense, was entertaining, and remained true to the mystery genre. The second was to expose myself to a variety of mystery writers that I have not read.
I was very satisfied with the compilation put together to create one serial novel. Yes there were differences in writing style. However, the story was concise and continuous. Is this a 5 star mystery? Not really - my first thoughts on the rating was 4 stars. It is that good. I read the afterword where I learned that all revenue, minus the various author fees and printing costs, go to the leukemia research charity. A noble purpose to be sure.
I now have a longer list of writers to read. This book exposed me to many new names and I look forward to reading them.”
“Interesting short story / mystery. Pretty nicely written for a collaborative work.”Debbie O wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“reads like a book of short stories but enjoyed it!”samccarthy wrote this review Friday, November 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not good, plain and simple. I quit halfway through, when a sympathetic main character still hadn't shown up. Most the other characters were pathetic losers who I didn't care to know better, including the woman who died and who the story was about.”Kevin L wrote this review Sunday, August 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In a noir novel, a despicable man who is curator of the McFall Art Museum in San Francisco, is found dead in a museum in Berlin.
His wife, is convicted of the crime-although she protests her innocence. She is put to death.
Ten years later, John Nunn, Private Investigator, is convinced that the wrong person was punished.”
“slightly predictable, but wow, what a collection of authors!”Dave H wrote this review Thursday, June 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Easily the best mystery I have read in years. Wonderful, wonderful book and the each chapter is great. ”Christine Law wrote this review Thursday, May 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I got this book as a Goodreads First-Reads.
First of all, this book is interesting because twenty-six authors collaborated to write this story. You would think with this many authors (with different writing styles) the story would not flow well and would equal disaster. That is not the case with this book.
The prologue really drew me into this book. It was gripping and a very strong start. As the story continued, it took many twists and turns and had me changing my "who-did-it" list over and over. It wasn't until page 199 (out of 256)that I truly had it figured out.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery-thriller read that keeps you guessing!
One last thing that I thought was very special about this book is that all the proceeds (after author compensation) is donated to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
“Ellen R said: 3 stars
Twenty-six authors contributed to this mystery each contributing his or her own spin on the theme of did she or didn't she murder her husband.
Christopher Thomas was a handsome, social-climbing museum curator who dabbled in a bit of art theft behind the scenes. His long-suffering wife Rosemary turned a blind eye to her husband's many affairs until the day he told her he wanted a divorce. Knowing that she had given up everything for her husband, including a great deal of her inherited family money, Rosemary finally stood up for herself against Christopher in the midst of a large gathering at the McFall Art Museum. After their quarrel Christopher seemed to drop off the face of the earth until several months later when his remains were found inside an Iron Maiden which had just been returned to a German museum from the McFall. A quick trial resulted in a guilty verdict for Rosemary and her execution 2 years later. Several people always believed in Rosemary's innocence and one of them has sent invitations to an exclusive list of 'suspects' to meet at the McFall on the tenth anniversary of Rosemary's death.
It is interesting to see how so many different writers approach one story and there are some amazing authors involved: Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Palmer, Lisa Scottoline, Jeff Lindsay, Kathy Reichs...... At times the tale seemed a tad choppy but the mystery itself was a good one; I sure didn't figure it out until very near the end. I'm not sure all of the various styles meshed seamlessly but it was an interesting endeavor.”