This was a fun mystery with a lot of magical elements thrown in. First in a new series.
Read in January.
Fantasy. Feb. 1, 2022. Print length: 256 pages.
Final installment of the Between series, which has been building characters throughout. Some surprises, one that made me happy!
Gingell has had fun with the series, and so did I. ; )
Urban fantasy. Dec. 31, 2022. Print length: 273 pages.
Although I read End of Watch, the third in this trilogy several years ago, only now have I gone back to read the first book.
A crime thriller (not horror) featuring retired detective Bill Hodges and a couple of interesting helpers.
The book opens with a man driving a Mercedes into a crowd of job seekers, killing eight people and grievously injuring fifteen others; the reader experiences empathy with the folks gathered in hopes of finding jobs. Then...the devastation of lives lost and damaged when the murderer plows into the crowd.
It was the last case of Bill Hodges before retirement, and a case that remains unsolved. Now retired, bored, and depressed, Bill gets a letter from the Mercedes Killer that taunts him, encouraging him to commit suicide.
The effect is the opposite of what the killer wants, the smug and sinister letter galvanizes the retired detective and now Bill Hodges want to get to Mr. Mercedes for personal reasons as well as fear of another massacre.
Definitely creepy, but with fascinating characters, three of whom you end up liking a great deal and cheering on. This is the third Stephen King I've read: End of Watch some years ago, Billy Summers recently, and now Mr. Mercedes.
Mr. Mercedes was an audio book that allowed me to work on the poor apron I spilled bleach on and have been slowly covering with embroidery.
The colors don't show up on this, but it is quite colorful on the black.
"Read" in February.
Hammett Prize (2014), Edgar Award for Best Novel (2015), Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2014)
Audiobook narrated by Will Patton. 2014. Print length: 437 pages.