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Books 115-116

The Apprentice (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #2)The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read the Rizzoli and Isles series all out of order. Case in point, I just finished book #2 well after some of the later ones and boy is there a difference. It’s less of a Rizzoli/Isle’s soap opera for one and Gerritsen’s medical background really shows through. I liked this a lot better than some of the older ones, though there really isn’t a friendship between the two women at this point. They’re just people who meet in the morgue.

It’s the summer after The Surgeon had his way with Rizzoli nearly killing her before she managed to capture him. It’s just as hot now as it was then and now there is a new killer on the loose in Boston, a man who likes to subdue the husband, truss him up and make him watch the rape of his wife. He then kills the husband and makes off with the wife killing her some time later. To make things worse, he’s a necrophiliac. Everyone but Rizzoli notices that she’s having issues with this case due to the similarities in style to the Surgeon.

To be fair, Rizzoli notices her issues but doesn’t dare let on to the others. She is suffering like most victims of a violent crime. To make matters worse, an FBI agent Gabriel Dean is on the scene for reasons that no one, not even her boss, knows other than they are to cooperate fully. He obviously knows more than he’s telling and there are some suggestions he might even be the Dominator as they’re calling him (though of course I know Dean from later books, the perils of reading out of order).

Then her worst nightmare comes true. The Surgeon escapes and now she has two psychos to capture. The ending was sadly too Hollywood and predictable for me (costing this one star) but at least it didn’t drag on too long. Overall, an enjoyable read.

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Rebel Island (Tres Navarre, #7)Rebel Island by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up at the library, thinking Rick Riordan writes mysteries too? I wasn’t even sure it was the Percy Jackson author (it is) and even as much as I read mysteries, I had no clue. This is book seven in a PI series about Tres Navarre. That’s a hard place to start any series but usually with mysteries it gives you enough of a running line on the main threads you need so I didn’t feel lost. But I didn’t feel particularly overwhelmed either. There are so many points of view in this, not that it really bothered me. It was easy enough to follow. In fact the writing is quite simplistic. I think the reason I found this a good enough but also forgettable mystery is that it’s so overdone. Stranded by a hurricane on an island. Haven’t seen that a dozen times before.

And there you have it, the same plot we’ve been seeing for decades. Tres and his new and very pregnant bride, Maia, were invited to Rebel Island by Garret, Tres’s double amputee brother. Tres and Garret used to vacation on the island as kids and Garret immediately has an ulterior motive for offering this island honeymoon. His old friend and hotel owner Alex Huff needs Tres’s help. Too bad Tres doesn’t particularly like Alex. Worse Longoria shows up, a Texas Marshal known to kill prisoners he doesn’t like only this time he’s the victim.

Not only are we trapped on the island with a hurricane coming barreling at them, they’re in a very old mansion and they’re trapped with Calavera, a known serial killer stuck with them. As Tres starts investigating he learns that literally everyone at this small hotel has something to hide. The story bounces from the present (and all the various occupants) to the past when Tres, Garret and Alex were young.

It’s not a bad story, but it is fairly predictable. There are a few twists and turns but it’s an easy read. I might go looking for earlier books.

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Tags: mystery

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