A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

110. The Thirteenth Rose by Gail Bowen

The Thirteenth Rose by Gail Bowen
The World According to Charlie D. (#4)

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Mar. 1, 2013, Raven Books, 85 pgs
Age: 18+

"For his Valentine's night call-in show, host Charlie D plans to offer his listeners two hours on the topic of "satisfaction." His in-studio guest is twenty-five-year-old Misty de Vol Burgh, formerly the highest-paid escort in the city but now happily married to eighty-three-year-old billionaire Henry Burgh.
It's all good fun until Charlie receives a chilling message: "It's take-out-the-garbage night. Time to kill all the hookers and wash the streets with blood." When Charlie is directed to a website that allows viewers to watch the murder of a prostitute in real time and promises that another killing will be broadcast live within the hour, the hunt is on. But The World According to Charlie D. has an audience of over a million listeners. The murderer could be anyone, anywhere. Charlie and his team have less than two hours to find and stop the killer."

Received a review copy from Library Thing's Early Review program.

This is part of a publisher's series called "Rapid Reads". These are very much adult books but are written on reading levels ranging from 2.0-6.0.  They are intended for adult literacy, ESL or persons simply looking for a one sitting read.  Honestly I didn't know what to expect from this particular book with an RL of 5.6.  The plot intrigued me and sounded like the usual serial killer thriller I like but ... would *I* enjoy a hi-low book for adults?  Yes!  I loved it.  A very quick read for me but also a highly intelligent, well-paced mystery/thriller (not for children!) from a popular Canadian mystery writer for adults (who I hadn't read before but am now eager to read).  I really enjoyed the character Charlie D.

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