Author: Linda Fairstein
Genre: Police Procedural,
Alexandra Cooper Series #14
Alexandra Cooper Series #14
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)
Yearly Count: 63
From the Publisher:
Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox—this time in Brooklyn—and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.
TLC Tours gave me the perfect opportunity to finally give Fairstein's Alex Cooper series a try. Beginning this lengthy series at #14 didn't cause me to feel lost or confused, but I did miss the background of the characters. I didn't know why they were the way they were, especially Alex. I didn't find her to be a very interesting main character, and her boyfriend didn't charm me in the least. I did like Alex's partners, though. They added some sarcasm and humor that I appreciated.
The two story lines were both solid and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical components and settings of France and New York, but felt the story as a whole was too long. Ultimately, my introduction to this series wasn't all that I hoped for, but I do want to visit with Alex and her cohorts again. Maybe learning additional information about Alex will help me to enjoy this well-established series more.
My thanks go to Penguin Group and TLC Book Tours for sending me this ARC.
Linda Fairstein's TLC Book Tour
Monday, July 2nd: nomad reader
Tuesday, July 3rd: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thursday, July 5th: Book Addict Katie
Monday, July 9th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Tuesday, July 10th: A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, July 11th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Thursday, July 12th: Murder by Type
Monday, July 16th: Reviews by Molly
Tuesday, July 17th: Life in Review
Wednesday, July 18th: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, July 19th: Crime Fiction Lover
Friday, July 20th: Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Monday, July 23rd: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, July 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, July 25th: Colloquium
Thursday, July 26th: Thoughts of Joy
Monday, July 30th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Friday, August 3rd: A Novel Source
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