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Girl Can't Help It Is there anything nicer than being pleasantly surprised by a novel Particularly after realising he novel is not quite what you thought it would be Based on the cover and synopsis of this book, coupled with my inexperience with the author I was expecting something a bit satirical and outrageous that s not what this is Instead I got a crime novel about the members of a newly reunited band dropping dead And I did not hate it Sure, I guessed the culprit less than half way through And yes, th Is there anything nicer than being pleasantly surprised by a novel Particularly after realising he novel is not quite what you thought it would be Based on the cover and synopsis of this book, coupled with my inexperience with the author I was expecting something a bit satirical and outrageous that s not what this is Instead I got a crime novel about the members of a newly reunited band dropping dead And I did not hate it Sure, I guessed the culprit less than half way through And yes, the constant listing of artists names and descriptions of what every single person is wearing regardless of whether or not that makes any difference to the character or plot got kinda annoying The latter got particularly annoying such and such turned up in such and such uninspired apparel they did such and such Why do I need to know this useless tidbit But despite these complaints I adored the characters, particularly our lead and her father It s just wonderful to see a father daughter duo in a book and the dynamics of their relationship, coupled with the dynamics of their individual love lives was so pleasant to read about It never felt like it pulled the attention away from the mystery but it provided all the soul of the book.Let s talk about the mystery for a second spoiler free The book opens with a chapter from the perspective of a woman who from line one reveals that she is the murderer Then interspersed throughout the book you getchapters from her perspective You don t get her name or anything directly identifying her in these chapters but in my opinion they gave too much of her story and thoughts away to not make it extremely obvious who the killer is I wish that the author had played these scenes a littlesubtly, beenvague on the motive so that if you ve guessed the killer you can at least get some satisfaction from finding out her true motive I also feel like the climax and conclusion wrapped a little too neatly but that s generally my issue with all crime novels.All in all a solid read that I definitely enjoyed even though it wasn t what I had been anticipating I will be picking up the first book in the series and any subsequent additions to the series as well I received this novel from the author in return for an honest review.I read the first book in this series, and had mixed feelings about it When the author offered the second book for review, I decided to give it a shot, because the series seems very important to the author He s put a lot of time and effort into an iffy proposition Sometimes the second book in a series turns out to be better than the first.It certainly was in this case A long time rock and roller, Collins brings his experienc I received this novel from the author in return for an honest review.I read the first book in this series, and had mixed feelings about it When the author offered the second book for review, I decided to give it a shot, because the series seems very important to the author He s put a lot of time and effort into an iffy proposition Sometimes the second book in a series turns out to be better than the first.It certainly was in this case A long time rock and roller, Collins brings his experiences to the table when describing the ins and outs of rock band over the years When one of them dies, possibly of a poisoning, Krista Larson and her father get involved This time, Collins has a better handle on his characters Krista doesn t seem like Vivian Bourne, and her father doesn t seem like Nate Heller.Asmembers of the band die, the detectives becomeandcertain that there is foul play involved While the person I hoped did it, didn t do it, the solution is perfectly satisfactory I think with this book, the series is going to take off Highly recommended A Rock Band S Reunion Is Looking Like A Farewell Tour In A Captivating Mystery By New York Times Bestselling And Award Winning Crime Master Max Allan CollinsNo Sooner Do Hot Rod And The Pistons Reunite For Their Induction Into The Iowa Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, Than Two Band Members Take A Final Bow Both Alleged Suicides A Tragic Way To Go Out A Bum Way For One Hit Wonders To Be Remembered But It S Labor Day Weekend The Show Must Go OnWith Replacements At The Ready, The Pistons Are Back On Home Turf To Headline The First Ever Rock And Country Music Fest Police Chief Krista Larson And Her Father, Keith, Are There Listening And Watching Because They Suspect There May Be To The Band Members Untimely Deaths Than Anyone Else Can SeeAs Krista And Keith Navigate The Investigation, A Dark Picture Of The Band S Rocky History Begins To Take Center Stage As Betrayal, Revenge, And Blackmail Start Playing Out In The Present, The Father Daughter Team Fear That This Encore May Be The Band S Finale Alright Coming to terms with the overabundance of clothing descriptions we had once againthis book was pretty good.The story was really catching and once again the killer was difficult to figure out.This is book 2 in the series, but can totally be read as a stand alone.Collins does enough rehashing to give you the gist of the characters backgrounds.I liked it eventhan the first book.Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for my ARC Alright Coming to terms with the overabundance of clothing descriptions we had once againthis book was pretty good.The story was really catching and once again the killer was difficult to figure out.This is book 2 in the series, but can totally be read as a stand alone.Collins does enough rehashing to give you the gist of the characters backgrounds.I liked it eventhan the first book.Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for my ARC I received this book through the read now program on NetGalley.This story starts out with Hot Rod and the Pistons performing a concert while being inducted into Iowa s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame After the concert, one of the followers goes with Rick to the cottage where he is staying While there, this individual winds up giving Rick a drug which gave the appearance of a heart attack and his death was ruled as normal.The band reforms with the addition of a new member and is preparing to go on I received this book through the read now program on NetGalley.This story starts out with Hot Rod and the Pistons performing a concert while being inducted into Iowa s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame After the concert, one of the followers goes with Rick to the cottage where he is staying While there, this individual winds up giving Rick a drug which gave the appearance of a heart attack and his death was ruled as normal.The band reforms with the addition of a new member and is preparing to go on a reunion tour After a dress rehearsal, Danny winds up dead the following day after meeting with the same individual who was responsible for Rick s death In this instance, his death was rulled a suicide because he supposedly hung himself After another dress rehearsal for the group, Rick s wife Donna also met with this individual and met with her death In this instance, the apartment was ransacked and it appear that the cause of death was a homicide The chief of Police and her father followed the clues, but were not able to come up with a suspect This all came to a conclusion when the individual arranged to have a bomb made that she was going to use on the remaining group at the concert being performed in Galenta This would have worked except the Police Chief s father realized that the previous speaker doing the introductions had left her purse and on inspection noticed the bomb which he was able to dispose of in the river The individual responsible was then pursued and ultimately took her own life while she gave her reason to the Police Chief If you want to find out what the reason was and who the killer was, then you must read this book which I recommend highly I received a complimentary digital copy of this arc book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.This follow up in the Krista Larson series is a stand alone read for the most part The history and situation from the first novel have no impact or relation to this storyline In the first book you are introduced to Krista Larson who has become the youngest female Police Chief in Galena, IL at 28 years old It seems she is following in her father Keith s footsteps as he r I received a complimentary digital copy of this arc book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.This follow up in the Krista Larson series is a stand alone read for the most part The history and situation from the first novel have no impact or relation to this storyline In the first book you are introduced to Krista Larson who has become the youngest female Police Chief in Galena, IL at 28 years old It seems she is following in her father Keith s footsteps as he recently retired at 58 from his position as Chief Detective at Dubuque PD Krista has her father move back to the family home in Galena months after her mother passes away This second novel involves a murder mystery surrounding a popular rock band, Hot Rod and the Pistons They were written about in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald as reuniting for their induction performance into the Iowa Hall of Fame.The book describes a lot of music history as related to rock and roll of the past Of course the group takes a look down memory lane of all the wild nights and crazy performances By now most of them are married and have moved on with their lives There are a few who wish they could rekindle the old days and some who wish they could erase evidence of the past Some members of the band seem to be dying unexpectedly as Detective Larson begins to learn of a missing video tape with potentially incriminating evidence of the past It seems like a race to uncover and catch the killer before another victim is found I didn t enjoy this book as much as the first book It seemed to drag and contain too much information about music history in my opinion I didn t find the main character and her father as instrumental in the storyline as the first book Girl Can t Help It brings together an aging rock band for a reunion and a place in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unfortunately, it also brings a murderer to the party.I had no idea that there was any rock and roll history in Iowa So that was interesting I ve been around bands much of my life and the band dynamics and backstage hubbub are true to my experience Maybe it is because of my prior knowledge that I found Girl Can t Help It s pace glacially slow even boring at times The myst Girl Can t Help It brings together an aging rock band for a reunion and a place in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unfortunately, it also brings a murderer to the party.I had no idea that there was any rock and roll history in Iowa So that was interesting I ve been around bands much of my life and the band dynamics and backstage hubbub are true to my experience Maybe it is because of my prior knowledge that I found Girl Can t Help It s pace glacially slow even boring at times The mystery itself was challenging Plus, I liked the detective and her father s relationship 3 stars.Thanks to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review Krista and Keith are caught up in the deaths of aging rock and rollers after band members commit suicide after their induction into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Or was it really suicide Old grudges, misunderstandings and musical differences all come up in the investigation as Krista tries to find out why band members are dying Another fantastic read from Max Alla Collins and Thomas and Mercer Publishers Thanks for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review It is well wort Krista and Keith are caught up in the deaths of aging rock and rollers after band members commit suicide after their induction into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Or was it really suicide Old grudges, misunderstandings and musical differences all come up in the investigation as Krista tries to find out why band members are dying Another fantastic read from Max Alla Collins and Thomas and Mercer Publishers Thanks for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review It is well worth the day it took me to zip through this story It was that engrossing for me Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll Okay so this is book 2 in the Krista Larsen series, however for those of you who tend to dip in and out of a series, it works just fine as a stand alone story Yes, there is an ongoing backstory which runs through both books, however the author does a good job at weaving the pertinent, need to know details into the narrative, so that you don t feel as though you are being left out of anything This story is an interesting mix of plot versus characters but if yo Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll Okay so this is book 2 in the Krista Larsen series, however for those of you who tend to dip in and out of a series, it works just fine as a stand alone story Yes, there is an ongoing backstory which runs through both books, however the author does a good job at weaving the pertinent, need to know details into the narrative, so that you don t feel as though you are being left out of anything This story is an interesting mix of plot versus characters but if you were to ask me if one prevailed markedly over the other, I would probably say, no, not noticeably More mystery than thrillersmall town cozy than hardcore city crime detailed police procedural, definitely not but still murder nonetheless Don t they always say that it is easier to write what you know about Well this author has enjoyed such a successful, long and varied career, that there was probably only one place left for him to go with that statement, and that would be to reflect and indulge a little in his passion for rock n roll music, which he does most eloquently and knowledgeably in this book You therefore do need to be prepared for some quite detailed narrative about the subject, where and when it is relevant, although Max has achieved such seamless results by blending fact with fiction, that I never lost interest in the storyline from that perspective.The storyline and motive isn t overly complicated, although that is predominantly because certain segments of the narrative are written from the perspective of the perpetrator, which could have become rather messy and confusing, but in reality were skilfully written, worked really well and only added to the intrigue So in effect I knew the how, why and when of all the crimes, just not the who I had a list with three suspects on it, however one of them became a victim and my other two choices were proved to be innocent, so I definitely wouldn t have been much help for Krista, in solving the case As it was, the guilty suspect gave themselves away, but not until the very last moment and I still never saw it coming until it hit me in the face The final showdown maybe wasn t quite so much of a surprise and was probably the most suitable and inevitable outcome in the circumstances, making for a definitive ending, following a good strong opening sequence, with some sound focused storyline content.The mechanics of the police procedures which would undoubtedly be involved in such a complex series of unexplained deaths, are unfortunately not dealt with in quite so much detail However this kind of reflects the authenticity and reality of the position of the City of Galena, one of the so named Quad Cities It seems as though there are such limited resources, needing to be drawn with cooperation, from so many different cities, that for a Police Chief in Krista s position, coordinating and commanding a serious potential murder investigation in house, is almost impossible So in that respect Max has stayed true to reality, which although that doesn t make it quite so satisfying for us fiction crime addicts, who enjoy the complexities of the investigation and the pace of the action and storyline is definitelysedentary, there is plenty of opportunity for immersing the reader in the whole experience, with some visually good and observationally detailed, descriptive writing, evoking a real sense of time and place I felt as though I could have been there, in the city, knowing my way around the place and a neutral observer and bystander to the action.There were a whole raft of characters involved in this complex story of revenge, betrayal and blackmail, some of whom I liked, a number of which I took an instant dislike to, with the rest probably being those whom I loved to hate Not many of them came across as genuine, caring individuals, who were particularly engaging and there were plenty of sharp, edgy dialogue exchanges There was also plenty of self centred ego flying around the place, which made interaction between individual characters very difficult, not very open and certainly not very truthful, but to be honest was pretty much expected given the nature of the storyline.If anything, I enjoyed this bookthan the first, as Keith and Krista are beginning to resonate and grow on me, with Max starting to transform and develop the dynamics between them, giving both their personal and working relationships some genuine depth and engagement with me, the reader I would also like to see the character of Detective Booker Jackson develop in his role alongside Krista, as they have the potential to make a great team in the future, especially if Keith does take onof a consultancy role, as right now he is still searching for a sense of belonging, a state which will no doubt evolve and change as Krista finds her feet in her new role and Keith feels emotionally able to take his own life in a new direction.This is definitely a series with real potential to go places and one which would probably lend itself quite nicely to a television series eBook Giveaway Win


About the Author: Max Allan Collins

Received the Shamus Award, The Eye Lifetime achievment award in 2006.He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.Book AwardsShamus Awards Best Novel winner 1984 True DetectiveShamus Awards Best Novel winner 1992 Stolen AwayShamus Awards Best Novel nominee 1995 Carnal HoursShamus Awards Best Novel nominee 1997 Damned in ParadiseShamus Awards Best Novel nominee 1999 Flying Blind A Novel about Amelia EarhartShamus Awards Best Novel nominee 2002 Angel in BlackJapanese or


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