on Dec. 9, 2011 :
Overall Feedback: This is one mystery you do not want to miss. The author does a superb job with bringing together faith, intrigue, suspense and mystery. I was drawn in from the very first page and did not put it down until the last thrill was had.
Point of View: Rico tells it like it is.
Voice: The message is somewhat hidden but once you find it the meaning flashes through your mind like a bolt of lightening.
Character Development: Although there are several characters in this one the author does well to keep them orderly.
Plot: A thrill ride from beginning to end.
Dialogue: I saw no issues with the dialogue. Seemed natural and non forced.
Pacing: In a few spots the story seemed to slow down but the author was quick on the rebound.
Setting: We all know/suspect this is happening all the time.
Continuity: Just enough left out to make you salivate for the next one in the series (if the author so chooses).
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2011 :
By: Kate Kindle
Published April 21, 2011
Available format: Paperback, ebook
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Then the son of a wealthy art dealer is found dead in a New York fountain, it is quickly labeled suicide and the body is immediately buried. Aiden Bonner, an ex-detective turned insurance fraud investigator, realizes that things just aren’t quite what they should be. Experts from across the country are brought in to exhume the body and re-investigate, proving Bonner’s suspicions accurate. Soon, Bonner and the Nasi family’s lawyer, Libby, are on a mission to get to the bottom of things, taking them around the world and far back in history. Will they live to discover the truth?
I received a copy of Angel’s Requiem for review.
There are quite a few characters in this story, and sometimes it might be difficult to keep up. There is also a lot of background information and several different detailed explanations, particularly regarding the family history and that of the art and religion involved. I think my being a bit of a history lover (and also having a fondness for epic lit), I really enjoyed the large troupe all the extras in the story. I can see how someone who might pick this up for a bit of light reading might quickly find themselves overwhelmed.
The core story, however, is fantastic. Again, murder mystery isn’t necessarily my thing. This is the third sort of “crime” novel I have read/reviewed recently, and I have enjoyed them all. It just isn’t something I want to read every day. I liked how Kate didn’t inundate me with all sorts of technical criminal investigation trivia. Even regarding the coroner/medical examiner, there was just enough tech speak to keep it believable without completely boring me to death. Same goes for the detectives and crime scenes.
There was a fair bit of action, drama, and even some romance in the story. Obviously, there are murders, some harder to handle than others (I won’t spoil it for you!). There are definitely some interesting relationships evolving, both familial and romantic. I do wish there was a bit more substance to Dave and Libby’s relationship. It just seemed like they instantly fell in love and then suddenly they kind of related to each other like an old married couple. I just felt like I wanted a little more chemistry between them somehow. Aidan obviously is attracted to Libby as well, but I couldn’t decide at what point he conceded to Dave. I think maybe a quick edit might be able to resolve these inconsistences or holes that I found from time to time.
Honestly, I think this one novel could be broken into two or three or even more! There is so much substance here. Kate obviously has a deep well of creativity to draw from. There is no doubt she loves her characters, even minor ones. They all have rich, unique backgrounds and tie in nicely with the rest of the story. I can easily see how she could write solely about the Nasi family or Aidan (which I believe she is doing). One of my favorite parts of the novel was the background story of Cal and Ian, which would also make a terrific stand-alone piece! I am truly looking forward to more of Kate’s fantastic work.
Grab yourself a copy of Angel’s Requiem and immerse yourself in a world of crime and culture!
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)
on Aug. 6, 2011 :
“Angel’s Requiem” is an enjoyable thriller and suspenseful mystery with a message about belief, faith and doing what is right in the end. It revolves around a fairly large cast of characters, but they are all fleshed out nicely and it is easy to keep track of them. There is Rico Nasi, whose murder kicks off the book; Aiden, a former NYPD cop who now works as an insurance investigator, who comes across the crime scene and involves himself in the investigation; Liddy, who had been hired by Vincent and Angela Nasi – Rico’s father and grandmother – to accompany Rico as an escort and to “keep him out of trouble”; and Dave, a forensics medical intern who comes to New York from Pittsburgh to aid in the investigation of Rico’s death.
The beginning of the book is instantly appealing and I was pulled right into the story. The action ranges from New York to London, Rome, Venice and even Glasgow before the end of the book. I was initially going to give this book only 4 stars, because there are some major plot inconsistencies that were apparently missed by Ms. Kindle’s editors – however, I liked the book so much that I gave it the full 5 stars, despite the problems. I hope that the author will have the chance to correct the problems and issue a new edition, which I will happily download as well, because I think the idea and execution of the story itself was really good. I also will be watching for her next book or books as the case will be.
Fans of mystery, suspense and thrillers should all find this enjoyable.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2010 :
I want to be right upfront:
Cons: Head hopping, telling as opposed to showing, some punctuation flaws.
Now for the pros: With this sticking so much to the telling side, and the very nature of the plot itself, I felt like I was reading the style reminiscent of the 1940's or '50's detective/gangster books. Totally unexpected. :)
The story is incredibly intricate and you need to stay on your toes to follow it through. You're introduced to lots of characters and their backgrounds and you need to remember all of this as you follow them through the leads and clues.
Also, just to make you aware: since the premise deals with warring mob families, there's quite a bit of violence. Still, if anyone watches any of the cop shows on TV, you're confronted with more than is in this book. Because of its nature and realism, the violence must be told.
I so much want to give this book a five star rating because Ms. Kindle has penned what is, to me, an original story. How she keeps all the characters connected is amazing. And the answer of why it finally all meshes with the opening chapter of stealing a corpse is like icing on a cake. However, because of the minor flaws of those cons, I must give a 4.5.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 10, 2010 :
Kate Kindle's first thriller, Angel's Requiem, stands out like the genuine article in a gallery of fakes. Her characters are fresh and the story keeps you guessing at every page turn. Ex-NYPD cop Aidan brings sensitive muscle to leading lawyer Libby's unfettered sex appeal, without falling into the one dimensional macho cop mold. Dave the dutiful doctor doesn't make quite the same bold showing as Aidan, but successfully rounds out the self-dubbed 'three musketeers.' A grisly murder in Central Park sends them jetting across the globe (and you flying through the pages) as they desperately try to unravel an ever more complex web of shameless lies, ancient curses, and brutal murders.
The plot zigs and zags, but rarely drags as the trio traipses across continents in search of truth. Kindle weaves historical fact and thrilling fiction together with her carefully constructed settings, from NYC's Gaelic Park to London's Piccadilly Circus to the Vatican. Society's elite don't take kindly to their snooping, and danger follows them at every turn. Angela, matriarch of the troubled Nasi family, inspired by visions from the lion of St. Mark sings the final verse of their requiem, spurring the conflict to it's breathtaking climax.
A few plot holes require small leaps of faith to overlook, but nothing could get me to put it down!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on May 29, 2010 :
This was a fun read. Reminded me very much of a Steve Berry thriller. I enjoyed traveling from rich setting to rich setting with our heroes, and taking in a bit of history along the way. Good stuff!
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)