Barbara Heckendorn


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Smashwords book reviews by Barbara Heckendorn

  • Framed for Murder on Dec. 08, 2012

    I seldom give five stars for a book but in this case I don't have another possibility. It's an absolutely brilliant story. I would put it into the category of cosy mysteries. It's a mixture between Miss Marpel and Murder she wrote only in a modern version and set out in Canada. I got quickly familiar with all characters. CM Spencer described them, the actions and the surrounding so vivid that I've felt being into the plot on my own, being a part of them as a ghostly observer. I suffered with Anna Nolan when she was trying to track down her ex-husband's murder in her unorthodox ways. Sometimes I felt to give her support or held her back on the other hand I had to roll my eyes and and could laugh out loud. It's marvellously written and I wasn't able to stop the reading. It kept me guessing up until the very end if Anna will get him or not and this made me all tingly. I can strongly recommend this book.
  • Bride of a Bygone War on Dec. 27, 2012

    Wow, what an enthralling plot! I couldn't put it away. It kept me breathless and I was urged to go on until the very last page. Right from the start I was dipped into the explosive world of the Middle East around the time of the 80s. Beirut wasn't anymore the Paris from the East. The war has divided the city into west and east with a lot of checkpoints, military forces and several intelligence services which play each other off against each other. In the middle of this setting a CIA agent is not only trying to do the best for his intelligence service but also to solve his former love live and saving his currently one. I can strongly recommend this story. (4 1/2 stars)
  • Ameristocracy on March 10, 2013

    It's an action based story without a lot of profoundness. It's more the shooting between the good and bad guys. I miss a good story behind it. The reading was more like watching a 'crime' serie on the TV. For all those who like action, shooting and so on they'll probably like this story.
  • Down at the End of the River on June 01, 2013

    What a magnificent collection of short stories. These stories could have been taken from real life with the protagonists like you and me. Everything looks so familiar and the reading was like sneaking into your neighbour's life. The spelling style is so vividly and rich and I've got always the feeling to be amid as an observer. The stories felt so real that I've got the feeling some incidents could happen to me, too. I enjoyed the reading very much and can strongly recommend it.
  • Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries on Oct. 05, 2013

    This little book contains two different kinds of short mystery stories. The first one is taking place in good old England whereas the second one is from Canada. The British mystery is peppered with all the clich├ęs everyone is looking for and also it's very clear how the story will proceed, it's never boring or a poor copy. It is perfectly written and can hold on with famous British mystery writers. The Canadian one is more an up-to-date mystery. I was always guessing in which direction it will turn out and the outcome was really surprising. I enjoyed the reading very much.
  • The Ritual on April 28, 2014

    That was the second book from this author which I've read. Whereas I enjoyed 'frequency' very much, I've to admit that I don't like this one. Why I give it two stars? I like the spelling style, how the plot is leading to the result. The plot itself is not my genre and in my opinion it is too unrealistic. It has nothing to do with fantasy and I can't put it within thriller or mystery. I really have no clue where I should put it.
  • Gooseberry on Nov. 30, 2014

    This is a lovely cosy mystery which is set in the Victorian age. The main character who was himself once a pickpocket and now is working as a detective for a lawyer is draw back to work underground and is faced by his old nemeses as well as old friends. He has to solve a mystery which includes not only the underworld but also the upper-class as well the Queen and her husband. The spelling style is absolutely gorgeous because there are parts of street language as well as the proper English. (4 1/2 stars)
  • Octopus on March 06, 2016

    The second book of this series I liked very much. I like the main character Octopus/Gooseberry and his friends/family. This time he must solve the puzzle of the 'murder' of an actress and her husband. Although all the major characters are present from the outset, it needs its time until you feel who the 'real' killer is. In another the 'supposedly' biological father makes contact with him and his brother. This is another mystery which Octopus has to solve, because he does not trust this running up. In addition, he has the image of a 'crime boss' finally get rid of, because he otherwise is no more trusted as 'chief investigator'. But he finds an optimal solution for all related to him. I hope that this series is continued. (4 1/2 stars)