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Publisher's Summary

Husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, both internationally best-selling authors, team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crimes, a pair of original thrillers set in two cities rich in atmosphere. The stories feature appearances by the authors' signature heroes: LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and psychologist sleuth Dr. Alex Delaware. My Sister's Keeper: Berkeley
Progressive state representative Davida Grayson fits in well with her Berkeley constituents. But some of Davida's views have made her unpopular elsewhere. Still, no one suspects that any buttons Davida might push could evoke deadly force.
But now Davida lies brutally murdered in her office, and Berkeley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis must unravel Davida's complex, surprising life in order to find her killer.
Music City Breakdown: Nashville
Baker Southerby, the son of musicians, was a child-prodigy performer. But something Baker won't talk about leads him to quit the honky-tonk circuit, become a Nashville cop, and never look back. His partner, Lamar Van Gundy, is a would-be studio bassist who never quite made the cut in Music City, and so instead earned himself a detective's badge. Now both men are members of the Nashville PD's elite Murder Squad, with a solid record for solves. But when they catch a homicide that's high-profile even for a city where musical celebrity is routine, their skills are tested. Jack Jeffries, a rock legend who cast aside personal demons and emerged from retirement to perform at a charity benefit, has been discovered in a ditch near the Cumberland River, his throat slashed.
Capital Crimes delivers riveting, psychologically resonant suspense, just what we've come to expect from two of the world's most successful crime writers.
©2006 Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman (P)2006 Books on Tape
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2 out of 5 stars
By C. Anne on 01-29-07

Mediocre but Hoye's read good

I'm inclined to agree with Laura from Tampa -- the narrator in "My Sister's Keeper", Carrington MacDuffie, was annoying. Her too-mannered reading got in the way sometimes, almost as if she was having trouble buying the story herself. And who could blame her? It was as if she were sometimes reading with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek!

The first novella, regarding the killing of a radical lesbian politician, promised much and did not deliver. I wanted more momentum, fun, intensity and wit. This book was leaden with tedium, and in the end, the petty little murder by proxy, well, it made everyone in the book seem cheap, almost tawdry.

The narrator for some weird reason gave the cop a southern drawl...and he was apparently from Sacramento. (But maybe I misunderstood this, I confess my mind wandered at times.)

In contrast, David Rosenfelt's detective Andy Carpenter, read by Grover Gardner, seems like a real guy: a believably funny, sociable, all-too-human lawyer-sleuth. In Rosenfelt's books, I can accept improbable plots because he makes us care about even the minor players, they have relationships that count.

Music City Breakdown was more enjoyable for me. I liked the music references that laced the story together. But mostly, I thought Stephen Hoye's reading was superb - the accents, he captured the tone, the mood, the personas, particularly, the Brooklyn cop, were very believable. He didn't overdo it, either. I think his reading made a very ordinary novella far more interesting than it would otherwise have been.

Well, I've devoted too many words to these two ho-hum books. If you want a good mystery, download the Rosenfelt books instead of these. You will be glad you did!

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4 out of 5 stars
By LB in Dallas on 01-03-07

Not the Best But OK

This consists of 2 complete stories. The first was about a lesbian politition with an attitude who was murdered. It got a bit bizzare and hard to follow logically. It was also hard to sympathize with the protagonist. The second story was a bit better since a familiar charachter, Alex Delaware, was a bit player. More use could have been made of the Alex character. It was interesting to read about the struggling Nashville musician wanna be.

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