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Vengeance in Mind

Vengeance in Mind [Kindle Edition]

N. J. Cooper
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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It s not surprising that [Vengeance in Mind] is in the running for this year s Gold Dagger for best crime novel. Cooper is less interested in the mechanics of the investigation than she is the reasons underlying the crimes. Controlled and articulate, she is particularly good on the messy private lives of her main characters, which give a satisfying sense of spilling beyond the confines of the story --Andrew Taylor, Spectator



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857206818
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5DGA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but that's about all... 26 Sep 2012
I picked this book up in the library as it looked interesting and I hadn't read any of the authors novels before; in all honesty it's not necessary to have read the first 3 in the series although these will clearly provide the background history for Karen, Will and Charlie.
The story starts off well with an intriguing murder scenario; not quite the 'locked door' style of mystery, but a similar approach - body found in house, all doors locked, one person in house therefore prime suspect?
Sadly the story then loses it's originality and the plot seems to borrow bits of popular themes, trafficking, East European thugs, multi-millionaire victims etc, and the psychologist helping the police getting drawn into trouble.
Yes, the writing and characterization is good and I did read the book to the end, but I was very disappointed at how obvious the guilty parties were and how little was made of the processing of the suspects.
A bit long and drawn out and unnecessary romatic episodes that added nothing to the storyline. A few superfluos characters thrown in to pad out the plot.
2 stars only, and I won't be reading any more of the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious leading characters 26 Mar 2014
I have read other titles by this author and remember enjoying them. This one was a major disappointment. The well worn story of people trafficking aside, there was far too much about Karen's tiresome love life, agonizing over whether she wants Will or Charlie and whether she is pregnant and what to do and so on and on. Charlie is described in almost laughably Mills and Boonish terms, his powerful shoulders and thighs, dark flashing eyes etc. Oh please! Will is very different but of course, they all have their problems. Karen is supposed to be some sort of professional but follows Charlie around like a lovesick puppy. She seems able to abandon her students for lengthy periods, but sees no irony in criticising their essays for lacking originality and fresh insight, when she has neither herself. I suppose how you feel about her depends somewhat on how you regard what she does for a living. I can understand why she attracts so much cynicism, as her 'insights' appear no more than stating the blindingly obvious. The manner in which she seems able to go about disguised as an old lady and miraculously unnoticed by people supposedly watching her every move, is absurd and insulting to the intelligence of the reader. This book really irritated me in so many ways. I only finished it to see if the ending really could be that obvious, and of course, it was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot 21 Nov 2014
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Though I found Karen a little difficult to swallow as her character is rather off the wall in that her lack of professionalism lets her down like a teenager playing at being an adult. Would like it to have been grittier.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class crime writing 22 Aug 2012
By FionaC
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I'm a real fan of NJ/Natasha Cooper's crime writing. Stylish writer who reels you in with complex narratives - that have a tendency to be quite dark. Her latest Karen Taylor/Charlie Trench does not disappoint. Word of warning - series is best read in narrative order because there is an assumption that the reader knows the back stories to the main characters.

She's a class chilling crime writer, the Isle of Wight is a great backdrop to this series and, like PD James with Norfolk, this writer clearly knows the area well. It doesn't matter if you work it out just ahead of the end because the writing is such quality, not to mention cliffhangers with the series character relationships, that you don't really want the book to finish.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great and gripping story but spoilt for me by the fact that all the facts about Southampton and the Isle of Wight are wrong. It is so easy to check facts why could she not be bothered. For a start there is no hovercraft between Southampton and Cowes, there is no Italian coffee take away shop in Cowes (lots of other places but not Italian), it is impossible to see the Island from Southampton, the car ferry takes 55 minutes not 20 as she says. and that is just for starters. If you use a real setting for a story it should have correct facts and so easy to check these days. But it was a good read nonetheless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good murder mystery 9 Aug 2012
By Zebedee
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Really enjoyed this book. This is the second one I have read of the Karen Taylor/Charlie Trench books. This is a dectective mystery which you wanted to turn the pages to see what was next and once I had started it I needed to finish it that day. Four stars rather than five because it had unnecessary padding and at times something seemed rushed, but as I said at the beginning I did enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marianta Galanta 17 Feb 2013
What a story it is - "Vengence in Mind"!
Came to England from Stockholm - home to criminal stories these days - and got this fantastic book on arrival from my son .He shouldn't have been so generous .It changed the whole visit .It changed my preferences what to do and see .As a really good book does - catches your undiveded attention .Because Ms Cooper has the genius for telling a really good story .Not many do .
So I had great trouble leaving it alone . And I wasn't exactly in London to sit and read.
But in a way I did meet England on the pages of this book . I met lives that are very different , foreign and very very English!For me - And yes there is a bit of P D James here .
The way people talk to each other.Think and hope.

You could freeze along with the tormented main character and get warm again in the cozy pub. Just the way a good novel catches your imagination and pulls you into the scenes.
Ms Cooper also told a story that took unexpected turns all the time.Kept the suspense up and the reader alert. And you do read criminal stories to be surprised and shocked,don't you ?She fixed that as well.Brilliantly.
She dealt with a topic that has come to stay for a long long time in the news .One of the sad backsides of the new Europe.-I won't tell - go and read it yourself.
I read on the train ,I read on the plane - and with a sigh I had to put "Vengeance in Mind down down - to wait for the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
N. j, cooper puts together a great cast and a great story. I read the first book then quickly purchased the next two.
Published 11 months ago by Thoz
5.0 out of 5 stars The end
Fantastic book!!!! Lots of twists but Karen gets there in the end. All the books from this author are brilliant. Wish there was the next one to read!!!
Published 11 months ago by Wendy Ann Ransom
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance in mind
I enjoy N J Cooper's novels. The plots are suitably complex with credibile characters and the descriptions of the sordid scenes of criminality well described
Published 15 months ago by Dr. R. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Product, service, packing and postal is all outstanding. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 20 months ago by Ukla
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your interest but no surprises
Decent on the train story with established characters. Love life story line a bit ridiculous but the crime piece sits well...if a bit obvious!
Published 21 months ago by Stephen M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
haven't read this yet but having read other books in the series I am sure I shall not be disappointed-I think the heroine is very believable
Published 21 months ago by thistle
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
Discovered N.J.Cooper by accident. Caught the end of the literary awards on the box. She had just picked up a winners prize so thought i would look her up. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Malcolm G. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
this was my first crime book i have read and it was realy good story, thats why i gave it a five star rating
Published on 9 Dec 2012 by yvonne butler
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