Billy J. Hobbs

"Bill Hobbs"
Me, in my fave city in the whole world: London!
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,467
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (1,234 of 1,415)
Location: Tyler, TX USA
Birthday: 1 April
In My Own Words:
I presently live in Tyler, Texas, my hometown.

traveling (especially to England);reading, writing, but not arithmetic


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,467 - Total Helpful Votes: 1234 of 1415
Death of Kings (Nick Revill) by Philip Gooden
Death of Kings (Nick Revill) by Philip Gooden
I've read all of Philip Gooden's Shakespearean Murder Mystery Series books--and have appreciated them for a number of reasons: they are relatively accurate historically, the plots are generally original, the characters are reasonably well-developed, the pace moves rapidly and well, and some good local color. In "Death of Kings," Gooden has published what I consider his best one yet.

This series, which has seven episodes, cleverly has one of Shakespeare's own plays woven into the plot and in this instance it is "Twelfth Night." Featuring young Nick Revill as the central character, a player on the Elizabethan stage who always finds himself at the center of solving whatever… Read more
Vertigo 42 (Richard Jury Mysteries) by Martha Grimes
What’s not to like about ANY of the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes? And in “Vertigo 42,” Grimes has another clever, exciting, entertaining, and informative episode of one of the most talented police detectives in modern fiction. In this, his 23rd case, the brilliant, intuitive, and understanding Scotland yard superintendent is once again balancing the many elements of his daily life, all on the way to solving yet another murder.

Of course, Grimes is no stranger to literary allusions and here she cleverly and clearly pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Vertigo”—but just. While it would be too obvious NOT to cite Sir Alfred, Grimes takes advantage of the situation… Read more
The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone is, well, Cotton Malone. And if he hasn’t clearly established his bonafides in the first seven episodes of Steve Berry’s incredibly successful series, then this eighth one should convince any doubters left.

In “The Emperor’s Tomb,” Berry puts our former Justice Department agent and now soldier of fortune and bookstore owner in Copenhagen into another of his successful (and usually easy to accept) conspiracies. Like Dan Brown, almost every episode is “the survival of the free world (sometimes just the whole world)” is dependent upon Malone rushing to sane judgment before the Apocalypse. Here we find him in an early dilemma. He has received a video of Cassiopeia… Read more

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