Billy J. Hobbs

"Bill Hobbs"
Me, in my fave city in the whole world: London!
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,394
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (1,231 of 1,412)
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: 2,394 - Total Helpful Votes: 1231 of 1412
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
Poison For the Prince by Elizabeth Eyre
Poison For the Prince by Elizabeth Eyre
What’s a Renaissance murder mystery without poison? And in Elizabeth Eyre’s “Poison for a Prince,” the poison seems to be just about everywhere—and deadly—at times.
For the third time, we find Sigismondo (“courtier, mercenary, and sleuth”) up to his tricks (or perhaps “profession”) as he and his trusted servant Benno and faithful dog Biondello up to their necks (quite literally) in coming to the rescue (and solution) of a very complex mystery: “who is poisoning all these people and why are they doing it?”
It’s Renaissance Italy and the whole “world” there is in upheaval, civil strive, religious animosity—all struggling to make sense of it all. Sigismondo, of course, knows… Read more

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