Monday, June 18, 2012

Life Without Parole, A Kate Conway Mystery, by Clare O'Donohue

Life Without Parole
A Kate Conway Mystery
Written Clare O' Donohue

This was my first experience reading one of Clare O'Donohue's books. I actually got this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I entered to win the book because the premise sounded interesting. My curiosity was piqued when I saw that there was a lot of interaction between the main character and some prisoners serving life without parole sentences. Although this isn't the first Kate Conway novel, it works well as a stand alone book. Not reading the previous book did not detract from this book at all.

I don't read a lot of mysteries, in comparison with some of the other genre's I read, but I do like them. I enjoy the change of pace now-and-then. I found O'Donohue to be a good writer. She did a great job of explaining who the characters were and their interactions with one another were entertaining. Her story was fast paced and easy to read. One of my favorite parts of the novel was how O'Donohue had cleverly captured the busy lifestyle of Kate by showing her working on two different projects at once, all while attempting to work through the grief she was experiencing since her husband's recent death.

I did enjoy this book, although I'm not sure if I enjoyed it enough to read more of O'Donohue's other books. I have such an extensive list already of books I'd like to read, that this author just didn't excite me enough. It wasn't poor writing or even a boring story. It just wasn't quite good enough to keep me coming back. I don't regret reading the book though, and it didn't take long to read. If you want a quick light read, I suggest you give this one a try.

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