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A Review of A String of Beads by Thomas Perry

A String of Beads

by Thomas Perry

A String of Beads Thomas Perry
A String of Beads Thomas Perry

I was disappointed with A String of Beads. I have enjoyed reading the Jane Whitefield series, and was really looking forward to reading this book,  but it left me flat. Jane had to come out of retirement to help an old friend, Jimmy Sanders, but I think that she never really came back. Something about the tone, or feel of the book was off. It kind of wandered around, instead of being tightly plotted. Jane didn’t have a plan, so she had to improvise, which can make for a good story, but this time it just felt like Jane’s head wasn’t really in it.

My wife says that I shouldn’t anticipate a new book in a series quite so much. That way it wouldn’t have to meet my high expectations, but I’m a fanboy, and I can’t help it. I think that a lot of readers look forward to the newest book in their favorite series, that’s why series books sell so well. Every series has ups and downs, some books are great, and some aren’t. So I will go though life hoping for the next great book, and then sometimes I get the low note. Oh, well.

I rate A String of Beads 3 Stars out of 5. I hope that if Jane Whitefield returns in another volume, she has her head back in it.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York—or so she thinks.

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane’s from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he’s fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers’ request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren’t the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. A String of Beads is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life—and the life of those you love—depends on it.

Book Details

Series: Jane Whitefield
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Mysterious Press (December 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802123295
ISBN-13: 978-0802123299
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels including The Butcher’s Boy, which won an Edgar Award. Metzger’s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Vanishing Act was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century. He lives in Southern California.