It Happens in the Dark

O'Connell, Carol (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
It Happens in the Dark
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NYPD Detective Kathy Mallory takes over a murder investigation when a woman and a playwright are found murdered and clues lead to a play about a long-ago massacre.
Authors: O'Connell, Carol, 1947-
Title: It happens in the dark
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, c2013.
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: NYPD Detective Kathy Mallory takes over a murder investigation when a woman and a playwright are found murdered and clues lead to a play about a long-ago massacre.
Local Note: 1 15 16 17 18 33 35 53 65 66 80 109 112 118 133 138 143 149 151 152 153 167 173 182 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 226 231 243 244 245 250 262 263 264 274 276
ISBN: 0399165398
Statement of Responsibility: Carol O'Connell
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction. Policewomen Fiction. Police New York (State) New York Fiction. Mallory, Kathleen (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Murder
Mallory, Kathleen (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2013015334
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Apr 13, 2014
  • gr8_reader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love Mallory but unless O'Connell moves the characters forward soon, I'm not sure I'll keep reading... I've no way to figure out how much time has passed from the first Mallory to this one but it seems Mallory hasn't grown at all... lots of allusions to her deeper character but we never get any real insight into it... the last two books' endings insinuated something but so far there's been no follow-up... after 10 books, it's time!

Nov 21, 2013
  • pitkerro rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What's happening to my favourite authors? First Elizabeth George lets me down and now it's O'Connell. Couldn't summon up enough interest to read beyond first couple of chapters. Skipped to end and was still underwhelmed. Almost seemed like someone else had written it, so different was the tone. If the latest Quintin Jardine continues the trend, I may have to seek treatment - or resort to non-fiction.

Nov 07, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I rarely give 1, or even 2 star, reviews -- but I simply cannot believe how awful, awful, awful this book was, especially following THE CHALK GIRL. Mallory was a horrible caricature of herself in this book, and the writing stuttered. Completely unenjoyable.

Jul 30, 2013
  • ctpete rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed with this book. I've been following the Mallory series since the beginning, as well as reading Ms. O'Connell's stand alones, and I've never had to say that before.

"It Happens In the Dark" is almost a parody of a Mallory novel, with over the top scenes like the dancing cops. Mallory herself seems almost peripheral to the action; there is more talk about her than action by her.

I will read the next book by Carol O'Connell, hoping for a return to her excellent writing.


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