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Review: Night Watch

January 24, 2013

Night Watch

While sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is in France visiting her lover, Luc Rouget, a young girl is murdered and a matchbook from the restaurant Luc is planning to open in New York is found on her body.  Alex gives the local police some advice before she is called back to New York for a big case.

In New York, a maid at a local hotel has accused Mohammed Gil-Darsin, a well known diplomat, of rape.  As Alex is investigating the crime she finds some ties to Luc’s new restaurant and begins to have some doubts about him.

Night Watch, by Linda Fairstein, is the fourteenth book in her Alexandra Cooper series.  I’ve read a few of the other books in this series so I was familiar with most of the characters but I don’t think that’s necessary to follow this book.  I did like this book but not as much as I enjoyed the others from the series.  While I enjoy the character of Alexandra Cooper, I didn’t think she shone in this book and I found the plot to be a little convoluted.  I didn’t quite get how everything tied together in the end, either.  I will certainly read other books in this series and think fans of the series will want to read this one to keep up with Alex.

I listened to the audio version of Night Watch and, at first, I wasn’t sure about Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator.  There are long pauses and deep breaths in her narrations which seemed a little odd at first.  Once I got used to her style, I really enjoyed her narration.  She became Alex in my head.  If you’re interested in this book, I would definitely recommend the audio.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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25 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2013 6:24 am

    I’m glad you ended up enjoying the audio!

  2. January 24, 2013 8:35 am

    I’ve only read one mystery novel by Linda Fairstein. I’ll bet you’ve read it. Can’t think of the title, but the setting is a museum. I like her books. I would like the one you reviewed.

  3. January 24, 2013 9:41 am

    Not a genre I typically pick up but my Father-in-law reads books like this one so I am always on the lookout for recommendations for him. I guess I bombed with Christmas though. I gave him a Karen Slaughter book and he didn’t like and it felt the need to tell me so!

  4. zibilee permalink
    January 24, 2013 11:06 am

    I am not familiar with this series, so chances are that I won’t pick this one up, but your mention of the deep breaths and pauses in the narration remind me of listening to Middlemarch recorded by Libravox. One of the narrators had a wheezy nose breath that always seemed to creep in when he was reading a particularly long passage. It always made me giggle.

  5. January 24, 2013 11:57 am

    I’m usually a fan of mysteries, but never read this series.

  6. January 24, 2013 12:14 pm

    I love this series too, and agree this was just okay. I love how the author includes New York’s history in this series. I enjoy Barabara as a narrator and have listened to the last few books rather than read them.

  7. January 24, 2013 12:15 pm

    Nice that it’s a self contained book for readers that aren’t up to date on the series. Sometimes narrator’s are hard to get used to but I’m glad it worked out in the end.

  8. sandynawrot permalink
    January 24, 2013 12:21 pm

    I’ve read probably 75% of this series, and have always enjoyed them. Most have been in print, but I did listen to one with Rosenblatt narrating and I do really like her. She has impeccable accents, that one. I do have this book loaded on my iPod, but haven’t felt the longing for this genre lately. I’ll probably get there soon…I’m in the middle of listening to Catherine the Great so I will be ready for something different after that.

  9. January 24, 2013 1:12 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Kathy! I’ve not read or listened to this series.

  10. January 24, 2013 2:35 pm

    I read a review on the first book in the series and thought it would be one I would enjoy. But I’m not sure if I could like the narrator or not. I’m having a hard time liking the narrator of my current audio book!

  11. January 24, 2013 2:38 pm

    This sounds good!

  12. January 24, 2013 2:55 pm

    It does sound good and I haven’t read one of her books in a long time!

  13. January 24, 2013 4:39 pm

    I have not read any of the books in this series, but it sounds interesting. As a new reader to the series, and author, would you recommend I start from the beginning or is there another book in the series that tends to be a favorite?

  14. January 24, 2013 4:41 pm

    I have not read any of the books in this series, but it sounds interesting! As a new reader to the series, and the author, would you recommend starting at the beginning or is there a book that tends to be a favorite? Thanks, Melissa

  15. January 24, 2013 5:21 pm

    I love a good mystery series, but haven’t yet read this one. I don’t like convoluted plots, either…I want to understand everything by the end of the book! Thanks for your review.

  16. January 24, 2013 5:21 pm

    I’m glad to know this one isn’t the best in the series because it’s the only one I listened to and wasn’t thrilled with it. It was good, but nothing great.

  17. January 24, 2013 5:24 pm

    Oops! Forgot to add – I do not care for the narrator (Rosenblat) at all! If I find she’s the narrator, I pass on the audio for some of the reasons you mentioned. :(

  18. January 24, 2013 7:17 pm

    At first when I saw Night Watch, I was thinking Sarah Water’s book by that title. Haven’t heard of this one, but have enjoyed B. Rosenblat in the past as a narrator

  19. January 24, 2013 8:22 pm

    Probably not one for me.

  20. January 25, 2013 12:47 am

    I received this audio too but just couldn’t get into it. I’ve been wanting to read this author and her series. I’ll keep trying.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    January 25, 2013 7:32 am

    I’ve never read this series but I think I’d probably start with a different book.

  22. January 25, 2013 11:04 am

    I haven’t read any of this series. I may have to check and see if our library has any of the others on audio. It doesn’t sound like this is necessarily the one to start with though.

  23. January 25, 2013 4:06 pm

    I do love Linda Fairstein so I think I’ll have to look for this one.

  24. January 26, 2013 12:17 pm

    I haven’t read any of the others in this series, but I do have Night Watch on my shelves. Thanks for the review.

  25. boardinginmyforties permalink
    February 22, 2013 4:19 pm

    I’ve not read this series but always feel that at some point, if the series goes on too long, they just get worn out and the writing goes downhill.

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