The Naked Face by Sidney Sheldon

“You are Dr. Judd Stevens, a brillant, successful psychoanalyst.  You deal with madness in your work-but nothing has prepared you for the madness now eveloping your life.  Somebody wants to kill you.  Nobody wants to believe you.  And your survival hangs on a race against time as you hunt your hunter through a jungle of sex and violence and twisted emotion to a mind-shattering confrontation with the naked face of your enemy and the full horror of the truth…”

I was truly blown away by this suspense thriller.  It was a short book but by no means does that mean it was without detail.  There was so much detail and intrigue which kept my interest.  I was enthralled with the book, could not but the book down.

Now at first I wasn’t sure because there was a lot of detail almost too much but after the first page I was in awe of the book.  I was hooked.

As I read the book all I had was questions on what was going to happen next.   I felt bad as tragedy hit the doctor and found myself frustrated or cringing from the situations in the book.

Sidney Sheldon writes an amazing suspense novel with The Naked Face and is a must read.

The Listening Eye by Patricia Wentworth

“Miss Silver paid close attention to the strange tale of sensible, middle-aged Miss Paulina Paine. Though totally deaf, Miss Paine could lip-read so well that strangers never suspected her handicap-or guessed she could eavesdrop with uncanny accuracy. She had been, she told Miss Silver, on the far side of a spacious art gallery, but her “listening eye” was not mistaken; she distinctly “heard” two men planning both a theft and a murder.

Miss Paine hadn’t a clue as to the victim. But before the week was up, her account of the two conspirators would lead Miss Silver to Merefields, a famous English country estate where a diamond necklace was missing, a young man had died, and-unless Miss Silver could stop him-a killer was about to strike again.”

Mystery is not a genre that I am always fond of reading since I have read some that were not that inventive or interesting. This book The Listening Eye was given to me to read. They said it would be something fun. At first I wasn’t sure it would be fun at all. It was a different style of writing and I was confused. Also I was hesitant because this book was written in the 1950’s, but once I got into the book it was better.

There was some fun in the character of Miss Silver. She is the detective, an elderly woman who knits. She is quirky, fun and witty, so for me she makes the book interesting. After I finished I am still not sold on all mystery but I will try again.

The Listening Eye was an interesting mystery novel filled with strange characters and an intriguing Miss Silver.