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No Rest for the Dead by Andrew F. Gulli

No Rest for the Dead

by Andrew F. Gulli, Lamia J. Gulli (Editor)

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Title:No Rest for the Dead
Authors:Andrew F. Gulli
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No Rest for the Dead [Serial Novel] by Sandra Brown (Contributor)



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Excellent stories!!!!! Brilliant!!! ( )
  catsinstacks | Jul 26, 2015 |
Ten years ago Jon Nunn investigated the murder of a museum curator. A murder performed in a most unlikely way. All evidence pointed to Rosemary Thomas having killed her husband in a jealous rage. Ten years ago Jon Nunn was convinced he had the right suspect and had even gone to her execution. However, the case always haunted him in some of its inconsistencies eventually costing him his job and his marriage. Can the case finally be solved on the eve of an odd memorial to Rosemary ten years after her execution.

The interesting thing about this book is that it was written by 26 different authors. A virtual who’s who of mystery and thriller writers including, Sandra Brown, Diana Galbaldon, Tess Gerritson, Alexander McCall Smith, Kathy Reichs … the lists goes on and on. With a talent pool as deep as this one would expect a well crafted story. And it was. The thing that did not work for me was the fact that the writing styles were so different and the fact that some of the book was narrated and some of the book was written in first person. It detracted from the flow of the story. Despite that it was a good who-done-it, with a suspect list as long as the book’s list of authors. An interesting twist at the end, that a reader may or may not see coming wrapped it all up nicely.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
It is a shining example of a brilliant work by 26 separate authors coming together to write one murder mystery. Each author contributing a separate chapter following the creativity of the one before him/her. And, this was a good one that I couldn't put down.

It has a little of everything, money, greed, art, death, betrayal, guilt, suspense and an ending difficult to predict.

When a rich heiress is put to death via lethal injection, the evidence pointed to her killing of her husband.

A curator of a successful museum, a consummate liar and cheater, he was missing after she had a public meltdown at a prestigious art gala, announcing to the public that he was basically a slime ball for wanting a divorce after all she did to bring him where he was.

His body is found weeks later in Germany in a torture device called the Iron Maiden. On loan at the San Francisco museum, it was returned to a prestigious German museum with a well-decomposed body inside.

The main character is a detective, Jon Nunn, who worked on the case and had a large hand in pointing the evidence toward the heiress, resulting in her execution.

Nunn's life was ruined by guilt, and in the ensuing years as alcohol took over, he lost his wife and position. He always felt she might have been innocent.

Ten years later, a group of savory and successful characters are called to the museum on the anniversary of the wife's execution.

This action packed novel takes the reader to both the upper crust and the lower, poorer people who do the bidding of the rich.

It is Jon Nunn who returns to place all the savory threads together, confirming just how wrong he was to lack the ability to follow his instincts that she was not guilty.

This is a great page turner. And, it was a great buy for only $1.99 at Bookcloseouts.com back in January when I went on a buying spree during their sale.

Highly recommended. ( )
  Whisper1 | May 1, 2015 |
A collaboration of authors wrote this mystery. The idea is noteworthy and fairly well executed. Occasional chapters don't shine as authentically as others. The plot revolves around a woman who has been executed by lethal injection for the murder of her husband. She requested ten years later to have a memorial for her at the art museum where she worked and helped fund. The detective who saw to it that the evidence pointed to the woman, now has doubts as to the evidence trail. The memorial should bring the real killer to light. ( )
1 vote creighley | Jul 15, 2014 |
I was particularly wary of this novel, only because I have never read a collaborative work before. With that said, the contributing authors included many of my favourites, and I trusted their judgement – feeling that they would not be involved in such a project if it wasn’t worthwhile. I’m glad I gave it a shot, because No Rest for the Dead is nothing short of spectacular and magnificent. With an extraordinary line-up of authors including Alexander McCall Smith, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffrey Deaver, Diana Gabaldon, Jeff Lindsay, R.L. Stine and Kathy Reichs, the story flows seamlessly and each author brings something unique to each chapter to create one of the better crime novels I’ve read in 2011.

I read the opening couple of chapters on the bus ride home, and was instantly moved. Without giving too much away, the opening chapter describes the process of administering a lethal injection in such graphic and uncompromising detail. I was completely hooked. What follows is the extraordinary tale of Rosemary and Christopher Thomas and the art world in which they live in. Christopher is potentially the most loathsome character I’ve read about in years – a womanising and shady man and curator at a San Francisco gallery, who will stoop to incredible levels to make more money. What could have been a promising career turned sour as his greed and ambition destroyed any chance of happiness or fulfilment – he simply can’t help wanting more. And yet without his wife, he would be nothing. Rosemary comes from an incredibly wealthy family, and helped establish a life for her husband and children. Sick and tired of watching her husband flaunt his ways, Rosemary causes a scene at a public event at the gallery and after a vocal argument, the two leave the gallery. Christopher Thomas is never seen again.

With overwhelming evidence pointing to one suspect, Detective John Nunn has no choice but to follow the trail and arrest Rosemary. The case takes its toll on Nunn and his personal life, and we re-join him some ten years in the future; a shadow of his former self and still unsettled over the Thomas murder. When a ten-year memorial is raised by a friend close to the Thomas family, Nunn seizes the opportunity to have all the original suspects back together on the same night. No Rest for the Dead is no Agatha Christie novel, where the detective pieces the puzzle together. Nor is it a game of Cleudo, where logical deduction solves the case. Everyone had motives, everyone had means. If Rosemary was innocent – who killed Christopher Thomas?

The twists and turns that lead to the stunning conclusion are expertly delivered by some of the world’s greatest crime writers and with an ample pool of suspects, the revelation of the killer’s identity, as suggested by David Baldacci in the introduction, came as a huge surprise to me. I love nothing more than being surprised. Read this! ( )
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Brown, SandraContributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldacci, DavidIntroductionmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gulli, Andrew F.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armstrong, LoriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldacci, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, Thomas H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gabaldon, DianaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerritsen, TessContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gulli, Andrew F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gulli, LamiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jance, J. A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kellerman, FayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Khoury, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lescroart, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindsay, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynds, GayleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Margolin, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmer, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, T. JeffersonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearl, MatthewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reichs, KathyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sakey, MarcusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Santlofer, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scottoline, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Alexander McCallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stine, R. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Talley, MarciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A serial novel featuring contributions by twenty-five masters of suspense follows detective Jon Nunn as he re-opens a ten-year-old case to discover if the wrong person was convicted and put to death for the murder of art curator Christopher Thomas.

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