|Book #2 Reader Reviews
LADY JUSTICE AND THE LOST TAPES
Another awesome mystery/ comedy from Robert Thornhill!
The mark of a really excellent author (in my opinion) is one who can bring the characters to life in such a way that I laugh with them and cry with/for them. Robert Thornhill does this.
I love Walt and all his friends. They are the type of friends everyone wants in their life. I loved their Thanksgiving dinner celebration.
There were a few scenes where our hero, Walt Williams, had some brushes with death. I found myself on the edge of my seat hoping he could make it during those very intense scenes. In one of those scenes, his best friend, Willie, saved him and there was such a poignant scene between Walt and Willie that I found myself wiping the tears from my eyes.
Like the first book in the series, there is a lot of wit and laugh out loud humor.
Walt goes on several adventures in this book. The most humorous are his adventures as an undercover gay man (with his "boyfriend" Vince, another cop), an undercover tranny and an undercover Elvis impersonator.
I am loving this series and look forward to reading #3 when it arrives on my door step.
I received this book for free through a giveaway from the author. Even though this is the second in the series, it can stand alone. The author is a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, and that comes through in his Lady Justice series. I would say though, that this is more like Stephanie Plum meets Grumpy Old Men. So funny you will laugh out loud; and the action never stops, there is not a dull moment with these characters! You'll fall in love with Walt, the retired real estate agent-turned cop, and his motley crew of fellow seniors, who all do their best to battle the forces of evil. Now that I've read this book, I absolutely have to go back and read the 1st one, and then continue on in the series. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves to laugh, and loves a good adventure! Keep up the good work, Robert Thornhill!
This 2nd book of the Lady Justice series was even more funny than the first! I hate posting spoilers because I am one of those people that gives in to the temptation to read them. Then I am disappointed to have ruined that special surprise when I read a book. Soooo, you have got to get this book and read page 41. I will not be able to eat candy again without laughing and maybe even blushing. heeheehee!!! I will never again make Thanksgiving dinner without be tempted to try some of the recipes that Walt & Maggie used or their decorating tips. I will most likely never again be able to sing along with my Elvis Cds without stopping to laugh either. Well done Bob! On to Lady Justice Gets Leid
Walt Williams is a sixty six year old retired realestate agent who now works for the Kansas city police department C.R.A.P unit which stands for City Retiree Action Patrol. Walt and his fellow officers get assigned to some weird cases from being a gay man to help solve a real estate scam to dressing as a women at a Tranvestite bar to try to find out why the mob wants all these buildings.Seems Walt is always the best man for the job.Later the discovery of some missing Elvis tapes has Walt impers...moreWalt Williams is a sixty six year old retired realestate agent who now works for the Kansas city police department C.R.A.P unit which stands for City Retiree Action Patrol. Walt and his fellow officers get assigned to some weird cases from being a gay man to help solve a real estate scam to dressing as a women at a Tranvestite bar to try to find out why the mob wants all these buildings.Seems Walt is always the best man for the job.Later the discovery of some missing Elvis tapes has Walt impersonating an elderly Elvis in some contests. To try to catch who is beating up the winners of each contest so they can,t perform.Robert really knows how to tell a story, i laughed out loud at some of the things Walt and his friends get up to like the Thanksgiving dinner they prepared. If your looking for a fun enjoyable read i highly recommend the Lady Justice Books. I read it in one day it is laugh out loud funny plus you get crime and it just goes to how you are only as old as you feel.
This is the second book in The Lady Justice series. Lots of twists and turns. Walt having to dress up like a gay guy and a woman as undercover was too funny. Walt and Maggie's Thanksgiving Dinner party was hilarious. That was one different Thanksgiving Dinner. Fast paced reading and never a dull moment with Walt around and his group of friends.
Author provided me with this free book in exchange for a review.
There are some passages that repeat, almost verbatim, from the first book. Now for those of you who read LJ #1 that could be a little irritating, but the good news is it allows you to skim some areas and get to the good stuff faster. For those of you who are starting with LJ #2, you'll be able to read all the background information on Walt & his friends so you won't be lost.
Mr. Thornhill's humor is still very evident, so there's no changes there. That's a great thing! However, he might want to consider issuing a warning with his books. Something like "Out loud laughter is a potental side effect. Easily embarrassed readers should use personal discretion when deciding if they will read in public." Otherwise you might get shushed by your children while sitting in a waiting room.
Just in The Lost Tapes Walt has adventures with a gay bar, a transvestite, the Italian mob, and Chinese illegals. Only in Walt's world and Mr. Thornhill's imagination could these things mix together, and provide loads of entertainment and laughter for the reader.
Want the book now? Good, visit Mr. Thornhill at his website (www.booksbybob.com) and you can buy yourself an autographed copy. While you're there you can also stock up on the sequential titles (he's up to 6).
Pssst! I posted this after reading the 3rd, so I can tell you now, the third rocks! You won't be disappointed. Check my blog (mybooksnbeans.blogspot.com)for this review, some biography information on Mr. Thornill, and for the review of Lady Justice Gets Lei'd the weekend of November 5 and November 6, as this weekend is dedicated to Mr. Thornhill & the Lady Justice books.
I found LADY JUSTICE AND THE LOST TAPES by Robert Thornhill to be one of the best & funniest books I've read in the past couple of years! This book is a hoot a page! I kid you not! You will find yourself chuckling at some of the dumbest jokes told by an array of colorful characters. I just couldn't put this book down! Walt & Ox work for C.R.A.P. with the Kansas police department. They are senior citizens who have decided to clean up the streets of Kansas & fight crime. Although some of Walt's tactics are a bit unusual, such as putting in to practice one of Wile E. Coyote's traps, with about the same kind of outcome, fights all sorts of criminals. This is a true crime fighter, of sorts, because he works on all kinds of different cases, from missing hookers to penny theft on river boat casinos. Walt also has a steamy romance going with his girl friend Maggie. Who said love was dead at that age anyway?!! Hahaha! I love these two together, especially during their Thanksgiving dinner from hell?!! Hahaha! I can't tell you much about it without giving the plot away, but one thing I will say is that I really don't think I would eat their turkey surprise!! That's a story in itself, so I invite you to laugh your sorrows away with this delightful & funny series. I know I will be buying the whole series since I really fell in love with these characters & the way Robert Thornhill writes! I hope you keep on writing this series & hopefully Hollywood will catch on & make a TV series or a movie out of these books! That's a GREAT this series is!
Yeah! I won this as a First Reads Giveaway! Thanks so much Robert and Goodreads!
Wow! What a funny book. I kept thinking the whole time I read this book that this really needs to be a TV show. I hope Mr. Thornhill writes a script next and pitches it - it would be great.
Walt Williams retired from a real estate career, but doesn’t want to sit at his apartment building collecting dust. So what does he do, he joins the police force and fights crime for Lady Justice. Well it’s never that simple, he has to do some really odd things to make sure the criminals pay and that leaves a lot of room for laughter.
Walt is great, but his supporting cast is even better. Walt has his best friend, his best gal, and his partner as well as lot of other fun folks that show up to add their touch. Walt has a kind heart, but can tough cop that will go the distance, no matter where he has to go and that made this a really fun read. Pick up a copy and you won’t be disappointed.
This is another one in this wonderful series. In the second book, Walt, who lives in Kansas, and his senior team try infiltrate the mob. Walt & Vince (both senior patrol officers) go undercover as a gay couple with hilarious results. You have a lady with a bat, a black jack of all trades, Walt's sweetie, Elvis impersonators and more. These are great books to sit back and relax. No complicated plots or characters names you can't pronounce. Just laugh out loud funny!
Walt is at it again! Certainly not a dull life, but very exciting and full of surprises. Very enjoyable reading.
Another great book in the series, I can't wait to start LJ #3!
What a fun book/series. I had read the first in the series and had a feeling I would enjoy the rest of them. I read this as my go-to-sleep read, you know, read a chapter, fall asleep. It didn't work. I laughed so hard, I almost rolled out of bed. Check out the piano with the crystal ball on it at the end of chapter 5, you'll understand what I mean.
Walt and the C.R.A.P. gang are back at it, and are even better! The snappy "Double Indemnity" type dialogue, the silly humor and...Elvis!
The Thanksgiving dinner scene is a classic, and to me, took the whole book to another level of humor. Walt's undercover stints are getting more outrageous and clever. I can't wait to read Lady Justice Gets Lei'd.
Comedic Mystery in Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes
Title: Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes
Author: Robert Thornhill
Release: February 2011
# of Pages: 224
Genre: Mystery Comedy
Why retire when you can solve crime! With long lost Elvis songs, the Italian mob holding a neighborhood of Kansas City in its sway and so much more, Walt Williams, that bumbling but wise retired real estate salesman turned crime fighter takes them all on. This is one of the funniest books, let alone mysteries, I have read in years. When Walt's band of intrepid seniors takes to the streets in the land of Kansas City, they ensure once more that justice prevails. Although this is the second book that Thornhill has written with this set of octogenarian characters, you don't need to read the earlier one to sit and chuckle over and over with this story.
What truly makes this a unique setup is the very idea that a band of 70 and 80 year olds would get together and solve crime. And they do it almost in spite of themselves. With no fancy crime lab or any kind of high end technology, they use the experience of their years and a lot of common sense to decipher the mysteries and solve the crimes. There is a lot going on in the story, it isn't just one crime that the group come upon and solve, it is a whole host of crimes. Some of them relate to each other, most of them don't. But it doesn't really matter, because in the end what brings them all together is that they happen in Kansas City and that our band of stalwarts aren't about to let it continue on their watch.
The characters names should be a clue to the kind of sly humor you will see in this story. There is Professor Leonard Skinner, Officer Vince Spaulding and sweet Maggie McBride, Walt's 66 year old "young thing" that is his heart's desire. Through it all Walt calls upon his heroes of his day, Superman, The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers to be his guiding light, and show him and his band of stalwarts how to find justice while escaping the bad guys vengeance. There is something very endearing about this, and yet the sweetness is tempered just enough with humor to make the story not be too saccharine.
Well worth the investment, Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes
is one book you are going to need to read in a quiet place, unless you don't mind people seeing you giggle to yourself as the plot moves from laugh-out-loud high point to giggle fest at some of Walt's solutions. This is a book you will want to pass to your friends and get thanks when you do.
Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes (Robert Thornhill)
Walt Williams, retired real estate agent turned law enforcer at age sixty-six. He works for the Kansas City Police department with fellow officer Ox, a burly 220 pound man with his own methods for bringing in the criminals.
Walt is called on to go undercover, not just assignment but disguised as a woman. When mob connections become apparent, his life and the welfare of the community is in danger. He will need his quick wit and talents to bring justice to this situation.
Then if this is not enough he comes across some "lost tapes" from a dead rock icon. Soon he is racing for time to solve this crime, and keep the city streets safe. Add the building romance with the lovable and tough Maggie, who becomes Walt's Fiance, it is anything goes in this hilarious caper.
Fast paced, laugh out loud funny. Robert Thornhill mixes humor and mystery in an exciting and fun way. Without giving away too much of this book, I have to admit that Thanksgiving Turkey will never look the same to me! I truly enjoyed this installment in the Lady Justice series and look forward to the next, Lady Justice gets Lei'd (due out March 22, 2011). I could see this as a weekly series hmm thoughts on that one Robert.....
I loved the book. The stories flow. What I mean is each chaper flow from the start to the finish. The story line about Elvis was great. Will get my hands on Robert Thornhill first book.
Thanks to Goodreads giveaway program I was introduced to a new author. I really enjoyed this book it was full of great one liners and had me laughing every step of the way. I loved the characters in this book and the fact that it shows that even though they were in the later years of their life they were able to make such a great contribution to their neighborhood by doing undercover detective work and solving the case. I will certainly read the first installment to see how Walt got started and then read the third installment of this series. If you like detective stories and love to laugh I certainly can't recommend this book enough, it was a fun quick read. Thank you Robert for making this available thru the Goodreads giveaway program.
Another fun Walt Williams novel! This is the second in the series. The first book spends a lot of time getting to know the characters. "The Lost Tapes" picks up where we left off - with Walt busy on the police force. Ex-retiree Walt is the head of the C.R.A.P. (City Retiree Action Patrol) division. Walt also uses his senior citizen friends to help on his cases.
"The Lost Tapes" consists of two main mysteries; the first surrounds the disappearance of one of Willie's friends, and the second involves a lost tape (hence the title) made by a famous recording artist. Through these cases, we get to see Walt do some investigating as well as some under cover work. As always, the comedy flows throughout.
I enjoy Walt and his senior scrappers. Spending time with these characters is a delight. One of my favorite chapters was where we get to spend Thanksgiving with Walt and his Senior Scrapper friends. It was definitely a unique feast
In Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes, Williams, and his band of "Senior Scrappers," take on the Italian mob in Kansas City who are terrorizing an old section of town, and, additionally, save old Elvis recordings worth millions.
The charm of Walt's character is not that he's a macho super-senior, but that he often bumbles his way into a situation, and then uses the wisdom he's amassed in his 66 years of living (and the role-modeling of his childhood super heroes) to escape harm to himself and bring justice to the victims. And therein lies the charm of the books: none of the characters are high-tech aficionados with fancy crime labs, they are just quirky people with a passion for a world where justice wins. Thornhill uses humor and word play to entertain the reader. In a world where life seems so critically serious most of the time, there is a need for over-the-top, sometimes silly, comic relief. Lady Justice stories do just that! Chris Fullerton Jones, Independence, Mo.
Old folks with Viagra-free staying power. Think Matlock on steroids. Thornhill may have created a new genre. Walt Williams and his entourage of senior sidekicks are back. Having successfully given Lady Justice enough C.R.A.P. to thwart the bad guys, Walt and the gang return for another round of snappy one-liners and fast paced vignettes that will leave readers begging for the next installment and criminals begging him to retire again.
A same-sex date and a dandy-as-candy all nighter with Maggie are among the entertaining cut-scenes Walt must survive while he and his Geriatric pals try to outwit the unsavory types. Can they help Lady Justice prevail? Will they give crime the finger? Will they remember which one to extend?
Thornhill doesn't get bogged down in heavy prose or tedious dialogue. Readers from 18 to 98 will giggle openly at the lighthearted puns and delightful tongue-in-cheek word play. An ageless story told with a genuine style.
Michael Clutton, Author of Juice Revolution.
Bob's first book caught me off guard so many times. His idioms and phrases are priceless. When I wasn't expecting it I would be hit with something that made me laugh so hard I cried! I've passed along some of the humor to others who laughed as well. Think how much health is being passed around! With the second book, I was already hooked on the characters. They are endearing each in their own way and I love his way of finding the good in people who most would just judge as they would a book cover. His writing grabs your interest from the beginning and leaves one wanting the stories to just continue on. So, hurry up, Bob. I am out of reading material!
Vicky Mitzner, Independence, Mo.
"We were delighted to read "Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes!" Just like "Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P.", this book is laugh-out-loud funny! We didn't want to put it down as we turned each page, anxious to see what would come next. We can't wait to see what Walt and his posse of retirees gets into next!"
Lee & Marilyn Dobbins, Santa Maria, California
"Walt Williams and his trusty band of senior citizen peacekeepers are once again making Kansas City a safer place in Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes! From solving a Mafia-engineered land scheme to celebrating the music of the King (Elvis), this second installment of Bob Thornhill's Lady Justice series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys light-hearted detective stories. Walt's undercover misadventures are a riot ... I laughed all the way through. If you're looking for a book to tickle your funny bone ... this is it!"
Office Operations Administrator
"Well, Walt Williams strikes again, and I enjoyed the adventure. Even though you made me out to be a far more knowledgeable 'Show-biz Expert' than I am, I really enjoyed the book....Keep up the good work, Bob (and Walt)!
Lee Dresser, The Krazy Kats, Author of "Was There A Band Here Tonight?"
(Note: Lee Dresser & The Krazy Kats are a real rock-n-roll band and are featured in the book with their permission
Lady Justice and The Lost Tapes will take the reader on another action packed ride. As always Walt Williams finds himself in the middle of quite a few interesting and amusing situations. Robert Thornhill has written an interesting and page turning sequel to Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. All of the characters we have come to know and love are included in this book and continue to help Walt in his fight against injustice and crime.
Mr. Thornhill has written a unique and captivating series centered on Walt and his unlikely hero status. His career as an officer has turned into something that he is quite good at whether accidentally or by using skills he has learned from his childhood heroes. He has become an unsuspecting hero and provides the readers with situations that only Walt can find himself in. This is a well written and entertaining series that everyone will enjoy reading. I can't wait to read the next installment. Mary Peters
This is the second in the series of Lady Justice, starring Walt, a senior citizen who decided to become a cop. This quick and easy read is amusing from beginning to end. There is no way that anyone can get through a single page without laughing!
The characters are incredibly amusing, yet very real. It's easy to identify with them, something that any book needs if readers are to connect and really enjoy the characters' world. Again, seniors prove that they are more than just oldies who sit and play bingo. They can fight crime and solve cases as well as anyone - maybe even better! Everyone from the first book is here in the second, so it's even easier to jump right in with old friends and enjoy the new case.
It's amazing that Walt has become the hero that he is. It doesn't matter what his age is - he's an incredibly good cop, with an amazing ability to solve cases. Proof that age really is just a number.
This series by Robert Thornhill is one that everyone will love and that everyone should read. While it's bound to make anyone laugh it also has good points, such as you truly can be anything you want to be. It's the perfect escape from a stressful day. I can't wait for the next one! C. Cook
Thanks to Goodreads giveaway program I was introduced to a new author. I really enjoyed this book it was full of great one liners and had me laughing every step of the way. I loved the characters in this book and the fact that it shows that even though they were in the later years of their life they were able to make such a great contribution to their neighborhood by doing undercover detective work and solving the case. I will certainly read the first installment to see how Walt got started and then read the third installment of this series. If you like detective stories and love to laugh I certainly can't recommend this book enough, it was a fun quick read. Thank you Robert for making this available thru the Goodreads giveaway program
If you don't read Robert Thornhill's second book, Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes, for any other reason, read it for the story of the 'family' Thanksgiving party. Putting the "usual suspects" together with no idea how to cook a big dinner is hilarious. They prove that it is the company that makes the day special, not the food.
"Not exactly a traditional Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world.
To honor the occasion, we joined hands around the table, and each in turn, shared one thing they were thankful for in their lives."
Usually, the second book of a series is not as good as the first, but in this case, it is better, if that is possible. Mr. Thornhill has written what I consider another hilarious book, in case you could not figure that out from my previous comments.
Two new people are added to the group, Maxine, a prostitute and friend to Willie and Jerry Singer, comedian extraordinaire (and a bit obnoxious). The cases that the little group of fearless? octogenarians solve involve Walt having to go undercover in several joke inspiring costumes, including a "john", a gay man, a transvestite and the final one of this book, which I will not impart to you.
If you have read the first book, don't hesitate to pick this one up. Just do it when you don't have an important appointment coming up, because you will miss that appointment.
Robert Thornhill writes a lot about what he knows in that he was a realtor for thirty years. Many of the characters in his book are based on people in his real life. He has a healthy sense of humor about all segments of life. He lives with his wife, Peg in Independence, Missouri.
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