Violets are Blue by James Patterson
Little, Brown Publishing - November 2001
ISBN: 0316693235 - Hardcover

Reviewed by Robyn Glazer,

Alex Cross is back and this time it is personal. His adversary is someone who knows every move he makes and knows everything about him. His name is the Mastermind and his sole purpose in life is to make Alex Cross suffer. More and more people that are close to Alex continue to die and there is no way for him to stop the massacre so as usual he goes back to work as a policeman involved with the FBI. The FBI desperately needs his help in their new case. People are being found dead, strung from the ceiling upside down, drained of all of their blood. No one wants to believe that vampires are real and the cause of these murders but they must face what they believed to be impossible. While Alex is dealing with the mastermind and the supposed vampires, he must also try to keep his family safe and happy. While this was possible during his other cases, now it is not as easy and Alex must face the question: Can he continue to be on the police force?

Violets are Blue has redeemed the Alex Cross series for me. I did not like Roses are Red, and I was hoping that this book was going to turn out better. It did. Violets are Blue have Alex Cross back to acting himself, although his moping over women does get a little tiring. What I felt to be the best part of this book were the revelations that Alex comes to about his life and will change the whole series. This is a book that you will not want to miss.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Along Came a Spider #1 [audio]
Kiss the Girls
#2  [audio]
Jack and Jill
#3  [audio]
Pop Goes the Weasel
#5  [book] [audio]
Violets are Blue
#7  [book]
Four Blind Mice
#8  [book] [audio]
Big Bad Wolf
#9  [book]
London Bridges
#10  [audio]
Mary Mary
#11  [audio]
# 12  [audio]
Double Cross
#13  [book] [audio]
Cross Country
# 14  [book]
Alex Cross Trial
#13  [book] [audio]
I, Alex Cross
#16  [book] [audio]
Cross Fire
#17  [audio]
Kill Alex Cross
#18  [audio]
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Alex Cross, Run
#20  [audio]
Cross My Heart
#21  [audio]
Hope to Die   #22
Cross Justice
#23 [audio]
Cross Kill #23.1 [audio] - short story


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