Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6)

Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6)

by Robert B. Parker


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The new Sunny Randall novel first time in mass market

Boston P.I. Sunny Randall joins forces with the most important man in her life—her father—to crack a thirty-year-old case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399154256
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Sunny Randall Series , #6
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
JoEllen1503 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Spare Change and Night & Day right after. They both have the same premise. Everyone knows who the killer is and the trick is to prove it. Both have the undercurrent of the main character's inability to have a sustaining relationship with a significant other. Both have witty repartee between characters. Not sure why, but I liked Spare Change better.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Sunny Randall book, but the sixth in the series. Sunny knows Jesse Stone and a lot of police from the Spenser series show up. It's more a procedural story than a mystery and was what I was in the mood for---easy reading.
donaldgallinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spare Change by Robert Parker teams up Sunny Randall and her father in a case involving a serial killer who drops coins next to the bodies of his victims. Although Parker's dialogue is always razor sharp and his characters well delineated, there's a certain perfunctory quality about the plot that perhaps comes from writing too many crime dramas over the years. You won't be disappointed by this book, but you won't necessarily remember it as one of Parker's best, either. A good airport read. You'll enjoy yourself between the soft drinks and the on board movie.
jsharpmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good dialogue as usual for Parker. Serial killer separated by 20 years. Sunny works with Dad Phil on the mystery. Richie back, Rosie and Spike the same. easy read.
kathy_h on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it seems to me that the sunny randall books are more about the people than the crime, even tho parker does a nice job with that, too. as a very wise woman said, it was like settling in with old friends when i started this. i don't get how a man can write from a woman's perspective as well as parker does. loved the interaction between sunny and her dad, the vignettes with "Mother," not to mention Spike and Rosie, and last but not least, one of the creepiest serial killers in a while.
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd read a hard copy of this book, when it first came out, but picked this up at my favorite Franklin NC Independent BookStore, BooKs Unlimited, to keep us entertained for the ride back to Charleston. Robert B Parker didn't disappoint, and neither did the reader, Kate Burton. It was the first Sunny Randall story that my husband had encountered, and he chuckled a lot when he stumbled into familiar characters from the Spencer series.
deltadawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the idea of a father/daughter detective team. I enjoyed the mystery but it didn't grab me like I hoped. I will likely give Sunny another chance, though!
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sunny's assisting her father this time around. A serial killer dubbed the Spare Change Killer has resurfaced after an extended quiet period. Phil Randall was the lead detective on the case the first time around, and when the bodies, tapped by a single shot to head, and left with a sparse handful of change strategically placed, start resurfacing, the Boston PD calls him in as a consultant. It doesn't take long for the killer to be picked out, but there's the pesky matter of evidence to consider. Along with a nerve-wracking game of cat and mouse with the killer, Sunny's personal life is as complicated as ever.Parker's books are inevitably quick reads with punchy dialog and predictable outcomes. While it would be easy enough to substitute Spencer or even Jesse Stone for Sunny in many of the plots, she has her own appeal -- what woman hasn't, at one point or another, lain down on the bed/floor to get her jeans zipped so she can make just that impression. And who could resist Rosie?
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of Parker's latest works seem a little bleak. There were always bad guys, but with the incomparable Ms. Silverman's insight one always felt there was a motive to follow. Not so with Spare Change.
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent Parker novel, featuring Sunny Randall, with guest appearances by Susan Silverman, Martin Quirk, Frank Belson, etc. from Parker's Spenser series. I can never quite see Parker writing a female lead which impedes my enjoyment of the novel. Sunny and company never seem quite as richly defined as Spenser, Hawk, et. al. although I do enjoy Spike as her friend.
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Reader66PA More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure which was more of a let down, the stilted, boring dialogue or the under developed characters. I finished the book, although it was totally predictable. Don't waste your reading time; find a different book!
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It's okay... I just think Parker is confusing his writing style a little for this series with that of Jesse Stone. Although I will say that Parker does write "female" well. Women authors frequently write male leads better than men write women.
mysterywriterJVL More than 1 year ago
As a devoted reader of Robert B. Parker, I was disappointed in Spare Change. It was like eating Angel Food Cake. Parker set a trap for himself when he began mixing characters from his other series (Susan Silvermann, Jesse Stone, etc.) and now he has fallen into it with a sparse plot and sketchy outlines of characters we already know well. On the whole, this is a shallow effort. Given his dabbling with westerns (the Virgil Coles -- which I enjoy) maybe he's bored with Spenser, Jesse, and Sunny. Or maybe he's already written it all in his very rich and distinguished career. Hopefully, he will recover his stride in the future -- maybe with a plot that puts Richie on the bulls eye and does more to explore the depth of the relationship between Sunny and him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Jesse Stone novels and enjoyed them (as well as the tv movies). So I decided I'd pick up another Parker novel and try it, so I got the audio version of this book from my library. First of all, the narrator obviously hasn't spent much time around Boston and the accent wasn't good. I wish people would just read straight rather than try to affect an accent if they don't have the knack. Then, the plot. My gosh- there was nothing to try to figure out! It just went on and on. Don't believe I'll be reading any more of this guy (except Jesse Stone).
oes_fan More than 1 year ago
Parker delivers another wonderful Sunny Randall mystery. She's a delightful heroine.
Barmack More than 1 year ago
Something was lacking. It was not up to Parker's usual page-turning quality.