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Dark Side of the Moon (Laura Cardinal #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  556 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Have you ever seen true evil? I mean, looked it in the face and recognized it for what it is? I have. And you know what? It’s a face like any other.

Thus begins DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, the second book in the Laura Cardinal series. When two newlyweds are found murdered at an Arizona campground, Arizona Department of Public Safety detective Laura Cardinal is enlisted to invest
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 3rd 2006)
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Oct 28, 2014 Quillracer rated it it was ok
This book was about on a part with the other two books in the series, and my comments on them carry over to this one.

The story seems to jump ahead in spots as if Black knew how her characters got from point A to point B, but forgot to tell us.

The revelation of the bad guy seemed to come out of nowhere. There were no clues throughout the book to this point that might point to the guilty one, although this time, I had a suspicion who it was.

I read the third book in this series before I read this o
Elizabeth Bailey
Apr 24, 2015 Elizabeth Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out as brilliantly as the Laura Cardinal series book I read before, and I enjoyed it tremendously until the point where the CIA et al came into the picture. For me, the changing viewpoints dissipated the tension and the plot got so complex, with so many law enforcement bodies involved that I had trouble following it. Once Laura got back the story, it was fine. I also guessed the whodunnit early on, very much by a process of elimination and at the end did not feel enough clues were p ...more
This was a fairly enjoyable read that mixed a bit of murder with conspiracy.
Two people are killed at a camping site and the investigator digs into this and goes more broadly discovering things that have been hidden for some time locally in the course of her investigation.
Apparently, in a previous book, which I haven't read, Laura went through some rather disturbing things and this is affecting her as a person and as an officer.
There's the ghost of her former mentor that pops up every so often, b
Diana Johnson
Oct 05, 2015 Diana Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting and gripping until the very end!

More of Laura Cardinal for those who have already read Cry Wolf, an excellent thriller in the Deadly Dozen boxed set!! Laura and her partner are faced with a brutal murder of a newly married couple that somehow feels personal with the rage exhibited! Searching for a killer, sifting through possible suspects, Laura becomes more human and real as we glimpse the myriad of emotions she goes through and the thoughts and feelings she shares while on the hunt!!
Aug 11, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these books, but I'm going to have to start keeping a pad and pen handy. With every book, Laura is working with a new partner and just when they start to grow on you, the book ends and she has a new partner in the next one. I would like for her mentor to help her get it all together. Was glad she finally went to the doctor and is planning to get counseling, which she should have done after the first book. I do wish the books would explain a few things a little bit better, both from ...more
This was a decent murder mystery with a bit of a thriller element. It starts off a little slow, but picks up as Laura Cardinal meets more characters and suspects. I'm not much into mysteries, but I bought this because the author is a fellow Arizona resident and the setting is in Arizona, primarily the small mountain town of Williams. The author throws in enough details that it's clear she knows her setting, which is always nice. I've read some novels in which an author clearly didn't know the se ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Detective Laura Cardinal with the Department of Public Safety investigates a murder with her new partner Richie Lockhart at Cataract Lake Park where newlyweds Dan Yates and Kellee Taylor were found shot to death while camping on their honeymoon. There are many suspicious characters in this suspenseful tale set in the Mojave Desert: Shana Yates, Dan Yates' twin sister, whose boyfriend Bobby Burdette is tied to an underground organization, Earth Warriors, along with Kellee Taylor's father, Jack Ta ...more
Black Butterfly
Jan 24, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: crime, drama
Rory Costello
This series is very capable in terms of psychology, multiple subplots, and police procedural...but somehow it doesn't really catch fire for me. There was a long gap between reading the first entry and the second (this book). I will give the third its time, but I reckon that'll be a way down the road too.
I found this book started out with a good story but quickly went down hill from there, it became boring, I didn't connect to any of the characters so I ended up not caring enough to finish the book.....
A good book, but it didn't seem to move as quickly as I thought it would. Still, I liked it enough to rate it 4.4 stars. The version of the book I read is a part of a boxed set (Mortal Crimes II).
Feb 20, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Loved the opening chapter. It had me hooked from the beginning. The descriptions of the small desert town were great. The main character, Laura, was interesting and likable. My only complaint was I didn't like her relationship with her boyfriend. The times when she went back home to see him broke up the flow of the book. The central mystery of the story was good. It took me awhile to see the whole picture, but once I did, the pieces all fit together. The bad guy was strangely compelling, and I e ...more
Paul Brown
Feb 12, 2014 Paul Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is how it's done.
Some of these books in the police detective genre can be cookie cutter
and contrived/cliched (Rules of Prey by John Sandford I'm looking at you).
Book one and this one were both excellent.
Joan Reeves
A "Ripped from the Headlines" Plot

When Dark Side of the Moon opens, Laura's world is undergoing change -- change she doesn't want, doesn't understand, and doesn't know how to stop. Laura and her insecurities are balanced by her aptitude for her job. In a "ripped from the headlines" story, Laura faces what everyone fears since 9/11.

By book's end, you'll be surprised and saddened, for the other characters and for Laura. You'll also be thoroughly hooked into buying the other books in the series.

Interesting tale. Love the series of a detective who ages, gracefully and not. Author spins a good yarn. TTS-enabled eBook 2006: Margaret Falk. ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed with book 3
Martyn Halm
Feb 06, 2013 Martyn Halm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the slow start and the dragging pace with the police procedural scenes, this story turned out pretty good as it neared its ending. I guessed the ultimate culprit of the murder early in the book, and the subplot about the nuclear waste was a bit overwrought, but it did a fine job of distracting from the straightforward murder case. The psychological parts and intimate scenes are well-crafted and the characters were all three-dimensional and believable.
Diane Dean
Apr 01, 2011 Betty rated it liked it
Good solid mystery that kept me engaged right to the end. I'll definitely stick with the series. But it was like the editor quit working after the first 2/3 of the manuscript. Syntactical, punctuation, and factual errors in the final third cost it a rating star. As an example, the Gulf of Mexico is not visible at any point while driving from Phoenix to Rocky Point on the Mexican coast of the Sea of Cortez.
Dan Beaver
This was my second J. Carson Black novel, and while it was not quite as good as the first, it was better than most mysteries. Perhaps a few too bread crumbs to follow, but still leaving a sense of whodunit from the lack of information. Worth reading, but start with Darkness on the Edge of Town ( if you have not already read that book.
Jan 31, 2012 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with the tragic murder of two teens while they were camping. Laura Cardinal, criminal investigator with the DPS, is called to the scene. She and her partner diligently search for the murderer. Another plot is uncovered during their investigation, involving transportation of nuclear waste. A good mystery thriller with a surprising ending as to who did committed the murder.
May 08, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second Laura Cardinal book by this author. The book was really long 2 novellas. The ending was rather strange. Overall, it was a good detective whodunnit with a good understanding of forensic science and flow of detective work. It would be nice of the flow of the book had not jumped all over the place, yet this book was an improvement over the 1st novel
Sep 26, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to get through this book is not reflective of its merit. I enjoyed the story, although the first in this series was a bit more suspenseful and engaging. Unlike "Darkness on the Edge of Town" I had a good idea of "who done it". This being said, there were still some good twists. It's a good cop thriller.
Scott Whitney
Apr 10, 2012 Scott Whitney rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book with a nice twist or six before the end. I enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one to make it to the top of my queue. Last year I was stuck on the Janet Brady books set here in Cochise County, now it looks like I will have to get through all of the Laura Cardinal books.
Aug 21, 2011 Ilsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, not great. The main character was well drawn, but the secondary characters less so. Hard to feel invested in the outcome. But the ending was good enough that I'm reconsidering my decision to abandon the series. I want ro find out what happens next with Laura Cardinal.
May 09, 2014 Phyllis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are too many extraneous characters in this book, and not enough character development of the main, recurring characters. The main murder case is given less attention than a nuclear waste side show. Loose ends are not tied up.
Lori Wolf
Mar 21, 2012 Lori Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this- also a free kindle download. It helped that I read the first one prior to this - characters, storyline, etc, but I feel that it would be enjoyable even for someone new to the series. Great book!
Mar 18, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Characters, especially Laura, are unique and real, and they come to life. Somehow they seem, not to have been created from the author's imagination - JCB KNOWS these people!! Great work Maggy!!
Charles Robinson
Mar 14, 2016 Charles Robinson rated it it was ok
This part of the series was not as good as the first book. I tried to keep an open mind but after awhile i just became uninterested on who did what. I wanted just to finish.
Gretchenmora Mora
Good plotline with lots of twists and turns. A little more going on with each chapter. Not surprised at the ending, but it kept me guessing throughout.
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