Finding a new author that has given me a whodunit mystery that is so complex and interwoven that I'm still stumped until the very end, is a rare gift....moreFinding a new author that has given me a whodunit mystery that is so complex and interwoven that I'm still stumped until the very end, is a rare gift. I knew as soon as I started never tell that the author had that undefinable "edgy" feel to her writing that makes me tense, excited, knowing that I've picked a suspenseful winner to read!
Before I begin about the story, I want to highlight that there are a number of important issues about teens, drugs, sexuality, parenting, and schools that are at the basis of this story. Be alert to the interaction among each as you read and make sure you understand what is actually happening. In my opinion, if the story line is fiction, the reality of what is being introduced has been established to a small or greater extent. I applaud this author for choosing topics that are so attuned to what we must consider for the future of our children!
Ellie Hatcher is a cop with a past that sometimes interferes with her handling of a new case. All people would do this, but she had a partner who was willing to challenge her on it--and the guts to evaluate her own actions and willingness to work harder to be more open. But finding Julia Whitmire, a rich 16-year-old girl who initially presented as having committed suicide, even to leaving a message on her bed, was, to Ellie, an open-and-shut case. And she was ready to move on to other work...
Except that the girl's mother didn't believe she would kill herself. And the parents knew the right people to call to ensure that the case was handled as more than suicide... I thought one of the ironic points was that the parents had willingly left their daughter live alone, but then (guiltily?) were adamant that a murder investigation be held.
As the investigation begun, the normal first thing was to talk with school officials and students. However, the principal of the private school would not permit any type of at-school discussions, claiming that the incident had not happened on school property and they had no responsibility. With parents who knew few of their daughters friends or what she might have been involved with, they began to get some basic information from Ramona, her best friend. From her she learned that Julia was interested in knowing all types of people, so we meet Casey and later several other who lived either on the street or in a homeless shelter. Casey is not only implicated, but is assaulted by private investigators hired by Julia's father, We learn much about his life and is one of the brighter side of the novel's closure.
Each piece of evidence continues to lead the investigation further and further into the private lives of many people, including Ramona's mother who was writing an anonymous blog about her being abused when young and who, during the investigation, begins to receive death threat messages as comments to her articles! More and more individuals are pulled in--but not more than are reasonable based upon the investigation. That is, the twists and turns are relevant! Power, money and corruption strikes often!
The presentation of the characters was interesting in that readers learn in-depth information as presented. However, the story line is so well woven that we meet them based upon how and when they fit--impressive that the author was able to do this so seamlessly! Kudos to Alafair Burke for one of the finest I've read...I'll be looking for more from her in the future. My first reading of her novels has definitely made her one of my favorite authors... If you've also not read her, I highly recommend this one to begin. There is a series for Ellie Hatcher but the novel stands well on its own... Check it out and let me know if you agree with my feelings!
I normally enjoy reading and reviewing YA books! Especially when they are creative and full of imagination! Reading all of my life has been a pleasure...moreI normally enjoy reading and reviewing YA books! Especially when they are creative and full of imagination! Reading all of my life has been a pleasure and I'm happy to share my thoughts on books for the young, hoping they'll catch that love of reading early...
The Betrayals of Grim's Peak is a title that tells you little about what is it about! So, let me say that Grim's Peak is the location of the majority of the novel...
And it is located entirely underwater, maybe somewhere near where you live!
The thing that impressed me most about the world that Quirk has created is that it is "not" magical--it is instead a creative, wonderfully designed imaginative place that "could" exist if some of us decided to move under water. Well, maybe some of the characters are fantasy, but pay attention to the accommodations for travel, the use of the local creatures of the sea harnessed to, for instance, act as taxis, and you'll realize just how much thought has been put into this wondrous world! Wouldn't it be wonderful to walk out the door of your home and automatically be in the water, ready to go wherever you wanted? And use a hippocamp (think horse) to ride!
Augie Tomlin is the main character...He was "found" by his parents along the beach near where they lived and they took him in as their son--but he is soooo much more!
But somebody knew he was there--and what he possessed! And when he was 14, they came after him! Who are they? You'll have to find out, but they are ugggggly! Fortunately, he was saved by a young girl...and her dragon... (Ok, I already told you that there was some fantasy with the characters...LOL)
Now, imagine, a boy who had never learned to swim, suddenly being taken deep underwater, to learn about his birth, his parents, and what he was to do to save Grim's Peak! And to do that, they had to discover the secrets of the past going back to the time when Hingrit Grim first came!
I loved the adventure and everything else about this book. It is definitely a book that will entice your young sons and daughters as well--after all, how many girls have a dragon (actually a drac) all their own? And wait until Augie gets to ride "Red..."
Have your children check out the site and verify their interest...But I reallllly think this is one you won't want your children to miss...don't know the official age but, say, 8-10 and up to 99 should cover those interested if they love fun, fantasy and finding themselves in deep, deep water! Highly recommended!
Many of us have heard on the news, when a tragic murder has occurred, that neighbors claim that the individual involved as always been quiet, a good n...moreMany of us have heard on the news, when a tragic murder has occurred, that neighbors claim that the individual involved as always been quiet, a good neighbor, or something similar, though now expressing their amazement or dismay learning that somebody they knew was guilty of such an action(s)...
But surely, if we are willing to admit it to ourselves, we all do things that so go against our nature, that we later realize that we shouldn't have done it, and maybe even wonder what led to our being so emotionally involved that we, for a moment, snapped. Fortunately for most, that situation may never arise again and everybody soon forgives and forgets.
Sometimes, however, when that break occurs, for whatever reason, something happens in the brain of that individual... Or, maybe, something had already been wrong, but had never been triggered...
If you dare, enter into the life of Jeremy...
Jeremy worked in construction. In fact, an accident occurred the day he met Macy and Macy could have been seriously hurt but there was an attraction between them that soon turned into a relationship and, later, marriage.
Jeremy had been mostly a loner although he enjoyed his job. Still, Friday meant that he could look forward to going home and not having to be around people. But, now they were married and Macy wanted a home. They had been living in a small apartment and it had been hard for Jeremy to adjust to how close it was when all three, including Macy's daughter, were all home. Jeremy cared for both of them deeply, but when Macy wanted to buy a home, even though it was not what Jeremy really wanted, he had agreed. Once there, he realized that having more space was much better, but...
Jeremy began having dreams...
And then one day, he turned to see who was talking to him, but nobody was there. He knew he was awake, but he knew he had heard somebody... That wasn't the last time and soon he started answering back...
What IS that breaking point that triggers aggressive actions towards others. I admit I was fascinated to read One Voice Too Many, meeting Jeremy and watching as his psychosis was affected as his home life changed and he felt he was losing control of his life, until he began to change enough that his closest family members began to see what was happening and became afraid. Could individuals who show early symptoms have been helped if his psychological issues had been detected during his childhood? Were they even apparent to his parents? Midden doesn't take readers into that period of Jeremy's life, but meeting Jeremy in Midden's novel allows readers to begin to understand how some individuals turn to criminal activities, including those against people.
This book won't be for everyone. If you are not intrigued by the psychological makeup of criminals, this one isn't for you. You've been warned...
True crime enthusiasts, those who love psychological drama (like Criminal Minds, for instance), practitioners, are those who will find learning more about Jeremy's progression to his break from reality very informative. But stops short so that readers do not really see a significant amount of his aggression. Midden spends enough time sharing Jeremy thoughts and changes, while he leaves the conclusion open-ended. If it were a routine thriller, I might think that it was a setup for another novel...This time, I'm not sure...Will Jeremy ever be well again? This novel is extremely thought-provoking and a potential intimate look into a "criminal mind" as it develops and ultimately snaps into actions. Highly recommended for those who seek to learn, to explore the fascination with criminal activities and why.... What happens and what might be behind the actions of those we see on television, having just killed another individual? Is it learned behavior or definitely mental health? No answers are provided, but Dr. Madden has certainly helped us in seeing the background and evolution...
You decide whether you want to meet Jeremy. I was...and I'd even like to know what happened to fictional Jeremy...
When I first started to read this novel, I got the feeling of a routine "Mike Hammer" PI investigation. But I was wrong--not because David Lloyd did n...moreWhen I first started to read this novel, I got the feeling of a routine "Mike Hammer" PI investigation. But I was wrong--not because David Lloyd did not have the looks and "smart-ass" personality of Mike as he followed the same investigative procedures, which, for David, had been first learned in his police career. No, it was all of the involved characters and what was revealed through that investigation. I'll just say that potential readers might think Law and Order, Special Victims to get a better feel for what Lloyd found himself involved with!
I enjoyed meeting main character David Lloyd. He was already established as a PI when the book opens, but readers will see much about what he had gone through while he was a cop--especially that he was seriously hurt as a result of a "deliberate and vicious" beating that David and many others who knew what had happened, felt had been done by a group of fellow police officers...supposedly because he was gay. But when you later meet the officer in question, you just know that he was a bully when he was young and remained a bully now! Let's face it, somebody who likes to control others will use any reason to force victims to submit to their power...
David was not only left with physical limitations that had prevented his continued police career, he had been permanently changed by what had happened... And that's what made him the perfect PI to handle this investigation, although readers will have to realize that along the way...LOL
Marjory Barrowman became his client, coming to him to seek assistance in trying to find her daughter, Stella, 23, who had been missing for about two months. They had filed a police report, but Stella had been in and out of trouble quite often and had left town before without letting them know. But Marjory felt this time was different--she had never been away this long and, frankly, they had normally been called in the past to get her out of jail or some other type of trouble. Marjory just had to find out if she was alive, or have her brought back home if she wasn't.
Neither her husband nor son really supported her hiring a private investigator. This had been happening so often and they knew she was an addict and sometime prostitute in order to feed her addiction. This time was really no different...
Stella was a dancer, was very good, and had been in a small company where she had made some friends... She had been in rehab before, had been seen by a counselor and had become close to an art therapist.
From a professional standpoint, David realized that this could be a lengthy and profitable case. There were a number of options--tracking down potential individuals she had met on the streets, or from her drug connections, but also through her dance activities and rehab experience.
For David personally, however, he soon became almost obsessive in trying to find this beautiful young girl. Because what he was finding was that nearly all of the people he talked to, including her father and brother, seemed to be lying. Soon, he wasn't even sure about her mother... What he was discovering also brought back his own loss of career because of violence and made him really begin to look hard at his 5-year relationship that was being kept secret...
He was tired of lies and secrets!
And he wasn't going to stop until he resolved his personal life and this case!
But he was getting too close and attempts were made on his life. Then, a street friend of Stella's started sharing, only to be beaten so badly over her entire body that it was amazing she lived--and surely had been left because it was assumed she would not!
The chase is hot and heavy and becomes more and more dangerous as each contact begins to shed more and more light on what happened to Stella. Was she suffering from mental health issues as the doctors stated and which was supported by her family, or was there something that happened to her that caused her personality change. David intended to find out, for he knew what happened to individuals who had been abused--they were changed for life, going in one way or the other! Was Stella still alive?!
The suspense is sustained throughout, now knowing just who and how many were involved! At the same time, the personal lives of each character draws readers to either love or hate them! David's romance is a supporting sub-plot that brings a breath of tenderness amidst much abuse. I believe the more we spotlight the sexual abuse, including harassment, any of us can and have faced, the more people will become aware of how badly this corruption can damage involved individuals. Liz Strange has done an excellent job in delving into the reality of today's world! I loved this one and hope David Lloyd investigations comes back to us soon!
"With less than five days left in the expiring millennium, the patrons of Evangeline's were in the mood to celebrate. They were at the precipice. The p...more"With less than five days left in the expiring millennium, the patrons of Evangeline's were in the mood to celebrate. They were at the precipice. The promise of a new age was littered with the apprehension of the unknown where the religious zealots were having a field day. Vague predictions combined with a feeling of ambivalence by those who feared the future and the change it could bring set the stage for an undertone of repressed hysteria. On a more legitimate scale, computer experts worldwide warned of a systematic shutdown at the stroke of midnight..Still, most of the population didn't take any of these premonitions too seriously. For them, this was going to be the party of a lifetime..."
T. Rafael Cimino
What were you involved with when the year was 1999 and 2000 was just around the corner? I was one of those individuals who were caught up in preparing computer systems for the predicted "crash" that never happened! Surprise! For the characters in Table 21, there was the normal concern of small businesses, but for Roman Sabarese, in particular, a lot more was being planned before the end of the year...
Sabarese, the owner of Evangeline's, the hottest restaurant in Tribeca, is also, according to a regional computer site for mob bosses, now head of a criminal enterprise, covering three states, that was formerly run by his father. That mob kingpin had been indicted and was now in prison. But, in reality, even before his father had been put in prison, Roman Sabarese had willingly taken over Evangeline's and had little to do with anything his father was involved with. Secrets of his past haunted him, while secrets in the present were forcing him to take actions faster than planned.
Because Zoe Greene, a TV and movie star had come to visit Evangeline's and disappeared. She had sat at Table 21 with Roman, but apparently had not been seen since! Zoe was part of the restaurant family since she had worked there to make her way through college, so her mother contacted Roman right away when she never came home. But did that mean that Roman should order his own staff to search for her? Especially when Bones, who had just gotten out of prison, was one of the men searching? With many suspects later turning up dead?
But everything they had tried had not worked in picking up the trail to find Zoe...
Official eyes were on Roman, not only as the owner of the restaurant where she had been last seen, but because recent scandal newspapers had linked Zoe and Roman, with a picture of the two talking at Table 21 on that day she had disappeared...
Strangely enough in this tale of the mob, it is a member of the police force that Roman finally goes to, officially reporting her disappearance and asking for help. That had caught the whole force off guard, for surely a member of the mob family had never willingly visited their building! Captain Stan Fitzgerald had known Roman for many years. While fighting cancer and heading up his unit took up most of his time, he chose to personally go back out on the streets to respond to Roman's request for help. Which immediately got the Internal Affairs in to investigate what the mob boss had wanted...
Cimino takes readers into the personal life of the heir apparent of a mob leader... Was he in too deep to ask for police help? Or was he simply a local business owner naturally expecting help when someone has apparently disappeared? Can you ever escape your past? This totally unexpected drama grabs you and holds you until the end! For those who enjoy crime novels, You'll also get a large measure of "heart" softening the incidents of crime. This is unique in sharing both sides--both the police perspective and the life within a criminal organization. I had mixed feelings for the ending, since it was somewhat disappointing, but still it proved to be quite satisfactory given the overall story...Highly recommended!
Book Received Via Akula Media Group
"Roman Sabarest walked the busy sidewalk towards the precinct house. Every fifth or sixth pedestrian turned back to look at him as though this was Hollywood and he were an A-lister himself. His profile had been featured on the front page of The Observer and every other underground newspaper that specialized in celebrity gossip. His image had also maintained a permanent place within the masthead of the popular mafia website, Mob-boss.com. If Roman was anything in the city, he was now one of its most mysterious celebrities..."
For those of you who read Pandora's Succession and, like me, would be prepared for a similar, new thriller...
You're in for a real surprise...and a treat...once you adjust to the story line. I admit that at first, as I started to read about "sexual doms" I didn't know what was coming, but soon I started to smile, laugh, and imagine just how an idea like this could be born--our world thrives on such things after all!
For Eddie Barrow wanted to become a published author. His first novel had been sent out and rejected so far, but he was still optimistic, even though his family had never supported his chosen profession, other than one aunt, and had never even asked to read any part of his manuscript. Eddie had left home because of the constant turmoil and lived with his best friend. However, Corey was going through a major depression because he had tried out for a Canadian idol contest and had been judged and publicized across the world as the world's "worst"... (You can see how readers are quickly smiling and feeling sympathy for the characters!)
Behind on the rent, Eddie first loses his girl and his job. And Corey hasn't been able to pay for his share of rent for months. After having dinner at home and getting even more negative feedback, he had left swearing he'd never returned. Perhaps if none of Eddie's financial troubles had happened, Corey's girlfriend, Jordyn, wouldn't have introduced an idea to him. In doing so, she identified herself as a fem dom, while quickly explaining that there was no sex involved in the activities. She suggested that Eddie act as a dom and, perhaps with a little whipping and smacking around, his client would be pleased and he would be paid big bucks.
Eddie was extremely hesitant, but finally agreed to meet with a woman who was supposedly a CEO of a major corporation. But, their plan was to have the press be notified, break it up--and, of course, Eddie would gain lots of notoriety as a "sex scandal" broke! Reluctantly, Eddie agreed...
I had to share all of this because the circumstances was just too good, not to pull me in. By this point, I was hooked and hoping Eddie could get through this without too much pressure.
But before he left that hotel room, his "client" had been murdered...
Eddie and Corey quickly decided they had to turn themselves into the police and explain what had happened. That is, until Eddie saw all of them already on the news...
Eddie, Corey and Jordyn wind up on the run... Though the chase is hot and heavy, Eddie knows that if they don't try to solve the case, and gain sufficient evidence, they will never be free...but the twists and turns seem to be ending, only to start over!
Russell Brooks has given us another great ride--thrills galore, but this time, with a very sympathetic wannabe novelist as the main character, together with two close friends who support him throughout. Loved the characters, the concept, and the thrills of this Chill Run! Highly recommended!
I have not been so affected by a romantic drama since Love Story back in the '70s! And Come Back To Me hit me even more. It is powerful in story, beau...moreI have not been so affected by a romantic drama since Love Story back in the '70s! And Come Back To Me hit me even more. It is powerful in story, beautiful in its reality and, simply unforgettable. Even though the ending was not what I expected or wanted...
In my opinion, this is Melissa Foster's finest--and her previous books were wonderful! But Come Back To Me places us right into our own lives, a situation that could be true for you or me or someone you know. It tells of a love that all of us dream of having, and forces us to face the reality of living, no matter what comes. The situation explodes for many who have loved ones involved in positions that take them to dangerous places and the characters are richly and fully created so that we claim them as our own friends and family and we feel the pain, suffering and potential loss faced by the ones who are separated and left behind.
Meet Tess and Beau Johnson. Beau is a photographer and travels around the world for his job. His latest assignment is for Mr. Fulan from Wartime magazine to document the changes in Iraqi family life since the inception of the war. Given the job, Tess and Beau had both felt that Beau's photos would be accepted and would lead to international exposure, something Beau craved and needed for his career.
Tess loved and supported Beau's desire to wait five years before they began a family. But with Beau on his assignment, Tess learns that she is pregnant. What will Beau say?
But that became a secondary concern when they hear that the small plane that had been used for the project had crashed and burned. All were assumed dead.
But Tess could not and would not accept that.
Indeed Beau had been blown far away from the crash site and had fortunately been found by two women and children who were hiding in the desert, waiting to have help in escaping the country. Suha was a doctor but her life was in danger, since the medical staff would treat anybody, no matter what race--many doctors had already been killed! Samira and her children were escaping from the abuse of her husband.
The book moves back and forth between the lives of the two lovers--Tess refusing to accept Beau is dead even fighting with his parents, refusing to have a memorial service. Beau is unconscious for much of the time, but once he awakes, he immediately becomes involved in their escape, while learning of the conditions of their lives...
For the lovers, Samira begins to look in favor at Beau and he is aware of her, even while dreaming only of getting back to Tess. But Tess has been told by everybody that Beau is dead so that when she meets a new man, she slowly, almost unwillingly accepts him into her life...
Though distressing and agonizing in detail, this poignant love story is surpassed only by its surprise ending. 'Nuf said...
Romance novel fans--you can't possibly miss this must-read! For those who don't normally read romance, like me, well, I can only tell you, both men and women, that you will miss something if you don't take the chance and genre hop for Come Back To Me... Oh, and have plenty of kleenex handy when you start reading...
"Why would Mitchell send white roses when he knew...? A picture of Gran in her coffin flashed before her eyes. For a moment she doubted herself. Hadn'...more"Why would Mitchell send white roses when he knew...? A picture of Gran in her coffin flashed before her eyes. For a moment she doubted herself. Hadn't she mentioned...? She had. Ashleigh had specifically told him that white roses reminded her of death."
Whew! The Prequel to the Webs of Power series is fantastic! If you haven't read Quinn yet, I encourage you to start with this prequel before moving on to Webs of Power and Twisted Webs (Check out my earlier reviews). It is, of course, a great stand alone novel, but also does provide an earlier look at several of the main characters that brings each even more alive to readers.
Ashleigh McDowell, our main female character, had been engaged before. She had loved Dan dearly and before he died, Ashleigh had promised to look after her sister Danielle Norman. Now years later, Danielle was working as a buyer for Bentleys Royale, while Ashleigh was the leader in the human resources area and had done much to ensure personnel issues were routinely and quietly handled. She was well respected by all, even though none of them really knew her secret connection to Bentleys Royale.
Now, Danielle has disappeared and there were signs that she may have been attacked and taken from Bentleys...
But there are also signs of major financial tampering in her sales area--was she responsible for the thefts or had she discovered what somebody else had done and been taken because of that knowledge?
Fighting against Danielle's supervisor who immediately wanted her fired and replaced, Ashleigh realized that they needed to find Danielle to really prove her innocence. But she was met with resistance from everybody, including Mitchell, her fiancee, who was just too selfish to have time taken away from him, even for Ashleigh to help a close friend.
As the investigation continued however, Mitchell became involved personally when one of his investments, Medley Originals, was named as one of the vendors who apparently was involved in the embezzlement.
"Ashleigh fingered through the Medley Originals sweaters, which were displayed in new Lucite bins, and looked up when the associate returned from the dressing room, her dark eyes filled with enthusiasm. She pointed to her special twenty-four-karat, gold-plated associates' badge with two sparkling diamond chips, which identified Angela as a member of the honorary Hundred-Thousand-Dollar-Cl;ub. Though inflation had more than doubled the average sale over the past two decades, for the sake of morale, the sales requirement for the honorary club had not been raised..."
Amid the constant daily business life of the struggling but highly recognized Bentleys Royale, readers see the beginnings of corporate takeovers, merging, and loss of autonomy by the leaders of individual stores. One man, in fact, Conrad Taylor, had already been brought in and was overseeing activities at Bentleys. But he also one night met Ashleigh outside the home of Danielle Norman, both there to try to find some reason, some understanding of what Danielle has gotten herself into. Ashleigh finds herself attracted to him, even as she becomes more sure that she cannot marry Mitchell Wainwright. What she can't understand is why Conrad is personally involved and, even more, why he has access to Danielle's home...
However, when Ashleigh becomes the target of death attempts, she is glad Conrad has her back!
Webs of Fate is the best of Quinn's books, in my opinion, providing an outstanding drama and excellent murder mystery. The fact that it also provides a solid background to this series is a bonus. Having read the entire series, knowing that each are powerful novels, I choose this as my favorite just because I enjoy the whodunit aspect wherever I find it! For corporate power actiion and suspense, the entire series must be applauded. It is clear that the author has a solid background in the world of department store management. This latest novel shows her expanding beyond her, perhaps, comfort zone into the mystery/suspense genre. Certainly a success! Highly recommended...
A Different Kind of Book Review: Guest Reviewer: Owen - A Cat Lover Special!
Easton gave me a practiced celebrity-greeting the-little-people smile. Unp...moreA Different Kind of Book Review: Guest Reviewer: Owen - A Cat Lover Special!
Easton gave me a practiced celebrity-greeting the-little-people smile. Unpack one of those computers just for him? When pigs fly, I thought. Unfortunately, it wasn't a pig that suddenly launched itself onto the conductor's head. It was a cat. My cat. Owen. For a moment Owen perched on top of Easton's head, tail twitching, like some sort of kitty Davy Crockett hat. Before any of us could move, he leaped over to the top of one of the bookshelves, shook himself and gave us a wide-eyed stare. What was he doing at the library? How the heck had he gotten into my bag without my noticing? ~~~
Curiosity Thrilled The Cat
A Magical Cats Mystery First in Series "Something Whiskered This Way Comes..."
By Sofie Kelly
Hello! My name is Owen and I'm one of the two main characters in this book! I'm the one that...disappears...
Actually, I think I was asked to tell the story about the murder because I set up the storyline, sort of... You see, I jumped and appeared on the head of Gregor Easton. No, it wasn't a head statue, it was the real guy, who just happened to be criticizing my Mom at the time! I had to do something, didn't I?
Mom had been hired to become the head librarian and oversee a major renovation to The Mayville Heights Free Public Library. It was almost done but the contractor seemed to be taking sooooo long. And that had caused Gregor Easton, a well-known composer and conductor who was guest artist for the Wild Rose Summer Music Festival, to be frustrated because no internet access, as promised in the new brochure, was yet available!
Although things became calm and Easton finally left, Mom was concerned enough to get up early the next day and go to find an independent contractor, Oren, to ask for his help in getting the computer tables put together and try to move the renovation along while the main contractor handled the power. She knew Oren worked mornings at the Stratton Theatre. But she couldn't find Oren right away and started looking. She found, instead, Gregor Easton...He was dead!
Worse, a note was later found that indicated that Mom had invited Gregor to meet her at the Library, where the police found other clues that revealed that he had probably been killed there!
Mom was in bigggg trouble, so Herc and I knew we had to help. We took turns guarding Mom because she decided she was going to try to find out what was really going on since she knew she was a suspect! But while we were doing it, Mom caught on to our secrets big-time! We were busted! But Hercules was to blame! Let her tell you...
"My knees started to shake. I sat down. Hard. Hercules had vanished. He hadn't darted past me. He hadn't run around the corner. He'd walked through a solid wooden door just as if it wasn't there. I could see it again in my head without closing my eyes. He'd vanished through that door and it was almost as though there was a faint pop as the end of his tail disappeared..." Hercules," I called. "C'mon, puss. Where are you?" There was silence and then a faint "Meow" from the other side of the closed door. He was in there. Somehow he was in there. I grabbed the doorknob. Locked. I twisted the knob in frustration. Of course it was locked. The room was part of a murder investigation..."
You all will see that both Herc and I found many clues--even though Mom didn't realize what they meant right away. Then she began to put things together until, wow, a killer came after her! Well, needless to say, we were right there to save her life. While Herc went for help, I took a flying leap--well, let Mom tell you, I get mad just thinking about it!
"Owen appeared in midair, teeth bared, ears flattened against his head. He landed, yowling on [the killer's] head and dug in his claws..." Mom took over once she was able and then help was coming!
I have to tell you, folks, that this was really a very complicated case. The police were trying, and we were gathering clues, but it was Mom who, after her own life had been saved, finally put together who had killed Easton. A truly great whodunit for all you readers!
Oh, Mom thinks that you might want to know a little more about me and Herc. Well, Mom came to visit an old abandoned mansion near to her new home when we were just kits. We recognized her love as soon as we saw her and followed her home! But she didn't know we could do tricks...and, frankly, I'll bet she wonders sometime if we are ghost cats, since that old mansion is supposed to be haunted...
I just know we'll be back at BRH in the future, cause the owner here loves cats too and even collects cat mystery books! How Cool is That! She said to add that this book is highly recommended as a great whodunit, especially for all of you who love cats too!
Meow! Thanks for Inviting Me! Owen
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I don't know what I expected when I agreed to read and revie...moreThe Haunting of Andrew Sharpai
By Jerome Peterson
Eloquent Books ISBN: 9781608607976 300 Pages
I don't know what I expected when I agreed to read and review The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai by Jerome Peterson. Perhaps a ghost of someone who had died? Well, She was there. Or perhaps Andrew had gotten into bad company, had opened himself up to evil in some way? If he had, it was based upon love, not bad choices!
Seriously, this book is unique and weirdly fascinating! Have I mentioned in the past I like unique?!
Andrew Sharpai is a cook; he probably could be a top chef if it wasn't for his drinking habit. And, no, in case you are wondering, he is not haunted by pink elephant hallucinations!
Andrew had just completed his shift and was just tired enough that he didn't even removed his cook's clothes, but went to a bar with food stains and all. There he first saw LaRae DuFont, a famous dancer who immediately caught his attention because of her beauty. He caught her attention, because, as she said, it was refreshing to see somebody not afraid to be out in public, looking like his working self, no matter how bad that might be. They fell deeply in love and planned to marry.
A drunken driver killed LaRae before the wedding took place.
Andrew was devastated, left town and began to drink even more. And then he met a witch. Her name was Iris. Her lovely face had been scarred in several places by her Ex.
Iris was a Wiccan witch and was actively involved in her religion. Her daughter was named Lily and Andrew was drawn to these two "flower girls" But after they became involved, Andrew was attacked by something that he could not see... As he talked to Iris, he learned that her Ex was a follower of Satan and that he had come back and wanted to get back together with Iris and Lily. Iris placed a protection spell around them, and even decided to relocate, talking Andrew into going with her. She also admitted that she had formerly been of her husband's religion and he now wanted his daughter to be the same.
Andrew was interested in the paranormal and spirituality but had never been actually involved with any religion; however, LaRae had once told him the story of when Mary Magdalene had gone to the grave of Jesus, hoping to be near him, and had found him gone. LaRae had wanted Andrew to know that "not everything is as it seems." Now, LaRae came to him in dreams to remind him of the story. But other things came to him in his dreams also. As the dreams also came to Lily and to Iris. The evil spell that had been cast on them by Devon was strong. Finally, Iris admitted that it was too strong for her to defend against!
Peterson does an excellent coverage of Wicca and Iris is a beautifully created example of her religious activities. In fact, all three main characters are those with whom you immediately feel comfortable and want them to succeed in their efforts. Lily is an enchanting child, looking for love, sometimes from the wrong person, but quick to see Andrew as a friend. While the other human characters are also wonderful, I have to say that the three animal characters, Elijah Corbeau, Philip and Esther, stole many of the scenes for me, especially Elijah Corbeau! In fact, in my opinion, you've just got to meet `em!
Needless to say, I highly recommend Jerome Peterson's The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai! If you are a Dean Koontz fan, you just might find, like I did, a basic similarity especially with his earlier books in Peterson's novel. Be prepared for anything and you'll find it here!
Note to the Reader: The idea for the story told in Act of Deceit arose out of a number of events...
Act of Deceit
By Steven Gore
Steven Gore hit on so ma...moreNote to the Reader: The idea for the story told in Act of Deceit arose out of a number of events...
Act of Deceit
By Steven Gore
Steven Gore hit on so many of the issues that are facing the world today in Act of Deceit. Then I found that he had personal knowledge of everything he had covered, based upon his own career.For many reasons, his Note to the Reader held even more drama than the novel itself...
As I started reading and getting into the novel, I began to wonder just who and what this Harlan Donnally was. By the time I got to the end of the book, he was my...Hero...
ACT OF DECEIT Out September 1st! The former detective swore he'd never play anyone's postman. But a dying friend's plea takes Donnally bearing a letter alive with tragedy toward a sister long dead—the victim of the bizarre criminality of a counter culture that had lost its way. Stunned to learn that her killer was never prosecuted, Donnally soon finds himself in battle against a broken justice system and on a trail of evil into a dangerous borderland in which the falsely pious and the wealthy abuse the young and the poor. And though each step takes him farther down a perilous path that wrenches him between his inner demons and his mission to redeem a brother's love, he won't stop until he knows the truth. For Donnally made a promise to a dead man, and he'll keep it—or die trying. (Back Blurb)
Now here was the issue...Donnally's friend dies, sharing a deathbed secret. He's asked him to deliver a message to his long-estranged sister, who would receive his inheritance...
When he looks for her, the woman is dead, murdered.
Now, let's face it...most people would stop right there. There are no living relatives now...too bad...
But not this new Hero of mine...He starts looking for who murdered his friend's sister... He discovers that the individual who was accused has become lost "in the system" for more than 20 years! Perfect example for my coined phrase "Mindless Bureaucracy."
Even worse, the man, who has been shoved around all his life related to psychiatric issues, is probably not guilty...
Does my hero stop there?
Nooooooo...and what a mess he got into thereafter! Donnally follows a trail to find the accused murderer and gets him into the hospital, working to get him on the proper medication...
Piecing his story together takes Donnally into drug country, a commune where some members were known to be hiding from the law... and then, finally, into the life of a corrupt psychiatrist, child abuse and sex trafficking!
"It's less running than hiding." Melvin (a priest that was formerly abused by a priest) said. "I didn't realize until after we talked in Vancouver that prayer is a phenomenal form of repression, and I've spent the last decade praying like my sanity depended on it, which it did. I didn't understand until now why so many priests become alcoholics. It's prayer in a bottle..."
Not only does my hero identify everybody involved...but...
Well, let's just say that you'll love the irony of the surprise ending!
Wow! I loved this one! Can't wait for the next Harlan Donnally Novel! If you finding novels that deal with today's main issues, spotlighting corruption where it is found, whether in government, the church, or corporations, then you'll discover, like I did, a new must-read author, Steven Gore!
Bibb County Courthouse ~~~ Little did Robin Yette know that taking on the red-haired stranger as a client would lead to his first visit to Macon, Ga......moreBibb County Courthouse ~~~ Little did Robin Yette know that taking on the red-haired stranger as a client would lead to his first visit to Macon, Ga... One minute he is arguing for the release of his client and the next minute he is being escorted into a car by federal marshals... One moment a free fire-breating lawyer out to protect the rights of the innocent, the next unable to go to the bathroom without permission... Judge Owes commenced the hearing by asking Robin Yette if an audiotape diary existed... Judge Owes ordered Robin Yette to turn over the tape for inspection. Yette responded by objecting... Judge Owes would hear none of it...
By Harold Michael Harvey
OMG, I just finished a great cliffhanger! I hate cliffhangers...
But you know what? After the chills had left my body, I realized that even if Harold Michael Harvey does not write a followup novel, that I didn't mind...not knowing the final whodunit! The entire story was so satisfying that I could accept not knowing the final outcome. Readers are able to surmise that good indeed won over evil!
I want to early point out that, at least with the kindle edition, there are many problems with spacing and format of the book and there were editorial issues that should have been attended to. However, this fanatic proofreader had little trouble skirting them, just because the storyline was so compelling. The suspense is ongoing and seemingly unending until the climatic last page, so I must recommend that readers forego criticism of the editing and just sink into the story. You won't be sorry!
Beginning in 1985 and historically looking back to the 40s, we take a close look at Macon Georgia. My guess is that it was a typical southern town, although it did have a fortunate turn during the war in that the town had little damage done and most of the beautiful homes were still standing. In fact, only one mansion had been hit by a cannonball and had gained notoriety from that...I highlight this only to illustrate that the historical background against which this story is set is an important part of the book.
After all, the war had affected the south more than any other part of America and the people who lived there had been permanently affected by the laws that occurred thereafter.
Oh yes, the laws had changed, but by the time of this story, the real world of the south had changed little...racial issues and tension are very much a part of this story, but it is, for me, more a tale of good and evil. Evil does not recognize race, it uses anybody who is willing to succumb to the mightiest temptation of all...Power... African Americans had no power. That was tradition. They were there to serve but mostly they were there not to be seen, except, of course, when the white master of the plantations desired to use the women for their own pleasures...
Clay Moore, who now was managing editor of the Macon Tribune and Journal, was having nightmares. Worse, he would wake in the mornings and find bits of news clippings scattered across his bed. He was so upset that he broke off his relationship with his lover because he couldn't trust what was happening. But even after she returned her key, the clippings continued to appear each morning. He was rattled, not just because these pieces of paper were appearing, but because they were pieces of his own work--articles that he had written years ago about murders that had occurred but that had never been formally resolved.
Clay was a good man, a solid journalist and with his past being literally thrown in front of him nightly, he began to reconsider all that had occurred. One thing he knew was that much of what he had written about had never been published--those in power had prevented it. But now things were happening, bits and pieces were starting to unravel and now Clay was the one they were looking toward for information!
Clay had seen the Federal Judge, who had sent the Marshals after him and dragged him into court, in action before. He remembered that the same Judge had kidnapped the lawyer of the accused man and forced him to ignore lawyer-client privilege. How? He had arrested both the lawyer and his wife! Now this judge was after Clay...
But there was another journalist who was also watching the story and seeking the truth. If I followed his lineage correctly, he was a descendant of Obadiah Royal who ironically had killed a former owner of the Macon Tribune and Journal during the Civil War. Now, Jimmy Royal, editor of The Voice, a weekly Black newspaper, who had been turned down for a position at the MTJ, was in a position to publish what Clay had never been able to! He started by writing about Clay Moore's arrest!
There are enough clues along the way for mystery lovers to begin to piece together and start responding to the possibilities of what actually happened. Harvey throws many of them right at us, while others are hidden just as much as how those pieces of paper were being left for Clay! Just how did this paper puzzle fit together?
Other reviewers may dwell on the racial issues in Harvey's book. They are indeed powerfully presented and reflect problems that, for many, still exist in today's world! This information is an important historical complement to the book. However, for me, the power of the courts, of our judges, was newly presented and revealing... and, I must admit, that was what left me wondering... Just as I know there are still many racially tense issues to be addressed today, are there also still those power-hungered court officials alive and quietly living and ruling people's lives?
For many reasons, this book is a must-read! It is a wonderfully suspenseful novel that stands strong in the mystery genre. I look forward to seeing more of Harvey's work for this reason alone! For the social issues he raises, they are unnerving. I hope Jimmy Royal and Clay Moore reveal more in the future! It's way past time for the truth to rule!