After the death of his brother-in-law Mike, Patrick and his whole family is trying hard to come to terms with his absence and helping is lovely sister...moreAfter the death of his brother-in-law Mike, Patrick and his whole family is trying hard to come to terms with his absence and helping is lovely sister Kat to cope. In way of helping, each of the Sullivan brothers, takes Kat;s twins out and when it is Pat’s turn, the twins urge to be taken to the amusement park. The twins won’t come back though without seeing the play, and that’s where Pat for the first time sees Charlie (the ruthless C.J.Demarco) who is filling for her twin, Emily. Little does he know that this gorgeous women, with whom he is slowly falling in love, is the one whom he will have to battle in the courtrooms. Charlie on the other hand because of her families financial woes (which is due to her mistakes) is stuck with the law firm which represents some bad people. She is attracted to Patrick, but her line of work makes them more enemies than lovers. When Patrick is made the Captain for hunting down the Garbage Can Murderer, who brutally kills prostitutes and then dumps there bodies in the trash-cans, little does he know that his love and trust in Charlie will be put to the ultimate test.
Before starting this book, I had no idea this was 4th book in the Men in Uniform; The Sullivan Boys series. This books works as a standalone, so you don’t have to worry about reading the books in order. You cannot help love Pat, the head-strong, good-looking Police Captain. I think another thing that makes Pat so appealing is his love for his family and there values, just love that. Charlie’s and Emily’s relationship is so lovely and nice. There are moments in the book (towards the end), that I really felt for Charlie, behind that strong facade is loving, vulnerable women, who loves simple things in life. I think the mystery is well done, but the ending is a bit predictable and I found that the love between C.J. and Pat looked a bit rushed too. But this is a quick with a nice ending, something I am in the mood for right now ( are you not also?). After reading this, I really want to check out other books in the series as well. And the final installemnt is also coming out very soon.(less)
Tiny Angel is the story of Macy, who has moved to a new town leaving behind her best friend and everything she knows. In this new place and in the new...moreTiny Angel is the story of Macy, who has moved to a new town leaving behind her best friend and everything she knows. In this new place and in the new school she is struggling to adjust and being bullied doesn’t help at all. When her guardian angel Jody appears, she has difficulty in beliving in the existence of her angel. Jody however teaches Macy the little things which will make her adjust, face her bullies, let go of what she has left and embrace the now and make new friends.
“Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight….Please send me a friend.”
What I really like about this book is that Jody is in no way doing magic and helping Macy, she is there as a support system, which Macy likes and dislikes all the time. A very sweet book aimed at 8- 12 year olds, which helps kids a lot. It talks about facing bullies, facing world with self-confidence and standing up for your values, which you should never be ashamed of. The characters are real, believable and lovable as well.
I think this one will be a great gift for the little girl you know and will help her a lot(less)
As far as I have read, generally detectives have to be good, they can be thick-headed, full of attitude, but never have I read of a detective having s...moreAs far as I have read, generally detectives have to be good, they can be thick-headed, full of attitude, but never have I read of a detective having sex addiction and that definitely warrants the presence of lot of sexual scenes and bad/foul language in this book. Hayden Glass is an LAPD detective who is on a forced medical leave following some real bad things he has done in the previous book, which only a few others know about. He is being treated for his sex – addiction and he is really working on it. He is even given it a name, Rufus (that really cracked me up).
But how can a person really fight an addiction like this?! He frequents porn-sites thinking that this was better than the real thing, and he won’t be addicted. He however falls when Rufus meets Cora, and that’s where his therapy goes into the bin. He starts regularly visiting Cora on the sites, then he starts meeting her up in real life in San Fransisco. He even starts taking money from people who owed him a favor to stay at SA for more days so that he can be with Cora.
But everything goes wrong, when suddenly one day Cora vanishes. And then when he finds her, Cora and he are violently attacked by a couple of Russian guys who rape Cora and take her away. What Hayden does not know earlier is that Cora would become the link between him and this huge network of sex slave trade.
I wish I had read Boulevard, the 1st in this series – just to know more about Hayden. There is obviously a scarred past that has made him the way he is. You know after the first few pages, there was no way I wanted to like Hayden, I mean this was supposed to be the good guy, the hero, right? But as much as I wanted to hate him, after a fourth of the novel was past me – in no time – I started liking him. He fights his obsession every minute of his life and that is something that speaks volumes about his character.
There is action everytime, there is no dull moment in this book- it sets a pace and keeps it moving. After I got over the graphic stuff, I was just glued to it. It is pretty evident that Stephen Jay Schwartz has done lot of research on LAPD, SAPD and FBI, more so on the sex slave trade. There is even a girl who is picked from Calcutta (India), so you can have an idea how wide spread this trade really would be.
This is a well written suspense thriller. You won’t be disappointed with this one.(less)
**spoiler alert** 2nd Christie book and 1st Poirot book ever, and I had this sitting on my stands since 1986 ( since I was a 3 year old). Can you beli...more**spoiler alert** 2nd Christie book and 1st Poirot book ever, and I had this sitting on my stands since 1986 ( since I was a 3 year old). Can you believe that? Absolutely, no joking. This copy of mine was signed by my Dad in 6/1986 and someone bought it for 23 Rs 80 Ps. Yo! No my Dad was not rich and I have bad feeling that this came from someone else and was never given back. He cannot remember how he got it, but he remembers giving it to his brother for reading, and that is where I got it from. So, I have no clue why I never read it. But now that I have, I am glad I finally did, it doesn’t matter it is after 24 years ), Hardly matters, doesn’t it? Meadowbank is the finest school in the whole of London, exotic – where Princess of different countries are sent and people at high places send there kids to be properly groomed. So it is hardly good for the reputation of the school, when a teacher (mistress) of the school is found dead in the Sports Pavilion (Gym). The first part of the book, gives us a sneak peek into Middle East, which is at the verge of a Revolution against the current King, because he is democratic and is not the blood-thirsty maniac his father was…
“While in England people who are picturesque and violent cause embarrassment and are not much liked, in the Middle East, Bob was fairly sure, it was different.”
Now, every King or Prince, people like that have reserves of fine jewels and here also jewels worth 3 and a half million go missing from the King’s possession. Where are these jewels?, are still in Ramat (the country’s name), or have they been shipped out by someone?
There is great characterization, you can definitely guess where the jewels are hidden. There was only two things that did not work out for me -
1) Entry of Poirot is in the very end after a school girl has already solved most of the mystery of course not the killer.
2) It was just the matter of Julia’s mom identifying the women whom she had seen on the 1st day of the term, I just did not get how they (as in the Police, CID guys etc) could not employ the same influence as Poirot in finding Julia’s Mom.
I was pleasantly surprised at Rich’s story as well, and I was thinking Julia could have made a wonderful amateur sleuth, if given a chance. This doesn’t mean I didnot enjoy it at all, I did. I was surprised at who the killer was. I for once was wrong entirely. This was an enjoyable read but not as good as the last one I read.(less)
This IS the YA book. It is for the young people and that’s what I like about it. It for you and me, who have no idea about judicial systems, the terms...moreThis IS the YA book. It is for the young people and that’s what I like about it. It for you and me, who have no idea about judicial systems, the terms used and the way the system out there works. All of this and more are explained really well by Theo Boone. Theo Boone is a 13-year old boy who knows law better than most Lawyers out there. His dad is a real-estate lawyer who seldom leaves his office and goes to courtrooms, his mother is a divorce lawyer, his uncle Ike is defamed lawyer, who know works on filing tax and such things and he is friends with Judge Gantry, who also is his role model. He is the kid lawyer, who gives free advice to his friends and others on legal issues. From saving a fellow students home, to saving the troublesome dog of a beautiful grader.. he has done it all and more. When a high-profile murder case where in the state accuses the victim to have been murdered by her own husband than by a robber, Theo has no idea that he will be actually in the middle of the drama.
Contrary to the many negative reviews I read, I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved Theo, he is your perfect kid, who listens to your parents and does everything they say. He wants to be a lawyer or a judge some day and loves spending time in the courtrooms rather than in his school. He knows all the lawyers, policemen and everyone in the court. My only qualm was that Theo was just too perfect – but I would love it if Aarya becomes a perfect kid like Theo, which I know is rarity. It really is predictable and I have feeling this is going to be a series. I think Theo will make a great detective/ Lawyer too.
I think this will make a perfect gift for kids in your family, there are no graphic content, it is a perfectly clean, enjoyable read.(less)
Cyd, Dana and Phil (shortened names) are life-long friends and believers in Christ. They have a bond that is strengthened by there deep love for each...moreCyd, Dana and Phil (shortened names) are life-long friends and believers in Christ. They have a bond that is strengthened by there deep love for each other and there unwavering faith in Christ. They pray together and goto the same church and keep no secrets from each other. Cyd, who is 40, is unmarried and is going to attend her younger sister’s marriage which is scheduled on her 40th birthday. She had thought, she would be settled and having a family by now, but her Mr. Right, has not yet come. She feels sad and questions God’ plan for herself. She would never fall for someone like Cedric, her sister’s brother-in-law, who is a Casanova=of-sorts, but can she ignore the attraction and her want for a true Christian man? Dana has a perfect family comprising of her husband Scott and 2 beautiful children. Scott and Dana are the perfect example of beautiful marriage that is strengthened by there love for God. But when Dana finds out about Scott’s infidelity, her life is shattered and her perfect life seems to have become a disaster. Will she be able to forgive Scott and hold on to her marriage? Phyl has a perfect marriage too. She and Hayes love each other and have wonderful kids, but Phyl is bothered by Hayes not sharing her love for God. She cannot even talk about faith without offending Hayes and has prayed relentlessly for Hayes to find God. When she meets a Christian man of her dreams, will she abandon Hayes for this new guy?
I have found that I love women fiction and that featuring friends is an absolute icing on the cake. Faithful started out great for me, I loved Cyd, Dana and Phyl, no doubt but somewhere in the middle I lost the interest in there stories. Let me tell you why. Cyd’s story is convincing, but Cedric’s is not. I can’t think how a guy who has lived a flamboyant, flirtatious lifestyle can change in one day after one bible study together? Dana and Scott are perfect… but Scott is unfaithful to Dana and one public owning up by Scott, and that’s it – Dana is working on forgiving him? I would say Phyl’s story started out a little unconvincing as she longs for Rod, the Christian man but I think the story of Hayes is the most real and interesting of them all. Why would not Phyl try to find out why Hayes was like that earlier, all this drama could have been avoided and why did she wait 6 years to talk to his mom? The ending was like any other book striving for “Happy-ever-after”, but I did love it, only the ending. However, I must say the bond shared by the 3 ladies, their families is beautiful. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the story is told in alternating voices of Cyd, Dana, Phyl and Cedric as well. It was beautifully written but not convincing enough. If you like Christian books and stories like these, I am sure you will enjoy it more than I did.
“You bet it does. Do you like detective stories? I do. I read them all and I’ve got autographs from Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie and Dickson Car...more“You bet it does. Do you like detective stories? I do. I read them all and I’ve got autographs from Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie and Dickson Carr and H. C. Bailey. Will the murder be in the papers?” -pg. 61
There is a body of a platinum blonde found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. With a host of weird and some nice character including the small Peter who made the quote above, this is a fascinating read. By the middle of the book, I was suspecting everyone of the characters and the end was quite a surprise. I loved it!(less)