The war in this story is in the early stages of WWII. Louise is working as an office clerk in Washington D.C. Her longtime friend from college, RachelThe war in this story is in the early stages of WWII. Louise is working as an office clerk in Washington D.C. Her longtime friend from college, Rachel, is a Jewish girl living in Vichy, France and Louise must find a way to help her escape before the city is occupied by Germans. I learned new things about this period of time with Sarah Shaber' s excellent historical references. The mystery unfolds when Louise's boss "dies" unexpectedly and a file about Rachel's husband goes missing. Louise becomes involved in some daring escapades when looking for the file, the key to helping her friend. While at a high-class party, Louise smells something strange ... a reference to "reefer madness." And one time she ends up in a compromising situation with a French man. Scandalous for the times! An interesting fact I learned was about Clark Gable and his promotion of war bonds. ...more
Patterson’s book published in 2005 is the third book in the Women’s Murder Club series. I personally haven’t read the first two books in the series, bPatterson’s book published in 2005 is the third book in the Women’s Murder Club series. I personally haven’t read the first two books in the series, but that didn’t seem to interfere with understanding the backstory. Lt. Lindsay Boxer, who works for the San Francisco police department, is working on a case where the criminals seem to be trying to save the world … as crazy as that sounds. In efforts to cure economic apartheid a group of terrorists are killing prominent leaders from businesses or organizations that are supposedly taking advantage of the poor. I learned that Lindsay and her circle of friends, a.k.a. the “women’s murder club” work together on cases in this series. One friend is a news reporter, one works as a crime scene investigator, and one is a prosecuting attorney. I won’t spoil the story for those who may want to read the book, but as a teaser Patterson himself marketed this book by saying one of these characters will die. Oh no! There is also a romantic twist in Patterson’s thriller, another reason you may want to pick this one up. While I was reading this book, I happened to hear about Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and his profit-minded drug increases. Immediately I thought of how Shkreli would be a perfect candidate for the killers’ hit list in 3rd Degree. ...more
Three Stations, set in Moscow, is the scene of a series of crimes and Detective Renko cleverly solves these mysteries by linking the clues. Dead prostThree Stations, set in Moscow, is the scene of a series of crimes and Detective Renko cleverly solves these mysteries by linking the clues. Dead prostitutes found in ballet positions, a stolen baby, a drug running scheme ... never a dull moment! I enjoyed putting the pieces together and stayed with the story mainly in hopes that Maya and her baby would be reunited. I also found out that this is a follow-up from previous novels, beginning with the well known, Gorky Park. ...more
Troy Chance is a smart, brave character that I promise you will love. As the story is told from her perspective, it is easy to become Troy and understTroy Chance is a smart, brave character that I promise you will love. As the story is told from her perspective, it is easy to become Troy and understand the urgency she feels when she rescues a young boy from drowning and keeps the rescue secret to protect him. If you follow the sense of urgency, you will realize this potential drowning was not accidental. I was totally absorbed in the mystery of Paul (rescued boy)and Troy's personal life as well. As she attempts to reconcile Paul with his parents, assuming they weren't responsible for his "accident," Troy has to analyze everything and everyone to make the best judgements for not only the child's safety, but her own as well. There is a bit of romance along the way, and a shocking twist wraps things up, although I hear there is a sequel planned! ...more
Amy disappears on her 5th wedding anniversary and Nick, her husband, is the prime suspect. The story is told in alternating points of view, and at firAmy disappears on her 5th wedding anniversary and Nick, her husband, is the prime suspect. The story is told in alternating points of view, and at first I was totally ready to convict Nick. Amy had me on her side with the diary and once Nick's infidelity was exposed, I even felt inclined to cheer her payback plan on. Then things got really twisted and I began to see Amy for the true psychopath that she was and it was terrifying. I sincerely doubt Nick will ever be able to go through life, while married to her, without second guessing a word she says. To think that their future involves raising a child together is ludicrous!
This book is addictive and will keep you up late reading … wondering how anyone could be so manipulative and diabolical. Amy's mind must be constantly turning and thinking ahead … even years ahead to plan some of the things she did....more