This is book four in the Louise Pearlie series. (I only read book three before reading this one and I haven't been one bit lost.) Louise is a woman wh...moreThis is book four in the Louise Pearlie series. (I only read book three before reading this one and I haven't been one bit lost.) Louise is a woman who works for the OSS during WWII, in D.C. What's the OSS? I can't remember what exactly it stands for, but think of it as an early version of the NSA. Louise's official task: filing clerk, but what she really does is decipher and translate and record mysterious data and notes and whatnot from spies overseas and searches for spies here at home.
What I really enjoy about this series, besides a heroine who knows her own mind, sticks up for others, and is intensely independent, is the historical setting. Through her we see the housing situation/rules in D.C. during that time, learn of all the political tension and how one must watch what they say, and meet a variety of characters. In this one we meet a returning war vet missing his arm and though it's a small side story, find out why he's so angry and tired of being asked about his Purple Heart.
Side stories such as his really happened and make for thought-evoking reading.
Ms. Shaber even managed to put bits of the racial tension/situation in the States in this installment. I applaud the author for keeping Louise at the homefront. Her series shows that there was a LOT going on here too during the war.
And as usual, Louise's file clerk duties get set to the side when a higher up asks her for some discreet help. A little blunder lands her on the case of a murdered man. Was he murdered? Or was it an accident? But if he wasn't murdered, where is his wallet? And why was he being investigated by the OSS?
Page by page, secrets are revealed, but never enough to make me solve the case. I love it when I have no clue whodunnit or am proved wrong. I like a good surprise. The case/story is topped off with a very intense storm, more bloodshed, and a fearful night during which I wasn't sure the Louise was going to get out of the mess this time...
Lexi is back and better than ever. Having read all the previous four books (I still think book two was the best), I noticed that Lexi has more confide...moreLexi is back and better than ever. Having read all the previous four books (I still think book two was the best), I noticed that Lexi has more confidence and backbone in this, book five. She really knows how to stand up for herself this time around, as she finds herself a "prize" on a geek dating reality TV show. (She's actually undercover, trying to find a "cracker/hacker" who's manipulating the voting.)
"Apparently I'm not being very clear. As a result, I'll give you three options. No, no way, and hell no. Clear enough now?"
For those new to the series, Lexi is a computer whiz who once worked for the NSA and now works for a private company owned by her sorta boyfriend. She tracks down computer criminals. She has rather awkward social skills...
Moffett once again fills the story with fabulous humor, not only from Lexi quips but also with incidents as Lexi goes on "dates" with these geeks and has typical Lexi mishaps.
Some food for thought comes from her friend Basia, who appears on the scene towards the end for moral support.
"Don't we all grow and expand as individuals when we try new things in life?" is her reply when Lexi starts feeling insecure and out of her element. The show is getting crazy; she's becoming embarrassed... Isn't that true though?
I'm getting sidetracked. What I enjoyed about this story besides the humor was the cast of characters. It had every geek stereotype possible in it, from a geek who wears suspenders to a geek who speaks through a sock puppet and only TV show quotes...it's crazy and hilarious. No offense to geeks. I'm anti-stereotype, but at the same time I also know people who honestly put themselves in a stereotype expected of them, so really, I took this as a lighthearted, fun read, and it is.
I love Lexi. She's one of the most likable and fun heroines I've discovered in a mystery series. She's a geek--smart, loves math, and is a bit awkward...moreI love Lexi. She's one of the most likable and fun heroines I've discovered in a mystery series. She's a geek--smart, loves math, and is a bit awkward in social situations.
In this latest installment of her life, she goes to Rome with the uber-hot and super-secretive Slash to help clear his uncle's name. Computers, hacking, pharmaceuticals, art, and secret agents all come together to form one interesting mystery with in-between munching on Italian food.
As always, the book follows Lexi and is punctuated with her witty and sarcastic thoughts and humor.
I'm reminded of the Stephanie Plum series again, only in this case, Slash is Ranger, Fin is Joe, and Lexi is stuffing her face with croissants instead of donuts, and Basia is far stretch from Lulu. LOL I enjoyed this story though, whereas I became quite tired of the Plum series a long time ago. Moffett knows how to keep us interested and doesn't tell the same story over and over.
At first, I was disappointed that Lexi brought the Zimmerman twins into the case. I was hoping she would save the day on her own, but she surprised me in the end, proving to be the case-cracker and heroine. I loved this!! I also like that unlike most heroines in books today, Lexi isn't throwing herself into a man's bed on page five. (She's also very realistic; any of us women can relate to her.) We're still skirting around Fin, Slash, and Elvis and I suspect things are getting there with Elvis. I'm dying to know for sure, so I'm looking forward to the next book already.
My only disappointment: I didn't find this as rip-roaring, bust-a-gut funny as I have found the previous two titles.
"I, Claudia Davis, a single, thirty-five-year-old therapist who wanted noting more than than to marry Edouard Marceau and have my baby girl, had been...more"I, Claudia Davis, a single, thirty-five-year-old therapist who wanted noting more than than to marry Edouard Marceau and have my baby girl, had been a prostitute in my past life. The only comfort was in the fact that even though Ruby had been a full-blown prostitute in the past, she sure as hell wouldn't be one now that I was running this show."
And there you have it. Modern-day pregnant therapist is torn from the arms of the man she loves and time-travels back to 1959 Paris where she's a murder suspect, a dancer, a prostitute, and best friends with her future grandmother. And she has to change fate...or lose her life and baby girl forever. After all, she hasn't been born yet...and what if she isn't?
It's extremely exciting and fast paced. Everyone is just dropping dead around Ruby, the past-life heroine and she has to save herself, change what's to come without even knowing what's to come, and figure out who's killing people. I was wholly entertained and dying to know what happened next. It's more mystery than romance, I think, and I like that I wasn't able to figure out whodunit by page 50. Matter of fact, I thought I had a pretty good idea toward the end, but I was wrong.
The first-person narrative worked well, but I am disappointed that there wasn't more historical data. Traveling from 2012 to 1959 can't be peachy. A part of me couldn't help comparing it to another recent time-travel romance I read that jumped similar dates, Hindsight by Sarah Belle. While that author had details about trying to LIVE and perform what in 2012 are much easier tasks (Imagine not having a modern-day washing machine all of a sudden!), this book didn't even touch on that stuff.
It also tied up too quickly and too cheesily in the end. I was left with a lot of questions and it being such a long book, it's not like it didn't have the time to tie them up.
-"When I kill you, your soul won't ever be reborn."
Why not?? Huh? She was killed the first time around and still lived in another life.
-The wife following Ruby around...I seriously doubt she knew Ruby would be in that office and got there before her in time to plant that photo. No... The timing here was all off.
-How could you not notice you haven't had a period in four months? Get real.
-I was also slightly alarmed that the heroines always seem to go for taken men, in both lives, except for in the case of JP. I laughed when Claudia said this, "I'm not normally like this, running from one man to the next."
Errr. Married lover fathered your baby, and three months later the man you love is engaged and then you time travel and a mere three days after you have sex with a married politician in that life, you're having sex with another taken man.
Yet another awesome installment in this series. I liked this one even more than the last. In this story, my favorite historical medical examiner is on...moreYet another awesome installment in this series. I liked this one even more than the last. In this story, my favorite historical medical examiner is on a vacation that goes terribly awry…in the form of a set of bones, a lord up to no good with the ladies, and a workhouse where bad things are happening to poor children. It’s Dr. Dody to the rescue.
And we mustn’t forget about Pike. Her love interest, the inspector, is back, and with him he brings the early days of gun forensics/ballistics. It’s obvious to me that the author did a massive amount of research for this story and I appreciate it. I love to learn new things while being entertained and this book did not disappoint. I not only learned the early method of ballistics, but also got an eye-opening look at life in the workhouse for unprotected children.
Ms. Young doesn’t stop there though. In this installment she also tackles sexual assault and its aftereffects on the victims.
It’s history, mystery, a pinch of romance, and a dash of education in one exciting novel. And at the heart of it is an incredibly strong and admirable heroine.
This is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine. Dody not only is a doctor at a women’s clinic, but also works wi...moreThis is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine. Dody not only is a doctor at a women’s clinic, but also works with the coroner, and this occurs in a time when this was just not acceptable by society’s standards, Victorian England.
Book two has a new mystery and this time it includes a personal and professional attack on Dody herself. Lead poisoning, arsenic, illegal drugs, women dying from illegal abortions, and a big arrow in the form of accusatory letters and pointing fingers and paid-off lying witnesses says Dody is the culprit. If she doesn’t find the one behind these horrid activities, she’ll go down for the crime. It’s not only the end of her career, which was hard to start in the first place due to prejudices against women, but she’ll be in jail.
The romance between her and Pike continues, but is shaky. There’s a side story involving Pike and Mata Hari and spies. This has to be my only disappointment with the story. I feel so much more could have been done with a character such as Mata Hari. Part of me feels as if I’ve been teased.
I appreciate all the themes in this, skillfully and artfully entwined with the mystery. Remember, this was a time when a woman could not have a career and a marriage both. Marriage often meant job loss. What is a woman to do when she is offered something she desires, yet knows it will mean the end to all she’s worked for? As in book one, Dody faces a lot of extreme prejudice and I felt her frustration and moments of indecision. When is enough enough? To speak her mind usually leads to a man declaring her too emotional. Urgh. I wanted to jump in the book and smack a few people.
Also appreciated the birth control theme and Dody’s desire to educate the classes on pregnancy prevention. This was a hot topic back then and it made an interesting side story.
Enter the world of high-stakes horse racing--where the stakes are so high, it's costing lives. But there is so much more to it than horse racing.
This...moreEnter the world of high-stakes horse racing--where the stakes are so high, it's costing lives. But there is so much more to it than horse racing.
This being a mystery, I'm going to take care not to reveal too much. Let's just say just when you think you have it all figured out, another twist is thrown it, and even when it gets to the point you know WHOdunit, you don't necessarily know WHYtheydunit.
This is part of a series, but I didn't realize it 'til halfway through the book when it referred to a previous case. However, this book stands alone just fine. There were no endless details about prior cases, and there was no need for them, though the details about Holly's past were relevant for reasons I won't reveal...
I read the first book, Credo's Hope I think a year ago...and was very impressed. So when book two was offered to me, I jumped at the chance. It doesn'...moreI read the first book, Credo's Hope I think a year ago...and was very impressed. So when book two was offered to me, I jumped at the chance. It doesn't disappoint.
Alex Wolfe, detective is back...and NOT staying out of trouble, thought it's not her fault. Really. LOL
Again, it's suspenseful, full of cop protocol, and funny!
The suspense: Two cases going here. Two missing kids and a missing boyfriend with a handsome rodeo clown in the middle of it. Gia, the Italian Mafia Don is back and this time with a niece wanted for murder. Enter a molestation scandal, a dirty cop, and late night chases through seedy neighborhoods. And Alex is really toeing the line...how much does she report to Gia and how much does she withhold from her unit?