Night Mare by Fanci McMahon This story revolves around a horse theft/insurance fraud ring and I was really looking forward to a new kind of criminal myNight Mare by Fanci McMahon This story revolves around a horse theft/insurance fraud ring and I was really looking forward to a new kind of criminal mystery and I was not familiar with this author. Now, I can say that I liked the book because it was "OK" and I managed to finish the story without feeling the need to abandon it. However, if I'm honest part of the reason I was able to finish the story was because I was hoping I was completely wrong about who the bad guys were and that there just HAD to be some plot twist because the "heroine" couldn't possibly be so blind. Yeah, no. Blind, blind, blind. Three Blind Mice Blind. Beyond that, here's what I personally found troubling. Early on in the story there is mention of Jane Scott being a Quaker and it's pretty strongly implied that this is a key element of her character. Here's my problem. The author implies that this is important, or maybe I infer it. Either way, there really are no details provided as to 1) Why it's important or 2) What the heck a Quaker is except they are not to be confused with the Amish and 3) What does being a Quaker bring to the story? Seriously, I haven't in clue, except it made me feel like I was missing some vital piece of information about Jane. So much so that I double checked to make sure that there wasn't a book prior to this one. There wasn't. Then there was the sort of romance thrown in between Jane and Miles. I was ok with that too, but then the end of the story left me both puzzled and unsatisfied. I felt like I was left hanging and not in the good way where I think "Oh God I hope there is another book so I can find out what's going to happen next." For me the characters were developed just enough so I could finish the book and go, ok that was nice but I don't have any desire to find out what happens next in any of the characters lives. ...more
This is the 1st book I have read in this series. Although, there are obviously ones prior to this one "Jump Cut" held up well as a stand alone story aThis is the 1st book I have read in this series. Although, there are obviously ones prior to this one "Jump Cut" held up well as a stand alone story and I did not feel like I was lost.
The story itself was intriguing but I will admit that the first couple of chapters moved a little slow for me but by the time I hit Chapter 4 I was full engaged in the plot and the characters. So much so, that I found myself wanting to shake Ellie Foreman a few times wondering why on earth she was digging a deeper hole for herself as she got dragged further into the mystery. It's like shouting at a scary movie "Don't Go In The Cellar!"
This was in interesting story. It starts right out of the gate with the main character in the river fighting for her life. Then it immediately switcheThis was in interesting story. It starts right out of the gate with the main character in the river fighting for her life. Then it immediately switches to the back story that leads up to that incident. Although, I would call this a mystery I wouldn't classify it as a thriller. The story moves along at a reasonable pace but I almost wishes for more suspense. That being said I did not anticipate who the bad guy was or the ending....more
I really enjoyed this story. I read it in conjuction with the audio version. It did take me a couple of chapters to get used to the narrative flow asI really enjoyed this story. I read it in conjuction with the audio version. It did take me a couple of chapters to get used to the narrative flow as it alternated between the past and current day. I especially liked how as the story progressed you started to see the intersection between the past and present characters and there were a couple twists I did not see coming...more
I have not read any of the prior books in the series. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. In the past, I have accidentally started a series iI have not read any of the prior books in the series. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. In the past, I have accidentally started a series in the middle and immediately felt like I was missing vital information and, as a result, I found the story line difficult to follow. I did not have that experience when reading this story. Yes there was some obvious relationships that I was missing background on, but this book was written in such a way that the lack of the prior information did not detract from the story. I guess on a negative side, I also don't feel compelled to go back to earlier books and read those. However, I would certainly read the next one in the series.
Overall, this was well written, engaging, and I never guessed who was involved with the murders. There were also a couple of unexpected twists which I enjoyed...more
I would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters. Some of the difficulty was aI would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters. Some of the difficulty was a result of the sheer number of characters that were being introduced and trying to keep track of how things connected. Initially, I started reading this story months ago but I had to put it down because I just couldn’t get absorbed into the story. Earlier this week I picked it back up because I finally felt up for a complex mystery. Let’s just say that I am very happy I gave this story another go and didn’t give up on it permanently. Maybe it was the mental break or maybe it really was that after the 4th chapter the story really started to pick up in pace and got interesting. I read the rest of this story in just a few days and every time I thought I knew who was in on the murders 11 years ago and who was behind the recent missing persons, I was wrong. Then even near the end when I was right… I still didn’t have the motive.
I can see that I will look for another book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series. ...more
Right out of the box let me clearly state that this is just my own personal opinion and yes I have seen several reviews of this story where it was higRight out of the box let me clearly state that this is just my own personal opinion and yes I have seen several reviews of this story where it was highly rated. Unfortunately for me, I hated this story and it had very little to do with the actual writing. There are a variety of characters with various subplots that all intersect with the major underlying mystery of who killed Billy Carlson.
The problem for me as a reader was that I hated the characters. The majority of them are self-centered and self-absorbed.
Kath Branch is the stereotypical music personality who cheats on her partner and sleeps around while on the road. Meredith Carlson wants her 15 minutes of fame by solving Billy’s murder even if that means steam rolling her husband’s wishes. Meredith is convinced the killer is Kathy Branch and will do whatever it takes to prove that. Ellen Walker isn’t nearly as self-absorbed but she is also not a sympathetic character. If the opportunity arises for a fling with Kathy, she’s taking it and has informed her husband that she’s going to do just that. What the heck, he owes her a free pass since he’s cheated on her in the past.
I just hated them, all of them. It got to the point where I couldn’t stand reading about them. In fact, I abandoned this book several times. The only thing that kept bringing me back to finish reading it was that I committed to reading the entire story, but it was hard.
Normally such a complex plot with all the inter-related storylines would keep me intrigued but by the time I hit the 50% mark I’d lost all interest in who actually killed Billy Carlson and never really got interested in the mystery again. My only goal was to just finish the thing. Finally there was a turning point in the story where I actually started to enjoy the writing, so much so that I made a note. It was at the 93% complete mark.
I don’t really want to discourage people from reading this story, but it turned out to not be my cup of tea. Maybe because if I knew of these people in real life I would not want anything to do with their drama and would be sorely tempted to smack them upside the head.
Having said all of this, despite hating this particular story, I would give something else written by Lynn Kear another try because the writing itself was ok, I just didn’t like the plot/characters of this particular one. ...more
The story takes place in L.A. and right from the very first page the reader is introduced to Frank and her DetectivI'd really give this a 4.5 out of 5
The story takes place in L.A. and right from the very first page the reader is introduced to Frank and her Detectives as they investigate a homicide. The story is written in a way that reminds me of several TV shows. There is a central crime being investigated but there continues to be lots of other activity and investigations going on in the periphery which makes the storyline seem more realistic.
Frank is a very complex character, who the reader quickly realizes has a lot of issues, some of which stem from the death of her partner. As the story progresses and Frank searches for the identity of a serial rapist/murderer you also realize that as the reader you are only getting a glimpse of what drives her and you definitely want to find out more.
As for the bad guy, more than once I found myself cringing at just out twisted the guy is and there is this tiny (very tiny) thread of sympathy because you get glimpses of how this guy was “made”. This was a very satisfying read if you like Crime novels I would definitely recommend it. I know I will be reading the next in the series which I believe are as follow: I believe these are the next in the series:
I’ve read some mixed reviews on this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no idea if the author intended the first few chapters to be as funny inI’ve read some mixed reviews on this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no idea if the author intended the first few chapters to be as funny in spots as they were but there were definitely a few places where I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. My absolute favorite scene was the Ghost yelling “Becca Run!!” and the description of the events afterward. I’m still giggling at the visual that was created for me.
I liked the interaction between Becca and Jo and the development of both characters. It’s obvious in the 1st introduction of Jo that she does not do people or emotions well at all, but that’s part of what makes her endearing. I like the fact that Becca and Jo seem to have an inherent ability to figure each other out and can interact in a manner that shows acceptance for each others’ quirks.
I liked it, I liked the story, and I liked the mystery as well. It was a good book. ...more