AUTHOR: Webb, Betty TITLE: Desert Noir DATE READ: 02/05/15 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/2001/Poisoned Pen Press/252 pgs AUTHOR: Webb, Betty TITLE: Desert Noir DATE READ: 02/05/15 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/2001/Poisoned Pen Press/252 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #1 in the Lena Jones seris TIME/PLACE: Scottsdale, AZ/present FIRST LINES: I was admiring the view from my second story window when the screaming started. COMMENTS: This is a book I have been meaning to read for a long time… not sure why I never started the series, just the same old adage … too many books, too little time. I really enjoyed it!. The reason I bumped it up to the top of the mt ranges of TBR was because I was going to Murder in the Magic City where Betty Webb would be attending. I have seen her at other mystery events over the years & guess I just thought enough is enough I really need to read one of her books! Lena Jones is one of those young women w/ a murky past -- not in the sense that she did something wrong & is making a new life, but rather she doesn't know her true beginnings. She grew up in various foster homes and doesn't know her real heritage. She is constantly on a mission to find out but not making much headway. She was only 4 when she was found on the side of the road w/ a head injury & doesn't recall how she got there or what/who went before. She is a private detective and on this 1st outing her neighbor & friend gallery owner Clarice Kobe is beaten to death in her art gallery. There is an abusive ex-husband, artist clients bearing grudges and that only skims the surface of those who really did not find Clarice someone they liked. She comes from a family that has a lot of wealth -- gained by disturbing and destroying the naturalness of the area and developing tact housing projects. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery and especially if you also want to take a virtual trip to the southwest!
12/29/07 TITLE/AUTHOR: HAND OF EVIL by J. A. Jance RATING: 5/A GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2007/368 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #3 in Ali Reynolds series12/29/07 TITLE/AUTHOR: HAND OF EVIL by J. A. Jance RATING: 5/A GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2007/368 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #3 in Ali Reynolds series TIME/PLACE: Present/Sedona, AZ CHARACTERS: Ali Reynolds/former LA TV journalist FIRST LINES: When the car door slammed shut on his hand, the universe came to a stop & nothing else mattered. Nothing.
COMMENTS: library book. Great suspense. Ali Reynolds gets called by an eccentric elder woman, Arabella Ashworth. Arabella and her mother Anna Lee were responsible for her college scholarship. Arabella tells Ali she may want to write a book and gives her an old diary of hers to read, filled w/ family secrets. Concurrently, Dave Holman's 13-yr-old daughter, Crystal, has runaway from home in Las Vegas. There are similarities in the lives of Arabella & Crystal and Ali may be able to use Arabella's misguided decisions to chart Crystal on a different and more positive path....more
1st in TGrade Ellis series -- rancher/PI -- Song Dogs are the cheerleaders from HS who are being killed off prior to 25th reunion. Everyone had someth1st in TGrade Ellis series -- rancher/PI -- Song Dogs are the cheerleaders from HS who are being killed off prior to 25th reunion. Everyone had something to be guilty about....more
4.5/B+ -- 2nd in Trade Ellis sereis -- PI/Rancher in AZ -- Victoria, a romance novelist, is having flashbacks of her father involved in a Sporting Clu4.5/B+ -- 2nd in Trade Ellis sereis -- PI/Rancher in AZ -- Victoria, a romance novelist, is having flashbacks of her father involved in a Sporting Club where an African-Ameri9can father & 2 sons were murdered....more