Let me preface my review with the disclosure that Miranda James"s( AKA Dean Jones) Cat in the Stacks is my favorite cozy mystery series. I al4.5 Stars
Let me preface my review with the disclosure that Miranda James"s( AKA Dean Jones) Cat in the Stacks is my favorite cozy mystery series. I always wondered how a female writer could capture the mind of a 50ish widower librarian. Well, Mr. James himself is a librarian and he loves cats.
This 7th installment begins in Spring. Athena, MS is in full bloom. Mother Nature is not the only one undergoing new beginnings - Athena College has a new Library Director, Oscar Dillard. Not only is Dillard a Damn Yankee, he is vile human being. He's brash. He's ill tempered. He's succeeded in offending every one of his staff members. He's also a numbers cruncher brought in to "fix" the over budgeted funds of the College's Library Systems - and his first victims are the Archive and the Rare Book Collection. Yep, Charlie and Melba job's are on the chopping block. Not only that, Oscar has just decided that he's allergic to cats. Diesel, Charlie's Maine Coon Cat, is no longer allowed to come to work with Charlie.
Dillard has also falsely accused the other librarians of serious infractions. Added to that is a menacing stranger that is casing the building that houses Oscar, Melba, and Charlie. An email surfaces that sends Charlie's long time friend and co-worker, Melba, straight to the suspect list when Oscar Dillard is found murdered inside the library. Charlie get his son, Sean, to represent Melba while he ferrets out Dillard's real killer. But, the killer now has Charlie in his/her cross hairs.
There are more subplots that develop, but saying too much more would ruin the novel for those readers that haven't had the chance to read No Cats Allowed yet. The manner of Dillard's death really surprised me - OUCH! But, it was fitting. If I was was one of his employee's I'd have gone off and swung a hammer directly at Dillard's head long before the killer took care of him.
James uses more twists and turns in this installment, and I loved them. As Gomer Pyle said, "Surprise, surprise!" I can't wait for book #8!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber tI received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber truly understands a woman's heart and her needs, as well as a woman's strength.The stories of Leanne and Nichole are very uplifting. They are both mothers and have gone through divorce together. Leanne is Nichole's ex mother-in-law, but both women are very close because their respective husbands cheated on them. They move downtown into apartments across the the hall from each other and develop "rules" or guidelines on how to move on from their failed marriages.
They both volunteer: Leanne at the Community Center and Nichole at a shop that dresses women who are starting over like herself. These women are looking for jobs, and we get to see a success story there. At the Community Center, Leanne meets a handsome Ukrainian baker, Nikolai. He brings her fresh-baked bread every class. He tells her that his bread says what is in heart that he cannot say. Nichole meets a handsome tow truck driver that is completely different from her ex-husband, Jake. Rocco is rough-edged and has many tattoos, but is a good father and shows interest and tenderness to Nichole's young son.
But things don't always go as planned. Guides don't always work out. In other words, life happens, misunderstandings happen, and ex-husbands interfere with a well planned guide. What happens? You'll have to read this heartwarming novel to find out!...more
Yes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his fatheYes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his father, David, the sensitive artist, has a burning hatred for his father. Harry is the prodigal son, returning after 20 years. George is an MP and needs money to support his young wife. Pilar is the granddaughter Simeon has never seen. The brothers wives hope the old man wants to reconcile with his sons and granddaughter. But that hope is short-lived as they enter Simeon's bedroom on Christmas Eve. Old man Lee is on the phone talking to his lawyer. He informs his family that he is going to change his will and reduce their allowances. He curtly dismisses them, telling them that he will see them all in the morning.
But morning never comes to Simeon Lee. The family hears furniture overturning and Simeon's unearthly scream. They all run upstairs to find his bedroom locked and Simeon isn't answering them. Stephen Farr, Simeon's old business partner's son help breakdown the door and the family finds the old man dead in a pool of blood. So much for a Merry Christmas. There is no shortage of suspects, everyone under the Lee roof has a reason to want the old man dead. M.Hercule Poirot is spending the holiday with his friend, the Police Super-indent, and is called upon to solve the case.
Christie weaves many red herrings into this classic tale of a lock room mystery as well as many Shakespearean quotes. A mustache, missing uncut diamonds, and a painting lead Poirot to the identity of the murderer. ...more
Snow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. ElSnow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. Eliza Hayward with her 5 year old daughter, Maddie, arrive in Haven's Point ID to start her new job as the manager of one of the hotels. But she finds the Inn has burnt to the ground. She has quit her job and given up her apartment. She doesn't know what she's going to do. She's a young widow and Maddie has a big health problem. On the way to a diner, a savior will appear - albeit in an unusual way.
Aiden Caine has recently bought a ranch near Haven's Point along with some commercial properties. He's also hiding a big secret himself. He sees a woman and a little girl crossing the street, but can't stop because of the patch of ice he had skidded on. He hits Eliza and is horrified. Much to his relief, she comes too. Some of the townspeople are outright hostile to him. And he can't figure out why. Eliza is a bit cold towards him, too. It was an accident!
At the hospital, he convinces Eliza to come to Snow Angel Cove for the night. It's either that or spend the night in the hospital, and she has Maddie to think about. Feeling guilty, Aiden offers Eliza a temporary job at Snow Angel Cove to help Sue ready the house for his family who are coming for Christmas. Eliza knows this will give her time to send out feelers for a job, so she accepts. Neither Aiden or Eliza could imagine that sparks will fly. But will they be enough to thaw both of their hearts? ...more
The American Lady is a good sequel to The Glassblower. But be prepared to have a hankey close by at the end. I'll admit I didn't see it coming though there were clues here and there.
Marie Steinmann is bored and hasn't created a new sketch for her family's glassblowing shop. At 38, she fears that she's all out of ideas. In New York, Wanda Miles is also having trouble finding her way in the world. She doesn't want to be a young wealthy socialite. She wants to make her own path in the world, just like the three Steinmann girls did 20 years ago. She even cuts her beautiful long hair! Remember this is is 1910. Not many "respectable" ladies are wearing their hair short, yet.
When she learns that her Aunt Marie is coming from Lauscha, Germany, Wanda is less than thrilled. That is until Marie gets there. Marie is nothing like Wanda's mother, Ruth. Marie takes in the sights of NYC like a youngster. She enjoys Wanda's company and Wanda's artsy friends. She begins going out with Wanda and her friends and meets a handsome young Italian Count, who seems too good to be true. (A clue there, Marie.) Soon Marie leaves NYC with 2 of Wanda's friends and Franco. Could Marie really leave her family business?
With Marie off in France and Italy, Wanda Miles is in Lauscha, Germany helping her her family. But which one: the Steinmann's or the Heimer's? Marie let slip that her father is not Steven Miles.
It's been a full day now since I've read Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman, and I have a love/hate thing going on. The novel is well told; the writinIt's been a full day now since I've read Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman, and I have a love/hate thing going on. The novel is well told; the writing is amazing. It's scary. It's a tale of survival. It's a tale of one mother's will to protect her children.
Bird Box: A Novel reminds me a little of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Whereas The Road happens on a lonely road where the father and son must avoid danger at any costs, Bird Box: A Novel is 50% set on a river where the dangers to Malorie and her two children, Boy and Girl are in much danger. They must not see. They must be blindfold at all times. They must rely only what they hear. To see the world now is to run the risk of seeing the creatures that will drive them mad and eventually commit harm to themselves or to each other.
The other 50% of the novel is flashbacks to how this trip down river came to be. The author goes from present to past then to present. The pattern is repeated until the ending. Some readers in their reviews didn't like this, but I did. This writing technique built the suspense for this reader. I didn't like that Malorie's children were only called Boy and Girl. But I can understand why she did. To her, the chances of survival in the new world are very slim. I did like the novel a lot, and would recommend it. ...more
I was anxious to read The Girl in the Spider's Web for two reasons: 1. I love Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist and 2. Stieg Larsson didn't write it, David Lagercrantz did. Most of the novels in several series I've read after the original creator that penned the prior series novels are down right awful. So to my delighted surprise, The Girl in the Spider's Web stayed true to Stieg Larsson"s Millennium Triology. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist both sound and act the same way as Larsson wrote them, with 1 little minor detail wrong - I don't remember Blomkvist ever calling Erika Berger "Ricky." And I looked in all 3 books. Another mild criticism is that David Lagercrantz went slightly over my willingness to suspend disbelief in a couple of small scenes. These little "offenses" brought my rating down a half star.
Lisbeth Salander awakes to a dream. A dream of a fist pounding a bed. Then she begins to type upon her computer. She finishes Ed the Ned's sentence. Ed Needham is speechless. There is no way the NSA can be hacked! But before his eyes is the evidence. But Wasp isn't showing off, she has reasons to lead the security analyst down her trails leading to "Thanos," Zala, and the Spiders.
Frans Balder is scared. His life's work is in jeopardy, as is life. His former employer stole his AI program. The new Video game is proof of that, but selling it to the Russian Duma and the criminal Spider Society is horrific. He's carried Artificial Intelligence to the highest level to date. In the wrong hands, his work could be used to eliminate...His son, August, must be protected at all costs. His Autistic son. So he calls Mikael Blomkvist in the wee hours of the morning. Blomkvist is willing to meet with Balder for two reasons. He knows that Balder used a female hacker that is likely to have been Salander, and Millennium is in financial trouble.
Blomkvist arrives just as Belder is murdered. He sees a little boy with glassy eyes banging his head against the bed's head board. The child has seen the killer. The killer who has a small spider patch on his jacket. He is part of Thanos' Spider Society who wants to destroy the sisterhood of the Wasp. Thanos is after the boy as well as Lisbeth Salander. Can she keep herself alive while protecting August? She knows who Thanos is. They've battled before. And which one will walk away this time?
Like Larsson, Lagercrantz pumps up the suspense from the 1st page and never eases up until the very end. Each chapter has multiple POVs that pumps the tension and suspense as the various scenes pushes the story line along. Yes, I say pushes because I felt like I was in a fast moving wagon that was directly locomative. There are the expected turns and twists, then more unexpected twists and turns. I can't reveal any more of the plot, because I'd ruin the whole novel for those who've not read The Girl in the Spider's Web. I was hooked and spent the whole night reading. If David Lagercrantz writes another Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist novel, you can bet your last dollar I will read it!...more
It's National Library Week in Athena, MS. And Teresa and Charlie have decided to honor the old teen mystery series, like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and others. But the centre display is all about Veronica Thane and her series creator - Electra Barnes Cartwright. When Charlie discovers that the author is still alive and living near Athena, he, Diesel, and Teresa drive out to meet her. And she agrees to appear at the Athena Library.
Now this news brings out several collectors, a publisher, her agent and EBC's Newsletter Editor. They are all are a little bellicose, obnoxious, and willing to do anything to add to their collection, even murder, especially when 5 unpublished manuscripts are found. Even Cartwright is not very pleasant. But what do you expect from a southern woman who is about to turn 100? Charlie and Diesel are on the case at his friend's, Melba Gilley, request. And Kanesha Berry isn't all that disturbed with Charlie's investigation this time. With EBC's Character- Veronica Thane's help, Charlie will reveal the killer's identity.
What's different about this installment is James' tribute to the YR detectives and procedures. And there's not much of that Southern "shade" being thrown. A very quick read and again I was surprised at "whodunit"! ...more
Oh my! Charlie is cringing in his own living room while the Ducote sisters and Vera Cassity are verbily battling over where the upcoming Friends of thOh my! Charlie is cringing in his own living room while the Ducote sisters and Vera Cassity are verbily battling over where the upcoming Friends of the Library Gala is to held. Seeing and hearing the vitriol coming from the wealthiest ladies in Athena MS has him in a mute stupor and wishing he'd never become a Friends of the Library board member. An'gel and Dickce Ducote yet again outmaneuvered Vera and hand Charlie his engraved invitation. The Gala is always held ate their home. Vera is livid. She goes to Charlie's office and requests to see the Ducote's papers and letters. Charlie must decline because the Ducote materials are sealed, and Miz Cassity must get permission from the Ducote sisters or their lawyer. Again Vera Cassity becomes viciously bellicose and threatens Charlie, his boarder - Justin, and Diesel.
Charlie finally sees why everyone in Athena loathe the Cassity woman. Even his housekeeper, Azalea Berry, hates the woman. She tells Charlie if "that woman comes into this house again, I quit." Charlie is taken aback. He's never seen Azalea this upset and angry. But he soon will discover how angry Vera has made someone. At the Gala Vera is found dead on a stair case landing and Azalea saw her being pushed by a person in the shadows. Not only is Vera out of public charity life, she is permanently out of circulation. And Azalea is Sheriff Tidwell's prime suspect! Both the Ducote sisters and Chief Deputy Kanesha Bell ask Charlie to investigate the murder much to his surprise. Finding the killer won't be easy, everyone in Athena would have liked to seen Vera Cassity dead. And Charli and Diesel will learn a few secrets about Athena's oldest and richest families.
Again, James kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could. There are few red herrings dropped here and there. But don't be fooled about who the killer is because there is a mini-mystery within the who-dun-it story line. Another delightful read! ...more
Oh my! Librarian Charlie Harris' Athena MS home sure is full! His daughter Laura has moved in. So there are Charlie's 2 borders - Justin and Stewart,Oh my! Librarian Charlie Harris' Athena MS home sure is full! His daughter Laura has moved in. So there are Charlie's 2 borders - Justin and Stewart, his son - Sean, Stewart's dog, Dante, and of course his side kick Diesel - the Maine Coon Cat. Thank goodness his house is large since Laura is teaching at the College for the Fall Semester. How and who helped her get this gig is Connor Lawton. Charlie isn't crazy about the man. He's obnoxious, ill tempered, and still enamored with Laura. There are many people who'd like to swing a bat at his head, including Charlie. When the playwright in residence is found murdered there is no shortage of suspects, including Laura.
After finding the body, Laura took something from Lawton's apartment and lied to Kenisha Bell. Not good, because Chief Deputy Bell always gets her man or woman. Charlie decides to investigate the murder before Laura finds herself in jail or dead. Attacked in her office Laura is in danger, as well as the whole Harris household - a little arson here and there, threats, warnings. Who killed Lawton? Was his unfinished play based in real life and why would someone kill over it?
James is a wonderful writer, knows how to tell a story while keeping the reader turning the pages. Don't look for many red herrings in the story line. There aren't many. The clues as to who-dun-it are dropped with care until James reveals the killer through Charlie. And boy was I surprised! ...more
Dead Scared really shook me up. Creepy folks, really creepy. DI Mark Joesbury has DC Lacey Flint go undercover at Cambridge University. Too m4.5 Stars
Dead Scared really shook me up. Creepy folks, really creepy. DI Mark Joesbury has DC Lacey Flint go undercover at Cambridge University. Too many students have been committing suicide, with as many failing at his/her attempts. Dr. Evi Oliver believes these students are being influenced by online pressure from suicide websites and chat rooms. DI Joesbury and Scotland Yard believe something more nefarious is going on at the colleges. These people are either being controlled by evil persons or they are getting help. The suicides are way to elaborate. And there is absolutely no trace evidence.
Flint is just supposed to keep her eyes open and not investigate. Right. We are talking about DC Lacey Flint, after all. Of course she investigates. As she gets closer to the truth, she is targeted. They want to kill her, but she, Lacey Flint must do it herself. They cannot be exposed. Who can she trust? Will she she leave Cambridge alive or in a body bag?
Bolton never lets off the gas. Her narrative is moving faster and faster. The reader feels the anxiety that the girls, Lacey, and Dr. Oliver feel. Stalkers, surveillance, invasion of privacy all feel to real. I checked my front door several times last night. I felt their fear as they were being "scared to death." The killers know what each is most afraid of. ...more
I really enjoyed this 4th book in the Evan Delaney Series. As before Meg Gardiner grabbed me from the first paragraph and kept me turning the pages, rI really enjoyed this 4th book in the Evan Delaney Series. As before Meg Gardiner grabbed me from the first paragraph and kept me turning the pages, reading furiously until the last word. Although I was a bit put off by one of Evan's decisions in the novel, and that is why I deducted a full star in my rating. That one decision, I'll keep to myself.
Evan Delaney and Jesse Blackburn return to China Lake for Evan's 15th High School Reunion. Many of her classmates are dead - too many. And in the course of 24 hours two more class mates are found brutally murdered. Jax Rivera contacts Evan and tells her that an unstable assassin is killing her friends, and it is connected to a Black Ops project in China Lake 20 years prior. And yes, Evan is a target too.
I love that each book in the series is darker than the previous one. But I do love a dark mystery thriller. ...more
Franklin Brand is back. The Franklin Brand that took Jesse's ability to walk and killed his buddy. He confesses to Evan that he's still stuck there inFranklin Brand is back. The Franklin Brand that took Jesse's ability to walk and killed his buddy. He confesses to Evan that he's still stuck there in Mission Canyon. He can't move to comfort his swimming mate as he lay dying. More memories are coming back and he's being blackmailed all within 9 weeks of his and Evan's wedding.
A couple claiming to be ex-CIA want to hire Evan to ghostwrite their memoirs. She senses something off putting about the couple. She's right. They are part of what happened to Jesse up in Mission Canyon. Her friend is legal counsel for Mako, the company that Brand worked for, is acting weird. The CEO made right toward Jesse, but something is rotten within Mako headquarters, and as Evan and Jesse seek justice for Brand more bodies turn up. What is Mako up to? And why did they (and still do) want Blackburn and another buddy dead?
Again, Meg Gardiner writes a fast paced suspenseful novel. There a few scenes that really stretch suspension of disbelief, but her full characterization of Evan and Jesse in China Lake and this sophomoric installment will allow that suspension of disbelief. Another recommended read. ...more
It's 10 years since "The Year That Changed Everything" and a week before the First Frost and the Waverly Women are feeling the first frost woes beforeIt's 10 years since "The Year That Changed Everything" and a week before the First Frost and the Waverly Women are feeling the first frost woes before their wonderfully mischievous magical apple tree blooms all 24 hours. Just because it can't throw apples at the men the Waverly women love - it can still give comfort to Claire, Sydney, and Bay. And they do need some comfort.
Claire doesn't cook much any more, nor does she spend hardly any time with her family. She spends her every waken hours in the kitchen making candies. Her business is growing by leaps and bounds, all the while she feels inadequate, introverted, and questions her Waverley power - her cooking with petals and herbs from her garden that give people who eat her food just what they need. Yes, her cooking is magical.
Although, Sydney loves her life with her husband, Henry, and her fifteen year old daughter, she longs for another child. And her anxiety shows as the red highlights in her hair get brighter by the day. Adding Violet and her small baby boy to the mix, it could be disastrous to her clientele - her Waverley gift is how to do perfect hair.
Then there is Sydney's daughter, Bay. She has always known where people and things should be; where each belongs. And she knows that Josh belongs with her - not knowing that his father broke her mother' heart driving her away from Bascom, NC. Claire's daughter, Mariah, is a normal girl. And that is a problem adding to Claire's distress - is she a Waverley?
A mysterious stranger has arrived in Bascom and has an interest in the Waverleys, especially Claire. He is there, then suddenly he's not leaving the smell of smoke. What does the silver-haired man want?
I loved Garden Spells and couldn't wait to read First Frost, Southern magic and all. While I did really enjoy the novel, it was darker than I expected. The magic of the Waverleys is who the Waverleys are. And there is not much magic in First Frost. Yes, the house still plays tricks on Tyler and won't let some people in and Evanelle still "has to" give something to people that he/she needs. But that pretty much is all of the magic seen until First Frost when magic gloriously rains apple blossoms....more
Wow! What a good read State of the Union was! Brad Thor, as usual, kept me up way past my bedtime, flipping the pages as fast as I could. The Author NWow! What a good read State of the Union was! Brad Thor, as usual, kept me up way past my bedtime, flipping the pages as fast as I could. The Author Note was quite chilling - I thought those Nuke caches were fictional, but they are real and haven't been found.
Yes, Nuke caches hidden by former USSR sleeper agents. These are suitcases with a nuclear bomb (among other things) hidden in various parts of the United States. No American is safe, nor are cities or small towns. (For once I figured out where the suitcases were before Scot Harvath did.) President Jack Rutledge receives a "ransom note" hidden within his daily NSA briefing folder. Evidently the Cold War has heated up again. And only a few people have access to the briefing folder. Who in his Administration can the POTUS trust. The State of the Union Address is only 10 days away.
Rutledge does not want to give Russia what she wants. It would mean the ruination of America. Russia as the sole dominant World Power? Not on his watch. An old Cold War clandestine group is called into action, but 10 of the 12 men have been murdered; and of the two remaining members, one is missing - Gary Lawlor. Could Scot Harvarth's boss be a traitor? Or have the Russians killed him too.
With time running out before the State of the Union address that the Russians expect Jack Rutledge to give - ceding to their demands, another terrifying discovery is made. For years the Russian have funneled their International Aid monies into into a top secret air defense system, that has just been activated rendering any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective.
Out of options the President and his few trusted advisers turn to former Navy Seal and Secret Service Agent, Scot Harvarth. Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already started to unravel relationships among nations. Pack warmly Scot, Russia is cold this time of year. ...more
I have to agree with my GR friend, LJ that Harry is Haller's antagonist in this one. Well it should be so. Harry believes he's on the side of Angels and Haller defends the devil. Both are loners. Both have daughters. Both have the same father - one legitimate; the other son, not. One sees the Law as a game to win in court, the other sees the Law to punish the bad guys. Poor Harry has to work with Haller because the murderer he's trying to catch may be after Mickey now. How's that? Well let's go to the beginning.
Mickey Haller is ready now to go back to court and try cases. A colleague is murdered and leaves all of his cases to Haller, including a film exec who is accused of killing his wife and her lover. A franchise case - Haller needs that right now. Enter his half brother, Harry Bosch whom is investigating Jerry Vincent's murder. Harry believes the killer is one of his clients who are Haller's now.
The investigation comes forefront when Mickey is threatened. Otherwise, the murder investigation goes on behind Haller and his investigation and Eliot's trial. Remember the novel's openning line: Everybody lies.".
The last twist took me by surprise; I didn't see it coming. The strength of Michael Connelly is his plotting and dialogue. His magic is on full display here and he kept me turning the pages, guessing where he was going until the very last word. ...more
Brad Thor is always great. He can take current events and spin a good yarn. Act of War is no different. If you don't think our National debt is a majoBrad Thor is always great. He can take current events and spin a good yarn. Act of War is no different. If you don't think our National debt is a major security problem, then read this novel.
A covert CIA agent dies in China and his top asset has devastating information. China is planning an imminent attack on the United States. Code named Snow Dragon, this attack will be lethal - 90% casualty rate. This asset says the attack won't be a conventional attack. China won't fire a shot, they own our debt. She also says that Colonel Shi has outsourced the first volley to Mideastern States to further protect China from International implications.
Six foreign students mysteriously disappear, two airline passengers trade boarding passes, and a political refugee is arrested. These events are not as random as they appear to be. The Chinese asset just may be correct. Scot Harvath must lead one team and mission - "Blackbird" while Seals infiltrate North Korea to see what the Chinese are up to in the PLK - "Gold Dust." If either team or mission is compromised, these missions will turn into Acts of War.
Thor keeps the reader turning the pages as fast as the reader can. His trademark short chapters furthers the suspense and story quickly. ...more
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in Londo4.5 Stars
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in London. They are quite subdued. Faye's divorce has had quite the effect upon all three of them. She's not the same confident woman she was before marrying Rob O'Neill. Six year old Tom has not spoken a word in over a year after...
Maddie is precocious. She is bossy with a heart of Gold yearning to be safe and loved. She is very protective of her mum and younger brother. No. 14 just may be what the Doctor ordered. No. 14 is where Wendy Forrester lives up in the Nursery that looks amazingly like Wendy Darling's. And the old woman truly believes that she is THE Wendy. Her daughter sternly tells the O'Neill's that they are not to disturb the old lady. Do they listen? Nah! And that's the magic of the story, or at least part of it.
The other part of the story is in the 2nd flat. Jack Graham is a very handsome world renown scientist and loves the house and ol' "Crazy Wendy." He himself is a Lost Boy. (Peter Pan's Lost Boys? Maybe, maybe not.) When you believe, anything is possible! Can this old house with the overgrown garden that the children clean up with the smiling Peter Pan fountain heal two broken adults and two frighten and sad children? Believe, and wish upon the second star to the right and you'll too will begin to hear a flute and see a small ball of light flying throughout No.14 in London.
I just loved this novel! Mary Alice Monroe has brought Peter Pan's magic to the novel, but not in an overt way. I laughed and cried in various parts and when it ended, my heart was swollen with joy! ...more
What a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out oWhat a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out on the water with a dead guy on board. The dead guy FINALLY convinced her father that someone tried to kill her when her Miata ended up in the drink. She feels bad that she killed the man, but it had to be done. Her cousin, Micah, is missing; so is the Morans' truck - Intuition. People are chasing Hazel and her Dad on land and sea. But why? And why did Micah steal her truck? Or was it someone else? Hazel decides to find out using her fictitious hero - Travis McGee - to find out. he's not worried. But the bad guys should be, Hazel is not a people person. She's lived with her dad on a small schooner and can shift the gears on an 18 wheeler fast. Oh yeah - she knows how to wield a very sharp knife, like Micah taught her.
Yes, Hazel has trust issues and she isn't good at listening to her father's instructions; but she does have a soft spot : animals and a burn-scarred, brain scrambled boy that makes her heart go pitter-pat until it doesn't. Who is this boy? Who is Stevenson? What do they want and are they responsible for Micah's disappearance? Better watch out, Hazel is on the hunt for the bad guys!
Last Exit In New Jersey is a fast read that takes the reader on a wonderful ride. C.E. Grundler doesn't give any clues to what is going on and whom the bad guys really are until the last 80 pages. She has a dark sense of humor that comes out in Hazel, Micah, Zap, and Gary. I loved the characters and want to read more by this author. ...more
The island of Bora, Bora during WWII, a well hidden bungalow that the islanders believe is cursed - considering the painter whom dwelt there, it's posThe island of Bora, Bora during WWII, a well hidden bungalow that the islanders believe is cursed - considering the painter whom dwelt there, it's possible - a soldier who is neither an officer nor a gentleman, a murder, a baby, and an ill fated love affair. What more does this reader want? Not a thing! I loved, loved this novel! It will rest in my heart until I decide to read it once again.
Sarah Jio's writing had me at various times: chuckling, out right crying, and holding my breath. I hated that it ended; I could have stayed with Anne and Westry for a while longer. At times Jio's prose sung and my emotions ebbed and flowed with the story.
The characters are wonderful, even the loathsome Kitty. My heart wept for Atea, "Cleo", and "Grayson". I loved the ending - it was what should have happened - "Cleo, you're a little late." Just as I was to read this delightful novel that had sat on my shelf waiting for me.
I loved this cozy mystery! Hamlet reminds me of my big ol' cat, Fidget, who died a few months ago. I laughed until I cried at his shenanigans. WhoeverI loved this cozy mystery! Hamlet reminds me of my big ol' cat, Fidget, who died a few months ago. I laughed until I cried at his shenanigans. Whoever says cats are stupid have never meet Hamlet, Figgie, and my black cat Clyde! Hamlet helps solves the mysterious death of a very popular author - Valerie Baylor. Baylor writes a very popular Young Adult series - Haunted High. Baylor is even hotter than the "Boy Wizard" author. And Darla Pettistone is going to host the famous writer in her bookstore that she inherited from her late great aunt. Before Baylor and her entourage arrive, the lone protestor is still across the street - same garb, but a different sign. The message is similar to the one she carried yesterday. But why is she accusing the bestselling author of plagiarism? Darla's staff aren't too keen on having Baylor at Pettistone Fine Books either. Darla needs sales of the signing - finances are tight at the store right now, and she has her friend and tenant Jake to look after, especially since the older woman is a disabled cop. Jake and her friend Reese - an off duty detective - are providing security for the event, trying to keep everyone in long black capes and a streak of red lipstick in an orderly line.
When Baylor and her entourage finally get to the shop, Darla is dismayed witth the author's behavior. She is rude to everyone. Hamlet likes her and sits with her in the outdoor court yard. After only an hour Baylor announces that needs another cigarette break and goes out to the court yard. A few minutes later, tires screech. Baylor has been hit by a church van driven by Darla's sister friend, Marnie. Yes, Marnie threatened both Darla and the dead author. Was Baylor pushed or accidentally fell into the van's path? Of course it was murder. Hamlet begins pulling books off the shelves whose titles give Darla and Jake clues in the case. The big black cat does more but I don't want to spoil the surprise of all what he does. Suspects abound in the death of Valerie Baylor.
I just loved the characters. They'rer quirky and seem to be real. The writing was pretty good; it really didn't feel like a cozy-mystery because Brandon knew how to build suspense and the book is a faster-pace than most cozies. I WILL definitely read this series!
Nelson DeMille has created a wonderful character - John Corey! "I think I'm in love." Corey isn't your usual loner, introverted, and serious4.5 Stars
Nelson DeMille has created a wonderful character - John Corey! "I think I'm in love." Corey isn't your usual loner, introverted, and serious dark homicide detective. He's snarky. He's smart mouthed. He's juvenile. He appears to be a bumbling idiot just like Peter Falk's character - Columbo. He's smart and is narcissistic, but I loved him! Being in his head for over 600 pages was fun and I've never laughed so hard during a novel in a long time, even though the plot line was serious, deadly serious.
Tom and Judy Gorgon are good friends of convalescing NYPD Detective John Corey. They are beautiful. They are brilliant. They work on Plum Island. Apparently, they are also thieves, since they're also very dead. Both shot in the head on their deck as they were climbing from their Formula 300 at the dock. Their big silver cooler is missing from their boat. A Jolly Roger flag and signal pennants are flying. Could they have stolen an animal virus from Plum Island that bad guys could weaponize? Suits from the Alphabet Departments have decided the cover story - the Doctors Gordon stole a vaccine that rightly belongs to the U.S. Government to sell or go with them to a private sector pharmaceutical company. John Corey doesn't believe either of these theories and is determined to find out what happened to his friends. Thank goodness he's been asked to consult on the case. Then he's fired. But why? And by whom? At whose suggestion? Does Corey drop the case? Of course not.
I loved Nelson DeMille slow build up of the mystery. He gives you a few red herrings and several twists and turns. He does a great job of building characters, both the minor and major ones. He uses the first person POV and it was a treat and hoot to be in John Corey's head. I definitely must read the rest of the John Corey Series! And I recommend readers who love Thrillers do the same. ...more
A good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exceA good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exception of one who died a few years back. Neil Barlow still makes his presence known though. Eva is looking for her birth parents - still. Kyle and Lauren are having trouble - he's unemployed again, but finds part time work at the local diner and Lauren is unhappy in their marriage. Jason Barlow has moved back to Stoney Point and has survivor's guilt. Maris is in Stoney Point to close her father's house and estate. She'll find more secrets than she wants to and maybe she'll stop running from her life.
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been 4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it is the killer, Julia only has days before she is dead like Sibby.
Linton has received another postcard. She gets them every year around this time and Sibyl's rape/murder hits to close for comfort. Jeffrey doesn't even know this part of Sara's past. How can she ever tell him and that this case has her in turmoil? Is this the case that finally causes Linton to get closer to her ex-husband or to resign as Grant County Medical Examiner?
Not a single person on Grant County police force will ever be the same after this case.
This book is the one in which I took an instant and intense disliking to Lena Adams 4 years ago. And I still dislike this character today. She has a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. She is embarrassed unnecessarily of her twin's sexuality. She can't forgive or even be civil to the uncle who brought the twins up. She is always so angry - I find her exhausting and exasperating. My daughter in law loves this character - I can't understand why?
Sara is slightly out of character and that bothered me. But Slaughter can write! She knows how to tell a helluva good story with backbreaking fast pacing and breathless suspense. Placing it on my permanent shelves of books. ...more
In this installment of Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series, Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are getting closer, though a new threat to their relationship rears its ugly head. As they are coming out the woods near Sara's parents' home, Jeffrey literally stumbles across a body buried in the ground. She was buried alive, then died a horrific death before she was freed.
The girl's identity leads to a co op soy farm and to a very religious family who is somewhat misogynist. Sara is not only shocked by the family, but by the family's Church - Tessa is a member and the family holds a Linton family secret in their hands. Which of the family or their farm hands killed Abby? And are there more young girls out there in the woods? Jeffrey must find out - his newest obsession.
I still don't like Lena Adams, I really can't figure out why I dislike this character as much as I do. When I read Blindsighted Lena just made my teeth hurt and got on my nerves, even with all that she's been through. Slaughter knows how to write and build up the suspension without giving up the bad guy until the end. I guessed the bad guy and again I was wrong. I recommend reading Karin Slaughter to everyone who loves a good thriller. ...more
I received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi StaubI received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi Staub and this one I did like. Corsi Staub again delves into the cyber world, and The Perfect Stranger left me wondering just how much personal information is out there that I've shared on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter like her character, Meredith Heywood. Meredith's cancer has come back, but she hasn't shared the bad news with her blogger friends yet, with the exception of Kay. When Landry, Elena, and Jaycee see the post on Pink Stinks written by Meredith's daughter, they are shocked. Landry gets hold of the bloggers and the women plan to go to Cincinnati to her funeral. Landry soon discovers that cancer didn't kill Meredith; she was murdered. Could one of the women she has come to love through their blogs and posts have killed Meredith? And which one of them is next?
Each chapter begins with an excerpt from one of the women's blog.
~ Meredith - Pink Stinks ~ Landry - The Breast Cancer Diaries ~ Kay - I'm A-Okay ~ Elena - The Boobless Wonder ~ Jaycee - PC BC
They also have screen names, but the reader can catch on quickly as who is whom. There is the obvious red herring, and I figured out the killer's identity fairly quickly. I kept reading on because I wanted to know the why. The writing kept me engaged and the novel was a quick read. I felt as if I had gotten to know the characters. All in all, a very satisfactory read. ...more