Life and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming,3.5 Stars
Life and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming, and one of the FBI's most wanted man. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare has been chasing the world's greatest conman for 5 years. She always confronts him saying, "You're under arrest." But Fox always escapes at the very last second, until he doesn't. O'Hare has finally caught her man.
Then the unthinkable happens, Nick Fox escapes from custody under rather humorous circumstances. O'Hare is not assigned to go after Fox, so she goes it alone. Well, her father helps. When she finds Fox, she learns he's conned her bosses to allow him to help the FBI find and capture the most wanted guys that have conned or stolen lots of money. One caveat though, Kate O'Hare must partner up with him.
Their target: a wealthy banker whom ran a scam on his his investors. $500 Billion missing. He's holed out on an island in Indonesia. Kate and Nick must find him and the money. What could go wrong? A group of misfits, pirates, explosions, and Fox thinking about stealing the FBI slush fund that he and his team are using.
The writing is easy and fast paced. The reader wants to know what happens next. The Heist kept me interested and entertained until the very last word. ...more
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie was first written as play in 1929 then novelized in 1930. And it truly is a masterpiece mystery. Hercule Poirot is sliBlack Coffee by Agatha Christie was first written as play in 1929 then novelized in 1930. And it truly is a masterpiece mystery. Hercule Poirot is slightly bored until he gets a call from Sir Claude Amory. He believes that his new formula is going to be stolen by a member in his household. Shortly before dinner on Friday, Sir Claude checks his safe - the formula is gone. He makes a quick call to London. After dining, Sir Claude, his family, his secretary, and and an Italian Doctor move into the library. The doors are locked until Poirot and Hastings arrive from London.
Sir Claude tells everyone that the lights will go out and the thief can return the formula without any repercussions. But when the lights return and Poirot walks through the door, he's not only got to investigate the theft, but murder. Sir Claude is dead. ...more
I thought Girl Runner by Canadian author Carrie Snyder would focus more on "Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, butI thought Girl Runner by Canadian author Carrie Snyder would focus more on "Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind." I believed the blurb, but alas, the novel was more about Aggie's trials, tribulations, and losses in her life.
I dare say if one had that many losses and bad stuff in his/her life, one would go completely bonkers. Thank goodness Aggie's escape mechanism was running. What could have been a beautiful historical novel became tedious. The prose was so, so. Was really disappointed with this one. ...more
Wow! Such an amazing read! A true classic in the Murder Mystery Genre. Agatha Christie loved this plot: 10 strangers on an island, lured by U. N. OwenWow! Such an amazing read! A true classic in the Murder Mystery Genre. Agatha Christie loved this plot: 10 strangers on an island, lured by U. N. Owen (Unknown), are going to be killed for taking the life of another. Not only are they going to die, they are going to die exactly as the nursery rhyme:
Ten Little Soldiers
Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law one got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
Christie, herself, says that she had to write an Epigraph to explain what happened. Do any of the ten survive? And who among them is non plumbed U.N. Owen? The note in the bottle finally gives the readers the "who-dun-it". Agatha Christie surprised me. It's no wonder that And Then There Were None is considered a classic to Mystery fans and movie goers. The fact that is that And Then There Were None was published in 1939 shows Christie's genius....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.
I'll admit that I've never heard of German Petra Durst-Benning before, and was expecting a typical historical novel: a lot of history with a daub of rI'll admit that I've never heard of German Petra Durst-Benning before, and was expecting a typical historical novel: a lot of history with a daub of romance. But what I got with The Glassblower was a great story that I couldn't put down! I had no idea that glassblowing was so intricate and is considered a man's domain. That might be because I'm an American woman and all things are possible for each one of us.
The stories of Ruth, Marie, and Johanna Steinmann are both compelling and urgent as the reader wants to know how "the women who rules the roost" will survive when their father, Joost, dies unexpectedly. Johanna is the practical one and seeks employment with her father's old wholesaler. Everything is working out fine until it doesn't. Ruth has her eyes on one of Heimer sons. After all Herr Heimer is the wealthiest glassblower in Lauscha. But it is the quiet middle sister, Marie, that will be the sisters' salvation. The artistic young woman will break the glass ceiling by creating her own designs and blowing the glass herself.
Cute and funny cozy that is a quick read. Pacing is good, but the constant movie lines the main characters said to one another slightly got on my nervCute and funny cozy that is a quick read. Pacing is good, but the constant movie lines the main characters said to one another slightly got on my nerves. ...more
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
This was a nice start to a cozy mystery that favors an all Black cast of characters. Kendra Clayton and her friend Bernie are waiting for Bernie's boyThis was a nice start to a cozy mystery that favors an all Black cast of characters. Kendra Clayton and her friend Bernie are waiting for Bernie's boyfriend outside the Literacy Center where they both teach. Bernie finally relents to Kendra's pleas to take her home. Of course Bernie has allowed Jackson Wallace to use her car earlier that day. Bernie decides to go over to her rental house to see if Jackson is there. He is. He's lying on the floor dead. Bernie and Kendra both become suspects, but there are a few people in the small Ohio town that would like to see Jackson dead.
And both Kendra and Bernie have lied to the police. Kendra for Bernie's sake, but what is Bernie hiding?
A cast of good characters that made me chuckle. Like Kendra, I wouldn't want to get on Mama or Gwen's bad side. The story line was good and even paced, although a bit boring in a couple of places. But all in all a most satisfying quick read.
An uninvited "guest" appears on Nero Wolfe's doorstep. Archie knows that Wolfe will not accept a female in his home, especially one who won't give himAn uninvited "guest" appears on Nero Wolfe's doorstep. Archie knows that Wolfe will not accept a female in his home, especially one who won't give him her name. Later, a man comes by to contract Godwin and Wolfe to find his ward before June 30th. The same date that the young woman locked in Wolfe's 3rd floor room had stated as the date she wanted to stay through. When Archie sees the picture of the missing woman, Pre Eads, he knows it's the young woman he had interviewed earlier. When her guardian leaves, Nero sends for the Eads woman and throws her out.
A few hours later, Pre Eads is found strangled on her living room floor. Her maid had been strangled in the same manner a few hours earlier to get Ead's key. Archie feels responsible and finds himself a Nero Wolfe client. Who wanted Pre dead? And why is the date June 30th so important?
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
Anna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of aAnna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of acres and has claimed the life of a man and his dog. The blaze is somewhat controlled and the San Juan crew has been recalled due to a cold front that promises rain. But before Anna and the crew start for the Base camp, a young firefighter is injured. When Anna, the crew chief and the firefighters reach the young man, the winds don't feel right to Pigeon nor John LeFluer.
A "firestorm" swirls rapidly toward them. They must leave the injured firefighter and run! The stretcher suddenly falls as Len runs upward. The others freeze for a second before moving. There is nothing they can do for Newt except pray that his "shake and bake" holds. Anna promises the young man that she'll be back for them. They make it to a dry creek or burn line and get into their fire shelters. Agonizing minutes pass very slowly, as the firestorm passes over them. When the danger has past them, still leaving hot coals in the fire's wake, 8 of 9 people emerge from there shake and bakes. One shelter is still standing. Anna and John can see a lump under the thin shelter - the lump is Len. He's dead, stabbed under his left arm; the knife still in his rib cage. Anna looks around. A killer is in their midst, and everyone is a suspect. All 14 eyes had reasons to kill Len.
News from Base isn't good. Fallen trees and the smoke means no rescue. Smoke turns into fog, the precipitation the National Weather Service predicted is snow. Anna Pigeon must work the murder alone as she and Stephen, the other EMT, try to help the injured crew members. At least FBI Frederick Stanton is close by for her share information and gain a little comfort since she'll have to spend a few days and nights on the mountain in less desirable conditions while catching a killer.
I have always liked Anna Pigeon, but this installment had me wanting to shake her. Her whining became a little tiresome. And her embarrassment for wanting Frederick close to her - well I wanted to scream! Both she and the Agent never said what they were thinking or feeling. You'd think they would with Anna being in danger of freezing to death or worse the killer could have murdered her too.
The fire and the firestorm brought intensity to the story, but the dark, cold nights were slow. And I figured out who the killer was about 1/2 way through the novel, so I rather felt disappointed, but not disappointed enough to dislike this installment. ...more
Finally! I patiently awaited this 7th installment of Jonathon King"s Max Freeman Series with great anticipation. And with good reason, my cynical loner Max is back! King really built the suspense in Don't Lose Her and never let up until the very last word. The Epitaph indicates the story line might not be finished. I love it! Hopefully the 8th in the series is being written as I write this review. Billy Manchester becomes more human too, willing to break the rules like Max. After all it is his wife and unborn child's life at stake.
Federal Judge Diane Manchester is hearing an extradition case involving the worst drug lord Columbia and the US have seen in a while. Soon after the defendant made a veiled threat toward her and her baby in court, Manchester is literally grabbed up from the Palm Beach street while she's walking to a cafe for lunch. Max answers Billy's call to find and rescue Diane. But things are never as they seem, aren't they? The Drug Cartel may not have kidnapped Diane. If it wasn't the cartel, then who and why?
Armed with 100K of walking money, Max follows leads throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. Eventually the trail leads him to the Everglades, and like Diane Manchester says while looking out of a window,"You're screwed. Max knows the Glades and you'll get hurt." But will Freeman get to Diane in time? The FIB's are always right behind him and are constantly demanding that Freeman be debriefed.
I loved the way King moved the story line by several POVs - Diane's,. a kidnapper's, Billy's, and Max's. This built the suspense and pacing brilliantly
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
Debbie Macomber adds more depth to this installment of her newest series Rose Harbor Series both in content and in her narrative telling of the storyDebbie Macomber adds more depth to this installment of her newest series Rose Harbor Series both in content and in her narrative telling of the story in Silver Linings. Told in the 1st person perspective, Jo Marie Rose wonders if her Inn truly has the healing powers that she believed to be true, since her latest guests left downhearted and Mark Taylor has left Cedar Cove taking her heart with him. She has finally found love in another man that is not Paul. His cryptic statement that her husband Paul was truly a hero and that he, Mark, is a coward who should've died instead He must leave Cedar Cove and her to dig himself out of a black hole. Only after he's gone does Jo Marie learn why and fears for Mark because he has put himself in grave danger.
Macomber then uses the 3rd person perspective to tell the story of the two young women, Coco and Katie, who have return to Cedar Cove for their tenth high school reunion. Coco wants to confront the boy who betrayed and humiliated her in their senior year. That experience has left her with trust issues with men. Katie, on the other hand wants to reconnect with her first love. But James had made it very clear that her attempts to reach out to him are unwanted to say the least. Both learn that people do change in ten years and leave Rose Harbor Inn a bit bemused and very down.
But what is different is Macomber continues the three women's stories after that weekend and that made their story more compelling. She usually wraps up all of the loose threads leading to a happy ending before the guests check out. Not all of the women in Silver Linings get that happy ending - one is making a long term reservation to stay at Rose Harbor. And what about Mark Taylor? I guess I'll have to wait until the next installment to find out. ...more
This novel is an easy read. Miller uses Meri and Delia (the Senator's wife) to tell Delia's story. Meri also tells her story as a newlywed, her doubtsThis novel is an easy read. Miller uses Meri and Delia (the Senator's wife) to tell Delia's story. Meri also tells her story as a newlywed, her doubts as an middle-class wife and soon to be mother. Nathan wants a house, especially the other half of this beautiful old brick one time home because they would be neighbors to his hero - Senator Tom Naughton. Tom was a big political star in Democratic politics two decades prior until he wasn't. We do learn why he never ran for a third term and why he is hardly ever in Williston with his wife, Delia. How we find out is rather shocking and Meri's secret almost destroys her friendship with the older woman.
Meri needs and wants something from Delia Naughton. She tries to explain this need all throughout the story line. She does two unbelievably shocking things that will have profound effects to the four residents who call their duplex home. The ending shocked me.
Some places the novel dragged a little, but overall a nice little novel. ...more
Wow! I finished The House at Riverton a few days ago and I'm still trying to process my emotions about the noveWish I could give it 10 Stars
Wow! I finished The House at Riverton a few days ago and I'm still trying to process my emotions about the novel. I loved, loved it since I gave the book the highest rating that exists here, but my emotions are still roiling. An omission of truth led to tragic consequences. But great British Gothic stories are almost always tragic, aren't they? I loved how Kate Morton paid homage to one of my favorite novels, Rebecca, Upstairs, Downstairs even my favorite drama, Downton Abbey and the The House of Mitford. I knew this fact before I read the authors answers in the novel's Q and A. And Kate Morton does a wonderful job of blending these influences to perfection.
Morton's style reminds me of Daphne du Maurier, easy to read but powerful. She develops the characters so well, that I sometimes forgot that they are fictional. I'd love to meet every one of them, even Mr. Hamilton. She accurately depicts the Edwardian Era and her vivid description of Riverton made me feel that I was actually there with Grace and the Hartfords.
Some reveiwers did not enjoy Morton's use of flashbacks, tapes, and letters. I did - I don't think Grace's story could have been told any other way. We readers too become archeologists peeling back layers upon layers to find out what happened on that dark, pivotal night by the lake when a young poet died and a family was forever changed.
A young film maker is doing a bio-pic of the Hartfords and Riverton. She learns that Grace Bradley was a servant at The House at Riverton and may know what happened the night that the young poet R. S. Hunter committed suicide. Of course the 98 year old Dr. Grace Bradley knows exactly what happened - she was there! And she knows the why. Will she tell Ursala? She does tell, but whom? But first Grace must tell what led up to "the crossing the Rubicon". It started when she was 14 and entered service to the Hartford's at The House at Riverton in 1914. ...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
In this (the last?) installment of the Evan Delaney Series we readers finally discover why Jax Riviera and Tim Green keep popping into Evan Delaney'sIn this (the last?) installment of the Evan Delaney Series we readers finally discover why Jax Riviera and Tim Green keep popping into Evan Delaney's life. There is a connection to a mother and son prostitute ring and a failed off the books ops - "Riverbend." Phil Delaney is being prosecuted for revealing classified information and he's been kidnapped by the Sangers. The price is, you guessed it, the Riverbend file that Jax has had hidden all of these years as an insurance policy. Evan must travel to Bangkok, Singapore, and London to get all of Jax's encrypted flash drives before time runs out - Jax has hidden a virus in the encryption that will erase the entire file unless the next drive is installed within a specific timeline. Rio Sanger tells Evan that Phil Delaney only has 72 hours to live without water - she wants that file. So does another interested party that doesn't care about Evan, her father, or an innocent little girl. Jesse Blackburn is working against his fiance, because he promised Phil that he would keep Evan clear from Riverbend, because it would start the "kill chain." Does Evan stay out of the way? No!
Though Evan Delaney have been featured in other Meg Gardiner books as the author told me in her blog's Q & A, the ending of Kill Chain left me cold. I didn't like the way she left Evan - too many questions were left unanswered and more were raised. Gardiner says she'll revisit Evan Delaney/Jesse Blackburn in the near future, but will she? She's written several stand alones and is well through another series, but no Evan Delaney. If a series is coming to an end, I'd like all of the threads tied together, regardless if I like the way those threads are woven. ...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