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 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
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
I wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally crI wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally created her book club that meets every month on a Tuesday. The women do discuss their book selections, but they also eat, drink wine, and catch up with what is going on in their lives. Jean needs the group after her husband died. Loretta's husband sits in his recliner clutching the remote, so Loretta escapes into lurid erotica. Janet is silent and shy and overweight who is being abused by her boss. May is younger and loves her solitary life but regales the group with stories of horrible first dates. Dorothy worries for her troubled sons. Mitzi always finds a political "something" to rant about the groups book of the month. Then Bailey happens.
Bailey Butler is Jean's granddaughter, and she is an event. And not a happy on at that. Her "perfect" mother is forced into rehab and her absentee father don't acknowledge her existence. Bailey is hurt, afraid, and very angry. She is to live with Jean. Drama soon becomes the norm and both Jean and Bailey learn that you can survive grief, hurt, and loneliness. Family can be chosen and happiness can be found.
The story starts somewhat slowly, but then you realize that Jennifer Scott has sucked you into the story. The novel is well written; the prose, beautiful. I didn't want the book to end, because I had a big smile upon my face. ...more
Blackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to itBlackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to it. There is some suspense too with a dash of romance and a feel of an historical novel. It could be described as Women's Fiction, but the novel could be read by men and they could enjoy the book as well. I honestly don't know how to describe this small book except to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
Merle Bennett has just lost her husband, Harry. It seems like her husband hid a few important things from her - another family and the draining of their joint banking accounts, and an old family home in France in which a few more skeletons lay buried. Merle goes to France with her son in the hopes of selling the house, but an old eccentric woman refuses to leave the home, stating that Harry's mother gave her the home. The elderly woman dies suddenly and Merle becomes the prime suspect. Her passport is confiscated and is told not to leave the small French village. She starts renovating the stone home and sleuthing into the old woman's life and death unaware that the old woman is tied to her dead in-laws and their secrets.
Summer in France, wine, riots, unfriendly neighbors except Pere Albert, renovation, murder suspect, and a handsome roofer. What more can Merle ask for? ...more
Meg Gardiner knows how to write suspense! She tells a damn good story from mostly Evan Delaney's perspective in the first person and seamlessly transiMeg Gardiner knows how to write suspense! She tells a damn good story from mostly Evan Delaney's perspective in the first person and seamlessly transitions to the third person to further the storyline then right back to Evan POV. This technique adds to the urgency of Luke and her predicament which is very scary - I had nightmares last night.
Evan Delaney is a lawyer and a Sci-Fi author. She stands up to an ultra-right church group, the Remnant at a friend's funeral. She really underestimated them. Peter Wyoming and his cult are "Enders" and they plan to speed up the Apocalypse on or near HELL-O-WEEN. They've already got one of her family members and they have designs on another. They'll stop at nothing including framing her Naval Fighter Pilot brother for Murder! Even Evan's disabled lawyer boyfriend is in their cross-hairs.
The plot is fast moving and Gardiner's prose is easy to read. Pages will fly as you read. Would I recommend this novel? A resounding YES! ...more
I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try hI am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try her other series again - Grant County. I'm glad I picked Indelible because it gives the back story of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Toliver. I now understand Linton a bit better. Lena Adams - I still don't like her for some reason. The story within the main story really works because it explains why 2 gunmen walked into Grant County PD and started shooting cops. They want Chief Jeffery Toliver dead. Why? The answer lies in another small town of Sylacauga, AL where Jeffrey Toliver grew up and where he and Linton's relationship really turned serious. Two crimes are committed in the small Alabama town that has led these 2 men to Heartsdale, GA. And Chief Toliver lies gravely wounded whilst Sara Linton does everything she can do to save Jeffery, the school children, and the other cops held hostage. She also lets her mind drift back to Sylacauga. Has Jeffery's past or the crimes that Linton and Toliver investigated finally caught up to them? Read Indelible to find out.
The flashbacks really worked and gave the present situation more urgency. Slaughter has a gift of terrific narration and suspense building. ...more
Cat Blackburn is an investigative reporter through and through. Fired from her newspaper, she now blogs. A story exposing a dog fighting ring has placCat Blackburn is an investigative reporter through and through. Fired from her newspaper, she now blogs. A story exposing a dog fighting ring has placed her in danger - she named a famous singer, powerful politicians, and sports stars. Someone wants her hurt or worse. Or could she be a target because of her mother - a powerful CIA section chief? Melinda Blackburn isn't taking any chances. She has sent Jack Davenport to keep Cat safe. He's her best operative and her former son in law. What does he do? He kidnaps Cat and takes her home to Eternity Springs, CO. Let the fun begin!
This was a fast read. Emily March has a way with story telling and has a knack for a little mystery and romance. I liked the way she used flashbacks of incidents in both Cat and Jack's life to advance the story line as well as to develop their characters. I didn't realize this was part of a series: Eternity Springs. I am going to have to read more books in the series, because there is magic in Angel's Rest as well in the small CO town. Emily March reminds me of Sarah Addison Allen and her books - a good thing. ...more
Now I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot onNow I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot on and Linda Howard knows how to build suspense. The romances in the novel appear natural and not over written. The characters are well developed - even the bad guys. The premise of Cover of Night is fresh and believable.
Cate Nightingale is a young widow with 4 year old precocious twin sons running a B & B in the remote small town of Trail Stop, ID. She focuses upon making a living for her sons while raising Tucker and Tanner. Cal Harris has been waiting three years for Cate to open her heart again. The locals have even "invented" jobs at the B & B for the shy, quiet handyman to fix, throwing Cate and Cal together. Cate hasn't noticed; she's just grateful to Mr. Harris handyman skills. She will learn more about Cal when the whole Trail Stop community is attacked, cutoff, and held hostage by several armed men. The very same men pulled guns on Cate and Neeah at the B & B a few days prior to the attack on the town. What started the whole standoff? A guest suddenly disappears from the B & B leaving by his room window to the roof and eventually to his vehicle. He has something that could bury a mob boss. And the boss has hired the best of the best fixers to retrieve what was stolen from him, and the fixers don't leave live witnesses. And Cate Nightingale may have the stolen property. The citizenry of Trail Stop will defend their own with Creed, Cal, and Cate leading the way straight into danger. Nothing will be the same in the small, remote Idaho town and Cate just might come to live again, if she survives. ...more
Bombshell is one of the better in Catherine Coulter's FBI Thriller Series. Bombshell centers around 2 main cases: one in Washington, D.C., the other in Maestro VA. Griffin Hammersmith is on his way to D.C. to join Dillon Savitch'e elite FBI team. He has a special talent. Hammersmith stops in Mestro to visit his sister, Delsey whom is a student at at Stanislaus School of Music. Delsey Freestone is also her family's Trouble Magnet. And trouble finds her quickly. After a night of drinking at a party given by two of her professors, she heads home. A few minutes after she arrives at her apartment, she screams. She's found by a neighbor, unconscious, naked, and bloodied. But not all of the blood is hers. And why did her professor drug her drinks? Griffin must find out quickly, because the men who struck Delsey want her dead.
A body is found at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. It is the grandson of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank and every bone in his body broken and frozen. Is this a revenge killing or something more personal?
Catherine Coulter is always a good read. She knows how to build suspense and keep her readers guessing until the end. I recommend this one to everyone who likes Thrillers, especially Romantic Mystery Thrillers. ...more