I'm a fan of Lois Winston's Anastasia Pollack's mystery series. That woman gets in more trouble and ends up solving more murders, I think she should b...moreI'm a fan of Lois Winston's Anastasia Pollack's mystery series. That woman gets in more trouble and ends up solving more murders, I think she should be in the unemployment line -- it might save fictional lives. In Mosaic Mayhem, Anastasia and her longtime beau, Zack Barnes, travel to Spain for a romantic getaway from Anastasia's sleuthing, family dynamics and debt. Turns out Anastasia doesn't need the confines of New Jersey to get into trouble, the story opens with our heroine kidnapped at gunpoint in a case of mistaken identity. The real twist: Anastasia is mistaken for a billionaire's wife (of course). A fun who-dun-it told in Lois Winston's funny and unique style.(less)
Lowcountry Bombshell (Liz gets herself into a heap more trouble in book two. It's sexy and fun and Ms. Boyer outdid herself with the incorporation of...moreLowcountry Bombshell (Liz gets herself into a heap more trouble in book two. It's sexy and fun and Ms. Boyer outdid herself with the incorporation of a ghost the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Loved following along this fantastic series. (less)
I thoroughly got caught up reading The Edge of Normal. What a brilliant concept in which a kidnapped victim (held for years)survives and is asked by h...moreI thoroughly got caught up reading The Edge of Normal. What a brilliant concept in which a kidnapped victim (held for years)survives and is asked by her psychiatrist to help another victim who is rescued and in a similar situation.
Norton writes a worthy protagonist. Who cannot sympathize with this young woman. She also writes an antagonist who is creepy, scary and as I read, my paranoia struck me like a 2 x 4 that this guy was smart, always one step ahead of the police (no spoilers), and so diabolical, I wondered how on earth he'd be stopped.
My one area in which I couldn't suspend my disbelief is that the protagonist a victim herself would go traipsing off in an unfamiliar area when so many signs were evident that the kidnapper was close. She's also much too trusting in my opinion, hence when she even comes face to face with him near her car, and she brushes it off as an "oh well," kind of scenario (again no spoilers).
In any event, Ms. Norton tells a fabulous tale, and I enjoyed the ride!(less)
I feel I may have cheated when reading this book because I read it in gosh, too many years ago to count. However, Sanders's Deadly Sin series was the...moreI feel I may have cheated when reading this book because I read it in gosh, too many years ago to count. However, Sanders's Deadly Sin series was the first stories that put my heart to pounding and made me wish I could write. Recently, I wanted to see if that belief was still true, and darned if it isn't.
Lawrence Sanders quite simply is a master. Of characterization, of research, of police procedure, of getting inside the characters' (and readers' heads). His set up might indeed be frowned upon today. He starts the book with several chapters surrounding the antagonist, and then we meet Captain Edward X. Delaney and several chapters pertain to him and the politics surrounding a police captain with a critically ill wife.
But a killer is on the streets of New York City, and soon Captain Delaney is torn. Torn between sitting by his wife's bedside and putting a madman away. Naturally it's not as simple as that because as I said politics is afoot, and a new kind of police reorganization has got the department all the way to the mayors' office in turmoil.
Edward X Delaney's wife takes a turn for the worse, and he tries to resign. A police commissioner persuades him to take a leave of absence, while secretly investigating Daniel G. Blank (who the reader clearly knows is the man walking the streets of New York and hacking unsuspecting men with an ice ax.)
Captain Delaney must do much of the leg work and research himself, and we see him recruit civilians to aid him in this quest, including a bedridden mountain climber, a 70+ retired curator dying to be of assistance and the widow of one of Blank's victims. Much of the case is done thanks to these people when the city is in a full-blown panic because of the new administrations' blunders and inability to catch the killer.
Captain Delaney is called back to work. And with police resources given him, he makes every effort to stop a killer from killing again.
Baby Gone Bye by Marilee Brothers engaged me from the opening pages in which high school senior Gabe Delgado opens his door to a sweet little bundle o...moreBaby Gone Bye by Marilee Brothers engaged me from the opening pages in which high school senior Gabe Delgado opens his door to a sweet little bundle of joy. Shockingly, the baby turns out to be Gabe's, with a note from the birth mom explaining she can't keep her safe from the Abolesco. Keep her until you run out of diapers, she tells the young dad. And that's what Gabe plans to do. He not only has earned a reputation for being a bad boy, he can't remember the mom.
Fortunately Gabe is surrounded by a rock of the family, "Birdie" the name bequeathed to the nameless babe, is no ordinary little girl, and further she bears the traits of the Delgados proving she's Gabe's.
Thrust into the uncommon role of a high school dad, Gabe will grow up fast, learn empathy for young women in the same position and work to discover why Angel Gabriella was left on his doorstep. Though he shows moments of typical teenaged angst, with the help of his next door neighbor Abby, who has a few surprises of her own, Gabe becomes absolutely heroic.
Filled with mystery, suspense and magic, readers will fall in love with the Gabe and Abby and the entire Delgado family. I loved Baby Gone Bye. (less)
From the moment I picked up "I'd Know you Anywhere," I braced myself for what was to come next. Elyza was the kind of woman I'd want to call friend, b...moreFrom the moment I picked up "I'd Know you Anywhere," I braced myself for what was to come next. Elyza was the kind of woman I'd want to call friend, but within a few pages, we learn she is not your typical housewife who cares deeply about her husband and two kids. She is the lone survivor of a serial killer; what's more he is sadistic enough to want to get in touch with her. I don't know who I was afraid of more, Walter or the woman who befriended him and is Elyza's contact. -- After all, Walter was behind bars, his contact, and clearly over the top from a rational aspect, was not.
Lippman is so talented, she steers the reader in different directions and makes him wonder about every character in this book. Elyza's daughter is acting out, her son is having nightmares. Sibling rivalry is addressed past and present, parental relationships and the relationships Elyza unwittingly maintains with the mother of one of Walter's victims -- who clearly doesn't understand why Elyza lived and her daughter is dead. These threads are dangled, and ups the mind games enough to make the reader wonder what comes next until we get to the end.
As the author goes between then and now, "I'd Know You Anywhere," was hard to put down. This was my first Laura Lippman novel and it won't be my last. (less)
Robert Crais obviously had a story to tell, and wanted readers to know how important the K-9 Unit is to the LAPD, he made the gutsy move to go into th...moreRobert Crais obviously had a story to tell, and wanted readers to know how important the K-9 Unit is to the LAPD, he made the gutsy move to go into the POV of a German shepherd after her trainer is killed and she is severely injured in war-torn Afghanistan.
Enter Scott James a police officer on his way to a new job within the LAPD, when he and his partner are in the wrong place at the wrong time and ambushed. When his partner dies, and James is shot three times, he against all odds, stays with the LAPD but joins the K-9 unit as sort of "settling." Hardly a dog man, this position will be a test not only for a man suffering huge guilt about the death of his partner, and her dying words "Don't Leave Me, he inherits a dog who is suffering PTSD in every way Scott James is.
The secondary characters are amazing in this book, in particular, James' K-9 Commanding officer who would just as soon be around a dog than a human being. If I didn't have respect for the K-9 units before, I certainly do now, and it's because Mr. Crais made certain the reader understood the bond the officer and dog have to one another, that the police officer is ALPHA, and the dog's goal is to please, protect and be PACK. (I tried to figure out how the author might have told this story in a different way without going into Maggie's (the German Shepherd's point of view)) and I honestly think it wouldn't have registered how important this man/animal relationship is. I absolutely loved learning about her sense of smell, what an asset these dogs are to law enforcement.
Robert Crais doesn't know how to write a bad book and Suspect is no exception. Add to this unusual plotline, a fantastic mystery, gut-wrenching emotion, where James learns so much, not only about his partner German shepherd, he learns who he is as a man. Suspect is yet another novel that cements Robert Crais as a master storyteller.(less)
It's been years since I read See Jane Die, but I still recall the plot vividly. That's the sign of a brilliant storyteller, when she can wrap you arou...moreIt's been years since I read See Jane Die, but I still recall the plot vividly. That's the sign of a brilliant storyteller, when she can wrap you around her plot and character you remember it to this day. This is one of my favorite Erica Spindler novels. She gains our sympathy immediately for her protagonist Jane and then neatly introduces suspects into the plot of those closest to her. But I think the introduction of Stacey, who Ms. Spindler chose to give her own story after See Jane Die, delighted me the most. A great, tough, character, and that plot was a puzzler and intricate as well. Erica Spindler just gets better and better. (less)
Ms. Young is a new author for me, but one I'll be returning to. Loved Kaitlyn and Ryan and the dynamics she created in the family setting. My kind of...moreMs. Young is a new author for me, but one I'll be returning to. Loved Kaitlyn and Ryan and the dynamics she created in the family setting. My kind of read in which an author doesn't overwhelm the reader with backstory but spreads it out throughout the book and keeps us guessing. Not everything is as it seems in Burning Lies, hence the title. A smart, well written read I highly recommend. And, yay, I felt like I visited Australia after this story. Well done! (less)
This is my first Karen Slaughter novel. To say I liked it would be false, to say I was compelled to read it and finish it, would be more in line with...moreThis is my first Karen Slaughter novel. To say I liked it would be false, to say I was compelled to read it and finish it, would be more in line with my thinking. There are no light moments in this book. It's gritty and violent but Slaughter's writing, her research well done and her storytelling and the way she keeps the reader guessing, amazing.
When I started the book I was confused, I thought I was following the hero--and didn't like what I was reading at all. Turns out I was following the antagonist, which as I read made sense. Love that she takes chances with craft and character arcs. Gutsy, fearless writing.
Some of the characterization rang false, everyone was "so" tortured, but again I was compelled. And if an author convinces a reader to pick up a book to see what happens, and the reader picks it up every chance she gets -- heck, it's 482 pages long --that warrants a five star rating. A compelling, thought-provoking read.(less)
This is my first Karen Robards novel, and I have to say I was wowed by her writing, storytelling and impeccable research. But like others the idea tha...moreThis is my first Karen Robards novel, and I have to say I was wowed by her writing, storytelling and impeccable research. But like others the idea that she could be attracted, no matter how hot, Garland was, took away from the story. She hints in the book that Garland isn't a serial killer. But my main problem with this is the word "serial." Surely some competent lawyer would have figured this out, and why was Garland so willing to go to his death in prison without proclaiming his innocence? One murder, okay, but several? That was a major hole in book one. Ideally, Ms. Robards will explain it in book two. I'll have to read the reviews first before I contemplating buying anymore of this series. (less)