I have found a new author to read in Patricia Dusenbury. From the opening pages to the end of this novel, I found myself picking it up every chance II have found a new author to read in Patricia Dusenbury. From the opening pages to the end of this novel, I found myself picking it up every chance I had. That's the sign of a talented writer who in this day and age of distractions can have a reader tuning back in to find out "who dun it." What's more, this is book two of a series. It definitely can stand alone so readers will not be lost.
Ms. Dusenbury's dialogue, her characters, and the emotion she inserts into this novel stand out. Widow Claire Marshall, part owner in a construction/remodeling company is hired by sexy race car driver Tony Burke to remodel/restore his New Orleans' home. In addition to a completed project, the two discover the bones of Jim Burke, making Tony sure that his mother Genevieve killed Tony's father. This reunites Claire with Police Chief Mike Robinson from book one and an interesting love triangle develops in addition to a superior mystery thread.
Highly intelligent writing, Ms. Dusenbury takes readers from renovation to horses, to fine auto dealerships. Although I found the subjects interesting I found some topics were overwritten for my mystery tastes. But her characters are outstanding. I finished this book two days ago and can still imagine Mike's cookie eating partner, Genevieve's loyal but naïve nursing home assistant, and a myriad cast of characters who came on stage to add to this nefarious plot. A wonderful read 4.5 stars....more
If you're looking for laugh out loud funny in your mystery, I can highly recommend this book. The antics Frankie Lou finds herself in tangling with thIf you're looking for laugh out loud funny in your mystery, I can highly recommend this book. The antics Frankie Lou finds herself in tangling with the egocentric Poppy land Poppy dead in a baptismal font and Frankie Lou as the prime suspect in her death. I normally can contain myself, but Ms. Lee has a way with words and inserting humor in all the right places. I read at bedtime. I was laughing so hard that my husband moved to the couch. He might not, but I definitely recommend!...more
I love Urban Fantasy when the world building is exceptional. Darby Kaye has done this and more. Her combination of setting, love of family and creatinI love Urban Fantasy when the world building is exceptional. Darby Kaye has done this and more. Her combination of setting, love of family and creating outstanding three-dimensional characters kept me invested in this book. I kept reading to learn how Bann and Cor could possibly escape an insane god willing to spare Bann's life, that is, if the descendant of Brian Boru would give him his eight-year-old son. Every parent's nightmare is to see a child go missing; imagine the impossible task of watching your child and knowing a god has made claims on him.
I loved the relationship Ms. Kaye forged between Ban and the healer Shay Doyle. Part healer warrior, she is the ultimate kick-butt heroine. The witty dialogue, the Celtic legends, this book is the ultimate escapism. Full of human emotion... oh, wait, strike that, Fey emotion, this book is filled with apt examples of bravery, jealously, love and more.
Further, just when you think life might take a turn for the better for these poor tortured characters, the author throws in a fiendishly clever twist. I must say I didn't like it, but in a world founded in Celtic legend and mysticism, I understood it and it worked to set up book two. I'm gathering my breath for December when I'll dive into Unholy Blue....more
I'm a fan of Kylie Brant's Mindhunter series, but 11 qualifies her in my mind among the top thriller writers of this generation. Gutsy, fearless and iI'm a fan of Kylie Brant's Mindhunter series, but 11 qualifies her in my mind among the top thriller writers of this generation. Gutsy, fearless and incredibly smart writing, Ms. Brant takes the reader from DaNang Vietnam back to the US all while Mia Deleon aka 11 tries to outrun a madman desperate to return her to his collection. Mia is about as tortured a heroine as I've ever read and Jude Bishop the perfect match for her. Ms. Brant's knowledge of technology, law enforcement, the human psyche had me flipping pages to see what would happen next. 11 is why thriller readers read. Kylie Brant weaves the mystery, suspense, heartache like the seasoned pro she is. Full of surprises, I was on the edge of my seat, and I absolutely adored the believable relationship she created between Mia and Jude. Pinky swear....more
Imagine a woman who looks for romantic signs in everything, and uses these for the basis of a relationship. The result, she is excellent at getting duImagine a woman who looks for romantic signs in everything, and uses these for the basis of a relationship. The result, she is excellent at getting dumped and in the most abrupt and most painful ways. Now imagine this woman, an elementary school teacher and artist, who is genuinely a great person, winning upwards of $250 million dollars in the lottery. Turns out, men no longer want to dump her; she's receiving proposals out of the woodwork and cyberspace. Kim Sanders creates a wonderful story about Victoria Adams whose grandmother "Gran" convinced her that dragons are real, that castles in Ireland are forever and to trust in the signs.
I absolutely loved Ms. Sanders description of Ireland, the Irish brogue and dialogue, and the characters. Blending old with new into Dublin and then the surrounding country, I felt I had been there. Naturally men still are coming out of the woodwork when Tori arrives, determined to buy a castle, but Shane MacKenzie a man she met on the plane has fallen instantly in love. So why not a happily ever right then and there? Because Tori's been pretty badly bruised and doesn't trust easily, and the castle she wants to buy, Shane's brother has put up for sale unbeknownst to Shane and he's not happy about it.
A brilliant love story full or romance, I highly recommend!...more
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 bI'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....more
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 ofLowcountry 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. ...more
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 hI 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!...more
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 theI 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 oBaby 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. ...more
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, bFrom 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. ...more
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 thRobert 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....more