Popped Off, Jeffrey Allen's latest book, is a terrific follow-up to his debut novel, Stay At Home Dead. The plot is full of hilarious twists and turnsPopped Off, Jeffrey Allen's latest book, is a terrific follow-up to his debut novel, Stay At Home Dead. The plot is full of hilarious twists and turns and the relationship between Deuce and Julianne is simply fantastic. Many memorable minor characters and dialogue that is laugh out loud funny make this a true stand-out in the cozy mystery world. I can't wait for the third installment....more
A beautiful, heart-wrenching read. Holly Cupala's prose is nothing less than brilliant. The first sentence pulls the reader in and trust me, it only gA beautiful, heart-wrenching read. Holly Cupala's prose is nothing less than brilliant. The first sentence pulls the reader in and trust me, it only gets better. Don't Breathe A Word is filled with rich, flawed characters in a complex story -- what more could you ask for?
I had some minor issues with the plot (choices Joy made as she left -- bringing her cell phone and her backpack, and the slight Disneyesque ending) but it didn't detract from me falling head over heels in love with the story. I can't wait to read more by Holly Cupala....more
1. Sarah Simpson is a quirky heroine with a wonderfully dry sense of humor. 2. The journal-style allows readers to unearth pReasons to enjoy this book:
1. Sarah Simpson is a quirky heroine with a wonderfully dry sense of humor. 2. The journal-style allows readers to unearth pieces of her story, bit by bit, as a journal should. Each journal entry is like another piece of buried treasure, just waiting to be discovered. 3. Rebecca Rupp's clever inner dialogue allows readers to not only empathize with Sarah but with all of the other characters in the book, too...even her absent dad and Kim, his new wife. 4. Reading this is like eating a piece of turtle fudge cheesecake. Don't let its slim size fool you -- it is delightfully rich with humor and poignancy....more
With the fallout from Liquid Smoke (the 3rd installment in the Noah Bradoock mysteries), I wasn't surGood news! Noah Braddock is back...in a big way.
With the fallout from Liquid Smoke (the 3rd installment in the Noah Bradoock mysteries), I wasn't sure what to expect with Drift Away. Where would Noah go? What would Noah do?
His life forever altered, Drift Away begins with Noah living in Florida, a quiet, mundane existence renting chairs and umbrellas on the beach. Yes, he's on the run. Not just from the consequences of his actions in San Diego; he's on the run from himself. While laying low on the Gulf of Mexico, Noah is suddenly befriended by Jackson, a young boy and Bella, his troubled, attractive mother. Despite his attempts to remain aloof and uninvolved, he finds himself in the thick of things as he tries to help disentangle Bella from a life flavored by poor decisions. While helping her, Noah's own past filters in—in very surprising ways—and he's faced with the biggest decision of all: does he keep running or does he go back to San Diego to face the memories...and the consequences?
The Noah Braddock in Drift Away is unlike anything we've ever seen before: scared, worried, and haunted by memories of what he did and all that he left behind. Our tough-guy surfer detective is flawed and vulnerable and I'll admit...by the end of the book, I liked him more than ever.
The internal struggles he faces—does he help young Jackson and his mom, Bella?—is front and center in this story. Sure, there are external forces moving the story along. Thugs and seedy characters materialize regularly, both new ones and some surprisingly familiar ones (hint: you may want to read the Noah Braddock short story in Shelby's Out of Time collection), and although they help propel the action, it is really Noah's thoughts and emotions that are the driving force in this book.
Be prepared: this isn't your typical action-packed mystery. It's more thoughtful. More introspective. It gives us an intimate glimpse into the mind of a wrecked man...a man wrecked by his own decisions and actions. Watching Noah struggle—and ultimately rise to the challenge—makes it much different than any of the earlier Noah Braddock books. It makes it better....more