Unfortunately human trafficing is still a major problem along the Mexico - Texas/Arizona/California borders. This is the story of trafficing woman froUnfortunately human trafficing is still a major problem along the Mexico - Texas/Arizona/California borders. This is the story of trafficing woman from Eastern European countries to the U.S. who are sold into white slavery. While the story itself is fiction, the facts that the plot is based on is all too true....more
The body of a young woman is found floating near the Paradise beach. She turns out to be Florence Horvath, a recently divorced "party girl" from FloriThe body of a young woman is found floating near the Paradise beach. She turns out to be Florence Horvath, a recently divorced "party girl" from Florida. Chief Jesse Stone and his investigators have a long list of suspects, including Florence's younger sisters and her parents. Everyone seems to be hiding something and no one is talking. This is a tricky investigation but one Jesse is determined to see to a successful conclusion. The problem is how to proceed. ...more
Four stories written by four different writers. All feature various Otherworld creatures. Three of the stories I liked, one I didn't like at all.
"TheFour stories written by four different writers. All feature various Otherworld creatures. Three of the stories I liked, one I didn't like at all.
"The Majicka" by Maryjanice Davidson - Ireland lives in an old farmhouse with several supernatural creatures; A vampire named Ezra, a werewolf named Ownen who had been booted out of his pack, a very tall fairy named Lent and a possessed car named Judith. She decides to protect these unusual houemates but doesn't understand why until Micah arrives on her door step. He tries to explain to Ireland, her destiny is that she is a Majicka. Otherworld characters are drawn to a Majicka who is supposed to protect them. Her protection abilities are stretched to the max when a dryad named Willow appears.
"Voodoo Moon" by Lori Handeland's is the story of FBI agent, Dana Duran, who is in Devil's Fork to investigate several unexplained deaths suspected to be murders. When the explaination seems to indicate Voodoo, skeptical Dana has to redirect her thinking. Complications begin when one of her prime suspects is a man she feels extremely attracted to.
"Breath of Magic" by Cheyenne McCray's is the one story I didn't find interesting. I assume that one needs to be familar to the series in order to grasp know what's going on in this short story. It seems Syndey has to use her powers to save the world.
"Any Witch Way She Can" by Christine Warren's was a fun read. When Randy tries her hand at a love spell to bring Mr. Right into her life, she makes a few ingredient substitutions to the mix. The spell causes her to experience more than she bargained for. Not only does she immediately come face-to-face with the man of her dreams, she winds up in her grandmother's house in the middle of an Otherworly political unrest.
Contacting terra57 as she is next on the reading list. ...more
Arkansas bookseller Claire Molloy spends almost as much time solving crimes as she does selling books. This does not make for a peaceful relationshipArkansas bookseller Claire Molloy spends almost as much time solving crimes as she does selling books. This does not make for a peaceful relationship with her husband to be, her police detective Peter Rosen. What harm could come from a local Renaissance fair in Farberville, Arkansas? Only Claire would stumble upon, Edward Cobbinwood, a member of the Renaissance fair group who confides that he has come to Farberville in search of his long-lost father. Claire feels sorry for Edward's plight and decides to help him. While she spends time with the fair's organizers hoping to discover some leads, a house fire claims the life of a mysterious woman named Angie who is working on festival entertainment. A subsequent murder of a local artist who, as it turns out, admitted he was Edward's father, severely complicates everything. While sidestepping attempts to keep her out of the investigation, Claire, as usual, discovers the identity of the killer. A light, pleasant who-done-it with a little humor thrown in for good measure....more
This highly personal memoir, recounts how and why Valerie came to work for the CIA and describes the trauma endured by she and her family due to the bThis highly personal memoir, recounts how and why Valerie came to work for the CIA and describes the trauma endured by she and her family due to the betrayal by the administration. Valerie, daughter of an Air Force colonel and sister of a marine, gave over twenty years of loyal service to the defense of the United States. In return, she saw her career come to an end and her reputation smeared for political ends.
Laura Rozen's afterwards (in the last two CDs) reviews the public record and gives the details that are available to the public, but which the CIA insisted Valerie not include in her own account. ...more
Gabriel Allon, art restorer/ spy is sent to Vienna to discover who was responsible for a bombing. As the facts begin to fall into place, he finds himsGabriel Allon, art restorer/ spy is sent to Vienna to discover who was responsible for a bombing. As the facts begin to fall into place, he finds himself on the trail of one wanted for a massive number of war crimes. ...more
Stone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti are targeted by someone they arrested for murder years before. Not only are their lives in danger, but their frienStone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti are targeted by someone they arrested for murder years before. Not only are their lives in danger, but their friends and relatives are also on the hit list. ...more
Cincinnati-based bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, has hidden a 5,000-year-old Were artifact known as "the focus". Several groups of paranormals are in a pCincinnati-based bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, has hidden a 5,000-year-old Were artifact known as "the focus". Several groups of paranormals are in a power struggle as they search for this powerful artifact. Once they realize Rachae’s involvement, it takes all the effort her partner Jenks and friend Detective Glenn can muster to help Rachel deal with numerous demons, politician (and elf) Trent Kalamack, master vampire Piscary and angry Werewolves. Throughout the book, these angry groups continue to struggle for possession of the artifact leaving a trail of death and destruction along the way. Meanwhile, as a sub-plot, local police are searching for a serial killer and the prime suspect is Rachel's alpha werewolf pal, David Hue. While the FIB (the FBI like Federal Inderland Bureau) is doing their best to pin these murders on David, Rachel is doing her best to prove his innocence . This fifth book in the Hollows series is action-packed ends with more unanswered questions. Can’t wait to see where Kim Harrison will take her characters next.
Los Angeles based PI Regan Reilly is in Miami for a friend's wedding. She befriends the bride's uncle, Richie Blossom, who has invented seemingly ind Los Angeles based PI Regan Reilly is in Miami for a friend's wedding. She befriends the bride's uncle, Richie Blossom, who has invented seemingly indestructible pantyhose. He hopes to sell his patent to a manufacturer and use the money to buy the retirement home where he and his friends live. After numerous tries, he finally receives a letter of interest from one company. A year earlier the residents acquired an option to buy the home from the owner. Before a final agreement could be worked out, the owner died under questionable circumstances. Now the option to buy the building is about to expire. If Richie's project fails, the property will go on the market. When Ruth Craddock of Calla-Lilly Hosiery, gets her hands on a pair of the prototype pantyhose, she realizes that Richie's invention could put her company out of business. The situation becomes more complicated when several attempts are made on Richie’s life. First was an aggressive driver who tries to mow him down. Regan then appoints herself as his protector. She begins to consider the possible connection between the death of the property owner and the attempts on Richie’s life. Both Richie and Reilly find their lives threatened, as the inventor continues his attempt to sell his invention to pantyhose manufacturers at a convention. Light, quick and entertaining read. ...more
Beaton's 22nd Hamish Macbeth mystery begins as the Scottish constable stumbles over the body of a housecleaner and town gossip, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie. Beaton's 22nd Hamish Macbeth mystery begins as the Scottish constable stumbles over the body of a housecleaner and town gossip, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie. Bludgeoned to death with her own pail, the the list of possible suspects is lengthily. Seems most everyone in the Highlands village of Lochdubh has a reason to dislike the woman. Although her clients disliked her, all of them insist that she was an efficient maid. Macbeth made note during his interviews of thick layers of dust in their homes, and decides to look more carefully into her business relationships. He soon discovers that Mrs. Gillespie was a skilled blackmailer. He ignores his jealous senior colleague’s efforts to thwart this investigation, and continues probing into the situation. To add a little more stress to Macbeth’s life, his reporter ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene with a (fellow journalist) new beau.
An ongoing sub-plot running through the series is Macbeth's struggle to fight against promotion. He knows if he is promoted life as he knows it, will be gone. The station house would be shut down and he would be forced to leave Lochdubh for the city of Strathbane. ...more
Elm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begins a search for five quilts made by her mother, Eleanor, who died when Sylvia was 10. Sylvia andElm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begins a search for five quilts made by her mother, Eleanor, who died when Sylvia was 10. Sylvia and Eleanor's stories alternate. Sylvia, an elderly widow, prepares to marry her long time friend Andrew despite his children's oppositions. Her mother's story begins at the turn of the century when Eleanor, daughter of an affluent New York family, defies her mother by quilting with her nanny, Amelia Langley. When Eleanor's sister, Abigail, elopes with her father's business rival, her parents arrange for her to take her sister's place. Eleanor runs away rather than be forced to marry Abigail's jilted fiance. On her way out of the house, a car pulls up and Eleanor's young friend, Fred Bergstrom, is at the wheel. He asks Eleanor to marry him and so begins their life together on his Pennsylvania horse farm at Elm Creek.
As Sylvia begins her search through various quilt shops and museums searching for her mother's quilts she begins to realize how much she doesn't know about her own family history. She soon realizes the need to piece together as much of her mother's life story as she can and sets about this task much the same way as she would begin to piece together a new quilt. ...more