I could not wait to read this book, as the main character is a former nun (and I am a preacher's kid). I also read the prequel to this book (ChangingI could not wait to read this book, as the main character is a former nun (and I am a preacher's kid). I also read the prequel to this book (Changing Habits), and fell in love with all of the characters.
Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, recently married, has taken over Driscoll Investigations from her husband, Frank, returned to work with the police department. One morning, a lawyer calls Giulia, asking her to work on the Silk Tie Murder. A woman was found on her balcony, strangled with her boyfriend's silk tie, and his client, Roger Fitch, slept through the whole thing. The police believe they have an open and shut case, but the lawyer wants Giulia to go over all everything that happened "before, during, and after the murder to find the real killer", as Fitch claims he is innocent. She happens to know Fitch, as they played together a few times in the community theatre orchestra. But Giulia is also working on a another case involving embezzlement at the company Fitch and the victim both worked for.
Reluctantly, she agrees to take the case, but time is limited. She has two weeks to prove Fitch's innocence. The only problem is, everyone that she talks to believes he's guilty, and tell Giulia more things than she ever wanted to know about Fitch. But the victim was no angel, either, and she finds more suspects than she knows what to do with. As she slowly starts to untangle the web surrounding Fitch, she finds herself face to face with the killer. And they are determined to make sure Giulia never tells anyone the truth.
Alice Loweecey is the type of writer I love: she incorporates plenty of twists and turns with a terrific sense of humor. I could not put this book down, and stayed up all night reading it. Well developed characters that you will easily find yourself rooting for (Giulia, Sydney, Zane and Frank), as well as the ones you will instantly hate (especially Roger Fitch. I wanted to strangle him with a tie myself!). Great plot, exciting story, heart stopping thrill ride to the end. I cannot wait for the next one. This is going to be a great series!
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Nichelle Clarke has seen plenty of gruesome crime scenes as a reporter, but nothing has prepared her for what she sees in an abandoned building on thiNichelle Clarke has seen plenty of gruesome crime scenes as a reporter, but nothing has prepared her for what she sees in an abandoned building on this Saturday night. Her investigation will take her into two different worlds: the sad, desperate world of the homeless people in Richmond, to the cult of a controlling church group with a hidden agenda. Her personal life heats up as well, as Joey, Mr. Mysterious with the mob connections, and Kyle, Mr. ATF agent and her ex-boyfriend, are both eager to keep her safe when someone shoots up her house. Determined to find the answers on her own terms, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation that could cost her not only her life, but someone very close to her.
I have enjoyed this series from the very first book, "Front Page Fatality", and "Devil in the Deadline" does not disappoint. Ms. Walker's writing has gotten better with each book, and I found myself on the edge of my seat, unable to put down this book. She tackles some very tough issues that we, as a society, don't pay much attention to, and the information she provides in the book is very eye opening, to say the least. Well-written, breathtaking, with heart stopping action, smoking hot scenes (I needed a shower after one scene, oh my! *fans myself*), this book delivers. I cannot WAIT to see what happens next! Well done!...more
It’s a beautiful day to go diving, and Hayden Kent is at her favorite spot, the shipwreck of the Humboldt. Unfortunately, her pleasant outing is ruineIt’s a beautiful day to go diving, and Hayden Kent is at her favorite spot, the shipwreck of the Humboldt. Unfortunately, her pleasant outing is ruined when she discovers a dead body in the wreckage, and it isn’t one of the original crew members.
When the authorities show up, they don’t believe her story. They believe she is ‘narked’, a slang term for a condition that can cause divers to act irrationally. It doesn’t help that she also suffers from blinding migraines that cause her to black out. But once she and one of the Coast Guard divers, Paul Muller, dive down to the wreck, he sees the body for himself and realizes she’s right. During their ascent back to the surface, her regulator fails, and Paul saves her life. It seems the hoses on both of her regulators are defective.
She is asked to come down to the police station the next day to answer some questions, and takes her boss, lawyer Grant Huffman, with her. But their questioning makes her uncomfortable, and she walks away believing she is their number one suspect.
The reason she had gone on that dive was because of a bad break up with her boyfriend, Kevin Anderson. She was supposed to meet his brother, Richard, to give him Kevin’s things from her house, but a migraine caused her to cancel. When she woke up Saturday morning, she wasn’t at her house, but at a marina in a wet bathing suit, and no memory of how or why she was there. Then comes the news that the dead body was Richard Anderson, and witnesses claim to have seen her at the marina with him Friday night.
Desperate to clear her name, Hayden starts investigating the case, and she learns things about her ex-boyfriend she never knew. Her relationship with him was based on dozens of lies, and she’s not sure why he would lie to her. After someone breaks into her car one afternoon, she has a heated confrontation at her house with Kevin, who accuses her of killing his brother. (Methinks he doth protest too much!)
Hayden discovers a connection between the dead man and one of the officers investigating the case: he’s her brother-in-law. Two days before he was killed, his wife, Elena, had taken out a restraining order on him. There are recorded incidents of domestic abuse, and she admits to being on the boat with him Friday night. They had a fight; he hit her, even though she’s pregnant, and knocked her out. This makes her a viable suspect in her husband’s death, even more so than Hayden, but she not totally off the hook yet.
During another dive with her friend, Mallory, her air tanks fail. They discover that someone intentionally tampered with them, and since her name is on the side of the tanks, it is safe to say this is no accident. Then someone breaks into her house, knock her out and steal a charm bracelet she found during one of her dives.
Someone is trying to stop her from finding the truth, but Hayden is in too deep to stop. With the killer closing in on her, can she figure things out before someone cuts off her air supply permanently?
I found this book very interesting, because I know absolutely nothing about diving (you won’t find me near a body of water larger than my garden tub). The technical jargon didn’t go flying over my head, but I didn’t feel like I was being talked down to, either. It was presented in a very matter-of-fact way, like Hayden was teaching new students all about diving. The vulnerability of Hayden because of the migraines that cause blackouts added a different layer and dimension to her character that you don’t see very often. This was an intricately woven plot, with plenty of suspects (I guessed the wrong person!), and plenty of bad guys to hate. I loved it, and I cannot wait for Hayden’s next adventure. Well done, Kait, well done! Bravo!!! But I’m still not getting anywhere near the ocean…...more
Eli Marks is working in Uncle Harry’s magic shop when his old high school friend, Jake North, shows up in disguise. He’s in town to shoot scenes for hEli Marks is working in Uncle Harry’s magic shop when his old high school friend, Jake North, shows up in disguise. He’s in town to shoot scenes for his new movie about Terry Alexander, aka the Cloaked Conjurer. Alexander revealed the secrets to magicians’ tricks, which broke the cardinal rule of magic: never reveal how the trick is done. Unfortunately for Alexander, doing this ruined his career. He died doing a trick called “The Bullet Catch”. It’s the last scene scheduled to be filled, and Jake is afraid it may be the last scene he ever films.
Their fifteen-year high school reunion is taking place while he is in town, and while they are there, they run Trish, who was the most popular girl in school back then. She’s married to Dylan Lasalle, the most likely to be arrested, how the heck did he graduate bad boy of their class. Dylan spends the evening ignoring his wife; instead, he spends the evening flirty with the women and getting drunk. Their last view of him that night is being driven away by Trish. The next morning, he’s dead.
The police think it might be a mugging, but Eli has no intention of getting involved in another case. So he visits the movie set, where he learns that Hollywood relationships have a shorter expiration date than a gallon of milk. No wonder Jake is worried. Having the star of the picture die while filming the final scene would guarantee a box office hit.
While Eli is worried about his friend, he’s asked to perform magic tricks at a private party. But when he gets there, this must be a seriously private party, because there are no cars anywhere. Instead, he an older gentleman named Mr. Lime, who wants to know what the police said to him about Dylan’s death. Mr. Lime is a bit of an odd duck, who loves to quote old movies, like Casablanca, Double Indemnity, and Laura, with an odd reference to Francis the Mule.
Feeling sorry for the Widow Lasalle puts Eli in the crosshairs of the Assistant District Attorney, who just happens to be his ex-wife, who just happens to be married to the lead detective of the case. She accidentally points him in the direction of another classmate, who turns up dead before his appointment with Eli.
The bodies continue to fall, Mr. Lime makes another creepy appearance with more movie references, and Eli becomes concerned that Trish may be next. But he’s also trying to figure out how to make sure Jake survives the final scene of the movie, the dreaded Bullet Catch.
Will Eli be able to use enough sleight of hand tricks to save Jake, and figure out who the killer is? Or will someone be doing The Broken Wand at his funeral?
The Bullet Catch is a delightfully wonderful book. I particularly like seeing a main character with flaws, in Eli’s case, his fear of heights. As I read those particular scenes, I could feel his fear, and at times, I felt my own heart racing for him. The First Thursday scene had me laughing out loud (good thing I was home alone at the time!). Gaspard wrote a fantastic book. The plot was intricate and detailed, and as a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood, I loved all the references to the old movies. The plots of these movies are woven seamlessly into the mystery at the heart of the book, and I found myself stopping to remember the plots of these old movies, and trying to figure out how it related to the present mystery. I highly recommend The Bullet Catch, and I look forward to Eli’s next adventure. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m off to Rick’s Place....more
Calla Price is an 18-year-old girl who lives in a funeral home. No, really, she doeServa me, servabo te…
They can be good, and they can be bad.
Calla Price is an 18-year-old girl who lives in a funeral home. No, really, she does. In high school, they called her “Funeral Home Girl” because she always had the smell of chemicals on her from the embalming process. She’s also her twin brother’s Finn protector, which is a full-time job, because she needs to save him…
Serva me, servabo te…
The summer between high school and the start of college should be a fun time. But for Calla and Finn, it’s anything but. Their mother, Laura, is killed in a head-on collision one night on a rain-slick road. Calla feels responsible, because she had called her mother, and was on the phone with her when she died.
As Calla deals with her guilt, Finn is dealing with his own demons. He has secrets, secrets that are buried deep. He won’t even share them with Calla, and he tells her anything. The voices in his head keep telling him to hurt himself, to tell Calla, to stop her pain. She’s afraid he’s off his meds, and she goes with him to his group sessions every week, just to make sure he goes.
While she is waiting for him to get through with a session one day, she meets a man who instantly captures her heart. He begins to consume her night and day. She’s attracted to him, and feels like he is the one to save her from her grief.
The man, Dare Dubray, moves into the carriage house next to their home. He’s right there, willing to listen to her, but not always willing to open up. There are secrets he’s hiding, dark secrets he can’t tell her for fear of hurting her.
Ever since his wife died, Calla’s father has seemed aloof and detached, especially from Finn. As Finn seems to spiral further and further out of control, Calla is desperate to learn what secrets he is keeping from her. She can’t move on with Dare because she knows that she is the only one who can save Finn.
Serva me, servabo te…
The secrets that Dare, Finn and her father are keeping from her are starting to affect her in negative ways. The only way to find the truth is to read Finn’s journal. But will the truth truly set her free, or will it have a much more devastating effect?
Save me, and I will save you…
Will they be able to save her?
I will admit that the beginning of the book was a little slow for me, and I even put it aside for a while before picking it up again to continue reading it. The further I got into the story, the more intrigued I became. The secrets that everyone has leaves the reader wondering just how bad they are, and what will the devastating effects of learning all these secrets be? Who will be standing at the end? This is a very intricately woven plot, with the layers slowly being peeled back as the story progresses. Is Dare there to save her, or pull her under? Can she do anything to pull her father out of his grief in time to save Finn? Will she even be able to save Finn? These are the questions, among many, that you will be asking yourself as you read the story. It is dark, very creepy at times (to me, that is), and the ending is mind-blowing. Are you ready for it? Can you figure out how to save everyone?
Wouldn’t It Be Deadly returns us to the wonderful world of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. Eliza is still living with the Professor’s motWouldn’t It Be Deadly returns us to the wonderful world of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. Eliza is still living with the Professor’s mother, and she has become a phonetics teacher, employed by Maestro Emil Nepommuck. Between the two of them, they have several students, all wanting to sound more upper class for various reasons.
Higgins, however, is not pleased with Eliza’s employer, because Nepommuck’s ads make it sound like he trained Eliza, not Higgins, and he is using her to draw students to his school. Higgins vows to ruin Nepommuck, which could ruin Eliza’s career as well.
The students, as Eliza once did, will try out their newly-acquired upper crust accents at a part being held by Lady Gresham. Things quickly take a downward turn when Lady Gresham and Nepommuck announce their engagement, Mary Finch, one of their students, makes a scene, believing he loves her and not Lady Gresham. She is forcibly removed by the butler, with her embarrassed husband trailing behind her.
True to his word, Higgins gives a local newspaper damaging evidence about Nepommuck that will definitely ruin him. Shortly afterwards, Eliza finds the poor man dead, one of her tuning forks in his mouth, and she’s the prime suspect.
Luckily, her alibi checks out, and she reunites with her cousin, Jack Shaw, who is now a Detective Inspector for Scotland Yard. Unfortunately, because of the article in the newspaper, and the fact that he has no alibi, the prime suspect is now Higgins.
The duo begins to investigate the murder, and discover the victim was blackmailing some, if not all, of his students. And while they hope to find a murderer among the students, everyone seems to have an unshakeable alibi.
Returning to Nepommuck’s apartment to retrieve her things, Eliza, Higgins, Colonel Pickering and his friend, Major Aubrey Redstone, discover Cornelius Finch sitting on the sofa, and his wife dead at his feet. Does this mean Finch could have killed Nepommuck, too?
With pressure mounting from the victim’s fiancée and Scotland Yard, Higgins, Eliza, Jack and the rest of the troupe work frantically to find the real killer before Higgins is clapped in irons and thrown in prison.
D.E. Ireland has done a beautiful job of bringing Eliza and the Professor back to life. Being true to My Fair Lady, they create a wonderful mystery that shows the complex relationship between the two continues. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the authors paint a picture of Wimpole Street and London that makes the reader feel like they are right there, walking alongside the characters. I had absolutely no problem envisioning Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, and Wilfred Hyde-White as I read the story. The plot is well-written, with many twists, turns, a few surprises and an ending I didn’t see coming. This is a book I will gladly recommend, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Move Your Blooming Corpse. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s 2:10 a.m., and I feel the need for a rousing rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night” before I collapse into bed....more