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Friday, June 29, 2012
Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy is the third book in the “Manor House” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2012
Someone is stealing items from Marshfield Manor and things go from bad to worse when a guest is murdered and another shot. Grace captures the killer on film and soon becomes a target herself and will have to use long dormant skills to slice this case open. Julie has done it again; she’s written a great story that showcases the strength and moxie of Grace Wheaton as she investigates thefts and another murder at Marshfield Manor. The author did a good job in fleshing out this mystery with plenty of diversion that kept my attention as I could not put this book down. This was an excellent read and I can’t wait for what happens next at Marshfield Manor in this enjoyably pleasant series.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend is the second book in the “Fortune Teller” mystery series. Publisher: June 2012
What a great read. I love a book that keeps me in suspense and make me laugh at the same time. This fast-moving and action filled drama entertained me as the author did a good job in leading me in several directions with the many twists and turns in this well-written mystery that quickly became a page-turner. What I enjoy most is the relationships that Sunny has with her friends and family that shines in every scene and their antics had me laughing and the addition of her Granny–awesome. Their antics had me laughing. I look forward to the next book in this delightfully appealing and charming series.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Diva Digs Up The Dirt by Krista Davis is the sixth book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2012
Doing a good deed at her boyfriend’s house leads to a discovery that takes Sophie on a journey with surprising results. What an exciting read that I could not put down. The twists and turns in this frantic paced mystery kept me both intrigued and guessing as the story moved towards a conclusion befitting the title of this wonderfully crafted novel. This series keeps getting better and better and I look forward to the new adventure that awaits them in this delightfully entertaining series.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
And the really amazing thing is that this is all based on a true story. I love my brother, but can't imagine going to such extremes for him. And I have to give credit to The Innocence Project as well. As much as we don't like to admit it, some people are wrongfully convicted. Especially on eyewitness testimony (which in this case was perjurous). I remember seeing a powerful play many years ago based on several cases they had freed people on. It was called The Exonerated and starred Brian Dennehy, Chad Lowe and Mia Farrow. I still believe the majority of police are good and truly do try to find the truth. In this movie, the investigating officer was corrupt. But it heartwarming to see him get out of jail and meet his grown up daughter, though you have to be sad about all he lost. Excellent movie
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly is the third book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2012
This was a good read. Dead bodies seems to find Kathleen when first she falls down an embankment and then finds one drowned in basement. Are the two incidents connected, despite being years apart? Is the drowning accidental or murder? That is what I faced as this book became a page-turner that I could not put down. The author did a good job in keeping me guessing in this mystifying whodunit. The story boasts a strong heroine who is making her own way in her newly adopted town, two friendly felines who are a whiz at communicating and a supporting cast that rounds out this charmingly terrific series and with that ending, I can’t wait for the next book in this lighthearted tale.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Ellie is a professional dog walker. She has been hired to take care of the models' dogs at a special Fashion Week contest. When one of the designers is killed, she is asked to snoop and find out who did it.
Ellie also has a special gift of being able to communicate psychicly with her charges which helps her immensely with both her job and her snooping.
I loved Ellie and her friends - they are interesting characters. And I loved the setting as I am a fashion addict and love competitions like Project runway.
The motive was not easy to figure out but the story was quite satisfying
It is mostly cozy - but the language may offend some readers
Detective Wilks is called in to investigate a series of gruesome, ritualistic killings of patients in the psychiatric ward of a MA hospital. He is frequently hampered by the chief of secuirity and the ward administrator in his efforts.
This is a pretty interesting story with what I found to be a very dynamic detective. But the two characters mentioned above seemed a bit too one-dimensional and pardon the expression - "insane" for my taste. I wanted to have them both sent to jail for blatant obstruction of justice.
Additionally, I would have liked to have seen more development of the patients on the ward and their back stories.
I did forsee some of the twists in the story, but was okay with that as they seemed to fit. And overall, did enjoy the read and did like the detective enough to try another story with him in it.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Morgan Snow is a professional therapist specializing in sexual issues. When her client (an expensive call girl who is writing a book about her lifestyle) disappears, it seems possible that one of her clients is involved. Also, that it may be connected to a series of ritualistic murders of prostitutes. Morgan feels her only way to help Cleo is to investigate herself because she can't legally or ethically violate her patient's confidences.|
This book is interesting in many ways. The first is how it...moreMorgan Snow is a professional therapist specializing in sexual issues. When her client (an expensive call girl who is writing a book about her lifestyle) disappears, it seems possible that one of her clients is involved. Also, that it may be connected to a series of ritualistic murders of prostitutes. Morgan feels her only way to help Cleo is to investigate herself because she can't legally or ethically violate her patient's confidences.
This book is interesting in many ways. The first is how it switches from Morgan's first person point-of-view to third person POV when focusing on the police investigation to actual book excerpts from the expose' in question.
Additionally, I liked both the pacing of the story and the level of insight Morgan's character showed.
I am not sure whether or not the story actually needed the romantic element in it, but that might just be because it seems an overdone theme to me.
Overall though, I really enjoyed the book.
The funny this is that I loved her book Lip Service when I read it several years ago, and can't imagine why it has taken me so long to read another. LOL
Final Sail by Elaine Viets is the 11th book in the “Dead-End Job” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, May 2012
Phil and Helen are back and in their latest projects as private detectives, Phil dons multiple disguises when their client insists that her father is slowly being killed by his new wife and Helen’s dead-end job skills comes in handy on a smuggling case. This action-filled and fast-paced drama was a great read that I could not put down. The witty dialogue and humorous escapades the guys have when they are pursuing their suspects is such a fun ride that I don’t want to see end. The author did a great job in describing each scene as I imagined myself tagging along with them. This engaging mystery boasts a lovable cast and a comfortable tone and I look forward to the next exciting adventures in this pleasingly enjoyable series.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Scarlet Pepper by Dorothy St. James is the second book in the “White House Gardener” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2012
This was a very enjoyable read. Someone is digging up the vegetable garden and leaking information, putting Casey in jeopardy. When a reporter is found dead and Casey starts receiving threatening messages, Casey will have to dig deep to find the culprit. This was a fast-paced, action-packed drama with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. The author did a great job at keeping me in suspense as the story moved forward with spurts from Casey’s traumatic childhood. Gordon, Alyssa and Jack are back in this charming whodunit and I look forward to more exciting adventures with this crew.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Perfectly Matched by Heather Webber is the fourth book in the “Lucy Valentine” mystery series. Publisher: Blue Dandelion Press, May 2012
Like fine wine, this series keeps getting better and better. I love it! The heat is definitely on in this tale of mystery and intrigue. Someone is setting fires and it will take Lucy’s hidden abilities to stomp out those flames. All the familiar people are back from Marisol, to Sean to Preston, to Em, to Dovie and of course Lucy as she tackles several cases including a missing person; the search for a soul mate; an arsonist causing havoc and the usual family quirkiness that has her searching for answers. This non-stop, fun-filled and fast-moving story was a great read that I could not put down. This mystery kept me guessing and that ending…WOW! With a lovable cast, entertaining dialogue and a very comfortable tone, this is the best one ever in this delightfully appealing series.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bare-Naked Lola by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is the third book in the “Lola Cruz” mystery series. Publisher: Entangled Publishing, May 2012
What a great read. Lola latest case has her going undercover as a cheerleader. When a clue points her in the direction of a nudist resort, how far will Lola go to get the job done? Well, you’ll have to get your own copy to find out. What a great read. This was one fun and sexy drama that I did not want to see end. The mystery kept me guessing but the comedic exploits and the romance, oh the romance had me smiling as the story progressed. With sexy and spitfire Lola on the case, the killer does not stand a chance. With amusing and witty repartee and a lovable cast, this story was muy excelente and the best one ever. I look forward to more exciting adventures with Lola and her friends in this enjoyably entertaining series.