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Monday, July 23, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Ransom River by Meg Gardiner features a deeply flawed, compelling heroine, a murder trial, and the long-unsolved mystery it exposes. Publisher: Dutton Adult, July 2012
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this story. The drama starts off with a bang when the court room that Rory is a juror on is taken hostage and then it is full-steam ahead as we are propelled into non-stop action fraught with intrigue and suspense. This mind-blowing thriller had me consuming pages at a furious pace. The author did a great job in creating a riveting storyline with a strong and determined heroine that captured my attention as I needed to know who was doing what to whom and how it was going to end. With an explosive and heart-pounding finale, this was an awesome read and I can’t wait for the next thrilling story from Meg.
I saw a special on a cable network about the possible american murders of Jack the Ripper a month or so ago that I found very interesting. Then I found this book and found it even more so.
Of course, like everything, it is all speculation but it does seem to have a lot of validity as a theory. Certainly the murder of Carrie Brown.
And of course the suspect, Klosowski was a favorite of Abberline among others. And the timing fits. The switch to poisoning is a major area for possible diagreements of course. WOULD a serial killer switch methodology that much? Lots of food for thought here if you enjoy Ripper theories though.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Gone Missing by Linda Castillo is the fourth book in the “Kate Burkholder” thriller series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, June 2012
You know when you read a good thriller and it wraps you into its world…well that is what Gone Missing has done for me. The intensity of this riveting story drew me in immediately and every adrenaline-rushing moment propelled me towards this suspenseful trek as the monster reared its ugly head. This drama was fast-moving as I could not put this book down. The writing is superb, making me one with Kate as she analyzed all the clues that were presented. The author did a tremendous in pulling in me and never letting me go until I turned that last page, wishing for more to come. Oh man, what a ride I had and I can’t wait for the next book in this fantastically awesome series.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Authors: Paul McCusker and Walt Latimore, MD
A special team - TSI (Time Scene Investigators)are called in to help stop a possible global pandemic of a particularly virulent form of Ebola which has escaped from a top secret lab in Greenland.
Keys to the current virus and how to stop it may be found in the medieval history of a town called Eyams that survived plague in the Middle Ages.
In addition, there are agents of a pharmaceutical company (who wants to make profits from a cure) and of a radical environmental group (who want to exterminate humans from the planet) that are all interfering the teams efforts.
Some very interesting characters and betrayals in the story. As well as intriguing views of the past and its plague and Blue Monk.
The only problem I really had is seeing the connections between the two in a believable way. Never really understood how the current virus and the one from the past could be the same.
Most of my pleasure from the story was from the chase of a young teen who escaped from a commune and carried the virus across Gabon infecting others. That struggle kept me turning the pages.
I enjoyed learning of medical advances in treatment and genetic markers connected to Ebola and liked the amount of fact woven into the fiction. But I did have to suspend my belief at the sheer virulence of the disease.
All in all, am interested to see what other TSI adventures there may be.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Murder On The Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett is the sixth book in the “Booktown” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012
Tricia continues to live up to the nickname bestowed on her as the village jinx. An invitation at a B&B takes the wrong turn when Tricia stumbles, yet once again, upon a dead body. Everyone at the inn is a suspect, and being labeled a suspect does not bode well with Tricia as she searches for clues to clear her name. What a great book. The author has done it again, delivering a well-written whodunit that I could not put down. With the many twists and turns and a room full of suspects, the mystery kept me guessing and I was totally surprised when the killer was revealed and then that ending… awesome! This is the best one yet in a series that continues to get better and I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderfully charming series.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Beef Stolen-Off by Liz Lipperman is the second book in the “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012
There’s no sophomore slump here in the second book in the Clueless Cook series. Once again, Jordan finds herself in the middle of a murder and not all the beef in the world will derail her from solving this murder before she winds up on the chopping block. This was a great read that kept me entertained with a solid plot, crisp writing and witty dialogue. There were many twists and turns in this riveting mystery that kept me guessing and was surprised when it became clearer as to the identity of the murderer. I love seeing Jordan become more confident in her abilities, especially with the support of her friends, who also provides snippets of comedic exploits in this delightfully appealing series. This was a fun read and I look forward to more adventures with Jordan and the gang. Bonus recipes are included.