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Book Review: “Angels Flight” by Michael Connelly

Book Review: “Angels Flight” by Michael Connelly

If something bad ever happened to me in LA, I would want Harry Bosch to be the detective on the case. He’s tough on crime and criminals, but he doesn’t just leap to the easy or most obvious answer. Harry Bosch is a seeker of truth, even if the truth is very ugly. “Angels Flight” has some very ugly truths, and some very powerful people covering them up, but Bosch will not rest until he has unraveled every string in this knot. When a powerful lawyer, who is about to start a trial against the LAPD, is shot down on the Angels Flight railway, the Chief picks Harry and his team to lead up the investigation. Bosch knows he could become the fall guy for the department if there is even one misstep in the handling of this case. Was this a random shooting, someone out for revenge, or did one of LAPD’s own take down the department’s biggest enemy? You’ll have to get a copy so you can find out!

This is the 6th book in the Harry Bosch series and every bit as gripping as the ones that came before. I will admit that Bosch is one of my favorite male police detectives, so I was biased before I even started reading this one. In my defense, Michael Connelly has fleshed out his character in the kind of detail that makes you feel like you’ve known him all your life. I love that Bosch is tough but he also has a very tender side when it comes to his personal relationships. This is very evident in this book as he and his wife hit a rough patch, and a former partner makes a shocking confession. Another thing I have always enjoyed about this series is how the author incorporates real locations in LA into the story, which helps me to feel like I’m really there and these events could have really taken place. Hats off to Mr. Connelly for another great installment in this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Devil’s Grin” by A. Wendenberg

Book Review: “The Devil’s Grin” by A. Wendenberg

Dr. Anton Kronberg is a bacteriologist and epidemiologist in 1889 London. He receives a message requesting his presence at the site where a dead body has been found. Cholera is suspected, hence the need for Dr. Kronberg. But another type of detective is also on site. None other than the infamous Sherlock Holmes. The two, reluctantly at first, agree to work together to determine the circumstances of the man’s death. Their plan is a complex one which will involve danger for both of them, and take Dr. Kronberg to Berlin and back. They are up against some very powerful and secretive adversaries but this will deter them from the pursuit of truth.

I just loved this book! Dr. Anton Kronberg works to solve a mystery while himself being a mystery. The character is delightful and intriguing. I found the author’s interpretation of Sherlock to be equally as engaging. The plot is complex and full of enough twists to keep any mystery lover guessing. If you love historical mysteries and/or Sherlock Holmes, don’t let this one get away!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Forgotten Girls” by Alexa Steele

Book Review: “The Forgotten Girls” by Alexa Steele

“The Forgotten Girls” is the first of 2 books in the Suburban Murder series by Alexa Steele. In this book, the author introduces us to Sex Crimes detective Bella DeFranco. Bella usually works in New York City, but in this case, a friend of her boss has asked for help with a murder in his ritzy suburb. Bella is his top detective and she grudgingly takes the case and Mack as a temporary partner. Upon arriving in town, Bella and Mack are faced with the brutal murder of a local mother. They also quickly realize that there may be a connection between her murder and the apparent double suicide of two teenage girls a few weeks before. Before long it is evident that the shine of this community is only superficial and evil simmers just below the surface.

I enjoyed Bella DeFranco as a character though I would have liked her to be developed a little more. I also would have liked to know more about Mack. The storyline was strong and had some clever twists. All in all not a bad story.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for a clever storyline and enjoyable characters.

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Book Review: “No Hope in New Hope” by Peggy A. Edelheit

Book Review: “No Hope in New Hope” by Peggy A. Edelheit

New Hope, PA is the setting of this, the 7th book in the Samantha Jamison Mystery series. Samantha and her boyfriend, Clay, are in New Hope to help Clay’s friends manage their art gallery business. Clay may even purchase the business if he likes it. But no sooner do they hit town and strangers are coming up to them asking for refunds and hinting around about fraudulent sales of artwork. When Samantha’s senior citizen posse arrives to help out, things get really serious. Questions start popping up everywhere. Is Anne, the art restorer, creating forgeries in her spare time? Is there a mob connection to all the treats being made to Samantha and her posse? Who locked them all in the garage, and will they be able to get out?!?

Ms. Edelheit spins a twisty tale of lies and deception in this little mystery. I had a lot of fun with all the quirky characters and the storyline was quite charming. This is the 7th in a series but the story was also good on its own. There is enough backstory given so that you don’t feel lost. The story moves at a quick pace which made it a fast and enjoyable read.

This book would be appropriate for teens and up and mystery lovers should really enjoy it. Alinefromabook gives “No Hope in New Hope” a THUMBS-UP recommendation.

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Book Review: “The Lake House” by Kate Morton

Book Review: “The Lake House” by Kate Morton

This is a new favorite for me. Everything about this book was beautifully crafted, from the cover to the last page.

Sadie is a police detective in London who’s being forced to take leave because she talked to a reporter about an active case. She decides to visit her grandfather who has moved to Cornwall following the death of his wife. One morning, while out jogging with her grandfather’s dogs, she comes upon the Lake House. Her curiosity piqued, she learns that the house was vacated by the owners 70 years previously after a family tragedy. The only son of the family, only 2 years old at the time, disappears during a party and no one knows what happened to him. Since she can’t go back to work yet, Sadie decides to launch an investigation into the mystery of Theo’s disappearance.

As you’ve probably guessed, I loved this book. There’s mysteries within mysteries. The characters are complex and appealing. Sadie, in particular, captured my imagination. She’s a skilled detective but vulnerable to her emotions and haunted by her past, a past she must come to terms with during her investigation. This story is more than just a mystery though. It’s a journey into the heart of relationships and commitments, and how one choice can reverberate through time. There is a richness to this story that made it a true pleasure to read and I highly recommend it, not just to mystery lovers, but to all lovers of good fiction. Thank you to Kate Morton for enriching my reading experience with this wonderful story.

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Book Review: “Dark of the Moon” by John Sandford

Book Review: “Dark of the Moon” by John Sandford

“Dark of the Moon” is Book 1 of John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. Virgil work for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His boss is Sandford’s Lucas Davenport. In this first installment, Virgil is on the case of a serial killer whose victims are all residents of Bluestem, MN. Bill Judd, Sr. is the first victim and as the case develops it all seems to revolve around him. While working on the Judd case, Virgil uncovers a methamphetamine ring based in a religious compound. Virgil finds himself with way too many suspects and not some pretty vague clues. Will he be able to unwind this twisty knot?

This book was full of action and thrills but you’ll need your thinking cap on to follow all the twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it took me a few chapters to warm up to Virgil. He’s a rebel but not in the “fly in the face of authority” way. Virgil is persistent in his pursuit and his quirky habit of reviewing a case but thinking about it as a story was a unique take on the investigative process.
Mystery and thrill lovers will enjoy this book but I don’t think it’s appropriate for younger readers as there are some graphic scenes throughout. I will definitely be reading more in this series.

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Book Review: “Broken Prey” by John Sandford

Book Review: “Broken Prey” by John Sandford

A little gruesome in places but nevertheless a great read! Lucas Davenport is an investigator in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In this story (no. 16 in the series), he is faced with a particularly grisly serial killer. There are few clues to follow up until the killer starts to call a local journalist. But this guy is clever and leads the investigation down several rabbit trails before Davenport can figure it out. Sloan is working with Davenport again in this one and Elle shows up a couple of times. Davenport’s wife, Elle, and their children are in London throughout the story.

This book is another winner from John Sandford. I especially enjoy the Minneapolis setting of the book since I am familiar with several of the locations mentioned. Davenport is definitely one of the good guys and by the time you get to this book in the series he is a well-developed character and a good friend of the reader. The plotline in this one is especially twisty, something I really enjoy. If you enjoy mysteries/thrillers, I think you will really like this book. I would not recommend this for younger readers due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes.

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Book Review: “A Field of Red” by Greg Enslen

Book Review: “A Field of Red” by Greg Enslen

“A Field of Red” is a mystery/thriller. Two young girls, one the daughter of a town councilman, have been kidnapped in broad daylight, just a block from their school. Frank Harper is a down-on-his luck, retired police officer, in town to try and reconcile with his estranged daughter. Chief King is the local police chief whose force is overwhelmed by the kidnapping. When Chief King learns that Harper is in town he seeks his assistance in finding the two girls because of Harper’s experience with kidnappings. But Frank is a drunk and extremely reluctant to get involved. Eventually the promise of a reward convinces him to help as a consultant.

This story is full of twists and turns, and the ending will definitely surprise. I really enjoyed this story because of the complexity of the mystery but more importantly for the way the author portrayed Frank Harper and his struggles. I could feel Frank’s desperation about his relationship with his daughter and his growing realization of his alcohol problem. The relationships in this book were quite touching and not just an afterthought, something you don’t always get in mystery/crime story. I would definitely recommend this book for readers of mystery and crime fiction. Thumbs up to Greg Enslen for this engaging story.

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“Nica of Los Angeles” by Sue Perry

“Nica of Los Angeles” by Sue Perry

A unique and engaging story! In “Nica of Los Angeles”, Sue Perry has created a reality filled with Frames. The Frames are linked together by Connectors and there are Travelers who move between the Frames. Some Frames are free and some are neutral, and the whole thing is overseen by the Framekeeps.

Nica has spent her life drifting from one husband to another and from job to job. She finds herself having inherited the lease on an office and decides to be a private detective. Her first day she gets 3 clients, 1 of them will change her life. Anya and Anwyl travel through the Frames and find themselves in need of help from a Neutral in order to defeat the Warty Sebaceous Cysts who have plotted genocide against the people of the Halcyon Frame. They recruit Nica and the whirlwind adventure begins.

I enjoyed the concept of the Frames which is new to me. The author’s imagination with this concept seem to have no limits. There are buildings that are sentient and can talk and move around in some Frames. There are Gumby like humanoids and earthworms that are Healers. Ms. Perry gets kudos for creativity here. Her main characters are well developed. The story did seem to get bogged down with descriptions at times and this was a little frustrating. Overall, I enjoyed the story because the plot line was complex and interesting. I’m giving this book 3 out of 4 stars.

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“Blue Screen” by Robert B. Parker

“Blue Screen” by Robert B. Parker

Another great story from Robert Parker! This one features Sunny Randall who I wasn’t sure at the beginning I would like, but she quickly pulled me into her world.

In “Blue Screen” Sunny is hired to protect a young B-rated film star named Erin Flint. When Erin’s personal assistant is found dead in the gym the assignment turns from protection to a murder investigation. Sunny will have to travel from Boston to L.A. and back again before she unravels all the twists in this mystery. But she won’t be alone. Parker’s Chief of Paradise Police, Jesse Stone, is also in this story since the murder takes place in his jurisdiction. Jesse and Sunny hit it off immediately and together, but from different angles, manage to put the pieces into place.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found Sunny to be a very engaging character who expertly balances her femininity with the toughness required for her job. It was great the way Robert Parker brought characters from his other books together in this one. In addition to Jesse Stone, Susan Silverman from Spenser makes an appearance as Sunny’s psychiatrist.

I would highly recommend this book for mystery lovers. Sunny Randall is another great female detective to add to your reading list (if you haven’t already). Note that this is not the first book in the Sunny Randall series but stands just fine on its own. “Blue Screen” gets 4 out of 4 stars from me!

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