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“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

Looking for a little jaunt across pre-World War II Europe? Want a few thrills along the way? Then this is the book for you. “Where Dead Men Meet” reads like a spy story with lots of action and suspense. Luke is an RAF pilot who has been grounded and is stuck behind a desk in Paris. Pippi is a young woman, who along with 2 thugs, is smuggling Jews out of Germany. Ivan is an aging hitman whose job is to kill Luke, until he has a change of heart. Throw in some German military officers and a mysterious adoption story and the bullets soon start to fly.

Spy stories aren’t my usual thing but this one sounded like a good one and I was not disappointed. I took an instant liking to Luke and then to Pippi, and even though their first meeting was less than ideal, you could tell these two liked each other. Luke has a very mysterious past and suddenly it catches up to him and places him on the wrong side of a gun. Ivan has a suspicion about who Luke really is and decides to help him escape the men that are trying to kill him. This proves to be easier said than done. I was particularly impressed with the author’s descriptions of the various villages and cities where the story takes place. This story has lots of interesting twists but none of them feel contrived. There’s bad guys, and good guys, and some for whom it’s hard to tell. Bottom line: this is a great story that I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating  4 stars!

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“Lies” by TM Logan

“Lies” by TM Logan

If you love psychological thrillers, you need to get a copy of this book. This is a pulse-pounding ride of a story. Joe Lynch’s life starts on a downward spiral the moment his 4-year old son spots Mom’s car in traffic one afternoon. The first lie he uncovers is just the beginning. As the author takes us step-by-step through the deceptions you can’t help but wonder if Joe is being set-up or is he covering up? The final twist will take you completely by surprise.

Joe Lynch is an average guy, happily married, adores his son, and teaches high school English. Ben Delaney considers him an underachiever. When Joe confronts Ben about the affair he is having with Joe’s wife Mel, Ben threatens to destroy him. With each new day it seems more and more likely that Ben will succeed. I couldn’t help but like Joe from the beginning and continued to like him even while questioning his guilt or innocence. This story has lots of twists and the author keeps the plot moving forward at a good pace throughout. I highly recommend this book!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

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Twenty7 and NetGalley provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

Genre: Legal Thriller

I loved this book! This is book 2 in the Samantha Brinkman series. I am now totally hooked on this series. In this installment Samantha has 3 problems to resolve. She is defense attorney for a 16-year old girl who’s accused of killing both her parents and her brother. Making a repeat appearance in Sam’s office is DeShawn, a part-time drug dealer who she previously defended, and the Orozco’s who want to know who killed one of their own and they won’t take “No” for an answer. Alex and Michelle, her investigator and best friend, are also back and better than ever. Last, but not least, is the return of Dale, Sam’s father. He’s back on the police force and proves to be integral in solving the mystery.

So what is it about this book that I love so much. One of the most important things for me in making a good story is that the characters must be believable and relatable. I find every character in this series to be that way, from the Orozco thugs to Sam herself, every character could be a real person. In addition, I enjoy female protagonists who are tough and confident professionals but not afraid of their softer, feminine side, and I find Sam to be exactly that. She cares deeply about her friends but is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I also like the way that Samantha’s personal story is gradually unfolding with each book and that she continues to work on her relationship with her father even though it can be awkward at times. Best friend Michelle is perfect as the voice of reason in her life. Alex is charming and endlessly surprising Sam with what he can discover with a few keystrokes. This book is full of great characters, legal drama and thrills. I highly recommend you check out this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating   5 stars!

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“London Underground Serial Killer” by Geoff Platt

“London Underground Serial Killer” by Geoff Platt

Genre: True Crime

Kieran Kelly was a prolific serial killer who murdered at least 31 people in London over a 30-year period. He was a vagrant and often in prison on charges of drunkenness or theft. His career as a murderer began in 1953, with the murder of his best friend, and continued until 1983 when he was charged with the murder of a cell-mate. Kelly was more than willing to tell the police about his murders, after all they were a source of pride for him and he liked to brag. Geoff Platt spent months with Kelly, starting in 1983, investigating his claims. In the end, he was sentenced to life in prison and that is where he died.

Geoff Platt has carefully recounted the life of Kieran Kelly, from his boyhood in Dublin to his final arrest in London, and the intensive police investigation into his murders. He details for readers Kelly’s methods and his motives. I found this account to be well researched and a very thorough presentation of the facts concerning this man’s heinous crimes.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

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“The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore

“The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore

Genre: Non-Fiction

You are probably familiar with the saying “truth is stranger than fiction”. I think this book fits into that category perfectly. The events detailed in this work are like something out of a sci-fi movie. The pages of this book tell the stories of the young ladies who worked as painters in the radium dial industry starting in 1917. At the time the story opens, the scientific community’s understanding of radium and its effects was still in its infancy, but the substance’s characteristic of glowing in the dark made it a very profitable business venture. It was used commercially as a paint for the dials of clocks so that the numbers could be seen in the dark. As World War I began it became highly demanded for the instrument dials used in the military. The challenge at the time was that the painting of these dials had to be done by hand, this led to large-scale hiring of young girls as dial-painters. The girls were told that the substance was safe and they would even paint the substance on their bodies so that they could glow-in-the-dark when they went on dates. The painting technique involved putting the brush between the lips in order to form a point and in this manner the girls were ingesting the radium in dangerous quantities. Radium was also being used at the time as a treatment for cancer, and as an additive to health tonics.

It didn’t take long before some of the girls starting having health problems. Often the first indication that something was wrong was when a girl’s teeth starting to loosen and fall out. Some girls began to have sarcomas. One of the girls had to go so far as to have an arm amputated because of a sarcoma. It took a few years for the various doctors and dentists who were treating these girls to understand that the root cause of the symptoms was the radium that they had worked with. This diagnosis led to a long, drawn-out legal process as the girls tried to get the companies to take responsibility for having lied to them and to offer some compensation for the pain and expenses they had endured.

The author’s stated objective with this book is to tell the story of “The Radium Girls” from the perspective of the women themselves and she has done just that. I found this book to be both shocking and emotionally moving. These girls are heroes for the fight they put up, and without their efforts this country may not even have a process for protecting the health and safety of workers. Today, we take for granted, and are sometimes annoyed by, the safety procedures present in our workplaces, but after reading this book you will never take them for granted again. I think this book should be required reading and I am giving it a 5-star rating because of the quality of the writing and the importance of its message.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“King Arthur: The Mystery Unravelled” by Chris Barber

“King Arthur: The Mystery Unravelled” by Chris Barber

Genre: Non-fiction

This book is a scholarly work whose aim is to unravel the true identity of King Arthur. The author’s exhaustive research has unearthed the lineage of King Arthur and untangled the myth and legend from the historical facts. Starting with Arthur’s ancestors he uncovers the family linkages and then tracks his life with chapters on his birth, crowning, the Round Table, and significant battles that marked his reign.

I found this book to be thoroughly researched and documented. The book introduced me to people and places that I had no idea were related to King Arthur. This book is a good choice for anyone who is intrigued by the legend of King Arthur. Another great history from Pen & Sword Books, who provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!

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“Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency” by Susan Breen

“Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency” by Susan Breen

Genre: Mystery

Maggie Dove is a lovely woman who has been trapped in grief for 20 years. Now she has opened a detective agency with two partners, Agnes and Helen, and she recapturing her life. Being a detective frequently challenges her comfort zone but she is determined to be a success. When a prodigal daughter returns home after 40 years and suddenly commits suicide, Maggie is hired by her sister to uncover the truth.

This story is filled with delightful characters. I felt like I could really relate to Maggie because she old enough to be retiring but instead she if forging a new life for herself. Agnes was a little tough for me to like at first because she can be moody, but she always has Maggie’s back and she grew on me as the story progressed. Helen is a single mother with a mysterious past and a rambunctious little boy who adopts Maggie as a grandmother. I liked how the author was able to integrate some personal life challenges of the characters into the overall story and do it in such a way that it felt natural and not forced. This story is book 2 in a series but does well as a stand-alone. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would be interested in reading future installments of this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!

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“Paydown” by Nick Stephenson

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When a high-flying Wall Street investment banker is found brutally killed, what started out as a simple fraud case turns into expert criminologist Leopold Blake’s first ever murder investigation.

Now, with the financial world at the brink of collapse, Blake must put aside his differences and work with NYPD Detective Mary Jordan to find and stop the killer before it’s too late. As the glamor of Wall Street is stripped away by a series of catastrophic discoveries, Leopold will have to decide how much he is prepared to risk in order to uncover the truth – and whether it’s a price he’s willing to pay.

Paydown is book 0 in the Leopold Blake Series of thrillers. The events in this story take place before the book Wanted, which is the first book in the series. I had really enjoyed reading Wanted and was curious how the characters had originally come together. This book did an excellent job of relating the back story of the series but I was a little bit disappointed. I had expected more in the way of action thrills, as I had enjoyed in Wanted, and there wasn’t as much of that. However, this book is really more the length of a novella, so there wasn’t room for much more. Again, I really liked the repartee between Blake and Mary Jordan. I think the author has been very clever in creating these two in that they constantly get on each other’s nerves but there is a respect between them that enables them to work well together. I’m still sold on this series and will definitely read more installments as the opportunity arises.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!

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Weekly Round-Up 2/12/2017

Another week is done and dusted, so let’s take a look at what I’ve accomplished.

TBR Update:

The week started with a TBR count of 276. In the last 7 days 3 books dropped off the list and three were added, so the final count as of today is 276, again. Here are the three additions.

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These were all sent to me by Pen & Sword Books in exchange for a review, so you will be seeing my reviews here in a few weeks.

NetGalley rating: remains unchanged at 68%. I am currently reading Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency for NetGalley and you should see my review in a couple of days.

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Coming up this week:

Last week I mentioned that I was reading White Lead by Susan Daitch, unfortunately I really wasn’t enjoying the book so I did not finish it and will not be writing a review. As mentioned I am reading Maggie Dove’s and that review should be posted this week. I will also be posting a review of Paydown by Nick Stephenson paydown

By the end of the week, I hope to be reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moorethe-radium-girls

So that’s what is happening in my little corner of the book world. I hope you all have a great week!

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