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“Nail’s Crossing” by Kris Lackey

“Nail’s Crossing” by Kris Lackey

Indian country, Oklahoma. It’s hot and dry, and on this day, it’s deadly. Bill Maytubby is a tribal Lighthorse policeman and Hannah Bond is a deputy for the county. When Hannah discovers the body of Majesty Tate, a drifter, she has no idea what kind of a hornet’s nest the investigation will turn into. Finding answers will take Maytubby across three states and put his life and the life of his fiancé in danger. The question is who will be left standing when the final dust clears.

I think this is a great debut mystery/thriller. I certainly hope it is the start of a series with these characters because I really liked them. The dynamic between Maytubby and Bond is really unique. They are not exactly partners because they work for different agencies but they seem to end up working together when the jurisdictions overlap and I really enjoyed their banter and the way they are able to sense what is needed in any given situation. This story does have a lot of secondary characters that are vital to the story but you will need to be paying attention to keep up with it all. The plot line has a lot of interesting twists and turns and the finale had me on the edge of my seat. Overall, I’m really impressed with this one and will be keeping my eyes open for more from this author.

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

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“Mad or Bad” by David J. Vaughan

“Mad or Bad” by David J. Vaughan

Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. In the 1800’s there was a lot of debate and controversy surrounding the use of an insanity plea in criminal cases. In this books, the author starts by presenting and overview of the points of controversy and introduces the reader to the major players in the medical and legal communities during this time. The bulk of the book is case studies of individuals whose crimes brought into play the issue of insanity. Finally, the author includes an overview of the various changes in the law and their impact on the criminal cases of those using the insanity plea.

I found the stories in this books fascinating. The thinking within the legal and medical communities during this time period was going through a lot of changes and the two sides often clashed in trying to achieve their goals. Public pressure also seemed to play a significant role in the outcome of some of the cases presented. In some cases, the outcome seems obvious until the nuance of the law is applied. Some attempts to improve the situation ended up only making things worse. I think anyone with an interest in legal history or the history of psychology will find this book really interesting as it gives insight to how the legal system got to where it is today.

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

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“The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict

“The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

We all know who Albert Einstein was, but do you know Mileva Maric Einstein? Mileva was Einstein’s first wife and a physicist in her own right. They met while at University in Zurich and had 3 children together. There is controversy in the world of physics about whether or not Mileva played a role in the development of Einstein’s early theories. “The Other Einstein” is a fictional account of Mileva’s life that is very heavily based on the facts. Marie Benedict has beautifully crafted this story. I was riveted from the first page to the last. Reading this book shines a new light on Einstein, which is not always flattering, but may be closer to the truth than the view that we are typically given about him. Mileva’s story is a perfect example of how women of the time period often reduced their own ambitions so that a husband and children could shine brighter. Albert Einstein has been idolized by the world for his brilliance and the accolades are well deserved, but he was still human and susceptible to human failures. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the author’s writing style make it approachable and easy to read. This book would be a great story for those who enjoy historical fiction or women’s stories.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating

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#Steampunk Book Review: “The Golden Spider” by Anne Renwick

#Steampunk Book Review: “The Golden Spider” by Anne Renwick

Steampunk, a mystery, and a romance all rolled together to form a fun and engaging story. That’s what “The Golden Spider” is. Lady Amanda Ravensdale is passionate about one thing, the golden spider that she is designing, which when complete will be able to repair the damage to her brother’s legs and allow him to walk again unaided. As part of her pursuit she has enrolled at Lister University School of Medicine, which the Queen has deemed to be a co-educational school. She hopes at some point to meet Professor Thornton who works in the field she is interested in. Perhaps he will even help her to develop her spider. When she walks into anatomy class one day and finds that the usual professor has been replaced by Thornton she is intrigued by more than just his knowledge of medicine. In addition to teaching anatomy, Thornton has become embroiled in the search for a man who is killing gypsies by performing heinous experimental procedures on them. When he realizes that The Surgeon is using a device similar to Amanda’s he draws her into the case also. Pressure is on to track down the murderer before he perfects the device. Thornton and Amanda also soon find themselves drawn to each other by much more powerful forces than the mystery at hand.

As a reviewer, I am still relatively new to the steampunk genre, but after reading this book I am rapidly becoming a fan. I had so much fun reading this story. The characters that Anne Renwick has created are delightful. Lady Amanda is stubborn and determined and initially an annoyance to Thornton. He, on the other hand, is strong and passionate and while trying to ignore her can’t help but find her charming and alluring. The interplay between these two is compelling and riveting. There are also lots of fun gadgets and mechanical devices in this story. Bottom line, I loved the steampunk world that Anne Renwick created and the people in it. The storyline is complex, as a mystery should be, and I found it very hard to tear myself away. I can’t wait for the next one in this series to come out.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Mystery Book Review: “This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies” by Renee Pawlish

Mystery Book Review: “This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies” by Renee Pawlish

Reed Ferguson is trying to figure what he wants to be and to that end he has decided to try being a private detective. He’s just hung out his shingle when his first client shows up. Just like in his favorite movie, The Big Sleep, his new client is a gorgeous blond. She says her husband has gone missing and the police are doing nothing. Will Reed please help her find him? Well, what’s a guy to do? Unfortunately, Reed has no idea what he’s getting himself in for with this case. Soon, he has bad guys and good guys following him and beating him up. And who in the world are the X Women?

I found this story very engaging. Reed is a nice guy who loves mystery movies and there are quite a few tie-ins between the story and cinema classics. This story is the first in the author’s Reed Ferguson series. I really enjoyed the Colorado setting of the story which added local color. Overall, this is a clever story with really likeable characters.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

A superb dystopian story for young and old alike!

Goodreads blurb:

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

My thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I had started reading, I could think of nothing else. Jonas is perhaps a little too perfect, but then everyone in this story is. Every aspect of life has been regimented and a rule established to govern it. It sounded like a very predictable and peaceful place, but also the kind of place where people do not think for themselves. For that reason, I could totally sympathize with Jonas’s sense of dissatisfaction. When he is selected to be the Receiver of Memory his world opens up in an alarming way. I found it fascinating to see how he adapted and grew as a person through his training. I think this story points out to the reader the value of the differences between people. I hope that many will read it and take the lesson to heart.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

Paula Paul has once again delivered a top-notch mystery for your reading pleasure! “A Killer Closet” takes place in the present day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Irene Seligman is an assistant DA in New York who decides to return home to care for her mother, Adelle. Adelle has located a retail space for Irene and they are preparing for the grand opening of their clothing consignment shop. On the morning of the opening, Irene walks into her new store and finds a dead body in the storage closet. The she finds out that the dead woman is someone Adelle knows. What follows is a tricky little mystery that puts Irene and her mother in danger and uncovers some of Santa Fe’s dirty little secrets.

This book is a departure from the author’s Alexandra Gladstone series and introduces us to Irene Seligman for the first time. I liked Irene immediately. She’s made a huge life change by moving back to her childhood home and her relationship with her mother has never been a close one. Now she’s in the middle of a murder mystery and the police think she’s a suspect. With the help of a young man named Angel, Irene will need all her wits and legal skills to unravel this twisted knot. The author has created some unique characters to round out the story; everyone from a local farmer to a high-society, old-money wife to get to the bottom of this mystery. I think mystery lovers will really enjoy this one and I hope this is the beginning of a new series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

A must-read debut thriller! Joe Ide has knocked it out of the park.

Goodreads blurb:

A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.

My thoughts:

I cannot find the words to say how much I enjoyed getting to know Isaiah. The mother in me wants to bring him home and shower him with good food and company. That being said, I was a little out of my element with the book as a whole because of its setting in the hood of LA. This story was so powerful that it brought it to life in my mind. The depths of despair that Isaiah crosses through, and his journey as he brings himself back up to life were very moving. And then, you have the killer dog, the conniving agent, the vicious ex-wife, and the rapper himself. The mystery is perfectly executed and the gradual revealing of what has brought the characters to this point is masterful. I LOVED this story and even found inspiration in it. Hats off to Joe Ide for sharing his marvelous story with us!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Make sure you’re strapped in good before you read this book because it will take you for a wild ride. This is the first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and it totally blew my mind. Dr. Catherine Cordell, having been brutally raped and narrowly escaping death two years before, is now in Boston and being stalked. Several women have been raped and killed in the same way Dr. Cordell was, but she had killed her attacker before he finished the job. Is this the work of a copycat or did her attacker have a partner the cops never knew about? Detective Thomas Moore is assigned the case along with a team that includes Rizzoli. The perpetrator has been dubbed The Surgeon because of the way he mutilates his victims. Will Moore and Rizzoli find him before he strikes again?

The story is thick with suspense and heart-stopping action which I loved. Moore is a seasoned detective full of sympathy for the victims. Rizzoli is angry and desperate to prove herself to the men on the team. The story is brilliantly crafted with twists and turns you won’t see coming. My only disappointment with this book is that Isles is not in the story. But that just means I’ll have to read the next book in the series. Mystery/Thriller fans should love this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

This is the latest book in the Charlie Parker series and I loved it. This is the first John Connolly that I’ve read and that made it a little confusing at first because I wasn’t familiar with the back story. Once I got into it though and became familiar with the characters, the story just took off like a shot for me. Charlie and his support crew, Angel and Louis, have been hired by Jerome Burnel, a convicted child pornographer who claims he was innocent. Before Charlie can get started on his case, Jerome disappears. The Cut is a reclusive community in West Virginia. They’ve been there for centuries and are shrouded in mystery. They are suspected of all kinds of illegal acts but law enforcement has never stood up to them, until Sheriff Henkel is elected. When Jerome is linked to the Cut, Charlie and Sheriff Henkel join forces to bring them to justice.

My impressions of this book are all good. I enjoyed how the tension of the story kept growing until the final confrontation. I found Charlie Parker to be a really likable character, in spite of the darker side of his personality. The mysterious community called the Cut was very intriguing and I appreciated how the author gradually reveals the group to the reader. All in all, I found the book to be a very gratifying read that really kept my brain engaged. Best of all, I’ve found a new favorite author. I can’t wait to go back to the beginning with Charlie Parker.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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