Tag: #mystery

“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” is the first book in the Charlie Parker series and it is a fabulous debut for this character. Parker is a former NYPD detective who has become a private detective. In this book he is on the trail of missing persons and a serial killer. A rich widow in New York asks him to look for her friend who has gone missing, but is not as simple a case as it at first appears. Following her trail to Virginia, Parker uncovers a pair of serial killers who prey on children and brings their reign of terror to an explosive end. Then he is summoned to Louisiana but a psychic who is having visions of a girl trapped in the swamp. While investigating he must confront his past and what he uncovers will test not only his detective skills but also his loyalty.

I have read one other book in this series and I just love Charlie Parker. He’s a good guy but he plays the edges with finesse. He is surrounded by a motley crew of characters, from assassins to university professors. I found each of the characters to be very realistic and I really enjoyed the way that their stories come out gradually and in a way that feels natural to the story. This story is loaded with thrills and at times may take your breath away. One caution: there is quite a bit of graphic violence, so this would not be a good pick for a younger reader. I loved the way the author weaves the different components of the storyline together to make a seamless whole, and I can’t wait to dig deeper into this series. I highly recommend.

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

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“Cruel Winter” by Sheila Connolly

“Cruel Winter” by Sheila Connolly

Maura, an American, has inherited a pub in a small town in rural Ireland. With the help of Mick and Jimmy, her employees, she has been figuring out how to be a pub owner and making friends in the community. Winter is moving in and Mick warns Maura that forecasters are predicting a major storm later that day. Maura scrounges up what supplies she can and prepares to wait the storm out at the pub. As the day progresses several other people wind up at the pub, including Diane, who 20 years previously had been accused of murder. Diane has never had a chance to tell her side of the story and as a way to pass the evening, Maura organizes everybody into a type of jury. When the storm breaks will they have new clues to this unsolved murder?

I really liked Maura and several of the other characters. The story line was creative and something different, what with the “locked room” with a suspected murderer in their presence. There was a nice mix of newcomers to the area and locals who were around when the crime happened. I felt like the first part of the book moved a little slow but once the trial portion of the story commenced the pace picked up. This book is part of the County Cork Series but it read just fine as a stand-alone. Overall, this was a nice story that will be appealing to cozy mystery readers.

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

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“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

Gemma is a Brit, who lives on Cape Cod and owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where she sells all things remotely related to Sherlock. Jayne is her best friend and co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door. When Gemma finds a magazine, tucked into a bookshelf where it doesn’t belong, after her store closes, she has no idea that she will end up as the prime suspect in a murder. Gemma and Jayne try to return the magazine to its owner, who is staying at a local hotel, but find a dead body instead of a Sherlock fan. Then Gemma’s ex-boyfriend shows up as the detective-in-charge of the case and the story really kicks into high gear.

“Elementary, She Read” is a fun, cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series but. I found Gemma and Jayne to be delightful as best friends. Jayne is the extrovert to Gemma’s introvert but the two of them play off of each other in an enjoyable way. Ryan is perfect as the hunky ex. In this one, Ryan and Gemma aren’t quite sure what to do with each other or if they still have feelings, which adds a charming layer of complication to this story. The plotline has some surprising twists and moves along at a really good pace. This is a great reading choice for cozy mystery or Sherlock lovers and the length makes it a great day-at-the-beach read. Overall, a great addition to the genre.

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

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“Deadly Alibi” by Leigh Russell

“Deadly Alibi” by Leigh Russell

This is book 9 in the DI Geraldine Steel series. In this installment, Geraldine is on the hunt for a murderer who left his victim in a trash bin outside a charity shop. The husband is the immediate suspect, but when his mistress disappears, Geraldine is not so sure that the obvious choice is the right answer. In the midst of this, her birth mother has died and Geraldine finds out she has a twin sister who is very needy. Trying to balance all this proves to be a great challenge.

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but I did not, while reading, have the sensation of having missed out on the backstory. The parts of the previous stories that you needed to understand this one were definitely there. I liked Geraldine as a detective but wasn’t quite as impressed with her as a person. She makes some choices in this story that felt out of character to me and made the story a little hard for me to believe. I’m sure that fans of this series will enjoy this episode but overall I didn’t find anything in this story that “wow-ed” me.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3 star rating  3 stars!

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“Dead Watch” by John Sandford

“Dead Watch” by John Sandford

Senator Bowe has gone missing and his wife Madison wants to know why. So does the President. Jake Winters is a researcher that the President calls on when he needs help with special situations. This is one of those situations. When the Senator is found dead in the woods, Jake and Madison are thrown together in order to determine exactly what happened, but they may be in for more than they bargained for before they get their answers.

As with other novels by this author, this is a thriller with some graphic violence. I liked the characters of Jake and Madison, though I did take a little while to warm up to Madison. The story is political in nature and has some engaging twists and turns. Unlike most of this author’s books, this is a stand-alone and not part of a series which is a little disappointing since I would love to see these characters developed further. Overall, this is a good story, but I didn’t find it as engaging as other books I’ve read by this author. That being said, I’m not a big fan of political stories, so that makes it hard for me to be objective.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 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.

“Everything You Want Me to Be” by Mindy Mejia

“Everything You Want Me to Be” by Mindy Mejia

Hattie is 17 and has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown in Minnesota. She dreams of the day she graduates from high school and can run off to New York City. Her senior year begins and the school has a new English teacher, a young, married man, who will change her life forever. Peter and his wife have moved back to his wife’s hometown to care for his ailing mother-in-law, a woman who seems to hate him. As his wife becomes more and more involved with her mother’s care, Peter starts to feel like the odd man out, and he misses the vibrancy of their life in Minneapolis. Just a few weeks before graduation Hattie is found dead in an abandoned barn and suddenly the whole town suspects Peter. Will the local police chief be able to unravel the secrets of Hattie’s life and catch a murderer?

I found the mystery in this book to be a fascinating one with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. There is a lot of angst being worked out in this story. Both the teenage variety, as Hattie is straining against her small town life, and Peter’s more adult variety, as he struggles with a troubled marriage and a life that is not fulfilling to him. The author has done a great job in crafting her main characters in a way that makes them appealing to the reader and also draws the reader in to the story. “Everything You Want Me to Be” is a great story and should appeal to a broad range of readers. I highly recommend it!

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

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“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

I have just five words for you, my readers: You Must Read This Book! The Fifth Petal is a fascinating mystery involving witches and pirates and old oak trees. It all takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where questions seem to lurk around every corner. Rafferty is the local police chief, who took over the job just a few years after the infamous Goddess murders. He still feels the burden of the unsolved mystery, which occurred on Halloween. Years later, a young man dies on Halloween night and the same person was at the scene. Her name is Rose. Rose is a homeless woman who before the Goddess murders was a highly respected researcher. She was like a mother to the Goddesses and they lived in her home.

Callie is the center of this story. Her mother Olivia was one the Goddesses who was murdered. Rose was like an aunt to Callie and did more to raise her than her mother did. Callie was 5 when her mother was killed and she was at the scene when it happened. The murders left her with physical and emotional scars, and the trauma of the murders blocked out many of her memories of the time. After being taken in by nuns and shuffled arounds through foster homes, she becomes a music therapist. The nuns had told her Rose was dead, so imagine her shock when she sees Rose on the evening news being accused of the murder of a young man. Callie knows she must go to Rose but she cannot possibly foresee how meeting her again will change her life.

What did I like about this book? Everything! The characters in the story are loaded with personality and very likable. The story itself is loaded with twists and turns that keep the reader fully engaged. A lot of Salem history is cleverly incorporated and the descriptions immerse the reader in the place. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book, except that it left me wanting more. This is book 2 in a series and I can’t wait for news of book 3. I highly recommend you check this one out.

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

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“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Cruise FBI Thriller series just keeps getting better with “Echoes from Death” which is Book 3. Claudia and Baxter are back again and better than ever. This installment has them in Mazatlan, where Claudia is hoping to finally solve the mystery of Ravi’s death. It’s 10 years later, but an informant has come forward and Claudia gets permission to pursue it, unofficially. What neither Claudia or Baxter know is just how dangerous this search will be.

In this installment, Claudia and Baxter are finally a couple and I find their relationship to be really sweet. When she’s with Baxter, Claudia can finally let down the FBI tough guy stance and be herself. Baxter meanwhile, is so supportive and seems to have a 6th sense for what Claudia needs from him. This is a thriller so romance is low on the list, but I am really enjoying how this relationship is growing with each book. That being said, there are plenty of thrills and danger in this story. Whether on land or on sea, these two will not give up until justice is done. Helen Hanson fans will definitely love this book and if you haven’t tried her yet, you can’t go wrong with this series.

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