Tag: #mystery

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz

Jane is on a quest but it’s getting her in big trouble. After her husband’s apparent suicide, Jane is convinced that he was murdered and she begins to research suicides throughout the country. What she learns is that the suicide rate is on the rise and many were people who had no risk of being suicidal. Jane suspects there is a mind-control conspiracy behind all this and when someone enters her home and threatens her 5 year-old son she is convinced that someone with massive resources is trying to silence her. Her search for answers will take her across the country and force her to do things she would never have thought possible. Her FBI career and her life are under threat but Jane is determined to find answers and justice.

This book is thrilling and creepy and scary and just a delicious read. I immediately connected with Jane and was completely swept up in her mission. I really liked how the author was able to add so much depth to her character. She is not just one thing. In this story she is and FBI agent, but she is also a mother, and a concerned citizen. Her ability is balance all the aspects of her life, while at the same time being chased by assassins is remarkable. Of course, I would expect nothing less than a complex character from this author. Along the journey, Jane gets help from a whole cast of other characters, among whom the good guys are as good as the bad guys are bad. This is also one of those books that will make you pause for a moment and consider how close we are to having the type of technology described and whether or not we really want it. This is a big book but it’s worth every minute. There is never a dull moment.

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

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“Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker

“Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker

Three years ago sisters Emma and Cass disappeared from their home. Now, Cass has returned insisting that Emma must be found. FBI investigator Dr. Abby Winter and Leo Strauss were on the case when the girls originally disappeared and have been called back to lead the search for Emma. Cass has a wild story about the girls being taken in by an older couple and kept on an island. Her mother thinks she has lost her mind, Dr. Winter thinks her story is true but only to a point, Agent Strauss is keeping an open mind and considering all sides.

This is a fascinating twister of a story which relies heavily on the psychology of the people involved to unravel the truth. I immediately liked Cass but as the story moves forward I found her to be a very complicated character. The story line alternates between what’s happening today in terms of the search for Emma, and Cass’s remembering what has happened in the past. The whole story comes out in bits and pieces which kept me reading because I really wanted to know what had actually happened. The ending was a surprise. I found the story to be well written and worth the time. I recommend this one if you like mysteries and psychological twisters.

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

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“Gambrelli and the Prosecutor” by Laurence Giliotti

“Gambrelli and the Prosecutor” by Laurence Giliotti

Gambrelli is a Detective Inspector for the French police. He’s happily married and his children are grown. He’s a little bit irascible during an investigation but he tries to fair and thorough. When he receives a call informing him that he has been summoned to the Island of Q to investigate a murder, he wonders why since the island is not in his jurisdiction. Then he finds out that Prosecutor Bertrand has been arrested for the crime and he only trusts Gambrelli to investigate. Now the Prosecutor and Gambrelli have been at odds several times in the past so this could present some challenges. Nevertheless, the case is intriguing and Gambrelli approaches it with his usual eye to detail. Along the way he must deal with mistresses, a jealous sister, thugs and a smuggler, but Gambrelli always gets his man, or woman.

This is a fun story in the cozy mystery category. The action begins on the Island of Q and continues in Paris. Gambrelli is a wonderful character, very well developed and very likable. There is also a really nice supporting cast of junior detectives, difficult superiors, his endlessly patient wife and of course, the really bad villains. The story has some very interesting twists and will keep you guessing as to who the actual murderer is until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it.

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

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“The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware

“The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware

How much damage can a lie do? Can it alter the course of your life? Four women are about to find out. Kate, Thea, Fatima and Isabel met while at boarding school in Salten. Kate’s father was the art master at the school. The girls like to play the Lying Game amongst themselves and they were inseparable. Now grown, some with families, Thea, Fatima and Isabel find themselves being summoned by Kate with the simple message “I need you”. They rush to Salten and there they find out that a body has been found buried in the beach. Unfortunately, they know way too much about it but have maintained their lie for so long that it could destroy their lives if it becomes known.

This psychological thriller was a roller coaster ride of a story. My emotions were all over the place. The characters felt so real it was like I was reading about people I already knew. I found the story to be complex enough to keep me engaged and guessing. The story moves back and forth between things that take place in current time and during the time when the girls were in school, so it has the feel of coming at the mystery from both ends at the same time. I will be adding Ruth Ware to my favorite author list because I enjoyed this one so much. Highly recommend this one.

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

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“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

I think this is the first time I’ve said this, but there’s a strong possibility that if you don’t read this book you will regret it. It’s that good. That being said, this not at all what you are used to from Kathy Reichs. This is a stand-alone story and has almost nothing to do with forensics. What this story does do is introduce us to a fabulous new character in the person of Sunday Night. She is former military, former cop, injured on the job, who has become rather reclusive. Then she can’t help but get drawn into the case of a missing teenager who may have kidnapped by a radical religious group after the murders of her mother and brother. Her grandmother enlists Sunday’s help in finding who is responsible for the deaths and whether her granddaughter is still alive. The story will take the reader from South Carolina to Chicago, L.A., Washington D.C., and Louisville, KY as Sunday tries to track down a band of radicals. Along the way she is joined by her brother Gus and encounters an assortment of law enforcement officials. Perhaps the most difficult part of this job for Sunday is that the circumstances she encounters bring up the demons of her past which she would rather keep suppressing but finds that is no longer possible.

Tough is an understatement when describing Sunday Night, she can be as ferocious as a mama bear, cautious almost to the point of paranoia, and as tenacious as a dog with a bone. I loved her! She operates right on the edge of the rules but always on the side of the victim. Her brother Gus is not as fully fleshed out as a character but he serves as a counterbalance to her tendency for knee-jerk reactions and he always has her back. The bad guys in this one are really bad and as a reader I felt that they got what they deserved. I found this book to be well researched and carefully crafted, nothing less than what I am used to from this author. There are plenty of thrills and the story moves along at a pretty rapid pace. Next time I’m in trouble, I’m putting Sunday Night on speed-dial. Don’t let this thriller pass you by!

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

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“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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