Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE WORD IS MURDER by Anthony Horowitz



Publisher:     Harper
Published:     June 5, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062676788
Genre:      Mystery, Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FIVE HEARTS
 

Anthony Horowitz is approached by former police officer, Hawthorne to write a book about himself.  Hawthorne provided some advice on a few of Horowitz’s earlier books and he thinks his story might be interesting.  While Horowitz debates whether or not Hawthorne’s story would be a good one the former detective is on the case of a murdered woman, Diane Cowper.  As they dig into Cowper’s death some very strange facts arise.  From the events that led to a tragic accident ten years before to the fact that she was killed mere hours after she planned her own funeral, event after event leads to more odd happenings.  And then things take first a twisted and then horrific turn when shortly after her funeral there is another murder. 

This was my first Anthony Horowitz although I admit I’ve a huge fan of Midsomer Murders.  After reading THE WORD IS MURDER I’ll not only be picking up his backlist but adding him to my must reads list.  THE WORD IS MURDER is a clever premise that I haven't seen before—the author is a character in his own story.   I’ve heard romance authors talk about how a character, generally the hero, becomes so much a part of their thought process that he seems real.  He becomes so determined to have his story told that the walks with the author through the day…and night. 

Horowitz takes that idea a step further and tells a story within a story.  The pacing keeps you interested and engaged in the story.  The ending caught me off guard—well done!  I totally did not see it coming.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&language=en_US&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0062676784&asins=0062676784&linkId=f03ee83ef32de3f7b66c5eb4bdb5a750&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>

Saturday, September 15, 2018

CUT AND RUN by Mary Burton



Montlake Romance
October 9th, 2018
978-1503902862
Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Police Procedural
Electronic ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts
 

For medical examiner Faith McIntyre, seeing trauma cases is nothing new. But when one has her face, well things go from strange to down right dangerous. FBI agent is in town for her father’s murder and when she is seriously hurt in a hit and run, Faith, Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden find out that the past has come calling and it will take Faith and Hayden all that they have to solve the case because there is a killer out there determined to silence Macy, Faith and anyone else that was part of what happened decades ago.

Wowsers, I was just blown away by CUT AND RUN. This is pure entertainment and I loved every minute of it. It’s a fast-paced story that held my interest till the very end. I had no idea who the bad guys were, and the surprise reveal left me with my jaw open to the floor. Mary Burton is one of my go to authors when I need a romantic suspense book to read (among others of course) and CUT AND RUN is by far one of her best works to date. I had issues with Her Last Word (last standalone book) and found this new release is better than I anticipated. It has romance, action and a mystery to keep you guessing. This book just ticked all my love buttons!!

Meet Faith and Macy. Two very different people who find they are long lost twin sisters when Macy comes to Texas to claim her father’s body after he is viscously murdered. Faith is shaken as she finds out that Macy looks like her. As the Texas Rangers close in and Faith tries to figure it all out, the past finds a way to make itself known. The question is, can Faith figure out what happened all those years ago and try to stay a step ahead of a killer determined to silence all those involved long ago? Man I just loved Faith. She is determined and kept me glued to the pages of the book as she raced after clues with the Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden. The scenes with Faith and Hayden were at times sweet, sexy and I enjoyed the sparks that flew between these two. I would have loved to see more of Macy within the storyline but felt it helped move the story along a little better with her minor part in CUT AND RUN. The author does a great job in keeping the mastermind behind the killings secret until the very end of the book and I can honestly say I had no idea who that person was so when the big reveal was happening, my jaw fell to the ground in shock. The characters are exceptional and diverse. They were very well written, and I liked how Ms. Burton kept the focus on a select few characters with a lot of others keeping the storyline moving along nicely.

CUT AND RUN is by far one of this author’s better books and I am hoping she returns to the Texas Rangers again as I enjoyed seeing them in action in CUT AND RUN. If you enjoy a pulse pounding, action packed mystery that will keep you glued to the pages than you need to check Mary Burton’s CUT AND RUN and settle in for one wild ride.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

 <iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&language=en_US&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=1503902862&asins=1503902862&linkId=2ea039d78bbdd9a693ea25f5bda56ea0&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>

Thursday, September 13, 2018

PARADOX by Catherine Coulter



An FBI Thriller, Book Twenty-Two
Gallery Books
978-1501138126
July 31st, 2018
Thriller, Contemporary, Mystery, Crime & Law Enforcement Fiction
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
5 Hearts


FBI Agents Savich and Sherlock are awakened one night with a masked man in their son’s bedroom. The intruder escapes but they are both shaken as they try to figure out who has targeted them. Is it a past enemy? A new danger? They have no idea but as they dig into the incident they find that its tied to another crime, one that also involves an FBI agent. Chief Ty Christie never anticipated her morning coffee on her deck would be the front row seat to a murder on the lake. When she calls it in and divers go out to find the body, they find not just the victim but human bones as well…lots of them. With Savich and Sherlock on the case and FBI Agent Sala assisting Ty, the link between a deranged murderer and their case chills them to the bone. Can they find the mastermind behind the murder of a federal prosecutor as well as figure out who used the lake as a dumping ground or will the lake be their watery grave in the end?

Wow, just wow. Catherine Coulter delivers another fine installment in her FBI series with PARADOX and I couldn’t put this one down. It was a fast-paced thrill ride from start to finish and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see where Savich and Sherlock are going next in the case. Ms. Coulter does an amazing job in creating fresh stories in this long series and each time I think you can’t top the last book, she pulls out the stops and delivers another powerful book that will rock you to the core. I love this series and it isn’t just the cases that mysteries that draw me in, its also the characters. I have read the series since the start and I loved Savich and add in his wife, Sherlock, well you got a couple who literally melt my heart each time they pop up in this series as well as in the Brit in the FBI series this author co-writes as well. The characters are well written, unique and highly entertaining. I love meeting the new characters the author introduces in the series, case in point, Ty Christie and Agent Sala. Ty is intriguing, tough yet tender and can do her job with all she has. She complements Sala perfectly as they try to figure out who tossed the bones in the lake and why. I am hoping we get to see more of these two characters in future books.

PARADOX is a fast-paced adventure that readers will enjoy. The reader will be caught up on who the mastermind is behind the break in of Savich and Sherlock’s home and attempted kidnapping of their son as to the answer of the case that is Ty’s-is a serial killer using her tiny town’s lake as a dumping ground? The two cases intersect unexpectedly and I, for one, was glued to see where it all went. I loved all the twists and turns the author threw in as well as it kept the story moving smoothly, quickly and kept my heart jumping as I tried to see if Savich, Sherlock and the gang would prevail in the end. I highly recommend this series and even after twenty-two books into the series, PARADOX delivers a fine adventure. Now I want to see where the author goes next for the FBI crew and the cases they need to solve.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

 <iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&language=en_US&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B078M5HQBX&asins=B078M5HQBX&linkId=aed2efb033cf59d84a9e6b202a35f05e&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

WHAT I’VE DONE by Melinda Leigh



Morgan Dane Series Book 4
Montlake Romance
September 18th, 2018
978-1503903050
Romantic Suspense, Small Town, Police Procedural
Electronic ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
5 Hearts

When Haley Powell wakes up after a night out with friends, she is covered in blood and has no memory of what happened. For Morgan Dane, agreeing to take the case for her friend PI Lincoln Sharp, Morgan finds she has to scale a ton of circumstantial evidence, a police force overwhelmed, and a District Attorney determined to stick it to Morgan no matter what. As the clues lead Morgan to the real killer, she must figure out who the killer is before they decide Morgan is too close to the truth.

Oh my god, Melinda Leigh has done it again in WHAT I’VE DONE, and this is by far one of her best books in the series. I love this series since I picked up the first book, Say You’re Sorry and just fell in love with Morgan, Lincoln and all the rest of the main characters. This is a spin off from Ms. Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series that I just picked up to read and you don’t have to read that series to understand this one. I like how the author keeps the romance moving along between Morgan and Lance and Lincoln Sharpe is a blast as he takes Morgan and Lance to task for eating and drinking what he feels are unhealthy for them (Coffee! Chocolate!). The mystery behind Haley’s case was intriguing and kept me riveted to the pages of the book. When the final reveal was done in the last chapter even I was shocked at who the killer was and why they did it.

Melinda Leigh is a new to me author that I found by chance and I have fell in love with her compelling and thrilling stories. I know I am determined to see what else her backlist holds to read for the future. The characters are exceptionally well written, the mystery quite intriguing and the side story of Lance and Morgan’s romance is a light in a very dark tunnel periodically peeking through to light the way within WHAT I’VE DONE. If you haven’t tried this author’s work before I highly recommend her Morgan Dane series to get your feet wet. Just make sure to start with book one, Say You’re Sorry so you can see how Morgan, Lance and Lincoln started working together.  Trust me, this series will keep you hooked till the very end.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


 <iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&language=en_US&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=1503903052&asins=1503903052&linkId=d253d344409bddd687767b42194abdbe&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>