As The Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton

Book Description

Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries | Publication Date: October 11, 2011

Winter Parva is a “picturesque” (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a medieval market hall, and thatched cottages. After a disappointing Christmas season, the parish council has decided to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, morris dancing, and a pig roast on the village green. 

 

Always one for a good roasting, Agatha Raisin organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. The rotary spit turning over a bed of blazing charcoals is sure to please on this foggy and blistery evening. But as the fog lifts slightly, the sharp-eyed Agatha notices something peculiar about the pig: a tattoo of a heart with an arrow through it and the name Amy.

 

“Stop!” she screams suddenly. “Pigs don’t have tattoos.”

 

The “pig,” in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the locals, including Agatha herself. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when the Gary’s ex-wife, Amy, hires Agatha’s detective agency to investigate—and another murder ensues. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha do anything other than solve the case herself?

Review –

I love the Agatha Raisin  series so much that this time I thought I’d treat myself to an audio version.  MISTAKE!  I don’t know for sure what caused me to NOT LIKE the audio version but I think it was the narrator, whose accent was strong and I just couldn’t picture the voice being that of Agatha.  So, I learned a valuable lesson and will never again listen to a book with characters that I have a long and happy relationship with.  Great story, though, as always.

 

 
 

Ghost Moon by Heather Graham

Book Description

Series: Bone Island Trilogy | Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West—lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin’s curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell.Kelsey Donovan returns to the old house to catalog her estranged grandfather’s collection of artifacts and antiquities, vowing to see his treasures divested properly. But she cannot ignore the sense that she’s being watched, the reports of malevolent black figures, the pervasive smell of death.Is the Merlin house haunted, even cursed? Liam knows well that some ghost stories are true and he swears to protect Kelsey. But there are forces at work for whom one more life is a pittance to pay for their deepest desire …

Review –

The Bone Island series has been a pleasure to read,  although this, the third and finally book in the trilogy, was my favorite. The author  explores the world of Key West in great detail, bringing it to life and sending the reader on a mini vacation without leaving the comfort of their cozy armchair. This series has ghostly happenings,sweet sexy  romance and the warmth of Key West.  If any of these things appeal to you, pick up this series and don’t forget the suntan lotion!

 

Moving Violation by Melanie Jackson

Product Description

The first book in Melanie Jackson’s bestselling Chloe Boston Mystery Series.

“Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch.”
–WritersWrite.com

It’s summer in Hope Falls and the town’s greatest sleuth is still stuck in parking enforcement, because at 98 pounds, 5 foot nothing, she will never be able to pass the department’s physical exam. But there may be another way to achieve her goal of becoming a detective. With the aid of her dog, and her writer’s group, Chloe may just be able to solve Hope Fall’s first homicide and impress the new chief of police.

If you are a fan of Nancy Pickard or Susan Conant you are going to love the cozy hometown feel of Moving Violation.

Review –
I did enjoy read this book but not enough to buy the other in the series right now.  Maybe during the hot summer days of July when I want something light and carefree to read.  Chloe Boston is a fun character and it will be interesting to see what happens to her;
 

 

Ghost Night by Heather Graham

Book Description

Series: Bone Island Trilogy | Publication Date: July 27, 2010
A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Sean knows more than a little about ghosts.Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.Review –

This book had great characters, suspense, and romance with a bit of ghostly delights thrown in.  I listened to an abridged  format and I could tell that I missed a lot.  In the past the abridged books I’ve listened to, and there have been many, seem to be better edited. I still found the second installment of the Bone Island Trilogy to be a good read.

 

 

 

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

Book Description

Publication Date: May 26, 2009

Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the Los Angeles Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling revenues, he’s got only a few days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of journalism school. But Jack has other plans for his exit. He is going to go out with a bang — a final story that will win the newspaper journalism’s highest honor — a Pulitzer prize.

Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer from the projects who has confessed to police that he brutally raped and strangled one of his crack clients. Jack convinces Alonzo’s mother to cooperate with his investigation into the possibility of her son’s innocence. But she has fallen for the oldest reporter’s trick in the book. Jack’s real intention is to use his access to report and write a story that explains how societal dysfunction and neglect created a 16-year-old killer.

But as Jack delves into the story he soon realizes that Alonzo’s so-called confession is bogus, and Jack is soon off and running on the biggest story he’s had since The Poet crossed his path years before. He reunites with FBI Agent Rachel Walling to go after a killer who has worked completely below police and FBI radar — and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. What Jack doesn’t know is that his investigation has inadvertently set off a digital tripwire. The killer knows Jack is coming — and he’s ready.

Review –

This book had me hooked from the first few pages and I knew Michael Connelly had done it again.  He is easily one of the best crime fiction writes today and his stories never let me down.  I do have to admit that the Harry Bosch  series is my favorite and I can’t wait to read the latest installment called  The Drop, but that will have to wait til next year. If you’ve never read a book by Mr. Connelly put it on your New Year’s Resolution list to do so.  You won’t regret it.

Moon Dance by J. R. Rain

Book Description

Publication Date: April 5, 2011
 
Mother, wife, private investigator–and vampire. “I enjoyed MOON DANCE immensely. The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a female vampire with a husband and children. Those predate her condition; six years ago she was attacked by a vampire and rendered into one. Now she’s trying to carry on with family and private eye business, and she’s a feisty, skilled person, so is doing mostly okay. But her husband has an increasing problem with her coldness-not of spirit, but of body. “You sicken me and scare the hell out of me,” he tells her. “And when I touch you it’s all I can do to not gag.” She replies “Words every wife wants to hear.” I love this! She really doesn’t deserve to be frozen out of her marriage, yet his attitude is understandable. In the course of the novel she solves the mystery she is tackling for a client, and finds a new romantic interest. What makes it special are her character and nature.” -Piers Anthony, bestselling author of Xanth
 
Review –
I read this book because it was offered FREE on Amazon for the Kindle.  While I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it  good enough to make me want to BUY the others the follow.  I would give it a 3 out of 5 star rating.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book Description

Publication Date: November 16, 2010
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

 
 
 
Review –
 
I normally do not read military themed true stories but after my husband finished reading it he said it was the best book he had ever read and I should read it too.  So, I did, and  I can not explain the feeling that came over me as I began to turn the pages.  You’ve heard about the terrible treatment in Prisoner of War camps and the bravery of the military men held there but until you read about these things  in words taken from journals, pictures and family and friends of the prisoners, you just can’t imagine that human beings could treat other human beings so horribly.  The good Lord had to have given these brave men extra strength of body and mind to survive the ordeals they went through.  I thank the heavens that there were men who really were true heroes-not hero as the word is tossed around today but TRUE HEROES.
 
This was the best book I read in 2011 and I highly recommend it to everyone.
 

Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham

Book Description

Series: The Bone Island Trilogy | Publication Date: June 29, 2010
There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.Katie O’Hara is one who can.As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie mustuncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?

Worse—the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, andthe dead seem to be reenacting some macabre tableaux from history. The danger is increasing by the moment—especially as Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, who may be responsible for more than just one killing….

 
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Okay, I found another series involving Vampires but this one is not your everyday run of the mill  Vampire story-you see the Vampire is a WOMAN, WIFE, MOTHER and PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR.  Fantastic, fast , fun read.  Can’t wait to get my teeth into the others(no pun intended – okay, maybe a little)
 

A Very Holly Christmas by Sheila Roberts

 

Product Description

Shelia Roberts is back with the hilarious short follow up to On Strike For Christmas. This short story will bring you right back to the spirited town of Holly, one year after the big strike!
 
 
Review –
 
This was a Free book offered on Amazon so I decided to read it and it is very short and I enjoyed it but not enough to buy the one came that before or the latest one.  Maybe later.