Play Dead by Harlan Coben

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Book Description

Release date: December 31, 2012
A Harlan Coben Classic—now back in print!
No sooner had supermodel Laura Ayers and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reed, David went out for a swim—and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura’s search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years…

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Terrible secrets lead basketball star David Baskin to fake his death while honeymooning in the tropics in this manipulative but otherwise engaging first novel. His bereaved bride, supermodel Laura Ayars, not sure that David’s drowning was accidental, starts sleuthing–which proves dangerous when somebody begins killing people who may have the answers she wants. Meanwhile, David, fitted out with a new identity and appearance, tries out for his original team, the Boston Celtics, and “replaces” himself at his former position. Why he has faked his death is explained in the story’s penultimate surprise. But why he risks playing in front of fans who know his style is never addressed. Crucial coincidences abound, such as the love affair of David’s brother and Laura’s sister–adults who, as kids 30 years before, just happen to have witnessed their parents’ worst sins. Coben manufactures tension primarily by keeping key details out of his narrative, a method that eventually wears thin. The resolution comes as a relief, with less of a bang than its buildup promises. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review –
First was Harlan Coben’s first novel and I didn’t know it existed until I found the audio version on sale and slid it into my auto cd player.  It is very fast paced with twists at every turn and every author should be so lucky to have such a masterpiece as their first novel.  I highly recommend this book.

Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: January 27, 2009 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
Penguin’s popular Aunt Dimity series returns and “loyal fans will be thrilled by every new revelation”(Kirkus Reviews)
Everyone’s favorite paranormal detective is back in Nancy Atherton’s thirteenth Aunt Dimity mystery-but this time Lori’s supernatural confidante may not be the only one who’s not quite dead. Could the cloaked figure Lori’s twins saw in the woods near the family’s English country cottage really have been a vampire? Atherton’s ever-growing legion of fans and all fans of cozy mysteries will find themselves curling up with a nice cup of garlic- er, tea-for the most spine-tingling Aunt Dimity mystery yet.
Review –
Poor Lori, she makes the wildest assumptions, but without them this series would be what it is.  I really enjoyed this one since I’m a fan of vampires and I’m looking forward to the next installment to see what trouble Lori can dream up.