Dirty Martini (Jack Daniels Mystery #4) by J.A. Konrath


Book Description

Publication Date:February 4, 2013

In Whiskey Sour, Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels hunted down a killer dubbed “The Gingerbread Man.”
In Bloody Mary, she busted a psychopath with a penchant for dismemberment.
In Rusty Nail, it was a serial killer with a doozy of a family tree.
And now, in Dirty Martini, Jack faces her toughest adversary yet: a sicko who’s poisoning the city’s food supply. But that’s just the start of what he has planned, because he’s aiming to kill fifty thousand people in the single biggest act of terrorism the US has ever seen. Can she stop him — and decide whether to accept boyfriend Latham’s surprise proposal — without destroying both her reputation and her sanity?
Join Jack, her partner Herb, and her nemesis Harry McGlade, for her fourth, and greatest, case so far.
Review –
This is the first book that I’ve read in the Jack Daniels Mystery series and while I enjoyed it I don’t know if I’ll read any others. It’s a fluff  read, easy and predictable and doesn’t need many brain waves.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

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Published:   April, 10, 2012

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.


*****    5 stars

Don’t look at me like I’m crazy-I gave this book a five-star rating.

Yes. I know it’s about a boy who lost his mother to a bus accident,(the bus hit her) and he had to go live with a father he never knew and all the kids at his new high school hated him and his father was a grave robber. Yes, his father made his living(if you can call it that)robbing graves.  The book had several vivid descriptions of body decomposition and other gore but even so it shows a father and son  finally coming to an understanding, that being that they liked one other and Joey taking pride in being the best grave-digger he can be but in the end learning how to LIVE again in the real world.  Excellent.

Locked Doors (Adrew Z Thomas/Luther Kite #2) by Blake Crouch

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Published: February 2011     Series: Andrew Z Thomas/Luther Kite

Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas’s life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer’s victims were unearthed on Andrew’s lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity. Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yukon. His only link to society is by e-mail, through which he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered. Culminating in the spooky and secluded Outer Banks of North Carolina, the paths of Andrew Thomas, a psychotic named Luther Kite, and a young female detective collide. LOCKED DOORS is a novel of blistering suspense that will scare you to death.

Review –

This story takes up were Desert Places  left off and it is  just as good if not better. It is a novel of terror and there are twists and turns that sneak up on you and keep you on the edge of your seat.  Better read this one with the light on.