Unseen (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter

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Published: July 2, 2013

Karin Slaughter’s novels featuring detective Will Trent are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent whose latest case has him posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a motorcycle around Macon, Georgia, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But undercover and cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.

Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s shooting is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it, and soon danger is swirling around both of them.

In a novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Karin Slaughter’s latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives.

Review –

Another great Will Trent novel.  It was action packed,fast paced and had a number of twists and turns.  One of my favorites.

 

The Whole Enchilada (A Goldie Bear- Schulz Culinary Mystery #17) by Diane Mott Davidson

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Published: August 27, 2013

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from “today’s foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit” (Entertainment Weekly)

The Whole Enchilada

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she’s leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in.

But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking.

When a colleague—a woman who resembles Goldy—is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before that killer can serve her up cold.

Review –

I love this series for many reasons but the main one are the recipes included in each book. They make the stories come to life and are fun to try and make after I have finished each book .

This book was full of interesting characters and plot twists and it was a very pleasant read.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable series to start,the Goldy Schulz  books would be perfect.

 

Suspect by Robert Crais

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Published: January 22, 2013

APD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.  What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say

 

Review –

This is not what you would expect of a Robert Crais book.  He is best known for his Elvis Cole character and series and this is as far away from Elvis  as you can get.  It’s about a man and a dog, a defeated policeman and a shell-shocked bomb sniffing dog and it is a love story.  A love that comes from supporting one another in any situation always.  This is a great read and I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Christmas Crumble(Agatha Raisin Series) by M.C. Beaton

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Pulbication Date : August 28, 2012

Christmas tale that’s holly, jolly—and deadly, by golly…

At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha’s never been much of a homemaker, but she’s dead-set on making this the perfect holiday for the “crumblies,” as she affectionately calls them. She’s decorated a tree while fending off her cats Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum. But when Agatha dumps the pudding on the head of the local self-proclaimed lothario—an eighty-five year old with a beer belly and fingers like sausages—his death by dessert proves more than a trifle as mysteries mount higher than the season’s snowfall. So much for trying to do good by her neighbors. Now Agatha needs no less than a Christmas miracle to get herself out of this one…

 

Review –

Nothing like an Agatha Raisin Mystery to put a smile on my face but I always end up feeling so bad for poor Agatha because she is alone and lonely whether she would admit to it or not.  I wish the author would write a book where in Agatha has a happy outcome.  Until that day comes I will continue to read this series.  Puts a smile on my face every time.

 

Golden Eggs and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries #4) by Nancy Tesler

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Published: 2000          Series: Carrie Carlin Mysteries

Everything was golden, until the killing began…

The good news was that Carrie’s father had gotten rich. The bad news was that her stepmom was coming to visit.

Carrie, a stress-reduction therapist who dates a cop, mothers two teenagers, and solves murders on the side, thought she could handle Eve for a weekend. But that was before the glamour queen dragged Carrie into a wild-goose chase that led to a dead man in Manhattan.

Now Eve is in jail, Carrie’s long-lost stepbrother–so long-lost Carrie didn’t know she had one–is back, and people are dropping like flies. No wonder Carrie’s biorhythms are starting to flutter. For Carrie, unraveling the mystery that Eve thrust into her life is a matter of self-preservation. Because a killer has a shortlist of victims–and Carrie’s name is right near the top….

 

Review –

After reading so many serious book it’s nice to read a funny murder mystery and this one fits the bill.  Love this series.

 

 

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The Burning Wire(Lincoln Rhyme Novels #9) by Jeffery Deaver

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Published : July 10, 2010                                   Series: Lincoln Rhyme Novels

Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ?

Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net.

Review –

I haven’t read many books by Jeffery Deaver and this is the first of the Lincoln Rhyme Series that I’ve read and I loved it. The story was fast paced, action packed and a compelling page turner. After finishing this book I will never look at electricity the same way again.

 

 

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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Published : 2004

Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.

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Once I started this book I could not put it down because as outrageousas  the plot sounds it could happen anywhere anyday now.  That what is so scary about it.

What would you do to survive a war?  How and what  would you eat?  Where would you live or fimd shelter? What would you wear?  Who could you trust?  Who would you love and how would you keep them safe?

I give this book five stars ***** and it deserves more.

Everyone should read this and think about it daily.

Blood Alley (The Highwayman #1) by David Wisehart

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Publication Date: June 3, 2013     Series: The Highwayman
Buckle up for a high-octane, pulse-pounding thrill ride…Could you survive a haunted highway?

Blood Alley is the deadliest road in America.

Some call it a death trap. Others say it’s haunted. Only the locals know the truth…

Blood Alley belongs to the Highwayman, a vengeful phantom who drives his ghost car at night to claim the souls of all who cross him.

A group of teens on their way to a funeral get delayed by engine trouble and ignore the warnings:

Don’t drive Blood Alley at night!

Four teenagers hit the road at sunset.

Will any survive to see the dawn?

Review –
This is a very good spooky story about a haunted highway that will make you think twice about driving at night.