As The Twig Is Bent ( Matt Davis Mystery #1) by Joe Peronne Jr.

Book Description:

  • Series: The Matt Davis Mystery Series
  • Published:  January 2, 2009

Someone is raping and strangling women in the Chelsea district of Manhattan – but, who?  The only clues are: a signature heart carved into each victim’s breast (inside, the initials “J.C.” and those of the deceased); copies of the New Testament (with underlined passages referring to infidelity); and fingerprints of a juvenile arrested in the 1960s.   On the case is Matt Davis, a plodding but effective NYPD homicide detective who is addicted to fly fishing – and chocolate. His partner is a one-quarter Mohawk Indian, Chris Freitag, to whom he owes a long-standing debt of gratitude. Complicating things is Rita Valdez, a female cop looking for “true love,” and not too particular about where she finds it.  As the Twig is Bent is an explosive thriller that rips the lid off the sordid underbelly of Internet chat rooms, and propels the reader on a no-holds-barred journey toward its bone-chilling conclusion.

CAUTION: Contains graphic sexual material may be inappropriate for some readers.
Review –
This was a great “who done it” involving  internet chat rooms, murders, mystery and fast-moving action.  The characters are well-defined and very believable and if you like good murder mysteries, this one is for you. 
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Summer People (Ray Elkins Mysteries #1) by Aaron Stander

Product Description:

Published July 1, 2009

It’s summertime and a mob-style murder followed by a string of unexplained deaths suggests someone is giving new meaning to the phrase “tourist season.”

It is late June in Michigan’s gold coast vacation area. The summer residents are settling in for the season and the tourists are beginning to flood the highways, beaches, and resorts. But the idyllic vision of a summer by the lake is suddenly shattered by a gangland-style slaying of one of the old money cottagers. This murder is quickly followed by the deaths of three more summer residents, each taking place under suspicious circumstances.

At times hindered by local politics and the proverbial tension between the summer people and the natives, Sheriff Ray Elkins searches for the possible links between the four victims. As he probes into their tangled lives and dark histories, he finds both the motive and the possible murderer.

Review –

This was another free book offered by Kindle and although the beginning was very promising with lots of potential and the middle had some interesting parts and the ending just leaves you flat. I’m glad I didn’t pay to read it.

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Beneath a Buried House (Detective Elloit Mystery #2) by Bob Avey

Book Description:

Published: June 15, 2010

Things aren’t always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot’s quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target – from whom or what he isn’t sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he’s not prepared to deal with.

Drawing on his strength of character, and sense of right and wrong, he wrestles with deep personal feelings to solve the case.

Review –

I found this to be a very good detective novel. It had multiple plots, well-defined characters and plenty of action to keep you turning the page. I will definitely read more from this series.

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Dead Eye (Court Gentry/The Gray Man #4) by Mark Greaney

Book Description

December 3, 2013
Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows—to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before.A killer who is just like him.
Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death. He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life—right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it…
Review –

I have only experienced one other book in The Gray Man Series, THE  GRAY MAN, which was the first in the series. I really enjoyed it and made a metal note to read or listen to others in the series.  That being said , I had the opportunity to purchase DEAD EYE  for an excellent price, not realizing that it is the most current in the series.  I could tell my listening to this one that a lot had happened between the first and last books but I was still able to enjoy it as a stand alone book. I normally do not read political, assassin type adventures but the narrator of these books is so good that it made the subject all the better.  

The author writes so much action and detail into these books it make me glad I didn’t have to do the research or write it myself. I’m so looking forward to the next in the series but I’m sure it will next year at least. Oh well, I may have to go back and check out the two books that I missed. A girl can only go with some political action adventure so long.

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Reckless (Renegades #1) by Skye Jordan

Book Description

January 17, 2014
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life.Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he’s given up acting. Finding a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping stone to success is virtually impossible, so when the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a chance at a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more. Lots more.

But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle. And if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the rest.

Warning: This novel contains uber-hot sexual encounters. For safety’s sake, read along with pitcher of ice-water. Or…wine…

Review –
Another very hot erotic novel that I enjoyed A LOT! The characters of Lexie and Jax had great chemistry and I couldn’t help but route for them as a couple.  Worth reading. Watch for explicit sex.
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Wrecked (Bad Metal #1) by Robert Black

Book Description

January 8, 2014
In 2031, a viral pandemic swept the globe, indiscriminately devastating all forms of complex life. The human and animal populations were decimated within months. The developed nations of the world each blamed one another for releasing a bio-weapon, either out of malice or incompetence. In 2035, the world saw its first nuclear war.
The decade that followed saw the human race desperately trying to survive. A new generation inherited a world poisoned by nuclear and chemical weapons. Only with the aid of automatons – highly advanced robotic laborers – was mankind able to recover and begin to rebuild.
However, the automatons were not perfect. For years malfunctions had become more and more common. Units would shut down, or exhibit unusual behavior. In rare cases, automatons might endanger human life. And while some of these cases could be attributed to tampering or sabotage, the cause behind the vast majority remained a mystery.
In 2074, the City-State of Chicago in cooperation with The Company – which produced most of the world’s automatons – authorized the formation of “Wrecking Crews.” Part cop, part garbage man, the Wreckers would be responsible for dealing with the aberrant machines, and investigating the cause of their malfunctions.Among the Wreckers, an automaton that attacks a human is referred to as “Bad Metal”.

Wrecked is the story of Gibson, a young man down on his luck. With no job, no prospects, and little hope, things seem grim for Gibson. But when the automaton landlord that runs Gibson’s apartment complex begins murdering the tenants, Gibson’s fortunes take a surprising turn…

Review –
I really enjoyed this free e-book about survival after a nuclear war poisoned the earth and humans had to rely on “smart robots”(my words) to help rebuild society. Every once in a while there would be a rogue robot that for various reasons would want to harm humans. Because of this there was a company dedicated to hunting them down and destroying them and these men were called “Wreckers”. This was only the first in the series and if I am ever in need of a book to read(which may be awhile the way my “to be read” pile looks) I would definitely read the next installment.
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The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch

Book Description

July 15, 2014

Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town.

Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.

But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.

Blake Crouch’s electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines Series—now a Major Television Event Series debuting Winter 2015 on FOX—will have you glued to the page right down to the very last word.

Review –

This is one of my favorite series and with this being the last in the trilogy, the author did not disappoint. 

The “abbies” have been defeated and now the people left in town try to put their lives back together. They find out that the food stores are running dangerously low and Winter is coming when fresh food is non existent and so they have to make a decision.  Do they stay for as long as the food will last or do they try to move somewhere warmer, which would be very hard because of having to travel through “abbie” territory so they decide to do something that is the  last thing any one them would have ever thought they would do. They decide to go back into suspended animation for a length of time for the “abbies” to evolve into something that the humans could live with. I won’t tell you how long they stay in suspension but my mouth dropped opened when I heard the last few words of the audio book version.  I couldn’t believe it!   I wish the author would write another series taking up where this one leaves off.

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Apron Strings by Mary Morony

Book Description

March 14, 2014

When a grown-up tells you not to worry, you had better start—first rule of thumb, Sallee Mackey, age seven. She is already more than a little bit wary of the adults in her Jim Crow era, Southern world with good reason. Sallee’s mother Ginny is flat out dangerous; her father Joe is on his way out the door; and Mr. Dabney the bigoted neighbor seems to be just a little too interested with the goings on at Sallee’s house—like he knows something no one else does. The only adult to be trusted is Ethel, the family maid, who has known Sallee’s mother since Ethel and Ginny were both girls.

That complicated relationship started the day Ethel spied Ginny kissing the black stable boy years ago. While Ginny has conveniently forgotten that she even knew Ethel back then, Sallee has not as she constantly lobs questions at Ethel about her mother’s girlhood.

From Sallee’s oft times humorous and always guileless vantage, grownups have a most mixed up view of the world. What does skin color have to do with learning? Closing schools rather than have black and white children in the same classroom, what’s the sense of that?

Ethel gives her very own biased account of her shared history with Ginny while Sallee hones her vigilance and stealth, skills she and her brother and two sisters have acquired in an attempt to understand the drama that swirls around them. Rocks are thrown through windows, a car filled with angry white men shout racial slurs at the children at play and a tragic poisoning threatens the entire family’s sense of security.

When Joe Mackey asks Ethel to testify on his behalf in a custody suit, her conflicted loyalties throw the entire family into even more turmoil.

Review –
I made it through this one(had my doubts at times) but didn’t care for it at all.
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Irresistible Desire (The Savannah Series #1) by Danielle Jamie

Book Description

January 19, 2014

Savannah and Logan have been together for four years, she thought he was the man she was going to marry, and one day start a family together. The life she imagined with Logan changes in a matter of seconds. Her entire life comes crashing down all around her when she catches Logan in bed with another woman.

Needing to get away from Logan and the paparazzi Savannah decides to leave Los Angeles and stay at her family’s beach house in Galveston, Texas. She never imagined a man she only met once before, would come back into her life and be the one to mend her broken heart. Kayden storms into her life faster than a tornado. After a wild hot weekend together, their lives will be changed forever.

 

Review –
This is another erotic novel with a western hunk and is good but nothing special.
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