French Pastry Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #21 ) by Leslie Meier

Book Description

September 30, 2014
“Reading a new Leslie Meier mystery is like catching up with a dear old friend.” –Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author Lucy Stone is saying “Au revoir!” to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and “Bonjour!” to Paris to take in the sights, learn how to bake authentic French pastries, and experience some joie de vivre. But her dreams of la vie en rose are put on hold when the City of Lights turns deadly. . .Tinker’s Cove is abuzz with excitement when Norah, the queen of daytime TV, comes to town and selects Lucy and her pals to be featured in her “Women Who Make a Difference” episode. In recognition for their charitable work, the ladies and their husbands are awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class. . .

Lucy always dreamed of visiting Paris, but with Chef Larry on death’s doorstep and Lucy and her friends detained for questioning, she’s worried she’ll be trading in her luxury accommodations for a sojourn in the Bastille. If she’s going to enjoy her vacation, she’ll have to unpack her sleuthing skills and clear her name.

Lucy’s search for the truth takes her from the towers of Notre Dame to the gardens of Versailles and a dozen charming bistros in between. But will she be able to track down a killer more elusive than the perfect macaron?

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I’ve always been a big fan of the Lucy Stone Mysteries  but this one fell flat.  The plot over overly complex and took place in France instead of  Tinkers Cove plus there was a lot of French without good translations and it made for an unpleasant read. It is my least favorite of the series.

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The Last Dead Girl (David Loogan #3) by Harry Dolan

Book Description

January 9, 2014
David Loogan’s dark past is revealed in this prequel to Bad Things Happen—the critically acclaimed mystery that Stephen King called a “great fucking book.”On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter on a lonely road draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. Jana is an enigma: living in a run-down apartment and sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lie—until it’s too late.
When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect. But as he sets out to uncover the truth about Jana, he begins to realize he’s treading a very dangerous path—and that her killer is watching every move he makes.
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This is the first book that I have read by this author and is a “prequel” to his other books but since I had no knowledge of his other works this was a total surprise for me.
It is a murder mystery written with a Noir feel to it. There are  many flashbacks but they are not in any order and were confusing at times but because the plot was so mesmerizing I  didn’t let that hinder my five-star rating of the book. There are twists and turns that you don’t see coming and that is always a plus in a good mystery.  If you are fond of Noir and great murder mysteries – put this one on the top of your “to be read” list. I had the audio version and had to make myself take breaks or I would have listened to it straight through and it was almost thirteen hours long!
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What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest (What Zombies Fear #1) by Kirk Allmond

Book Description

January 16, 2014
When VictorTookes went to work that beautiful spring day, he never expected to see a man eaten alive in the street in front of his office. After convincing himself that they really were zombies, he makes a trip from his house in Pennsylvania to his family home in Virginia, battling zombies all the way. His three and ahalf year old son was bitten on the leg, but doesn’t turn into a zombie. Instead, he turns into something more than human.Victor quickly discovers that everything he knew about zombies was wrong. Not all of them were mindless, uncoordinated, rotting ghouls; some of them were bigger, faster, stronger or smarter than when they were human.

A small percentage of humans are genetically immune to the parasite. Instead of turning these humans into mindless shamblers, they gain enhanced abilities. These new abilities will be pushed to their limits in their quest to carve out a safe haven to call home.

How will he keep his son safe when the world crumbles around him?

Review –
Maybe it’s because I’ve read so many Zombie books but I found this one to be just okay, nothing really special jumped out at me. I don’t plan on reading the other books in the series.
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Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein

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Published: February 6, 2012

 

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

 

Review –

Rarely do you find Young Adult books that deal with subjects other than vampires, zombies, teen angst,young love, and paranormal activity and that’s why this book is so special.  It’s takes place in Europe during World War II and revolves around the lives of two very brave teenage girls. Friendship, loyalty and love of country draws them together in a way that not even they could understand,  It is truly profound reading.

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