The Death of a Ghost (Hamish MacBeth #32) by M.C. beaton

Book Description:

Published: February 21, 2017

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth–Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman–returns in M.C. Beaton’s new mystery in her New York Times bestselling seriesDEATH OF A GHOSTWhen Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie “Clumsy” Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all.There’s no sign of any ghost…but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he’s fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment–to eat bacon baps–but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It’s clear something strange–and deadly–is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the “ghost” can strike again…

Review –

I’m afraid this will be the last book in the Hamish MacBeth series that I read or listen to because it was boring and just a rehash on the same plot and conclusion, only with different crimes and characters.

It’s sad that the author can’t find something new to occupy Hamish in the Scottish countryside. Maybe she should have him go TDY to America and see what mischief he could cause.

 

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Delightful by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: July 11, 2017

Format: Free Digital Book

Sara Parker is a woman who values her independence. She runs her horse stable on nothing but guts—and her reputation as a woman who stands on her own two feet. Until Adam Steele appeared in her life looking and smelling like sex on a stick. Sara can’t say no to a quick roll in the hay. Still, is the best sex of her life worth giving up everything she’s worked so hard to achieve?

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This is the first short book in the Delightful series and it was free,  but that still didn’t keep it from boring me to sleep. ‘Nuff said!

There’s Something In A Sunday (A Sharon McCone Mystery#8) by Marcia Muller

Book Description:

Published: December 18, 2011

Format: Audio/OverDrive

It’s a cold Sunday in San Francisco. Sharon McCone’s alone on a routine surveillance job, following a man named Frank Wilkonson through the city’s lush horticultural hot spots to the serene foothills of the Diablos. But when she returns to find her kindly old client in a pool of blood, nothing she’s learned explains it. The search for answers takes her from Wilkonson’s sullen brood on Burning Oak Ranch, to the eccentric havoc of a household in the Haight, to Golden Gate Park and the desperate digs of the homeless. Unraveling the threads that link a homeless man, a pair of prominent activists, a wayward rancher, and a mysterious missing beauty, Sharon is plunged into the depths of domestic mayhem… entering a realm where dreams shatter and marriage leads to bloody murder.

Review –

This was free and available on OverDrive but I wish now that I hadn’t wasted by time.

The story was convoluted and boring and the narrator left a lot to be desired . I’m sorry if you’re a fan of this series but I will never read or listen to another one.

 

When Day Breaks (KGI #9) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published: June 24, 2014

Format: Audio/OverDrive

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.

Review –

I usually make it a point not to start a series in the middle, you know, not read 1-8 and start with number 9. Well, that’s exactly what happened with this book. I found it on OverDrive when looking for something to listen to and thought it might like the author’s other books, which I’ve enjoyed.

I could tell right from the beginning that not reading the previous books in the series caused me to miss out on all the why and wherefores and how KGI came to be in the first place. I’m imagining that each book deals with a member of the KGI team and so the names in this book didn’t really mean anything to me.

That being said, the love interests in this book, Swanny and Eden were too different and from completely opposing worlds and there was no chemistry between them at all. When they “fell in love” (which was instantly) they were too syrupy sweet. Made me gag.

The crime fiction part of the story line was at least believable but boring. Maybe if i had read the previous books I would have been more invested but I don’t plan on reading or listening to any more in this series. For me, one was enough .

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Camera Killer by Thomas Glavinic translated by John Brownjohn

Book Description:

Published: 2003

On Good Friday, a brutal double murder takes place in the woods, and the killer records the sickening crime on videotape. With the local media building up excitement — and outrage — at the scheduled airing of the footage, two couples in the midst of celebrating the Easter holiday find their idyll interrupted by the breaking news.

Against the backdrop of twenty-four-hour news coverage, the four friends spend the weekend playing cards, chatting, eating, and drinking. Despite their best efforts to enjoy this rare time together, they’re unable to stop talking about the murders and the search for the elusive killer. Repulsed by the airing of the crime, they question the ethics of showing such atrocities on television — yet they can’t stop watching.

A gripping psychological thriller, The Camera Killer will keep listeners tuned to the very end as the mystery unravels.

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I HATED this book and I’m only mentioning it so you don’t accidentally find it in your possession and decide to read it. (The blurb made it sound so good-just goes to show you can’t trust all blurbs)

Two young boys were forced to kill themselves by jumping from forty foot trees while a man videotaped the whole thing and the story is the reactions of four friends.

The unnamed narrator and his “partner”Sonja, (always mentioned as partner instead of girlfriend) go to visit Eva and Heinrich Stubenrauch over the Easter week-end and it details their actions which involves watching television to find out the latest on the murders, having a picnic and going to the bathroom. I can’t tell you how many times this was mentioned and it became a bit ridiculous. 

The murderer is found at the very end and BAM -THE END. Too abrupt!!!!!

Anyway, I HATED it. Stay away from the CAMERA KILLER.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Published: April 14, 2011

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“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Review –

If I had been reading this as an e-book or hard back I would probably still be trying to get through it, but I had the audio version and listened to it in the car as I ran errands so I was able to get to the end.

I didn’t care for this book at all. I didn’t like that the emails were so long and mostly boring and I thought the character of Lincoln was creepy, not scary creepy, just on the edge of perversion creepy.

My daughter, an assistant professor at a university in Texas really likes this author so I sent her the audio book and I’m waiting to hear back from her as to how she liked it. I bet she’ll say it was great. Oh well, that’s why everyone is granted an opinion. 

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Spellbound by Sylvia Day

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Published: December 3, 2013

Her desire becomes his pleasure…

Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was.

He held her hand a little too long, his thickly-lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her. To tame her…

“Victoria.”

Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck.

“It’s in your nature,” he murmured. “The desire to be taken.”

In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion but the passion is as real as it gets…

Review –

I gave this book one star and that’s only because I hated to give it zero stars. I’ve never given a book zero stars but tis one came very close.

Why did I hate this book?  First of all, the blurb in no way gives a hint as to what the book is truly about. If you’ve ever read Sylvia Day then you know what a good story-teller  she is and how hot her sex scenes are, but this book fell flat.

Second, the characters were witches,warlocks, and a familiar and I’m not into paranormal erotic romances.

Third, it was boring.

Don’t waste your time with this one. Ms Day must have had a quota to fill for her publisher or maybe I’m just missing the boat.

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Strangers on a Train (Nancy Drew Diaries #2) by Carolyn Keene

Book Description:

Published: February 5, 2013

The new Nancy Drew series from Simon & Schuster, Nancy Drew Diaries, debuted February 2013 with volumes 1 and 2 and then two more to follow the rest of the year and around 3 more each year thereafter. This series harkens back to the Nancy Drew books of the past where Nancy and her friends will rely more on their wits and their brains (much like classic Nancy Drew) to solve mysteries instead of relying so much on technology like they did in the Girl Detective series. There is also an illustrator for the series, Emily McGuire. There are also going to be hardcover versions with dust jackets in addition to the regular paperback versions. And the stories will be a bit longer as well. This series targets the 8 to 12 age group.

Nancy and her friends take their detective skills on an Alaskan adventure in this second book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.Nancy’s Alaskan adventure continues as she, Bess, and George disembark the mystery-plagued Arctic Star cruise ship and explore the grand sites of the forty-ninth state: Skagway; the Yukon territory, and Denali National Park. It’s spectacular scenery, but things start to go wrong almost immediately, leading Nancy to believe that whoever was behind the unsolved mayhem aboard the ship has followed them onto dry land. The girl detectives had better watch their steps—they’re on uncharted and unknown territory!

Review –

OMG, isn’t anything sacred?  

They (and I really don’t know who is to blame) updated the Nancy Drew stories to fit in with modern-day language and technology and seemed to have removed Nancy’s brain at the same time.  Countless times in this book she says “Huh?” in answer to a question. In the original series Nancy was smart and articulate and a real role model for young girls and now she’s incapable of forming sentences when asked a simple question.  

The story was a continuation from the first in the series, The Arctic Star, (which  I did not read) and it was slow, boring and the dialogue trite. I had the audio version and couldn’t wait until it was over.  I gave it two stars and that was a stretch!

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Skeleton Key by Robert Richardson

Book Description:

Published: 1988

The playwright and novelist Augustus Maltravers and his actress girlfriend Tess Davy have planned a relaxing week staying with friends in Bellringer Street, an historic thoroughfare near the grounds of Edenbridge House, stately home of the Earl of Pembury.

The only foreseeable disruption looks to be the imminent arrival of their hosts’ baby – which is quite disruptive enough as far as Maltravers is concerned.

But greater dramas start to unfold when a skeleton is stolen from the cellars of the House.

At first it seems no more than a bizarre joke but, suddenly, Maltravers and Tess find themselves caught up in a terrifying cycle of vengeance and murder.

The heir to the estate, Simon, Lord Dunford, is found murdered.

Though he was a likable sort, he was thoroughly hated by his next-in-succession: his caddish cousin Oliver Hawkhurst and the estate’s coldly efficient secretary, Mister York.

With everyone around them under suspicion, Maltravers and Tess find it increasingly difficult to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Who had the strongest motive for murder?

And will they strike again?
Review –

I did not like this book at all. I found it slow and boring and I could hardly wait to finish it.

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The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4) by Karen Robards

Book Description:

Published: August 25, 2015

In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key.

A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name.

Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time.

Review –

I decided to read this book chiefly because it was free and I didn’t think I had ever read this author before, so I checked my GoodReads account and lo and behold, I had read Shattered back in 2011, but no other books in this series.

I hadn’t realized it was a series until after I had decided to read it and then it was too late. I always finished a book I start, no matter how long it takes me.

This was the last in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series so I didn’t have any back story but I trudged on through the book, but it was hard.

I found it to be totally out there, very predictable, boring and annoying because of the narrator’s voice. I finally reached the end and had couple of Biscoff cookies to celebrate. 

Don’t waste your time unless you are already invested in this series.

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