The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

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Published: November 8, 2011

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

Review –

This is the first book that I have read/listened to by Danish author, Lene Kaaberbol and translated by Agnete Friis and I loved it, BUT…

Nina seems to be  cliché; she’s a typical damaged protagonist (seems to be suffering from manic depression) who had a childhood trauma and has been compensating ever since, distancing herself from her husband and children in order to save them from herself, while compulsively helping other “outsiders”.  She always takes too much on instead of asking the authorities  for help. Nevertheless, though there are some flaws in the book, it is a very good read, highlighting some of the social injustices that are all too familiar to us today from reading the newspapers and other crime novels.

I’m looking forward to finding more books by this author.

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Second Honeymoon(Honeymoon #2) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

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Published: June 24, 2013

A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach…for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon’s over.
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite–and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list.

FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.

As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages. SECOND HONEYMOON is James Patterson’s most mesmerizing, most exciting, and most surprising thriller ever.

Review –

This story dealt with two murder cases, one psycho was killing newly wed couples and the other was killed men all names John O’Hara.

Of course, one of the protagonists in the story is named John O’Hara and we do find out that HE is the one the killer is after but he’s killing others working his way to him. 

The honeymoon killer turns out to be someone not suspected in the least which made for a good twist.

This is a very enjoyable read with lots of action, angst and drama, oh yes, and a bit of romance too.

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Buried in a Bog (County Cork #1) by Sheila Connolly

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Published: February 5, 2013

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head…

Review –

Accidentally came across this gem while searching for something free to listen to on Overdrive and it’s a shame this was the only one of this series they had because it really is a good mystery while incorporating the sights and sounds of the Irish countryside.

It shows that no matter where you are in life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and change your entire life.

A great read for any time and any one.

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Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks

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Published: August 5, 2014

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

Review –

For the last two years Tate has dedicated himself to his business and has ignored his wife, Chessy. In a Dominant/submissive relationship this is a NO-NO. The submissive, especially when it is your wife, should be your first priority. He  leaves her awaiting, alone, for hours on their fifth anniversary while having a drink with a female potential client. Chessy witnesses this and runs out of the restaurant. Tate follows her and majorly apologizes and salvages the rest of the anniversary week-end saying he will change and put her first where she belongs.  Things go well and he arranges an evening at The House, a swank BDSM club, where they are members and has selected a man to do things to Chessy while he gives the commands.  (NOTE: I could tell right away that there were going to be problems because the extra man acted like a jerk from the get go).  The man secures Chessy to a spanking bench, making her completely helpless and proceeds to beat the daylights out of her and attempt to have anal sex with her without lube. Where, you might ask is Tate while all this is happening, that’s what Chessy wants to know and crying and in pain finally screams her safe word and then and only then does Tate come back into the room.  He had taken a business phone call and left HIS submissive in the hands of a stranger. After she is untied and calms down she packs her stuff and moves out and only when, weeks later, she finds out she’s pregnant does she reconsider. In the mean time Tate has taken on two partners so he can devote more time to his wife and new family.

They never stopped loving each other, it was just a matter of Tate getting his priorities straight and Chessy forgiving him.

Good read.

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

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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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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs

Book Description

Publication Date: August 21, 2007
Series: Temperance Brennan Novels

To some, the dead are a commodity. For Tempe Brennan, they hold the key to cracking a horrific crime ring.

Among the ancient remains in a Native American burial ground, Tempe discovers a fresh skeleton — and what began as an ordinary teaching stint at an archeology field school in Charleston, South Carolina, fast becomes a heated investigation into an alarming pattern of homicides. The clues hidden in the bones lead to a street clinic where a monstrous discovery awaits, and Tempe — whose personal life is in upheaval, with two men competing for her — can’t afford any distractions as she pieces together a shattering and terrifying puzzle.

Review –

This was  another excellent book in the Temperance Brennan series and I have added them to my “favorite series” list.

It has some violence, but it happens off stage and twists and turns  that make for a wonderful read.  The storyline is fast paced and will keep your interest all the way through.  There is a lot of medical jargon and French language, though not as much French as I have seen in the other books.  This was an audiobook so the French names and pronunciation was not a problem.  If you haven’t tried a book by Kathy Reichs give this one a try.