Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo

Book Description:

Published: June 18, 2013

Format: Audio/OverDrive

A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night. Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painter’s Mill. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

Review –

The story opens with a horrible accident. An Amish father and his children, returning home in their horse-drawn buggy, are demolished by a speeding car that flees into the night. A scene that is so harrowingly rendered it’s as if the reader is an eyewitness.

But was it an accident? Or was it a murder of horrific proportions? If so, why? What’s the payoff for killing off a father and his children?  Nothing is apparent and as Kate digs deeper into the family and the community, a community that still resents her departure from the fold, she uncovers dark deeds and motives that defy understanding. She was best friends, as children, with the wife of the murdered family, but did she really know her at all?

Kate’s continuing and growing relationship with FBI agent John Tomasetti only complicates her life (John has bought a farmhouse about 20 minutes from Painter’s Mill and has asked Kate to move in with him) and skews her choices. Choices that could end her career. John’s too.

Excellent story.

The Scars That Define Us (The Devil’s Dust #2) by M.N. Forgy

Book Description:

Published: October 31, 2014

The Devil’s Dust MC has a list of new threats to the club’s lifestyle. Dani, to prove her loyalty, is trying to embrace a part of herself that she never knew existed until now. A sinful beast lurking beneath her surface has been awakened and is ready to eliminate anyone that stands in its way. Looking at her stained hands, she rinses the blood from them. She resigns herself to innocence lost and welcomes her thirst for more blood.

After a breathtaking turn of events, Shadow is looking at life in a different perspective. Not knowing who he can trust or who he can forgive has left him feeling desolate and alone. As Shadow is laying behind his rifle, he wonders if he can pull the trigger to eliminate the threat. He takes a deep breath and squeezes the trigger, the rifle recoil ignites the fuel that drives him.

Retaliations will be required.

Boundaries will be shattered.

Redemption will be lost.

Betrayal so deep, yet they still yearn for one another. Can Shadow overlook Dani’s transgressions? Can Dani overlook the mistrust that Shadow has placed upon her?

This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs, violence, and sexual situations that some might find offensive. This book is intended for adults 18+ years of age.

Review –

 This ijstallmemt of Thr Devil’s Dust series dives right in where we ended in What Doesn’t Destroy Us and  at this point Dani tries to return to the clubhouse to prove her innocence and what ensues is chaos. The story switches between Shadow and Dani’s POV, which I liked. The story immerses you in the Devil’s Dust motor cycle club and the feelings of the members,especially Locks, about Dani.

Dani and Shadow have their work cut out for them as their relationship is in turmoil while dealing with traitors in their midst.  No one is who you expect. While Shadow is nursing his hurt feelings and not trusting Dani, she finds a job as a part-time ballet instructor and even dates and well to do man. When Shadow finds out about this he goes ballistic and kills the man and disposes of the body. He does like wise with Dani’s mother, who is a member of the FBI, when he finds out that she wants Dani to go back to New York with her. 

Dani bonds with some of the girls of the club in a beat down of a man who beat up Bab’s niece and later they are hunted down one by one and badly beaten and Bab’s is a victim of a revenge hit and run and dies. Bull finds out who is responsible and makes a deal saving Dani’s life and letting the other motor cycle club run drugs or guns on their side of town. Shadow kills the man who beat up Dani and drove the car that killed Bab’s. Someone aims a Shadow and Bobby jumps in front of him and dies (or so we think)

Shadow and Dani make up with lot of hot steamy sex and she gets pregnant.

Two years later she’s expecting her second baby, a girl, who they will name Deliah,after Bab’s. Zane is now almost two and the spitting image of his father. Shadow proposes to Dani. End.

The next book will feature Bobby and Jessica (Doc).




Shooting Stars and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries #3) by Nancy Tesler


Book Description

Publication Date:November 16, 2012

Book Three
Carrie Carlin, divorcée, supermom, biofeedback therapist and sometime solver of murders, mostly by chance is in hot water again. Guy-friend, detective Ted Brodsky, who jokingly nicknames her Curious Georgette, is less than pleased when Carrie seems to be more interested in a homicide investigation on his turf than she is in his matrimonial aspirations.
When a local philanthropist is killed by a hit-and-run biker, the police call the death accidental because no weapon is found at the scene. “Not so,” says the only witness, Franny Gold, the elderly owner of an antique shop near Carrie’s office. Franny insists the biker deliberately aimed for the woman’s head, throwing a “lasso kind of thing” with a metal star-like object attached to it. Now Franny is being stalked. How can Carrie, whose job it is to help people cope with pain and stress, not take the terrified Franny into her home? And how, despite Ted’s displeasure, can she remain uninvolved when she inadvertently learns about the victim’s less-than-virtuous life which included a “Cinderella” step-daughter, a bizarre will, and many lovers, among them a prominent lawyer?
But when Carrie gets clipped on the head by a star-shaped metal “Frisbee” while talking to the victim’s husband, Ted’s patience with her meddling begins to fray. Then Franny’s stalker starts stalking Carrie and a mysterious Japanese gentleman appears with a warning. Carrie’s unquenchable curiosity propels her into a web of Asian mob intrigue, white slavery, and corruption in high places where exploitation and murder are part of the big money game, and a nosy amateur sleuth is an annoying mosquito to be swatted if she gets in the way….
Review –
This is an easy read that it fast paced and takes your mind of more serious things for a while.  I will continue to read this series.