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Without Warning
This is one of Rosenfelt's best standalone books (standalone from his Andy Carpenter series). Jake Robbins is a decorated war hero and the sheriff of a small Maine town. A sudden storm causes a flood …
Panic a Leopold Blake Thriller
This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author but is my own honest opinion.      This book was very difficult to review as the writing is very "unpolished" …
Sea of Crises a book by Marty Steere
I was lucky to receive a reviewer's copy from the author for this book.  This book has both a lot of good parts and some not so good.  The premise of the book is that there was an additional …
Let The Devil Sleep, A Novel
David Gurney is back and I loved it. My favorite riddle solver is asked to help a young woman (Kim) by evaluating a tv project she is working on. She is doing a series of interviews of families, whose …
reviewed Flowers At Midnight a book. September 07, 2012
Flowers At Midnight a book
This is the perfect book to fill in a lot of time when you are idle. Bella and Martin a pair of lovers are hired by Mona to get incrimating evidence on a Government Official (Alex) who is in line to be …
reviewed The Last Refuge. June 11, 2012
The Last Refuge
I was approached by the author of this book to provide a review and it is one time that I am glad I accepted. The book is very appropos to today's events in Iran and what might happen as they seek …
reviewed A Fatal Debt. May 28, 2012
A Fatal Debt
Ben Cowper (pronounced Cooper) is a psychiatrist with a patient (Harry Shapiro) who is contemplating suicide. Through pressure from his boss, he releases Shapiro to the custody of his wife, Nora provided …
reviewed The Deep Zone. March 15, 2012
The Deep Zone
Hallie is a scuba diving instructor and caver who used to work for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).  She had been let go for an alleged case of leaking classified information.  …
Capital Murder: A Novel Of Suspense
This book has a number of interesting plots happening at once. A serial killer(Little) is trying to get a new trial because one of the murders he was convicted for was committed by somebody else. A group …
reviewed Fall From Grace: A Novel. February 10, 2012
Fall From Grace: A Novel
This is a book were you plod along and wait for something to happen and very little does.  Adam Blaine is a covert government agent working on an assignment in Afghanistan and is called home because …
reviewed Defending Jacob a Novel. February 01, 2012
Defending Jacob a Novel
William Landay knocked my socks off with this thriller that grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last sentence.  The book shows how the judgment of the most professional …
reviewed Need You Now a book. January 02, 2012
Need You Now a book
The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, …
reviewed 11/22/63: A Novel. December 16, 2011
11/22/63 a book by Stephen King
Ever since King's early work (The Stand, Misery, The Shining) he seems to have been just a prolific writer of mediocracy.  This book is his big comeback!  In probably the best book of have …
reviewed You're Next. November 27, 2011
You're Next
This story sucks the reader in from the start and grips you most of the way. Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father and left in a schoolyard when he was four. Mike was in such shock of being left there …
reviewed The Drop. September 28, 2011
The Drop
This is another excellent book about Harry Bosch, my favorite LAPD homicide investigator. The title of the book may throw the reader off though.      The DROP in this book refers to …
reviewed Act of deceit. September 15, 2011
Act of deceit
This story had all the elements of a good tale. It had a catchy beginning; a former detective needs to track down the sister of a friend who recently died, even though it is an uncomfortable situation …
reviewed The Accident. August 17, 2011
The Accident
This was an excellent thriller/mystery until about the last 75 pages then it morphed into something that could have been the plot of Desperate Housewives. The story opens with two women looking for "knock-off" …
reviewed Cafe Libri. August 10, 2011
Cafe Libri
As reading is my number 1 passion it would make sense that a community with members that share similar interests would be my favorite one!  Adrianna has done a marvelous job keeping this community …
reviewed One Dog Night. July 30, 2011
One Dog Night
This book has all the elements that make Andy Carpenter such an enjoyable character. In this one he is asked to defend Noah Galloway, who is accused of having set a fire several years back that killed …
On Borrowed Time: A Mystery by David Rosenfelt
The book begins like a Twilight Zone episode (Think Richard Long as David Guerny, whom nobody could remember existing). Richard Kilmer is in love with a woman (Jen) and while staying with her at her parent's …
The Corruptible: A Novel (A Ray Quinn Mystery)
Ray Quinn is an ex-detective who has moved into the Private Investigator field. A felon's bullet had shattered Ray's pelvis thus ending his police career. He is hired by a sleezy businessman (Armon …
reviewed The Fifth Witness. March 25, 2011
The Fifth Witness
This engaging courtroom thriller is by far Mr. Connelly’s best Lincoln Lawyer tale to date! This time Mickey Haller has jumped on the foreclosure bandwagon and is servicing clients who are about …
reviewed Kind of Blue. January 25, 2011
Kind of Blue
Ash Levine had quit his detective position in the LA police department because he was suspended from the force when one of his informants was killed. About a year later his boss who had suspended him …
reviewed The Grove (book). September 16, 2010
The Grove (book)
This book was highly touted by Amazon and there were mostly 5 star ratings so I took a chance on it.  The book is about the thoughts of a person who is not always "all there."  Dexter …
reviewed The Terminal Experiment. July 02, 2010
The Terminal Experiment
Sawyer weaves an interesting spin on his "mind scanning" series. In this one three different versions of Peter Hobson's mind are scanned into a computer and literally become thinking beings …
Fever Dream (a Pendergast book)
   After the awful Cemetary Dance, Special Agent Pendargast successfully returns.  Through a chance gun cleaning, Pendergast realizes that his wife's supposed accidental death was …
So Cold The River (Book)
   Eric Shaw is an aspiring film maker in Chicago who makes memorial films for funerals. After one such effort he is approached by a woman who wants him to make a memorial to her father-in-law …
reviewed Bronx Justice. April 08, 2010
Bronx Justice
   This is Teller's third Jay Walker tale and by far his best.  Jay Walker remembers one of his early and toughest cases.  This took place in the early 80's before he became the "sleezy" …
reviewed The Killing of Mindi Quintana (Book). March 09, 2010
The Killing of Mindi Quintana (Book)
   This book's writing style reminded me of Max Barry's (Syrup, Jennifer Government) novels. At times it uses a stream on conciousness approach but at other times it can be very descriptive. …
reviewed Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie). December 29, 2009
Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)
Holmes a martial artist?  That is one of the new directions the director took in the updated version that has Robert Downey Jr. as our favorite detective and Jude Law as a very tough Dr. Watson.  …
reviewed Never Tell a Lie : a book. December 18, 2009
Never Tell a Lie : a book
   This is one of those thrillers where the main character has all kinds of things happening around her and she doesn't know why and evidence keeps mounting against her and her husband for something …
reviewed The Spire: a book. October 08, 2009
The Spire: a book
   Not being familiar with this author I maybe gave up on this book a little prematurely.  The first hundred pages the author jumps back and forth between flashbacks and then flashbacks …
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
   This is probably the best book I have read since The Devil in the White City. I couldn't put it down and it has all the elements I look for in a good book! Mikhael Bloomvist (excuse me if …
reviewed Waiting For Columbus a novel by Thoma.... August 26, 2009
Waiting For Columbus
   Reading this book I was reminded of a similar book I read by Timothy Findlay called "Pilgrim."  In that book a man in a mental hospital is treated by Karl Jung and remembers …
Jerichos Fall a novel
   This book could have been a lot better. The trouble is you wait till almost to the end of the book for something to happen. Rebecca (named Beck) is called to visit her dying ex-lover Jericho …
reviewed Die For You a thriller by Lisa Unger. June 23, 2009
Die For You by Lisa Unger
Isabel Raines was a famous author married to Marcus a successful Software Developer.  Her sister Linda, a successful photographer seems to have the perfect life married to Erik.  While everything …
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Book 1). May 16, 2009
Relic a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
I liked the fast pace of this novel. This is a lot of fascinating information presented about the history of the New York Museum of Natural History. A strange crate brought to the museum seems to have …
reviewed Domain (The Domain Trilogy). May 16, 2009
Domain a novel by Steve Alten
Prior to reading this book I read Walt Becker's Link which presents a lot of the same information about ancient wonders (Stonehedge, the Pyramids, etc.). That book was also similar in telling the tale …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. May 07, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
This book has a very "Mystic River" feel to it. Even the titles are similar as they both reference bodies of water. Gus Carpenter is a reporter for the local newspaper (The Pilot). One day he spies the …
reviewed Locked in Time. May 03, 2009
Locked in Time a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ms. Duncan has written a marvelous tale that would be utterly terrifying were it not written in first person (you always know that the narrator will survive taking away some of the suspense). Nore (short …
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