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Hide and Seek: A John Rebus Mystery
In a run down area of Edinburgh, a junkie is found dead in a building used by squatters.      On a wall near the body of the deceased, officials notice a drawing. It's a five …
reviewed at the water's edge. Last Saturday
at the water's edge
Sara Gruen's new novel mixes history with a moving love story.      Ellis and Maddie Hyde are at Ellis's parents house and we see the aftermath of a New Year's Eve party …
The night of the dance
All seems quiet in the Texas town of Brenham until some men digging a well find the body of Sissy Fletcher. She's the Preacher's daughter who disappeared ten years ago. She hated the town of Brenham …
The Fifth Child (Paladin Books)
With the innocence of youth, David and Harriet Lovatt fall in love and marry when they are young. They enjoy life and family so much that they begin to have children immediately. Their life seems like …
reviewed "The Farm". March 18
Daniel tells the story in "The Farm."      Daniel was living with his life partner, Mark. Daniel was barely eeking out a living but thought that his parents were having a …
reviewed American Sniper -. March 18
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American Sniper -
Chris Kyle has a philosophy of life where his priorities are God, country and family.      In "American Sniper" we learn of his four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and …
American Sniper
According to the book jacket, Chris Kyle recorded the most career kills in the United States military history from 1999 to 2009.      The autobiography tells of Chris growing up in …
Second Street Station
I'm sure I won't be the only one who picks "Second Street Station," as one of the best mystery novels of the early part of this year. It really was a special story and I was sorry to …
You Can trust me
This suspenseful thriller was recommended to me by my reviewer friend, Tom McGee. Tom's literary tastes are usually on the money and with his review, he hit the nail on the head.   Livy Jackson …
reviewed Blue Labyrinth. February 26
Blue Labyrinth
I'm sure I won't be the only one who compliments this book on the intricacies of the plot and cleverness of the characters.   Special Agent is one of the most original characters in mystery …
reviewed Laughing Boy. February 22
Laughing Boy
"Laughing Boy," published in 1929, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930. Oliver La Farge 1901-1920 is the writer.   The story is a good depiction of Navajo life and the coming of age of "Laughing …
reviewed redemption key. February 20
redemption key
I hadn't read the previous books by S.G. Redling and was surprised with the action and the predicament that the protagonist, Dani Britton, found herself in. Dani is attempting to get away from a …
reviewed Little Big Man. February 16
Little Big Man
Thomas Berger is a serious storyteller. His novel, "Little Big Man," was both an excellent novel and movie starring Dustin Hoffman.      In the story, we read the reminiscences …
reviewed Compulsion. February 13
Compulsion
When I first saw this title available for review, I immediately jumped on it. I enjoyed the last Max Revere novel and felt that this would be more of the same. I was correct.   Maxine "Max" …
The Devil's Redhead (New Blood)
"The Devil's Redhead" will entertain readers by the unusual actions of the protagonist.   Danny Abatangelo is a freelance photographer and also a smuggler. He has an entire crew …
reviewed The Siege. February 06
The Siege
I'm struggling with this review much like I struggled with the novel.      I wanted to like this book even more since it takes place in New Haven, CT at Yale University. I live …
reviewed Gray Mountain. February 06
Gray Mountain
With the financial crisis of 2008, Samantha Kofer gets downsized. However, she is given the chance to return to her Wall Street Firm after working for a non profit.      Her company …
Sierra Skullduggery
In California in the 1880s, former gunfighter, Tom Patterson is propositioned by a stranger to join him and make use of Patterson's gun. Patterson refuses and the man, Carl Parrish attempts to kidnap …
reviewed Dirty White Boys. January 27
Dirty White Boys
Lemar Pye, his mentally challenged cousin, Odell, and another prisoner escape from McAlester State Penn, a maximum security prison. Pye had just murdered another prisoner and so he had nothing to lose. …
Don't talk to strangers
Keye Street, a Chinese American, has a background in profiling with the FBI. She is now a private investigator and is asked by the sheriff of Hitchiti County Georgia to assist in a case involving the …
reviewed The burning room. January 25
The burning room
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch returns from retirement to work in the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit.      He's teamed with and eager rookie, detective Lucia Soto, who has just been honored …
Last of the Breed Louis L'amour
In this 1986 novel, USAF Major Joseph "Joe Mack" Makatozi's plane is forced down over the Bering Sea.      The Russians have forced his plane down. They capture him and …
reviewed the dead run. January 25
the dead run
The reader knows off the bat that the story will be dealing with the unnatural as a man lost in the desert sees a beautiful girl. He believes it's only a dream until she takes a bite from his thigh.   …
reviewed No Fortunate Son. January 25
No Fortunate Son
Operatives Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill receive a letter terminating their services with Blaisdell Consulting, an umbrella company of their real employer, a counterterrorist unit called …
A New York Christmas
"A New York Christmas" is a Christmas gift story about a wealthy family in New York City in 1904.   This tasty story has Jemima Pitt, daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special …
reviewed The Kill Order. January 07
The Kill Order
When I first read the blurb on Robin Burcell's "The Kill Order," it seemed like a book with lots of action and entertainment. Fortunately, my assumption was correct and this was an action …
The Devil You Know
When I was offered this book in return for my honest review, I looked forward to an interesting work of suspense. The book hit the spot, delivering  the suspense and provided a new voice in literary …
reviewed Offer of Proof. January 04
Offer of Proof
Charlotte King is robbed and murdered in New York City.  The police see a black man running down the street nearby and bring him back to the victim. She seems to identify him as her killer before …
Spectrum: A Karen Vail novel
In this exciting Karen Vail story, the reader follows Karen's graduation from the New York Police Academy as the first in her class. As a reward for her performance at the police academy, Karen is …
reviewed Black Cherry Blues. December 26, 2014
Black Cherry Blues
In the 1990 Edgar Award winning novel, "Black Cherry Blues" Dave Robicheaux is mourning the death of his wife, Annie.      Dave's troubled college roommate Dixie Lee …
reviewed Remember me like this. December 24, 2014
Remember me like this
In "Remember Me Like This," we follow the Campbell family from a different point of view. Many novels conclude when a kidnap victim returns home. In this well conceived story, it is the start. …
reviewed "Die Again". December 21, 2014
Tess Gerritsen, a physician, has written a long string of well written and entertaining novels about the exploits of Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles.   …
reviewed Deadline. December 18, 2014
Deadline
Virgil Flowers, chief investigator of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is asked to come to Tripton, Minnesota to investigate a scheme where someone is stealing dogs. Many of these dogs …
reviewed One plus one. December 17, 2014
One plus one
I thank my wonderful wife for recommending this entertaining book.      It tells the story of Jess Thomas, a gutsy woman with a never say die attitude about life.      …
reviewed A Touch of Nerves. December 11, 2014
A Touch of Nerves
Army Captain Ben Hawkins is ordered to follow up on a report of possible missing material from the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility. He thinks it's going to be a simple matter but he's wrong. …
reviewed Goodreads. December 09, 2014
Goodreads
This is a book cataloging site that helps me to be organized and to discuss the books I've read.      One fun aspect of this site is in the groups it provides so many  choices …
reviewed Personal. December 09, 2014
Personal
Jack Reacher is doing his thing, traveling around the country without a steady job, living each day as it comes. He lives on his military pension and enjoys a carefree life when he's not actively …
reviewed Shelfari. December 06, 2014
Shelfari
      I am a devoted member of Shelfari and enjoy their website.      I've found it easy to post reviews and to see and comment on the reviews of other reviewers.   …
reviewed The Cabinet of Curiosities. December 06, 2014
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" is an exceptional read and an intelligent literary accomplishment.      In New York, a tunnel at a construction site leads to a storage area …
reviewed Worthy Brown's daughter. December 06, 2014
Worthy Brown's daughter
Phillip Margolin is one of those special authors who, when a reader picks up their book, they know they are in for an entertaining experience.      I was sent this book from Amazon …
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