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reviewed The Woman. November 10, 2011
The Woman
This is a novel about an average woman caught in a web of mystery. Someone suddenly wants her dead.      Linda Darby is a resident of Sea Crest, Oregon, a get-away-from-it-all sort …
reviewed Play Dead. July 18, 2011
Play Dead
"Play Dead," by Ryan Brown is a story that's just plain fun.      The author mentioned that he wanted to write a story about steroids in sports after seeing what has …
reviewed Pieces of Light. June 21, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Pieces of Light
"Pieces of Light" is a Christian suspense novel. This book was the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one...though you'll probably like …
reviewed Heart of Ice. June 12, 2011
Heart of Ice
   Three successful professional friends and one beautiful but deadly antagonist who plays “the game” and believes the safest place to avoid getting caught is in plain sight combine …
reviewed The Worst Thing. May 12, 2011
The Worst Thing
"The Worst Thing" is a suspense novel about hostage negotiation and panic attacks. The author wove vivid details into the story about hostage negotiation, what it's like to be a hostage, …
reviewed Diagnosis Death. April 08, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Diagnosis Death
Diagnosis Death is a medical suspense novel with a romance. While I was able to figure out whodunit before the big reveal, the answer to the last mysterious bit was a surprise. While the reader wasn't …
reviewed Heart of Ice. April 04, 2011
Heart of Ice
Heart of Ice is a suspense novel. Unlike the previous two novels in the series, there was no mystery in this one--you know who the killer is from the beginning. Actually, the first 84 pages read like …
reviewed Solemn Oath. January 28, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Solemn Oath
"Solemn Oath" is a Christian medical suspense novel with some romance. This novel is the second in a series, but I could follow the story without having read the first book. However, it did …
reviewed The Man from Beijing. January 24, 2011
The Man from Beijing
The Man from Beijing is a Mankell novel in which Kurt Wallender never makes an appearance. The protagonist here is rather an unlikely one, being a 50-something Swedish woman who happens to be a highly …
reviewed Mistress of the Art of Death. January 19, 2011
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
   Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar has just been dispatched from Salerno to Cambridge in an effort to help catch a killer. This particular killer chooses children as his victims, and …
reviewed Savages: A Novel. January 02, 2011
Savages: A Novel
Partners Chon and Ben have a profitable marijuana operation in the Laguna Beach area.  They are informed that the Mexican Baja Cartel intends to take over the marijuana operation in the area. However, …
reviewed When the Devil Whistles. November 18, 2010
When the Devil Whistles by Rick Acker
When the Devil Whistles is a legal thriller that also works in some military suspense. It's fast-paced and keeps the reader guessing as to how everything will work out. The suspense was created by …
reviewed Layover in Dubai. October 26, 2010
Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman
Thriller writer Fesperman has a gift for conveying a sense of place, from the smells and sights and sounds to a real understanding of the way another culture’s rules work and the conflicts that …
reviewed Thirteen Hours. October 16, 2010
Thirteen Hours
Cape Town cop Benny Griessel is back for his second appearance - separated from his wife and six months sober - in a story that encompasses 13 hours and two sensational (i.e. white) murder cases.    B …
reviewed The Rembrandt Affair. October 14, 2010
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
 In this latest entry in Silva's Allon saga, Gabriel and wife Chiara have hidden themselves away on a remote cliff in Cornwall, recovering from his last clandestine operation in Russia. Gabriel …
reviewed Thirteen Hours. September 12, 2010
Thirteen Hours
Did you ever read a book that got your adrenalin going? Well, Deon Meyer has given us such a book with Thirteen Hours! Seriously, readers, if you haven't read him yet, well, you are missing one of the …
reviewed Gun Lake. September 09, 2010
posted in Christian Fiction
Gun Lake
"Gun Lake" is an introspective suspense novel. The characters spent a lot of time thinking about their past mistakes and feeling like there was no real hope. The suspense came from knowing that …
reviewed The Overton Window. September 09, 2010
The Overton Window [Hardcover]
   Because of the large sales numbers for THE OVERTON WINDOW, I started the novel with high expectations for a rip-roaring page-turner. I was disappointed.  The opening was a grabber and …
reviewed Death On The D-List. August 24, 2010
Death On The D-List
reviewed Savages: A Novel. August 21, 2010
Savages: A Novel
     OK, it's great. Yes, candy. Kind of like the first chocolate covered cherry with cognac you ever had. Sex, drugs, rock&roll ultra violence. The Mexican drug wars ignite in …
reviewed Thirteen Hours. August 07, 2010
Thirteen Hours
This is the first crime novel I've read by South African author Deon Meyer but it won't be the last. Thirteen Hours is one of those rare thrillers that, started, you don't want to put down until finished. …
reviewed The Rembrandt Affair. August 07, 2010
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
From the opening pages until the final page, I was snagged in the page-turning excitement of Daniel Silva's writing. I've read the other dozen Silva novels and enjoyed each one of them. I had a high level …
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa may Alcott is perhaps best known for 'Little Women' and perhaps you are already turning away, not a big fan of this classic story. I wasn't either, in fact 'Little …
reviewed The Man from Beijing. August 02, 2010
The Man from Beijing
Mankell literally surpassed himself with this remarkably presented tale of a gruesome murder that affects the lives of many people in many lands. After reading his first Kurt Wallander mystery, Faceless …
reviewed The Man from Beijing. August 02, 2010
The Man from Beijing
Mankell literally surpassed himself with this remarkably presented tale of a gruesome murder that affects the lives of many people in many lands. After reading his first Kurt Wallander mystery, Faceless …
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