Posts Tagged ‘Mystery’

Good Sunday morning and Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the other moms out there! I apologize that I haven’t blogged for a while–job change and some personal travels–and it’s great to be back with another book recommendation this week.

This week’s read was Close Case by Alafair Burke, the follow-up novel to Missing Justice that was my last recommendation. In this story, attorney Samantha Kincaid is the newest member of Portland, Oregon, Major Crimes Unit. When a prominent reporter is murdered, Samantha is called out to the scene and then becomes entangled in the chase to find the killer. What initially looks like a carjacking gone wrong turns out to be incorrect when it’s discovered that the reporter was on to something big, something that could make a number of important people look really bad. Complicating matters is the fact that Samantha’s now living with one of the lead detectives on the case, and when it looks like there are some shady things going on within the police force, she’s torn between her job and her love life.

In addition to a good mystery, this book does a great job of giving a high-level overview of how the “system” works, from the time a suspect gets booked, to arraignment, to how the police and attorneys are intermingled, to rules-of-the-game, etc. I found it educational and entertaining, and I hope you do as well. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂



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Good Sunday morning, and Happy Easter everyone! I hope this finds you doing well.

This week’s read was by an author I’ve recently discovered, Alafair Burke, and the book was Missing Justice. While the author was new to me, the book isn’t recent, having been published over ten years ago. Nonetheless, I really liked it, and of course, I read it out of order. This was the second book in the series, so I’ll be reading the first one next week. I never seem to do these things in sequence…

Anyway, in this story, Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid, finds herself newly promoted and hot on the trail of a missing person’s case, a prominent female judge in the city of Portland, OR. Initially everyone assumed the judge would turn up safe and sound. But when that didn’t happen, authorities started looking at the husband, and then at the lover, and then at a disgruntled letter-writer, and then…well, holy cow. When Samantha finally figures out who was responsible for the judge’s demise, she finds herself the next target on the killer’s list.

Missing Justice had a perfect mix of suspense, humor, and intrigue, and I’m happy to have found another great author. There were a lot of twists and turns in this story, and it had me guessing until the end. So now I’ll have to back up and get started on the first book in the series; I hope I like that one as much. And I hope you do, too! So give Missing Justice a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! “Spring” has arrived in Massachusetts, with a balmy temp of 33 degrees and snowflakes as recent as yesterday. Argh. But the cold allows for blankets, cocoa and a good book, so I’ll make the best of it.

This week’s read was One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis. I’ve never read her before, and it strayed a bit from my typical mystery, but it was good. It’s a book where you don’t quite realize the heaviness of the story until the very end.

In this book, there’s no dead body and there’s no killer to capture. The mystery lies in why a young woman would walk away from her life to start over when outwardly it appears she “has it all”. Set in England, Emily Coleman boards a train one day, leaving her family behind. She has nowhere to go, little money, and no semblance of a plan. All she wants to do is get away. And the reader spends the entire story wondering why, because Emily’s new life turns out to be no walk in the park. Soon enough, though, the past catches up with Emily (now living her life as Cat) and she realizes the one person she can never outrun is herself.

This is not a light-hearted book, but it is a strong mystery that will have you scratching your head throughout. The revelation at the end is like a sucker punch, but then the author does a nice job of at least making a little bit of lemonade out of a pile of lemons. So if you’re in the mood for a good, dramatic read, give One Step Too Far a go. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy snowy Sunday! We’ve received another foot of snow overnight and they’re predicting 50-60 mph winds. Make. It. Stop.

Anyway, on to a happier topic…my recommendation this week is the third and final in the Justice series, called The Unforgivable Fix. In this book, our lovable Mort Grant of the Seattle PD is finally going to retire and move away from the home where he and his late wife raised their two children. While he’s still in touch with his son, his wayward daughter Allie has been the lover of a Russian crime lord for years, and Mort constantly wonders where he went wrong. And just as he’s making some big decisions to get on with his life, his terrified daughter shows up on his doorstep, looking for help and protection.

Enter The Fixer.

Mort knows there’s only one place his daughter will be safe, but the two women aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, one a spoiled princess and the other a troubled assassin. While The Fixer has some issues going on at her “real job”, she finds herself simultaneously stuck babysitting Mort’s pampered daughter and fending off international criminals. All in a day’s work. What she can’t predict is how the final showdown will change her and Mort’s relationship forever.

I was really bummed to see the conclusion of this series because I loved the fast pace and twists and turns. Without giving away the finale, the ending wasn’t wrapped up in a tidy little bow like most of us expect. So give this book–and the entire series–a read and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Is it weird that I’m recommending a mystery titled Mystery this week? Anyway. The book is by best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman, and it’s #26 in the Alex Delaware series. (You definitely don’t need to read them in order, but they are all good.) I used to read Kellerman a lot and was glad to get re-acquainted with his characters.

In this book. super-psychologist Alex and his love interest, Robin, are out to dinner one evening when they notice a lovely young woman sitting alone at the bar, anxiously checking her diamond-encrusted watch every few minutes. The next day, Alex’s best friend (and police detective) Milo Sturgis is discussing a homicide, and it turns out to be no other than the lady Alex and Robin had seen the previous night. After recalling an angry-bodyguard-type outside of the restaurant, as well as some odd actions by the woman at the bar, Alex can’t help but get involved to help solve her murder.

Mystery is an engaging, fast-paced book with lots of moving parts that Kellerman ties together nicely at the end. It comes in at under 300 pages, so it’s an easy weekend read or something to dive into at the beach, assuming summer ever arrives. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy humid Sunday, people! I hope you’re in some air conditioning wherever this finds you.

This week’s read was titled Final Appeal, by Lisa Scottoline. I thought that I’d read every one of her books so far, but I somehow missed this one. (It’s Rosato and Associates Series #2 for those of you familiar with the series). The main character in this book is single mom Grace Rossi, who’s an attorney working on a death penalty appeal and who has a very brief affair with her boss–a judge–before he ostensibly commits suicide. But Grace is determined that it wasn’t a suicide and sets out to straighten the record. When she discovers an apartment under an alias, a son that no one knew the judge had, a mysterious checkbook with a balance of $650,000, and some shady officials within the courthouse, she becomes convinced that he was murdered. While trying to track down a killer, she also juggles the life of a single working mother and finds out one evening that her six-year-old daughter made a “new friend” at the playground, a grown man…

Like all Scottoline books, the cast of characters in this story are very witty and have a lot of good banter between them. The story is very fast-paced and easy to read, and you’ll blow through it in just a couple of sit downs. So crank the A/C, grab yourself a lemonade, and give Final Appeal a go. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday morning! I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying these first few days of summer.

This week’s read was Stolen Prey by John Sandford, starring his main character Lucas Davenport, a detective-slash-very-rich-guy-due-to-the-computer-gaming-business he sold back in the day. I’ve read a ton of Sandford’s books, and this one didn’t disappoint. Based in the city of Minneapolis, it begins with Lucas getting mugged, followed up by a horrible discovery—a family who’s been slaughtered—and that trail leads all over the place…criminals from Mexico, bank computer hackers, 22 million in stolen gold, Lucas’s teenage daughter who’s forced to defend the family with lethal force, and people who steal horse manure, which leads us back to the mugging that started the entire book. Yeah, you read that correctly—horse manure. Don’t ask.

This book has tons of twists, turns, quite a bit of backstabbing and betrayal, and it’s really fast paced. I always enjoy Sandford’s sarcastic wit and the banter he creates between his characters. And the last line of the book is GREAT; it’s one final surprise that blows your mind. So give Stolen Prey a go, and enjoy. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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