Friday, July 24, 2015

Crazy Mountain Kiss


Crazy Mountain Kiss
Keith McCafferty
received by publisher in exchange for fair review













This is a great read for those who love thrillers. I've not read this series before, and you don't need to for following. I find that a great plus when a series can function as stand alones as well.

When a cabin renter climbs to the roof to unclog a chimney, he finds a Santa's hat blocking it, thinking just removing it and some sticks stuffed in by a crow will solve the blockage issue. Never did he expect to find the body of missing teen rodeo star Cinderella Huntington's eyeless face staring up at him.

Sheriff Martha Ettinger and her crew arrive to remove the body and start an investigation into what happened to this much loved local celebrity. P.I. Sean Stranahan is hired by Cindy's mother Etta, who is quite the celebrity herself. Her husband and Cindy's step father, Jasper Fey is the epitome of cowboy, serving as a consultant to movies is hotheaded and a tough cookie. Cindy went missing along with sometime ranch hand and teen friend Landon Anker. Is he a suspect or victim of foul play? What starts to be uncovered is quite the crazy web of coincidence and town connections.

Was Cindy murdered? Was this just a horrid accident? Martha and Sean plow through leads that take them on an expedition of quirky characters. Not always a gasp filled adventure, there were times that I held my breath. My only gag issue was with Martha and the ME. Since she seems to enjoy romantic endeavors with co-workers, the ME seemed to think she might be up to a romp. That's all I'll say about it other than not necessary. The lead characters don't stir downright love, but it isn't a deterrent. I like Mr. McCafferty's writing style and recommend this book.

3 1/2 cannolis

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Somebody I Used To Know


Somebody I used To Know
by, David Bell
received by publisher in exchange for review















This was a decent thriller for me. Right out of the gate it grabs you, which is a major plus. I love when the game is on right from the get go!

Nick Hansen lives a quiet life. He's a social worker, a rescuer of an aged dog, divorced, and trying to be a good step-dad to his ex's son Andrew. While at the grocery store,  he's knocked for a major loop when he sees a young girl who is the spitting image of his college girlfriend who died in a campus fire that claimed her and three other young lives.

When he attempts to speak to her and ask if she is related to the family in any way, she bolts like he's some crazed killer. Well, the next morning the police show up at his door thinking he may just be that! It seems this young girl was murdered in her motel room and of all the wacky coincidences, his name and number was in her possession.

What ensues is a  major hunt by Nick with the help of his friend Laurel. He starts digging into the past, what took place the night of that horrid fire and the days before it. Sometimes the truth is more bizarre then lies and for Nick, it might have been better to just leave well enough alone.

I enjoyed reading this book. It got a little slow at times, but not enough for me to give up on it. The ties throughout and the mystery right through to the end make for great thriller ingredients. Easy reading thanks to smooth writing, great character description, always a plus for me.

3 1/2 cannolis

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Truth and Other Lies


The Truth and Other Lies
by Sascha Arango
*received book in exchange for fair review














You know what I love? I love a book that makes me gasp! This book made me gasp out loud, and more than once. If you can do that for me when I'm reading, then I'm one happy girl.

Henry Hayden seems like quite the unremarkable person when you first meet him. Oh, rest assured, there's a lot more to this man than meets the eye. Henry met fell in sort of love with and married Martha. Martha is quite shy, quiet, almost invisible. She's also the reason he's such a successful author. Henry is a ladies man, and Martha stays in the shadows just looking the other way. That is until she gets a look at his editor.

His life starts crumbling when his editor/lover tells him she's pregnant. How in the world is he going to take care of this mess? Well, Henry is quite resourceful to say the least. Unfortunately he makes a life changing error that has the police breathing down his neck, and a past that is trying to break through to the present.

Pick this book up! I loved the mystery of it, I loved the unexpected twists, and while Henry is just unlikable, you can't look away to see what he'll do next. Enjoy!

4 cannolis




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Fixer

The Fixer
By Joseph Finder
book given by publisher in exchange for fair and unbiased review














Amazon Blurb -


When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancĂ©e, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.
As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father.  Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick... if he can survive long enough to do it.
*****
I found this book to be a great thriller. It struck the perfect balance of bad guys, characters that you just hate and wanting to see the good guy come out on top.

Rick Hoffman used to have it all, gorgeous girlfriend, fantastic job as a reporter, living a cushy envious life. Suddenly he loses everything and has to move back home in his empty dilapidated old  home of his youth. 

Realizing that the house is a mess and in need of major reno-ing, his neighbor who is also a contractor offers to take on the job. With his father in a home due to a stroke, Rick finds the house just a burden, he agrees and a discovery is made inside the walls, a few million dollars that could put Rick and his sister if he's inclined to share, on easy street.


Where did all this cash come from? What was his father, an attorney, really dealing in, and how can he hide this money not only from the tax-man, but from his neighbor Jeff who just might not be so neighborly anymore. 


Suddenly thrust in the middle of a dangerous game of cover up, Rick finds himself having to look if he's being followed. Some very powerful people will go to some severe ends to keep certain secrets just that.


If you love to wonder what's going to happen next, pick this book up for sure. Great page turner, you keep wondering just who's going to be at the root of this whole mess. Great read, Joe has an easy writing style that makes the pages just go.


4 cannolis





Thursday, June 4, 2015

Let Me Die In His Footsteps


Let Me Die In His Footsteps
Lori Roy
Read by publisher request
in exchange for fair review













Amazon Blurb -

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she? 

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

*****

This was a good read.  I enjoyed the turns it took, a nice surprise in it, good characters throughout. It took you back and forth to past and present, but it doesn't get choppy or stilted.  A nice mystery to keep you wondering.

Annie Holleran has the "know-how" a tingling feeling of what's going to come. Just like her Aunt Juna who's gone away leaving a mess behind. She also has her Aunt Juna's black as coal eyes. It makes people scared of her, won't look at her head on. She's 15 1/2 now and it's her ascension, that time all girls look forward to, approaching womanhood and looking down the Fulkerson's well to see the face of their husband to be. All but Annie, she's feeling dread, the know-how is swelling in her, filling her with unease.

Sneaking out at midnight to the neighbors well, all alone so no one knows what she's doing she runs through her families lavender field to the Baine's  property. Her family doesn't get along with the Baines, the bad blood goes back to her mama and aunt's teen years. She's worried about being on their property but pushes past it and gets to the well. What she see's that dark night sets in motion things she never expected.

Annie is a sweet character. Lori Roy has crafted a great Southern mystery. You can smell the lavender floating in the air! There is one part that actually had me gasp out loud. Love when a book just catches me off guard. I definitely recommend this read.

4 cannolis

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Bullet

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly
 Netgally review















Amazon Blurb -

Two words: The bullet.

That’s all it takes to shatter her life.

Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she’s known is proved to be a lie.

A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: that she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered. Caroline was there the night they were attacked. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. Surgeons had stitched up the traumatized little girl, with the bullet still there, nestled deep among vital nerves and blood vessels.

That was thirty-four years ago.

Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past. Why were her parents killed? Why is she still alive? She returns to her hometown where she meets a cop who lets slip that the bullet in her neck is the same bullet that killed her mother. Full-metal jacket, .38 Special. It hit Caroline’s mother and kept going, hurtling through the mother’s chest and into the child hiding behind her.

She is horrified—and in danger. When a gun is fired it leaves markings on the bullet. Tiny grooves, almost as unique as a fingerprint. The bullet in her neck could finger a murderer. A frantic race is set in motion: Can Caroline unravel the clues to her past, before the killer tracks her down?

*****

This was a great thriller! I totally enjoyed it right to the very last page! I never expected what was coming which makes a book all the better for me.


Caroline Cashion is an unassuming professor at Georgetown who adores her job. French Literature is her subject and she loves it and the fact that she gets paid to immerse herself in it. There's nothing better than getting paid for something that doesn't feel like work. She's been having pain in her wrist as of late, her doctor attributing carpal tunnel syndrome, sends her for x rays. The finding destroys everything she thought she was. Buried in her neck kissing her spine is a bullet.  How is it possible? Who did this? How did she not know?

The ensuing tumult turns her life upside down. Her parents and brothers are her adoptive family. Her true parents were killed in a home invasion gone bad, or was it something more sinister than that?

To find out Caroline journeys home to get to the bottom of it all and find out who she really is and just what happened that fateful day. Will it put her in the killer's sights after a case gone cold for 34 years? You'll just have to read and find out!

Awesome story, fantastic writing style. I highly recommend this book.

4 cannolis

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Winter Family

The Winter Family
Clifford Jackman
Book received by publisher
in exchange for unbiased review














Amazon Blurb -

 Spanning the better part of three decades, The Winter Family traverses America's harsh, untamed terrain, both serving and opposing the fierce advance of civilization. Among its twisted specimens, the Winter Family includes the psychopathic killer Quentin Ross, the mean and moronic Empire brothers, the impassive ex-slave Fred Johnson, and the dangerous child prodigy Lukas Shakespeare But at the malevolent center of this ultraviolent storm is their cold, hardened leader, Augustus Winter—a man with an almost pathological resistance to the rules of society and a preternatural gift for butchery. 
     From their service as political thugs in a brutal Chicago election to their work as bounty hunters in the deserts of Arizona, there's a hypnotic logic to Winter's grim borderland morality that plays out, time and again, in ruthless carnage.
     With its haunting, hard-edged style, The Winter Family is a feverishly paced meditation on human nature and the dark contradictions of progress.

*****

I was quite surprised that I enjoyed this book. In a million years I never would have picked it up at the book store nor library.Westerns are not my thing, but this one grabbed me.Graphic and blunt in its violence and mayhem, I found myself riveted to this crazy psychotic band of brothers as they travel from the south heading out west then back to Oklahoma.

Quentin Ross is one crazy son of a gun, a liar in the truest sense of the word, smart as a whip, almost poet like when he speaks at times yet a stone cold killer. A Union soldier, he's leading his men in Georgia as they tackle the end tasks of the Civil War, lying to his superiors at every turn. Here is where he connects with the Empire brothers, Jan Muller, freed slave Fred Johnson, Indian Bill Bread and Augustus Winter, the young and angry boy man who with his haunting amber colored eyes brings people to their knees. 

Winter becomes the leader of this family of killing misfits, takes this crew on a ride of murderous destruction. No one is spared and Winter is ruthless. Hired as mercenary type thugs, one has to wonder what would possess someone to even entertain doing any kind of business with this group. Those who do find out just what a mistake they have made, for there is no controlling Augustus, and there is nothing any of these men will stop at to protect themselves and each other.

What a ride this was, I found the twisted wickedness fascinating. Jackman writes with vibrant detail so that you feel you're right in the middle of the whole situation. If westerns coupled with stone cold killers are your thing, pick this book up!

3 1/2 Cannolis

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