Monday, September 7, 2015

Name Of The Devil

Name Of The Devil
Andrew Mayne
Edelweiss review

This book had me sitting up straight within the first two pages! That is one awesome way to start a book!

Jessica Blackwood must find a killer who has left a trail of bodies from West Virginia clear across to Mexico. A church along with several of it's parishioners has exploded into nothingness, the town's sheriff acting as if possessed by some evil force seems to be the culprit. She has to employ some of her magician background to get to the bottom of this carnage that has ties all the way to the Vatican.

Along the way she has some unwanted (maybe) help from her obsessive stalker former boyfriend Damien who seemingly is in the right place at the right time to quietly and unseen save her hide.

A fast paced thriller with some really great characters. I like Jessica, she's a strong smart protagonist. I like how Mayne writes, my only complaint was the fizzle of bickering between Jessica and Vonda Mitchum, the lead investigator on the case. I'd have like to see that come to a conclusion. Not a bad thriller and if you didn't read the first in the series, it doesn't hurt in any way.

3 1/2 cannolis

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Route 66 To The Milky Way

Route 66 To The Milky Way
by Janet Rendall
book received in exchange for fair review

What a good read this was. Science fiction isn't my usual genre and I found this interesting and a breeze to read. What a pleasant surprise.

Frank Ryder is an FBI agent who is on the case of alien tracking. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, two people's bodies have gone missing, a nurse named Polly Johnson, and an older gentleman with a fatal brain injury. The plant like aliens, May and Homer crashed during the bombing and have a small window of time to inhabit a body after it dies, before they die themselves. The only clue May has to return home is is the number 66.

The couple spend years on the mother road learning as much as they can about humans, trying to assimilate all the while desperate to go home. May reads Alice In Wonderland and takes literally the idea of falling down the rabbit hole to another dimension and thinks eating her way through will get them there. Homer on the other hand buys a Oldsmobile Rocket 88 to get them back.

As they continue on this journey Homer is becoming sicker and sicker. Frank is hot on their trail and after the Roswell disaster, he is not going to let them get away. Frank finds himself attracted to May/Polly and is having a tough time keeping the two separated. The story is circulated by the FBI that she's a Russian spy and the brand new CIA is buying it so she is in danger. The question is can Frank save her before either agency gets their hands on her?

I really enjoyed this story. What a nice writing style Janet has. Smooth and easy, you just turn the pages effortlessly. A wonderful surprise was finding my hometown of Redlands featured in it! If you find Route 66 intriguing, well this is just a great plus. Pick this book up and get ready for a ride!

4 cannolis

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Broken Promise

Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Netgally review

This is a pretty good thriller. Fast paced, nice balance of likable to hated characters. Starts one two three and gets you.

David Harwood is a widower with a young son. He works at the Boston Globe, but finds his time is not being spent with his son so he decides to pack it in and go back home. Literally home, to his mother and father's house. He takes a job with the local paper only to have it fold the exact day he starts.Talk about bad luck.

His mother asks him to bring his cousin Marla some food she prepared. He gets quite the surprise when he finds his cousin caring for a baby that isn't hers. What a can of worms he just stumbled upon. Marla tells him an angel has given him to her, and when he calls his mother he finds out this isn't the first time she's gotten hold of a baby.

Other things are happening around town too. Squirrels are being strung up and hung on a fence, the college campus is trying to deal with a so far unsuccessful rapist, and the local amusement park has a cryptic message left on its ferris wheel.

The baby's mother has been brutally murdered and David is going to use his skills as a reporter to try and get to the bottom of it. Will it lead back to his cousin? Has something more sinister gone down here? Only time will tell if any of the strange goings on are connected and if David will survive it himself.

The only complaint I have was how many stories were going on. I don't want to give too much away, but we are obviously going to get another book. Still worth the read, I like Mr. Barclay's writing style.

3 1/2 cannolis

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

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