Sunday, June 25, 2017

Paradise Valley by C. J. Box

Cassie is still hunting a serial killer.  He was caught once but got away on a technicality.  She knows he's still killing prostitutes.  He gets pleasure from it.  This time she's going to make sure he doesn't walk away...

St Martin's Press allowed me to read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.

Mr. Box always writes complex mysteries with plenty of action, lots of tension and unknown factors influencing the outcome.

While Cassie is setting a trap for the Lizard King, she's also having a few problems with her son.  He's growing up and he's not so easily put off if she has to work overtime.  He'd really like to help her in her investigations but he can't.  He understands but he resents it.  Then his best friend goes missing...

They have the whole team out setting a trap for the Lizard King.  His truck turns in and he backs up to the dock.  The cops move in and suddenly the truck blows up!  Cassie loses her fiance and several friends in the explosion and there's not enough of a body to identify the driver.  After she's recovered a bit from the deaths, she begins to wonder if that was really him driving that truck.  She soon finds out it was not. She's been fired, however, and shouldn't be investigating.  She persists.

Two boys intended to float down the river and eventually get to New Orleans.  Maybe a lady will lift her top in front of them and they'll get to see her boobs.  They don't make it, the Lizard King grabs them.  The crimes continue and get more gross.  One boy is killed and the one with the speech abnormality is kept alive.

The Lizard King is evil.  He kills people whether he wants to or not.  The ending is ironic.  His own evil is used against him.  I'll be thinking of this one for a long time.

LOWCOUNTRY BONFIRE: A Liz Talbot Mystery by Susan M. Boyer

Tammy Sue suspects her husband of having a girlfriend.  She asks Liz and Nate to look into it.  They do and he is sleeping with another woman.  They sure didn't expect her to react the way she did...

Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.

She races in the house, drags out his clothes and tosses them in his mustang and then sets the car on fire!  Soon the entire town is standing around watching while Tammy Sue rants and raves.  When they try to open the trunk of the car, they can't find the keys.  Pete gabs a crowbar and pops it open.  And there's the philandering husband's body, stuffed in the trunk.

The cops think Tammy Sue did it.  Liz doesn't.  So she starts shifting through Zeke's past to see if something from there was the cause.  She also snoops at all the small town residents.  The trouble seemed to have started from a bonfire held months ago but no one knows what was said or why.  The mystery deepens when the killer suddenly starts shooting at them.  It was apparent Zeke liked guns but she didn't know anybody else in town that loved them that much.  Nor would she think a local would shoot at her and husband.  But they did.

She finally puts two dates together and thinks she has her killer.  She goes to visit alone and starts asking questions and telling the killer what she knows.  He breaks.  He breaks so badly he's going to kill her and his wife...  It's a good thing she was wired.

The author does a good job of fleshing out her characters and hiding the killer from you.  I enjoyed this read and would read more about Liz and Nate.  They make a good private detective team.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Book 2) by Robert B Sloan

Hamelin really wants to find his parents but his guides on his quest tell him he has other things he has to do that take more priority than that.  He listens and follows their guidance.  He meets a young man looking for a jewel, a princess that is looking for her sister, and he gets a pair of gloves that give him strength and more.  Off they go...

12 Gates Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.

This is a middle grade adventure that contains bits of magic and interesting beasts and plenty of danger.  This is the second book in the series and the pace picks up here.

Hamelin needs his eagle friend to get where he needs to go and to give him hints on how to handle the next crisis.  Sometimes he's there and sometimes he's not.  Hamelin has his gloves, his male friend has shoes that help him walk faster and hold him secure on the ground, and the princess has a scarf that lets her see far away.  With those tools, they have a chance of saving the princess and the jewel.  The man who has her isn't willing to give her up, though.

There are clashes, attempts at murder and more but they persist and are rewarded.  The next story will probably cover the attempt for Hamelin to be rejoined with his parents.  However, the captor has learned he's alive and he has other plans for him...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop, #1)

They are running and their trackers are getting closer.  They can't let them have the baby.  The father runs and throws the blanket off the cliff into the raging river below.  The trackers are very sorry they lost the main prize, but they take them into custody.  Only the mother knows what really happened to the child...

The publisher sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.

This book sets the pace for the new series.  You learn about the hidden world as well as the world the boy child lives in.  You watch him grow.  And you learn about the intrigue going on in both worlds.  The dictator in the underworld wants a male that is a mix of the two worlds for his boss.  When he lost the baby he wanted, he demands his parents have another.  When the baby is a girl, he kills it and demands another...

The young boy is having his own adventures in the other world.  An eagle led him to a cave but he was too scared to cross the footbridge.  He knows he must, but he has to wait until he's called again.  This book ends with him bracing himself for his quest.

There's much more to be fleshed out but it's an enjoyable read despite the evil dictator.  Give it a try and see what you think.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

They live on an island and keep the lighthouse's light burning during storms or fog and for late night navigation.  It seems like the family would be insulated against unfortunate or bad situations but that's not true.  For a family with four children, there's enough heart ache to fill the whole lighthouse.  They have secrets...

Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.

The story begins with a young girl who has gotten herself in trouble by spray painting a dragonfly on the nursing home's fence.  She has to do community service to make up for it and it happens to be fixing the graffiti and other maintenance work at the home is her punishment.  She can do that; it's not bad labor.  But she never expects to meet an old blind woman who has a tale to tell.  Especially when that tale comes around to answering some of her own questions...

Lives get mixed up, some get lost, and the survivors still have questions in their minds.  When the old lady's brother goes missing and they find several of her father's journals, she asks Morgan to read them to her.  She does and it contains the core of the story.  There's still one journal missing but it's found before the end of the story.  

After the secrets have been told, Morgan has a new life ahead of her.  She's learned a lot from the tales the old woman has shared with her.  She even learns more of her own background.  She's pretty centered in life now and will carry on the tradition of the women from the lighthouse: Be strong, be tough, be true to yourself.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu

Not everyone can see fairies.  It takes someone with a bit of Merlin's blood in them.  The three oddballs at school that hang out together have that power...

Winterwolf Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.

The fairy that shows up in our world got there by accident.  She manages to get in reach of a portal that whisked her through.  But she ends up in the forest, where her enemies roam.  The only thing that saves her is the fact that the neighborhood bully has driven the trio into the woods.  He intends to beat them up, it's the only place they can escape him.  They've been forbidden to enter there but they are getting away from harm.  Or are they?

The man that lives in the forest is an enemy to the fairies.  He is also an enemy to the children.  They survive their first visit but when they find the fairy and have to work on getting her back to her portal, they get into an even more dangerous situation.  It's not just the old man looking for them.  There's a big shadow wolf...

There's lots of excitement, worries all around and even when they get her back, the story isn't done yet.  This is the first in a series that looks like it will be good fun to read.  I'd be worried about that big monster if it was me...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Death Around the Bend: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 3 by T E Kinsey

Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are staying at Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate.  They've come to watch a car race and plan to participate in the race.  After all, they know how to drive.  Now they want to see how feels to have all that power under their feet.  Unfortunately, they lose the toss of the coin and the men go first.  It's a good thing because there is an accident.  Or was it an accident?

Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

It seems one of the brake lines was cut and that was what caused the accident as he powered around the turn.  When he hit the tree, it was deadly for him.  They tell the inspector that they don't believe it was an accident.  He just declares it one and walks away.

Lady Hardcastle and Flo decide to look into it themselves.  There are dozens of servants, lots of guests and lots of secrets in this household.  The more they learn, the more questions they have.  It's not until they find out about an incident that happened when the long-time girlfriends were in school that they get a clue about who might be the killer.

There's a budding romance, one going into full bloom and lots of skullduggery going on around the edges of the household.  

Lady H and Flo manage to get to the truth, but it looks like it might kill them...

This is an interesting and fun read.  I enjoyed it.