Category Archives: Murder

In Safe Hands (The Safe House #1) By Leslie North

In Safe Hands 2

3.75 Stars

Alexa Volkov has lived a very privileged life but now could pay the price of her mafia boss father. Alexa is in a position that could destroy the Mafia family, including her own dad.  She now has a price on her head and fears for her life.  Ex-NYPD cop Damian Stone was on his way to becoming a FBI agent when his partner was killed in the line of duty.  Now, Damian has taken on another role and that is of protector with an underground group.  Damian hates where Alexa came from but is now her protector and must do whatever it takes so that she can testify.  Damian has a dilemma since Alexa’s father was the man who supposedly killed his partner.

I really enjoyed this short read.  I have read several books by Leslie North and this one did not disappoint.  I will definitely continue with this series.

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In Safe Hands (Search # Rescue #4) By Katie Ruggle

In Safe Hands 1

4.25 Stars

The odds of reading two books back to back by the same name are unusual for me.  At least the plots were different! Chris Jennings is a member of the Field County Sheriff’s department located in the Colorado Rockies.  He has always upheld the law and protected one woman who has no interest in him until the day that she witnessed a brutal crime outside her bedroom window.

This reader did not realize this book was part of a series until mid- way through the book.  However, this book can be read as a stand-alone although some characters were already introduced.  I loved Daisy and how sympathetic that she was, but her background is also heartbreaking. Daisy is an agoraphobic woman that can’t leave her house. She happened to witness the death of her mother and for the last 8 years, she’s only had her father and Chris to keep her company.

I am definitely going to go back and read the prior books and also hunt for books by this author.  I also enjoyed the narrator who brought this book to life!

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery

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4.25 Stars

This is the second installment in the series although this one can easily be a stand-alone.  I love cozy mysteries, and this series just gets better.  I can’t wait to see what is in store next for Cat!

Cat runs a writer’s workshop/retreat in an old Victorian home.  Thinking that the writers might need some R&R, Cat and her boyfriend take the crew and hit the slopes.  Christina, one of the guest, is having too much fun and is a little too tipsy.  Meeting a stranger at the bar and cozying up to him was not what Cat had in mind for a fun time.

Later, Christina is visited by a stalker who gets his due by being hit with a garden gnome from Cat and a shovel by Christina.

Unfortunately, for Christina, the ski bum neglected to mention that he was getting married.  He just happens to be found dead in a tub, and Christina is found covered in blood.  By all accounts, Christina is a scorned lover and has ended the bum’s downward slide.

Yet another storyline is conjured up from valuable paintings that are stolen from the local college.  Although there were several storylines connected, the book was easy to follow.  I really like the author’s writing style, and the narrator did an excellent job bringing these characters to life.  I can’t wait for book 3!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review

A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 1)

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3.5 stars

This is book 1 in three installments.  This was a cozy mystery, and this reader will be reading the next installment in the series.  Cat Latimer inherited an old house from none other than her ex-husband.  Cat is a former English teacher who has now decided to turn the old house into a B&B for authors.  One of the authors who is staying at the B&B is a best-selling author, and Cat is excited to have him among the other guests. Seth is Cat’s high school sweetheart who is fixing up the old house.  She has mixed feelings of his presence.

When Tom Cook was found dead in his room, Cat calls the local sheriff, who is none other than her uncle. Cat was hoping to start her life over by coverting the home but with the death and possible murder of Tom, Cat’s new life may end before it even begins.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Death before decaf

4 stars

Juliet Langley is distraught after her music career crashes.  Tucking her tail between her legs, she is forced to go back into food service.  As if she hadn’t already been down on her luck, she is thrown yet another curve ball.  Her two timing fiancé runs off with her best waitress and in the process steals from Juliet.  Packing up and moving back to Nashville, Juliet is offered a job to manager a friend’s coffeehouse.

By all appearances, Java Jive has not changed since the last time Juliet was here.  To her surprise, the staff is revolting, and an employee is found dead in the dumpster.  Unfortunately for Julia, this occurs on her first day back on the job.  Just Juliet’s luck, the corpse is the cook who had gotten into a heated battle with Julia over code enforcement.  Now, the employees are too happy to spill the beans to the cops regarding Juliet’s bad temper.  Questions that Juliet can’t answer are being thrown at her, and she is finding that not only the coffee is in hot water.  If she doesn’t solve the case, her next job maybe making coffee in the slammer.

This was a cute cozy read.  Juliet is fun, witty, and very likeable.  The narrator brought Juliet to life and the listen/read was very easy and fast.  This is definitely a listen if you don’t want to think and just enjoy the moment.  Grab a cup of java and be prepared to be swept away into Juliet’s crazy world.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Hidden Summit (#15 Virgin River) by Robyn Carr

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4 stars

Leslie Petruso has accepted a job in Virgin River with Haggerty Construction in order to get away from her ex-husband who just can’t stand that she is avoiding him.  With the help of Brie, Connor Danson is staying in Virgin River until a high profile trial that he is affiliated with is over.  He has changed his identity and is staying at one of the small cabins until his ordeal is over.  Both Leslie and Connor have been burned by love and vow to never fall for anyone again.

The good folks of Virgin River, however, can easily see the chemistry between the two.  Leslie and Connor begin to have deep feelings at the early onset of their relationship.  This reader was rooting for both with the hopes of a smooth transition between being Danny and now Connor.  Being in the wrong place totally uprooted Danny – aka Connor, and he is ready to put his life back together and be reunited with his sister and her twin boys.

This book was more emotional than the others.  While Ms. Carr has been introducing newbies to Virgin River, this one was the most dramatic.  The ended drew to a climax too quickly for this reader – thus the 4 stars.  Connor’s sister’s love issue was left wide open; thus, moving the reader into the next installment.

Born in Death (#23 In Death) by JD Robb

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5 stars

What can I say – I loved this book.  So far, this is one of my all-time favorites of this series.  Eve is investigating the murder of a professional woman.  Quickly, the murder becomes two as her fiancé who happens to work for the same company is also found murdered.  In the middle of all of this, Eve is tasked with throwing a baby shower for her BFF, Mavis.  Both Roarke and Eve are at crossroads with Mavis’ impending delivery since they were requested to be in the birthing room.  Eve is extremely out of her comfort zone, and of course, Peabody pitches in to  save the day.  The baby shower is a success, except Mavis is extremely worried about another pregnant woman she befriended in her childbirth class.  Tandy was excited to be invited but never showed.  Eve promised Mavis that she would check on Tandy, which quickly became a kidnapping.

I loved the banter between Roarke and Eve on the baby issues.  Both came from dysfunctional families are so out of their comfort zone.  Give these two a grisly murder, and they can handle but give them a pregnant woman – and watch out!   Both of the mommies go into labor at Eve and Roark’s home, and Sommerset, of all people, knows exactly what to do.

Watching Eve run back and forth between the two women was enough to give this book 5 stars.  This installment just goes to show how close all of our characters are and they tough as nails Eve can also have a BFF that she will do anything for!

Drained by E.H. Reinhard (An Agent Hank Rawlings FBI Thriller Book 1)

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3 stars

Nice start to a new series.  What I liked about this book was the plot, which did keep me engaged.  I love a good FBI thriller, and this one did not disappoint. What I didn’t like was the constant descriptors, which became extremely boring and did not add to the storyline.  I did enjoy the author’s writing style and the visualization of the characters.  The book could have definitely been longer in order to thicken the plot.  The entire story appeared extremely rushed and the killer was detected and apprehended too quickly.

The audio was well prepared and the narrator did a nice job in bringing this story to life.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this book in exchange for a honest review.

Nowhere to Hide by Lindsay McKenna (Delos #1)

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3 Stars

This is the first book in the series, which this reader feels has potential.  Lia was brutally attacked five years ago while serving in the military.  Her distrust of men is warranted due to the attack.  Delos is an international organization formed and run by General Robert Culver and his wife Dilara.  This organization protects their employees and offers security.  Lia is currently working at a school in Costa Rica when a drug lord (Dante Medina aka ‘La Arana – The Spider) demolishes the school and kills teachers and students.  Cav is assigned from the Delos group to protect Lia, who is in imminent danger.  Upon first glance, Lia does not want Cav around her.  However, she quickly decides that she is in dire need of protection since Dante has a bounty on her head.

While Lia is still recovering emotionally from the brutal attack, Cav also has baggage from his childhood.  Understanding the reasoning’s behind both holding back from accepting each other was a requirement in flushing out both characters.  However, their past kept creeping up until this reader was tired of hearing about their issues.  Getting to know and trust each other was an extremely slow process and slowed the pace of the book.  Both of the characters definitely deserved their HEA, but there was less action and little romance.  I will continue with the series and see where the next couple of books takes me.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this book in exchange for a honest review.

Rev it Up by Julie Ann Walker (Book 3 Black Knights, Inc.)

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3.75 stars

This is book three in the series.  While I have really enjoyed this series so far, this one seemed to be almost identical to the others.  Jake Summers is definitely a hot and sexy alpha SEAL.  When Jake became too close to one of his SEAL’s sister’s four years prior, he simply walked away.  Now, Jake is finding himself out of a job and moving on to the next chapter of his life.

Michelle (Shell) is raising her son on her own and is an extremely caring woman, especially when it comes to her brother and his command.   Shell has had to make some tough decisions over the years and after a massive break-up with Jake she vows to move on. Shell’s husband died in Afghanistan, and she has been raising her son alone and is determined that he will not lead a difficult life as she has.  Unfortunately, Shell’s brother and all of the men in his command have a 50,000 hit out for each of them due to an arm’s deal that went terribly wrong.  When the dealer’s brother in law gets wind of Shell, he decides to place a hit on her as well,.

Shell’s brother, Frank, ask Jake to step in to protect Shell While the Black Knights resolve the situation. This book had potential but missed the mark.  One instance that I found absolutely stupid and made me wonder as a reader was a particular gun scene where one of the guy’s fires a shot while holding a bear – I mean please give the reader some credit as to the believability of the score.  This is also a plot that has been saturated from not only this series but other books as well where couple separates and then all of a sudden they meet up after a few years and whola there is a child!  I will continue to read the next installment and then make my decision if I am going to continue with the series.

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