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Paradise Valley by CJ Box


5 Stars

How to catch a killer, when you’ve been exiled from your law enforcement network? Cassie Dewell is definitely up to the job!

I have been such a huge Joe Picket fan, CJ Box’s breakout series, that it was with trepidation I started reading Paradise Valley. It isn’t often that an author strikes gold a second time with a different series lead character. Well, Box has hit another home run with investigator Cassie Dewell, who’s on the hunt for a serial killer. Having almost caught him once before, she sets a trap for a second attempt, and it backfires big-time. Even though she’s fired and threatened with an investigation, she refuses to give up in taking down this ruthless murderer.

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REVIEW: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

4 STARS

Most people would quietly serve a two-month prison sentence (for Lisbeth’s questionable activity in Book 4 of the series), but not this consummate outsider. As we know from past books, she can’t stand watching others being bullied. It doesn’t take long before she gets her hands on a computer and quickly makes her moves against the prison bully. It’s just the beginning as several other mysteries quickly layer on top and pull Lisbeth in multiple directions, also relying on past characters in the series. Most important is her opportunity to get to the bottom of her origins and the experiment she unknowingly became part of. Non-stop, page-turning thriller!

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REVIEW: Disappearance at Hangman’s Bluff (Felony Bay Mysteries)

5 Stars

Witnessing the kidnapping of their neighbor’s pregnant dog launches Abby and best friend Bee into their next mystery. Calling themselves “Force & Force Investigations” (yes, the girls identical last names have to do with their shared history from long ago), Abby drags Bee into a search of the area by horseback. A gruesome discovery (not the dog) pitches them into the middle of a serious crime that’s tied to that shared history. Numerous times it appears they run out of luck and find themselves in dire, live-or-die circumstances. Somehow these two girls always manage to come up with a plan, even though they expect to be grounded big-time for not heeding their elders. Loved re-entering the world of Felony Bay and these two can-do girls from Force & Force Investigations.

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REVIEW: The Story of Ferdinand

5 Stars

I missed out on this book as a child, and how delightful to enjoy it as an adult and share it with young readers. The peaceful outcome of the story is a refreshing pause in a world that lately seems anything but peaceful. The drawings by Robert Lawson are exquisite!

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REVIEW: The Girl from Felony Bay by J E Thompson

5 STARS

Abbey Force is the Nancy Drew of the S. Carolina low country. When the story begins, she has had a terrible year — her father’s in a coma and framed for a serious crime; her family’s Reward Plantation had to be sold to pay back his debts; she’s had to live with her father’s ne-er do well brother; and there’s mysterious digging and No Trespass signs by Felony Bay. Her first priority is to clear her father’s name. With the help of the daughter of Reward Plantation’s new owner (the two become best friends), Abbey hopes to solve the mystery at Felony Bay. She’s a wonderful force of nature, who refuses to give up even when things look hopeless. We can all learn from Abbey’s resiliency. Highly recommend.

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REVIEW: Good Behavior Season 2


5 Stars

After watching this most fascinating couple get together in the first season, the second is off to an excellent start as we watch con artist/thief Letty and hitman Javier commit to giving Letty’s son Jacob a “normal” home life. But how normal can things be when the two fall back on their respective professions to pay for their household & Jacob’s education? And what effect will living within this warped domesticity have on Jacob, who may be young, but is smart beyond his years. By the second show, we see him adapting to his new environment by taking on some of the dubious characteristics of his mother. The great writing, directing, art direction/style, and the performances of a superb cast make the show a lot of fun to watch. You can’t take your eyes off Letty & Javier, each sexy and fiercely intelligent, each with a warped moral compass that makes this series so deep and dark. Good Behavior is without a doubt among the best shows on TV, streaming, or cable these days.

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REVIEW: Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

4 Stars
Superb dialogue for Clark’s main character!
Clark writes some of the best legal and investigative dialogue out there for her main character Samantha Brinkman. This hardly comes as a surprise, given Clark’s work and legal reputation before she turned author. It’s the greatest strength of this classic who-dunnit, as Samantha does her best to represent her client, the father of a murder victim. The other plot that really grabbed me was the drug lord who demands Samantha find the young woman who witnessed his nephew committing murder. Even though the woman is probably in witness protection, the drug lord has the goods to force Sam’s hand. I enjoy Sam’s toughness, rough edges, and willingness to bend the rules that all come into play as she solves her cases.
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REVIEW: Sycamore Row by John Grisham


5 Stars

Sycamore Row is wonderful!! Please, Mr. Grisham, write more Jake Brigance!
How terrific to be back in the world of the fiery Jake Brigance. On the basis of his work three years earlier in “A Time to Kill,” Jake is selected as executor of what is sure to be a controversial will that once again puts him in the middle of a racially charged environment. The plot is tight and fast; the characters are beautifully written in many shades of good and bad; the topic is one that is an important part of our history. Very satisfying, read! How long must we wait for Jake Brigance #3?
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REVIEW: King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

4 STARS

This engaging duo of former secret service agents is hired by a lone man up against the establishment. But in this case the establishment is the US military and the lone man is 15-years old. He wants to know what’s really happened to his father who supposedly died on oversees assignment. When his father contacts him, the teenager hires Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, now private eyes, to find out what really happened. They quickly get pulled into lies & conspiracy at the highest levels of government. Nonstop action…and with their abundant banter, an entertaining read.

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REVIEW: Down a Dark Road: A Kate Burkholder Novel

FIVE STARS

Linda Castillo once again delivers a first-rate entry in her Kate Burkholder series. I have read or listened to every book in this series and Burkholder remains compelling, competent, modern, and take-charge as she bridges both her worlds — the traditional Amish world in which she grew up, and her non-Amish world as Painters Mill Police Chief. She brings a unique sensitivity to tricky situations that straddle both cultures as she repeatedly encounters obstacles during police investigations. This particular case harkens back to her tween years and an early crush on a slightly older boy on the verge of manhood. Now almost twenty years later, he’s been serving time for the murder of his wife. He escapes and in his encounter with Kate, pleads for her help in proving his innocence.

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