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REVIEW: The Girl from Felony Bay by J E Thompson


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


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


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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REVIEW: What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin

5 Stars – Great whodunit!

It’s got all the ingredients — psychological suspense, Hollywood glamour, the rich and famous, murder. A 30-year old crime comes back to haunt the supposed murderer upon her release, and then a new murder compounds the situation. Skipping back and forth in time, it’s the perfect psychological whodunit for the beach!

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REVIEW: The Second Life of Nick Mason

5 STARS – The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton

One of the best first sentences ever in a thriller novel. And with the next two paragraphs, I was hooked and committed to the entire delicious, breath-taking, bumpy, exciting ride. And even though Nick Mason is called on to carry out terrible acts to protect the most important relationships in his life, he is ruled by an oddly solid moral core. Will start Book 2 immediately.

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REVIEW: Eileen: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh

Depressing circumstances are the backdrop for noir suspense
Be ready to enter the dark, dark world of a disturbing protagonist. Her snowy New England hometown, her secretarial work in a boys’ prison, and her upbringing in the disgusting squalor of her parents’ house that makes foster care look like a welcoming escape — all add up to a bleak scenario. The writing is so powerful and beautiful — the scene setting, the development of the characters, the voice of the Eileen — but at times I wasn’t sure I could continue reading and inhabiting her awful world. How could the stars so completely line up against this central character? I hung in because of the amazing writing — and as the story progresses you grow to understand why Eileen ended up so “bent,” and the reader can find sympathy for this character.
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REVIEW: Escape Clause by John Sandford


Lots of fun, and almost made me forget about Lucas Davenport…almost. 🙂
Having been a devoted reader of the Prey series with tough guy Lucas Davenport, I can highly recommend readers check out John Sandford’s other tough guy in a different stand-alone series. Virgil Flowers may be someone you don’t want to mess with, but he also shows his “softer” side to his family and dishes out plenty of humor along the way. In this book, readers will find themselves rooting for the tigers, and the resolution and ending are not to be believed. It all wraps up in one superbly written magnificent battle.
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