It’s finally here! Book 3 in the Ronnie Lake series!

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When I first began creating the character who would become Ronnie Lake, it was hard not to put too much of myself into her. I wanted her to be fierce but approachable, confident but still clinging to her family, capable but still relatable in her mistakes and missteps. Some days I feel like Ronnie and I could take on the world, and other days I find myself looking up to her, asking myself what she would do in this situation.

I’ve gotten to know Ronnie so well over the years, and it’s been a wild ride. I’ve watched her grow from an accidental sleuth determined to protect her family into a full-fledged private investigator who puts her skills to good use. I’m thrilled with how far she’s come in the course of three books, in the way she’s reinvented herself and continues to be open to new experiences.

I hope you’ll find out more about Ronnie in my recently released third book in the series, Searching for Gatsby: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery. And don’t forget to leave an honest review!

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REVIEW: Extreme Prey by John Sandford

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5 STARS A non-stop highly enjoyable page-turner!

The author is in his usual excellent form in this latest entry into the Prey series. This time, appealing tough guy Lucas Davenport hunts down an assassin threat against a political candidate. As always, Sandford introduces the killers early, and it’s fascinating and nerve-wracking to watch both sides work their way toward the climax of the story when the killers go after the candidate and Lucas figures it out, just in time.

The skillfully written tension between the two sides and impending deadline make for an exciting read!

Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Prey-John-Sandford-ebook/dp/B013D664Q6

REVIEW: The Crossing by Michael Connelly

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5 STARS!
Another excellent entry in the Harry Bosch series!

Retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is at loose ends with no killers to track down while he halfheartedly restores a motorcycle. Defense lawyer Mickey Haller, his half-brother, needs Bosch’s help on a case where his client has been set up to take the fall for a murder. Believing the real murderer is still out there, Bosch reluctantly agrees to investigate. The closer he gets to the truth, the bigger target he becomes. Fast-paced, “The Crossing” never lets up. An added bonus is watching Bosch build more of a relationship with his teenage daughter, who shows all the promise of developing into as complicated and appealing a character as Bosch.

https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Harry-Bosch-Novel/dp/145552414X

REVIEW: Off the Grid by CJ Box

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5 stars!

If you like Joe Pickett’s best friend Nate Romanowski, then dive into “Off the Grid” as fast as you can!

I came late to the table in discovering CJ Box’s wonderful Joe Pickett series, and I think I’m now all caught up and so sad to have to wait for the next new one.

This latest entry is another well-written, beautifully plotted mystery with great characters, except in Off the Grid, Nate Romanowski gets equal star billing alongside his best friend Joe Pickett. When they finally meet up in the midst of a potentially devastating crime, you can’t help but think Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, only way more complex because these good guys are flawed and perfectly suited to our complicated time.

Start reading and you’ll quickly discover that you can’t put it down! Highly recommend.

https://www.amazon.com/Off-Grid-Joe-Pickett-Novel/dp/0399176608

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MOVIE: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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5 STARS – Saw this on a list of all-time best detective movies!

Okay, so every once in a while I put down the book and pick up the remote control. I’ll take my mysteries in any format!

If you like your murder mysteries served up with humor, then this is the one! An odd-ball buddy movie that quickly becomes a trio when they are joined by a wonderful “dame” (in the 1940s sense of the word). The dialogue is snappy, clever and fun, and the plot goes a mile-a-minute with some twists you don’t see coming. I loved the climatic keystone-cops-type chase scene and shoot ’em up, and all of it with a strong dash of LA noir! Don’t know how I missed this when it first came out.

REVIEW: Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

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5 STARS – A woman spy like no other!

Perhaps the best spy novel I have ever read! Matthews’ authenticity when he writes about the world of the CIA is unparalled. And in Russian agent & femme fatale Dominika Egorova, he has created one of the great “good guys” in all of the spy genre. I loved “Red Sparrow,” his first book, where we first meet Dominika, and this novel is even better. I can hardly wait for the third installment.

The Ugly Truth about Book Reviews

Confession time about my books reviews: I will only ever review books, TV shows, and movies that I like. There are plenty that I don’t like, but I’ll never review another person’s work with a negative review, because a substantial part of what we like comes down to a matter of personal taste. Plus, all of us work so hard and pour our hearts and souls into our creative efforts that I couldn’t publicly put down another writer. Book reviews should be the last thing we have to worry about.
Obviously, not everyone agrees. Just do a search for “Goodreads bullies” or “authors behaving badly,” and you’ll see what I mean. On second thought, don’t do it. You don’t want to see what happens when angry people leave scathing book reviews.
And that’s the reason you will only see 4 & 5 star reviews on my Facebook page and blog. Does that make me disingenuous? Of course not. There are plenty of things I didn’t enjoy. Actually, I’m kind of picky about my mystery stories, so more often than not, I’m left a little underwhelmed. It’s just that I refuse to spread a negative opinion when it’s just that… an opinion.
To better understand it, here’s an article I loved from the NY Times, because Sittenfeld’s “most gratifying” review was from an anonymous Amazon reviewer!

REVIEW: Open Season

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Can hardly wait to read all the other Joe Pickett books in this series!

Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)

Friends just told me about this series, so I started at the beginning with an audiobook of Open Season. I loved it so much that I gave the paperback to my husband for his birthday, and he thought it was so fabulous that he shared it with friends. We love the west, and in Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, C.J. Box has created one of the most authentic western heroes out there. This everyman with a grounded sense of morality is ready to risk everything to right a wrong in a story that is fast and furious and full of surprises until the end!