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!

Review: Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell

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My review: Feisty, Gilded Age Heroine-Detective!

Set in the glamorous whirl of late nineteenth century Newport, Rhode Island, Maxwell creates a charming female character in Emma Cross, a poor relation to the powerful Vanderbilt clan. Although she’s a writer for the society pages, she ends up as an accidental detective when her black-sheep half-brother is arrested for a murder during a huge Vanderbilt ball. I love how author Maxwell shows her determined heroine at work using the full range of investigative techniques available at the turn-of-the-century. Wonderful, light-hearted read!

From the book description:
As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one’s blood. . .

Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts’ summer home. She also has a job to do–report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.

But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt’s financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma’s black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius’s bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost. . .

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Review: All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

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My Review of All the Old Knives, by Olen Steinhauer:

“A solid read, but some of the jumping between different periods of time left me confused. The ending more than made up for it — one of the best ever, and I never saw it coming!”

From the book’s description:
Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA’s Vienna station was witness to this tragedy, gathering intel from its sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground and from an agent on the inside. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how?

Two of the CIA’s case officers in Vienna, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and on the night of the hostage crisis Celia decided she’d had enough. She left the agency, married and had children, and is now living an ordinary life in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Henry is still a case officer in Vienna, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all.

But neither of them can forget that long-ago question: Had their agent been compromised? If so, how? Each also wonders what role tonight’s dinner companion might have played in the way the tragedy unfolded six years ago.

All the Old Knives is New York Times bestseller Olen Steinhauer’s most intimate, most cerebral, and most shocking novel to date.