Monday, November 19, 2018

Suffer the Children

Title: Suffer the Children
Author: Lisa Black
Published: August 28th 2018 by Kensington
Format: eBook, 320 pages
Genre: Suspense
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Gardiner and Renner #5

Infinitely better than her last book with the usual Lisa Black style of deep research on her main subject and wrapping it around a murder and subterfuge.

Things are about to be blown wide open within the Cleveland juvenile detention system when hard to handle teenager Rachel Donahue is found dead and no one can tell if it is murder or a death by misadventure. No finger points in any one direction and it is not until the deaths and near deaths pile up that Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner realize there is a murderer within these locked doors and if they do not find the perpetrator soon, more children will die in accidents which are really a cover-up for a judge and jury of one.

In this unputdownable novel, Maggie and Jack rush to save the children others have thrown away. They are in a fight for not only the children, but for their own secrets which are quickly disintegrating around them and mere steeps ahead of Maggie’s ex-husband who thinks he has final solved the mystery that is holding Maggie and Jack together.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sentenced to Death

Title: Sentenced to Death
Author: Lorna Barrett
Published: June 7th 2011 by Berkley
Format: Paperback, 327 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Booktown Mystery #5

The whole time I was reading this book, I kept going back to the question-- if everyone else could get out of the gazebo, how was it that Deborah just stood there?

Tricia Miles owner of Haven’t Got a Clue of Stoneham, New Hampshire is still reeling from the sudden death of friend Deborah Black, when a plane suddenly falls from the sky and kills her in the middle of her Founder’s Day speech in the town square.

While most of Stoneham thinks it was a freak accident, Tricia’s spidey sense goes into overdrive, especially when Deborah’s not so grieving husband cannot sell off her gift shop fast enough. What is going on with him and more importantly, what does the new real estate company, Nigela Racita Associates, and their sudden interest in Booktown, mean to the shop owners.

This series has a familiar theme that is played out over the cozy genre. The small businesses, the pets, the friends and family all coming together. What makes it slightly different is that the antagonist is not always obvious from the start. You might have an inkling, but there are a couple of rabbit holes before the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Forever Fudge

Title: Forever Fudge
Author: Nancy Coco
Published: September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation)
Format: eBook, Paperback, 352 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Candy-Coated #6

Once again one of those cozy series which you find yourself in the middle of, not quite sure why, but one that seems to find its way back to your reading list each time a new book appears.

Ticking off all of the usual cozy mystery requirements, the reader follows the life of Allie McMurphy as she continues to build on the hotel and fudge business left to her by her grandfather on Mackinac Island. As the season is winding down, she once again comes across a dead body and, this time, a note addressed to her with a chess move. Not a usual player, the reference is lost on her, but with the help of the ladies at the senior center, she sharpeners her talent but not before more bodies appear with more moves and as the moves progress a definite pattern evolves. The only question is will she understand who is behind this spree before more people die.

There is more going on with Allie then the murders, which should be enough, but this girl needs to make a decision between the two men in her life, a television series filming on the island, and how she will continue to run her business through the winter months with her best friend leaving town and taking with her a revenue stream that is needed to keep business coming in so she can expand the venue for the upcoming summer season.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Testament of Harold's Wife

Title: The Testament of Harold's Wife
Author: Lynne Hugo
Published: September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Format: eBook, Paperback, 304 pages
Genre: Fiction
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

The character of Louisa grew on me page after page and when Lynne Hugo had me laughing a loud with her revelations about glitter Jesus, I knew I had found a new book to share.

In bits and pieces, Louisa tells the story of her husband Harold and his mission to make the man that had killed their grandson Cody pay for his lies. The driver claimed and he never saw Cody when he swerved to avoid a deer that had bolted in front of his vehicle. Harold could not live with this explanation and vowed to seek revenge. As Harold begins his plotting, life took another turn and Harold kills himself instead. Louisa, the good wife that she is, takes up the mantle and vows to finish what her husband started.

With a revenge plot, you would not expect an author to throw in humor, but with an aging body, a son who has found God and started a church to deal with his own grief, and a bumbling sheriff out to woo Louisa, there is no end to what a woman has to go through to make a selfish man pay for destroying her life.

My only problem with the book was the unrealistic ending. Granted, many aspects of the book itself were unrealistic, but the ending was rushed and other than the great cosmic karma ending, it felt hurried and not complete.