Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Grave Peril

Title: A Grave Peril
Author: Wendy Roberts
Expected Publication January 21st 2019 by Carina Press
Format: eBook, 230 pages
Genre: Suspense
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Bodies of Evidence #3

Once you get past Julie Hall’s (yes, she changed her name back) whining and histrionics, you can suss out an interesting , though twisty, kidnapping and murder involving her boyfriend FBI Agent Garrett Pierce and his need to help his ex-brother-in-law.

To be honest, I would have preferred her dowsing for bodies instead of tracking down her boyfriend in an overly dramatic way, but having to deal with what Wendy Roberts wrote, I trudged on to the end. Apparently, the drug cartel does not like it when people get in the way of a drug shipment and since they have gone to great lengths to guarantee that the authorities do not find the date of their new delivery, they are not going to tolerate a nosey girlfriend getting in the way.

Garrett had left messages and avoided all contact, but no, Julie cannot leave well enough alone and it is not until everyone’s life is in danger before the truth comes out and their relationship is left in tatters.

It is sad that when a series, which started out with such promise, has been reduced to my only liking the dog. Wendy Roberts -- grow this character up and bring her back to searching for bodies.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Swallow the Hook

Title: Swallow the Hook (re-released as The Lure)
Author: S. W. Hubbard
Published: May 25th 2004 by Pocket
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Genre: Mystery
Series: Frank Bennett Adirondack Mystery Series #2

S.W. Hubbard is an undervalued writer. In this tightly plotted novel, the reader follows the story of Mary Pat Sheehan and the people of Trout Run, New York. Police Chief Frank Bennett, after leaving his position in Kansas City and following the death of his wife, thinks that nothing much can happen in this remote mountain village, but that quickly changes when a car crash reveals that the victim actually died from the complications of childbirth. Turns out that no one knew this affable single woman was dating anyone let along pregnant.

If she was pregnant, where is the baby? This is the twisty road that Chief Bennett must maneuver as he tries to find the child, find those that helped Mary Pat give birth yet did not care enough for her to make sure that she was ok. Add in a community that is rocked by secrets, environmentalists trying to shut down a local attraction, bullets flying at innkeepers, a romance on the side, and a little girl growing up in the wrong family that will break the reader’s heart and make you want to reach into the book and take her home with you.

There is pain in this book. When you have what you want at your fingertips and it is brutally ripped away, there is no limit to what you will do. You cannot judge, yet you feel for all those involved. When this book was over, I missed this little town and the good people that are just trying to make their way and possibly a child that will bring families together.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Iced Inn

Title: Iced Inn
Author: Karen MacInerney
Published: December 17th 2018 by Gray Whale Press
Format: eBook, 58 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Gray Whale Inn

Oh, the simplicity of short stories. Those little installments that bring you back to a series without having to invest more time than you actually have over the holidays.

As Natalie, the owner of the Gray Whale Inn prepares for her niece’s wedding, complete with bickering soon to be in-laws, a sudden uptick in thefts have taken over the island. The items taken were for an upcoming island auction so it did not make sense why they were the focus until a crush is revealed and the perpetrator is discovered.

There are a few bumps in the story and quite a bit of repetition but Karen MacInerney does set a memorable image of the perfect winter wedding on Cranberry Island.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Whispered Word

Title: The Whispered Word
Author: Ellery Adams
Published: November 27th 2018 by Kensington
Format: eBook, 306 pages
Genre: Cozy Myster
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Secret, Book, & Scone Society #2

I am not a big fan of this series. There is something too simple about Nora Pennington of Miracle Springs and her healing way with the right book for the right ailment. Granted, I do love the titles and authors that she mentions, which bring back memories of when I too had read them, but for the most part, the ladies of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are not memorable.

When Abilene shows up in Miracle Springs wearing a hospital gown and no other identification, the ladies take her under their wing. When it is discovered that this mystery girl also has ties to a recently deceased woman with a valuable book collection, the ladies try to put all the pieces together only to discover that too many people have secrets and ulterior motives and only a set of keys can truly reveal who Abilene is and why she was kept hidden for most of her life.

Not everyone is who they pretend to be. The adage of hiding in plain sight comes to mind, and Nora is faced with this reality when her own life is held in the balance by a person that she had discounted and learned almost too late was the real mastermind behind the deaths and the reasons for manipulating those in this trusting town.