Nothing better than Lucas Davenport!

Twisted Prey – John Sandford

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Lucas Davenport is back for more in this long running, first rate series!
Preparing to return home after an idyllic weekend at his mountain cabin with his lover, Minnesota Senator Porter Smalls is forced off the road by a large vehicle on his trip back down the mountain. Only the superb driving of his companion, Cecily Whitehead, keeps them from plunging over a ravine and into a river. But Whitehead is killed in the incident. Upon investigation into the crash, reconstruction teams can find no evidence of another vehicle involved. Suspecting an assassination attempt by rival Senator Taryn Grant, Smalls enlists the help of Federal Marshall Lucas Davenport.

Lucas agrees to investigate the incident and heads to Washington DC, where almost right off the bat, he’s attacked by three men in full armor who mean him harm. Although he escapes unscathed, it’s clear that he’s stumbled into more than a mere automobile accident. That’s when he enlists the help of fellow Marshalls, Rae and Bob Matees.

As the case heats up and key players are identified, Lucas begins to link the assassination attempt to a group called Heracles, and some of its key players, one of whom is aide to Senator Grant. With snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and a cameo by Virgil Flowers, the novel races on to an unexpected and very satisfying ending!

I do not think I will ever get enough of John Sandford and Lucas Davenport!!

Another great mystery series!

Cold Heart – Stephen Edger

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Detective Inspector Kate Matthews is back again in another installment of this great British mystery series!

This time she and partner D.C. Samir Patel are called upon to investigate the disappearance of Daisy Emerson, a 15-year-old student who has seemingly vanished while walking home from a friend’s house. At the novels start, they are 7 days into the search and have no leads.

While at Daisy’s high school, investigating faculty and an instructor with a past blemish on his record, a school employee comes rushing in to them because he thinks he’s found a body. When Kate and Patel gain entrance, they find a ‘murder room’ and a severed ankle. However, forensics will prove that the ankle does not belong to the missing Daisy.

A mysterious package is delivered to the police station. In it, detective’s find a human heart, with a note that says, ‘I’m sorry’.

As the investigation heats up, the team re-visits the scene of Daisy’s last sighting, and accidently uncover a second murder scene. And a second heart is delivered, this time to Kate, with a second note expressing remorse.

As the dead are identified, and links to them are discovered, three people come under suspicion of murder…but where is Daisy, is she still alive? And what has happened to her?

This novel will keep you guessing until the end…and you’ll guess wrong! I couldn’t put this book down! I can’t wait to read the remainder of the Kate Matthews series!!

Great psychological suspense!!

Last Night – Kerry Wilkinson

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Rose Denton is a middle-aged female, in an unhappy marriage and with a rebellious teenage daughter. She works as a software salesperson for a smaller company. She sets out for a meeting at a hotel with a potential client, and next thing she knows, she wakes up in her car, in a field, with blood in spatters all over her car, with no idea as to what has happened, or where she is. She makes it home safely, cleans her vehicle, and begins poring over the news, fearful that she may have harmed someone and doesn’t remember.

Then, other things begin to occur…her work pass goes missing, her husband’s gym pass as well, and then in a furor to find missing car keys, she finds them impossibly placed in the refrigerator. But she’s sure that she put them in the usual places…then she finds a broken window, but there’s nothing significant missing and no other evidence of a break in…are these things malicious, or is she losing her mind??

Meanwhile, Olivia, Rose’s daughter, is unable to find her boyfriend Tyler. After an argument with Rose over money, Tyler is last seen walking down the road, away from the Denton residence, and is now missing.

As Rose questions her own sanity, she also begins to remember things…a handsome man at the motel, a few glasses of wine, a kiss goodnight… As she begins her own investigation into the strange events occurring in her life, she finds some answers, but they only lead to more questions. Who’s working so hard to set her up? Her estranged husband? His seemingly new girlfriend? The missing Tyler? The fresh out of jail Jason? Or is it someone else altogether??

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it very hard to put down. While not my typical genre to read, I loved it and will be seeking out more of Kerry Wilkins’ works. If you enjoy psychological suspense, look no further! A great beach read!

Mystery & fantasy?? Look no further…

Fallen Five – Erica Spindler

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

New Orleans Detectives Michaela Dare & Zach Harris are back again, as they are called to investigate the death of a local millionaire, after a fall from the 21st story of his newly opened business – but was it a suicide, or something more sinister? And why are the dead man’s daughters so convinced that his wife is responsible, when she was in the lobby, surrounded by party-goers, when he fell to his death?

As they begin to explore the crime scene, Zach, a half breed Lightkeeper, begins to sense things that do not add up. Who is the strange woman in his visions that beckons to him, yet whom he cannot identify? And what did she have to do with the millionaires death?

Meanwhile, Mich receives a gift from a long lost mentor, Hank, minutes after believing that she’s seen him walking outside of her home. Uneasy with the coincidence, she opens the package to find a letter and a medal that the remembers Hank always wore. She puts it on, and almost immediately feels a connection.

As the search for a killer continues, strange events continue to happen, leading Mich & Zach to suspect something far more sinister is occurring.

But this time, the murderer has set her sights of Mich, and all that she holds dear is in peril…

I have always enjoyed anything written by Erica Spindler, and this series is no different! A great police procedural, with a little paranormal added in, and you have yourself a first-rate series!! Readers of Kay Hooper will love this series by Erica Spindler!

Last Girl Gone – Hetherton

Last Girl Gone – J. G. Hetherton

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Laura Chambers is an investigative reporter, who – after a scandalous exclusive and forced retraction in Boston – has returned home to Hillsborough, North Carolina, to lick her wounds. She is able to procure a position with the local newspaper but finds herself limited to ‘small town’ reporting, and competing with the mayors’ son, also a reporter. Then, the first young girl disappears and turns up dead. Soon, another is taken.

Using her big city skills, and her ‘sometime’ cop lover, Laura is able to deduce that the FBI has been consulted and manages to contact the investigative Special Agent, ‘Tim’ Timinski. While the agent is reluctant to trust her with present information, he refers her back to a similar occurrence thirty years ago – where three young girls had also gone missing and killed, in hopes that re-emerging information with an old case may help. Laura enlists the help of the former investigating deputy of the cold cases, Donald Rodgers, who has never been able to forget the case he couldn’t solve.

As she researches those killings, to find new information to keep the story on the front page, she enlists her therapist Jasmine to help her create a profile of the killer, as she researches and speculates that past and present killings may be linked.

A cracked code leads to a showdown in a secluded cabin where both a disgraced cop and the suspected killer are killed, and Laura is left injured. The killer is dead, now where is the missing child?

As the search continues, Laura discovers more links to past and present, leading her to believe that perhaps the killer isn’t dead at all, but alive and well, searching for the next victim, and that victim may just be Laura herself…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters are well developed, and the story is full of satisfying twists and turns that I did not see coming. While I can usually identify the protagonist early on, this book kept me guessing right up to the end – and then the end was especially satisfying!

Great read!! Hoping to see more soon from Mr. Hetherton!!

Another great read!

Deep Zero – V.S. Kemanis

I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

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Dana Hargrove is the District Attorney for Westchester County, NY. As she and her office juggle the busy day to day case of the D. A.’s office, unbeknownst to them, a young girl commits suicide by jumping from the river bridge, leaving an enigmatic Facebook post behind…

Once young Naomi’s body is found, The D.A’s office quickly identifies significant cyberbullying as a possible cause for her suicide. But with no cyberbullying laws on the books in New York, and a grieving family demanding prosecution via news outlets, Dana and her fellow attorneys find themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to find justice for Naomi.

Meanwhile, Dana’s young daughter Natalie, asks for permission to go to a friends home for a sleep over. Unbeknownst to Dana, or her daughter, there is no parental supervision at the house that night, and a post-dance high school party turns out of control, leaving two attendees severely injured, and Dana’s daughter Natalie as the only reliable witness.

This book did a great job touching on the topics of teenaged cyberbullying, and polysubstance consumption, and made for a very enjoyable read. The characters are well developed, the circumstances are very believable, and I found it hard to put down!

This was my first introduction to the Dana Hargrove series, but it will not be my last!

I LOVED this book!!!

Come Home To Me – Liz Talley

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Summer, Rhett and Hunt are three typical high school kids whose paths intertwine in this delightful tale of longing, turmoil, regret, self-discovery and love…
Rhett Butler has it all – king of the late night television in L.A., he has it all…money, fame, fortune…then in a single instant, tragedy ensues, causing him to question everything he knows. He grabs a flight back home to Moonlight, South Carolina in attempts to distance himself from events.

Summer Valentine, aspiring singer/songwriter, single mother to teenaged David, has returned home from Nashville to Moonlight, in hopes of allowing her son to cultivate a relationship with his father, Hunter McCroy.

Hunter McCroy was an up and coming baseball star, until injuries, addictions and bad decisions land him back home in Moonlight, working for his father, and attempting to cultivate a relationship with his son David.

Flash back to 2003…ahhh, those high school years, and the all important senior prom…

Summer is the proverbial high school nerd – a straight A student, she’s chubby, introverted, dresses down, and hopeful for a scholarship to continue her education, and is hopeful for a future as a singer/songwriter in Nashville. She has no plans to attend senior prom – no one has asked her.

Rhett Bryan is your typical high school jock, plays sports, great looking, dating the schools most popular girl Greyson, hands down the prom king, yet Rhett has a soft side. He’s nice to everyone. And Summer has crushed on him for years. After an unexpected calculus quiz, Rhett approaches Summer and asks for some tutoring assistance, which she willingly provides.

Hunter is yet another high school jock, strong pitcher, and Rhett’s best friend, who has dreams of making it to the big leagues. And he’s just been dumped by his girlfriend Molly, so now he needs a date for the prom. And Greyson feels that Summer would be the perfect substitute.
Summer has no plans to go to the prom. Engaged in a battle for the valedictorian title with head cheerleader Molly, she just plans to keep her head down and earn her grades. But, Rhett’s girlfriend has an idea. Lets makeover Summer and she can go to the prom with Hunt.

And so past and present collide as these three re-connect, and each of their stories is weaved through both present day and past events…

I absolutely LOVED this novel. I was sucked in from page one and left longing for more when the last page was turned. Liz Talley is an amazing storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of her work!