Not much else to do in this crazy cold weather than to read…

Yep – it’s Florida, and it’s cold!! So, not much else to do in chilly gray day weather than to curl up with a good book! So, for all you mystery/suspense readers out there, here’s another one for you!!

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Pretty Girls Dancing – Kylie Brant
Kylie Brant’s newest thriller takes place in small town Ohio, where a young teenage girl has just been kidnapped. The story is told from a multitude of points of view – You are with Whitney as she sneaks out of her home late at night to meet the teen that she’s become close to via social media, and then experience her kidnapping and subsequent treatment through her eyes. You meet the parents and sister of Kelsey, who vanished under similar circumstances many years before, and you meet the law enforcement team that’s called into investigate Whitney’s disappearance. Each chapter focuses on a different character, and the secrets each persona holds as investigators race to rescue Whitney before it’s too late.
I have to admit, while I was initially put off by the way the story was told from the purview of each character, as the story progresses and events are revealed, it all comes together quite nicely. And while some readers always claim to be able to see the protagonist well before he/she is revealed, this book had me guessing until the end – and I was still wrong. If you like a great mystery/police procedural, then this novel is for you!! Looking forward to more from Kylie Brant!

And here’s another…

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I found this author pair quite by accident using one of the discount book sites, most like Bookbub or Bookperks. I’ll always try out a new mystery book/author, especially when it’s discounted. I honestly have gained some really good reads that I might have never known about if not for these sites. Check out Bookbub – just add your reading preferences,and they’ll send you a list of discounted books every day. Some are fledgling authors looking for readers, some are NYT Bestsellers just being discounted for the day…never know what you’ll find!!

Killing Season – Vargas & McBain

There’s nothing I like better than a good mystery/police procedural and these two deliver in spades. I discovered these writers accidently on one of the discounted e-books websites, and I can say that I am now a big fan and will continue to follow this series as the stories are published. The main character in these books is Violet Darger, fledgling profiler for the FBI. In this book, Violet is called to consult on two separate shooting sprees that have left multiple victims dead, a city on the verge of panic, and no way of guessing what the shooters next target will be. Violets job is to profile the perpetrator, and get into his head to find a way to stop him. But how do you stop a killer you can’t see, and who leaves no evidence? The twists and turns, and gritty reality throughout this book had me turning pages through the night. Un-put-downable! I cannot wait for this series to grow!

Dead End Girl – Vargas & McBain

There’s nothing I like better than a good mystery/police procedural and these two deliver in spades. I discovered these writers accidently on one of the discounted e-books websites, and I can say that I am now a huge fan and will continue to follow this series as the stories are published. Violet Darger is a newly minted FBI profiler who has just been assigned to her first case; to assist a senior profiler (Loshak) on a serial murder case in small town Ohio. The story is a page turner from the start, the character development is superb – you really get to know Violet as a person as well as an FBI profiler – and the blood, gore and richly graphic details are there for those who enjoy the nitty-gritty murder mysteries (as I do!). Mystery/police procedural fiction at it’s best! If you love Sandford, Slaughter, Kava, Stelljes and Deaver, you’ll LOVE Vargas & McBain!!

Yes, I utilized the same verbiage in parts of these reviews, but they were posted separately elsewhere – they’re only together here on my blog. Still learning!! 🙂

My first review attempt in a long while…

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The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

Like many of the books that series writers branch out with, I initially passed this one up as it didn’t have my familiar, favorite characters in it. I should know better. I finally picked it up and of course, could not put it down. While the story was a bit different from what I’ve come to expect from Karin Slaughter, the storytelling was vintage Karin, and I found myself enthralled in Sam & Charlie’s story from start to finish.
Sam and Charlie are two young girls when tragedy strikes them unexpectedly one night in the form of the Culpepper brothers, coming to seek vengeance, presumably against their attorney father’s unpaid fees. The family is forever altered, leaving the sisters more strangers than anything, each dealing with their demons from that violent night in their own way. Many years later, another inexplicable tragedy occurs, with Charlie unexpectedly a witness, bringing the sisters back together to save their father, right a wrong, and to finally put their own demons to rest. It’s hard to say more than that without providing spoilers to the events of the book, but it’s vintage Slaughter, at her best, as always!!

I LOVE to read…

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I absolutely LOVE to read!! This undoubtedly stems from my childhood, where reading was an escape for me from a less than idyllic childhood. There’s nothing like a good story to suck you in and make you forget about all of your troubles and fears. It’s an escape mechanism that I continue to use to this day.

I started reading at the age of 4 with the series books that were so popular in my childhood days – The Bobbsey Twins initially, and as I grew into my pre-teen years I graduated to Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Trixie Belden, and of course the Hardy Boys…

My love of reading just took off from there. I discovered Nora Roberts when I was 18, and then Sandra Brown and then James Patterson – I have a hefty list of authors now that I consider ‘must read’ and will purchase their books before they’re even available. Even now, I can’t even tell you the last time I watched television (or Netflix for that matter) but I just finished a great book this morning.
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I highly recommend it – and ANY of her books for that matter!! And I wrote a review for Amazon!! That’s a new thing for me. I’ve tried it before, but sometimes have trouble articulating my thoughts on a book in a way that doesn’t give the whole plot away… So, should you stumble across this blog, and read my reviews, please give me feedback. I’m looking to gain some proficiency, in the hopes of becoming an advanced reader for some of my favorite authors and genres. While I’ll read pretty much anything, my purely selfish, me time includes typically mysteries and police procedurals. If I’ve had enough depravity for a while, I’ll move to action/family/romance type books, or fun, make you laugh out loud books, but I’m always drawn to a good mystery. I don’t have much desire to read biographies or other educational type books – likely because I read so much in an effort to stay current in my nursing career. However, I’m always looking for new authors and new suggestions!!

What do YOU like to read?