Cozy Mystery with “Paw Enforcement”

18404165Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly
St. Martin’s Paperback: June 3, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Free From Library

Beach Vacation

Diane Kelly’s Paw Enforcement series came on my radar because of something I read on a blog. Said blog mentioned the fourth book in the series. Me being me, I couldn’t simply start with book four, no, a true dedicated readers starts with the first book in the series, always.

Paw Enforcement introduces readers to Megan Luz, a rookie cop with anger issues working in the Fort Worth area of Texas. Megan’s got herself into a spot of trouble after tasering her offensive partner. As a result Megan finds herself with a new partner…of the canine persuasion. Brigit is a big dog and Megan drives a smart cart and lives in a tiny apartment. How this partnership is going to flourish is anyone’s guess; yet, Brigit’s skill in taking down criminals does seem to impress Megan.


1421990Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Avon: October 30, 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is a series that I’ve heard a lot good things about over the years, but not a series that I’ve felt inclined to pick up. When I came across it in audio format I thought I would finally give it a try and see what all the fuss was about. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I should pay attention to the “fuss” more often.

Catherine Crawfield is a half-vampire who’s been stalking the undead for a number of years. Her mother has a hate on for all vampires and isn’t really cool with the fact that Cat is half-vampire. To atone for something that’s not her fault, Cat hunts for vampires. Things get interesting when Cat attempts to kill Bones, an old vampire who objects to Cat’s attempt to murder him. Instead of killing Cat, Bones decides to train her. After all, Cat does not give any obvious signs that she’s stronger than the average human, which just might be the ace in the hole that he needs to take down the vampires that he’s hunting.

For her part, Cat is uneasy about teaming up with a vampire. All she knows about vampires is what her mother has told her. So, to Cat’s mind, all vampires are murderers who deserve to die. Bones slowly challenges that opinion while simultaneously encouraging Cat to embrace the fact that vampire blood is also running through her veins. Ever so slowly does Cat start to accept the interesting bits of her nature, and with that subsequent acceptance, Cat also starts to feel something more than antagonism for Bones. (more…)

“Storm Front” Rolls in, With a Chance of Magic

6219313Storm Front by Jim Butcher
ROC: April 1, 2000
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!

You’re a wizard, Harry. Wait, wrong wizard.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard PI who’s tight on cash and low on cases. This Harry is not a graduate of Hogwarts.



Harry is summoned to the scene of a murder as part of his consulting gig for Chicago P.D. Considering the fact that Harry advertises the fact that he is a wizard, it’s pretty much a sure bet that the murder is of a unusual nature. Soon Harry is neck deep in mob bosses, missing persons, magic and frog demons. This consulting case turns out to not be the easy money that Harry initially anticipated. (more…)

“Shattered Duty”: Romantic Suspense that Impresses

23398887.jpgShattered Duty by Katie Reus
Signet: June 2, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!

Shattered Duty kind of surprised me. I had been pretty desperate for an audiobook to listen to and I discovered this one on my library’s eAudiobook offerings. Well, I found myself finding excuses to do chores so that I could listen to this one, which is always a good sign in an audiobook.

Reus romantic suspense title is the third in the Deadly Ops series. I have not read the first two books in the series, and I didn’t feel that I missed out on anything.

Shattered Duty features NSA agent Selene Wolfe and former agent Levi Lazaro. Two years ago Levi left the NSA fold and went rogue after his wife was brutally murdered. Now, two years later he’s closing in on the man that ordered her death. Selene’s investigation into a known terrorist cell coincides with Levi’s mission; however, unlike Levi, Selene is not out for revenge and she must put the safety of the nation before Levi’s hunt for his wife’s killer. (more…)

The Unquiet Dead

22545465The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Minotaur Books: January 13, 2015
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!

The Unquiet Dead is a mystery set in Ontario, Canada. Esa Khattak is the director Canada’s Community Policing Section, which investigates minority-sensitive cases. Aided by his partner, Rachel Getty, Esa is called out to an apparent suicide that, at first blush, seems to have nothing to do with the type of work that Esa and his division examine. However, it soon becomes clear that Christopher Drayton is not the man he claimed to be and his hidden past may have gotten him killed. (more…)

Welcome to Bearkill: “Winter at the Door”

20307068Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Bantam: January 6, 2015 (Mystery)

I’d go there again!

Winter at the Door is the debut of Graves’ Lizzie Snow series, and it was a really good beginning. Bonus points for this also being a pretty well done audiobook.

Lizzie Snow has relocated from Boston to rural Bearkill, Maine in an effort to find her niece who disappeared years ago. After receiving a tip that her niece may be in Maine, Lizzie chucks in her successful career as a homicide detective and moves. However, the Sheriff has some ulterior motives for hiring Lizzie. It seems that someone is killing former cops, only the sheriff can’t prove it. Enter Lizzie Snow. (more…)

Another Great Gamache Outing: “The Nature of the Beast”

24586590The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Minotaur Books: August 25, 2015 (Mystery)

I’d go there again!

Since discovering the French Canadian village of Three Pines and Inspector Gamache this year, Louise Penny has been a go-to audiobook companion for my long commute. This latest installment is another wonderful addition to the series, proving that life after retirement is not as uneventful as the former Chief of Homicide would like.

Following the events of Long Way Home, Gamache and his wife have more-or-less settled into a quiet life in Three Pines. Trips to the Bistro, socializing with friends, reading good books – it’s an idyllic existence (but since this is Three Pines, this is likely not to last). The contentment is ended when a nine-year-old boy, known for telling tales, is murdered just after announcing to a crowd of people/suspects that there is a big gun in the woods, a big gun with a monster on it. Convinced that the boy just might have been telling the truth, Gamache assists his old team and confronts his dawning awareness that he needs to come to a decision about his own life: what comes next? (more…)

Hooked on a New Mystery Series: “Sworn to Silence”

6115138Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books: June 23, 2009 (Mystery)

I’d go there again!

I’ve been in desperate need of a new audiobook series to get me through my long, boring morning commute. After a few false starts – why is it so difficult to get some books on audio? – I finally found a winner.

Sworn to Silence is Castillo’s first mystery in her Kate Burkholder series, featuring an ex-Amish woman who is the Chief of Police in her hometown of Painter’s Mill.

Kate Burkholder may have grown up Amish but she’s been out of that life since she turned eighteen and she’s no stranger to violence. At fourteen, Kate was raped and subsequently killed her attacker. Because Kate’s rape and her crime of murder was considered an Amish matter, the body was hidden and Kate has never revealed what happened all those years ago. At the time of Kate’s attack there was a serial murderer hunting in the surrounding area and Kate has always thought that by killing her attacker, she stopped the murderer from hurting more women. Now sixteen years late it seems that the serial killer is back. Is the man that she thought she killed still alive? And if he is, is Kate going to have to reveal her past actions? (more…)

The Seriously Awesome “Shards of Hope”

17159943Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Berkley: June 2, 2015 (Paranormal Romance)

Outstanding Adventure

I’ve been putting off writing this review for awhile now, as I’m not really sure how to convey in intelligible writing how much I loved Shards of Hope. This book was seriously awesome and I think it just might be my favourite book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling series to date, and I can now say that with authority since after finishing this one, I went back and read each book in the series that I hadn’t read.

Shards of Hope is Aden’s story. Aden is the leader of the Arrows, the deadly, military arm of the Psy race. For years they were the personal assassins of Councilor Ming, and now that Silence has fallen, these men and women are now free to start new lives. Aden is at the forefront of this change. He wants something different for his family and he needs to model that for them, which is why he needs a partner. (more…)

Not Quite What I was Expecting: “The Reckoning”

10590390The Reckoning by Jane Casey
Minotaur Books: May 22, 2012 (Mystery)

I’d go there again!

I’ll be honest, I was pretty ambivalent towards the first book in this series, The Burning. However, I was desperate for a new audiobook on my drive to work, and so I found myself engrossed in a mystery that otherwise I would not have picked up.

In this second book in Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series Maeve’s personal life isn’t the best, she’s moved into the latest of bad apartments, and she’s got a new superior who really rubs her the wrong way. On top of that, someone’s targeting and torturing known child abuse offenders and it’s Maeve’s job to find justice for those that many believe got what they deserved.  (more…)