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City on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff

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City on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff
Bantam: November 15, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Source: Free From Publisher

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City on Edge is the second book in the Eve Rossi thriller/mystery series. In the first book, Hostage Taker, readers are introduced to FBI agent, Eve Rossi and her rather dubious recruits, all of them ex-cons. After the successful events of the previous book, Eve and her team have been given some legitimacy, which comes in handy when New York’s police commissioner is almost assassinated and his daughter kidnapped. Eve and her unusual crew are on the case and hoping to find the commissioner’s daughter safe; however, they don’t count on the numerous hurdles in their path. (more…)

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Another Amish Mystery: “Among the Wicked”

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Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books: July 12th, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

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Among the Wicked is the eighth book in Castillo’s suspenseful and dark Kate Burkholder mystery series. I first discovered the series on audiobook and binged through the entire series. After the events of book seven, I was anxious to get my hands on book eight. And while I continue to enjoy the series, I was somewhat disappointed with the book with regards to Kate’s character development. It was a great book, but not my favourite in the series.

In Among the Wicked Kate is asked to go undercover in an Amish community where a suspicious death is discovered. A young woman froze to death and no one in the community is talking about what led to the death, and then there’s the reports of child abuse that are making their way to the police’s ears. So, Kate, a former member of the Amish community, is recruited to assit. Kate’s background makes her a perfect candidate for the undercover roll; she understands the Amish community and she has a commitment to discovering the truth behind the young woman’s death. Despite the misgivings of her partner, Tomasetti, Kate decides the going undercover is something that she has to go. Kate is nothing if she’s not dedicated to protecting the vulnerable. Soon Kate is immersed in her role as a widow in the reclusive community; however, her questions soon stir up more trouble than Kate anticipated. (more…)

As Death Draws Near

26177728As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
Berkley: July 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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As Death Draws Near is the fifth outing in the Lady Darby historical mystery series. With this fifth book there is a bit of a change in the series now that Keira is married to inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. These two have come along way from the first book, when Gage suspected Keira of murder.

At the start of the book, Keira and Gage are enjoying an idyllic honeymoon (for details about their wedding, check out the novella, A Pressing Engagement). Unfortunately, Kiera and Gage’s well deserved vacation is interrupted when Gage’s father sends a request for  both of them to investigate the murder in an abbey in Ireland. Not wanting to risk the local investigators forming biases based on the existing religious tensions in Ireland, Kiera and Gage set sail for Ireland. With the investigation underway, Kiera and Gage delve into local politics and the tense atmosphere of the region, which is only exacerbated when a second nun is found murdered. (more…)

“A Useful Woman” is an Amateur Sleuth

26067944A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde
Berkley: May 3, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

Rosalind Thorne is a woman that lives on the edges of the ton. She was once a debutante on the verge of making a match. That life was destroyed when Rosalind’s father abandoned her and her mother because of some shady business dealings. Due to her constrained circumstances Rosalind had to make herself useful, and in that, she maintains her position in society.

Normally, Rosalind helps woman organize parties or assists in a strategic retreat from prying eyes. The ladies of the ton depend on Rosalind to help them manage distressing situations. However, Rosalind has never once before had to manage the inconvenience appearance of a dead body. When the body of Jasper Aimesworth is found in the hallowed halls of Almack’s, Rosalind finds herself reluctantly drawn into a murder investigation. And this investigation uncovers some uncomfortable truths about her benefactress while forcing Rosalind to confront her past and acknowledge that she has changed in the years since she was a fresh-faced debutante. (more…)

Weirdly Compelling: “It Takes One”

26030701.jpgIt Takes One by Kate Kessler
Redhook: April 26, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

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It Takes One is the series opener featuring criminal psychologist Audrey Harte. The twist in this thriller is that our heroine is a murderer herself.

Okay, so the label is a little more complex than that.

When she was a girl, Audrey helped her best friend Maggie murder Maggie’s father. Maggie’s father had been sexually abusing her and Maggie turned to Audrey for help. When no one believe either of them, the girls, in desperation, hatched a plan. After the murder both girls were charged. Maggie was sent to a criminal hospital because of her trauma, and Audrey was sent to a juvenile detention centre. And with that, these two best friend slowly drifted apart until one of them committed an unforgivable transgression. (more…)

Return to Bearkill with “The Girls She Left Behind”

25487427The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
Bantam: January 5, 2015
Genre: Mystery
Review Source: Free from publisher.

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In The Girls She Left Behind readers return to the stark and desolate Bearkill, Maine where former Boston homicide detective, Lizzie Snow, continues to search for her missing niece. Frustrated by the lack of in her niece’s case and by her complicated love life, Lizzie’s decided that it might be better if she heads back to Boston. But before she makes any decisions, Lizzie’s got a missing persons case to solve, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s not a case of a teen running away, but something much more sinister. (more…)

Great Series Opener with “Quicksand”

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Forge Books: September 29, 2015
Genre: Mystery
Review Source: Free from library.

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Quicksand is a short, satisfying thriller that caught my attention for two reasons: lady investigator, and a lady investigator of Egyptian descent (i.e. diversity).

Officer Nora Khalid is part of a joint task force with the FBI in Philadelphia where their main goal is to help keep the streets safe. When a young girl is murdered in what appears to be a gang-motivated killing, Nora and her team are called to investigate. Soon after, another young woman is brutally murdered, which indicates to the team that there might be another gang operating in the area. (more…)

Top 5 Friday: Lady Detectives

The mystery genre is a favourite of mine. There’s something about the mystery formula that just works for me. The bad guy is always caught and the hero or heroine always get their man. The particular feature that is my catnip is the concept of the lady detective. Whether it’s a historical or contemporary setting, I always enjoy a story that features a woman detective. She doesn’t have to be a super sleuth but she does have to solve crimes. Happily there are many books out there that feature this type of character. My list for today is my current favourite lady detectives that I’ve read so far.

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Murder & Mystery in the British Navy: “Tenacity”

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Henry Holt & Company: November 3, 2015
Genre: Mystery; Thriller
Review Source: Free from publisher.

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Tenacity was an unexpected thriller (in a good way) that was refreshing, suspenseful, and introduces readers to a heroine in a unique situation.

Lieutenant Danielle “Dan” Lewis is an investigator for the Special Investigative Branch (SIB) of the British military, and the lone female investigator at that. Following an investigation that both heralded her as a hero and reviled her amongst her colleagues, Dan has come back to her roots after taking a year sabbatical. What her colleagues are unaware of is that Dan’s sabbatical was motivated after she was attacked and beaten on the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of the man that made her a household name. Now another woman has been beaten and murdered and her husband has seemingly committed suicide. Only Dan sees the connection between her own attack and that of the murder victim’s and that’s only because she’s never shared what happened to her. (more…)

“Death Wears a Mask” Exceeds Expectations

23848020Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver
Minotaur Book: October 13, 2015 (Historical Mystery)*

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It was amazing, really, what murder had done for my marriage.

 Death Wears a Mask is the utterly charming follow-up to Ashley Weaver Murder at the Brightwell (which I also loved). This second installment continues the momentum of the first, throwing it’s amateur lady detective, Amory Ames into another investigation and into more relationship drama with her husband, Milo.

Asked by a family friend, Serena Barrington, to look into the apparent theft of her jewels during a dinner party, Amory finds herself looking at the motives of the dinner guests. Amory’s reputation from the events at the Brightwell have preceded her arrival in London, and Serena is sure that Amory can put her investigative skills to use and catch the culprit. Amory is not really given a chance to refuse, and so begins her investigation, which leads to murder, mayhem and disguises (okay, well, just one). (more…)