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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…)

“Deep Dark” Begins with a Bang

25814336.jpgDeep Dark by Laura Griffin
Pocket Book: May 24, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Publisher

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I’ve been a fan of Griffin’s Tracers series since I discovered her on audiobook. When I had the chance at an advance copy of book ten, well, there was no waiting on the audio format. Everything I love about Griffin’s series was here: romance, mystery, and suspense. And, Griffin hooks readers from page one, immersing readers into the terrifying experience of a home invasion.

Laney Knox was attacked in her home two years ago. Laney managed to escape, but so did the intruder and it seems that other woman have not been so lucky. When a former co-worker is murdered, Laney reaches out to the investigating officer, Reed Novak. Unfortunately, Reed is less than impressed with Laney’s methods and her penchant for evasion. Despite their differences, it soon becomes clear that Laney does have essential information about the case, but she wants to participate fully before giving it all up. Needless to say, detective Novak isn’t pleased with Laney’s withholding of information, while at the same time he feels drawn to the young woman. (more…)

Prison Sentence, With Ghosts: “Fellside”

26030697Fellside by M.R. Carey
Orbit: April 5, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Source: Free From Publisher

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Jess Moulson is recovering from severe facial burns when she is transferred to Fellside, a women’s prison. Jess wakes to discover that her face has been burned beyond recognition and she has been charged with murder after setting her apartment ablaze. Learning that the fire she apparent started killed the young boy that lived her building, Jess doesn’t put up a fight when she is sent to Fellside, and in fact, chooses to end her own life. However, soon after arriving at Fellside Jess begins to have doubts about her guilt in killing Alex, especially when his ghost tells her that she did not kill him. But, how can Jess investigate when she has turned down the support of her lawyers and is locked away? (more…)

Crime Scenes, the Perfect Place to Find a Date: “Waking Nightmare”

6453494Waking Nightmare by Kylie Brant
Berkley Sensation: August 28, 2009
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library

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Waking Nightmare is Brant’s first novel in her Mindhunter series. This is a series that revolves around a private company that assists the police with investigations that can’t be handled with local resources. The purpose and set up of this company is a little foggy, but it ultimately has little to do with the larger plot. The main focus of Waking Nightmare is one of those “mindhunters” landing in Savannah to assist the local police with the profile of a serial rapist terrorizing the city.

Abbie Phillips is used to animosity from the local police. She’s a profiler, and as an outside in most investigations she’s not always welcome. However, Abbie is going to do her job and that means delving into the mind of a disturbed individual who is assaulting woman and forcing them to live through their worst nightmares. (more…)

“Shattered Duty”: Romantic Suspense that Impresses

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Signet: June 2, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library

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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…)

Great Series Opener with “Quicksand”

23848029Quicksand by Carolyn Baugh
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…)

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…)

Series Binge: Tracers by Laura Griffin

Sometimes a series finds you and you just can’t stop reading. Laura Griffin’s Tracers series became that for me. Despite some rocky characterizations, Griffin’s series is compelling, fast-paced and grounded in suspense and romance.

So what’s this series all about? While each book in this series can be read independently what binds them all together, other than reappearing characters, is the Delphi Center, a private forensics lab that is used by investigators when they want to get results quickly. Those that work at Delphi are the best-of-the-best, they are the experts in their field. Rather than being boring old scientists, these experts lead very exciting lives, especially when the hunt for the culprit comes a little too close to home. (more…)

The Darkly Funny “Intern’s Handbook”

18144009The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn
Simon & Schuster: April 8, 2014 (Thriller)

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So I picked up The Intern’s Handbook on a whim since I was in need of a new audiobook for the daily commute, and it totally and completely exceeded expectations. Not only was this darkly funny and action packed, but combined with pitch-perfect narration, it was one enjoyable listen.

John Lago is twenty-four and with his upcoming twenty-fifth birthday he’s nearing the age of retirement. Now what job has forced retirement at the age of twenty-five? Why, being an intern, of course. After all, “it is the cutoff point at which people begin to question anyone who would be willing to work for free” (p. 10) or at the very least call attention to the fact that you’re a “loser” and you absolutely do not want to call attention to yourself. John, you see, is a very special kind of intern. (more…)