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Hush by Anne Frasier

Today I am reviewing Hush by Anne Frasier.

 

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Blurb:  Hush
What’s your greatest fear?

It’s criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap’s job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son’s life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy’s greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

My Review:  Creepy. A good creepy if you are into thriller books. I got really engrossed in the book. It is like an intense criminal minds show. If you get spooked by noises in the night you might want to read it in the daytime though. There are a few editing problems but it is a good read I give it 4 stars.

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A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Today I am reviewing A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson.

COLD

 

 

Blurb: Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

My Review. I loved this book. I could just leave it at that. Anyone who loves the thriller who done it type books should read this one about the elusive serial killers and the ones who hunt them , both the legal hunters(FBI) and the shadowy illegal ones. This book can keep you guessing almost to the end. I give it a 5 star review.

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A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett

Today I am reviewing A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett.

CUT

 

 

Blurb: Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally … until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

My Review:This is a lighthearted romantic murder mystery. I really enjoyed it. The main character manages to unravel the mystery before she gets killed herself, all while maintaining  her southern finishing school manners. The romance is enough to keep you interested without getting graphic, a plus in my book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for that light summer read It is even free a the moment. I would pick up more in this series for a quick read. I give this book 5 stars.

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Final Reckoning by Tony Bull

Today I am reviewing Final Reckoning by Tony Bull.

 

FINAL

 

 

 

Blurb: Former SAS soldier Greg gets a call from his past.
Isle of Wight police want to talk to him about a human skeleton found during extensions to Seastone marina. After Greg contacts them they lose interest, but retired DCI Ray Tindall is convinced there’s a connection with ‘The Vanderling Associates’, a criminal gang he pursued unsuccessfully throughout his career.

Despite the risk of exposing another skeleton – the one in his own cupboard – Greg allows himself to be dragged into the ex-DCI’s investigation, and finds all his old skills returning as he uncovers evidence of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, money-laundering and murder, before a long overdue final reckoning with his old enemy, Sir Robert Clarmont Brown.

My Review: This is a very interesting and detailed crime suspense novel. The way the evidence was developed over thirty two years spanning from Greg’s youth to his retired military years is intriguing. At times it moved a little slow but kept me interested. The author’s writing style is good. There were quite a few editing errors but I was able to work through them. Some may be the difference of terms from England to America. I recommend this to the who done it lovers out there who are looking for another good read. I give this book 4 stars.

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Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

Today I am reviewing Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

PEN

 

 

Blurb: Carlos Ramirez is an Ivy League educated lawyer and the son of an infamous drug lord. He spent most of his life sheltered from the seedier side of his father’s business dealings, devoting his time to running his family’s legal business ventures. All that changes, however, when his father is murdered by his partner, the head of the northeast Irish mob. Consumed by hatred, he and his sister Lena exact their revenge.

Seemingly oblivious to the collateral damage he is causing, Carlos’s actions result in the death of a number of innocent people. The deepest of regret follows. Given the perspective of time, he comes to grieve his actions, leading him to the brink of suicide.

Carlos’s sister, Lena, is a very different person. While Carlos avoids his father’s legacy, Lena embraces it, maturing to become a major crime boss. As the story unfolds, Carlos devises a desperate plan to soothe his stricken conscience. What Carlos does not realize, though, is that Lena and her professional killer are watching over him, protecting him from danger.

At various points during the story, you might find yourself cheering for the killer, empathizing with the drug lord, or lamenting the weaknesses and flaws of the one character that is risking his life and sacrificing everything to do the right thing. Carlos, Lena and her hired assassin are complex characters caught up in a complex story, not unlike real life. And, as in reality, at any given instant in time, it is difficult to tell the good people from the bad.

My Review: This was a interesting crime novel. It was fast paced and very detailed. You actually find yourself cheering for the main crime boss as he sets about reliving his guilt. I loved the twists and turns. My favorite character believe it or not was his sister even though she was capable of great violence. It did some editing issues which takes it down a notch but I would recommend it to anyone who like the crime suspense genre. I thought it ended a little abruptly. I’m not sure if there will be a sequel but thought this one could have wrapped up better. I give this 4 stars.

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Cry Of The Needle by Roger Radford

Today I am reviewing Cry Of The Needle by Roger Radford.

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Blurb:  When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style…

Kieran Kelly’s world turns upside down when his wife’s health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn’t seem to care.

Kelly’s quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist and a corrupt government minister – but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled Countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.

Meanwhile, one of Kelly’s targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and the man’s stunning young American wife. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love – and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.

Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance. Revenge that is a dish best served Irish.

My Review: I really found this book absorbing and disturbing. Disturbing because it is about a real disease, from which the author himself suffers. The despair that Kelly felt which led him to hostage taking is brought home to the reader. Unfortunately many people have found themselves bewildered and hurt at the hands of the very doctors and drug companies and Gov. officials that are suppose to help us. Kudos to the author for bringing this to light. I know I will research a lot more before I blithely take medicine of any kind just because it’s prescribed. The book dragged a little through the middle but still built the story well. I was hoping for a happier ending but it really ended the only way it could I guess. I give this book 4 stars.

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Creatures of Appetite by Todd Travis

Today I am reviewing Creatures of Appetite by Todd Travis.

 

APPETITE

 

 
Blurb: They call it The Heartland Child Murders. Everyone else calls it a nightmare. Locked doors don’t stop him. He leaves no trace behind. He only takes little girls. His nickname… The Iceman.

A deranged serial killer roams wintry rural Nebraska with a demented purpose no one can fathom. Special Agent EMMA KANE, a former DC cop and damaged goods now with the FBI, is assigned to babysit burnt-out profiler JACOB THORNE, once the best in the business but now said to have lost his edge, as they both fly to Nebraska to catch this maniac.

Thorne is erratic, abrasive and unpredictably brilliant, but what he and Kane find in the heartland is much more than anyone bargained for, especially when the Iceman challenges them personally. The clock is ticking and a little girl’s life is on the line.

And maybe even more with that, once they find out what he’s really up to.

My Review: My Review: Wow this book is great for anyone who loves those crime thriller type novels. FBI profilers on the job of tracking a serial killer who targets children. It was just like watching an episode of Criminal Minds. I loved the interaction between the FBI agents themselves and the ones between them and the locals. It might be a little predictable in places but the surprise twist at the end totally makes up for it. I was glad to see it has been updated with an edit recently as the copy I had downloaded for review had lot of errors. I give this a 4 star rating.

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