Category Archives: Mystery Books

My Sister’s Books Review #32

Dance Hall of the Dead (Navajo Mysteries #2)

By: Tony Hillerman

The Zuni religion has been dealt a powerful blow, when the chosen Little Fire God is murdered and his best friend is missing. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has to work within both the Navajo and Zuni beliefs, in order to help the New Mexican police force find the missing boy, before it is too late. As if balancing this delicate line wasn’t hard enough for Lt. Leaphorn, there is an archeologist determined to excavate the earth and change humankind’s history.

Tony Hillerman writes with an exquisite passion in this novel. He mixes several layers and different stories in the hunt for the missing boy, by representing the Navajo, Zuni and American traditions. The majestic background of New Mexico comes to life in Hillerman’s details and readers will feel as if they are on the same journey with Leaphorn. Though the ending is a tad predictable and there are several supplementary characters to keep up with, this is an exhilarating tale. This book is an excellent, fast paced page-turner.

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

Purchase link:

http://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY:0008974338&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, My Sister's Books, Mystery Books, Suspense Books

My Sister’s Books #29

The Anatomist’s Apprentice

By: Tessa Harris

Dr. Thomas Silkstone is in London and is one of the top anatomists in town. His services are called upon by Lydia, who is desperate to solve her brother’s murder. Sir Edward Crick’s murder has stirred the rumor mill into action, yet there doesn’t seem to be anyone who cares he is gone. The main suspect is Lydia’s husband and it is up to her and Dr. Thomas Silkstone to figure out the truth.

The Anatomist’s Apprentice mixes science and romance and places them in the midst of the Georgian Era in London, England. Though the details can be a bit morbid and unpleasant, the romance is surprising and very fitting to the tale. The book starts off very slow, but by the second half the readers are entranced in the multiple puzzles and deaths that pile up. Fans of forensic science and medical mysteries will enjoy this historic thriller.

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

Purchase link: http://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY:0010349087&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, My Sister's Books, Mystery Books

My Sister’s Books Review #27

The Bullet Catch
By: Lynn Hodges

Detective Logan Hawthorne Michaels runs a special company that excels in discovering the truth by using unique talents of each of their employees. For Logan Michaels, he enjoys using the power of deception that he learned through magic to weave his way to the truth. Hence the phone call that he received, asking for his expertise to help solve the mystery behind the Amazing Gregor’s death. Amazing Gregor is a talented magician who aims to please the crowds by catching a bullet in his teeth. Unfortunately for him, the trick fails and brings about instant death. When part of his crew disappears out of thin air, detective Logan and the local police are taken on a wild ride.

The Bullet Catch is the first book in the magical detective series by Lynn Hodges. It starts with a bang and will keep readers guessing right up until the very end. The story is told through several different points of view, which can be confusing at times, especially when there is a plethora of characters introduced in the beginning. However readers will enjoy playing the guessing game, as they figure out the truth behind this disastrous magic act. The writer uses his experience in magic to bring the trickery alive in this book, which is a promising start to a hopefully intriguing series.

Similar Authors:
Scott Jenkins, John Bohannon, Lesley Cookman

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, My Sister's Books, Mystery Books

Sink or Swim

By: Stacy Juba. Format: ebook. Read: September 2013.

Cassidy Novak came in second place on a reality television show, called Sink or Swim. Her dreams of being able to open up a chain of specialized gyms will have to be delayed, since she didn’t win the money. But when she returns back home, everyone treats her as though she was the star of the show. The gym where she works is booming with new clients all desperate to see and meet Cassidy. Plus, the local newspaper has a reporter and an out-of-towner photographer following her around, everywhere she goes. As if this wasn’t enough, the overwhelming fan mail has taken a scary turn when a stalker starts sending her items from her past. As the postmarks get closer and closer, Cassidy’s anxiety gets higher and higher. Did she survive reality television only to meet her end in real life?

Stacy Juba explores the good and bad sides of reality television fame. The story is a fast read, but does have a tendency to remain in the dramatic zone, even after Cassidy has returned back to her normal like. Readers will either like Cassidy or like to dislike her, since her personality seems to shift throughout the book. However the mystery aspect will leave the readers guessing, right up until the end. Juba demonstrates an exquisite talent for leading her readers through a maze only for them to discover a completely different outcome.

I enjoyed reading this book. Though most of the time it felt like a soap opera, it stuck with the starting point of the reality television show. Once again, the author completely shocked me with the ending. I thought for sure I had known who the “bad guy” was, but then poof, yet another unexpected twist. Stacy Juba is definitely now on my top favorite authors list. Wow!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

2 Comments

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books, Suspense Books

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

By: Stacy Juba. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

Kris Langley’s cousin Nicole was murdered when they were twelve, by a creepy man in their neighborhood. Kris knows a secret that no one else knows, and it has caused her extreme guilt and insomnia over the past several years. She has tried everything, but tell the truth to her tight-lipped family. Finally, she gets a beginner’s job at the local newspaper company, writing small filler pieces and working nights allows her body to get just a bit more rest. While researching events that occurred twenty-five years ago, Kris stumbles upon the unsolved murder of a young woman, Diana Ferguson. Kris identifies with Diana’s family and decides to research further to help close this case. Maybe by closing this case, she will be able to put her past behind her. Then again, she may meet her own horrific end as she comes face-to-face with Diana’s killer?

Stacy Juba has written an excellent and shocking cozy mystery. The plot is a winding maze with not one but filled with wrong turns and deceptive clues meant to trick the reader until the very end. Not only will readers be kept on their toes, they will emotional drawn into not one but two separate families caught in the never-ending cycle of grief, depression and survivor’s guilt. Both families demonstrate the polar opposites of grief, one refusing to breathe a word about their loss and the other discussing all the details and what-ifs. An emotional, fast-paced and intriguing storyline, with wonderful writing makes this book a must-read for mystery readers.

I have loved mysteries since I was a little girl. Anything Nancy Drew or Clue related and I loved it. I pride myself in guessing the intricacies of a plot before they are revealed. However, I enjoy a book even more, when I can’t guess the ending. This ending had my head spinning and I still can’t keep reliving it, picking up on subtle clues that I missed before. This author is definitely on my must-read list from now on and she should be on yours too, if you enjoy a surprising mystery.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

1 Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books, Suspense Books

My Sister’s Books #22

The Beach House
By: James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

Jack Mullen is a law student and the grandson of Mack, a feisty, strong-spirited Irishman. Jack is a very successful law student and has landed an internship at a prestigious law firm. As he keeps facing roadblocks with his pro bono, death row case, he learns the tragic news of his brother’s death. In his hometown, everyone knows everyone, yet Jack can’t figure out why no one is taking Peter’s death seriously. Peter’s body was found badly bruised and obviously beaten, yet the police brush it off as a drowning. It is up to Jack, his friends and Mack, to find out the truth and seek justice. Yet the truth may cause more innocent lives to be lost.

The Beach House is a thrilling, fast-paced ride through the politics of the rich and famous versus justice and truth. Massive cover-ups, with shocking twists and turns, will leave readers emotionally exhausted. “Taking justice in your own hands” is an old saying taken quite literally by the Mullen crew in this book. The short chapters and the Hamptons setting, make this a fast read, perfect for a day at the beach. Though the subject matter is recommended for mature audiences only. Fans of James Patterson and fans of the mystery/suspense genre will want to mark this book as a must-read.

Similar Authors:
David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Lee Child

Note:
This review was originally written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Purchase Link:

https://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=0012077801&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564&itemNum=ITEM:6

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, My Sister's Books, Mystery Books

Right and Left Grand

Darla King #1. By Rosalee Richland. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Darla King is an ex-criminal investigator, who is still coping with the tragic loss of her husband five years ago. In order for her and her daughter to remain connecting to his family she moves to Texas where she is reunited with her former passion, square dancing. With her daughter in college, Darla has become a square dance caller, which is a rarity for females, but she is loving each and challenge the clubs and dances bring her way. That is until one club member discovers an unconscious man dressed in a square dancer’s outfit on his property and the local police are trying to pass it off as a simple car-jacking. It is up to Darla and her three best friends to figure out the real reason behind this mysterious man’s attack.

Right and Left Grand is a cozy mystery with square dancing galore. Fans of square dancing will enjoy the insider’s view to what it takes to be a caller, while square dancing novices will learn several steps. The story starts out a bit slow, with the real mystery not appearing until the halfway mark, but the straightforward writing style makes it an easy read. The entire novel is told through Darla’s perspective, which allows readers to connect to her fears, apprehensions, and enjoyments, through her inner thoughts. Readers will look forward to seeing what Darla and her friends get into next.

When I started reading this book, I knew absolutely nothing about square dancing, so it was intriguing to read about it. What about you? Are you a fan of square dancing?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her series, please visit her website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books

Dream Family

Dream Series #4. By: J.J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Dr. Sara Alderson has a loving family and a wonderful career helping sick children feel better. However her life is turned upside down when the police show up at her office arresting her for prescription fraud. Sara is degraded and treated like the scum of the Earth as she is processed and forced to spend a night in jail. Forced to reach out for help, she calls the only man who would know the ins and outs of the justice system, Paul Sorrentino. When she is finally allowed to return to her family, Sara knows she is nothing more than a shell of her former self. Somehow through it all, it is her infamous dreams that may help rediscover her freedom.

Dream Family starts off with a bang, when the cops arrive for Sara and the pace never slows down. Sara is normally the heroine rushing around saving the everyone in her dreams, but this time it is herself that needs saving. The author does a compelling job with Sara’s inner battles. Readers will both ache and cheer for Sara as she fights to remember who she is and what is most important in life. With a few new twists and turns from old minor characters, readers will be anxiously awaiting for the next book to be released. Another unique and powerful tale, with several life lessons thrown in for good measure.

I was speechless as I read this book, all I could think was wow, wow, Wow! Then to see that another adventure will be released sometime next year was beyond thrilling. If you want to read this series, plan on being wrapped up in the emotions of all the characters and soon you will feel as though you are a member of the family.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books

Dream Child

Dream Series #3. By: J. J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Sara is a resident at Children’s Hospital, which means excruciatingly long work weeks, but it is worth it to come home to Brian and their adorable daughter, Lizzie. Sara is very grateful that she is able to bring Lizzie to work with her when she can’t find a babysitter. All the staff love Lizzie and Lizzie gets to play with the children, which helps distract them from the routines of being a hospital patient. Lizzie is a lot like Sara and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately though, Lizzie has picked up something else from Sara too. When Lizzie’s dreams start, Sara’s world is turned upside down, again.

This is the third novel in the Dream series and this is by far the best so far. The addition of Lizzie to the family and to the storyline is perfect. She provides just the right amount of comedic relief that was missing from the previous two books. Lizzie is very young, but she steals the show, so to speak. J. J. DiBenedetto shows a superb talent in his writing his characters. Readers will feel like they have grown with Sara and they will find themselves thinking similar thoughts as Sara tries to juggle work, family, and interpreting her and Lizzie’s dreams. Minor characters from previous books keep popping up to lend a hand, which gives the series another real-life connection. Readers will have extremely high hopes for the next book to see what Sara and Lizzie stumble into, next.

This is a very unique mystery series that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am looking forward to spending more time with Sara, Lizzie and the rest of the family in the next book. I absolutely love a series that ties previous books into current books, with hints towards what could happen next. It keeps me guessing until the very end, which is nice to read. If you are looking for an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow cozy mystery series, with a unique twist, I definitely recommend this series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books

Dream Student

Dreams #1. By: J.J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: July 2013.

Sara Barnes is just your average junior in college, that is until she starts remembering her dreams. Unfortunately for Sara, she is no longer just remembering her own dreams, but other people’s dreams too. Sara realizes she is seeing other people’s dreams, some pleasant, like that boy who goes to her school dreaming about her, others horrific, reliving a guy’s dream where he brutally murders a young girl. Sara is frantic she doesn’t know what to do, much less why she has this ability to see these dreams. All she knows is that the boy’s name is Brian and he and her best friend Beth are going to help her catch the murder.

Written as a constant stream-of-consciousness that jumps from dreams to reality, makes this book an intriguing read. Readers get to experience the dream with Sara, but then they can relate to her feelings afterwards. The story starts off with a bit of a slow pace, but it quickly picks up and turns into a nail-biting race against time, with a hint of romance in between. This book covers some horrific topics, but does so without going into the nitty-gritty details. The ending will leave readers reaching for the second book, just to see what happens next with Sara.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that Sara had to set her own course through this hard to believe dream jumping talent of hers, however she had the strength and support from Beth and Brian that kept her alive. This was a unique story and I am looking forward to reading more.

As for dreams, I can remember some of mine with lots of details, whereas with others I can only remember the feeling. What about you? Do you remember all of your dreams? What would you do if you suddenly found yourself inside of someone else’s dream?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Mystery Books