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Enigma (An FBI Thriller) - Catherine Coulter

Yes it's true. This was my first book by Catherine Coulter alone. I heard that she was a good author and now I know. I was really psyched to receive this book and it did not disappoint at all!

I sped through this gripping thriller that has two major plots and lots and lots of twists. One of those twists was jaw dropping for me. I did not see it coming.

I stayed up WAY until the morning hours as I could not put this book down. And, it was worth it! 
Excellent read for me.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

After She's Gone (Di Matthew Adams) - Sheryl Browne

2.5 Stars

 

I realize my take on this book is very different from most of the other reviews, however, it is what it is.

The feud between evil drug dealer, Patrick Sullivan, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has been going on since these two men were children. When Adams feels that Sullivan killed his child, he is hellbent for revenge. The feud takes on all new levels. For me, those levels became ridiculous. I just could not see Adams, as a cop, doing the things that he does. He treats his wife like crap, moves his alcoholic sister's daughter from a group home to his house to live and treats her like crap.

And Sullivan was disgusting and what he does is disgusting. I just felt like the author just thought of the worst things (all of them) and put them into this book.

I had to give up the book after a little after halfway. I was not enjoying it at all. Way too far fetched for me and I grew very tired of these men acting like children. I could not and did not finish. I left them to fight it out without me because frankly, I really didn't care.

Thanks to Choc Lit and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Glass Houses - Louise Penny

Wow, how in the heck have I come this far in my life and never read Louise Penny before? I've known for a while that she has quite the following. And now, . . . I know why. Good Grief this was a great read for me.

I spent three quarters of this book immersed in a trial without even knowing who the defendant was, or even if they were female or male. The story went from present to back history to a little further back history, then like six months before and then back to the trial, then like a month before. I mean it was jumping all over the place. And I absolutely loved the characters in Three Pines. Especially the VERY quirky ones. Ha!! 

Even though this was number 13 in the series of Armand Gamache, I still felt like I hadn't missed anything. I mean in the sense that I know there were other things that happened prior to this book, but I didn't feel as though I missed out on anything!!!

I know I am preaching to the choir when I say that I was so mesmerized by this book. It did go back and forth a lot, and being an advanced reader, it was hard to keep up as I had to stop for a few seconds and wonder where I was but that did not deter me, AT ALL!!!!!!

If you have not read Louise Penny, don't take as long as I did to figure out that it's an excellent read.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, laughed quite a few times and was definitely shedding some tears at the end. I grew to love these characters and really miss them now that I've left Three Pines.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters) - Heather Graham

This book started out slow...very slow. However I eventually got into it and was glad that I kept with it. 

Of course, I’ve heard of Poe, heard some of his poems, and can even imagine his profile. But, I had never read him. Alas, I learned a lot about him in this book as he appeared to Griffin and Vickie, the latter being a new member to the Krewe team. Poe appears to both of them in this story with Vickie being the main person he speaks to. 

A member of a group of Poe fans is found dead and that starts the mystery of this book. 

I enjoyed reading this book and stayed up late to discover “who did it”. However it doesn’t rank as my favorite from this author. 

Entertaining, but slow for me to start.

Thanks to Harlequin, MIRA and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review

Bones To Pick - Linda Lovely

I really, really liked this book and the main character, Brie Hooker, a lot! At first. 

Then I began to feel like her being a vegan was something extra special and that she was. Then the endless preaching about how she was a vegan. Well, it just grated on me. A lot! Using the Shania Twain song: "So, your a vegan, that don't impress me much". It really got in the way of the mystery for me. Okay, I figured out she was vegan - did I really need to be reminded every other page? 

And her stance on men. She had been cheated on by her fiance whom she had broken up with over about a year ago. She was done. Yet every other page, she was lusting after the two single men in the book. 

I think this could have been a humorous, cute little cozy mystery. However, all this vegan and lusting, it just really got in the way for me. 

There were also a few times when a paragraph would be rewritten in its entirety just a few pages later. The first one was when she needed to learn about the breeds of goats said during her "market days event". The second one was when her aunt scolded her about talking to the customers of cholesterol count in cheese. That's just the times I remember.

I did not finish this book. Although I did read the last couple of chapters and yes, it ended like I thought it would. However, the way I went about saved me probably several thousand more reminders that Brie was a vegan. 

I've given an extra star for the author's time spent.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The World of Tomorrow - Brendan Mathews

OMG!!! The journey I have just been on. WHAT a GREAT story!!! I am typing this with tears in my eyes! 

So many characters and so many stories. I was rooting for all the main ones. 

A family of brothers whose father was involved in the IRA, a immigrant Jew from Prague with her visa about to expire just when Hitler’s regime had invaded and taken over the country and an African American couple, both very musically inclined and good at it, were dealing with racism and a country trying hard to invent the future during a World’s Fair. An absolutely mesmerizing story that enthralled me and definitely kept my attention. 

I did a little something different with this book that I've never done before. I Googled images from 1939 of the Plaza, the World's Fair and street scenes. I can't tell you how much that added to my enjoyment of this book. It's something that I will definitely be doing in the future as sometimes, no fault of the author, I don't get the pictures they are describing.

Again, great read, thoroughly enjoyed!!!

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The End of the World Running Club - Adrian J. Walker

Another dystopian book this week for me!! Yay!!

This one takes place in England which was very different in that most that I've read were set in the United States. This end of the world scenario involves an asteroid strike that severely debilitates a lot of the planet with hundreds of them striking England.

Edgar Hill, hungover from the night before wakes up one morning to find that the Earth was informed that asteroids are hurling to the planet and there will be devastation of the extreme kind four hours before. He starts out behind the eight ball and basically strikes out, a lot!

At first I thought Edgar Hill a total loser, by the end of the book, I was cheering him on ecstatically. 

I sped through this enjoyable read cheering Edgar on to the finish line.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire - John Wigger

Wow! All I knew about Jim and Tammy Faye Baker prior to reading this book was that he was a TV evangelist and she inspired a t-shirt that said "I ran into Tammy Faye at the mall". (Which you can still buy, I looked it up on the internet, lol.

I had never heard of Heritage Park or any of the things he had done. I did know he went to jail and Tammy Faye cried a lot.

This was a very comprehensive and informative read for me. I learned a LOT! And I found it to be a very interesting read. The author spent a lot of time researching which is evident if you read the book.

Thanks to Oxford University Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Tribulations of August Barton - Jennifer  LeBlanc, Amy Queau

August Barton has anxiety. Bad! It's his freshman year in college, his parents are divorcing, his roommate makes fun of his super hero figures and his grandma is a retired prostitute who is bored in the nursing home where she currently lives.

I really liked this short read, a lot. I smiled, I laughed, I laughed out loud and I cried at the end. I especially liked the scene the writer created for the funeral.

Thanks the author and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Salt Line - Holly Goddard Jones
I really enjoyed this dystopian book. America is divided into zones with a huge "salt line" cutting it off from the western states. However, there are people living on the other side of that line. A fact that a group of folks on an "expedition" to the outer zone discover. Unfortunately, for them, those people are not always nice.

Everyone "out of zone" wears suits that cover their whole body. There are miner ticks out there that burrow into your skin and multiply rapidly. It's a sure death if the tick isn't removed immediately.

This was a good read for me. Unfortunately, it was written so well, that I was seeing ticks, okay maybe just black spots, everywhere I looked. HA!!

I sped through this thriller that I found well written with good character development.

Thanks to Penguin Putnam Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Madonna in a Fur Coat - Sabahattin Ali, Maureen Freely, Alexander Dawe
A very different love story that I found interesting and a decent read.

Thanks to Other Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Dead Woman Walking - Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton is a relatively new author to me. I can't believe it has taken me this long to find her! And find her, boy did I in this book. I have read one other book by her, "Little Black Lies", which I also gave a five star rating. I will definitely be picking up every book of hers I see now.

Wow!!!!!!! WHAT A GREAT READ!! I sped through this book. A story that begins with a hot balloon ride wherein the passengers witness a murder. One of the passengers, Jessica, takes a picture of the murderer and the murderer has a picture of her in his mind. He is hellbent to find her and he will.

This story has so many twists. The biggest twist I didn't even see coming even though the hints were there. They were so well disguised that I literally said "OMG" out loud!! I mean they were staring me in the face even - I won't say how so as not to spoil it. However, you will figure it out once you've read the book.

Pulse racing, thrilling, unputdownable I enjoyed the heck out of this book!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery - Cay Rademacher

I enjoyed the author's new detective, Roger Blanc, for the most part and his descriptions of the region in France where Roger lives.

However, sometimes I felt the writing was overthought and overwritten. The sex scene with Roger and his superior? Why? Definitely just page filler for me and not needed at all. I don't even think it went with the character. A man who wondered if he had kissed or not kissed someone right.

A decent read albeit with a lot of unnecessary writing in which I enjoyed learning more French curse words.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Lightning Men: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
I could not wait to read this book. I loved Darktown, the first in this series, and this one rates right up there with it.

The story of two black police officers in Atlanta, something Atlanta had never had before, who have to fight discrimination at every corner from their fellow officers, their bosses and the people they are paid to protect.

The author did such a great job with the characters and their issues making me feel as though I was seeing the movie while reading this book.

The obstacles this policemen, Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, had to confront every day was frightening and so well presented and written.

I am most definitely eagerly awaiting the next in the series as the author left me with some clues as to what's coming and I can't wait!

Huge thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Manhattan Beach: A Novel - Jennifer Egan
I absolutely loved reading this book and sharing Anna Kerrigan's life journey. A story that was set in pre-war and during World War II. It dealt with so many topics that were current at that time. Men leaving their families because they couldn't handle the fact they could not provide for them was just one. It also dealt with women doing men's jobs and the harassment that those women dealt with on a daily basis.

I really felt like I was living in that era while reading this book. The author did such a great job in so aspects with this book.

A coming of age story that, for me, was excellent, unputdownable and one that I will surely think back to 2017 and consider it one of the best reads that year.

Now, I am certainly driven to read her first major prize winning book "A Visit From the Goon Squad" a copy of which I have, but have never done so.

Thanks to Scribner and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Hello Again (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels) - Brenda Novak

Just going to write down my feelings right now concerning this book. 
WOW, wow and, umm, WOW! What a cliffhanger!! (Written right after reading the book)

This is the second book in this series and as soon as I saw it offered, I requested it. 

A psychiatrist, Evelyn Talbot, that analyzes serial killers has built a prison in the wilderness of Alaska. So not only in the middle of nowhere, you also have the winters to deal with. 

Kidnapped, tortured and almost killed by her high school/college boyfriend, Jasper Moore, she is determined to find out what makes serial killers tick. In this book, the ex-boyfriend is still on the loose years later. Her attempts to find him have not been very successful. Unfortunately, Jasper is still trying to finish what he started years ago and is hellbent that it will happen.

We also have the elusive serial killer, Lyman Bishop, who is incarcerated in Evelyn's prison who she is studying. Another ice pick murder (something Lyman is famous for - trying to lobotomize women so that they will be his slave) done while Lyman is in prison, sets him free. Evelyn tries everything she can to keep it from happening. She is torn on Lyman's innocence until she discovers and talks with his sister.

This was a great story and great series. Of course, with it being Brenda Novak, there is some love scenes included. Its funny when I started reading Brenda Novak, her Last Stand series, there were no romance scenes in her thrillers.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.