Monday, November 13, 2017

Hunting the Five-Point Killer

In C.M. Wendelboe's Hunting the Five-Point Killer, this thriller will take you places you never been before and compel you to read more.  For Arn Anderson, he's a retired detective who asked to be a consultant of the cold case in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had a hard time getting the CPD's assistance, when he had a notion that it might be connected to the Five-Point Killings and two police officer's suspicious deaths that looked like homicides. And that left Arn to pick up the pieces to study all of those cold cases, especially when Ana Maria Villareal did a TV special on them to broadcast to the public. That's when she received threats to stop the special. And when Arn's on the case to catch her stalker, it came way too close of identifiying him, when he made moes of his own. After when the police chief gets shot and later dies from his coma, it left Arn and Ned Oblanski to revisit everything, especially after Arn had been atacked himself.  As he studied everyone who was close to Butch Spangler and the cold cases, it had turned up the heat when Arn had another attack from the killer again. With help from Danny as his sidekick, an Indian who's helping him renovate his mother's home, they pieces together the puzzle when Arn's friends had to rush to save his friends' lives before it would be too late with a shocking ending on who done it and why.

This was a good thriller that kept me reading. I did care for Arn and his pursuit of justice to solve this cold cases. I did find Georgia Spangler quite amusing and Danny a likeable character. I did like the settings for rural Cheyenne in the midwest with vivid locations around the town. This would make raise eyebrows and shake your head a few times with a grimacing groan. (Needless to say, I did find lot of glaring punctuation/grammar erorrs in this e-arc that the author,  Mr. Wendelboe, and his proofeader/copywriter  missed, especially when it comes to dialogue, capitalization, and wrong/misspelled words. It should've been proofread to catch those errors before it went to publication.)

Will you give Hunting the Five-Point Killer a try tonight?

Saturday, November 11, 2017


In Jake Halpern's Nightfall, this young adult thriller has exhilarating fantasy elements that would leave you feeling chilled and numb all over. On Marin's island called Bliss, every twenty-four years the sun always rises and every twenty-four years, it always sets with the rolling tide. And since this day had finally come for everyone on her island, they needed to pack everything and board the furrier boats. But for Marin and her fraternal twin brother Kana, they needed to find their friend Line who had wandered off on the island looking for mushrooms and Marin's sunstone necklace.  And when they finally located him, they finally made it back to shore to join the others. But, it was too late as they were left alone in the island, surviving to find a boat to head to the Desert Lands. It didn't come easy for them, since Line was injured and had gotten sick, and only a medicinal plant called lekar could heal him. As for Kana, he experienced a change into the night that he noticed he was different than the others appearances alone.  Between the three of them, they neded to survive and outlast against the nocturnal creatures that roam the island, while Kana learns a shocking hidden truth about his changes of his own. Together it was a race against time to make it on the boat and head to their new home before it would be too late for them.

This novel was eerily similar to the classic novel of Lord of the Flies, only with a modern and fantasy twist. Though I rarely read YA novels, this one was  fantastic and gripping beyond belief. I loved the contrast between day and night on Bliss Island and how the moonlight and the night becomes you. I care for Marin and Kana, who were more than two different split peas in the pod. And it had brought about an example that it's only the inside that counts and not the outside.  I did have harrowing compassion for Line and how he had a caring concern for Marin. This would grip you and hook you on the first page for a wild adventure that would take you places you've never been before with drama, non-stop action, suspense, a hint of fantasy, and a spark of romance.

 Will you survive before nighfall comes calling?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Black Echo

In Michael Connelly's Black Echo, the first installment in the Harry Bosch Mystery series, this debut would take you on a journey and keep you hanging on tight. Meet Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, a Detective of the LAPD Hollywood Murder Squad. It all started out with a routine call for a drug bust, when he uncovered the dead body of Eddie Meadows in one of the tunnels. With a closer look, it became more than personal for him, since he used to know him from the Vietnam War. Bosch wanted answers and had taken the heat from the brass and also fro the IAD who had been tailing him around to pin something on him. Then he met FBI Agent Eleanor Wish and John Rourke, who had hindered him in the case. When he looked to find a witness named Sharkey, he told him what he saw when he found. But when later he was found dead, it had floored Bosch as he dug deep to find the connection between the Vietnam War and now in Present Day California. And the closer he would get to the truth, it might cost him his life and maybe his career in an explosive climax, when he least expected who was responsible for it in the end.

This was a gripping mystery debut that had kick-started the Bosch series and then later the Amazon hit series too.  I did become fond of Bosch and how he picked up the pieces to this puzzle. Although a loner, he did put his life on the line, while it might've irked others in his way. They most likely hindered than helped him, except for Eleanor. I've found her a bit intriguing in her own set ways and how she might've had something going with Harry. I did like the LA settings from the dark tunnels to the police station with picturesque scenery for the location. This would get you swept up into Harry's dark tale of how he fought in the war and how he went his own way to solve this mystery with non-stop action, intense drama, mystery and a hint of intrigue.

Will you be curious to read the Black Echo today?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Taste for Murder

In Claudia Bishop's A Taste for Murder, the first installment int he Hemlock Falls Culinary Cozy Mysteries series, this debut series packs a punch of culinary delights and a lot of surprises. For Sarah "Quill" Quilliam and her sister Meg, they prepared to get ready for the Hemlock Falls History Days skit at their inn. While Quill managed the business end and Meg the kitchen, they had an electric bunch of guests to reside in the inn. But things took a turn for the worse, when first there was an accident on the balcony and two mishaps during the play outside of the inn, when two people ended up murdered--one of them was no accident. As Quill looks for clues on her own and her accountant John disappears from the inn, making him look up a prime suspect, she did her snooping on her own and pointed her finger at her other guests in the inn, including the uncouth Keith Baumer who's been nothing but rude. Though Quill has growing feelings for Myles the sheriff, Quill and her sister put their heads together to pick out the most unlikely suspect, when Meg becomes sick from her poisoned coffee. In the end, she couldn't believe her eyes on who done it and why for the most unsavory reasons of them all.

This was intriguing debut to this culinary cozy series.  I've found that both Quill and Meg are very careable and likeable people as sisters, co-workers and friends. I could see some chemistry between Quill and Myles, while Meg whips up some delectable recipes for the hotel guests. The recipes are too die for in the back of the book. I did like Hemlock Falls as an idyllic and visionary small town in New York state with compelling scenic scenes and picturesque locations. This would make you hungry for the food, starving for a good light, and to be compelled to read more in one or two settings with non-stop drama, suspense, mystery, and a dash of action.

Will you have a hankering taste for murder today?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Every Dark Corner

In Karen Rose's Every Dark Corner, the third installment in the Cincinnati romantic suspense series, this romantic suspense will keep you at the edge of the seat with shocking suspense right to the end. After Griffin "Decker" Davenport wakes up from his coma, he couldn't help wondering about the children who were victims of sexual crimes and human trafficking. Right by his side, Agent Kate Coppola helped him out on this assignment with her assignment, while Davenport heals from his wounds. Both Kate and Decker both have a dark tormented past that haunts them to no extend, while there's a budding and growing relationship between them that's red-hot and fiery as a firecracker. With the CPD and the FBI joint force task team, they look for clues and the way to bring this predator known as the Professor down for the count. As Brandon Edwards controls everyone in his house and his own family, he keeps them in his pocket, especially using Mallory Martin's sister Macy as a bargaining chip to do his evil bidding. But she has a plan of her own to make contact with the police and escape from the clutches so bravily to be reunited with her. As they close him on the missing links, everyone prepares to move in for the kill and take central aim to rescue Mallory and put the Professor out of business for good.
This was a bone-chilling and possibly a mind-blowing romantic suspense novel. I did care for Kate and her own skeletons of the closet. But I do see how she cared for Griffin and the others in her team, while she put herself out there in the line of duty. I did care for Griffin as well and his haunted past as well that had a twisted connection similiar to the case. I do believe they're perfect together as an explosive and exclusive couple. I do love how it's set in Cincinnati as the settings and locations pop on the page. This would make you feel bone cold and chilled, wince, shake your head, feel numb all over, and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride with non-stop action, intrigue, suspense and red-hot romance.

Will you watch your step in every dark corner?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Crash and Burn

In Lisa Gardner's Crash and Burn, the third installment in the Tessa Leoni thriller series, this novel will leave you feeling chilled and numb all over. It all started with Nicole Frank's car accident, when she suffers from post-concussive syndrome and cries out for someone named Vero. When Sargeant Wyatt Foster questions her husband about the crash,  they learn she doesn't have a daughter. And that perplexes him with a complex puzzle of his own. Tormenting about the ghostly memories of her past, her husband Thomas tries to keep their secrets safe in their New Hampshire town.  But when parts of the truth come out from her fragile mind, Wyatt has more questions than answers for them and asks his girlfriend Tessa Leoni to help them out with this case. And when Nicole claims to be "Vero", a missing child for over thirty years, she searches for secrets of the past before it had caught up to her real fast. And there wherein lies the truth of what she knows and what truths should be remained buried, when a mind is a terrible thing to waste... if it proves to be deadly to remember where it all started.

This was a bone-cold chilling thriller to read on a cold night. I instantly cared for Nicole Frank and her sobering story. I hated for her to go through that turbulent road to remember, even if she's been concussed a few times. I'm glad she could post those ghosts of the past to rest.  I've found both Tessa and Wyatt an enjoyable couple in more ways than one. I did become suspicious of Thomas's erratic behavior and how he came to her rescue. I did enjoy the idyllic New Hampshire background for the locations and the vibrant settings from start to finish. This would give you an adrenaline rush, leave you feeling cold all over with, and form goosebumps on your skin with non-stop action, drama, suspense, and tons of intrigue along the way.

Who will be there for you when you crash and burn?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Angel's Tip

In Alafair Burke's Angel's Tip, the second installment in the Ellie Hatcher mystery series, you'll be thrusted into an intense fast-paced high-octane thriller that would chill you to the core. It all started for Ellie Hatcher, when she went jogging with her brother Jess, and were the first ones on the scene to discover a grisly dead body of a college girl named Chelsea Hart. Newly assigned to her partner JJ Rogan, they worked together to identify her and build a case of suspects. Although her boss Lt. Dan Eckels is giving her a hard time at the police department, her relationship to journalist Peter Morse starts to fizzle and unravel. Meanwhile, a prowler is on the loose and keeping an eye out for his own news headlines and moves in for his next victim. When they think they've got it made with preppies like Jake Myers and Nick Warden, who are suspicious for giving her drugs like meth. As soon as they've got a break, someone phoned an anonymous tip with a cold case connection that her former partner Flann McIlroy was on before he was killed. Ellie follows the trail and connects the dots to see some common pattern by the time the killer finds his next mark. As Ellie puts the pieces together, she realized a shocking connecton that she could be next, when the killer isn't what or who she suspected it to be in the end.

This was another gripping mystery in the Ellie Hatcher series. I cared for Ellie and Jess and made an instant connection with them. I did think Peter was okay and maybe a bit borderline creepy, while Max may be a better match with her. I did feel sorry for Rachel, as I have found JJ a real likeable character, too.  I did like the nitty-gritty NYC locations and the compelling scenic scenery from the clubs to the NYPD station. This would make you feel cold all over and keep you hooked with every intriguing page with non-stop action, drama, suspense, and lots of mystery to make you want you read more.

Will you take a chance to read Angel's Tip today?