Monthly Archives: July 2012

Hard Eight- Janet Evanovich

Great Read, Full of Spice

If you were left holding your breath or picking your jaw off the floor at the conclusion of Seven Up, then you are in for a real treat in Hard Eight. Fugitive Apprehension Agent (aka Bounty Hunter) Stephanie Plum is back trying to make the streets of Trenton, New Jersey a little safer. Her parents neighbor Mabel Markvitz approaches Stephanie to try to enlist her help to find her daughter Evelyn and her granddaughter Annie. Mabel fears this has something to do with Evelyn’s ex-husband Steven Soder. Unfortunately for Stephanie, she soon learns that Steven’s business partner Eddie Abruzzi wants something from Evelyn too. Abruzzi declares war on Stephanie, leaving his goons to make her life miserable and dangerous. Stepanie, Lula and Evelyn’s attorney Albert Kloughn are on the hunt for Evelyn, Annie, and the FTA Andy Bender. After losing several pairs of handcuffs, a few cars not to mention a rabid rabbit on the loose Stephanie is forced to enlist the aid of Ranger, Bounty Hunter extraordinaire. Ranger is more than willing to help and collect on his debt, which leaves Stephanie panting and nervous. Not to mention Joe Morelli, her on again off again boyfriend/ fiancé etc. around every corner. Once again Janet Evanovich uses well-executed storylines and witty character narratives to pull the reader on an exciting roller coaster. Full of laughs, twists and a night alone with Ranger, Hard Eight delivers everything the reader wants and then some.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Book Review


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Missing Justice- Alafair Burke

Well Executed

After a short hiatus from a grizzly attack, Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid jumps right back to work on the case of missing judge Clarissa Easterbrook. While rumors float around about the disappearance, the discovery of Clarissa’s battered body lands Samantha on her first capital case. The evidence leads Samantha and the detectives to Melvin Jackson, a poverty stricken single father battling the system. While the evidence points to a sure conviction, a few lose strings quickly unravel into an explosive plot and a wide variety of suspects. The scandals involving corruption, politics, adultery and even Samantha’s own father arise in this well put together novel. The quick twists and well-executed yet surprising climax make this novel a great read.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Book Review


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Fearless Fourteen- Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum, New Jersey’s fun and feisty bounty hunter is back in another exciting read. Stephanie is attempting to apprehend Loretta after she jumped bond. Unfortunately, Loretta is unable to get released from jail and Stephanie and Joe Morelli, her hunky boyfriend are left responsible for her son Mario, better known as the Zook, who carries a striking resemblance to Joe himself. Soon after Stephanie arranges for Loretta’s release she disappears, along with her brother Dom Rizzi, known throughout the burg for his bank robbery committed years earlier. Rumors float that Dom, stashed the millions in money from the bank robbery with Joe’s Aunt Rose, who passed away and left Joe her home, in which he now resides. Stephanie is on a quest to reunite Zook with his mother and discover the truth behind the backstabbing bank robbers before it is too late. Along the way, Stephanie’s faithful friend and sidekick Lula makes an important announcement, she is engaged to Tank. As the bridal magazines and wedding shopping get underway and out of control you will be fully entertained and captivated. The return on Mooner and the introduction of Gary the stocking psychic and Brenda singer, actress, and newest tail on Stephanie’s trail will keep the pages turning as well as the smile across your face. Luckily for readers who get hot flashes at the thought of Ranger, the SWAT clothed, muscular, mystery man, he makes an appearance. And with a job offer for Stephanie that has her keeping late nights with Ranger and his crew. Stephanie is trying to keep the bodies from piling up, the poachers from digging up the yard, and her hands to herself in Fearless Fourteen. Janet Evanovich once again combines an amazing storyline and twisting plot with lovable characters that will leave her readers begging for more

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Book Review


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Kill and Tell- Linda Howard

A delicate balance of suspense and romance

When Karen Whitlaw discovers that her estranged father was viciously murdered in New Orleans, she hops on the first flight south. She doesn’t expect to meet detective Marc Chastain, a cop first and a hottie second. Her sexual roller coaster with Marc leaves her running back to Ohio, but after several near fatal attempts on her life, Karen returns to the man who causes butterflies in her stomach to help her evade a killer. Linda Howard expertly weaves enough intimate and steamy details through the novel to leave the reader slightly breathless and flushed. Coupled with a killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Kill and Tell becomes a must read for both mystery and romance lovers alike.

Kill and Tell


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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Book Review


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Songs for the Missing- Stewart O’Nan

Emotionally Intense

The disappearance of Kim Larsen from the small town of Kingsville, Ohio opens the story of family and friends banded together to overcome personal fears, questions of fate, and dealings with tragedy. The book slowly reveals the characters that shaped Kim’s life: her secluded sister, adoring parents and unique and wild friends. The story of Kim’s disappearance is not actually the focus; instead the book highlights the relationships and lives changed by her disappearance. The enduring emotional struggles and consequences faced by those closest to her make up a majority of the book. The characters are believable, and the families struggle over the disappearance of their beloved daughter seems so real it is heartbreaking. The story and the characters involved remind you of your neighbor, your family, and your own friends and Stewart O’Nan gives us subtle reminders of the uncertainties of life. The end leaves the reader a little flustered, after rapidly turning the pages to find answers to questions that will never be fully answered. It seems that over all a lot of work went into the build up of the characters and the storyline, but the accumulation of too many gaps and unanswered questions leaves something missing. Ironically, the typical good winning over evil and justice served will not be found within these pages, but the unity of family and friends in times of despair allows hope and optimism to shine through, and makes this seemly true story a great read.

Songs for the Missing

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Book Review


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