Monday, April 24, 2017

A Motive for Murder (Misty Sales Mystery #1) by Morgana Best

I love Morgana Best. "A Motive for Murder" is the first of a three book series in which Misty Sales, an Aussie journalist for a paranormal magazine, gets in the middle of a war between two witch covens. It is a true battle of good versus evil and a race to see who will find a page from a book of witchcraft that enables the holder to stay young forever.

Misty is swept off her feet by Douglas, a seemingly honest man, with good intentions. Then there is Jamie. Everyone around Misty is warning her to stay away from this man; the man who tells her to trust no one. So, what is this page that everyone is seeking and why does all her new 'friends' think that she has it? Who can she trust?

Even though it was the second time around, I enjoyed this cozy mystery and give it 5 stars.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Real Murders By Charlaine Harris

“Real Murders” is the first in an Aurora Teagarden Mystery series.  This cozy mystery is about a group of people who get together once a month to discuss past murders.  There is a murderer in town that is copying infamous murders.  Aurora and the club are racing to find the killer.  Meanwhile, the killer is killing the members of the club, one by one.

This cozy mystery is a fast read.  I have seen the movie, so I thought I knew what to expect, but the book surprised me with several twists.  I enjoyed this book and, while it is not a classic, it is well written.  I liked the characters, who seemed to jump of the page.  I give Ms. Harris three and a half stars for “Real Murders”.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Manscalco

“Stalking Jack the Ripper” by Kerri Manscalco is a fictional story about a young girl who has an unusual love of science. Her uncle, Dr. Jonathon Wadsworth, teaches science to young men in Harrow School for Boys. Part of the course is based on the Jonathon’s experiments involving the autopsies that he conducts in his lab. 
Instead of taking tea and working on embroidery, as ladies of the day spent their days, Audrey Rose is only interested in her uncle’s work, even though she knows it isn’t proper. Finally, after much pleading she is allowed to dress like a boy, and sit in on his class. That is where she meets Thomas.
 At that time, the headlines were full of Jack the Ripper, or the Leather Apron. Audrey Rose is something of a snoop, a want to be detective, and is putting herself in danger to find this monster who is killing women. Thomas starts to go with her, at first to protect her, but then he becomes intrigued with the Leather Apron, too. Three young women crossed their autopsy table before Audrey Rose finds The Ripper.
This book was well written, but just didn’t hold my attention. The first couple of chapters were intriguing, but then it became very boring. The focus switched from finding Jack, to the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas and back to Jack at the end. I found myself counting the pages I had read before I could start another book. This book was not at all what I expected it to be. It didn’t capture the mystery of Jack and, worse than all, “Stalking Jack the Ripper” was too predictable. I give it one star. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Woman on the Orient Express, by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

From the hustle and bustle of London, to the romance of Venice, to the loneliness of the dig in the desert and finally, back home to England, we travel with Agatha Christie on her adventures.  After her husband, Archie, left her for another woman, Agatha was heartbroken.  She starts a journey on the Orient Express to lose her depression. On board, she befriended two other women.  All three of them came from completely different backgrounds; each of them has a secret that they held deep in their hearts; secrets that were keeping each one miserable and alone.  Even though these women seemed to have nothing in common, they learn to trust each other with their lives.

I usually read mysteries and the romance genre just is not my thing, but I truly enjoyed this charming story.  As Ms. Ashford states, “Throughout this story, I have mixed fiction with the detail of real life.”  While I must admit, I was waiting for some of that classical Christie mystery, I wasn’t disappointed with Ms. Ashford’s romantic “The Woman on the Orient Express” and give it five stars.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cross Kill by James Patterson

Cross Kill by James Patterson is a Bookshot book, meaning it is a short book (about 100-150 pages) and under $5, which is a great deal for all of us.  It is action packed from page one to the end and had my attention throughout the book.  Like all of Patterson’s book, it is spellbinding, suspenseful and thrilling. 
Alex Cross is a homicide detective who uses his PhD in psychology to get into the minds of killers.  From the first of the series, Along Came a Spider, to Cross Kill, Gary Sonji is his main adversary.  Sonji is introduced in Along Came a Spider as a psychotic kidnapper/murderer and continues to demonstrate his diabolical mind throughout the series.  Alex thinks his troubles are over when he sees Sonji die. 
Cross Kill opens with a shootout between Alex and his partner, Sampson and a gunman that Alex thinks is Sonji.  He starts seeing him everywhere, but nobody will believe him.  After all, Sonji is dead.  Or is he?

Once again, Patterson has written a bestseller. I give it five stars.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Christmas Mystery

The Christmas Mystery, by James Patterson with Richard Dilallo, is the second of the detective Luc Moncrief series. This novella was published by James Patterson own company out of Little, Brown and Company publishing house. Bookshots are mostly ebooks, although I have one in paperback. They are novellas, less than 150 pages and less than $5.00 and are just right for people who want to read a book in a day or two.

I skipped the first of the series because I thought, what better time to read about a Christmas mystery than the week before the beloved holiday.  The book is a delightful story about a French detective and his American partner, who stamp out crime in New York City. The Frenchman, Detective Moncrief, comes from a very rich family and thinks nothing of dropping $150,000 on a painting, which he just happens to see on his lunch hour. His counterpart, K. Burke, is quite the opposite.  While he loves to spent his time walking the streets looking for trouble, she is a ‘by the book’ cop, who is concerned with paperwork.  She wants to let the boss know their actions on a case, each step of the way and Moncrief plays it fast and loose.  When he gets in trouble, Burke is always there to back him up. 

In this story, they are called on a case in which a rich debutante is murdered. The partners noticed the theft of all of the artwork that she owned and, since that was right up Moncrief's alley, they go after the thieves as well as the killers. 

As I said before, this is a delightful story, full of dry humor, for which Patterson is known. I finished the book in two sittings, only because I could not keep my eyes open.  It was impossible to put down the next day. I can’t wait to read more about this incredible duo.  I give Mr. Patterson 5 stars.