Book Review: “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #14)

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Title:  14th Deadly Sin

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #14

Synopsis (from bn.com):

With San Francisco under siege and everyone a suspect, the Women’s Murder Club must risk their lives to save the city-and each other.

With a beautiful baby daughter and a devoted husband, Detective Lindsay Boxer can safely say that her life has never been better. In fact (for a change), things seem to be going well for all the members of the Women’s Murder Club as they gather to celebrate San Francisco Medical Examiner Claire Washburn’s birthday. But the party is cut short when Lindsay is called to a gruesome crime scene, where a woman has been murdered in broad daylight.

As Lindsay investigates, shocking video footage of another crime surfaces. A video so horrific that it shakes the city to its core. Their faces obscured by masks, the cold-blooded criminals on the tape could be anyone-and now all of Lindsay’s co-workers are suspects. As a rash of violence sweeps through San Francisco, and public fear and anger grow, Lindsay and her friends must risk their lives in the name of justice-before it’s too late.

With shocking twists and riveting suspense, 14th DEADLY SIN proves yet again that when it comes to suspense fiction, in the words or Jeffery Deaver: “nobody does it better” than James Patterson.

 

 

My thoughts:  I really enjoy James Patterson and the Women’s Murder Club mystery series – but I must say this wasn’t my favorite in the series.   This one just fell a bit flat for me.

In this series, Patterson always sets up about 3 different storylines throughout the course of the book and then of course ties them up nicely at the end.   The storylines in this particular book didn’t fit together all that nicely, weren’t all that page-turning exciting, and don’t get me started on how they all ended up.  I’m sorry but the ending of this book was horrible. . . I turned the page to continue reading and it was done . . . what . . . that was the ending, no way!  It was supposed to be a cliffhanger, but it didn’t really turn out that way.  The ending of all three storylines was just too abrupt, didn’t work for me.

 

Hmmmmm, knowing my love of Patterson, I will go back for the 15th installment of this series. . . but #14 was not Patterson’s finest hour.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Doing Harm” by Kelly Parsons

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Title:  Doing Harm

Author:  Kelly Parsons

Synopsis (from bn.com):

There are many ways to die in a hospital…being sick is only one of them.

Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve’s future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer’s next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again…

A chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Kelly Parsons’ Doing Harm marks the gripping debut of a major fiction career.

 

 

My thoughts:  If you like medical dramas, drop what you are doing and head out and buy this book right NOW!  This book was an absolutely excellent medical drama filled with twists, turns, unbelievable plot surprises and drama, drama, drama!

As one who has spent her entire career in healthcare, I personally found some of the medical explanations rather simplistic and unnecessary to the storyline, but of course not everyone knows the terminology!

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book.  I started it on a plane and literally didn’t want to get off the plane so I could keep on reading!  For me, this one is one not to put down!

Overall, a great medical drama, fast-paced, plot twists, great characters!  I sincerely hope this author continues with his writing and gets us out another book soon!

And remember,

Boos Are Life,

Heather

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Book review: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

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Title:  The Nightingale

Author:  Kristin Hannah

Synopsis (bn.com):

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

 

My thoughts:  My book club chose this book and my immediate thought was “how am I going to get through this book as it is totally outside out of my normal reading genre”.   I soon realized this wasn’t going to be a problem as the book quickly grabbed my attention and hung on to the very end.

A book set in a very difficult time in World History, namely WW II Nazi  occupied France!   A beautifully written story of two women’s perspective of war – strength, empowerment, family, redemption, passion!

Overall, I am very glad I had the opportunity to read this book as I was taken on an unexpected heart wrenching journey of love, loss, finding one another, renewal, and fighting for what is right!

Definitely worth the read!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “After You” by Jojo Moyes

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Title:  After You

Author:  Jojo Moyes

Series:  Sequel to “Me Before You”

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When one story ends, another begins. After You is the Charming sequel to Me Before You” (People Magazine).

“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

 
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

 

My thoughts:  Jojo Moyes returns with a lovely sequel to the wonderful “Me Before You”.  At the end of “Me Before You” Will Traynor passed this amazing advice on to Louisa Clark  “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

This book is an amazing journey through Louisa’s attempts to find her life and her living after Will’s death!

This book brings us a wonderful story of grief and grieving, its process, its timing, its ups, its downs, its moving forward, its moving backward, its triumphs, . . .

In this review I am not going to retell the story or give a synopsis of the characters and storyline, I am simply going to share how this book made me feel, what it made me think of . . .

I love how this book portrayed deep, profound grief . . . it is a process that every individual person must do in their own way, there is no formula for it, there is no timeline for grief!  It is different for every individual – which was beautifully portrayed by a number of characters in this book including Louisa who struggled mightily in her grieving Will and the different members of the Moving On support group Louisa attends.

This book is about grace, redemption, taking chances, moving on, letting go, love, loss, . . . I could go on all day!

If you allow yourself to really let go into this book you can find lovely metaphors throughout the story that reinforce the themes . . . (of course perhaps the author didn’t intend these at all but I am going to pretend she did) . . . Louisa works in an airport bar watching plans take off and soar into the sky everyday taking people into their lives while she herself is stuck, grounded in one place . . .

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel . . . beautiful, profound . . . and yes I now have a book hangover where I simply am missing my characters, the story, I want them back, . . .

And remember,

Books are life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review: “Fatal Chapter” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Series #9)

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Title:  A Fatal Chapter

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Series #9

Synopsis (from bn.com):

New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park…

While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

 

 

My thoughts:  The latest installment in the Booktown Mystery series.  I must admit that while I enjoy this series a great deal – because let’s be real what reader wouldn’t enjoy a series set in a place called Booktown which is basically filled with cozy book shops, cafes, restaurants, etc – this wasn’t my favorite in the series.

It seemed to drag a bit for me from the very beginning – I’m not sure why.

And I admit that while I generally love all the characters in this series Tricia’s sister Angelica drives me crazy.  In this book particularly since she has become the Chamber President she things she is too good for everyone and she just seems mean, belittling, and demeaning to Tricia and I know it seems silly since these are just book characters – but I hate it.  Treat my Tricia nice!!!

I of course will tune in for the next book in the series as I am hopeful that it will include a Grand Opening Ceremony and opening of Tricia’s newly refurbished store after the fire!

Overall a great series – this one just fell a bit flat for me!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “The Wedding Shawl” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters Mystery #5)

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Title:  The Wedding Shawl

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters Mystery #5

Synopsis (from bn.com): 

Summertime’s salty breezes and the sun’s golden threads bring inspiration to the Seaside Knitters of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But when an old mystery washes ashore, they must cast their needles aside and bring some heat back into a cold case…

Izzy Chambers is head over heels. She’s about to marry the love of her life, but much remains to be done before their big day. So the Seaside Knitters have pitched in to help and are even knitting Izzy a beautiful lace wedding shawl.

Meanwhile, Izzy’s aunt, Nell, has hired a gardener to spruce up the backyard where the wedding will be held. The gardener, Claire, is just returning to Cape Anne after a long absence, hoping to put a dark secret to rest and find peace for herself.

But the wedding plans get complicated when the wedding party’s hair stylist, Tiffany, is found dead. Rumors start to circulate about Tiffany’s past and her connection to an unsolved murder years ago. Is Claire’s return part of this pattern? Or are there more secrets simmering in the summer heat?

All the Seaside Knitters know is they must rally to find some answers, so the whispers about town can be replaced by wedding bells.

My thoughts:   Well the Seaside Knitters – Izzy, Birdie, Nell, and Cass – are back in action for another wonderful Seaside Knitters mystery!

I truly, truly love this series not necessarily because of the wonderful stories and plot lines, but rather simply because of the characters, the location, and the overall feeling that the book gives me.

I absolutely love the characters in this cozy series.  They are wonderfully kind, charming, empowered female characters who as a reader I want to be with.

I also love that this series truly lives up to its name as a cozy mystery.  Is there anything more cozy than the Friday night dinners these characters have on their deck, overlooking the water, friends, family, talking, relaxation .  . .

Everytime I read one of these books I come away feeling good . . . and wanting to just be in these books, live with these people, and be a part of their family!

Truly a great series .. .

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Dead to the Last Drop” by Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse Mystery #15)

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Title:  Dead to the Last Drop

Author:  Cleo Coyle

Series:  Coffeehouse Mystery #15

Synopsis (bn.com):  After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA “dead drop” decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her…

Clare’s visit to the nation’s capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer lands her a housesitting job in a charming Georgetown mansion, and she’s invited to work with a respected curator on the Smithsonian’s culinary salute to coffee in America.

Unfortunately, Clare’s new Village Blend DC is struggling to earn a profit, until its second floor Jazz Space attracts a high-profile fan—the college-age daughter of the U.S. President. Clare’s stock rises as the First Lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.

First a stylish State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President’s daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.

My thoughts:  I absolutely love this series . . . but I will have to say that “Dead to the Last Drop” has got to be the best one in the series yet!  LOVED IT!

Welcome to the Village Blend, DC coffee shop and Jazz club – yes!  Welcome to a new location, new characters, new intrigue – Yes!

I absolutely love the fresh perspective that this installment takes having our wonderful coffeehouse characters Clare, Matt, Quinn, and the gang taking their show on the road for a new Village Blend opening in Washington, DC.

I loved the wonderful blend of new characters based in the DC coffee shop and our favorites based in New York!

I must say I am a huge cozy mystery fan and often find they can easily tend toward the formulaic, cheesy side . . . but not this one.  This Coffeehouse Mystery felt as if it totally broke from the cozy mold and almost felt to me like a true mystery/thriller than any type of cozy.

I loved the intrigue of the Washington DC scene . . . I loved the historical perspective of learning about DC, its landmarks, Presidential politics and the like.

Are you getting the overall impression that I loved this book . . . then you are right!

Best book in the series . . . and of course I very much look forward to seeing where #16 takes us.  I’m a little sad I have to leave my coffeehouse friends for another year!

Get your hands on this book now!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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