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NYPD Red 1 & 2 by James Patterson

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Title:  NYPD Red

Author:  James Patterson

Series: (NYPD Red #1)

Synopsis:

It’s the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can’t afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they’ve ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there’s no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from “The Man Who Can’t Miss.” (TIME)

 

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Title:  NYPD Red 2

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  NYPD Red #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When NYPD Red arrives at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only for New York City’s most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met in the academy.

But even with their top-notch training, Zach and Kylie aren’t prepared for what they see when they’re called to a crime scene in the heart of Central Park. They arrive to find a carousel spinning round and round, its painted horses grinning eerily in the early morning dark. There is only one rider: a brutally slaughtered woman, her body tied up and dressed in a Hazmat suit, on display for the world to see.

The victim, a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections, is the fourth in a string of shocking murders that have hit the city. As the public pressure mounts, and political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance, Zach and Kylie must find out what’s really behind the murderer’s rampage. But Kylie has been acting strange recently—and Zach knows whatever she’s hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.

NYPD Red 2 is the next outstanding novel in James Patterson’s newest series, a thriller that careens through New York City and deep into the psyche of a depraved killer you’ve never seen before.

 

My thoughts:  I am a huge fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and Women’s Murder club series and I admit I was skeptical about another new series from him for fear it wouldn’t live up to what I love!   Well thankfully, I really love this NYPD Red series.

The series follows Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald, two of the top NYPD Red detectives, as they investigate high profile crimes of the very rich and famous.   I was worried that with the theme of having the main characters all be incredibly rich, high profile individuals that the storylines would come off us incredibly pretentious and annoying, but luckily that is not at all the case.

I find this series incredibly fast-paced with great lead characters!  Working my way through #3 now and of course like any good reader I have #4 on my nightstand!

I highly suggest this series for fans of Patterson!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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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: “Your Next Breath” by Iris Johansen (Catherine Ling #4)

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Title:  Your Next Breath

Author:  Iris Johansen

Series:  Catherine Ling (#4)

Synopsis (bn.com):  SHE CAN RUN FROM THE PAST.
Catherine Ling created a brand-new life for herself, far from her rough beginnings on the streets of Hong Kong. But someone has followed her trail…and is playing a deadly game with her, striking closer to her heart with each blow. First, there’s the death of the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was still a child. Next, the CIA operative who had known her ever since she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. And now Luke is in the killer’s sights.

CAN SHE HIDE FROM THE TRUTH?
Luke is Catherine’s only son. Kidnapped when he was only two years old, Catherine devoted nine years of her life to finding him-and she will not lose him again. Can Catherine, who has made countless enemies throughout her life, protect the ones she loves the most-including Eve Duncan, whose forensic skills were instrumental in freeing Luke-without putting her own life at risk? All she knows is that she will die trying…if the killer doesn’t get to her first.

 

My thoughts:  We met Catherine Ling in one of Johansen’s Eve Duncan books . . . and I immediately fell in love with her.  I loved her strength, her story, her life, her job .. . I just loved her character.  Now as we enter book 4 I must say that the Catherine Ling books and character are getting a bit formulaic and stale for me.  It feels a bit like the same story line over and over . . . Catherine Ling is haunted and hunted by a character from her past . . . that person and his goons come after her . . . her CIA friends save her  . . . and all is well with the world.   I just don’t feel like Catherine Ling is growing as a character at all.  I find her relationship with her son Luke and Hu Change increasingly odd over time and I just need to see some growth in these characters.

On a positive note, I did like that this book included quite a bit of action from characters we know from Johansen’s Eve Duncan series such as Eve, Joe, and Jane . . . it seemed to add a little bit more excitement to the series (but again, for the love of God please let Bonnie and all things having to do with Bonnie go, no more!!!)

Another thing that needs to be let go in the Johansen series is the . . . and I don’t even know how to characterize this . . . supernatural characters with odd powers . . . it’s just not my thing and I fail to see what it does for the book.

Of course, being a hardcore reader who doesn’t like to give up on my authors I will go back in for more from Johansen.

Overall, just an ok book for me . . . a bit slow and formulaic.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #13)

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Title:  Unlucky 13

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #13

Synopsis (from bn.com):

The Women’s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.

In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women’s Murder Club must find a killer—before she finds them first.

 

My thoughts:  Well, perhaps I am in a reading slump, but I normally love, love this series, but this one just didn’t it for me.  Here’s why.  During this particular series, the author always sets up a series of three separate plot lines and normally weaves them together in some connected way or at least adds some excitement to the reading.  Not this time.  The three separate plot lines – Yuki’s cruise experience, the Morales returns plot, and then the random belly bomber storyline – were all seemingly disparate and had absolutely no connection with one another.  The belly bomber story line didn’t even really end and had absolutely no purpose in the book at all.

Overall a disappointing fail for this one . . . ugh, I hate when books fail me.

But there are always a thousand more books just waiting to be read,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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“Entombed” by Linda Fairstein (Alexandra Cooper #7)

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Title:  Entombed

Author:  Linda Fairstein

Series:  Alexandra Cooper #7

Synopsis (from bn.com):  From New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes a chilling new Alexandra Cooper novel, Entombed, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself-Edgar Allan Poe…

Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Edgar Allan Poe once lived discover a human skeleton entombed — standing — behind a brick wall. When sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic Poe scene…except that forensic evidence shows that this young woman died within the last twenty-five years. Meanwhile, Alex’s old nemesis the Silk Stocking Rapist is once again terrorizing Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The attacks soon escalate to murder, and the search leads Alex and detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman to the city’s stunning Bronx Botanical Gardens. There, an enigmatic librarian presides over the Raven Society, a group devoted to the work of Poe. In exploring the fabled writer’s tormented life for clues, Alex will cross paths with a cunning killer and face some of the greatest challenges of her career. Entombed is masterful, exhilarating crime fiction from one of crime writing’s most dazzling stars.

 

My thoughts:  I really, really want to love this series, and I just can’t identify exactly what about it I don’t fully like!

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  The overall storyline, detective piece, investigation and all were enjoyable, however I did find the book a bit sluggish, slow paced, repetitive, and long at times.  Granted, I read the book on a long plane ride which can be quite distracting, but there were times that I just couldn’t follow the storyline and it felt disjointed to me.

As any good series reader, I will keep up with the series though – I am not a quitter!

Overall, a decent mystery series with great characters and police work, just not a series that I run right to.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen (Catherine Ling #3)

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Title:  Live to See Tomorrow

Author:  Iris Johansen

Series:  Catherine Ling #3

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. When Luke was kidnapped at the age of two, it nearly broke her. Now, nine years later, her son has astonishingly been returned to her and Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence. Now Erin Sullivan, an American journalist with mysterious ties to Hu Chang, has been kidnapped in Tibet. If Catherine doesn’t agree to spearhead the CIA rescue mission, she knows that Hu Chang himself will go, a possibility she can’t risk. But she will be facing a monster whose crimes stretch back forty years, always eluding the CIA. And the job grows even more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who’s clearly not telling all he knows. Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn’t at all sure that he can be trusted. If she’s going to rescue this journalist with a story worth killing for, she’ll need to keep Cameron very close. From the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas to the twisting back alleys of San Francisco, the clock is ticking for Catherine and those she loves most. At every turn she faces a ruthless enemy who is determined to keep the truth buried, even if it means that none of them live to see tomorrow, in this novel from bestseller Iris Johansen.

My thoughts:  This book was a mixed bag for me.  Yes – I love this newer Catherine Ling series which is spin off from Iris Johansen’s highly successful Eve Duncan series.

I truly love the character of Catherine Ling who is a bad ass CIA operative, basically a strong, empowered, no nonsense, take no prisoners character who is in a word – AWESOME!

That being said no – I didn’t love this particular book in the series.  It fell a bit flat for me in its action and particularly when the author insisted on bringing in an odd supernatural component where Catherine could hear and feel when one of the other main characters was communicating with her despite him not actually being there with her.  Ugh  . . . why do authors feel the undying need to add this supernatural stuff to their books.

The overall storyline and action felt a bit repetitive to me as well . . . a theme I’m starting to notice in many of Johansen’s books.

Thank goodness I decided to read this on my iPad at the gym while working out . . . even a so so read is tolerable when you are trying to forget the pain and annoyance of the treadmill!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “12th of Never” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #12)

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Title:  12th of Never

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #12

Synopsis (from bn.com):

It’s finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor—while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby daughter is born! While Lindsay and Joe are at home in bliss, San Francisco gets hit with multiple killings. An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a murder that he claims is real. No one believes him-until a vicious shooting fits the man’s description to the last detail.

Then the girlfriend of a star player for the San Francisco 49ers is found dead in her car, making the athlete the prime suspect. This seems like an open-and-shut case-until the body inexplicably vanishes from the morgue. When the desperate chief of police calls for help, Lindsay is forced to return to work after only one week at home with her newborn.

But all the crimes in the world will seem like nothing when she suddenly faces the most devastating loss of her life. With heart-pounding emotion and suspense, 12TH OF NEVER is James Patterson’s most shocking and sensational Women’s Murder Club novel yet.

 

My thoughts:  I decided to jump back into this series after some time away (after I lost my mojo with it after a disappointing #10) and I’m certainly glad I did.  I really enjoyed this book and of course flew through it like I do most Patterson books.

I love jumping back into a storyline with a cast of characters that I know . . . its like returning home!

I also truly enjoyed the overall plot lines of this book.  There were two or more simultaneous storylines that flowed well together and played off one another beautifully.

 

I know Patterson takes quite a bit of flack for publishing so many books, and basically having other authors write them while is name is on them . . . but let’s face it, if you love them you love them.  Read on!

 

Very much looking forward to #13 which happens to come out days before I get on a plane for Hawaii!  Can’t wait to read it.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book review: “11th Hour” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #11)

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Title:  11th Hour

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #11

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Your best friend

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends.

Or a vicious killer?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.

You won’t know until the 11th hour

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to—especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.

 

My thoughts:  I am so very glad I got back into this series . . . I really, truly enjoyed this installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series.  Frankly, after the 10th book in the serious which fell a bit flat for me I was hesitant to get back in and finish up the series.  I am glad I did!

I love James Patterson, particularly the Alex Cross series, . . . and this series is a close second for me.

I love coming back to good, comfortable, familiar characters in these novels.

I love how the 2 or 3 seemingly separate storylines play off one another, work well together, and keep the plot moving quickly ahead.

I flew through this book, which is exactly what I needed for this little reading slump that I am in.

On to number 12 in the series . . . full speed ahead!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle (Nikki Heat series #1)

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Title:  Heat Wave

Author:  Richard Castle

Series:  Nikki Heat #1

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them.

 

My thoughts:  As an avid reader, I am definitely from the school of “the movie and/or the TV show is never as good as the book”.  However, in this case, I just can’t agree – ugh, so hard to admit 🙂

I absolutely love the TV series Castle (hello, who doesn’t love looking at . . . I mean watching Nathan Fillion 🙂 – but I was not too thrilled about this first novel in the Richard Castle series.   The characters of Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook just don’t seem to be characterized like they are in the TV show.  Yes, there is a little bit of spunk in the Jameson Rook character but certainly not as much fun as the Richard Castle character.  The spark between Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook in the novel just isn’t the same as the remarkable, fun, relationship between the characters on TV.

The overall mystery and plotline of the book was alright, but nothing spectacular.

I usually persevere with series even though they aren’t my favorite, but I’m not sure I can with this one.   I will simply sit back and keep enjoying Castle on TV!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Die Again” by Tess Gerittsen (Rizzoli and Isles #11)

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Title:  Die Again

Author:  Tess Gerritsen

Series:  Rizzoli and Isles #11

Synopsis:

Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are back—and they’re going into the wild to find a killer. Die Again is the latest heart-pounding thriller in Tess Gerritsen’s bestselling series, the inspiration behind TNT’s hit show Rizzoli & Isles.

When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa.

Six years earlier, a group of tourists on safari fell prey to a killer in their midst. Marooned deep in the bush of Botswana, with no means of communication and nothing but a rifle-toting guide for protection, the terrified tourists desperately hoped for rescue before their worst instincts—or the wild animals prowling in the shadows—could tear them apart. But the deadliest predator was already among them, and within a week, he walked away with the blood of all but one of them on his hands.

Now this killer has chosen Boston as his new hunting ground, and Rizzoli and Isles must find a way to lure him out of the shadows and into a cage. Even if it means dangling the bait no hunter can resist: the one victim who got away.

 

My thoughts:  I absolutely love this series and this latest installment was not different – absolutely fabulous read!  This book takes place is two separate locations – the jungles of Africa and of course Boston!   Let me just say that the scenes that take place in the jungles of Africa are horrifying and the more you read, the more you begin to feel as if you are really there living the event – fabulously terrifying!

As most readers agree books always tend to be much, much better than the movie or TV show that comes from them.  I mostly agree but I will say that I truly, truly enjoy the TNT Rizzoli and Isles TV series . . . and now I can’t read the books without seeing the actresses in the roles . . . which isn’t a bad thing!

If you haven’t picked up Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, I highly recommend it.   You will not be disappointed.  A great, fast-paced series with great characters and chilling moments that make you feel as if you are in the book.

Great read!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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