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Book Review – “Hotwire” by Alex Kava (Maggie O’Dell series #9)

  Title:  Hotwire (Maggie O’Dell series #9)

Author:  Alex Kava

ISBN:  9780385532013

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):  On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, two teenagers are seemingly electrocuted when their drug-fueled party turns into an explosive light show. While Maggie O’Dell tries to make sense of the witnesses’ stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, her friend, Colonel Benjamin Platt, is at the scene of a deadly outbreak that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide when Maggie and Platt uncover a threatening conspiracy that was meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwestern landscape.

My thoughts:  Hotwire offers the 9th installment in Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series.  I want to say I absolutely loved this book as I have may of her other books, but I just can’t.  The book was really good and kept my attention until about half way through and then it started losing steam for me.  And the ending was a huge disappointment for me.  After I found out “who did it” if you will, I felt like I wanted to scream, “That’s it, why did they do it, what?”  The end feel completely flat for me.  I didn’t feel like I knew why it happened.

I also wish that the storyline of Maggie’s investigion with the killed teenagers in Nebraska would have felt more connected with the other major storyline of Benjamin Platt and Bix investigating the cause of a mysterious illness in multiple school children.  There was ever so slight connection made in the end, but as you were reading it truly felt like two disparate storylines.

The next Maggie O’Dell novel “Fireproof” is released soon, and yes I already have it on hold at the library!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – “Bonnie” by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Series) – SPOILER ALERT

   Title:  Bonnie (Eve Duncan Series)

Author:  Iris Johansen

ISBN:  9780312651220

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis (from BN.com):

The truth has eluded her for years…Now, is she ready to face it? The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen has written an explosive conclusion to the trilogy that will finally lay to rest the questions that have haunted her fans for a decade

When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life—until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape. But a new Eve emerged: a woman who would use her remarkable talent as a forensic sculptor to help others find closure in the face of tragedy. Now, with the help of her beloved Joe Quinn and CIA Agent Catherine Ling, Eve has come closer than ever to the truth. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnie’s father is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle. And that Bonnie’s disappearance was not as random as everyone had always believed…

My thoughts:  Bonnie is the 3rd and final book of a trilogy that Iris Johansen put into her Eve Duncan series (Eve, Quinn, Bonnie).  If you are a follower of this series, you probably are like me in wanting desperately to find out what happened to Eve’s daughter Bonnie and where she is.  Well this book answers that question – FINALLY!  Unfortunately, for me at least, all the build up in this Bonnie storyline over the last 13 books sort of did a crash and burn for me in this book.  It wasn’t all that exciting, pulse-pounding, or interesting.  I can’t decide whether it was the writing in this trilogy or the shear fact that the author drew it out so long, but it wasn’t the closure I wanted in the storyline.  I guess a little part of me wishes that the story would have moved in the direction of Bonnie being found alive and Eve and her trying to rebuild a relationship!

This book fell a little flat and lost a bit of steam for me.  Given how much I really loved the beginning of the series, I was shocked that I found myself wanting to pick something else up to read.   In this trilogy particularly I found Eve Duncan to be a bit too whiny and needy for my taste.  In the beginning and middle of the series, when she was working on a case I always pictured her a strong, tough, professional woman and now she is whiny.  Time to bring the old Eve back and get her working on some cases again Iris!!

One very positive thing about this book is that it continues to have the new character Catherine Ling in it.  I am loving this character and am very happy to see that Johansen has started a series featuring Catherine!  First book in Catherine Ling series, “What Doesn’t Kill You” is out and I can’t wait to dig in.

I look forward to seeing where Johansen takes this series now that the Bonnie mystery is solved!  More cases, more facial reconstruction, and less whining I hope.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – “Quinn” by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Series)

  Title:  Quinn (Eve Duncan Series)

Author:  Iris Johansen

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis (from bn.com):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen explores the darkest corners of the human heart as forensic sculptor Eve Duncan closes in on the killer who stole her daughter so many years ago.

As a former Navy SEAL turned cop, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil and knows just how deadly it can be. When he first met Eve Duncan, he never expected to fall in love with a woman whose life would be defined by her dual desires to bring home her missing daughter and discover the truth behind her disappearance—no matter how devastating. With the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, they make a shocking discovery that sheds new light on young Bonnie’s abduction and puts Quinn squarely in the crosshairs of danger. Eve’s first love, John Gallo, a soldier supposedly killed in the line of duty, is very much alive—and very much a threat.

Emotionally charged, with one shock after another, Quinn reveals the electricity of Joe and Eve’s first connection, and how they fell in love in the midst of haunting tragedy. As their search takes them deeper and deeper into a web of murder and madness, Joe and Eve must confront their most primal fears . . . and test their resolve to uncover the ultimate bone-chilling truth.

My thoughts:  This is the second book in a trilogy that falls within the Eve Duncan series (Eve, Quinn, Bonnie).  I thought this book was FANTASTIC!  I have read the entire Eve Duncan series and love it.  This book begins in the past, taking a look at how Joe Quinn and Eve met over the tragic disappearance of Eve’s daughter Bonnie, and then jumps to present day and picks up the hunt for Bonnie’s “killer” right where it left off in “Eve”.  As with all the books in this series, I thought it was fast pasted and exciting.  All I can say about the end of this book is – WOW!  I got to the last page and literally was like “Are you kidding me, there are no more pages left, there has to more pages left!  It can’t end like this.”  Needless to say, I can’t wait to get to the library to dig in to Bonnie to see what happens. Thank goodness it’s Saturday tomorrow!

As much as I love this series, I will say that I am hoping and praying that the whole Bonnie thing (who killed her? is she dead? where is she?) comes to a conclusion in the next book.  I feel like Iris Johansen has really dragged the Bonnie storyline out too long.  In the first books in the series, the Bonnie storyline was present but took a backseat to the cases Eve was working on – which were very interesting.  Over time, the books began to shift focus almost exclusively on the Bonnie storyline and I found myself thinking enough is enough already.  Let’s resolve this storyline!  As the story kept going on and on, the character of Eve seemed to become more whiny and needy, which is not how she was portrayed at the beginning.  Iris – please resolve this!!!!

An interesting twist to the last few book in this series including Chasing the Night (2010) and this Eve, Quinn, Bonnie trilogy, is the addition of the character of Catherine Ling.  It looks as if Iris Johansen is starting an entirely different series around Catherine Ling character which proves to be interesting and exciting.  Catherine Ling was abandoned in Hong Kong at age 4, recruited by the CIA in her teens, and now works as a CIA operative.  I like her character and can’t wait to read the newest in Catherine’s series “What Doesn’t Kill You ” (2012).

All in all, a great, fast-paced read!  Definitely one for the beach or for a long plane ride!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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New Mystery Releases Week of 5/21/12

Hi all,

Well it is almost the end of the week, thank goodness indeed!  That means time to take a look ahead and see if there are any great new mystery releases coming out next week.  A trip to your favorite bookstore or library might be required 🙂  Enjoy!

  Title:  The King of Lies

Author:  John Hart

Synopsis (from bn.com):

From John Hart, the masterful New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and Down River, comes this tour de force of murder and the dark ripples it sends through a man, his family and community.

Jackson Workman Pickens—known to most as Work—mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they’ve endured.

And then Ezra’s body is discovered.

Set to inherit his father’s fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect. But so does Jean. Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town.  Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, Work fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gave his heart so many years before.

  Title:  Blue Heaven

Author:  C J Box

Synopsis (from bn.com):

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—-four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.

William and Annie’s unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won’t be easy.

With true-to-life, unforgettable characters and a ticking-clock plot that spans just over forty-eight hours, C.J. Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart: the ruthless power of greed over broken ideals, the healing power of community where unlikely heroes find themselves at the crossroads of duty and courage, and the truth about what constitutes a family. In a setting whose awesome beauty is threatened by those who want a piece of it, Blue Heaven delivers twists and turns until its last breathtaking page.

  Title:  The Last Man

Author:  P. T. Deutermann

Synopsis (from bn.com):

A woman goes missing, sending a young nuclear engineer on a quest deep into the Judean desert to the legendary fortress of Masada, where secrets are concealed

When a young Israeli woman suddenly goes missing, her boyfriend, an American nuclear engineer, suspects her disappearance is connected to her tantalizing theory about the haunting fortress of Masada. He decides to travel to Herod’s 2000 year old mountain fortress to see if her theory was right. There, he makes a discovery so astonishing that forces from the dark side of Israeli intelligence begin to converge on him to deflect his pursuit of the truth by any means necessary. With the aid of a beautiful Israeli archaeologist, he struggles to bring to light the treasures he believes are concealed in the mountain, unaware that there is a dangerous contemporary secret at stake.

 

Happy reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Hot New Mystery Releases – Week of 5/15/12

Hi all,

Another week of new releases is almost upon us.  Here are 2 big new releases due out next week.  Hope you enjoy!

  Title:  The Columbus Affair (Due out May 15, 2012)

Author:  Steve Barry

Synopsis (from bn.com):  He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—but we know him as Christopher Columbus. Many questions about him exist: Where was he born, raised, and educated? Where did he die? How did he discover the New World? None have ever been properly answered. And then there is the greatest secret of all. From Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author, comes an exciting new adventure—one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America. Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile—haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his torment with the squeeze of a trigger, fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger with a request that cannot be ignored. Zachariah Simon has the look of a scholar, the soul of a scoundrel, and the zeal of a fanatic. He also has Tom Sagan’s estranged daughter at his mercy. Simon desperately wants something only Sagan can supply: the key to a 500-year-old mystery, a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world. For both Simon and Sagan the stakes are high, the goal intensely personal, the consequences of opposing either man potentially catastrophic. On a perilous quest from Florida to Vienna to Prague and finally to the mountains of Jamaica, the two men square off in a dangerous game. Along the way, both of their lives will be altered—and everything we know about Christopher Columbus will change.

  Title:  Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #22) (Due out May 15, 2012)

Author:  John Sandford

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.

There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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