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16th Seduction by: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

16th Seduction

The Women’s Murder Club is at it again.  This is obviously the 16th book in the series and I loved it.  I will never grow tired of reading this series.  In this book, we read about a bombing of a local building and it hits home as to home realistic this is.  This can and unfortunately does happen all over the world.  In this particular case, Detective Lindsay Boxer is at the scene after the explosion and gets a confession from a man standing calmly in the midst of chaos.  Of course, this is too easy and the story moves on from there.

This was a bit different then the others in the series because it involves the court proceedings as the main focus.  I liked it.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Empty Chair Murder in the Caribbean by: Penny Goetjen

The Empty Chair

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:

This was an interesting story about a young woman who returns to St. Thomas because she received a phone call that told of her mother’s death.  This was well written and I found myself struggling to trust any of the characters.  Olivia was a bit frustrating at times because I felt as if she was being careless and not using her brain when it came to trusting everyone.

I enjoyed this story and the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and/or murder.  The twist of not really knowing if Olivia’s mother was alive or not made this story a bit different from other mystery novels I’ve read.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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I received this e-ARC from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Watching You by: J.A. Schneider

Watching You

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn’t convinced.

Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?

Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life.

My Review:

This is the 3rd book in the Kerri Blasco series and the second one that I have read and I have found a new favorite detective.  Kerri is a stubborn but caring detective who trusts her gut and her smarts to get the case closed.

I loved this book as much as I loved the other book I read in this series.  They are each different and don’t cover the same crimes over and over again like some series do.  This was another page turner and I was biting my nails until the very end.  I love the added relationship between Kerri and Alex as well.

This particular book had an element of parts of the story being told from the point of view of the stalker/killer.  Caroline Kepnes’ You was praised for this but I though this was done better.

Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy for review!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Competition by: Marcia Clark

The Competition

This is book 4 in the Rachel Knight series and I think it was my favorite.  I have always been interested in reading about school shootings and the psychology involved in “understanding” the killers.  I know this sounds weird and disturbing but don’t forget my educational background is school counseling.

I love the characters of Rachel Knight and friend Bailey.  They make a great team and compliment each other’s personalities nicely.  I listened to this book on audio and I was so invested in the story I was talking aloud to the book in my car.

Marcia Clark’s background lends to making this book procedurally accurate and very readable.  I highly recommend this series, especially if you are a fan of a strong female protagonist.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY York: The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby

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York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Synopsis 
 

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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Dead Letters by: Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters

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Brew or Die A Java Jive Mystery by: Caroline Fardig

Brew or Die Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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