Betrayed by: Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed

This is the second book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series.  I haven’t read the first one but I wasn’t lost.  I do want to go back and read it though.

Judy is an attorney and she needs to make a name for herself within the firm.  However, she gets sidetracked by a sick aunt and a dead woman who happens to be her aunt’s best friend.  Iris is found dead in her car the evening after Judy meets her for the first time and her aunt finds it very suspicious.  Judy promises to look into what is going on and finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

There is a lot more to this story then a surface mystery.  The relationships alone are worth the read.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Book 3 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge!

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Shoeless Child by: J.A. Schneider

Shoeless Child Publication Date: January 24, 2018

Book #4 in the Detective Kerri Blasco series

Summary:

A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…

Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.

Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.

Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.

Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…

My Review:

I am a mystery genre junkie!  These are my favorite types of books to read and when they are written well, I am  full immersed into the story.  This is one of those books.  I have read 2 other books in this series and love them.

Detective Kerri Blasco is a tough female Detective and in this book she shows her heart of gold.  It was so touching to read about her relationship with Charlie.  His story broke my heart and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened.

I think I’ve said it before but I will say it again; if you love female detectives that can kick ass and take names, this is a series you should pick up.  I find this to be in the same vein as James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.

I can’t wait to read more!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Red Queen Dies by: Frankie Y. Bailey

The Red Queen Dies

I have had this book on my shelf for a while.  Of course I bought it because its’ title is an Alice in Wonderland reference however, this book really didn’t have much to do with Alice in Wonderland.  This is a mystery about an actress who was found murdered.  She was known for her  role as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.

Even though this wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, I enjoyed the mystery and would pick up the next book.  I liked the way this book was set in the future, although I would have preferred more details about some of the new equipment that the detectives were using.  Hannah McCabe is a great character and I like her methods of investigating.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Reunited by: Colleen Houck

Reunited

This was the final installment in the Reawakened series.  I listened to this book on audio because I listened to the rest of the series that way and wanted to continue it.  This was pretty action packed and had some real confusing decisions for our heroine Lily.

I enjoyed this book and the rest of the series but I am not sure if I liked it as much as I did the Tiger’s Curse series.  I do recommend it and any other books Colleen Houck has written.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

 

 

Fireblood by: Elly Blake

Fire Blood

I received this sequel from Novl publishers because I read and reviewed Frostblood the first book in this series.  I couldn’t be happier with their generosity nor more thankful.

I am not a fantasy reader but this series is something special.  Ruby is a kick-ass female who is not afraid to defend herself against some pretty vicious opponents.  She does struggle and I like that we see that in her.

The beginning was a bit slow for me but it picked up its’ pace towards the middle of the book.  The ending…a cliffhanger.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  But I have to wait until 2018 for Nightblood!

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Rose Harbor in Bloom by: Debbie Macomber

Rose Harbor In Bloom

I realize that this is the second book in a series but I thought I had read the first one.  In all honesty, I’m not sure if I did and if I did, it was years and years ago.  I listened to this on audio but wasn’t lost with the story line.  The book did just enough retelling of the first book for me to piece together what I missed.

I don’t want to say much about the story line because I don’t know what would be a spoiler for the first book.

The characters in the story were very lovable and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I will definitely look for the rest of this series.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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A Million Worlds With You by: Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You

This is the last book in the Firebird trilogy.  I again listened to it on audio because I listened to the first two that way and wanted to continue listening to the story.  In this concluding book, we see if Marguerite can save everyone she loves in all of the worlds.  It was a fast paced, action-packed ending.

I loved this series and recommend it.  I normally don’t read sci-fi/fantasy but this kept me interested and entertained.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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