Debbie O. - Reviews

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The Deepest Cut (Nan Vining, Bk 3)
The Deepest Cut (Nan Vining, Bk 3)
Author: Dianne Emley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/25/2015


I love the author's Nan Vining series. Nan is a tough as nails detective who is fighting her own demons left over from a brutal attack a couple of years before. On a routine call she was ambushed and left for dead. In fact, she flatlined for two minutes before emergency personnel brought her back. Now she's determined to find the man who did it to her. She has a solid lead. Another policewoman was killed in a surprise attack, which on the surface might not seem to be connected to Nan' s case. However, Nan discovers that this other woman, shortly before her death, was involved in a widely publicized incident AND received a necklace from an anonymous person similar to the one Nan received after she shot a well-known rock star. Also a highly publicized incident. Both necklaces had a gem, the birthstone of the months they were attacked and both were accompanied by a note congratulating them.

This is information Nan has kept to herself. She didn't reveal it to the police, nor to her partner, Jim Kissick, who is also her lover. She's afraid if she does she will lose control of her own private investigation, which she sees as necessary to her own mental well being.

In this particular book, Nan and Jim are called to a crime scene which they begin working together as usual. Then a new lead surfaces in Nan' s stabbing so their supervisor orders Jim to look into it, leaving Nan to run their current case. It's then Nan realizes she has to come clean with Jim, confess what she's done, and hope her actions don't get her fired, or even worse, cause her to lose Jim.

This was a riveting thriller, one I didn't want to put down. The books keep getting better as I go along. It's the characters I find so intriguing. While the plots are good, it's Nan and Jim that keep me coming back for more. Would definitely recommend.


The Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Debutante Dropout, Bk 2)
The Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Debutante Dropout, Bk 2)
Author: Susan McBride
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2015


This was a good clean mystery about Andy Kendricks, a wealthy young woman who hates everything to do with high society, much to her mother's consternation. While Cissy has done all she can to make her daughter into a socialite, Andy wears jeans and T-shirts, drives a beat up Jeep, and absolutely hates attending Cissy' s soirees and balls. Instead of sitting home sipping tea and indulging in the latest gossip, Andy is a website designer and a darn good one, which is why cooking show host, Marilee Mabry hires her to revamp her site. In celebration of the event, Marilee is hosting a big launch party which she's sure will boost her popularity as well as her sales. Since it involves work, Andy is obliged to attend. No one expects Marilee to be murdered that night and once again Andy finds herself smack dab in the middle of another mystery.

Well written, light hearted read that will keep you guessing until the end. I love the humor the author incorporates into her stories and often find myself laughing out loud. Would definitely recommend.


King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, Bk 6)
King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, Bk 6)
Author: David Baldacci
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2015


This wasn't one of my favorite King and Maxwell stories but I'm glad I took the time to read it. It had plenty of action and the characters continue to develop with each new book that comes out. While the plot was good, it wasn't quite as gripping as some of the author's previous work but still a good read.


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