"In this the 6th Women's Murder Club book we have several things going on at once. First there is a horrific shooting on a ferry boat that leaves several dead and women's club member Claire in the hospital. Then we have the abduction of a child from a wealthy family and the murder of her nanny. Lindsay Boxer takes a demotion to get back on the street to help solve both cases and of course nothing is as it originally appears. It moves quickly but frankly I would like to have seen more time dedicated to the kidnapping instead of the ferry shooting and subsequent trial as it had some very interesting aspects that were not addressed to my satisfaction. In any event it is a good quick read."
"The Women's Murder Club members have two horrible crimes to solve. The first involves the disappearance of the former governor's son and the second a series of arson firers each of which left people burned to death. A young prostitute confesses to being with the governor's son when he died and claims she and her boyfriend cut up the body but no trace of the body can be found. Nevertheless the girl goes on trial. As Yuki tries to conduct the trial she finds herself the target of a stalker. Meanwhile the fires and killings go on and Lindsay begins to suspect someone close to her. Another typical James Patterson story while reads quickly, is interesting and has a sudden twist at the end."
"In 1928 Agatha Christie decided to take a desperately needed trip after the breakdown of her marriage and after a chance discussion over dinner chose to take a trip from London to Baghdad. In 2002 the author of this book decides to recreate her trip which is much more difficult due to the political situation. Many of the people he meets along the way could have stepped out of one of Agatha's novels. Fans of the writer will delight in his descriptions of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction and arm chair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself. A truly engrossing read."
"In this fifth entry in the series Lara McClintoch leads an antiques and archaeology tour to Tunisia. She must deal with a mixed bag of tourists: a spoiled teenager, a famous model, a snoop, a blackmailing journalist and the list goes on. The story of a Carthaginian merchant ship that sank over two thousand years ago has stirred everyone's imagination and some with murderous intent. Sure enough death hits the group and a mystery must be solved. There is a lot of interesting information about Carthage and the Punic wars woven into the story as Lara tries to cope with a very diverse group of people."
"In this book Cotton Malone who has appeared in other books discovers his son has been kidnapped and his book shop is burned to the ground? Why? Because, someone has learned that he has the secret to the Alexandria Link. The link is in fact a man but one who knows the secrets of the ancient Alexandria library. The Israelis' are hot on the trail determined to destroy the link, a group of greedy business tycoons also wants the link but their purpose is to further destabilize the Middle East and there is a traitor close to the White House who is also deeply involved. There is a potential revelation that will shake the foundation of the world's three major religions. The book reads quickly and is enjoyable although Berry does have some annoying writer's quirks."
"This was a fascinating story with a total surprise ending. On an island off the coast of Virginia is a psychiatric facility for former intelligence officers who know too much. The problem is one of them is not crazy. He finds a way to escape and then discovers all mention of him has been erased. He is a man who doesn't exist and even his face is unfamiliar to him. As he struggles to determine what happened to him over a two year span of time and to recover memories of who is he he must evade people bent on killing him. As he travels from Canada to France and ultimately to Switzerland he discovers a vicious plat to assassinate a world leader which will certainly result in a world war. Can he stop the assassination in time and find out what happened to him and why? Its a real thrill ride that kept me reading late into the night."
"This book tracks nicely with Pandora's Daughter and the gift that Megan inadvertently gave Eve's lover Joe. Suddenly he is seeing Eve's dead daughter and more worrying for him the ghost of the murdered daughter of a senator. The killer is obsessed with Eve and fancies himself a member of a mysterious cult. After he kills he drinks the blood of his victims from a gold goblet. When Eve find one of the goblets in her house she is terrified and her daughter Jane comes to stay and help. Enter another new character Seth Caleb who has reasons of his own for finding the killer. Iris Johansen has nicely introduced some paranormal touches into the Duncan series adding freshness and new twists. An interesting read."
"Catherine Mc Leod is an investigative reporter in Denver doing a story on the suit filed by the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes to recover twenty seven million acres of their ancestral lands. Suddenly she is the target of an assassin who breaks into her house and shoots one of her friends. Catherine can not figure out what she has reported or what she may know that has gotten someone upset enough to kill her. As she probes further she discovers a conspiracy that goes back to the time of the Sand Creek massacre and also the truth of her own background. The assassin is relentless and Catherine fights to save her life and report the shocking details of a terrible betrayal by someone close to her. This is a new character for Margaret Coel that shows potential to be as interesting as Vicky Holden and Father John from her wonderful Wind River Reservation series. A page turner with many interesting facts about the terrible massacre at Sand Creek."
"Another in the Alex Delaware series. This time a woman's body is found in a marsh. While checking the crime scene three more bodies are discovered. While fear of a serial killer runs through LA Milo Surgis , a new colleague named Moses Reed and our good doctor try to discover what links all the the dead women. They soon have a good suspect but anyone who knows him swears the odd man is no killer. Who is right? Then a wealthy man and his family disappear. Is the disappearance tied to the murders? A cracking good story with a surprise ending."
"FBI agent Kelly Jones finds her working on a very disturbing case. A mass grave has been found on the Appalachian Trail and she is heading the investigation which crosses state lines. Coping with feuding cops is not her idea of a good time and as evidence and bodies mount she begins to wonder if there are two killers. The victims are all young gay boys and when another one vanishes she must rush to see if she can save him and solve the case. There are many multiple twists and turns in the story before the truth is revealed. A good suspenseful read from an up and coming author."
"The first in the Vicky Bliss series. Our heroine is an art historian. She discovers information about a missing masterwork in wood created by an artist who died in the sixteenth century. Soon she and an arrogant male colleague are off to Germany on a quest to find it. Along the way they meet several other people on the same quest. While staying in an old schloss she experiences what seems to be an evil spiritual presence. Is it real or just someone's dirty tricks to steal the masterpiece. The story is interesting, written in the first person with a somewhat dated feel which doesn't distract from a good story."
"The first victim is murdered in his bed, then more killings follow. Detective MC Riggio and her family are in the killers crosshairs. MC must walk a fine line without taking the law into her hands and alienating her partner. The clue to finding the killer lies in their missing computers and no one is exactly who they appear to be. Fast moving and interesting with a surprise killer."
"This marks the fourth in the series. It starts off slower than the others but contains some fascinating details about Celtic lore. This time our heroine has gone to Ireland with her friend Alex who has inherited something from a man whose life he saved. The family is a dysfunctional mess but are charged with following a series of clues to find a treasure. Naturally murder and mayhem follow. I really like this series."
"This is the last in the series about Lara McClintock, the Toronto antiquities dealer. This time our heroine is hired by a friend to buy a silver box at an auction. The box is from an ancient Chinese dynasty and before long Lara is on her way to China after the box is stolen. There are some fascinating insights into China and its history before the full story is revealed. I hate seeing the series end even if Lara is often TSTL. The books always have a nifty twist at end. This one is no exception."
"This is another fast moving story in the series. There are the usual twists and turns as Alex and Milo search for the killer of a yung woman, a school teacher and a couple of womemn in a small town beauty store. What are the links between them. The killer is suitably creepy and there is a nice twist at the end when milo solves an old cold case."
"Scary thriller with the murder of innocent little girls at the center. There is a copy cat killer and our heroines, one a disgraced veteran and the other a young but very ambitious detective, must put aside their mutual suspicions of each other and race to solve the case. Some very interesting characters, some red herrings and according the author another book will come featuring this very intriguing pair."
"Mia Mitchell is a homicide detective with a horrifying secret in her past. Reed Solliday is a fire investigator with sorrows of his own. The two are thrown together when a series of murder arsons begin to rock Chicago. The fires become more deadly as the two try and find the monster who is on a twisted mission of revenge. The story is terrifying and moves at a rapid pace. It kept me up reading well into the night before it reached its explosive conclusion. This is a really good read."
"James Patterson at his best in this Alex Cross book. A savage murder occurs in Washington DC obliterating a family. It is the most gruesome case Alex has ever seen. Then another one and this one hits a friend from his past. As Alex digs into the case he finds a trail to a murderous mercenary called The Tiger and it leads him to Africa. On his own Alex finds himself in a nightmare world moving from Nigeria to Sierra Leone and even to the camps in Darfur. He can trust no one and soon finds himself back in DC were greater shocks await. The term ripped from the headlines gets thronw around a lot but this one hits the mark. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two readings. Action, adventure and as always with Patterson a shocking end. Highly recommended."
"Alex Cross is planning his wedding when he is called to the assassination scene of a dirty congressman and a corrupt lobbyist. He must work with FBI agent Max Siegel who rubs him the wrong way. As Cross seeks to find the killer other murders occur but are they committed by the same person/people. While Alex tries to find links a deadly and long time enemy stalks his every move and delights in his failures. A pretty good entry in the series with loads of twists and turns before all three mysteries are solved."
"Devon Brady is a vet who works with Search & Rescue teams. While on a mission a man brings his injured dog to her. Soon she finds herself in extreme danger from people who want the dog. The dog's owner Jude Marrok is fighting to keep the dog and several others all of whom appear to have unusual talent. People are dying and Devon isn't sure who to trust. She finds herself with no where to turn so Jude and his mysterious pack of dogs it must be. He has secrets but are they worth dying for? Interesting story with a touch of the paranormal."