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Concealed in Death
Concealed in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Galore, May 28 2016
Even the second time round, this 38th adventure of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and Roarke provides ever new insights as to plots and characters that went unnoticed the first time round.
In this book, author J D Robb, tackles the issue of abuse, homelessness and hopelessness of especially the young in New York. And, sadly enough, it rings only too true, even where real life is concerned. As to the outcome, while the culprit is discovered or at least suspected just around midpoint, the investigation and gathering of evidence continues and there is a rather welcome and unsuspected twist at the end.
Another true winner in the 'In Death' series which will hopefully continue for a very long time.

New York to Dallas
New York to Dallas
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, May 15 2016
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This review is from: New York to Dallas (Paperback)
Despite its title, this book forms part of the In Death series and a very important one within the 'evolution' that is Eve Dallas and Roarke, the main characters. This time, the lieutenant of homicide in New York not only has to put a murderer and pedophile back in the cage, but also has to face her past - her childhood traumas in Dallas.
As always, J D Robb manages to draw the reader's attention to the facts and happenings at hand, and involve them in the emotional rollercoaster that is life. Although these are fictional people she describes, the issues tackled are only too real and sadly happen around us every day. This is what makes stories as described here so involving, but also 'distant' enough not to put off whoever picks up the novel. Maybe it's the combination of hunting the bad people while also dealing with important life issues, but it could also be the simple discovery as to what people are capable of - meaning what they can overcome in order to finally deal with the past, letting go of past traumas and moving on in life. This is an aspect so very often overlooked and is so very important to be made / become aware of - even if it sometimes seems insurmountable!

Dead with the Wind
Dead with the Wind
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.39
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Family Suspense, May 8 2016
This is the second instalment in Miranda James' Southern Ladies Mystery series, where Peanut - the Labradoodle - and Endora - the Abyssinian - become a little more involved with the amateur sleuths, and Benjy - the ward - is now also firmly part of the extended Ducote family.
This adventure, though, does not take place in Athena this time round - where both the Southern Ladies as well as the Cat in the Stacks mysteries usually take place, nonetheless, the south of the United States appears to have great respect for their elders and even away from home and those they know and are familiar with, the ladies get their way and taken seriously by what appears at first to be a rather chauvinistic policeman. Never having visited Louisiana myself, I cannot confirm whether this scenario is likely to really happen, but that was the one aspect of the story that made me a little 'queezy'.
Other than that, the storyline is well believable, once again dealing with (southern/old) family matters that the Ducote sisters have to unravel. The subject matter is intriguing and well set up as well as very believable. The words literally fly off the page and once the readers starts, it will feel difficult to put the book down. And a little big twist at the end most definitely does not hurt either.

In Death: The First Cases
In Death: The First Cases
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile Repeat, May 6 2016
When I requested the book at the local library, I expected to read some new stories preceding the start of the 'In Death' series. As it turned out, this book covered the first two cases of said series rather than a new story which made me feel rather deceived and robbed of my expectations.
Nonetheless, I did thoroughly enjoy reading the early tales of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and Roarke again, and shall probably never tire of devouring their adventures - on how they met and the early days of their relationship, both personally and, to a degree at least, professionally. Going back to the time when neither was really expecting to suddenly share their lives together, the rich and aloof guy from Dublin's backstreets and the dedicated and tenacious homicide detective who cannot remember her early childhood years due to unspeakable abuse.
The other mystery to me is - I have thus far been unable to finish reading a book written by Nora Roberts, yet this series - which she writes under the penname of J D Robb - I cannot get enough of and have collected most of the books published thus far so I can reread them at my convenience. Is it as simple as the characters speaking to me, the setting, the suspense? I have no idea. And while I will warn first-time readers of this series that there are sex scenes included in pretty much every publication, they are short and toned down enough not to defer from the mystery at hand which is, in every case I have read thus far, intriguing, involving and 'tying' me to the book from start to finish, no matter how many times I have read the story before.

Trauma: A Novel
Trauma: A Novel
by Daniel Palmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.35
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Subject ..., April 29 2016
This review is from: Trauma: A Novel (Paperback)
An intriguing set-up of a very actual and worrisome problem – vets suffering from PTSD, which is increasing with epidemic force. Our heroine is a gifted neuro-surgeon, recovering from a serious mistake and being given a second chance to operate on the suffering ex-soldiers in order to reduce their ails. Her sidekick is an investigative reporter who happens to cover a story on PTSD, even though he is not as yet certain as to what exactly it is he is going to write about. He enters her life while interviewing her brother who returned from Afghanistan a while back and has serious anger, even rage issues. And not all is as it seems or is supposed to be with that new, experimental treatment – and thus we have a very intriguing premise.
According to the ‘afterword’ in which Daniel Palmer explains how he got to write this story and why – a lot of thought and research went into this tale. I am not certain whether he has any medical knowledge as such, however, there are a lot of detailed procedures, drugs and medications described within a number of meticulously dissected plots, and it definitely sound very authentic to me.
The suspense is developing slowly as mysterious activities occur and start building up, from the doc being attacked prior to surgery to non-sanctioned visits post-op that seem to send up red flags. Naturally, our heroine is of the tenacious kind that will not ‘let go of her bone’ which can be rather unhealthy. However, while some of the ‘badies’ are exposed or at least under suspicion pretty quickly, in true ‘whodunit’ style, there are a number of leads needing to be pursued and there is a nice little and most welcome twist at the end.

Moses, Me, and Murder: A Barkerville Mystery
Moses, Me, and Murder: A Barkerville Mystery
by Ann Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Cariboo Mystery, April 21 2016
This is a fictional story based on real occurrences in the second half of the 19th Century. However, it reads and feels very tangible - even the 'did he really do it?' in the end.
Basically, there was a murder and the dead man's body was found, however, do we ever REALLY know whether the person on trial is guilty without actual witnesses present at the deed? This is the dilemma this story deals with.
The way, Ann Walsh sets the tale up, the reader is meant to believe that there is absolutely no doubt as to the guilty party ... right up to the trial. All of a sudden, the 'dreadful man' makes a very 'learned' statement that DOES put his guilt into question. With other words, the author has done her research - as the statements at the end prove - and provided a very real quandary for the reader to decide which was, no doubt, her intention.
An easy read for all ages and language abilities, and a real local mystery.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
by Mary Higgins Clark
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ten-fold Winner, April 19 2016
This book contains ten short mysteries and it was absolutely amazing to realise, just how different they all were - in structure, plots and set-up, aside from al the different characters and locations. Some of them were straight forward crime stories, where the perpetrator was known right from the get-go, however, that did not distract from wanting to know the outcome and/or why exactly they did what they did. Other tales were a lot more complex and the reader is left to wander about the 'whodunit', still others end in a real and absolutely unexpected twist.
Mary Higgins Clark most definitely knows how to spin a tale - be that a story of twenty pages or a hundred, the plots are brilliant and the outcome often surprising ... just as a good mystery is meant to be.

No Cats Allowed
No Cats Allowed
by Miranda James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 30.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfect Suspense, April 14 2016
This review is from: No Cats Allowed (Hardcover)
No Cats Allowed is a definite no-no where Charlie Harris and Diesel are concerned - never mind all the fans of this extraordinary feline. And there you have the premise of yet another adventure of the librarian turned sleuth and his kitty-friend - this time set within the library's own walls.
The mystery starts off with yet another impossible character who is hated by everyone, thus affording an extended pool of suspects among library staff and beyond. Many a red herring is set up and followed through - some that are beloved characters that nobody really wants to see either coming to harm or being locked up. Yes, Miranda James is that skilled at making the reader get really involved and caring for the characters involved, especially the recurring ones and ever extending Harris' 'family'.
There is a wonderful and rather unexpected twist at the end when things finally come to a head, with the last chapter being dedicated to explaining just exactly what has been going on and thus rounding up another 'whodunit' perfectly.

Speaking in Bones
Speaking in Bones
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner, April 11 2016
This review is from: Speaking in Bones (Hardcover)
With this Temperance Brennan adventure, Kathy Reichs introduces us to the world of web sleuthing. While I had never even heard this expression, somehow, I was not surprised that people would … not so much try and help overworked law enforcement but really wanting answers themselves.
What does web sleuthing entail? Well, when Tempe first encounters one, she introduces her activities as ‘sending the dead home’. What it boils down to is that there are open websites where both, the missing and those found are listed and described, but there simply isn’t the ‘manpower’ to compare and identify. This is where the ‘hobby detectives’ come in … and this appears to be real, not just for the book!
While I am not sure whether anthropologist turned author Kathy Reichs has actually dealt with web sleuths during her former work, she certainly has done her homework (speak, research) where those sites and their use are concerned. As always, she spins a very intriguing tale around her chosen subject matter, includes many a red herring and still manages to take the reader by surprise with an intricately twisted ending.

Meow If It's Murder
Meow If It's Murder
by T.C. LoTempio
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply purrfect, April 11 2016
The concept here is quite unusual in that the cat ‘detective’ acts all but human, bar being able to speak. With other words, where he is concerned, expect the unexpected.
However, this does not mean that his owner is lacking or slacking. The fact that she has taken on her late mother’s business does in no way diminish her background as a crime reporter – and a good and resourceful one at that. And while not everything is always spelled out for the reader – adds to the suspense, of course, and makes the story so much more interesting along the way – everything does make sense in the end when all is revealed.
'Meow if it’s Murder’ is a wonderful opening story to a series that will hopefully come to pass. All the main characters are introduced and set up, with one mystery still to be revealed at a later date … maybe. However, the adventure uncovered is resolved in full and there is no ‘you have to read the next book to find out’ here as other authors have decided to do. However, there is equally no first chapter of the next book in the series … yet.
All in all, T C LoTempio’s thriller is an intriguing lead, keeping the reader on their toes from beginning to end.

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