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Family Claims
Family Claims
by Twist Phelan
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 7.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up, March 28 2004
This review is from: Family Claims (Hardcover)
I enjoyed Twist Phelan's second Pinnacle Peak mystery, but Hannah Dain is the sort of person (like myself) who likes to be alone with her thoughts. Hannah bicycles through the Arizona desert to sort out her thoughts - which, at the moment, are worried. Her client's deal went out from under him - and she has to figure out who, what, where, when, and how. Little does she know that by finding the answers, she is setting up the firm and her family for major trouble.
Ride along with Hannah to visit Pinnacle Peak - but watch out for road rash....

Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures
by Kate Wilhelm
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars leaves you wanting more!, March 28 2004
This review is from: Desperate Measures (Hardcover)
Barbara Holloway takes on yet another difficult, unusual case. But this time her father is on the same case. Different suspect. Can they sort out their relationship enough to remain father and daughter? Or will the lawyer in them both make life unbearable as each tries to make their case for their client?
Fantastic character development and descriptions.

Death of Riley
Death of Riley
by Rhys Bowen
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work, Again!, March 17 2004
This review is from: Death of Riley (Hardcover)
Rhys has managed to put together another well-written, original mystery, featuring Molly Murphy, an immigrant from Ireland in New York. After helping the police find a murderer, Molly decides that investigation is the field for her. She badgers Paddy Riley into taking her on as his apprentice in his detective agency. Paddy insists that this was no job for a woman, but lets Molly clean and organize his office. Until she walks in on Paddy's murderer.
Molly, unsatisfied with the police investigation into her mentor's death, decides to find the man who killed Paddy and attacked her. The story unfolds with Molly's new experiences in New York, her new friends, and her tenacity to investigate. The beginning of the story seemed to take a while to come together, but once it did, I couldn't put it down.
Now on to: For the Love of Mike!

Lights Out
Lights Out
by L Fawkes
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Terry!, Feb. 17 2004
This review is from: Lights Out (Mass Market Paperback)
Terry Saltz is the protagonist, a carpenter who is also a pizza delivery guy for Carlo's Pizza. Every morning he and his friends have breakfast at Brewster's, and that is where Terry's (ex) wife, Marylou, tracks him down. She asks him to help her move, and he says 'no' emphatically.
Gruf's dad Smitty is setting up the bar he owns for Gruf to take over, so he's hired Terry to make some improvements. In the midst of all of this, Terry and his roommate John hear gunshots down the street at some awful hour of the morning and find Marylou wasted (drugs and alcohol) with a shotgun in her hand. John, the cop, takes control. Terry and his friends know that Marylou didn't kill the man found in the empty trailer, so they work to find out the real story.
Again, LT Fawkes has written a story I couldn't put down. It is an interesting read, different from most mysteries in that I find it fairly down to earth. There are a lot of day to day things that most people don't include in their stories, but I like that it adds some more to the characters. And I've become fairly attached to Gruf, Bump, and Terry. ok, maybe Danny, too, but not as much.
I don't know too many read-alikes for these - they aren't bloody or gruesome, but there is swearing. A lot of new characters are introduced, and there is some (not a lot) romance.

The Third Victim: An FBI Profiler Novel
The Third Victim: An FBI Profiler Novel
by Lisa Gardner
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quincy gets his own!, Jan. 8 2004
Lisa Gardner has a semi-series of books that include Pierce Quincy, an FBI Profiler. In this book, which is the third, Quincy is called in on a school shooting. He is studying school shootings to help put together a profile for schools to use to help prevent such incidents. The largest issue with this shooting is that the sheriff's son apparently did shooting. Rainie Conner is a sheriff's deputy and is the lead investigator in the case. But Rainie and the sheriff have a history - back from when Rainie was in high school, and she was found over her mother's headless body covered in blood and brain matter.
This story has a lot of twists and turns, and a lot of strong characters. I've grown fond of Quincy. Unfortunately I'd read The Next Accident and The Killing Hour before I'd read this, so I was aware of his future, which took some of the suspense out of The Third Victim.
Here is the list of the series:
The Perfect Husband
The Other Daughter
The Third Victim
The Next Accident
The Killing Hour
These books are similar to many romantic suspense novels - Catherine Coulter's FBI series, Kay Hooper (without the woo-woo), Tess Gerritsen, Linda Howard - with possibly a higher level of violence.
Overall, an interesting set of books.

Heir Apparent: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery
Heir Apparent: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery
by Twist Phelan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great twist on legal mysteries!, July 17 2003
Just a note that I loved this book. I was disappointed to learn that this was the first by this author - I wanted more! A great combination of legal work and sportsmanship. I can't wait to read about the mountain biking and other adventure sports the author has tried out!
Thanks, Twist, for a great read - hope the next one comes out soon!

Club Dead
Club Dead
by Charlaine Harris
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars You go, Sookie!, June 14 2003
This review is from: Club Dead (Mass Market Paperback)
I've enjoyed Charlaine Harris' series - all of them. I looked forward to this installment in the Southern Vampire series, and was not disappointed.
However, don't underestimate Charlaine. Her books have a cozy appearance, but don't let it fool you! You welcome back many of the previous players, and get introduced to many more new ones.
Eric has a new side to show, and so does Bill. Alcide, a new character, will hopefully be seen in more of the stories.
Bill disappears, and Eric goes to Sookie for help. Sookie, accompanied by Alcide, goes 'undercover' to find Bill in unfamiliar territory. Needless to say, danger and mayhem ensue, with bodies (dead and REALLY dead) dropping (or rising)everywhere.
Kudos, Charlaine!

Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery
Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery
by Mary Anna Evans
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, June 14 2003
A debut novel by Mary Anna Evans, this is wonderful mystery set in the panhandle of North Florida. Faye Longchamp is, at heart, an archeologist. However, she is driven to illegal digging to save Joyeuse, her ancestral home. While engaging in this activity, Faye, with her companion Joe (yum, yum!), uncover a body on one of the nearby islands. When they go back to examine it, the body had disappeared. Why? Who else knew?
Meanwhile, at the respectable dig where Faye is assisting a former professor, two of the students left on the island overnight disappear.
What is happening in Faye's quiet corner of the world? How could she keep Joyeuse? How could she keep Joyeuse hidden???
Who else was digging illegally?
I loved this book, and cannot wait for the next installment. I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Evans first novel, and I continue to look forward to Faye's next adventure.

In the Still of the Night: A Grace and Favor Mystery
In the Still of the Night: A Grace and Favor Mystery
by Jill Churchill
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars More, more!, June 26 2000
As a fan of Jill Churchill, I always look forward to her books. I Love that she has started a new series, and looked eagerly for the second Grace & Favor mystery. She is developing the characters wonderfully, and I am awaiting her next novel just as eagerly as her second!

Hot Six: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Hot Six: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranger or Joe?, June 26 2000
Typical of Janet's books, I couldn't put this one down. The prologue is a "must" if you've been waiting almost a year for your answer to the end of High Five. I love Janet's books - I have yet to find another author whom makes me laugh as much and as loud as she does.

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