Tag Archives: mystery

I Found You

7 Jan

I found “I Found You” to be a charming and real love story wrapped in a mystery. The mystery unfolds in the present and in the past, and comes together in a compelling and moving ending. Lisa Jewell manages a tone that is both warm and chilling, and delivers on a page-turner.

I loved the single mom character and her messy life, and felt the “realness” of all of the characters.

Fun, gripping and ultimately a moving read. Get it, stay up late…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


White Lead

7 Jan

I enjoyed this well-plotted mystery and enjoyed the specifics of the practice of the art conservationist protagonist. Nicely developed characters and a fresh POV.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl Before: (CES-inspired alt title – Living in a Smart Home…)

7 Jan

You may be a bit put off by the “Girl…” bandwagon of titles but this suspenseful thriller takes the genre in an interesting direction, featuring a mysterious architect and his creepily omniscient #smarthome, and the young women who have lived (and died) in the house.

I liked this book a lot but felt a little cheated by the end. I’ll avoid any spoilers.

I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

While the Emperor Slept

11 Aug

I tried. I tried several times. I like historical mysteries, and I love mysteries set in Ancient Rome, but I could not get into this book. The writing style kept me at a distance from the characters and the plot. Maybe it’s my pet peeve but any time an author uses the word “smirk” as a descriptor, I instantly hate that character. Author B. R. Stateham spends a lot of time describing, as in “Decimus Julius Virillis chuckled bemusedly…and smiled fondly…while Gnaeus [had] a wide grin of brash amusement on his face…”  That’s ONE SENTENCE. Or, “there was a panache, an arrogant joviality and confidence in the man’s gait he found satisfying and familiar…”  Or, “that flash of an arrogant grin as a breeze ruffled the young man’s hair roguishly…”

Lots of internal monologue, equally laded with overwrought adjectives, very little action.  And worst of all, I didn’t care – didn’t care who “did it,” didn’t care about the protagonists, didn’t care to finish it…

This blunt review in exchange for an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley.

Blood Brothers

6 Aug

I’m on a roll with Scandinavian-based thrillers…Blood Brothers by lawyer Rick Acker does a fine job of creating tension and intrigue based on corporate take-overs and big pharma, with high society and berserkers sprinkled through-out. Tightly plotted, and expertly written without indulgence, this is a good satisfying thriller, without needing to dip into psychopathic violence – which I appreciate!

I was given a free advance reader’s copy to review.

Swedish Corporate Scheming Makes a Great Read

6 Aug

“All In” by Simona Ahrnstedt does a neat job of combining corporate financial intrigue with romance in a lighter take on Scandinavian scheming than Steig Larsson’s dark Millennium trilogy. This is a fun, fast-paced read with nicely defined characters, dysfunctional families and a realistic and compelling romance. A great airplane read!!


Sherlock Holmes Reinvented: A Study in Scarlet Women

16 Jul

Best-selling romance author Sherry Thomas reinvents Sherlock Holmes – this time, as the brilliant Charlotte Holmes, who uses her brilliant mind and logical thinking to solve mysteries, save her family and remove herself from the marriage mart. Lively, clever dialogue, interesting tension between Charlotte and her long-time male friend, and adept re-spinning of Holmesian mythology. Fun to read, and a good start to what is promised to be an on-going series.