Tag Archives: suspense

Cardwell’s Christmas Crime Scene

5 Feb

Apparently, there’s a whole bunch of books by B.J. Daniels that take place at Cardwell’s – this was my first and I’d be happy to go back! If you are a regular reader of the series, then jump on in to this latest installment. The characters are warm and the action is nicely plotted, with suspense scaled just right for a cozy read with a glass of wine.

I received a free Advance Readers Copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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.

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.

Thriller mystery ‘Mrs. John Doe’ hurls a housewife into intrigue

24 Oct

Fun take on a spy novel where the wife of a spy gets pulled into the business, using her wits to stay ahead of the bad guys and find her husband. I enjoyed having a modern “normal” woman as the protagonist, and found it relatable as she uses common sense to figure out how to maneuver in a strange world. Plenty of action and interesting characters make for a good read.

Circle of Evil Series – Kylie Brant

2 Oct

Readers who are familiar with Ms. Brant’s romance writing will discover she “has a dark side” with this trilogy. While there is a romantic relationship between profiler Sophia and investigator Cam, the action in the books is driven by three criminals working together. I read the books one after another, which seems like the best way to do it, as the crimes and criminals are all connected. It would be frustrating to only read one, or to read them out of order.
The books work as procedurals – we see the cops digging into the details of the investigation – and the psychological aspects are intriguing, as revealed both by Sophia’s thinking and narrative from the POV of the criminals.
I felt like the first book was the most suspenseful, but that could be because once I was into the second, I understood that the main characters would prevail regardless of the circumstances. Then, it became more about seeing the events unfold from the unique perspective of the different criminal minds.
I would recommend – especially if you are able to read them sequentially.




Playing With Fire: Tries to Be Da Vinci Code But Fails

6 Aug

Tess Gerrittset, the author of the various Rizzoli & Isles novels, is a good writer, and this feels like it might have been a good book…except that its not. Characters are articulated, plots are set up, and then none of it matters. I kept pushing through waiting for pieces to come together, and they never did. Hints of a possessed child, a crazy mom, evil plots like the Da Vinci Code… and [spoiler alert] it’s all BS. I don’t really know what to make of this. I’d give this 3.5 stars if I could – the actual words on a page part is good, but it doesn’t add up as a story. Maybe she’s waiting for the Hollywood adaptation to flesh it out into something that pays off.