All posts tagged: Suspense

Book Review: A Killing in the Hills

DETAILS Title: A Killing in the Hills Author: Julia Keller Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250184351 Genre: Murder-Mystery BACK COVER DETAILS What’s happening in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker’s Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow? One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job. After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end …

THE BURN has arrived!

A big BIG thank you to the wonderful Kathleen Kent for a review copy of THE BURN, book 2 in her Detective Betty series of crime novels. Many of you will know Kent for her historical novels, the award-winning HERETIC’S DAUGHTER and the equally successful follow up, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE. But I am so glad Kent decided to turn to a ‘life of crime,‘ bringing us the tough as nails Betty Rhyzyk, a Brooklyn born and bred cop, transplanted to Dallas. I’m really excited to be able to read and review THE BURN and catch up with what Betty, and the crew of dedicated cops she works with, get up to next. Oh, and here’s a bonus for you all, a trailer for THE DIME giving us a glimpse of what the TV series might have looked like had FOX not been bought out by Disney. Who knows, maybe further down the line, Betty will have her day on the small screen. This reader certainly hopes so. For more, check out my review of THE …

Book Review: Resurrection Bay

DETAILS Title: RESURRECTION BAY Author: Emma Viskic Publisher: Pushkin Press ISBN: 9781782273622 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Caleb Zelic can’t hear you. But he sees everything. CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER His childhood friend has been brutally murdered—fingers broken, throat slit—at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he’s profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble. HE NEVER FORGETS A FACE Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speaks volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail IT MIGHT JUST SAVE HIS LIFE Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone—including his murdered friend—is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets… WHAT I THOUGHT First of all, let me just begin by saying this debut …

Book Review: The Dark Lake

DETAILS Title: THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 9781538759929 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not …

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which you answer three simple questions about what we’re reading: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What I am currently reading: I picked up a copy of THE PHANTOM TREE by Nicola Cornick yesterday, only to discover that it’s book 2 (typical) in a series. But, what the hell, so far, it’s been an interesting read. Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past—it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son. But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as …