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review 2017-06-28 04:39
206 Bones
206 Bones - Kathy Reichs

Continuing to catch up on back reviews...

 

206 Bones is book 12 of 18 in the long running series by Kathy Reichs starring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.   206 Bones continues to follow the "procedurals" formula and, I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that like many of the other books in the series, our protagonist ends up abducted, escaped/rescued, and in the hospital  before the end of the story.  But she, with the assist from side-kick cop (and ex-lover) Andrew Ryan do eventually put the clues together and catch the murders. While not exactly bad, 206 Bones is not nearly as exciting as the earlier books in the series. 

 

I'm not quite ready to give up on Tempe, but I don't recommend starting this series with 206 Bones.

 

Read for Mystery 8 – Read a book that is tagged mystery or has a title that begins with any of the letters in the word “Clue.”

 

 

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review 2017-03-12 13:59
Book Review: Dirty Magic
Dirty Magic - Jaye Wells

*I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Kate Prospero is put on suspension from the force due to a deadly encounter on the job. A man with oddly predatory eyes, fast running, immune to charms, and growing hair all over who's drawn to blood. This man was connected than Kate had ever imagined. Drawing her to an opportunity on a new task force to help clean up the dirty potions and the top of the chain of who's making and selling them. Kate was raised on the streets of the Cauldron and can help with her knowledge, and maybe contacts, to help find who's making the new deadly and dangerous potion.

First thing I noticed, Jaye's descriptions. Nicely done. Her writing feels to have grown greatly coming into this book.

We start into the world with a quick insight to a new potion and what it does to its users. We then take a step back and see Kate Prospero in her life, with family and friends. Her family is a huge thing in Kate's life. She has complicated...issues with some of her family, but her younger brother lives with her. Taking care of Danny and keeping him out of magic, whether clean or dirty, is her goal in life along with helping to clean up the streets as a cop. This is a huge motivator for Kate through out the book.

Then come to the team she'll work with. The crew is fun and I enjoy their interactions with Kate. Especially Morales who becomes like a partner on the beat to Kate. He gives Kate a hard time, but it feels as it turns into innocent picking on a friend a the book goes. They do grow closer as the story goes. We have the cool science guy, Mez, who's a wizard and mixes clean potions for the team going into dangerous situations. And Shadi, who I feel we don't see enough of in this book. She's part of the team but does different parts to the same mission.

This book felt like it was one that anyone who loves cop shows could read. The story didn't feel high in the magic field that others would be distracted by it. The story feels as though it's more character driven based on Kate and her wants and desires to do or not do things, also her complicated family connections don't help her but make her beliefs stronger in her mind.

The magic part of the story is very low key. There is no spells whipping around like Harry Potter. The magic is discrete and in the sense of mixing potions, which are similar to drugs. The making of the potions actually feels more science than magic to me, though there is a moment of magic in making them. The world of drugs and a dangerous city is replaced with the obsession with potions that can make you prettier, faster, to lose weight, to protect you, and much more. But! These potions come at a cost. If you over use them, which we see is very possible as people become addicted to them, you could turn colors like purple, or lose all material possessions with the need for more and end up living on the street. Or, the worst cost to potions, you could lose your life. And we do see this example in the book.

The story is well constructed in we see how the characters are lead to where they go. There are strong beliefs that they don't want to deal with, yet by fighting it they are lead to face what they don't want to. Kate has much going on in her personal life with raising her younger brother, it's hard having a teenager. But Kate also has to deal with a prejudice at the police station because she's a female and because she's an adept. There is plenty of action to go with the story after we get through the introduction phase of the book.

I was impressed with how well all worked together to create the world of potions and the cop scenarios. Well done. I'll be looking to pick up the next few books when I get money.

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review 2017-02-01 00:00
Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops - Charles Campisi,Gordon Dillow description

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This book really was a fascinating read. The author gives us a behind the scenes look at the inner workings on the NYPD and the IAB. And he does it in a way that is both interesting and thought provoking.

From dirty cops to unsung heroes to sting operations and undercover cops...this book will give you a greater appreciation for those that do what is necessary to keep the streets safe and the NYPD an institution you can trust.

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review 2017-01-07 05:55
Review 4/5 stars: Lethal Game (Red Stone Security #15) by Katie Reus
Lethal Game (Red Stone Security Series Book 15) - Katie Reus

Although it’s always exciting to come back to this world, this time my homecoming was bittersweet since it’s the last book in the series. Regardless, I was happy to see how it all wrapped up nicely in this story. I’ve like all books in the series for the most part but I feel this story in particular encompasses the best what every romantic suspense lover has to have in a story: heart-pounding action, suspense, a thrilling plot, relentless heroines, assertive heroes, and of course, romance.

Isa and Grayson became estranged after she discovered he’d lied to her about who he was and the real reason he approached her. She now wants nothing to do with him, even if her heart is screaming that she’s still in love with him. Unfortunately for her, Grayson is back in her life and will do everything in his power to convince her they belong together but he only has one week to do it. As the week progressed, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives and for the love they share. Meanwhile, Isa’s friend Emerson and her long-time pal Carlito, decide that it’s well past time to move from just friends to something more. All while trying to escape from some serious hostage situation.

Being that it's a romantic suspense I knew there was going to be a HEA but that didn't take away from the suspense and nail-biting moments. What’s more, the fact that there is more than one romantic sub-plot didn’t detract from the main characters either, if anything it just added to the drama. As an added bonus we get a glimpse of what’s been going on with other characters from the series making me feel as if it was a farewell to the security team in the form of an epilogue. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense then the complete series is the right read for you.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2016-11-16 19:49
TV Show Castle's Nikki Heat Book
Heat Wave - Richard Castle

Ladies, what would you do if I told you that the most handsome man on the whole planet will spend three glorious weeks with YOU at YOUR house? And all you have to do is make yourself a pot of jo, relax in a hammock, and of course slip on something comfy but sexy as well and the best part is you don’t have to be on a reality TV show, or sign up for an adventure cruise that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s free. It’s hot off the presses. And he is the answer to all of your dreams. Ladies, I give you the one man that can actually make my heart do the tango: Richard Castle and his new book Heat Wave.

 

Yes, I understand that Richard Castle is a fictitious character in the new hit show Castle that premiers Monday’s at 10pm on ABC, but come on! It’s Nathan Fillion. Who doesn’t like a “rugged, good-looking” man on TV these days, and Nathan Fillion is doing a superb job filling in those shoes, am I right or what?  If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the show Castle, then you will need to borrow a friends TV, borrow their cable network and watch every Monday at 10 to understand my feelings (or you can also come into the library, go on YouTube and watch the shows on there for free). If you were fortunate enough to watch Castle, bless you. Still, why the reason of telling you ALL of this when I should be writing about a book that I read?

 

That famous writer Richard Castle based his novel Heat Wave on the proud, the few, the NYPD.

 

In Heat Wave, Detective Nikki Heat and journalist Jameson Rook are in charge of investigating the over-the balcony murder of a major Manhattan real-estate developer. As suspects start to pile up, things get a little complicated as people aren’t what they seem, even the victim.

 

So, how to bottom-line this one?

 

It’s a who-dunnit, suspenseful storyline with one other overpowering twist to it – romance. The play back and forth between the two characters, Heat and Rook, is fun and unforced, often less predictable than the mystery they’re pursuing.

 

So come to your local library and follow Heat and Rook through the streets of Manhattan and figure out if the butler did it.

 

But remember, “It’s like a mystery novel, you don’t just go to the last page do you?”

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/257804516
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