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review 2018-08-24 22:53
This one would work for Amateur Sleuth, because this guy couldn't get anymore amateur...
The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) - Andrew Mayne

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Naturalist

Andrew Mayne

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Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

 

As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue… or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Theo Cray is aptly named…because he is quite crazy…He is like one of those super smart people who have no common sense.  I don't know how plausible some of his scientific theories are, because I'm not a scientist, not even close.  So for me, I was able to suspend belief and just enjoy the intense and slightly insane ride, one filled with Dr. Cray's many mishaps until he finally figures out exactly what's going on. 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ not really…

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Book Cover~ It's cool…

Narration~4.5 for Will Damron, he is one of my fav male narrators.

Series~ The Naturalist #1

Setting~ Montana

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-08-22 16:07
Pretty Little Killers (The Keepers #1) by Rita Herron
Pretty Little Killers - Rita Herron

 

 

*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title: Pretty Little Killers (The Keepers #1)

Author: Rita Herron

Genre: Romantic Suspense | Mystery

 

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*** BOOK BLURB ***

 

Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.

Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.

When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.

As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.

 

*** REVIEW ***

 

Pretty Little Killers is in a most part a police procedural novel just with a bit of steamy romance. It's full of unexpected twists and turns that make it hard to figure out who is the real killer.

 

For a Romantic Suspense genre, it lacked the actual "romance". Characters seemed more suffering from lust and wanting to hop into bed than developing some real feelings.

 

Both main characters have an interesting and complex backstories that meshed with the overall story. The setting goes hand in hand with the plot and is the superb  backdrop to a thrilling crime novel.

 

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review 2018-08-18 22:31
Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers
Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers - Ann Rule

This is only the second book* I've read by Ann Rule, so the fact that a lot of these stories were reprints (though updated) from other books didn't really bother me.

 

Most of these cases took place in the 1960's and 70's and were, therefore, cases I'd not heard of before. They were well researched and told in a way that presented the facts, but not in a cold, clinical manner. Though each story was short, you certainly felt for each of the victims in these horrific cases.

 

There were a few stories I'd rather have not read, especially those involving children and animals as victims. I say this as someone who is a regular viewer of Discovery ID and Oxygen. (I usually switch off shows on those channels when I realize that children or animals are going to be involved.)

 

*By the by, the only other book I've read by Ann Rule was, If You Really Loved Me. I read it when I was a teenager, and the only thing I remembered about it over the years was that it involved a teenage girl named Cinnamon Brown. I've since seen a couple of shows about the case on one or both of the two networks I listed above.

 

 

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text 2018-08-18 22:17
Reading progress update: I've read 433 out of 433 pages.
Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers - Ann Rule
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text 2018-08-15 02:58
Reading progress update: I've read 313 out of 433 pages.
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