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review 2018-02-03 20:06
Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

Vow of Silence takes place some five years after the events in Deadly Lies. Jill is doing well in her career and is settled down with her husband to be, Conner and her daughter, Lexi. While not exactly likable, Jill is certainly an intriguing character. She's smart, calculating, and has absolutely no compunction about doing whatever it takes to keep her past buried. She also manages to fit herself into any circle with seemingly little effort. Jill Shannon is the perfect example of what we see when a psychopath is finally caught by police and the friends and acquaintances had no idea. I was a bit baffled about the need for so much of the story being devoted to Conner's cartel case, but it does merge with the storyline. Once again, we have not so much a cliffhanger as an open ended conclusion, and I'll be interested to see where Jill's story goes from here. I'm also curious to see if she crosses paths with the determined David Shaw in the future. While this thriller isn't of the heart-racing variety, when you think about the characters and what happens, the idea that one person's machinations can have this kind of impact on so many is definitely chilling.

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review 2014-05-03 23:45
The Silence of Murder
The Silence of Murder - Dandi Daley Mackall

Hope lives in a small town with her mother and big brother, Jeremy, who hasn't spoken since he was about 9 years old. Jeremy is accused of murdering the town's baseball coach, and everyone is convinced he did it. His lawyer's defense strategy involves trying to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, which Hope must help with. And while he is different, Hope knows he's not insane and not a murderer. With the police convinced they've caught the murderer, it's now up to Hope, her best friend T.J., and Chase, the son of the sheriff, to try to find the real murderer before Jeremy's trial is over.


I will say that I guessed who the murderer was almost immediately after the character was introduced, although I didn't figure out the motive until later. There is also someone who starts stalking Hope in the hopes of trying to scare her off her investigation. It took me longer to figure out who the stalker was. That all being said, unlike some other books where I'm marveling at how clueless the characters are, I could completely understand how it took Hope a while to figure things out. The murderer didn't have an obvious motive and didn't stand out as an obvious suspect.


Jeremy's trial took place throughout the course of the book, with Hope's testimony starting the book off and the closing arguments taking place in the last few chapters. I did laugh over Hope's comments about how much longer the court procedures took than they did on TV. It just reminded me of the many misconceptions that shows, movies, etc. create about things like court proceedings. I'm still learning about things I "knew" that turned out to not be true. (Sorry, misconceptions created by the media are a bit of a fascination of mine, so I always love when something points things like this out.)


It was a bit frustrating with how attached Hope would get to a theory and then focus exclusively on trying to prove that right, no matter how far-fetched it may be. At the same time, she was desperate to save her brother and scared, so I can understand not being the most rational about everything. She was grasping at straws because she just didn't have a lot to go on.


There were a lot of secrets revealed, especially in the last few chapters, and some of the reveals may have gotten a bit ridiculous, but I was entertained throughout everything. It was a fun and enjoyable read, even if I did figure things out fairly quickly.

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review 2012-11-07 00:00
Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, No. 2)
Silence of the Grave - Bernard Scudder,Arnaldur Indriðason Very good
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text 2012-08-22 13:05
2012 Book Awards Overview
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey
Embassytown - China Miéville
The Fifth Witness - Michael Connelly
The Silence of Murder - Dandi Daley Mackall
A Crooked Number - Nathan Jorgenson
The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss - Jim Warner,Kaley Klemp
Gone - Mo Hayder

Book awards are important voice of appreciation made by readers and memebers of book world. Let's have a look at some recent and upcoming book awards.


Harper Lee PrizeMichael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness was awarded with 2012 The Harper  Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. In 2011 the winner was John Grisham with his bestseller The Confession


WNBA AwardAnn Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder) was announced the winner of the 2012-2013 WNBA Award (The Women's National Book Association). The award is given to a living American woman for meritorious work in the world of books.

Benjamin Franklin Award

Winners of the 24th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards honoring excellence in publishing include (among others): A Crooked Number (Popular fiction), Public Anatomy (Mystery), The Drama-Free Office (Business), The Forgotten Locket (Teen Fiction). 

Orange prize for fictionLast Orange Prize for Fiction went to The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Chair of Judges said “This is a more than worthy winner — original, passionate, inventive and uplifting. Homer would be proud of her.”


The Edgars

The Edgars went to Gone by Mo Hayder (Best Novel), Bent Road by Lori Roy for Best First Novel, The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (YA). Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry was awarded with Mary Higgins Clark Award.


Upcoming Book Awards:


The Man Booker Prize 2012The 2012 Longlist for Man Booker Prize was announced and include (among others): Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, Yips  by Nicola Barker and 9 more. The 2011 Booker Prize winner was Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending. Shortlist will be announced September 11 and the winners October 16, 2012.


Hugo AwardHugo Awards winners for sci-fi's most presigous awards, will be presented September 3, 2012. Nominees include A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, Among Others by Jo Walton, Deadline by Mira Grant, Embassytown by China Miéville and Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey in Best Novel category. 


National Book Award

National Book Awards Ceremony which celebrates best of American literature  will be held on November 14.

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review 2012-08-16 00:00
Murder In Silence
Murder in Silence - Gary Kassay In this mystery we follow along with Duke Becker and his unit as they try to solve the brutal murders of two cops and catch the criminal before he kills again. The two cops don't seem to have anything in common. They have never worked the same precinct; they didn't work on the same cases. And the murder weapon is a mystery too. Their throats were torn out and shards of steel were found in the wounds. Whatever happened, happened fast. There were no defensive wounds. Also traces of canidae saliva was found.Duke and his partner Jimmy are busy investigating any sort of lead. One of the leads takes Duke to a veterinary clinic where he meets Dr. Liz Cunningham. They are instantly attracted to each other and quickly fall in love. Fitting in a romance around a homicide investigation takes some doing but it does make Duke a more well-rounded character. The scene when they first met and Duke reacts with all the savoir-faire of a twelve-year-old was funny. Seeing this responsible cop reduced to stammering made him more human but it also made me wonder how old he actually was. Some of the chapters are told in the first person from the criminals point of view while other chapters are told in the first person from Duke's point of view. I felt that the writing in this one started out a bit stilted and some of the actions and dialog were unrealistic enough to throw me out of the story. As the story went on, though, I stopped noticing and got caught up in the plot and the hunt for the killer. A few of the things that tossed me out of the story had to do with names. Duke is named Duke because his father was a big John Wayne fan. Whenever he is introduced to someone and they call him by his police rank - Inspector - he asks that they call him Duke. It doesn't matter who he introduced to, he always asks to be called Duke. And his partner had a name thing too. Whenever he was introduced to people he asked them to call him Jimmy or Nova. It seemed strange that he couldn't decide what he wanted to be called. The plot was well-developed and fast-paced. Duke does have a TSTL (too stupid to live) moment or two at a crucial spot in the story. After insisting that his cops have backup, he proceeds into a very dangerous situation without any. Luckily, and in the nick of time, his partner does have his back. This was an engaging story. It is the first book in a planned series. The epilogue and the teaser from the next book at the end of this one hint at much more trouble in store for Duke and his unit. I will be following along on the adventure.
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