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review 2018-06-23 05:09
The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts
The Policewoman - Justin W. M. Roberts

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is an interesting book. I gave it four stars. Sara Dharmawan is an ambitious and attractive, police Inspector in an antiterrorist unit. Her father is Indonesian and her mother is half English and Spanish. She has an older brother, Tony, in the Indonesian Air Force and a little sister, Cindy, in secondary school.

 

English is basically Sarah's first language. However, she speaks Indonesian, Spanish, French, Dutch and German. Foreign language proficiency is a career booster in government service. When asked what she usually uses those languages for she replies: "Oh, I usually pray in Spanish, speak French to my boyfriend, curse in Dutch, and talk German to her German Shepherd." She can also speak fluent Arabic but doesn't share that talent, yet.

 

She's meeting with her Interpol commander, Christopher Broussard. "'That explains your accent then,' says Broussard, smiling.

 

People from West Country usually don't pronounce the letter 'h,' which is known as aitch-dropping. Broussard usually associates the West Country accent with farmers...or pirates. But he has to admit that it sounds nice coming from the stunningly beautiful Indonesian policewoman in front of him, even if it's ever so slightly unnatural."

 

Sarah is in a briefing with her new associates to earn about the Irish Drug Cartel. "Niall is their chief executioner. In the Cartel, he's in charge of the torture and murder of police, politicians, and civilians who get in their way"...

 

I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Policewoman-Justin-W-M-Roberts-ebook/dp/B01MXHON0A

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review 2018-06-22 19:42
Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell
Two Tocks before Midnight: A 19th Centur... Two Tocks before Midnight: A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery (The Agora Mystery Series) - Clay Boutwell
Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell begins in 1889 in Boston. It is an intriguing book and I gave it five stars because it kept my interest from start to finish.
 
"I can't even say with certitude that the events of that date occurred exactly as I remember them. As time passes, so do the minute and myriad details; rough edges are made smooth and the inevitable romanticizing of the past plays havoc with true fact."
 
Thomas, a club member who arrived later was suspected of being the killer.
 
"He had become emotionally upset--as would I, had I been accused of murder unjustly. But if he truly was the murderer, the truth had to be fleshed out before another victim could be killed."
 
I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this book.
 
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review 2018-06-04 20:47
Sin Walks into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson
Sin Walks Into The Desert - Matt Ingwalson

Sin Walks into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson, (Sin & Nicki Book 1) is an unusual story. Sin is off into the desert to find his mentor, el Viejo who is missing. Sin received the news from Catrina, aka la Calavera, who is an ex-federal agent living in a retirement home near the border. I gave it five stars.

 

El Viejo had saved Sin's life, when he was a 12-year-old kid. Even though diabetes and arthritis have crippled him, el Viejo had been bad and brave.

 

When Sin met Petr, la Calavera's husband he was thin enough to look like an aspen. He told el Viejo: "'Thought you said he was stone cold Viking killer.' 'No, I said Petr was Swedish intelligence, Sin. Not everyone who works in MLE pulls triggers for a living. I believe he analyzed satellite imagery.'

 

'Whatever,' Sin said, because that was what he always said when he wasn't saying nothing."

 

Sin further describes Petr: "Petr reached one hand out past her shoulders. His fist had thick blue veins tunneling all across it, as brightly colored, in their own way as the tattoos on Sin's hands."

 

Sin describes when the first met la Calavera: "If she didn't have the plastic tube pumping little bursts of oxygen into her nose, she would've been about the most beautiful woman Sin'd ever seen....She was an old woman and her skin showed it, but her eyes were so bright and hard that they sparkled like stars magically visible in daytime skies."

 

El Viejo is talking to La Calavera and Sin as he brought their dinner: "'We'd best dig in. The sun goes down quickly when you're in a valley,' he said. La Calavera nodded, 'But the stars, they will shine so bright.'"

 

Regret Things is a new novel about Nicki and Sin that I look forward to reading.

 

This is Book 1 in a series of three books. I received a free kindle copy of Sin Walks Into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Walks-Into-Desert-Nicki-Book-ebook/dp/B00K3E3YJC

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review 2017-03-19 08:32
Dead Dame on the Floor: A Hank Bradshaw ... Dead Dame on the Floor: A Hank Bradshaw Short Story - Mick Hunter

Dead Dame on the Floor: A Hank Bradshaw Short Story by Mick Hunter contains a lot in only fourteen pages. It's about Hank Bradshaw's hearing his friend, Nancy, get murdered while he's on the phone with her. He wants to find out what happened and punish who did it. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WP8X4C9/

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review 2017-03-19 08:23
Bum Rap by Paul Levine
Bum Rap - Paul Levine

Bum Rap by Paul Levine is a page-turning legal thriller about an attorney accused of murder. I gave it five stars because it had snappy dialogue, just the right amount of sexual tension between the characters and is an intriguing story.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1477829865

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