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review 2018-03-12 01:25
A Darker Place
A Darker Place (Anne Waverly) - Laurie R. King

Anne Waverly, a respected University professor who specializes in alternative religious movements, goes undercover again to learn more about a community called Change that has branches in Arizona, England, and Japan. She found it easy to get into the community when a young girl, who looked a lot like her dead daughter and who hadn't been speaking took an interest in her. The young girl spoke to her and even laughed. She learned about her brother Jason and found herself determined to keep these children safe. She was slowly learning the secrets of the Change community in Arizona but not enough to call in her FBI counterpart to take over. Then she, along with the two kids and one other child were sent to the England branch for more advanced training with Jacob. They quickly realized things were not the same at the England branch and she was scared for herself and the kids and decided she needed to contact Glen with the FBI and fast! The problem was, he had no authority in England.


This book was slow moving but held my attention until the end but the ending was very abrupt and left me with a lot of questions.

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review 2018-01-18 01:38
Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation - Mark Teague


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Interesting story. I enjoyed the epistolary style, but I could see how it may not resonate with young children. The story is really driven by the letters so it may be a bit confusing. The wording is often vague so I think it is suited for more advanced readers than very young ones. 

This is a surprisingly dark story in my opinion. Although I did like the placement of the idea that cats should be kept indoors to protect small animals. 

Good overall.
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review 2018-01-12 06:22
Procedural and Courtroom drama
A Cold Day in Hell (A Cold Case Investigation) - Lissa Marie Redmond

Redmond does weave an interesting tale, and there is some suspense, but the story is more procedural and courtroom drama than anything else. I do have to say that the writing style and flow kept the courtroom scenes engaging and dramatic. Our main character, Lauren Riley, has quite the reputation as a detective, but she certainly is not without flaws, particularly in her personal life. In many cases, that can make for the most intriguing characters, and I have to say that it does work for this one. Some scene descriptions get a bit tedious, but there is some great dialogue. I especially enjoyed the banter between Lauren and Frank, who are so used to being on opposite sides of a case that they can't let it go. While the primary focus of the story is the murder trial, there is a bit of side story by way of a 28 year old murder case. All in all, the story did hold my interest, but it felt like the cold case was solved a little too quickly, and the suspense aspect surrounding the murder trial was cut short by a "mystery" that was just too easy to figure out. The story does get chilling at the very end and even hints at a promising thriller, so I'll be interested to see if there's a next book addressing that part of the tale.

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text 2017-11-09 07:37
One fish, two fish, red fish, DEAD fish

All is not well in fishy haven.  It is a sad day and the castle flags have been lowered.  


I noticed someone was missing and put out an amber alert tank wide.  Fish 1 of 6 in my Emerald Barb hoard was MIA.  I knew he was having some swim bladder problems but put up the crime scene tape just in case there was anything fishy going on.  The forensic team found no fin prints or blood and the search snails have turned up nothing.  Without a body we couldn't be sure he was alive or dead or if a crime had even been committed.  Some people and fish think he simply jumped tank, which is suicide but his mother swore he would never do that to her. The castle was thoroughly searched even though Raymond the pleco and his castle mate Waldo the upside-down catfish were very upset about it.  We had to get a warrant.  Unfortunately, we found no trace of 1 of 6 and time was running out if he was still alive and being held more captive than he was before.  We did find a napkin covered in BBQ sauce buried behind the castle but couldn't prove it belonged to Raymond.  The lab is testing it for DNA now to see if any trace of 1 of 6 could be found on the napkin. 


I was sure Raymond was guilty of cannibalism but he said 1 of 6 was a friend and swore he would never eat a friend.  Guppies yes, but not friends.  Then, one of my team noticed a man hole cover out of place.  Actually, it was the cover to the filter intake.  We checked the filter but we found nothing but gunk inside.  In the process of cleaning that up we noticed the cover was heavier than it should be and something heavy rolled inside.  His wife covered her face with her fins. We looked in and found..... dun dun DUN!  A HEAD. 1 of 6 is definitely dead and at least 50% eaten.  Further investigation proved that 1 of 6 did die of natural causes.  We can´t prove, without a doubt, which fish ate part of the body or if there was a gang involved.  We will have to close this case but I will keep my eye on the rest of those fish, especially Raymond.  I also believe Waldo may have been involved but no one could find him to question him.  


RIP 1 of 6, you will be missed.

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review 2017-11-08 16:46
Have You Seen Her?
Have You Seen Her? (Romantic Suspense, #2) - Karen Rose

This is my book for Calan Gaeaf     



This is a Romantic Suspense Novel and that is really important to keep in mind in case you listen to the audiobook like I did.  I would have thought it was a book about the Holocaust with all the times it said ¨Genocide¨.  Turns out they meant ¨Jenna sighed.¨  And, Jenna sighed a lot...


I´m not much into romance but these books by Karen Rose are pretty dang good.  Talk about hot for teacher!  The suspense is really well done and the romance is.... well, it´s not the corny kind.  Some people may want to keep a towel or tissues handy.  It is definitely a book to keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end.  


This is the second book in Karen Rose´s Romantic Suspense series and continues to follow Steven Thatcher, a detective with the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation in Raleigh, NC).  In this story, Steven is investigating the disappearance of a young girl who is later found murdered. Then, it happens again and again and then they knew they were dealing with a serial killer who was targeting cheerleaders from local area schools.  While Steven is already under enough pressure to find the killer and the 16 year old girl who is currently missing but hopefully still alive, Steven is also dealing with family trouble.  His oldest son has been acting out lately and is flunking chemistry.  Steven has to make time in the middle of this murder investigation to meet with his son´s teacher.  He doesn´t just meet her though, he literally takes her down when they collide in the school lobby.  Sparks fly immediately but he tries to keep himself under control because he can´t risk his kids getting attached to someone who might leave them like his wife did.  





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