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text 2017-12-12 03:40
Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 848 pages.
The Big Book of Jack the Ripper (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original) - Otto Penzler

I only have to get to page 136 to finish up with the Nonfiction, "True Crime" opening section of this book, so not long before I get to what really made me commit to this huge affair: the short stories. I come out of the suspects rundown, by Underwood, favoring Mary Kelly's male friend/lover, Barnett, as a good bet to be the Ripper...the man in Mary Kelly's life who was initially questioned, but after that, seems to have been overlooked, by all Ripperologists, as the killer. I would say the proposed reason for Barnett first killing other prostitutes seems a bit wild, but I'll take that over the "Royal Conspiracy" theory, or doctors with split-personalities.

 

the next Nonfiction section is one I look forward to; it is by Stephen Hunter, and I have already read, and loved, his novel, I, Ripper. and yes, I'm deliberately reading a Mystery novel called The Spoilt Kill, by one Mary Kelly, because of the coincidence in names (though it's also encouraging that it won the Gold Dagger Award).

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text 2017-12-11 21:39
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 232 pages.
The Spoilt Kill - Mary Kelly

murder and pottery--yes, bring it on! ashes to ashes, dust to dust. and some clay!

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review 2017-12-11 18:15
Sex Trafficking and High Fashion in Justice For Abby by Cate Beauman @CateBeauman
Justice For Abby - Cate Beauman

I have been reading my way through Cate Beauman’s Bodyguard of LA County Series, and Justice For Abby is Book Six. I love romantic suspense and Cate can sure spin a tale that keeps me wrapped up in the mystery. I look forward to each and every one.

 

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Justice For Abby (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #6)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Justice for Abby by Cate Beauman is Book VI of the Bodyguards of LA County Series and I have been eating these romantic suspense novels up, like the M&Ms I love so much. This may be the best one yet.

 

Abby is taken from the rest area parking lot, right in front of her sister, Alexa, and her daughter, Livy. With the threat of harm to her family, Abby is forced to work for them, but her eye is always on escape.

 

After her rescue, she has lingering affects, flashbacks and panic attacks, and fears that she won’t be able to come back if she loses herself…again.

 

She is the prime witness for the prosecution in the trial for the traffickers. She is single handedly bringing down the largest sex ring they’d ever seen, so she has a bullseye on her back. They want her DEAD.

 

The traffickers are brutal, savage, only interested in themselves. The women are possessions, bought and sold, passed around like a commodity. Imagine the threat of death and torture hovering over your head, day after day, month after month, year after year, with no relief in sight.

 

Abby is a fighter with a big heart. She is making a name for herself in the high fashion world and paying it forward by creating opportunities for those less fortunate, hiring some of the women she knew from her captivity.

 

Her bodyguard, Jerrod lives with her, protecting her. He is all business, but will the sexy little kitten win over his heart? Me thinks so. I love the recurring characters and the danger that surrounds them as I wait…for that terrible something to happen.

 

Margret…my heart goes out to Margret and I know there is nothing Abby won’t do to try and save her.

 

Shelby, beware of a woman scorned and a shallow one at that. Can a villain be redeemed? I always have hope, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.

 

Cate Beauman describes the scenes in such vivid detail that I can see Abby dancing, singing, and shaking her bootie as she cooks and I can’t help but smile even as I type these words. Makes me want to get up and dance.

 

When the shit hits the fan, I love how Cate Beauman handled it and she sure has me terrified, wondering…

 

I love how Cate Beauman twisted and turned the normal romantic suspense beast, you know, that push and pull of attraction, the dance between yes and no, making my rating of Justice For Abby over the top.

 

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text 2017-12-11 13:42
Reading progress update: I've read 77 out of 253 pages.
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg

It's ok so far, but I'm having some trouble overcoming my incredulity that a head wound could cover up a shot to the head that occurred afterward. Perhaps it will make more sense once the whole thing is explained.

 

I could also do with more Bishop and less Inspector. The Inspector's pretty boring.

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review 2017-12-11 09:51
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb

Eve and Roarke are returning home from a party, when a naked, shocky and covered-in-blood woman walks into the street. After taking her to a hospital, Eve goes to investigate, and finds the woman's husband dead in a blood-spattered bedroom, with various pieces of art missing throughout the house, and the three safes empty.

Digging deeper, Eve discovers a similar crime (only without the dead husband) has happened before. Twice. And she knows it'll happen again...



I felt like I read this story before. Formulaic, template-y, plodding, and rather dull. The crime didn't spark particular interest in me, and the investigative process was little better, since it focused mostly on the procedural and drone work, without a palpable sense of urgency or danger.

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