Book Review-Haunted ready


Haunted

by

James Patterson

and

James O. Born

*****

Haunted was my second James Patterson read for 2021 and a puzzling one into the bargain.  However, it was the usual quick read with short sharp chapters.  As with many of Patterson’s books, it was enjoyable, but not really memorable.

Detective Mike Bennett gets to know the law from the other side after his fifteen-year-old is convicted on serious drug charges and the judge decided to make an example of him, putting him in prison for far longer than expected.

After seeing his son off to prison Mike realises that time with one’s children is precious and he and his tribe decide on a family vacation in Maine, where a former female colleague works.  He has barely arrived when his former colleague is at his back door begging for help to solve one of many cases of youth disappearances in the area.    Agreeing to help with one case leads to another and another when it becomes apparent that drugs are involved in each disappearance.

Finally, I wish I was paid ten cents for every time the word ‘said’ was used.  Not one character commented, asked, replied, mentioned or answered.  There are so many synonyms for ‘said’ all of which make written dialogue much more interesting.

Unfortunately, the authors of this novel are not the only ones I find guilty of lazy writing.  Using ‘said’….all the time!

I have rated

Haunted

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Haunted

an average of 3.99 stars

from 14,927 ratings

and 1,015 reviews.

***

Haunted

can be purchased on-line at 

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The Angel Creek Girls

(Kay Sharp #3)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s third Kay Sharp offering The Angel Creek Girls is the best of three, Kay Sharp books, so far.  Set in and around her hometown, Mount Chester during a monsoonal type downpour.

Cheryl and her two youngest daughters are anxiously waiting for sixteen-year-old Julie to return home so that they may leave their Mount Chester home.  Julie’s return home that evening is followed by another visitor which in turn leads to a murder and a kidnapping.

Shortly after Sharp and Elliot Young commence their investigation; Young is tasked with another case where he finds a body alongside a busy road.   Are the two connected?  All forensic evidence washed away in the continuing deluge chances of finding the killer are slim.

Detective Sharp soon declares that there is a serial kidnapper operating in and around her hometown with kidnappings dating back over fifty years.  Needless to say, she is not that popular when her superiors hear her assertion.

Kay pulls some strings and soon her assertion has some legs.  But, is it enough to secure a conviction?

I think The Angel Creek Girls has more twists and turns than in any other book reviewed in 2021.

I will also re-state that The Angel Creek Girls is the best, of the three Detective Kay Sharp books, so far.  I hope there are more in the pipeline.

I rated

The Angel Creek Girls

as a solid

five-star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Angel Creek Girls

an average of 4.46 stars

from 818 ratings

and 84reviews

The Angel Creek Girls

is available online

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Front Runner

by

Felix/Dick  Francis

(Jefferson Hinkley #1)

 


Front Runner, was my fifth novel bearing the Francis surname and my second featuring Jeff Hinkley who is still a BHA (British Horse Racing Authority) investigator.

A morning phone call from a jockey sees Jeff on a train to meet said jockey in person.  The jockey is nowhere to be found and while trying to find him Hinkley finds himself in a life-threatening situation, which, as it turns out, is only the first of several life-threatening situations Hinkley is to experience in Front Runner.  Situations that see Hinkley spending a few days in hospital with Henri(ettia) becoming a constant visitor.  Henri invites Hinkley to the Cayman Islands for Christmas and New Year.   To Hinkley’s surprise transportation to the Caymans is not via a commercial airliner, rather, it is the company private jet of which Henri is a board member.

At his stage, I was beginning to ask myself how the Cayman section had anything to do with British horse racing.   However, among all the wealth surrounding his host, Hinkley still managed to find himself in hot water, so to speak.

I thoroughly enjoyed Front Runner and would recommend this book to lovers of the ‘whodunit’ genre.

While Front Runner has its foundation in British Horse Racing, much of the action takes place in the Cayman Islands.  There are a few pages at the end to tie up the wholly British storylines at the beginning of the book.

Overall another delightful book albeit, loosely about the British Horse Racing industry.

A solid four-star read from Dick Francis.

***

I rated

Front Runner

as a solid

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Front Runner

an average of 3.93 stars

from 2,177 ratings

and 263 reviews.

Front Runner

can be purchased online at

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The Stockmen

by

Rachael Treasure

Whilst I have always enjoyed Rachael Treasure novels, The Stockmen, I think, will rate among my favourites, if for no other reason than it is set in Western Victoria, where I spent 55 years of my life.  I also had a Black and Tan Kelpie dog (Brandy) which as a six-week-old pup ran out from its litter to greet me.  For the next thirteen years, he was my one and only work colleague and mate.  His first and only litter of pups was born a few weeks before his death.  The pup I kept  (Ginger) lasted fourteen years making a total of 27 years with father and daughter.

But, enough of my reminiscing and on with my review.

Rosie Jones was kept away from learning how to be a farmer by her parents, especially her mother who is intent on climbing her own social ladder at the expense of her daughter’s wishes.

Rosie’s fiancé, Sam, meets an untimely death after which Rosie’s boss assigns her to research a story about an Irish stockman of the nineteenth century and his kelpie dogs, for a series of articles to be published in the Casterton paper prior to the inaugural kelpie auction.

Her only distraction is a real Irish stockman (Jim) her father employs to help on their farm.   Jim is good with animals and teaches Rosie how to train a litter of pups.

Another enjoyable audiobook from Rachael Treasure made so much better because it was set in my backyard, so to speak.

I have rated

The Stockmen

a solid

read.

 ***

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Stockmen

an average of 

4.13 stars

from 827 ratings and 47 reviews 

***

The Stockmen

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Book Review-Daylight

Daylight

(Atlee Pine #3)

by

David Baldacci

Daylight, by David Baldacci, is the third of three books, featuring FBI Agent, Atlee Pine.    Daylight sees Atlee continuing to search for answers regarding the kidnapping of her twin sister, Mercy, thirty years earlier.

After discovering who kidnapped Mercy, Pine and trusty assistant Carol Blum accidentally bump into John Puller after blowing his arrest during a drug operation.

Working together, Pine and Puller discover a connection between the kidnapper’s family and corrupt politicians.

Among layers of lies and cover-ups, Pine makes some discoveries about her personal quest that shock her to the bone.

Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy.  Truths, which shatter Pine’s beliefs about who did what, and what did not happen to her sister Mercy. 

As with Long Road to Mercy, A Minute To Midnight and Daylight are all good quick reads/audiobooks.  Readers of the Atlee Pine series should commence with book one, Long Road to Mercy, in my opinion.   

Baldacci fans will enjoy Daylight.

I rated

Daylight

as a four-star read.

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Daylight

an average of 4.19 stars

from 27,336 ratings

and 1,964 reviews.

*****

Daylight

may be purchased online at

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Book-Review-The-Evidence

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The Evidence

by

K. L. Slater

 

The Evidence is the eighteenth of K. L. Slater’s novels I have read, and reviewed, in the past two years.

After a hit and run accident in which her son was injured on his way home from school, Esme Fox leaves her job and begins building a successful podcast, theoretically to have something to help provide for her son when he is older.

She is current interviewing Simone who has been convicted and sentenced for murdering her husband.  This excites Esme simply because it is the first time Simone has spoken about her case let alone requested a particular journalist.

Podcast One is such a success that a television station wants to talk to Esme about a collaborative effort with the rest of Simone’s podcasts.  The meeting is a disaster however when Esme’s sister and researcher is a no show.  She is discovered several days later in a nearby wood at death’s door.

Meanwhile, Esme continues interviewing Simone who begins to talk about her abusive marriage.  It is only then that recently separated Esme takes a cold hard look at her own marriage.  Esme realises how much she has been controlled and manipulated by her ex during their marriage.

The Evidence is worth reading just to read the last few chapters.  Who did what to whom?          

Another brilliant novel from K. L. Slater which I rated as a five-star read.

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I rated

The Evidence

as a solid

star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Evidence

an average of 4.14 stars

from 1,398 ratings

212 reviews

***

The Evidence

is available online

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A Minute to Midnight

(Atlee Pine #2)

by

David Baldacci

A Minute To Midnight by David Baldacci is the second of three books, so far, featuring FBI Agent, Atlee Pine.    Midnight sees Atlee returning to her hometown to find out what became of her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted when they were six.  The thirty-year-old kidnapping of her sister, Mercy, has been the main force behind Attlee joining the FBI.   However, her anger over the unresolved kidnapping nearly has her thrown off the FBI.

Upon arriving in her hometown in Georgia, with her assistant Carol Blum, she soon discovers that no one really knows who owns her family home.  She only seems to be in town a short while before being seconded by local police to help track down what proves to be a serial killer.

One body becomes two.  Two becomes three.   The FBI is called in to officially assist with the investigation.  During which Atlee may have been the target of an ambush shooting saved only by the fact that she was driving.

As with Long Road to Mercy, A Minute To Midnight is a good quick read/audiobook.  One thing which makes the audiobook stand out is that a male and a female narrator are used which gives more character to each voice.

The ending had me reaching for book 3 of the series, Daylight.

Baldacci fans will love A Minute To Midnight

I have just squeezed A Minute to Midnight into a four-star rating.

I have rated

A Minute to Midnight

as a

four star read.

Other Goodreads readers have rated

A Minute to Midnight

an average of 4.20 stars

from 33,900 ratings

 and 2,457 reviews.

***

A Minute to Midnight

may be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Riverstone-Ridge

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Riverstone Ridge

by

Mandy Magro

Mandy Magro’s, Riverstone Ridge was my sixth read of this author’s works and as with Ms Magro’s works, it is set in Far North Queensland.

As 17-year-olds are prone to do Nina slipped out her window to go to a party while she was grounded.  A car pulls over and she is offered a ride.  When she declines, however, the sleazy driver becomes insistent and she is only saved when her high school crush also pulls up to see if all is okay.  A month or so later she leaves Huntingvale, for city life, without so much as a goodbye to school friends.  Only her adoptive mother Bea knows why.

Around two decades later Nina receives word that Bea has passed away.  Upon her return to Riverstone Ridge and Huntingvale, Nina again meets up with her high school crush and now the local law enforcer Logan.  Bea has tasked Nina with the sale of Riverstone Ridge if Nina does not want to keep it

The only questions to be answered are, will widower and local policeman Logan admit they have feelings for each other?  And what information has Bea left in her five weekly letters, from the grave, being delivered by the family lawyer?  And, finally, will Nina sell Riverstone Ridge, or will she find something that will keep her in Huntingvale?

I rated

Riverstone Ridge

 as an enjoyable

three-star audiobook

*** 

At the time of writing my review

 other Goodreads readers had awarded

Riverstone Ridge

an average of 4.20 stars

 from 174 ratings

 and 32 reviews

Riverstone Ridge

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Five Ways To Fall

(Ten Tiny Breaths #5)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Five Ways To Fall is K. A. Tucker’s fifth novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.

However, unlike previous offerings in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, Five Ways To Fall has but a tenuous connection to the prior books.  Five Ways To Fall reduces original characters to cameo mentions and appearances at parties and social occasions.  The only exception to this is Ben the good looking (and womanising) bouncer at Penny’s as he begins his career as a lawyer.

Reese, and Ben, meet in Cancun on Ben’s last night.  A night that could only be described as an unmitigated disaster that Reese wanted to forget and Ben wanted to remember.

Several months later they bump into each other…at work.   Reese now works as a paralegal, a brilliant one at that, at her stepfather’s law firm, where Ben has also secured a position at the firm.

Five Ways To Fall is a nice romance with an inevitable happy ending which most K. A. Tucker fans will enjoy.

I found

Five Ways To Fall

an enjoyable read and rated

Five Ways To Fall

as a solid

four star read.

***

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Five Ways To Fall

an average of 4.30 stars

from 14,581 ratings

and 1,223 reviews.

***

Five Ways To Fall

can be purchased online at

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Four Seconds to Lose

(Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Four Seconds To Lose is K. A. Tucker’s third novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.  This time it is strip club owner, Cain with guest appearances by all of the original Ten Tiny Breaths cast of characters  

 

Cain has a strict no fraternizing with the dancers policy which works well until Charlie Rourke casts her shadow over his doorway, seeking a job.   Being around Charlie sees all types of emotions stirred in Cain; basic, animal emotions which have lain dormant for many years.  In fact, Charlie is the only dancer which Cain comes out of his office to watch, each and every night.  

But Charlie is involved in shady dealings.  Her step-dad is using her as a drug mule and drugs are one thing which Cain wants nothing to do with.  As romance begins to blossom, Cain decides to air his dirty laundry for Charlie’s benefit.   He feels his hitherto unknown past may be holding Charlie back…what he doesn’t know is that it is her past, present and future which is stopping Charlie from committing to Cain.

Another easy read from K. A. Tucker which I enjoyed immensely.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Four Seconds to Lose

an average of 4.20 stars

from 18,380 ratings

and 1,445 reviews.

***

I rated

Four Seconds to Lose

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

Four Seconds to Lose

can be purchased online at

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