Book Review-The-Fix

The Fix

by

David Baldacci

As Amos Decker is making his way to work, he becomes an unintentional witness to a murder/suicide just outside FBI Headquarters.

Even Decker’s total recall of events brings him no closer to working out why a man would simply walk up to a woman kill her and then turn the gun on himself.  There is no known connection between the gunman and his victim. He is a successful businessman, and she was a school teacher.   And no matter how much Decker investigates the murder the connection between the victim and perpetrator remains a mystery as does a motive.

Harper Brown, a Defence Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.) agent, orders Decker to back off the case as the murder is part of an ongoing DIA Investigation.   Decker soon becomes aware the DIA believes solving the murder is a national security issue as critical information may have been leaked to foreign sources and that a terrorist attack may be imminent.

As usual Baldacci’s The Fix (my 20th Baldacci read) moves at a fast pace with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing.

I rated The Fix as a solid

four-star read

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

 The Fix

an average of 4.17 stars

from 68,773 ratings

and 4,051 reviews

***

The Fix

can be purchased online at

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Say You Still Love Me

by

K. A. Tucker

Say You Still Love Me is romance written in a then and now format.  Then being a school summer camp where characters meet and now is thirteen years later or present day, if you will.

Piper Calloway is a seventeen-year-old daughter whose family is not at all short of money.   She would rather be in Paris with her friends instead of spending the summer as a counsellor at the school camp her mother attended.

Kyle Miller is definitely from the other side of the tracks.  Far from being wealthy most of Kyle’s family are in prison for various reasons.

After a wonderful time at camp they promise each other to stay in touch and that is the last time they see each other, for thirteen years.  By this time Piper is VP of her father’s company when she sees Kyle in a security guard uniform in her building.

As with all romances there are several complications before life becomes uncomplicated for them. Piper learns the reason why she never heard from Kyle after Summer Camp all those years ago.  The biggest question is can she forgive, forget and move forward?  And will Kyle be by her side?

                                                                                             

As with all of Ms Tucker’s books

that I have so far read,

I thoroughly enjoyed

 Say You Still Love Me,

and

I rated

 Say You Still Love Me,

as an enjoyable

four-star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

 Say You Still Love Me,

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

 Say You Still Love Me,

an average of 3.84 stars

from 18,010 ratings

and 2,210 reviews.

***

Say You Still Love Me,

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 ***

 

 

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The 6.20 Man

by

David Baldacci

World War II veteran Travis Devine works for the prestigious firm of Cowl and Comley, a finance company in the Manhattan District of New York.

Every morning he rides the 6.20 commuter train into Manhattan’s Finance District, where he works long and hard.

One morning the tedium of his work is shattered by an anonymous email that reads simply; She is Dead.

 ‘She’ is Sara Ewes, Devine’s former girlfriend and now co-worker.

Sara’s body was found hanging in a largley disused storage room of his office building.  Even though it was presumed to be a suicide that did not stop NYPD question him regarding his whereabouts at the time of her death.

Hot on the heels of the NYPD questioning comes another visitor who threatens to dredge up his secrets from his days in the army unless he participates in a clandestine investigation into his firm.

Devine’s role in this investigation will take him from the wealthy life style he used to glimpse through a train carriage window to some dark corners of the country’s economic power.  As he carries out his part of the investigation the body count mounts around him.

I rated The 6.20 Man as a solid

four-star read

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

 The 6.20 Man

an average of 4.19 stars

from 33,195 ratings

and 1,957 reviews

***

The 6.20 Man

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

 

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The Player Next Door

by

K. A. Tucker

 

I first read The Player Next Door in 2020, however, for some unknown reason I did not review it.  In a nutshell, The Player Next Door is about Scarlet returning to her hometown only to discover that her high school heart-throb is now her next-door neighbour.

 

Scarlet Reed returns to Polson Falls, her hometown where, thanks to her mother’s sexual proclivities, she was known as the harlot’s daughter during her youth.   She has secured a teaching position at the local school and purchased a fixer-upper to call home.  Life looks good until she meets her next-door neighbour, Shane Beckett, the high school star quarterback who broke her heart over a decade ago.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that she has not forgotten the pain caused by their teenage breakup.

Shane claims to be a better person now than he was then. Neighbours they may be, but Scarlet wants nothing more than to be Shane’s neighbour.  Scarlett vows not to fall for Shane again.  However, as she gets to know this version of Shane, she begins to fear that she’s wrong.  Perhaps Shane has changed:  maybe she should give him a chance.  As she allows herself to think these thoughts, Scarlet comes to the conclusion that she should give Shane a second chance; after all, they were good in high school and the only thing he did wrong was to dump her unexpectedly.   Perhaps Scarlet is the one playing herself out of a chance at true happiness. And ever so slowly Scarlett and Shane’s friendship grows into something more than a platonic relationship.

This is my second read of The Player Next Door and I have enjoyed it as much as the first time.

I rated

The Player Next Door

as a

Three Star



  read.

Other Goodreads readers have rated

The Player Next Door

an average of 3.80 stars

from 12,858 ratings

and 1,372 reviews.

***

 

The Player Next Door

can be purchased online at

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Triple Crown

by

Felix Francis

After hosting Tony Andretti from the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA), in the ways of British Horseracing Authority (BHA),  Andretti invites Jeff Hinkley to come to America and help him find a mole in his organization.

And that is how Triple Crown begins with British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) lead investigator, Jeff Hinkley, working with the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) to find a mole in the agency.

Hinkley joins his FACSA colleagues on a disastrous raid on a trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs.  The only thing they discover is a body.  Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favoured horses in the field fall sick and are withdrawn from the race.

At this point, Hinkley decides to go undercover as a groom at Belmont Park racetrack in New York where he discovers some corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing, including murdering Hinckley to win the Triple Crown.  The Triple Crown is a series of races that include; The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  These three races are contested over five weeks in May and June each year and only three-year-old thoroughbreds are eligible to enter.   Therefore a racehorse has only one year, during its career, in which to win the Triple Crown.

I rated

Triple Crown

as a

four-star audiobook.

***  

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Triple Crown

an average of 3.66 stars

from 1,995 ratings

and 298 reviews.

***

Triple Crown

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

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A Gambling Man

(Archer #2)

by

David Baldacci

 

 

After reading One Good Deed (Archer #1) I was looking forward to the next installment in the Archer Series and was not disappointed.   Archer is on his way to Bay Town, California, and a job with Willie Dash a local private eye.

He stops for a while in Reno and with some luck, he finds a wad of cash in his possession and a French, Delahaye convertible.  He also gains a traveling companion in the form of the beautiful Liberty Callahan who is an aspiring actress.

Archer quickly lands a job with Willie Dash and immediately finds he is investigating extortion, blackmail case.  Very soon murder is also added to the list and as the body count grows so too, does the complexity of the case, along with his feelings towards Callahan.  As it was in One Good Deed it was the wealthy who were the villains of the story as they strived to increase their wealth by fair means or foul.

Should you have never read a David Baldacci story I can recommend Books 1 and 2 of the Archer series and have no reason to believe Dream Town (Book 3) will be any less enjoyable.

*****

I rated

A Gambling Man

as a five-star read.

***

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have awarded

A Gambling Man

an average of 4.15 stars

from 32,183 ratings

and 1,756 reviews.

***

A Gambling Man

may be purchased online at

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

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The Tailor’s Girl

by

Fiona McIntosh

The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh is the best book I have read this year; maybe all time.  Romance is combined with the trauma suffered by a returned World War 1 soldier who is suffering amnesia and shell shock, as it was known back then.  Jonesy, as the staff called him, is hospitalised towards the end of World War 1, and has no memory of anything prior to waking up in this establishment.

A friendly visitor (Eden) helps him escape from the hospital and he begins life again. Romance blooms, followed by marriage and a pregnancy.  Suddenly Alex is reborn with only flashes of memory and noises to remind him of those lost years.

The Tailor’s Girl was a thoroughly enjoyable novel.  It was well-paced and more than once I found myself sitting in our garage listening to the end of a chapter.

Narrator, Madeleine Leslay, made the nearly sixteen hours of this novel pass so quickly, it seemed more like a 7-8 hour book.

The only negative comment is that I enjoyed The Tailor’s Girl so much it has been difficult to find a ‘next read’ that will hold my attention.

The Tailor’s Girl is definitely a five-star audiobook

Other Goodreads readers have rated

 The Tailor’s Girl

an average of 4.09 stars,

from 1,135 ratings

and 138 reviews.

Definitely a

5-stars

read.

The Tailor’s Girl

is the first novel to make

‘my favourites’ list in 2019.

The Tailor’s Girl

can be purchased on-line at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon.

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Nightingale

by

Fiona McIntosh

 

Fiona McIntosh’s Nightingale was my sixth of this author’s offerings. However, it was not my favourite.   Good, but not ‘up there’.  

While stationed off the shores of Gallipoli during World War I, Nurse Claire Nightingale meets and falls madly in love with Australian Light Horseman Jamie Wren. 

Jamie is patched up and sent back to the front where he is again wounded.  Upon reaching the hospital Jamie is told that Claire’s Hospital Ship sailed for the Western Front theatre of War shortly after he was declared fit for service and returned to the front some weeks earlier.

Still searching for each other in peacetime Claire receives notification of Jamie’s death, from his father.   Her world is shattered.  She has one last hope; a promised meeting for afternoon tea in London.

I enjoyed Nightingale, however, I felt it was a three-and-a-half-star book, but not a four-star read.   Therefore, instead of bumping my three-and-a-half stars to four, I felt relegating it to three stars was the better choice.

Overall an enjoyable love story set against the backdrop of World War 1.

I thoroughly enjoyed

Nightingale

and rate it a three-star story.rating.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Nightingale

an average of 4.00 stars

from 1,086 ratings

 and 123 reviews.

Nightingale

can be purchased online at

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Crisis

by

Felix Francis

 

Lawyer Harry Foster decided he had had enough of drawing up wills and decided to change his job and now works for a London company dealing in Crisis management.

Harry is despatched to find out how, or why, a sheik’s horse died in a stable blaze.   However, considering Harry has no love for horses and has never been near a race track, he has no desire to investigate this fire although things begin to look brighter after meeting Katie.

As well as several horses a body was also discovered in the ashes.  The body is so badly burned identifying it becomes another problem.  When the body is identified the stable becomes a crime scene.

The investigation becomes bogged down when the family who owns the stable and trains horses are reluctant to divulge family secrets to Harry.

Crisis moves along quite nicely and the narrator does a very good job of providing character voices.

I thoroughly enjoyed Felix Francis’ Crisis.  I have met some readers who are not overly thrilled by another horse novel.  However, I find stories about or surrounding the British Horse Racing industry very enjoyable.

 ***

I rated

Crisis

as a solid

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Crisis

an average of 4.07 stars

from 1,9118 ratings

and 234 reviews.

Crisis

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

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Over My Dead Body

(William Warwick #4)

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

While still smarting from Miles Faulkner’s escape and subsequent ‘death’ towards the end of ‘Turn A Blind Eye’, Over My Dead Body, number 4 in the William Warwick Series sees William promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector in charge of Unsolved Murders…cold cases.

Millionaire Miles Faulkner is still playing his old games.  He attended his own funeral, has taken on a new identity and plans to remarry his former wife and all the while being represented, in all things legal and illegal, by Mr Booth Watson

I have read Over My Dead Body and listened to it twice and still find it difficult to write about.   This could be due to the fact that it is number four in a fairly predictably storyline where Choirboy can do no wrong and always gets the bad guy… eventually.

George Blagden’s narration of the audio version of Over My Dead Body was excellent, making both experiences very enjoyable.

Over my Dead Body is definitely another page-turner from the pen of Jeffery Archer, and one which Archer fans will enjoy.

I have rated

Over My Dead Body

as a

four-star read

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Over My Dead Body

an average of 4.13 stars

from 7,470 ratings

and 619 reviews.

***

Over My Dead Body

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon