Book Review-Camino-Winds

Camino Winds

(Camino-Island #2)

by

John Grisham

***

 

Camino Winds is the second of two books (so far) by John Grisham, in the Camino Island series.   It also contains some of the Camino Island characters plus a few additions.  However, author Mercer Mann is not central to this story line. Fortunately Camino Winds has little in common with Camino Island, except for a few carry over characters, which play minor roles, and the setting.

Camino Winds focuses on the aftermath of once in a lifetime Cyclone Leo and a murder which takes place during Leo’s presence on the island.  With the exception of Bruce, lead characters from Camino Island play smaller roles in Camino Winds.   That was a big plus, in my opinion, as it allows the introduction of new characters to take on roles within the community or, in this case, the investigation.

Camino Winds moved along at a good pace which had me reading ‘the next chapter’ into the wee hours of the morning.

 

I rated

Camino Winds

as a solid read

*****

Camino Winds (Camino Island #2)

Camino Winds

is a solid

 

star read.

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Camino Winds

an average of 3.96 stars

from 9,183 ratings

and 813 reviews

Camino Winds

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

Book Review-Little-Secrets

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Little Secrets

by

Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets was my fifth reading of a book written by Jennifer Hillier.   The focus of Little Secrets is the mother of four year old Sebastian.  Mother (Marin) and typical four year are at a fair with Sebastian demanding a lollipop and trying to get free of Marin’s grip.  Sound familiar?  Her phone rings and she briefly releases her grip of Sebastian’s hand and he is abducted.  A parent’s worst nightmare, isn’t it?

Fast forward eighteen months or so and distraught Marin hires a private investigator to try and solve the mystery of her missing son.  In the course of investigating everyone involved, the private investigator discovers that Derek, Marin’s husband, is having an affair with a much younger woman.  Marin is, however, not alone.  She has a school friend who comforts her.

 

Little Secrets is a fast moving easy read with a much unexpected ending.  Are friends really friends?  Is the affair just an affair?  Will Marin ever see Sebastian again?  Will he be alive or dead if and when she does see him?  The answer to all these questions will be revealed in Little Secrets.

I enjoyed reading Little Secrets; however, I felt it was not quite up to the standard of The Butcher, my first Hillier read.  And again like many other books carrying the ‘thriller’ label Little Secrets is only a mystery, albeit one worth reading if your children are not toddlers.

I have rated Little Secrets a solid 4 star read.

 

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Little Secrets

Little Secrets

Little Secrets

an average of

4.28 stars

from 4,093 ratings

and 1,665 reviews. 

I rated

Little Secrets

as a solidread.

Little Secrets

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Girl-With-A-Rose

Girl With A Rose

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #6)

Girl With A Rose is book 6 of the Tess Winnett series.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed Girl With A Rose, it is a novella and I am not a great fan of novellas/short stories.  The Tess Winnett character lends herself to write so much more than a short story.  However, a Tess novella is far better than no Tess.  I just hope Book 7 is the real deal….a novel.

It is a well-known fact in our family that I would have liked a daughter.  We have two wonderful boys.  However, after reading several books featuring teenage girls, Girl With A Rose, being the latest, two rowdy boys have been easier to raise than some of these girls.

It’s good that Tess was free when fifteen year old Kaylee went missing.  Was Kaylee going to become another victim of a drop dead gorgeous psychopathic serial killer not known to police or public?   Would Tess be able to find and safely return Kaylee to her mother without the help of Alice, Kaylee’s best friend and the governor’s daughter?

I love the Tess Winnett character and really hope she can star in another novel.  As with all short stories, or novellas, this one ended rather abruptly.

As I never award a novella five stars Girl With A Rose will have to be happy with a four star rating.   However, fans of Tess Winnett and Leslie Wolfe will thoroughly enjoy Girl With A Rose.   If you happened to be reading a Leslie Wolfe review for the first time and like the crime genre why don’t you give Tess a try?  I stumbled across Dawn Girl while surfing through Amazon and  Girl With A Rose was my sixteenth Leslie Wolfe read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Girl With A Rose (Tess Winnett Book 6)

Girl With A Rose

an average of 

4.53 stars

from 107 ratings and 20 reviews 

 I have rated 

Girl With A Rose

a  solidread.

Girl With A Rose

can be purchased

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears

Girl With A Rose

 is not available

at Booktopia, and Fishpond 

 

Book Review-Camino-Island

Camino Island

(Camino-Island #1)

by

John Grisham

***

 

Camino Island is the first of two (so far) by John Grisham, in the Camino Island series.

Mercer, who has written and published two books, has just lost her teaching job and is asked to help an insurance company’s recovery team discover if their suspect, Bruce, who owns and operates a book store on Camino Island, has any stolen hand written manuscripts hidden in his store.

Camino Island turns out to be home or many authors of various abilities and styles, some of these authors knew Mercer’s grandmother and all are friends with Bruce.

Initially I thought this may be a bit slow but any of those thoughts vanished and the true Grisham style had me reading in the wee hours of the morning and all too soon I had completed Camino Island, book 1.

I thought Camino Island was an easy and enjoyable four star read and I eagerly await reading, or listening to, Camino Winds (book #2) when it is released in late in April 2020.

I have not read a John Grisham novel for some time as I have been busy discovering other authors.  The return to a Grisham tale was a thoroughly entertaining experience.

At the time of writing my review other Goodreads readers had awarded Camino Island an average of 3.73 stars from 78,619 ratings and 77,6602 reviews.

 

Camino Island

is a solid

star read.

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Camino Island

an average of 3.73 stars

from 78,872 ratings

and 7,617 reviews

Camino Island (Camino Island #1)

Camino Island

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

Book Review-Fatal-Impact

 

Fatal Impact

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #7)

by

Kathryn Fox

 

 

 

Fatal Impact was my sixth of Kathryn Fox’s however, it was book number 7 in the Anya Crichton series.

As usual Fatal Impact commences with Anya speaking at a conference.  This time the conference is in Tasmania where her mother lives.  After the conference Anya is asked to assist local law enforcement where she finds a dead child in the home of a missing person.

Postmortem results conclude that bacteria from food poisoning was the cause of death.  However, was it accidental or foul play?

From this point forward Anya becomes entwined with international corporations, genetically modified foods, murders, cold cases, conspiracy theories and, almost, the death of her mother.

Having spent fifty-five years living in a rural community I felt I was able to identify with some of the issues raised in Fatal Impact.  This made it all the more enjoyable to listen to.   Again, I enjoyed this Anya Crichton novel and rated it a three star read plus one more for the topic.

Fatal Impact

is a

star read.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Fatal Impact

an average of 3.66 stars

from 424 ratings

and 60 reviews

Fatal Impact (Dr. Anya Crichton, #7)

Fatal Impact

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

At time of writing my review Fatal Impact

was not available on Booktopia.

Book Review-The-Store

 

The Store

by

James Patterson

&

Richard DiLallo

 

 

The Store is about a huge online store which delivers your heart’s desire to your back door…for a price of course.

Nearly unemployed writers Jacob and Meagan decide to go undercover and work for The Store while digging up its secrets to include in a new book.

They move from New York to a small town, in rural America, where The Store’s main office/warehouse is located.  They are, upon arrival, greeted by name by residents of the town who are all total strangers.  This unnerves both of them.

Upon moving in to their home, provided by The Store, they discover it is contains many surveillance cameras which they remove.   The next day the cameras are replaced even though their house was locked when they left for the day.  And that sets the scene for The Store.

While reading The Store all I  could think of was some of today’s online stores which, to my knowledge, have no physical presence.  Were the authors making inferences?  Or is it my furtive imagination?

I rated

The Store

 as aread.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

The Store

an average of 3.25 stars

from 8,526 ratings and 1,204 reviews.

The Store

The Store

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Hunter

 

 

Hunter

 (Timothy Blake #2)

by

Jack Heath

Jack Heath’s, Hunter was the first I have read of this series and as I had never come across Jack Heath previously it was, obviously, the first of his works also.

One of the first things Timothy Blake, our star, did was to take a bite out of the arm of a villain and then stow said villain in his freezer.  I wasn’t quite sure, for a while, whether our hero was a vampire or just plain cannibalistic.

I found this book difficult to follow and was not interested in the cannibalistic theme.  In the last minute of the book, Timothy meets Fred.  Timothy wants to kill and eat Fred, until…..  And we are left hanging wondering.

Other reviewers give Book #1, The Hangman good reviews and ratings.  I don’t think I will try it and if I do, it will need to be much better before I go searching for a book #3 in this series.

 

I will, therefore, be joining a select group of 18 who have rated Hunter as less than three stars.

I did listen all the way to the end and,

therefore have rated Hunter as a audio book.

Other Goodreads readers have awarded

Hunter

an average of

4.08 stars from

519 ratings and

160 reviews.

 

Hunter (Timothy Blake #2)

Hunter

may be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Gone-by-Midnight

 

Gone by Midnight

(Crimson Lake #3)

by

Candice Fox

 

 

Gone by Midnight, the third in the Crimson Lake series by Candice Fox commences with four noisy pre-teen boys left alone in a hotel  room while their parents dine together.

On the second night four are again left in the room but only three are there at midnight, when parents return.  The hotel is searched and searched again.  All to no avail.  CCTV footage shows no sign of the boy, or boys, leaving the hotel.  Accused, but never convicted, ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is called into to help by the missing boy’s mother.

While the boy’s disappearance is being investigated Ted is supposed to be entertaining his daughter who is visiting for the first time since he was wrongfully accused of assaulting a thirteen year old Claire Bingley.

There are quite a few subplots in Gone by Midnight and I did not pick the ending.  Any more information and the spoiler alert banner will need to be raised.

I have rated

Gone by Midnight

 as aaudiobook.

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

Gone by Midnight

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Gone by Midnight

an average of 4.17 stars

from 1,165 ratings

and 285 reviews.

Book-Review-The-Reach-of-Shadows

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The Reach of Shadows

 (DI Bliss, #4)

by

Tony J. Forder

The Reach of Shadows is the fourth (of 6) in Tony Forder’s DI Bliss series and probably the best to date.  Again Bliss finds himself in trouble, on several fronts, but still has Chandler and the rest of his loyal team to help when required.

This time it is Jade Coleman who is murdered by a home invader, stalker, or her pervert neighbour.   The only other piece of information I can add is that she was an activist, or sorts, which may, or may not, have something to do with her murder. While Bliss and his team are trying to solve this crime, ‘fresh’ evidence is discovered (against Bliss) and he becomes the target of an Internal Affairs investigation into his past deeds.

Tony Forder has this and another storyline as ongoing background stories throughout the Bliss series.  One of these plots seems to be concluded in The Reach of Shadows.

I have enjoyed these later books of the Bliss series and look forward to reading books 5 and 6 later in the year.

 I rated

The Reach of Shadows

The Reach of Shadows (DI Bliss, #4)

as a five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Reach of Shadows

an average of 4.63 stars,

from 278 ratings

and 54 reviews.

The Reach of Shadows

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book Review-Las-Vegas-Girl

Las Vegas Girl

(Baxter and Holt #1)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Las Vegas Girl, like all of Leslie Wolfe’s novels, so far, have been page turners keeping me reading until the late hours of the night or early hours of morning.

Las Vegas Girl introduces us to Detectives Holt and Baxter, both of whom are on skating on thin ice as far as their immediate superior is concerned.

Thrust together as unwilling partners they are assigned to a murder in which walking on eggshells would be a breeze compared to the possible political fallout from asking the wrong, or right, people the wrong questions.

A beautiful girl plunges to her death in a Las Vegas Hotel.   Why?  Did she commit suicide?  Or was she murdered?   And more to the point, if it was murder who killed her?

All of their usual avenues of enquiry end with reprimands from their supervisor which makes their task all that much harder.

Both Holt and Baxter have ‘pasts’ which are kept private for most of the story.   During Las Vegas Girl we gain more insights into Baxter’s other life than we do of Holt.

Las Vegas Girl was my fifth Leslie Wolfe read and I still found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  Each of Wolfe’s books, to date, appears to be written from a slightly different perspective.

Definitely a must read author for those of us who enjoy the crime/thriller genre.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Las Vegas Girl

an average of 

4.23 stars

from 4,166 ratings and 225 reviews 

 I have rated 

Las Vegas Girl

a solidread.

Las Vegas Girl (Baxter and Holt, #1)

Las Vegas Girl

is available online at 

Booktopia,  Fishpond and Amazon