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The Innocent Man

by

John Grisham

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Jon Grisham’s, The Innocent Man would have gone unread had I read the burb.  However, I didn’t and it hasn’t.  I am not a fan of true stories.

 The Innocent Man tracks Ron Williamson’s futile attempts to move from country baseball to Oklahoma’s major league baseball.  When eventually delisted, Ron returns to Ada, his home town, where several years later a cocktail waitress is murdered.  Ron and friend Dennis Fritz are regarded by local law enforcement as prime suspects.  Five years after the event both are arrested, charged with murder, tried and found guilty and sentenced to death.  All based on the evidence of jail house snitches, alleged dream confession and shonky experts.

The scariest part of this book is the fact that innocence is no longer presumed by America’s justice system.  Ron Williamson was down to a week before his execution date when the stay of execution was handed down.  And that was only because the bloke destined to read his appeal actually read the trial transcript and brought inconsistencies to his boss.  An entirely different outcome would have resulted had it not been for this zealous clerk.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Innocent Man.  However, I must also confess to being a John Grisham junkie.  The Innocent Man being my twenty-fourth of Grisham’s books.

The Innocent Man moved along at a good pace and did not dwell on the tedium of everyday life; a detail which has seen me not wanting to read true life stories.

I rated

Innocent Man

as a solid read

*****

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Innocent Man

an average of 3.83 stars

from 66,406 ratings

and 5,096 reviews

Innocent Man

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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 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.

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Pay The Penance

(The Mechanic Trilogy #3)

by

Rob Ashman

Pay The Penance, my third Rob Ashman read and book three of The Mechanic Trilogy, finds Lucas, Harper and Bassano still recovering from the brutal murder of Lucas’ wife in book 2.

 

Chasing and bringing Mechanic to justice is far from their collective minds that is, until Bassano is murdered.   Lucas and Harper are in no doubt that it is the work of the Mechanic and that they will be next on her list.

 

A story about the Mechanic would not be complete without a series of murders her for Harper and Lucas to follow.  As part of their investigation they stray outside the law, at times.

 

While Detective Moran endeavours to get her professional life in order, new evidence is discovered with police not grasping its significance.  However Moran does recognise its career threatening significance and she must divert her superior’s attention away from the evidence to survive.

 

Again I thoroughly enjoyed the last of

The Mechanic Trilogy

and have rated

Pay The Penance

as a solid

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

Pay The Penance

an average of 4.51 stars

from 533 reviews

and 56 ratings.

 

Pay The Penance

can be purchased on-line at 

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*****

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The Last Dance

by

Fiona McIntosh

Stella Myles has lost both parents and is sole parent to a younger brother and sister.  She is finding it hard to make ends meets and decides to join her friend at a dance where girls are paid to dance with men.

Set in the 1930s in England, The Last Dance follows Stella’s life as she struggles to come to grips with the fact that she is in love with her employer.

At the aforementioned dance, Stella meets a suave, sophisticated Monty.  Monty gives Stella the name of an employment agency where she lands a job as a Nanny to two girls.

Upon arriving at her place of employment, ‘Harps End’, she finds Mum to epitomise the upper class English wife.  Eldest daughter 16 year-old Georgie is a spiteful brat, while little sister Grace is adorable.  It is fortunate that Stella is out walking when she meets the girls’ father, Douglas.  There appears to be more to the bespectacled Douglas (aka Monty…from the dance hall) than meets the eye.  However, Stella joins the subterfuge and soon loses her heart to Monty.   She is dragged deeper and deeper into Monty’s world and ends up transporting vital information smuggled out of Germany at great cost, to the British Home Office.

The epilogue wraps up many lose ends to create a warm ending to The Last Dance.   The Last Dance is the type of story which will be enjoyed by readers or listeners (like me).

I thoroughly enjoyed

The Last Dance

and rate it a three and a half star story.

Narrator, Madeleine Leslay, did a wonderful job

of presenting both male and female characters

with easily identifiable voices

for an overall…

four star


rating.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

The Last Dance

an average of 3.77 stars

from 855 ratings

 and 69 reviews.

The Last Dance

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Flame Tree Hill

by

Mandy Magro

 

Flame Tree Hill was my fourth Mandy Magro book and according to Google it was Ms Magro’s eleventh which explains why I thought it her best read/listen so far. 

In the past 18 months I have read several authors’ works and while a first book generally is okay storylines improve as an author’s body of work grows.

Flame Tree Hill dealt with some country issues I can relate to as a country boy.  However, the main issue and primary focus of Flame Tree Hill, is breast cancer.

Chapter one sees Kirsty Mitchell thinking of returning home to her family property, Flame Tree Hill, located just out of Cairns in Far North Queensland.  She is out on her first cattle muster when she has to scratch an itch and before we know there is a distressing diagnosis at hand.

From there we follow the highs and lows of an on again and off again romance and insecurities associated with breast cancer and its treatment.

I enjoyed Flame Tree Hill, however, I am not a fan of the topic.  Flame Tree Hill has a nice ending particularly as a revelation threatens to break the romance. 

 

I rated

Flame Tree Hill

 as a three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Flame Tree Hill

an average of 4.13 stars

 from 248 ratings

 and 39 reviews

Flame Tree Hill

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In Your Name

(The Mechanic Trilogy #2)

by

Rob Ashman

 

Rob Ashman’s In Your Name follows hot on the heels of the first book of The Mechanic Trilogy.  Lucas, Harper and Bassano are still plagued by The Mechanic and her ritual serial killings and as far as the detectives know, The Mechanic has not killed for nearly eight months but this only makes Lucas more anxious in his search for clues to Mechanic’s identity.  

 

A Baton Rouge post marked letter arrives at the station addressed to Lucas.  Determined to solve the case Lucas asks his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge.  However, Lucas begins to doubt the veracity of the letter and with career and home life on the rocks, Lucas begins to lose control of reality.

In the meantime, in Las Vegas, Detective Rebecca Moran, an ambitious young detective, is tasked with solving a series of unusual murders.  Could Moran’s murder be related to the Mechanic’s murders?

Could Moran’s murder be related to the Mechanic’s murders?

 In Your Name can be read as a thrilling stand alone or as part of the gripping Mechanic Trilogy

I have rated

In Your Name

as a solid

four star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

In Your Name

an average of 4.36 stars

from 502 reviews

and 61 ratings.

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The Two Lost Mountains

(Jack West Jr, #6) 
by

Matthew Reilly

 

Matthew Reilly’s The Two Lost Mountains is the sixth in the series of Jack West Books, follows directly on from The Three Secret Cities.  Again Jack West Junior is doing battle with the various leaders and influencers of The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

 

Initially I found The Two Lost Mountains difficult to read.  The first third of the book seemed to take forever to read while the latter two thirds passed very quickly.  Although, overall, I enjoyed The Two Lost Mountains I find that I am growing tired of our heroes doing battle with the same or similar, villains.   And I hear there is a One lost/found/missing title still to come.

 

As usual, The Two Lost Mountains sees Matthew Reilly putting Jack West through all sorts of trials in his efforts to outwit and defeat the leaders of The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

 

As with all the Jack West books The Two Lost Mountains may be read as a standalone novel or as book six of the series.   If you are new to Matthew Reilly books be prepared for references to Secret Cities and Four Legendary Kingdoms.  There references are only minor, in my opinion, definitely not long winded references as with some other authors.

 

I did not pick the ending although I was asking myself how Reilly was going to end this novel.

 

Matthew Reilly fans will enjoy

Jack West’s adventure.

 

I have rated

The Two Lost Mountains

as a 

four star read.

 

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Two Lost Mountains

an average of 4.30 stars

from 1,660 ratings

and 186 reviews.

******

 

 

The Two Lost Mountains

 can be purchased on-line at 

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Those That Remain

(The Mechanic Trilogy #1)

by

Rob Ashman

 

 

Rob Ashman was a new author to my reading list when I commenced Those that Remain.

Those that Remain feature three Florida detectives; Lucas, Bassano and Harper.

 Lucas is biding his time until retirement comes around, when a series of brutally sadistic murders is inflicted upon Florida’s summer population.  

The shock is more horrifying than one would normally think as three years earlier it was thought The Mechanic (the killer’s code name) was dead.  No family is safe from The Mechanic as whole families are ritualistically murdered.

What’s more the Mechanic seems to be always one step ahead the investigating team of detectives.  Does this indicate a mole in the police force?  Or is the killer just plain clever?

 

I have rated

Those That Remain

as a four star read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

Those That Remain

an average of 4.22 stars

from 1,211 reviews

and 152 ratings.

 

Those That Remain

may be purchased online at

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The Good People

by

Hannah Kent

 

I borrowed The Good People because I thought I had read another book by this author.  However, I had confused Hannah Kent with Kristin Hannah.

Halfway through the first 30 minute (audio) track of The Good People, I began to develop an uneasy feeling that this was going to be an extremely long and boring story or that I would toss it.  Two more 30 minute tracks and I gave up.

 

With Irish blood coursing through my veins I was looking forward to The Good People.  However, I just could not get into this one.  Nothing about the audio version of The Good People appealed to this reader/reviewer.

 

As an unfinished book I can only give it one star which puts me at odds with 10,962 other Goodreads readers who have reviewed and/or rated The Good People with three or more stars.

I did not enjoy

The Good People

The Good People

and rated it a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

The Good People

an average of 3.80 stars

from 15,225 ratings

and 2,053 reviews.

The Good People

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Liar

by

K. L. Slater

 

I think all parents want the best life partner for their children, even more so when your child has lost his/her partner and is raising two young children as a sole parent.  So it is with Ben who has lost his wife leaving him with two young boys to care for.  Fortunately his mother, Judi is a great help.

Then Amber comes of the scene. Ben and his father think Amber is wonderful.  Judi does not want Amber anywhere near her grandchildren.  A feeling exacerbated when Amber begins to discipline the boys not long after meeting Ben’s parents for the first time.

A struggle between two strong women, one of whom appears to be using the truth rather loosely, follows.  Amber appears to have an intense dislike for Judi and Judi reciprocates with her own antagonistic views of her potential new daughter-in-law which grow to the extent that she decides to delve into Amber’s past where inconsistencies abound.  This sets the stage for another fantastic ending, which was the icing on the cake, again, from K. L. Slater

Liar was my fifth K. L. Slater read.  Slater’s fans and fans of this gere should not be disappointed.

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I rated

Liar

Liar

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Liar

an average of 3.95 stars

from 10,679 ratings

and 938 reviews

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