Book Review-The-Girl-They-Took

The-Girl-They-Took

(Tess Winnett #8)

by

Leslie Wolfe

We often send children to school functions thinking they will be safe. That was mother Miriam’s thoughts when she left seven year old daughter Paige, backstage with other children and teachers at the school’s play.   Within 45 minutes Paige had been kidnapped and Miriam was left unconscious in a broom cupboard.

The Girl They Took, the eighth in the Tess Winnett series, has Tess specifically requested to solve the kidnapping of the District Attorney’s daughter, Paige.

Two botched ransom drops, organised by a blow-in junkie and the paedophile kidnapper, only serve to exacerbate Mother Miriam’s hysteria.  The other kidnapper is against asking for a ransom as he is working for someone who has no ransom agenda and he is doing his best to keep Paige safe and sound.  Why?

Meanwhile Father District Attorney appears to show little or no interest in his daughter’s disappearance.  He seems to want to carry on as usual.   Again…Why?  You will have both of these questions answered when you read the book.

The Girl They Took has Winnett at her most subdued with most of her time waiting for ransom calls and trying to subdue distraught mother, however, it did show another side of Tess Winnett.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl They Took and recommend it to all Leslie Wolfe/Tess Winnett fans.

I rated

The Girl They Took

as a solid

four star read.

At the time of writing my review other

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The Girl They Took

an average of 4.45 stars

from 236 ratings

and 26 reviews

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Book Review-Beneath-Blackwater-River

Beneath Blackwater River 

(Dr. Kay Sharp #2)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s second Kay Sharp novel, Beneath Blackwater River is off and running from page one with little or no back story to bog down the flow.

Beneath Blackwater River sees Leslie Wolfe at her best again.   To date I have read all of Wolfe’s series and the first book in each series is the hard read which I can only attribute to the back story content needed to introduce characters.

A teenage runaway, a kidnapping, a teenage murder victim, a bent cop, and a wealthy family provide the main ingredients to keep pages of Beneath Blackwater River turning into the wee hours of the morning.

The main to question to be answered, other than whodunit, is how a seventeen year-old murder victim’s DNA could match that of an unsolved kidnapping some 14 years earlier?

One of these conundrums questions I figured out long before Dr Kay did.  However, as the end drew nigh there were more twists and turns than one could possibly hope for in a mystery novel.

Beneath Blackwater River moves along at a cracking pace.  While Kay Sharp #1 was good, Kay Sharp #2 was/is an excellent read.  I am certain that all Leslie Wolfe fans will be delighted with this latest character in her repertoire.

I rated

Beneath Blackwater River

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

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Beneath Blackwater River

an average of 4.58 stars

from 384 ratings

and 63 reviews

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Not available Booktopia: May 16, 2021

Book Review-The-Girl-From-Silent-Lake

The Girl From Silent Lake

(Dr. Kay Sharp #1)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s latest offering, The Girl From Silent Lake featuring FBI profiler Kay Sharp, began with a bang followed by several chapters during which characters and their back stories were introduced.  I felt that these chapters impacted significantly on the first, by slowing the flow considerably.  Fortunately, after character introductions, the pace of The Girl from Silent Lake increased with each chapter.

FBI profiler Kay Sharp leaves her ‘glamorous’ job to return to her home town of Mount Chester after her brother, at his first court appearance, is given six months jail time for what is little more than a push and shove bar fight during which he was severely provoked into throwing a punch.

Sharp has barely unpacked when she is visited by Elliot, a member of local law enforcement.  A grave and body had been discovered at Silent Lake; the work of a serial killer according to Dr Kay Sharp, our FBI heroine.

From here the pace of The Girl From Silent Lake increases with each chapter culminating in a nail biting climax during which…..

You will have to read The Girl From Silent Lake to find out.

I rated The Girl From Silent Lake as a solid four star read.

I’m looking forward to the April 23, 2021 release of the next Kay Sharp novel, Beneath Black Water River (Sharp #2).

I rated

The Girl From Silent Lake

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

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The Girl From Silent Lake

an average of 4.54 stars

from 237 ratings

and 88 reviews

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Book Review-The-Backup-Asset

The Backup Asset

(Alex Hoffmann #3)

by

Leslie Wolfe

While not publicised as a sequel to Devil’s Move (#2 in the Hoffman series)  The Backup Asset follows hot on the heels of Devil’s Move.

Alex is still obsessed with the Mr Big of her previous case to the point that her work colleagues begin to worry about her ability to continue. And when she is asked to work on this next case she does not realise how close it will/bring her to her Mr Big.

In what appears to be another Cold War, Alex finds herself undercover in a company making parts for a revolutionary weapon which the United States is about to install on its warships.

Meanwhile, in Russia, key military leaders have been ordering apparently random incursions on land, sea and air in order to destabilise the security of its enemies.  One of these incursions included infiltrating the company building this new weapon and stealing the plans for said weapon.  The manner in which Russian spies have infiltrated nearly every aspect of American life is quite fascinating.

I first read The Backup Asset in autumn 2019 and enjoyed it as much in 2020.  The Backup Asset is a fast paced read

I rated

The Backup Asset

The Backup Asset (Alex Hoffmann #3)

as a solid star read.

At the time of writing my review other

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The Backup Asset

an average of 4.17 stars

from 1,044 ratings

and 50 reviews

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Book Review-Mile-High-Death

Mile High Death

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #7)

Mile High Death begins at a cracking pace and in true thriller style we know who the villain is.   It is now just a matter of our master sleuth, Tess Winnett catching said villain.

Mile High Death is book 7 of the Tess Winnett series, although the last three have only been novellas.  Still we can live in hope that 2021 will bring us a full length Tess Winnett novel.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed Mile High Death it is a novella and I am not a great fan of novellas/short stories.  However, a Tess novella is far better than no Tess.

Imagine being offered a ride home in a private jet.  Naturally you need to be female of a particular build to receive that offer.   The down side of such an invitation is that after being viciously assaulted there is a 10,000 feet high step to negotiate after being pushed out over the ocean.  It is with some dumb luck that one body is recovered out in the middle of the ocean.  By the time Tess catches our villain there will be many more.

At the time of writing my review other

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Mile High Death

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an average of 

4.40 stars

from 15 ratings

and 6 reviews 

 I have rated 

Mile High Death

a  solid
read.

Mile High Death

can be purchased

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears

Mile High Death

 is not available

at Booktopia, and Fishpond 

 

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.

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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-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 

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Book Review-Not-Really-Dead

Not Really Dead

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #5)

Not Really Dead (Tess Winnnett, #5) is a novella and the most recent of Leslie Wolfe’s books.

Tess has just wrapped a case and, much to her disgust, is handed an insurance fraud case.  In usual Tess fashion she only gives this case a cursory glance before being drawn into an off-the-records sexual assault case.  Like a moths to a flame Tess draws her colleagues into her world to track down this murdering rapist.

Tess even uses herself as bait.  This is where Leslie Wolfe’s writing style comes to the forefront as the end is abrupt; however, the ending leaves us with many, many questions and wanting more of Tess Winnett.

I am usually not a fan of novellas and short stories however, Not Really Dead is better than many and it is Special Agent Tess Winnett again.

I have rated Not Really Dead as a four 4 star, which is one star more than my usual rating for short stories and novellas.

If you are a Tess Winnett/Leslie Wolfe fan you will love Not Really Dead

At the time of writing my review other

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Not Really Dead

an average of 

4.30 stars

from 92 ratings and 24 reviews 

 I have rated 

Not Really Dead

aread.

Not Really Dead (Tess Winnett Book 5)

Not Really Dead

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears Not Really Dead is not available

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Book Review-Glimpse-of-Death

 

Glimpse of Death

by

Leslie Wolfe

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Glimpse of Death (Special Agent Tess Winnett, #3) is the third of the Tess Winnett books and by far the best in the series and definitely a five star thriller.

I think most of us at some time or another have seen a stranger on multiple occasions and wondered…

And so the story begins with Tess in hospital recovering from a knife wound and women are being abducted.

Again we find Tess bucking the system and protocol as she works from her hospital bed, to save more young married mothers falling victim to this cold calculating perpetrator.  To go into any more depth would spoil the plot.

While I like the crime genre of novels I always wonder if this is totally the author’s imagination at work, or is the story written based on actual events.  I hope it is the latter because I would hate to hear that an author’s fertile imagination provided ideas which were translated into reality.

Glimpse of Death is definitely a five star read as long as you like this genre.

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Glimpse of Death

an average of 

4.34 stars

from 1,808 ratings and 134 reviews 

 I have rated 

Glimpse of Death

solidread.

Glimpse of Death: A Riveting Serial Killer Thriller

Glimpse of Death 

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Book Review-Taker-of-Lives

Taker of Lives

(Tess Winnett  #4)

by

Leslie Wolfe

 

Taker of Lives (Special Agent Tess Winnett, #4) is the fourth of the Tess Winnett series.

Is it a suicide, or the murder of a beautiful girl?  Tess goes against all the experienced heads and decrees it is murder.   And there commences a chase for a killer.  A killer who uses the internet, especially the dark web, to announce thee crimes committed and to distribute photos of the girls murdered to the general public.

The Taker of Lives uses social media as means as of selecting victims and as a means of distributing photos and live steaming of girls being murdered.  Beauty and social media popularity appear to be the main reasons the Taker is killing…..but why?

I thoroughly enjoyed Taker of Lives all the way to the end, which was a letdown after the build-up.  It was what I called a ‘Perry Mason’ ending.   An ending where the killer was caught and you realise there were clues but so scant that they were unrecognisable.  I think I suspected nearly every one of the main characters a various stages.

Even the killer chapters, first introduced in The Watson Girl, while giving a clear insight into the killers mind did not reveal the villain.  I only make this comment because due to previous research into the differences between Mystery and Thriller novels and according to writersdigest.com (today) a major difference between both genres is that in a thriller the villain, or killer, is usually known very early on in the story.  By this definition, many novels claiming ‘thriller’ status are only ‘mysteries’.

This was my third back to back Tess Winnett book and it was heading for five star rating until the end.  However, a definite 4 star read, maybe even 4.5.

Goodreads readers have rated

Taker of Lives

an average of 

4.19 stars

from 1,544 ratings and 96 reviews 

 I have rated 

Taker of Lives

solidread.

Taker of Lives 

can be purchased online at 

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