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Killing Mum
Killing Mum
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Storyline, February 11, 2014
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This mystery had a great storyline and kept me wondering how it would play out. There were only two people who called him Charlie and one of them just put out a hit on Charlie's mother. Problem is one of them is his wife and the other, his own mother. Now it's up to him to find out who.

While it kept me in suspense, it was confusing. With quotation marks used only about half of the time, it was difficult to know who was speaking. Also the ending was confusing. Was Carlos dreaming or what?


Mustard Seed Baby Doll: a novella
Mustard Seed Baby Doll: a novella
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Premise, February 11, 2014
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Eleven year old Rachael was grown up beyond her years. Her hopes were to take after her now dead mother and become an actress. Later she comes to understand who her mother was.

Jim and Maudelyn, an older married couple grew apart over the years after their young daughter ran away from home. They could no longer stand each other. Maudelyn became an obese nagging woman while Jim, now retired, spent his days on the couch whiling away the hours. Maudelyn's name fits her well for the person she's become.

Samson lost the love of his life several years ago. Bodybuilding is now his life but even that is put on hold til he can manage to earn the money for gym fees. While he may act confident, inside he's anything but.

While this had the makings of a great story, I had a difficult time with the writing style. One person just sort of 'evaporated.' Vanished. We get to discover just a bit about Samson but not nearly enough to understand him. It seemed as though details were missing.


The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom
The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Dull To Not So Dull, February 10, 2014
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Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this contemporary mystery.

Paige's friend tells her something in confidence and to Paige's dismay, it's now pretty much all she thinks about. It has her thinking how dull her own life is. Suddenly she's feeling somewhat unsatisfied. She comes up with an outline to make changes but things aren't working in her favor.

She finds her life less than dull after her friend is found dead in her garage. Unlike what the others think, Paige believes her death was no accident and secretly goes on a private mission to uncover the truth. In so doing, she discovers some things about herself. She also finds out that she may never know the truth to her friend's death and perhaps it was just an accident as most suspect.

Even though she was always putting herself in awkward situations, there was something likable about Paige. In fact, she and her husband just may be the only likable characters in this book. I didn't find myself warming up to the others. Most of them were somewhat secondary to the story.


Ends of the Earth: A Bug Man Novel
Ends of the Earth: A Bug Man Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read By Tim Downs, February 6, 2014
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Nick is flummoxed upon discovery of a certain insect species found in the yard of a friend whose husband was just murdered.

There is much believability in the plot having to do with agroterrorism, and one could certainly see something like this happening.

What makes this a particularly good narrative is the sense of humor given to the main character. He's not a wonderful-looking man. In fact he sports such thick-lensed eyeglasses that to some, he resembles the insects he works with. He's also socially and relationally inept, making him a bit more likable.


Rumor of Bones: Lindsay Chamberlain Mystery #1 (Lindsay Chamberlain Mysteries)
Rumor of Bones: Lindsay Chamberlain Mystery #1 (Lindsay Chamberlain Mysteries)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Compelling, February 4, 2014
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A combination of young adult, romance, and mystery, I found this, the first in the series, to be more of a cozy; There was nothing really compelling about it. Everything fell into place a bit too easily with Lindsey's hero showing up time and again with no real reason for him being there. Most of the story seemed rather juvenile, and while I don't mind juvenile books, it's certainly not what I had expected.


Written in Bone
Written in Bone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The First, February 3, 2014
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This one was better than the first in the series. There was more than one twist toward the ending and I'm left wondering whether the next picks up where this one ended.

I really like the science behind these mysteries; I find it fascinating and intriguing with a sense of having learned something.


A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County Book 3)
A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County Book 3)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bombed Out, January 29, 2014
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Emotions escalate in this, the third book in the series. Jeffrey is one scary dude letting his anger fly at Lena though she's in a precarious enough emotional position in her mind after what she's been through. I'd want to be as far away from every character in this book as possible. The anger gets old fast. The responses are so inappropriate.

While in her first two in this series, the author deals with unpalatable subjects, this one is needlessly vulgar, cheapening it. For instance when the characters are having sex, the f bomb is used to describe it. I'm not insinuating I like the subject matter in the first two - far from it. The difference is in the way its handled in its telling. This one has everyone being angry and even the thoughts some of the characters have, are base. Ya I know...people in real life have similar thoughts. This book however just seems rather tasteless. The difference is that it seems as though it's the overall theme.

The murder takes second place to Lena and bad decisions she is making. Even though she's no longer on the police force, she's trying to solve the case so she can win points with Jeffrey but then she just disgraces herself, becoming an embarrassment. The story never seemed to pull together and the reader is left thinking "What just happened?"


Kisscut (Grant County Book 2)
Kisscut (Grant County Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, January 27, 2014
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Like the first, this one deals with some tough issues, and like the first, you will not want to put it down. It starts with a bang outside the local roller skating rink. Or perhaps it started inside when Sara noticed some females enter the ladies room. She recognizes one of the girls who is later heard outside yelling at a young man. Jeffrey soon finds himself contending with the two of them and is later left second-guessing himself.

Karin's books seem to have you spellbound from the first pages and before you know it, you are being once again shocked by the savagery of what is taking place. I'd have to say that the subject matter dealt with in this one is even more brutal than what was dealt with in the first...as if that one wasn't difficult enough.


Blindsighted (Grant County Book 1)
Blindsighted (Grant County Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes off Running..., January 25, 2014
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Nothing will ever be the same again for Sara, Jeffrey, Lena, Nan, and Hank when murder and other atrocities come to their quiet town. After the initial brutal murder of one of their own, another body is found. This one seems to have been crucified at some point; The killer seems to be making a statement with what he leaves behind. There is question of whether this might be tied into something that happened in another county several years ago.

"Blindsighted" hooks the reader early on and the reader can't let go. The author does a good job making the scenes come alive without using a lot of nonessential description that would only serve to weigh a good book down.


The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series) by Hall, M. R. (2013)
The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series) by Hall, M. R. (2013)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, In Part, January 24, 2014
While I would have liked to have given this a better rating, it wasn't always easy to follow. I was confused about why certain photos were mailed and how they fit into the deaths and inquisitions of the youngsters. I had hoped it would come together by the end of the story but it didn't; Maybe I was missing something. I also thought that what happened to Katy was merely glossed over at the end. The story felt incomplete.

None of the characters were even remotely likable. Jenny Cooper is a divorced, angry, severely anxious newly-appointed coroner who pops pills as though they were candy. Her one strong point though is her tenaciousness as she comes up against those who seem to be hiding something particularly as it pertains to the deaths of two young teens. Her ex-husband is always putting her down, seemingly looking for ways to degrade her while their 15-year old son is caught in the crossfire.

What I liked about the story - Ya, I'm trying to figure that out myself. It had me interested though. I was never at a point where I wanted to just give up on reading it. Early on I even purchased book 2 in this series.


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