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Sign Off (The Caught Dead in Wyoming Series)
Sign Off (The Caught Dead in Wyoming Series)
Price: $3.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery with Interesting Setting, April 23, 2014
I enjoy a story with a strong protagonist, and Elizabeth Daniher was an interesting and well developed character. I also enjoyed her description of her employees at the news station. Although we don't see much of Tom Burrell, McLinn did an excellent job in creating interest for someone who was either a possible love interest or a killer. The mystery was well done.


Broken Ferns (Lei Crime, Book 4)
Broken Ferns (Lei Crime, Book 4)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsympathetic Protagonist, February 25, 2014
If you are interested in reading the Lei Texeira series, this is not the book you should start with. In this story, the protagonist complains about her apartment, love life, and job. Although she's been with the FBI for a year, she is still rebelling against its culture, and so much of the story concerns Lei's personal life that the mystery takes second place to her pining for her now married ex-boyfriend. And what is the crime Lei is investigating? A not very interesting theft of a lightweight airplane. There is also an unresolved subplot that needs a book of its own. The result is a very choppy story that fails to engage.
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BENNINGTON P.I.  "BONITA": A corporate conspiracy private detective thriller
BENNINGTON P.I. "BONITA": A corporate conspiracy private detective thriller
Price: $3.95

43 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't!, February 14, 2014
Bonita is the story of a sixty-four-year-old former government worker who becomes a private detective. Even at his age, he's a lady's man, and he loves women. Every size, shape, race, creed, and color. He even loves the b**ches because b**tches are the way they are because they're looking for real men like Frank Bennington who can take it. If you can slog through that, you will find yourself reading a book that is repetitive and poorly plotted. But there are lots of those books out there. What makes Bonita so bad is that the author insults your intelligence and that's before you get to the JFK conspiracy and the Florida congresswoman who knows how to save the world by just telling the truth. The only good thing about this book is that it's short.
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Gone The Next (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)
Gone The Next (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, January 26, 2014
I found this story to be fast paced and enjoyable. My only problems were that the police's response to a missing girl seemed lethargic. The second was that there were times the subject was too serious for all the wisecracking going on. Even so, the lines were good.


The Impossible Dead
The Impossible Dead
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $8.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Impossible Dead, January 15, 2014
This is a complicated story relying mostly on dialog rather than exposition. You really have to pay attention or the plot gets away from you. Although it moved at a sluggish pace, I found the backstory of Scottish politics interesting. I also enjoyed the relationship among the three officers of the "Complaints" team. Had no interest in Fox's dad or sister but would have liked to have known more about Inspector Fox.


A Fatal Verdict (The Trials of Sarah Newby series Book 2)
A Fatal Verdict (The Trials of Sarah Newby series Book 2)
Price: $3.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fatal Verdict, January 8, 2014
This novel can be divided into three parts. The first part, when Sarah is in court, is interesting and well paced. After the verdict, the book goes into a slump. It is in this section that we learn way too much about Sarah's sterile marriage and the efforts of an associate who seems to have no qualms about attempting to lure Sarah into adultery. The third part is the police investigation and another courtroom scene. The courtroom scene in this part is o.k., but because the arc of the story flattened in part 2, it never really recovers. Rating: 2.5 stars.


Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Book 7)
Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Book 7)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good police procedural, December 25, 2013
If you like the nuts and bolts of a police investigation, you will really enjoy Dead Man's Grip. It shows how all the elements of policing come together in solving a murder. The reason for the four stars and not five is the author's ghoulish torture scenes. The story is predictable, which in this case, is not a bad thing, but because of that, James goes over the top in coming up with stomach-churning ways in which to kill a person. It's easy enough to skip those parts, and I did enjoy the story.


Hell Hole (The John Ceepak Mysteries Book 4)
Hell Hole (The John Ceepak Mysteries Book 4)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good combination, December 25, 2013
I have enjoyed this series, but Jersey shore amusements do not go well with some very bad business in Iraq. Another thing: I get it that Ceepak has an honor code, but this code must allow for common sense. Putting your partner in danger is not honorable. Ceepak's character needs to grow. I like the evolution of Danny's character, and in this particular novel, he is wiser than his mentor.


Henry Wood Detective Agency (Henry Wood Detective series Book 1)
Henry Wood Detective Agency (Henry Wood Detective series Book 1)
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling Mystery, November 28, 2013
As other reviewers have mentioned, "the closet" is puzzling and never really explained, which left me scratching my head. The mystery is OK. The story is really character driven, but I liked Henry Wood, so that was fine, and there were lots of very clever lines. I would definitely read #2 if only to find out about the closet.


Whack A Mole: A John Ceepak Mystery (The John Ceepak Mysteries Book 3)
Whack A Mole: A John Ceepak Mystery (The John Ceepak Mysteries Book 3)
Price: $0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Whack A Mole, November 8, 2013
In the 1980s, the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S. was Cabot Cove, Maine, the setting for Murder, She Wrote. In the 2000s, it's got to be Sea Haven, NJ. Although I continue to enjoy the Ceepak/Boyle partnership, the body count in Whack A Mole was too high for a book with such light dialog, and the manner in which the victims met their deaths, really grizzly. The thing I enjoy most about this series is the way Danny Boyle is maturing. He's no longer a summer cop without a gun, but a policeman dealing with serious crime. Even so, his thoughts, those of a young man in his twenties, make the book enjoyable. I'm sticking with the series. I just hope there are fewer bodies in the next book.


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