Category Archives: mystery

Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin

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My final pithy comments for the challenge! What a pity to end on such a bad book. Run, don’t walk, far away from this book. Vulgar, with a low-life main character. I won’t even set this book out for the Little Free Library in our neighborhood!

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Not Recommended

Murder Melts in Your Mouth by Nancy Martin

cover artThis was a new author for me and the book started out interestingly enough. Sadly, though, it quickly showed its true self with “zany characters” (read: unrealistic, over-the-top, caricatures). A pity, since there was real promise in the writing and with the main character. The Blackbird sisters get involved in murder, mayhem, and mystery, with unbelievable subplots galore. The ending was a nice surprise, which saved this book from a Not Recommended score. Leave this one at the beach when you’re done reading it.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Recommended

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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Shari Lapena succeeds again in this new thriller, An Unwanted Guest. For those who enjoy The Girl on the Train, The Couple Next Door, The Stranger in the House, The Lying Game, or The Woman in Cabin 10, will surely enjoy this thriller. Taking place during a three night stay in an old cabin in the woods, murders begin happening each night to the 10 guests. We will be left wondering- who and why would they kill? Warning: Do not read alone in your house!

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Review Submitted by:  Emily Murphy
Rating: Highly Recommended

Plum Island by Nelson DeMille

cover artYears ago I read Plum Island and loved it! When I saw the audiobook was available immediately on Libby I jumped on it. It had been long enough that I couldn’t remember the major plot points and enjoyed listening to the audiobook just as much as reading it years before. The basic plot is this: John Corey, a NYC homicide detective, has traveled to the rural North Fork of Long Island, recovering from gun shot wounds sustained on the job. While there, he meets a vivacious young couple who are research scientists on Plum Island, a top secret animal disease research facility. When they turn up murdered, Corey finds himself pulled back into the job, trying to investigate their murder, whether or not he is welcomed by the local police force. This really is a great mystery and there’s not much more I can say without giving any of the plot away, but all is not as it seems regarding the murder. If you enjoy mysteries, cop thrillers, and history, I really think you will enjoy this book.

Regarding the audio, the narrator is great for the main character John – he has a nice, deep voice, which works for the other male characters as well, though there is not much variety from one male character to the next (in the audio). Regarding the female voices… that was a little hard to take. The narrator employs an awkward breathy voice for the women that was a little much. I also found the main character far more annoying when listening to the audiobook versus reading the book – he is incredibly cheeky and quite the smart ass, but he comes off as more funny and charming when reading his lines. When listening to his lines, it can be pretty obnoxious. So if this is your first foray into a Nelson DeMille novel, and his novels often feature witty but smar tass men, I would recommend reading one first before trying an audiobook. That said, I highly recommend Plum Island.

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Review Submitted by:  Kaylie Jasinski
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: audio book

Jupiter’s Bones by Faye Kellerman

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Recommended, but only just barely. I’ve never enjoyed the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels, which just seem too long, too convoluted, and not entirely enjoyable. Read it if you stumbled across it, but don’t go out of your way–yes, the bad guys get caught, but you’ll pay with a slow plodding plot.

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Review Submitted by:  Jane Kostenko
Rating: Recommended

Cold Dawn by Carla Neggers

 

Too many characters to keep straight and frequent references to the Book that Came Before, but good enough for a lazy summer read. Part of a series set in a deadly town in Vermont, the book and characters keep moving along. Found at a yard sale or used book store, it’s a decent read for the price.

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Review Submitted by:  Jane Kostenko
Rating: Recommended

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

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Yes, another Mary Higgins Clark book, but I owed myself a treat after a thoroughly stupid book (that I didn’t even finish and won’t be writing a review about) by Iris Johansen. Anyhow, The Sleeping Beauty Killer was well written, it flowed, it had a delightfully surprising ending, and it was a true pleasure to read. I haven’t read any others in this series with the joint writers, but if this one is any indication, their collaboration pays off for the reader!

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Highly Recommended