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Deadly Depths By John F. Dobbyn
2023-03-29 14:37
This is a mystery with lost treasure, pirates, murder, sharks, secret societies, Maroons, Corsican thugs, Aztecs, and archeologists.   Matt Shane’s pseudo-father is found dea… Read More
2023-03-28 15:32
 Who Am I and Why Do You Hate Me? © I’m fourteen years old, and I’m not sure who I am but I’ve felt your hate. I love cars and motors and my favorite color is pi… Read More
The Bitter Past By Bruce Borgos
2023-03-24 15:35
Porter Beck is the Sherrif in Lincoln County, Nevada.  The grizzly murder of an ex-FBI agent debuts this mystery.   Finding the killer leads to a history of atomic bomb testin… Read More
I Am Germany By Michael Witt
2023-03-19 18:15
This book details the travels of Heinrich Schultheiss in search of relief from the surfeit of pain over the loss of his wife, and to reunite with his first love.  It occurs in 1989 at t… Read More
Cultured By D. P. Lyle
2023-03-10 20:56
Jake Longly and super-hot Nicole are back with a new mystery.  Jake’s enormous sidekick, Pancake, continues to stretch the bottom line of Jake’s restaurant with his apparent… Read More
Night Candy By Max Tomlinson
2023-03-05 20:38
Colleen Hayes is a modern Spencer For Hire or really a mix of Spencer and Hawk.  She is an unlicensed PI who has a hard sleuth exterior and a soft, gruff interior.   It’… Read More
The Wishing Game By Meg Shaffer
2023-02-25 16:00
This may be one of the sweetest books I’ve ever read.  Before that turns you off, there is a good plot and great characters but NO violence or mayhem.   Lucy, a teacher… Read More
Downfall By Mark Rubinstein
2023-02-20 17:34
This mystery has as an aside a sad commentary on the medical field.   Rick Shepard is an Internist in a high-pressure NYC medical practice.  His father, also a doctor, is a dy… Read More
Key West Dead By Mark Nolan
2023-02-10 14:19
Jake Wolfe and more than a close friend Sarah, are guests at a Key West Wedding.  Things deteriorate from there.   An IED perpetrator with a grudge targets boats and since Jak… Read More
The Hollow F.K. Marlowe
2023-02-05 16:35
This was an interesting little short story.  Jo’s walk in the woods brings back memories of Pet Cemetery.  When her father who is suffering from some sort of dementia, says i… Read More
Growing Old Explained By William G. Bentrim
2023-01-31 16:17
Growing old is better than the alternative. Overall, we have an aging population which means that children frequently have great-grandparents as well as grandparents. Kids are curious and th… Read More
The Last Lion Of Karkov By Dale Griffin
2023-01-30 17:44
This could be described as a romance novel.  I’m not sure that is a correct description but it is the first that comes to mind.  It took nearly 200 pages for me to finally fa… Read More
Just One Look By Harlan Coben
2023-01-25 15:20
Coben delights in popping the clutch and shooting to 60mph in 3.4 seconds.   This book put the pedal to the metal from the preface.   A tragedy at a rock concert fifteen… Read More
Solomon's Crown By Natasha Siegel
2023-01-20 14:45
King Richard and King Phillip, historical characters, are the lead protagonists in this story.   The ascension of Richard to kingship and the friction with his siblings is the subp… Read More
Retribution By Robert McCaw
2023-01-10 20:36
This is another Koa Kane Hawaiian mystery.   Koa is the chief of detectives and finds mysterious assaults on his peers.   There seems to be no pattern to the violence unt… Read More
Deadly Weapon By Mark Nolan
2023-01-05 16:49
Jake Wolfe is back and once again in the midst of a wealth of action filled turmoil.  Jake still suffers from episodes of PTSD as does his sidekick, and brains of the operation, Sgt. Co… Read More
Dead Heat To Destiny By J. B. Rivard
2022-12-30 16:21
My initial reaction to this book was annoyance due to the abundance of characters and jumping from story to story.  The story was interesting though and eventually I got the characters… Read More
Bones Under The Ice By Mary Ann Miller
2022-12-20 14:25
Sheriff Jhonni Laurent is faced with multiple alleged murders, an inimicalpress, a deceitful deputy, a historic secret, and feuding citizens.  If that isn’t enough she is faced wi… Read More
Pardon Me, Please By Lois Wickstrom
2022-11-30 20:32
This is a book focused on a Thanksgiving staple, the turkey. Albert lives on a turkey farm and a family has come to pick him up for dinner, not as a guest but as the main entrée.&nbsp&hell…Read More
The Gratitude Jar By Katrina Liu
2022-11-29 21:00
The Gratitude Jar, great concept, I like the moral of the story. It reads quite nicely on the computer screen but very cramped on my phone and tablet. Good story, mechanics of the digital… Read More
The Fun Thieves By Carli Valentine
2022-11-25 19:16
The author offers a valuable perspective to disgruntled children.   It is so easy to complain and feel like the world is conspiring against you.   Children often feel pow… Read More
Kind Obi By Kamapala Chukwuka
2022-11-23 18:37
Terrific topic!  I loved the story line and the message.  The activities at the end of the book were spot on for younger children.   Pencil Master did beautiful illustrat… Read More
Birthright By Charles Lambert
2022-11-09 21:48
A narcissistic young woman strives to feel less alone.  She questions her patrimony and is convinced that somewhere she has a twin.   The result of that search leads to a wide… Read More
The Maze By Nelson DeMille
2022-10-30 21:39
John Corey is back for another adventure.  This time his shortcomings are used by his friends to maneuver him into infiltrating a PI firm that his friends feel is bogus.I’ve not r… Read More
The Body In The Alley By James Dain
2022-10-20 20:22
Keith is a bouncer.  Things go awry one night and he finds himself involved with Shawn Toomey a notorious killer.   Keith’s life goes downhill from there.Keith’s i… Read More
The Hunt By Faye  Kellerman
2022-10-15 18:38
This book is two plots that merge near the end of the book.   I’m not familiar with the characters from any previous books so I don’t know if there is a backstory to te… Read More
Forget Me By Lisa Sherman
2022-10-10 17:18
Claire is a successful businesswoman whose life is turned upside down by her murder or was it.   The story revolves around a missing, presumed dead woman and her doppelganger.&nbsp&hell…Read More
The Girl Who Escaped By Mark Nolan
2022-10-05 17:19
Although Jake and Cody figure prominently in this book, Brenda the anal-retentive FBI agent seems to be the subtle main protagonist.  A young woman and her friends are drugged partying… Read More
Original Sin By D.P. Lyle
2022-09-29 21:02
Sam Cody is no longer a cop at Mercer’s Corner.  She is touring the country and ends up visiting an old friend, Dr. Lucy Wagner.   While visiting her friend, strange eve… Read More
Deadly Setup By Lynn Slaughter
2022-09-24 12:31
This is a YA mystery whose main character, Samantha, is accused of a crime she did not commit.   A responsible young woman, she is deep into her music that incidentally was the sam… Read More
San Diego Dead By Mark Nolan
2022-09-19 21:12
Jake Wolfe finds himself at war with a drug cartel.   As a government assassin, Jake is tasked to take down the cartel leader.  Jake, however, has the motivation to do the job… Read More
Bull’s Eye By David Baldacci
2022-09-09 18:31
This was a short crossover story with Will Robie and Oliver Stone dealing with a questionable bank robbery.  It was a treat to see the Camel Club again. The story had the requisite tens… Read More
Devil’s Playground By D. P. Lyle
2022-09-04 21:27
Sam is a deputy in Mercer’s Corner a tiny town in the desert.   The story begins with a satanist’s conviction for the foul murder of three children.   Richard… Read More
The Lost By Jeffrey B. Burton
2022-08-30 17:16
If you are a dog person you will love this book but be aware that there may be things that will give you issues.   Mason Reid and the kids are back.   The kids are a Gold… Read More
Reckoning By Catherine Coulter
2022-08-25 16:46
Dillion and Savich are back.  Things are different with having a child.   Both are impacted.  A new protagonist is Griffin Hammersmith another FBI agent.   Ther… Read More
Dream Town By David Baldacci
2022-08-21 20:00
Aloysius Archer is a PI.  He is an unusual PI as he has serious morals and scruples which patently interfere with accumulating money.   He accepts a case on new years eve from… Read More
Long Range By C. J. Box
2022-08-15 16:58
Joe Pickett is an eclectic game warden.  He seems more into general law enforcement than just poaching and game licenses.   This book deals with an attempted assassination of… Read More
Fatal Intent By Tammy Euliano
2022-08-04 17:46
This is a medical whodunit with quality of life and mercy killing issues.Kate is an anesthesiologist whose husband is in a coma.  She can’t let go.  Now she is inexplicably l… Read More
Killer Lawyer By Mark Nolan
2022-07-30 22:56
Jake and Cody are back.  Once again they are fighting crime and Jake is being a smartass.  Cody, the better-looking of the two, shows the common sense his human handler seems to la… Read More
Easy Street By J. Gregory Smith
2022-07-25 19:26
I am a J. Gregory Smith fan. I’ve been reading his stuff for years and like many fine wines improves with age, so does his writing.   I could not put this down.  I suppo… Read More
Shadows Reel By C.J. Box
2022-07-20 19:23
Joe Pickett once again finds himself embroiled in far more than game warden activities.   This tale has Nazi war criminals, gruesome murders, the theft of birds, Antifa, BLM, and c… Read More
The Whole Truth By David Baldacci
2022-06-24 18:34
 Once again Baldacci out does himself. While not a horror book, it is truly terrifying.   Detailing what a PM firm can do as opposed to a PR firm, was truly frightening. … Read More
The Shelterings By Sarah Beth Durst
2022-06-08 16:16
An admitted fan, I was not surprised to like this book.   Durst reveals her love of talking animals.  I, too, am fond of anthropomorphism.  It can be found in my own book… Read More
Am I Depressed By William G. Bentrim
2022-05-30 21:24
Depression doesn’t just impact adults, children often suffer from depression as well.   A major difference between childhood and adult depression is that adult depression is… Read More
The Bone Flower By Charles Lambert
2022-05-27 15:00
This book started very slow, to the point where I almost quit reading it.  It got better and it may be that it is the style of writing that I had issues with.   This is writte… Read More
Adopted By William G. Bentrim
2022-05-11 18:07
Buy HereThis book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying p… Read More
Vigilante Assassin By Mark Nolan
2022-05-05 14:23
This is a Jake Wolfe novel.   Jake, as usual, is surrounded by violence and mayhem.   The book makes for fast reading.  A psychopath seeking vengeance, the Russian M… Read More
Hideout By Louisa Luna
2022-04-30 15:11
Alice Vega is a strange protagonist.  She appears to have issues with interpersonal relations.  She is a PI hired to find Zeb Williams, an athlete of dubious distinctions. &n&helli…Read More
Walk The Wire By David Baldacci
2022-04-25 23:20
Amos Decker, the Memory Man, is back in this book.  He and the very patient and tolerant Alex Jamison are sent to North Dakota with no understanding  of why they have been sent to… Read More
Stranger In Paradise By Robert B. Parker
2022-04-20 15:09
I still enjoy Parker stories even though Spencer and Hawk aren’t in the Paradise books.  Parker creates a similar repartee between Crow and Jesse.  Crow, who claims to be an… Read More
Deceived By Mary Keliikoa
2022-04-15 19:42
This is a Kelly Pruett mystery.   Deniedwas the first Kelly Pruett mystery I read.   In that review I lamented the often-insane risks that Kelly, as a PI, takes.  I… Read More
Black Cross By Greg Iles
2022-04-10 14:37
The development of poison gas for use against the D-Day invasion is the core of the book. The fact that the development occurs in a concentration camp provides an enormous amount of pathos… Read More
One Good Deed By David Baldacci
2022-04-05 15:24
Aloysius Archer is a thoughtful and far too considerate young man with an eye for the opposite sex. On being released from prison, he finds himself embroiled in a relationship with several w… Read More
Coup D’Etat By Ben Coes
2022-03-25 14:24
Dewey Andreas is a former Delta operative who is avoiding the love of his life to protect her from the vengeful billionaire looking to kill him.  Working at a station in Australia, he i… Read More
Redemption By David Baldacci
2022-03-20 14:26
Amos Decker can’t forget; Anything!  A blindside hit in his first professional football game changed his brain.   Not forgetting anything sounds good, particularly for t… Read More
The Lightning Rod By Brad Meltzer
2022-03-03 15:51
This is a Zig and Nola Novel.  I don’t know if it is the first one or not but it appears to be setting up a series.   Zig is a mortician with tons of emotional baggage b… Read More
Along Came A Spider By James Patterson
2022-02-26 18:16
This is an Alex Cross book.  There is a grisly murder in Alex’s neighborhood.  He and his partner Sampson become emotionally involved.   There is a high-profile kid… Read More
2022-02-19 14:54
I am a self-published author. I have self-published for a variety of reasons. My primary reason is time. I have no interest in spending my days trying to find an agent, who will then try… Read More
The Boy From The Woods By Harlan Coben
2022-02-16 19:58
Coben has the ability to so obfuscate the plot that you have minimal opportunities to puzzle it out.  Wilde, aptly named, helps his godson and inadvertently becomes involved in a kidnap… Read More
2022-02-11 18:34
Talk about a intricate plot, the Vatican, Cuban dissidents, the CIA, MI6, Blackwater Mercenaries, the Cuban government, a secret society and a couple of rogue retirees are all involved in th… Read More
2022-01-30 18:55
This is a Lincoln Lawyer book. If you aren’t familiar with the series, Mickey Haller is an attorney that does his work out of a Lincoln Town Car. He is also half brother to Harry Bosch… Read More
2022-01-25 21:51
We Are The Kings by Ariane TorresThis is a story about a family.   It is complex and often confusing.  A family tree would help immensely in keeping track of the characters.&n&hell…Read More

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