crime, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths, psychological
(28 Dec. 2017)
‘He’s so handsome and clever and romantic. I just wished he hadn’t forced Tilda under the water and held her there so long.’
Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.
Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.
And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.
So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…
Sometimes we love too much.
The Stranger on a Train novel that isn’t.
The story is told through the eyes of Callie and through her journal that she writes in obsessively. All that she knows, or think she knows, about her sister – her twin, as she follows her and tracks her life. The clever twin. The beautiful twin. The tragic twin. The abused twin. Or is she?
And then Callie finds a site for abused women or men and gets drawn into deep conspiracy theories and perhaps even murder.
Callie also suffers from Pica in relation to her sister’s objects – she thinks by eating these items her sister is somehow drawn into her own essence it would be appear.
So this is a strange book but a compelling read. You follow Callie through all her different beliefs and her obsession with her sister’s life and are drawn into her worldview. Where nothing is quite what it might appear – or is it?
It's not easy being a shifter without a clan. But finally, Jasmine Rowland has a job at least. Well, being a nanny is not what she had dreamed of, but it pays the bills. Also, there are worse places to be than around that handsome Doctor Alava with his tight clothes, showing every vein and muscle of his body. But something is definitely wrong with him. What is he hiding?
Dr. Eneko Alava’s love left a long time ago. There is not such a thing as a mate for him anymore. All focus is on his beloved children and his practice, a medical clinic for shifters set up in the heart of bear shifter territory. But wait, why then is his inner animal panting for his nanny now? That isn’t supposed to happen.
No place to hide.
With the law against them and time running out, can Eneko and Jasmine find love? Or does fate have other plans for them?
3 books about Bear Shifters reviewed here:
The Bear Shifter’s Nanny. Jasmine Wylder
A young Jaguar shifter is a rare beast and doesn’t have a clan. Which is especially difficult in a town where shifters are viewed with suspicion and hostility by the ‘normal’ populace.
But shifters need medical treatment as much as anyone – well perhaps not quite as much – but they still need a doctor – and he wants to continue to operate a clinic even though he is accused of murder.
2. Sheltered by the Alpha Bear. Amelia Rock
I found this too obvious and the writing too distracting to both reading every page. Also the final job offer from a university/college was unlikely in the extreme. [2.5 stars]
3. Protected by the Billionaire Bear. Amelia Rock
I got seriously bored half-way through. The same story as her two previous books just dressed up slightly differently. 
Detective Sergeant Catherine Bishop has an enigmatic new boss, Detective Inspector Jonathan Knight. How he will adapt to life in Lincolnshire after years in the Met is anyone's guess. When the body of a well known local thug is discovered, an intriguing message found on his battered corpse raises unwelcome questions. Is DS Bishop herself being accused of the grisly murder, or does the message point to a more sinister secret? As the body count grows higher, Bishop and Knight find themselves in a race against time to discover the identity of a merciless, faceless killer whose motivation is a mystery.
Great reading as a police procedural demonstrating just how difficult it can be to solve murders that initially seem random, or where the link is buried deep in the past.
By the final chapter I had guessed who the murderer was though.
Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mourning Dove Mysteries #1
Mikel J. Wilson
crime, detectives, mystery, thrillers, new adult
(26 Nov. 2017)
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of a teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion. In a small town bursting with friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just beneath the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits him against artful private investigator Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome, smart and seductive, and he just might be the killer Rome is seeking.
As we walked home today in the freezing cold with frozen puddles and frosty plants, we mused about how it would be like if we lived in the cold North. And then said how thankful we were that we didn’t. Especially if, to practice your art, you get up in the early and very cold, dawn to skate on your frozen pond. As happens here. Only to find that someone wants you dead and has a very nasty method in mind….
Lots of good red herrings and twists and turns in this police procedural with more than one murder to solve and the last person you might expect ends up with a reason you might have suspected but not to the lengths they would go to.
An enjoyable read from this author new to me. And this is book 1 of a new series so I shall keep an eye out for book 2.
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.
But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends―just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her.
With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.
A story that is based, as we know only too well, on frequent truths.
Small towns and political corruptions in return for jobs and a thriving economy and never mind the poor who live on the wrong side of the tracks and reap the rewards of this unholy alliance.
Chemical companies it is rumoured are the most frequent polluters of water and yet the list of the ten worst polluters are:
7. Textile Manufacturing
9. Auto Manufacturing
And the Daily Beast in 2010 claimed that the EPA estimated that there were 3,500 chemical spills each year, requiring $260 million to clean.
For instance, take Milford, New Hampshire, with a population of 10,000, and the local Fletcher’s Paint Works and Storage. Within 2 Acres 34 Toxic chemicals were found.
Soil and groundwater around the site was found to be contaminated with arsenic, lead, PCBs, and other chemicals, including volatile organic compounds. Which were also in the municipal water supply.
So why should we believe the chemical company in this story when it claims that the reservoir tests clean? And what will it and those involved in the local corruption etc do, to ensure that the plant keeps on working without interference?
A story that has obvious links as shown above, with reality, but is then stretched into a complex and intriguing novel that keeps you reading.
PS. Abby does not reflect the Jessica Jones character too closely – but definitely drinks far too much!