Sunday, April 18, 2010

KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson

In Sun Valley, a playground for the rich, U.S. Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler returned to be the key speaker at billionaire Patrick Cutter's media and communications conference for business tycoons. Between her and County Sheriff Walt Fleming stands a killer who threatens Shaler's life. Walt's plate fills quickly with a potential murder and the arrest of his nephew. As the clock keeps ticking, we will see how precise the preparations for murder are.

The plot is sharp and interwoven with family matters. The author is brilliant in his telling of the story. He calls for the Secret Service, the FBI, Cutter's own security people, all of which are now jockeying for position with the Sheriff and the case. The reader is able to follow along nicely, right up to the end. The hitman is beautifully portrayed as a passerby on the sidewalk, anytown, USA. Here is the link to the author's site to read more from this book.

Near the top: 4.75 stars

Monday, April 12, 2010

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A killer is on a path of death throughout the states. He chooses the most beautiful women and is killing them in the name of love. His tally is six so far. Special Agent Brad Raines has been on his tail, but the killer is allusive. Hand written notes are left at the scene of each crime, but that is it. No DNA from the killer is found. Still with no leads, Agent Raines enlists the help of gifted, mentally ill residents from the private, Center for Wellness and Intelligence. A psychotic resident named Paradise is asked to help, falling deeply in love with Brad Raines. With a fear of the outside world, a few of the residents and Special Agent Raines set out to solve the crimes and catch the killer. Follow the trail of drugs, drills, and THE BRIDAL VEIL.

In the minds of readers, a flower will unfold. Another fantastic thriller from the author. Loved the suspense right till the end. This book was read by me in about 4 hours, just could not put down. I loved how the story just kept building with twists and turns. Just who was going to end up dead next? I was amazed how the author entwined all the characters, and how Brad felt about love in the beginning of the book, but was a changed man at the end. Great!!!

4.75 stars and thank you Miriam for sending the book.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaugh

Kitty and Ben are the alpha pair of a Denver pack of werewolves. They are planning to get married in Las Vegas. While there, Kitty is planning to host her talk radio show live from the hotel she is staying at.

This hotel is also hosting a large gun show where silver bullets and bounty hunters are everywhere. But wait, vampires are living in the penthouse suite. Forward on goes kidnapping, murder and mayhem.

Do Ben and Kitty get married or will they forever be howling in the wind? A great story for those who love werewolves and vampires.

3.5 stars to the author
A Novel by Martina Cole

An intriguing book that was a little slow at the start, but eventually I got to the "meat" of it. The story introduces a fourteen year old boy named Danny Cadogen. Dan's father has left the family, leaving Dan's mom and two siblings to fend for themselves. He leaves school and becomes the bread winner. He gets a job at a junkyard and soon learns the life of crime, striving to be the top crime lord in England. Committing ruthless crimes, even in his home life, Dan feels he is indispensable to the gang.

You just have to read the book to find out how he rises to the top, controls his mother and siblings as well as his co-horts in crime. A very well written story. I for one, would not like to meet this character on the street. 4.50 stars to the author.

Thank you Miriam and Hachette for the book.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


A teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case, but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unsiad and hearts were broken.
David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twenty-somethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.
The suspense of who done it was killing me. I read and read till I finished the book. Lots of action! Awsomely compelling right to the end. A have to read to find out if David and Olivia get over themselves and do what should have been done a long time ago. Ooooooooh, see how they create misery when there was no need. I couldn't believe how a piece of equipment was used to do such evil. The top! 5 stars
Thanks Miriam and Hatchette for the book.
THE YELLOW HOUSE by Patricia Falvery

The Yellow House Book - Synopsis
"I remember the summers best, when the days rested in the long arms of evening and the sounds around Slieve Guillon were as muted as benediction. Only the faint barking of distant dogs cut the stillness as farmers drove their cattle home. Smoke curled from cottage chimneys and children gulped down tea so they could return to play while time hovered between day and night like a gift from heaven.
Glenlea, County Armagh, Ireland 1905. When her family is torn aprt by religious intolerance, personal tragedy, and explosive secrets, young Eileen O'Neill is determined to reclaim the Yellow House where her family had been happy and bring her broken family back home.As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the personal impact of the conflict. Her choice is complicated by the influence of two men. James Conlon, a charismatic and passionate politcal activit is determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, appeals to her warrior's soul. But Eileen also finds herself drawn to Owen Sheridan, the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and who believes that peace can never be achieved through violence. The choice that Eileen makes will change the course of all their lives and give her a true understanding of herself. Set in Ulster in the early 20th century, this novel brings to life the conflicts leading up to the birth of the border that divided the island of Ireland, and still exists today.
Patricia Falvey was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Ireland and England before immigrating to the U.S. at age twenty. A former managing director with a financial services firm, she now devotes herself full-time to writing and teaching and divides her time between Dallas, Texas, and County Armagh, Northern Ireland. THE YELLOW HOUSE is her first novel.
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The Reader's Review: I found this story tugging at my heart as it is such a moving and rewarding novel. Eileen has such a passion for life and does what she needs to do to fulfill her dreams. I loved how Eileen took a stand and did not back down or really care what anyone else thought of her. She is one tough cookie! The author wrote with such insight that I was able to vicariously be a part of this story. 4.75 Stars

Thanks Miriam and Hatchette for the book.

Monday, February 1, 2010


In 1986, Susan Jane Gilman and a classmate embarked on a bold trek around the globe starting in the People's Republic of china. At that point, China had been open to independent backpackers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche and Linda Goodman's Love Signs, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai.

Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads--hungry, disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, and under constant government surveillance. Soon, they began to unravel--one physically, the other psychologically. As their journey became increasingly harrowing, they found themselves facing crises and Susan didn't think they'd survive. But by summoning strengths she never knew she had--and with help from unexpected friends--the two travelers found their way out of a Chinese heart of darkness.

A once in a life time excursion, maybe I would do it, maybe not. With only knowing a few words from the Mandarin dialect, no Chinese what-so-ever, I definitely would not have gone. But that's me. The story astonished me totally. I pictured in my mind the situations that were being described and oh boy, but, through the author's written words I was travelling in China. At times, I was fearful that the outcome of the story was not going to end happily. All in all, a really a good story and quite and undertaking for these two girls. I give it 4 stars.