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Author Mary Miley, won the 2012 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Novel Competition for, "The Impersonator", and I can see why. A fantastic, fast moving story with plenty of adventure and mystery, all based around the wonderful, roaring 20's.
The strong, female lead character is such a hoot and quite scandalous for that day and age. This is an engaging story about a young Vaudevillian actress that is lead into a villainous plan of deception and impersonation in order to inherit a fortune. Along the way she is met by her own conscience while her feelings and concerns grow for the family that she never had, and is now trying to swindle. During her deception she is faced with continuous threats on her life, bootlegging, murder and a possible love interest. As she delves deeper into the family history, she learns of deception even deeper than her own, and dreams of an entity that just may be closer than she thinks. Confusion surrounds our main character as she goes through a very dangerous period of self discovery. Full and wonderful supporting characters that are all so original and become even more prevalent as the conspiracy unfolds.
Tavia Gilbert did a fantastic job narrating! She absolutely was the perfect voice for our heroine and all of the other characters were distinguishable, even her male voices were genuine and recognizable. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen and would recommend it.
Dave Robicheaux is rough and tumble detective in Louisiana who runs into trouble with some of the locals. This first book in the series really builds Dave's character and delves into his past which helps us to understand why he is the person he has become.
Parts of this story are gory and not for the faint of heart. A fairly fast paced listen and Will Patton does a good job with the character development.
Kay Shugak is a no nonsense Alaskan born girl who has retired from the Anchorage D.A.'s office, where she worked as a sex crime investigator. During her last assignment she was almost killed while investigating a child abuser and was left with a severe scar around her neck as a reminder. That was it, she went off the grid into the far back woods of Alaska, no utilities provided but she still manages to live very comfortably with her best friend, Mutt, a large Husky/Wolf.
Kate's ex boss arrives one day in her compound and asks her to take on a missing person case of a congressmen's son. She knows all the locals and feels pressured, after a little prodding she decides its probably time to get back into society anyway. As she gets deeper into the investigation she starts to realize it is much more than a missing person case.
I read the second book in this series, A Fatal Thaw, which was very good and the story was fast and realistic. I like to start a series with the first book so this was a must read. I actually liked book two better, this was a bit to rudimentary comparatively, but the story did get better toward the end where it picked up and became more interesting.
I will probably read more in this series. The narration got better as the story went along and was even better in the next book.
Just to over the to fanatical for me plus I did not like the hyped up narrator at all. Thank goodness it was short.
The Wyoming winter is going full scale with temperatures dropping way below zero, freezing even your breath, burrrr. Walt and the gang are on the case trying to find out who is behind multiple murders that started when Walt an Vic found a huge underground crop of pot plants.
Another great one in the series which is no surprise. Craig Johnson is the best at coming up with fascinating co-characters to support the returning cast. In every book the new characters are so classically authentic, it makes me wonder if they are based on real people he encounters in his life.
A little heads up; the Longmire series on TV dose not follow the plots in any of the books and a few of the main characters are different. Its a good show and I'm so glad it does not ruin any of the books I have not yet read. Narrator George Guidall is Walt Longmire. It would not be the same without him.
Craig Johnson is always a sure thing. Walt, Vic, Henry and Dog are back with a risky, fly by the seat of your pants, covert operation. Walt has taken on a case where the accused is just not fitting his criteria of a murderer and in all good conscience cannot let this sleeping dog lie. A woman is accused of killing her husband and burning down their house and barn. It just so happens that it was located out in one of the roughest parts of the Wyoming countryside. Walt goes sleuthing around under the guise of an insurance agent and gets himself, as usual, stuck right in the middle of some very shady back country folk. They are not used to outsiders and Walt sticks out like a sore thumb. The whole gang is back with some very endearing and villainous new characters that CJ is a master at creating.
The Longmire series is the best, each book is originally clever and exciting. The rare and comfortable relationships between the characters and Walt's layered personality, consistently keep the stories interesting and colorful. George Guidall's narrative and Craig Johnson's writing are a brilliant combination that are without exception, amusing and highly entertaining.
I highly suggest reading this series in order, "to know the characters is to love them". In this addition to the series there are three different stories going on simultaneously.
While on leave in Quebec Chief Inspector Gamache, a highly renowned investigator with the Canadian police, is pulled in as a consultant to help solve a murder that can only be solved by uncovering lost historical information. The second of the three stories is uncovered throughout as Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir, his second in command, re-account parts of a recent tragedy, that left them both injured and pretty shaken up. The last and my favorite, takes place, of corse, in "Three Pines", a wonderful sleepy little town where on Sundays you can wear your pajamas to the local bistro, which is just one of the many eclectic quirks that make it so special. Chief Gamache unofficially sends Inspector Beauvoir, to "Three Pines" hopeing that this distraction will keep him from obsessing about the tragedy, by reopening, "unofficially", a past investigation that resulted in a conviction of a long time resident, that still just doesn't sit right with the Chief.
Another hit by LP. I found that in this addition to the series, there was less cutting humor or philosophical quips, but more raw vulnerability shown by the characters. A great story that provided a deeper look into the mind and heart of our illustrious Chief Gamache.
A cute cozy mystery with two bantering sisters. Parts were hilarious and not a bad mystery, but it did not necessarily keep my attention. I had a hard time finishing it.
A tragic tale of a young Irish girl who's childhood is forever changed by the death of her parents aboard a ship bound for America. Upon her arrival a prominent tobacco plantation owner purchases her along with other slaves to help work his plantation. Her young life was a happy one growing up with love and nurturing by the slaves, who took her in as one of their own, and eventually became her secure and only family. Her budding years were spent with a prominent white family connected to the owners wife, where she received an education and elocution lessons. When she is thrown into a tailspin of the need to marry she ends up marrying the owners son. After their return to the plantation her whole existence is changed upon the owners death and the son's inheritance, she unfortunately learners, very quickly, the difference between the father and the son. The father was virtuous man who achieved success through respect and hard work, the son on the other hand looses everything due to his downright meanness, intoxication, greed and a never ending, right of entitlement.
This book is beautifully written about a desperate time in history. What I took away from this story was the sense of belonging through love and compassion and what a difference there is to thrive among honorable, principled people and perish if surrounded by evil.
Not a light read but a flowing feeling novel, with a skilled and effective narrative that absolutely helped me visualize the people, setting and scenes throughout.
Wow! Grisham is back with another excellently written stunner. A smart, fast moving story about the legality of a Holographic Will. The sudden suicide of a family's Patriarch and his twenty-four hour old, handwritten Will, have his family up in arms when it is revealed that he has left millions to his black maid. Jake Brigance and the, "Time to Kill", original gang return with another southern, court room, roller coaster.
Jake Brigance is a handsome, lawyer who has a reputation for his ability to woo a jury. His mentor Lucien, a disbarred, alcoholic attorney and Harry Rex, a devious divorce attorney, all return for a second act in the ongoing saga of race equality during the early 80's in Mississippi. Lawyers and family members start popping out of the woodwork when the dollar amount of the Will is revealed and then it is off to the races.
An original storyline that had the characters just jumping off the page. This is a must read for those of you that enjoy legal thrillers. A first rate narrative by Michael Beck mixed with an intensely emotional, surprise ending made this one of my favorites of the year.
This was a good serial killer mystery with several different past and current stories coming together. The main investigative detectives were interesting enough, however, the story is based more around the backstories surrounding the suspects. Because of a current missing persons/possible murder and an old missing persons case with a similar MO, a group of old friends, that back in the day ran together in the fast lane of sex and drugs, find themselves drawn into the investigation. The Atlantic City PD needs them to help tie up some loose ends that are becoming very relevant to their current case, which is becoming even bigger than they originally thought. Things get even more ramped up when the gangster father of the current missing person hires a couple of sadists that are given orders to find his son no matter who they have to torture or eliminate. I figured out who the killer was early on but stayed intrigued by the clever way all the pieces fit together, the twist at the end, and the strong bonds held between these estranged friends, which ultimately lead them to form very different futures.
The narration in the beginning was a little off for Scott Brick but once he hit his stride he was great. This was my first Harlan Coben novel and I found his fast paced writing style exciting.
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