Archive for the ‘Suspense’ Category
Cut To the Bone is the newest chapter in the story of Dr. Bill Brockton and his work as a forensic specialist out of the Body Farm. Dr. Brockton in actuality is the fictional counterpart of Jefferson Bass who began the Body Farm in the Knoxville, Tennessee in the real world. The farm was an offshoot of his work in the Anthropology Department of the University of Tennessee. He has worked and still works with various police units as they try to solve mysteries that have dead bodies or skeletons involved. Bass was often chided early on for not being able to be more accurate in placing the time of death in many of these cases of found bodies/skeletons.
He discovered that one of his biggest allies in being more accurate was studying the sizes and lifespans of the various flies or maggots that devoured most of the body’s materials after death. After realizing how important those little bugs were in his profession he convinced the university to allot him some ground and he then began accumulating corpses from around the area that were unidentifiable. By placing them in his “farm” he and his assistants would watch the decomposition and create timetables from the work of the flies. Read the rest of this entry »
Shaye Townsend works with a not for profit conservancy that buys old ranches to preseve for their historical worth. Tanner Davis comes into town to settle his uncle’s estate which has just the sort of ranch Shaye’s organization works to preserve. That connection is what throws the two protagonists of Dangerous Refuge together. I call them protagonists, because that is what Shaye and Tanner are. While categorized as Romantic Suspense, this book is unlike many of Lowell’s previous books in that it is much more of a straight out mystery with hot sex thrown in rather than romance with suspense. This creates a pacing problem which is the one big flaw in Dangerous Refuge. Read the rest of this entry »
When children grow up and leave home they lose track sometimes of their parents lives and actions. Evie Ferrante receives a call from her sister Ginger that her mother is ill and it is her turn to go home and try to find out just what is going on. When Evie arrives at her mother’s home she finds the house in terrible disrepair. Her mom is in the hospital, and Evie learns that when the ambulance took her mother, Sandra Ferrante, to the hospital that Sandra whispered to Mina “Don’t let him in until I’m gone.” Mina writes down the message. At 91 she doesn’t trust her memory. Mina has been Sandra’s neighbor for years. Evie immediately turns to Mina for information and help.
Her mother has a new flat screen TV on the wall. There is a stock of expensive liquor – much more expensive than Sandra’s usual brand. Evie can’t understand where the money is coming from. She attempts to investigate what has been going on in her mother’s life. Read the rest of this entry »
What college students wouldn’t want to stay the night in a haunted cabin? When six students who are volunteering at a raptor center hear the legend of the Fiddlesticks’ cabin, they can’t wait to find out if there is a legendary ghost. With the legend of a woman and her lover being murdered in the cabin years ago, that just makes it more appealing and an adventure for the students who plan to videotape the entire event.
What the students didn’t plan on happening was one of their own being brutally murdered outside the cabin. What was even stranger were the unusual and unrecognizable carvings or writings all over her skin. Is the killer trying to send a message?
To complicate things, the victim just happens to be the only daughter of the former governor of North Carolina. He public ally challenges the local law enforcement to make an arrest, maybe even before all the facts are discovered. Read the rest of this entry »
This book starts out fast, keeps right on moving until the very last page and leaves you begging for more.
Brenna Spencer has a gift. She sees and remembers every moment of her life word for word. If you ask her what she did on any day she will tell you every part of that day because she sees things and has perfect recall.
Brenna and her IT person, Trent are asked to find a missing woman, Lula Belle, who has been missing for 3 months. Lula Belle is a performer on the Internet; she performs in silhouette in the nude and speaks in whispers. Is it porn or it just sexy? Trent had down loaded all of her “art” and would love to try to find her partly because he would have access to all of her performances.
Brenna is affected by this woman because she is telling stories that are Brenna’s past and she sounds like she could be Brenna’s sister Clea who disappeared when Clea 15 years old and Brenna was only 9 years old. Brenna started to recall everything right after her sister disappeared. Brenna feels such terrible guilt in her sister’s disappearance because she kept a secret for her sister and didn’t tell anyone that she ran away with a boyfriend who drove a blue car; she kept this secret for 3 days just because her sister asked. In the search for Lula Belle the team finds several more people connected to the case that has also disappeared about the same time as Lula Belle. Read the rest of this entry »
Although having faced many tragedies in her life, Karin Schaeffer, former police officer, thinks her life is finally smoothing out. Her husband Mac MacLeary is operating his business as a private investigator. Karin is helping him out as well as trying to take some classes to further her education.
Mac has come down with the flu and Karin orders him to bed. When Mac receives a text from his friend Detective Billy Staples, he immediately gets dressed ready to go meet Billy. Karin insists that Mac return to bed and tell Billy he just can’t meet him. Mac argues with Karin and finally admits to her that Billy is having flashbacks at crime scenes and loses control. Billy is terrified. Mac had promised Billy not to reveal the problem to anyone but Mac is just too sick to go out to meet Billy. Karin insists that she will go and meet Billy and the crime scene that awaits her is a real shock.
A serial killer is on the loose in the city and he is killing young women. When Karin arrives at Billy’s crime scene she finds that, there is not just one victim but two. A woman who has been strangled and finished off with a knife between her breasts. The second victim is a very young girl who has been struck by a car. The child was not even wearing shoes and it is a mystery as to why and how she came to be in the neighborhood.
Karin is concerned about Billy and wants to help him with the investigation as well as make some suggestions that might improve his mental health. It is not long before Karin has a lot more to worry about than Mac with the flu, Billy’s mental health, and the small girl in the hospital. The serial killer has struck very close to Karin’s family.
This is a very complicated story with a lot of twists and turns but eventually the truth comes out and a story is revealed that shocks the entire city. This book can be read as a stand-alone but once you read Vanishing Girls you may want to read the other Karin Schaeffer novels and learn more about Karin and the trials she has had to face. The titles are Next Time You See Me and You Are Next. As for me, I am anxiously awaiting the next Katie Lief story.
I absolutely love this book from beginning to end. Katia Lief never disappoints her readers and I don’t know how she can keep doing this. Lief writes with a vengeance that you don’t see much in books. This book has several of her regular characters including Karin Schaeffer a former cop turned PI and her husband Mac MacLeary. If you haven’t read any of the previous books you are ok reading them out of order.
This book starts with Karin doing her thing of interfering with everyone’s lives. She is very concerned because it seems like a serial killer is killing prostitutes. On the same night that the most recent murder occurred and only a couple blocks away a car in the middle of the night hits a young girl from the neighborhood. She is in a coma with serious injuries. Her babysitter and friend Chali is bringing her daughter home from India. Dathi was living with her grandmother and was 12 and close to the age that she would be turned into a child bride like Chali had or worse into the child trafficking. Chali is found murdered just days before her daughter is to come home.
What happened to Chali? What will happen to her daughter Dathi? How are the murders of the prostitutes, the young girl hit by the car and the murder of Chali related to each other?
Believe it or not Lief weaves this all together and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Missing, the first book in a new series by Gray, brings together a setting in the Amish Community of Crittenden County, Kentucky, a murder and romantic suspense. It is my opinion that the author was a little loose with the first, did a fine job with the second but succeeds best with the last of the three.
Perry Borntrager has been missing for months when Abby Anderson happens on his body in an abandoned well. Most people had assumed Perry, an Amish kid with a wild streak, had simply “jumped the fence” and left the Amish community and the area. Now the small community is forced to face the fact that not only has he not left, someone has caused his death. There are several people in the community that are not that eager for Perry’s life leading up to his death to be looked at too carefully. Perry had been friends with his “English” coworkers, especially Walker Anderson, at local variety store until shortly before his death-when Perry’s life started to change. Perry had also been in a relationship with Lydia, a well respected Amish girl, until about that same time. Deputy Sheriff Mose Kramer gets just that far in the investigation, but can’t get anyone involved to go further and tell him what changed in Perry’s life. What caused those around him to pull away? Kramer begins to think that his own roots in the Amish community may be the barrier so he brings in Luke Reynolds, an old friend on disability leave from the Cincinnati police force, to help him with the investigation. The case is eventually solved but many secrets are uncovered along the way. Read the rest of this entry »
To summarize Beneath the Shaodws in one word I’d label this book creepy. From the very first page, readers know all is not well with this family, this house or this community. Grace and Adam had not lived in the cottage he had inherited from his grandparents long before tragedy struck. Waiting for her husband to return from a walk with their infant daughter Millie Grace catches a glimpse of something on their door stoop. When she opens the door, there is Millie safe and sound in her pram, but there is no sign of Adam. Adam has vanished. The police assume he’s run off but Grace is positive he would not have left them. So where is he?
A year passes and Grace returns to the cottage. She says it’s to sort through and pack up Adam’s family’s things before she sells the cottage, but deep down, Grace wants closure. She wants to know what happened to Adam. Grace is spooked by every little shadow and sound, but there always seems to be a perfectly good explanation for the events. She and Adam hadn’t really met the other villagers when they had moved in the past year, but now, slowly Grace does. She meets a handy man in town and hires him to help with some renovations to make the cottage more attractive to potential renters or buyers. She meets the daughter of a neighbor who had watched over the cottage while Grace was home with her parents, and then the neighbor herself. While the woman is friendly and almost motherly, there is an undercurrent in their household that Grace can’t quite figure out. Read the rest of this entry »
An interesting historical novel written by a gentleman who has done several of these and all have been well received. This particular one is the story of Phenix City, Alabama and its trials and tribulations in the late 1940′s and early 50′s. Phenix City had been taken over by a group of corrupt individuals who catered to those interested in gambling, drinking, sex, and other segments of that lifestyle. The proximity of Phenix City to the huge army base at Fort Benning Georgia provided those corrupters with many young military personnel with money to spend and time on their hands.
In the spring of 1954 a Phenix City attorney who felt it was time to put an end to this style of living began making inroads on cleaning up this wicked city. However Albert Patterson, the attorney, was gunned down one night and those responsible for the killing believed this would be the end of anyone attempting to clean up their city. Read the rest of this entry »