Archive for the ‘Mysteries’ Category

The President Is Missing

August 8, 2018

111 bookBill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for a top-notch thriller where the President, Jon Duncan, drops out of sight in order to save the world from a computer virus. If released, this virus has the capability to wipe files on every device in the U.S. that is connected to the Internet, resulting in mass hysteria. No Wall Street, no money in banks, no records anywhere, no fresh water, electricity, in effect, the U.S. would become the largest third world country.  President Duncan has one ally in his corner: Augie, the male half of a duo that wrote and embedded this virus. But there are assassins after the president as well, and he is unsure of whom he can trust in his select circle in Washington, when he discovers a mole in the “Group of Eight”, the top members of his group of advisors. Another matter to settle: who has financed this operation, suspected to have been run by a terrorist organization? A fast paced suspense novel that will leave the reader on the edge of his seat before the finale.

A Howl of Wolves

June 5, 2018

bookSamantha Clair, book editor extraordinaire, is at a play in which her next door neighbor Kay has a part, when the play ends on a horrible note. The dummy displayed on a hook as the murder victim in the last scene turns out to be a dead human body. So Sam finds herself smack dab in the middle of trying to figure out the identity of the killer. Her boyfriend Jake is a detective in the London Criminal Investigation Department, so she has friends in high places. Judith Flanders has produced another quick witted, fast moving mystery that does not disappoint her fans, of which I am one. This is only her fourth book, but it is a great read, without much gore, despite the opening scene.

Best Crime Novels of 2017-18

May 6, 2018

aaabookBooklist, a journal by the ALA, contains an annotated list of the year’s best crime novels (May 2017 – April 2018)  in the current May issue. All the titles are stand-alone editions. My personal favorite of the 20 novels is Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh, the subject of a previous post, but I intend to read a few more on the list. For those who enjoy a good mystery, another list to check out is this year’s Edgar Award finalists. This award is given by the Mystery Writers of America Association to the “best of the best.”

The Woman Left Behind

May 1, 2018

bookJina Modell works in Washington, D.C. , handling communication for a paramilitary outfit from the comfort of her desk. But thanks to budget cuts, she is being reassigned to the team itself, to work in the field. So after surviving field training, Jina is assigned permanently to her team, run by Levi Butcher, code name Ace. Linda Howard weaves a tale of romance through harrowing descriptions of life in the dangerous fields of war. The team finds itself dispatched to Syria, with a suspense-filled outcome. A satisfying read for those who like a thriller edged with romance.

Let Me Lie

April 4, 2018

bookClare Mackintosh is the queen of the psychological thriller. She has penned another very suspenseful mystery centered around the protagonist Anna Johnson, who has lost both her parents to suicide. Or so she believes, until a note is left in her mailbox telling her to rethink that verdict. Clare takes the note seriously, relating her story to a front desk retired detective at the local police station. Murray the retired detective begins to quietly dig into the files of Clare’s parents, bouncing his ideas off his wife, who has mental issues of her own. The further he delves, the more he discovers that the note may have been correct. The twists and turns of the novel will keep you hooked, right up to the finish line. Another winner by Mackintosh.

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