ARC Review: A Curious Beginning

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A Curious Beginning
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Series: Veronica Speedwell #1
Rating: B


Veronica Speedwell is a lady of adventure. After a prolonged period of taking care of her dying aunt, she is more than ready to embark upon her next journey. To Veronica’s delight, an adventure and riddle immediately lands in her lap with the arrival of a German Barron, who claims to know her mother. Despite her reassurances otherwise, he is convinced she is in grave danger. Curious to discover what he knows of her past, Veronica agrees to hide-out with the Barron’s surly taxidermist friend, Stoker. When the Barron is killed, Veronica and Stoker are forced into fleeing London and must work together to uncover the murderer. Continue reading

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ARC Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

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The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Series: Standalone
Rating: B-


The Woman in Cabin 10” is a surprisingly fast paced read. It dives straight into a tense situation within the first few pages and keeps up that pace for nearly the entire story.

Journalist Lo Blacklock is covering the maiden voyage of a small and very exclusive cruise ship when she’s awoken in the middle of the night to a scream and splash from the cabin next to hers. Dashing to her balcony, she finds blood on the darkened partition separating her side from the other room. Convinced something horrible has happened to the woman staying in that cabin, Lo alerts the ship’s crew. By the time they arrive, the blood has vanished and she’s told that no one was staying there. After a quick headcount reveals all guests and crew accounted for, Lo is written off as imagining things. When the internet connection on the ship is cut-off and things start to go missing from her room, Lo realizes she may have attracted the attention of a murderer. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Murder of Mary Russell

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The Murder of Mary Russell
Author: Laurie R. King
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Series: Mary Russell #14
Rating: B


I can’t believe we’re already on the 14th book for Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series.
The Murder of Mary Russell” had me a little nervous going in since I was afraid it was an unexpected series ender. While King does take a startling turn with a main character, it looks like we’ll still be getting the occasional book in the future.

Everyone has their secrets and no one knows this better than Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell’s housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. For decades she’s managed to keep the events that led her to becoming Holmes’ housekeeper under the rug. This all threatens to crumble when she returns home one day to find Mary missing and two large pools of blood on the floor. A necklace hanging from the mantel piece makes Mrs. Hudson fear her past has finally caught up with her and that Mary has paid the price. Continue reading

Review: Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

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Immortal in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Published: 1996
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery
Series: In Death #3
Rating: C-


Immortal in Death is the third book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. After reading this one, I’m thinking about skipping a few books ahead to read some of the later ones in the series. These first few books are OK, but I’m not enjoying them as much as I did the later book I read.

In this one, Eve Dallas is faced with a case that hits too close to home. Her best friend, Mavis, is the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a super model. All the evidence points to Mavis being the killer, but Dallas is determined to do everything in her power to prove she’s innocent.

One of the best parts of this book is that we have less Roarke than in the previous two novels. While this might be a downer for some, I’m not a fan of the man, so it was a huge positive for me. Continue reading

Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

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Naked In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Publish Date: 1995
Genre: Mystery
Series: In Death #1
Rating: D +


I was pretty content to skip around in this series, since each book works well as a stand-alone. However, after reading Glory in Death, I was really flummoxed by Eve’s relationship with Roarke. I didn’t understand why she was so invested in a barely six month old relationship with a man who was manipulative and overbearing. It didn’t seem to fit with her character. So, I decided to go back and read Naked in Death in the hopes it would get me on board with the relationship, which had so far only baffled and often annoyed me.

In Naked in Death, Eve Dallas is tracking down a serial killer who is preying on prostitutes. All roads seem to point to the wealthy Roarke as the lead suspect, but Eve is skeptical. Continue reading

Review: Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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The Colorado Kid
Written by: Stephen King
Genre: Mystery
Published: 2005
Series: Standalone
Rating: C –


Don’t be fooled by the back cover of The Colorado KidIt advertises a mystery that follows two reporters and their female intern as they turn up new clues in an old mystery. What this book is really about is two reporters who sit around with their intern, telling her about the one time a dead body was found on the beach. The most exciting thing that happens in the story are descriptions of the characters’ occasional bathroom breaks. Continue reading

Review: Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

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Innocent in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Published: 2007
Genre: Mystery/Sci-Fi
Series: In Death #24
Rating: A


Innocent in Death is number 24 of J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series and my introduction to the books.

It’s the year 2060 and lieutenant Eve Dallas has taken a case involving a young teacher’s murder. The case seems like a standard poisoning, but Eve is having trouble building a good list of possible suspects. The young teacher seemed honestly well liked in the community with no real enemies. On the home front, Eve is battling her own insecurities as an old flame from her husband’s, path has suddenly returned. Continue reading