Strong Women The World Over

Reading this amazing look at the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Women never stop showing me how strong we are when we stand together against corruption in life. Who are the strong role models in your life? What are you willing to fight to the death for?

A lot of questions in this wonderful biography!

xxPatricia

 

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Unpunished ( A Gardiner and Renner Book) by Lisa Black **Release Day**

Unpunished

Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer– even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.”

This had a Dexterish feel to it except Jack is a cop, who has gotten fed up with all of the recycling in and out of jail of killers and just downright bad people. Maggie is a forensics scientist for the Cleveland PD and she knows about Jack and he knows that she knows.

You don’t have to have read the first book, but I would. Maggie is spending a lot of time babysitting and making sure Jack is sticking to their deal and not killing anyone. They have a rather uneasy truce between them. While her ex-husband is slightly suspicious.

They are back working together when a copy editor at the newspaper is found hanging from the walkway dead. The print side of the paper is on a fast downhill slide, as most papers are. This was a very timely story in that regard and I learned quite a bit about the news business, as does Maggie.

When more people start dying, the one thing they have in common is they all work for the paper. It’s up to Jack and Maggie to figure out why and who is behind this.

i really enjoyed this book and you can’t help but like Jack!  Maggie has developed nicely in this book. Bold, more sure of herself. All in all it was a really good thriller and I would highly recommend it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington.  Try it out Here

About the Author:

Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder by [Donoghue, Emma]

From the author of the Best Selling novel Room, also a major motion picture, comes The Wonder. A story of two strangers brought together by a dark secret, and the bond that forms between them.

Lib Wright, an original Nightingale trained by Miss Florence herself as a nurse comes to an impoverished little Irish village on a rather bizarre mission.

Anna O’Donnell is said to have eaten not a thing in over four months. With people coming from near and far to see and touch this “miracle girl”, Lib is to be accountable to a select group in town, which includes the doctor and the priest. Her job is to keep watch over Anna for two weeks. Sharing shifts with another nurse / nun, they are to determine if someone is sneaking the child food or if this actually is some kind of living wonder.

Lib is certain it is nothing of the kind and from the start is sure this will be a short lived job and she will be able to report that nothing miraculous is happenning.

But as the days go by, Lib discovers there is a lot going on here that is just as dark as the room she inhabits.

Ms. Donoghue is a master at weaving these stories full of tension and suspense.  This novel is dark, compelling and the author’s use of language and description are a real joy to read.

This is one which will stay with you a long time. Questions about faith and beliefs will be challenged and in the end, as always, you will be better for reading it!

Thank you Ms. Donoghue!

Broken (Broken Trilogy Book One) by J.L.Drake

Broken (Broken Trilogy, #1)

My name is Savannah Miller.

My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known.

I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.

Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options:

One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or…
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week.

This book had me from the first chapter and I would not put it down. To be perfectly honest I’m not even sure how it appeared on my Kindle! But boy am I glad it did!

Savannah is kind of in limbo right now, constantly disappointing her politician father, and really just trying to stay out of the press and out of trouble. When she is kidnapped and tortured for months on end, she has almost given up the will to live when an elite grouop of men swoop in and rescue her.

She knows nothing about where she is or who these guys are but she feels safe for the first time in a long time. But in order to stay safe, she can’t go home or anywhere else until they can figure out why she was kidnapped and who is behind it. Until then she is still in danger. The rules are clear. Stay here and live or leave and die.

Savannah is a smart, funny, and strong character and soon charms all of the people in this safehouse. Some more than others.

I am not giving away one single clue to what happens, because you deserve to be surprised here. All I will say is that when it was over all I could say was Oh No, no, no ,no. There has to be another one!

And there is because this is a trilogy! Thank you to whoever sent me this book. I skipped half a day of work just to finish it!  When I read the author’s bio it stated she was a lover of James Patterson and it shows!  Definitely my kind of book!

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov *Release Day*

It’s Release Day for The Patriots!

Books, Books and More Books!

The Patriots

A novel that requires careful reading. The format of different points of view and times, from the 1930’s to 2008.

While Florence’s story is told in the third person, Julian narrates his own story. I personally would have rather had them both tell their own stories, but as a whole, it is a good look at a time in our history that a lot of people would rather not look at or admit to.

Florence is a very smart young lady and is disillusioned with the U.S. and ends up emigrating to the Soviet Union which is under Stalin’s rule. I think history is clear on his views on educated women and Florence finds out first hand.

Julian, finally gets out of the country and takes the opposite route of his mother and comes to the U.S.
While he lives and works in the U.S., he travels frequently to Russia…

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The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney *Release Day*

It’s Release Day for this Wonderful Book!!!

Books, Books and More Books!

The Girl Before
A true Psychological Thriller! I wanted it to keep going! Even though I did not see that ending coming. Which is wonderful.
The story of two women, Emma/Then and Jane/Now. Flipping back and forth between the two seamlessly.
Their only connection is a house. One Folgate Street. An odd house with an even odder owner, the architect who designed it to live in with his own family. Now it sits empty, as if waiting for the right tenant.The vetting process is extreme and the house comes with an iron clad list of rules. Think Minimalist, extreme minimalist. The house is built to read and anticipate your needs and moods. The house is almost a character itself in the story. There comes a time when you wonder if the house is guilty!

Emma and her boyfriend, Simon, move into the house after Emma was home alone when there was a break…

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What’s on the Bookshelf This Week

These are the books I’m finishing up reviews for. Yesterday was football day so we did not get much done besides urging the Packers to tap out and go back to Wisconsin, land of cheese and favorite vacation spot of Gary over at http://www.skipahsrealm.com So it feels like I’ve won the sports jackpot this year. The Cubbies brought home the big Win, Alabama went down in a blaze of orange (Yes!) and now my Falcons took care of business to go to the Superbowl.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Don’t forget it is National Pie Day and I accept compliments in pie form.

xxPatricia