Silence Fallen: A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by [Briggs, Patricia]

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Oh my we wait so long for a new Mercy Thompson book! The last couple were a bit dark, but this one is more Mercy and Adam. Yes, she gets kidnapped, again. But this bad ass girl can protect her pack and get the job done.

Told from Mercy and Adams point of view, it is easy to read and always fun. Mercy is both fun and a bit snarky and I love that about her. Some of our old friends are back and some new ones come in.

Though a bit of a complicated plot, it ties up nicely and now we sit and wait for Ms. Briggs to give us our next Mercy adventure!

If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, well why not?  I would suggest that you start with the first one though so you know who is who.

I would have had this review done earlier but as soon as I got the book OU Boy snatched it out of my hand and ran to the bedroom with it. I think he may have snarled at me a few times! So yes, guys or gals, this series is delicious!

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.

A Few of My Favorite January Releases!

Towhee Get Your Gun (A Bird Lover's Mystery #2) J.R. Ripley’s  second in the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series will be coming out on January 3, 2017. Amy is up to all kinds of shenanigans and sleuthing in this one and he so nicely gives us a good look at the next book in the series.
I Hate Everyone, Except You  Clinton’s book is so funny my ribs hurt from laughing!
Seriously! See!  Grab it on the 10th!!
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine  Arden This beauty is out on the 10th of January also. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again! There is also a Giveaway on this book on Goodreads.
The Girl Before  This book comes out on the 24th of January. Talk about a psychological thriller. At the end I was still Whaaat???  This one is already being made into a movie, directed by Ron Howard.
The Patriots: A Novel by [Krasikov, Sana]  This beautiful multi-generational story of surviving the Soviet Union. This gem comes out on the 24th also. Very thought provoking book!
These are just a few that I enjoyed and I hope you will too!
Grab a book and start this new year right!   xxPP

Release Day!! Iced Under by Barbara Ross

 Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5)  A Maine Clambake Mystery
 It’s winter in Maine, and the snowbirds have left for warmer climates. Buried in snow and ice, Julia Snowden and her mother Jacqueline are settling in for a long winter. Their family business, The Snowden Family Clambake Company, is closed for the season and Julia’s boyfriend has gone to Florida to help out a friend.
The only excitement the laddies are expecting is a new baby from Julia’s sister, but when Julia pops into the Post Office to pick up her mother’s mail, she finds a small box with no return address.

Opening the box the ladies find a huge black diamond necklace. Julia’s mother is shocked. The necklace has been missing for years. Thought stolen after a party that ended badly they have no idea who sent it or why.

As Julia sets out to solve the mystery of the necklace, she finds out the family has a long and colorful history. Along the way she will find relatives she never knew and grudges that are decades old and still going strong.

Will she find the true story? Is their a murderer in the family? Will Julia even make it back home?

You will have to read it and see. This was a book I would recommend wholeheartedly. Ms. Ross’s cozy mysteries have more depth to them than most and I hope there will be more!

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

After She's Gone (West Coast Series Book 3) by [Jackson, Lisa]

Sister, Sister….
As teenagers, Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress. Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow. Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, suddenly driven, rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on-set–and Allie is missing.

Crying In The Night…

As police investigate, Cassie begins to look like a suspect–the jealous sister who finally snapped. Soon the media goes into a frenzy, and Cassie ends up in a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure at her bedside, whispering about Allie? Is someone trying to help–or drive her mad?

What Has Given You Such A Fright?

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a slew of macabre murders–each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family–makes her fear for her life, and her sanity. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe–least of all herself

This is the third book in the West Coast Series.

I really think you should read the other books before this one, or you are in for some spoilers.  I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jackson for a long time. Her thrillers are deliciously evil! Like this one.

I just don’t feel this was a best effort. I read it all in one sitting, but there were quite a few inaccuracies and some things weren’t expanded on which would have given us information I think we needed.

We bounce back and forth from LA to Portland, trying to figure out where Allie is and if Cassie has finally lost her mind. Suspects are plentiful, as this is the movie business and is anybody really who their Bio says they are? Nope!

The ending was not exactly believable. If you’re a fan give it a try, for a first read, I would start with the first book in the series!

Happy Reading!

xxPP

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Anne Rice is back with our favorite vampire Lestat as well as a lot of the characters we have loved since the beginning of the Vampire Chronicles.

Lestat, is as usual, in conflict with most of the vampire tribe and the court. He is still his lovable self. Still struggling with himself, only now he also embodies “the core”.

This book explores the mythos of Atlantis, how it was created and Amel and what part he played in the creation of Atlantis. What is “the core”? Full of ghosts, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beings, I was a bit confused by the middle.

Here is where I almost feel as if I am committing treason! While the first half of the book kept me engaged and I loved seeing more of the characters who I cared about, the second half of the book was disappointing.

For me the going back and changing some of the vampire theories and sticking in Atlantis, and alien beings was just too much. By the end I was more than ready for it to be over!

I will always be a lover of all things Anne Rice and I wish we would have more on the Mayfair Witches one day, I just can’t help feeling let down by this one.

 

Bone Maker By D.F.Bailey

Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book One

Bone Maker: Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1 by [Bailey, D. F.]

*** Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist ***

A death in the wilderness. A woman mourns alone. A reporter works a single lead. Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

If you have an appetite for organized crime series, you’ll love this new crime trilogy. Add a slice of noir novels, the juice of steamy PI mysteries, the zest of a financial thriller series. Soon you’ll be stewing in this new technothriller trilogy — and begging for more.

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping financial thriller series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Will Finch is a reporter. Who has had a really rough patch. Coming back into the office a week early, Will’s boss has just the story to help him ease himself back into the world of Internet Journalism.

Will is a great character. We want him to be okay, to get to the bottom of the man who was supposedly eaten by a bear. In a small town where everyone knows what you’re doing before you finish doing it, it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe.

Why is the Mercedes not being impounded by the Sheriff? Who is really behind the death of this witness?

This one went round and round and I did not like the Sheriff from the first scene. He felt like a bully. This book was full of plot twists and turns but we wouldn’t expect anything less from D.F.Bailey.

This is Book 1 in the series and the other two are out also. Check him out Here .