EDISTO STRANGER ( An Edisto Island Mystery #4) by C. Hope Clark

Edisto Stranger (The Edisto Island Mysteries #4)

A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.

When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.

Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

Callie Morgan has more than her share of tragedy, not to mention the head of the town council looking for any reason to sack her so when her son finds a body in the water Callie knows she needs this case. And needs to solve it before she is out of a job.

This is the fourth book in The Edisto Island Mysteries and while you can read this as a stand alone, I would look out for the others also.

Callie is flawed in the most human of ways, and find ways to deal with their pain and anger in a bottle of Gin. It’s not like she’s falling down drunk, but her son and her co-workers know. But now she has to find a way to crack this case without a crutch.

I personally like the Edisto books because my family has had homes there for generations. My Mother was born in Walterboro and lived between there and Charleston. So I feel a deep sense of home and familiarity with this place and these people. I actually called her and asked about Edisto not having an ME and she said Oh no, we’re too small for that, you have to go to Walterboro.

This book actually has two crimes, an old cold case kidnapping of a two year old and the murder of the retired FBI agent who wouldn’t let that case go.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!  Today is Release Day!!

Image result for edisto island beach   Edisto

THE WOODPECKER ALWAYS PECKS TWICE BY J.R.RIPLEY *Release Day*

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice

A Bird Lover’s Mystery.  This is the third book in this series set in North Carolina. The first is Die,Die Birdie and the last one we read was Towhee Get Your Gun.

Amy Simms, owner of Birds and Bees, has no use for her alarm clock now that she has her very own red-bellied woodpecker waking her up at the crack of dawn. The rat-a-tat -tat is waking up the entire neighborhood.

When Amy stumbles from her bed and grabs her binoculars to check out her little friend, nicknamed Drummy, a storm is brewing outside and the rain is beginning to pour down. Just as she is about to put down the binoculars she glances once more across Ruby Lake and sees a light at the old Mckutcheon house. No one has lived there in forever.

Peering hard through the rain she can vaguely make out two people struggling in the upstairs window. And then one of the people toss the other one out of the window.

The police say it is just her imagination, but Amy isn’t convinced of that. And we know she is going to set out to prove she was right. That’s our Amy. When she leads a group of birdwatchers on a hike the next day she makes a detour but finds nothing. The group in itself is an odd bunch. And when another body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.

The little town of Ruby Lake is hiding secrets. Some deadly.  Who would have guessed such a small town could have so much drama simmering underneath the lovely small town charm.

I always enjoy the Bird Mystery series. Amy is becoming more confident and I love the characters, especially the ones in the Senior Center.

I always thought of bird watching as a rather dull activity. Until this series. Now all of a sudden I’m searching Pintrest for woodpeckers and the different types and which are male and which are female. And learning that not all birds like nesting in cozy houses but rather ledges. Who knew?

I’ve read a sneak peek at the next one too.  Yes, it’s good.

Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the early read!woodpeckercollage

May 16, 2017 Release Date

Books,Books and More Books    Patricia

THE RED HUNTER A NOVEL BY LISA UNGER

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]

What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house—one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long-buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific home invasion murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past—and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all.

Lisa Unger is one of my favorite thriller/crime novelists. Her books are always a hit and this one is no different.

This story is told from almost every character’s own unique point of view. The characters are complex and the plot is as well.

Everyone in this story has secrets. The characters were complex and reading the story had so many layers that unfolded right when they should have. There are some brutal scenes in this book, but it is a crime thriller. There are plenty of despicable characters and many more good, redeemable ones.

All of these people who had no idea about each other came together in the end just perfectly. I read this in an afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. There are so many stories going on at the same time I just kept going and then it ended and I wanted more!

Typical for readers of Lisa’s books. If you haven’t read her, then as Harlan Coben says, “Why Not?”  She is truly brilliant!

xxPatricia

The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel

The Lost Woman

 

Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen–one who’s been missing for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case.

Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…

 

The latest thriller by Sara Blaedel shows you exactly why she is always Number One in Denmark and around the world.

A crime writer merging with a great storyteller!

Louise Rick is  one of my favorite book detectives.  And even though I can’t pronounce a single name in these books, I really enjoy the writing.

It is very hard to review this without giving anything away to spoil the fun of unraveling the mystery of who the missing woman is/was and where has she been all of these years, and what in the world does it have to do with Eik?

Louise is running all over the place in her new position with the Missing Person unit but this case has her back with her old homocide unit as well. What does the disappearance of this woman have to do with bank accounts in Switzerland?

The subject matter is a touchy one for a lot of people. End of life care. Who has the right to decide to live or die? While there are a few countries and some states that allow for assisted death, it is a very controversial topic. And I’m not even sure how I feel about it. On one hand, it is your life and you are free to end it at anytime. But it is a lot more complicated than just deciding to end your own life because you don’t want to be a burden, or be in pain. The people left behind will suffer no matter which way you go.

This is a really good book and I hope you give it a read!

Portable Magic of Books

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I think we can all agree that books are magic. Stories full of mystery, magic, love, and imagination. The best books have that ability to pull you in and not let go. You know the ones I mean. The ones that as soon as you finish you have to look up and see exactly where you are and what time it is. And then you can’t stop thinking about it for a few days.

We call this a book hangover. I think one of the saddest things is someone telling me they don’t read. Really? How boring that must be. I am lucky that my family all have very active imaginations. You are likely to see us outside with capes on and pretend swords defending our castle or hanging from the branch of a tree pretending to be sloths.

This week I have more than a few books to read so I’m happy for the rainy weather and gloomy days!

xx Patricia

 

Hereafter (A Southern Haunting Book 2) By LeeAnne Hansen

Hereafter (A Southern Haunting Book 2)

Following up Yonder, Ms. Hansen has given us the second in the Southern Hauntings Series, Hereafter.

The Book Blurb:

Forced to live and run a business with a woman who shattered his heart years ago, and without his father’s help, Charles’ life is far from ideal. Renowned  as a ladies’ man, Charles now finds himself coming up short on women, charm and even dead bodies for his mortuary. He knows who is to blame for all this, even if he hasn’t the slightest idea why she is causing him so much torment …

Samantha has been given a second chance even though she knows that she does not deserve one. Now haunted by her past, she fled from a life she was desperate to escape, only to collide with the man who once held her heart but now wishes nothing but to crush it. Has she just run from a smoldering fire to an even deadlier one?

As the night grows darker and storms brew on the horizon, both Charles and Samantha realize that the past is not an easy ghost to shake and the future is rarely predictable.

When Samantha left town without so much as a goodbye to Charles, she knew she was breaking his heart but the way events unfolded that night, she wasn’t given a choice.

Now she is back and while Isabel knows what happened to her, Charles does not and now finds out she is his business partner in the mortuary whether he likes it or not.

Going only on the information he does have, he is intent on making her life hell. But she has already been in hell and is still trying to keep the nightmare away. Having to stay in the same house as Charles is bad enough but having to sleep with only a bathroom separating them is almost unbearable.

But someone wants her here. Someone she can’t see but she knows that someone or something is messing with her mind and her belongings. Spooky things start happening and when she does find out what is going on  she may not live to tell what she suspects.

I must say that I did not see that ending coming! Ms. Hansen is very adept at making the reader feel things. You can feel the unbearable heat and humidity of Mississippi in the summer. Especially at a time when air conditioning was unheard of. Your heart will be touched by the things Samantha has endured in her life. You will smell the flowers that aren’t really there and feel the music that mysteriously plays on its own.

A very good follow-up to Yonder and I am hoping we see more of the characters we have grown to care about! And Soon!

More About LeeAnne:

LeeAnne Hansen was born in Paris, grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in sunny southern California with her husband and cats. She enjoys writing, acting and playing bass guitar. She can be seen gracing the stage in various theaters or even directing. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and has studied art and astronomy. She also thoroughly enjoys long walks on the beach.