Aug 30, 2015

The Naked Eye (Kendra Michaels, #3)The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific!!!!

Kendra has become obsessed with convincing law enforcement that Colby is still alive. When an unscrupulous reporter sets Kendra up by showing her photos of a staged crime scene, Kendra is the number one suspect when the reporter winds up dead.

After Kendra helps Beth Avery (Eve's sister) out of a jam, Beth comes back to San Diego with Kendra and is determined to help Kendra track down Colby any way she can. They team up with computer expert Sam Zackoff (Sam helped Eve and Kendra rescue Beth from a mental hospital in Sleep No More, Eve Duncan #15) to track Colby down. Worried about their safety Kendra puts them up at Adam Lynch's house while he is out of town, much to his annoyance when he arrives home unexpectedly.

When Colby takes Detective Stokes and brutally murders him on what is supposedly a live feed they do everything they can to track Colby down in time, but are dismayed when all they find is an empty house. But knowing Kendra will see the tape of his death Detective Stokes leaves her a clue, Colby's new alias.

But Colby ups the stakes when he has his accomplice pose as an FBI programmer and kidnap Beth. Racing against time Sam and Eve barely get to Beth in time to save her. Then the unthinkable happens Colby grabs Kendra by hiding out in the back of her car and insist she drive them to the gully where she captured him last time. But this time Kendra is determined to end things for good.

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Aug 27, 2015

Miracle at Augusta

Miracle at AugustaMiracle at Augusta by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not really into golf so all the golf talk bored me, but the human interest angle was interesting.

Travis becomes friends with his long time nemesis Stump after they get in a fight, which results in Travis being suspended from the Golf Tournament. When Earl's caddy is in an accident Travis offers to caddy for him and does a much better job than anyone expects. Travis also befriends a young teenage boy (Jerzy) whose family immigrated from Bucharest and stops the other teenagers from picking on him. He eventually teaches Jerzy how to play golf, and Jerzy exceeds everyone's expectations. Travis friends stand up for him and Travis is re-instated to the Golf Tournament.

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Aug 24, 2015

Motive (Alex Delaware, #30)

Motive (Alex Delaware, #30)Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

OK, I am totally bummed that two horses got turned into petfood and no one did anything to stop it.

Milo is bummed because the murder of Katherine Hennepin is unsolved. The murder is set up to look like a romantic tryst gone bad, but the ex-boyfriend has an iron clad alibi. He was out of town with numerous people willing to vouch for his whereabouts.

When a wealthy divorcee is murdered in the parking garage adjacent to her lawyer's office the two cases couldn't appear more different, until someone sets up a romantic meal for two in the victim's home.

Chasing down one improbable lead after the other things don't start to gel until after Alex finds the tattoo parlor where the majority of victims got inked and the owner describes the man who accompanied them. Racing to find Jens before he kills again, Milo and Alex arrive in time for a dramatic take down before Jens can claim another victim. Unfortunately it looks like his accomplice will walk.

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Aug 21, 2015

The Beast (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #21)

The Beast (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #21)The Beast by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When an eccentric billionaire is killed in his home Decker has to deal with more than finding out who killed him. First there is the pet tiger and other exotic animals to deal with, then there is the human fingers in the fridge.

Slowly Decker and his team unravel the entire mess. Will and Marge get engaged and Marge plans to find a job closer to Will in Santa Barbara so they can live together. Decker makes plans to find a job on the east coast so he will be closer to his grandchildren and Gabe convinces Yasmine's Mother to let them talk when he comes back for Dylan Lashay's trial.

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Aug 18, 2015

Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels #2)

Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels #2)Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a little trouble getting into it as Kendra keeps flashing back to the past when she was helping her boyfriend FBI Agent Jeff Stedler (who died in Close Your Eyes). They were pursuing mass murder Colby, who Kendra played a key role in capturing. Colby is scheduled to be executed soon.

But Colby doesn't intend to lose, he has recruited Myatt to do his work on the outside. Myatt is recreating Kendra's past cases and using her friends and family as the victims.

Slowly Kendra starts to close in on Myatt, but when he targets Olivia and Kendra's Mom, she rushes to the rescue with Lynch. Myatt finds Kendra alone at the hospital and kidnaps her. In a desperate fight to the death Kendra defeats Myatt, but with his dying breath he reveals that Colby didn't die. The doctor who performed the execution was on Colby's payroll and helped Colby fake his "death".

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Aug 14, 2015

Nowhere to Hide (Nowhere, #2)

Nowhere to Hide (Nowhere, #2)Nowhere to Hide by Nancy Bush
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jake Westerly is looking forward to starting a life with September "9" Rafferty, but his bi-polar ex-girlfriend (Loni) and her clingy Mom keep interfering. Loni's suicide attempts and her Mother's begging Jake to take Loni back have Jake feeling guilty for moving on with his life and finding happiness with September.

Meanwhile a stalker from September's elementary school days is fixated on her. He plans to culminate the "Do Unto Others' killings with September. When September starts putting the pieces together he is forced to put his plans for September into action prematurely. September's one shot at escape is a phone call to Jake, will he get there in time or will the "Do Unto Others" killer claim another victim.

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Aug 11, 2015

14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)

14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yuki goes to work for a non-profit and her very first case involves a young boy with a diminished IQ who was wrongfully arrested and killed while in police custody. When the killer is attacked he asks for Yuki and reveals that a police officer asked him to kill the kid and offered to have him transferred to the prison of his choice in exchange. He also tells her there was a witness to the crime the boy was accused of who knows who the real killers are.

Meanwhile Lindsay and Richie are trying to figure out who the Windbreaker Killers are and are dismayed to realize the killers may be co-workers. With Yuki's help they break the case wide open but now one of the most ruthless drug lords in the country is targeting Lindsay in order to get the money and drugs the police stole from him back. The only person left alive who knows where the haul is, is the dirty cop, Swanson who is in critical condition and not expected to live.

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Aug 9, 2015

Dragonbane (Hellchaser, #7; Dark Hunter #24)

Dragonbane (Hellchaser, #7; Dark Hunter #24)Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's great!!!!!

Max has been reunited with his brother Illarion who is adjusting to life in modern day New Orleans. Aimee is running Sanctuary (which has it's license back) and life is going pretty smoothly for Maxis until his wife and her Amazonian tribe show up. They are there to capture Maxis and turn him over to Kessar. Seraphina (Max's mate) doesn't reveal his presence to her tribe after they invade Sanctuary looking for him, but stays behind and reveals to Max that he has a son and daughter (Hadyn and Edena) and that Kessar will kill them if they don't turn Max over to him.

Max's friends plan to help him rescue his children even after he reveals that he is the Dragonbane (supposedly responsible for the war between the Arcadians and Katagaria. Max and Illarion were captured by Dagon and used to save King Lycaon's Apollite sons (Eumon and Linus) from Apollo's curse by creating the Were-Hunters. Hadyn and Edena are able to get away from Kessar but are captured by Dare (Fang, Fury and Vane's brother), Max goes alone and rescues them. The family is reunited and Max recovers from his wounds, before the demands for Maxis to be turned over the the Omegrion Council for sentencing have Savitar issuing a summons. Everyone at Sanctuary vows to stand behind Maxis. Savitar has little patience with those who want to judge Maxis and chooses to reveal what really happened. King Lycaon ordered that all the Were-Hunters except for his sons be killed, Eumon released the caged Were_Hunters but Linus who was angry that he had been joined with a wolf instead of a dragon sided with his Father and wanted to have them all killed. Maxis and Illarion were trying to protect themselves and the other Were-Hunters, Illarion attacked Linus, Eumon and Maxis were trying to break them up when they stumbled and Eumon was accidentally stabbed. With his dying breath Eumon asked Maxis and Illarion to safe guard his wife and removed the collar that was preventing Max from shape-shifting. Maxis took dragon form and carried Illarion (who was still trapped in human form) and Helena (Eumon's pregnant wife) to the beach where he summoned Savitar and asked for his protection for the Were-Hunters. Savitar granted his protection and prevented King Lycaon from killing the Were-Hunters that were still alive. The council not only side with Maxis many of them acknowledge the debt of gratitude they owe him. Illarion is made Regis as he was the one made from Prince Eumon's blood. (I thought this was a good thing, but...............future events will make this problematic)

Thorn and Cadegan show up barely alive and reveal Apollo escaped from Apollymi and is attacking Olympus. Everyone divides into groups with Savitar taking a group to Apollymi's realm to make sure she is OK. (Seems like Savitar and Apollymi have some sort of relationship which I hope is explored more in future books). The others join the fight in Olympus or return to Sanctuary to protect those there. Maxis and Illarion are together when Illarion hears the song his late wife Edilyn liked being sung by Apollo. Apollo claims that if Illarion fights for him he will be reunited with Edilyn. Illarion joins Apollo and Maxis is stabbed in the heart. He makes it back to Sanctuary but there is nothing Carson can do to save him.

Falcyn breaks his oath and uses dark magic to bring Maxis back to life and stays with Maxis to help Maxis knock some sense into Illarion. (Falcyn also seems to like Tisiphone, so maybe he sticks around a little bit to romance her.)

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Aug 7, 2015

Dangerous Deception (Dangerous Creatures, #2)

Dangerous Deception (Dangerous Creatures, #2)Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can't wait for the next book in the series.

Link survives the car crash only to discover Ridley is missing. Locked away in the bowels of Silas Ravenwood's Estate Ridley is pumped full of drugs and experimented on. Her new powers leave her craving more and adverse to the smell of mortals.

Link and his friends set out to find Ridley But Nox finds her first. To his surprise she refuses to leave with him as she wants more of the powers Silas can give her. She also wants more of Nox as he seems to feed her powers.

When Link and his friends arrive on the scene Ridley tells him that she no longer loves him. Ridley and Nox follow Silas to Los Angles where Ridley plans to force Silas to make her immortal. But when Link finds his name carved into the nightstand in Ridley's cell he vows not to give up on their love.

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Aug 5, 2015

Killer (Alex Delaware, #29)

Killer (Alex Delaware, #29)Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Cherie Sykes' sister Connie tries to take Cherie's daughter Rambla away Alex gets called in to prove Cherie is fit to raise Rambla. Connie blames Alex when the court case goes against her and tries to hire a hitman to kill him. Fortunately for Alex the hitman has ties to a former patient of Alex's who is grateful and reports Connie's attempt to hire the hitman. Shortly after Connie winds up dead and Cherie and Rambla are missing. Milo is convinced that Cherie is the killer especially when one of Cherie's bandmates winds up dead and another is shot at, but Alex is convinced he couldn't be so wrong about Cherie.

Soon Alex uncovers a plot by two bailiffs who are married to each other and their niece to kidnap Cherie and Rambla, he just has to convince Milo he is right.

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Aug 3, 2015

Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, #20)

Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, #20)Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gabe Whitman Donatti is living with the Deckers and becomes involved with a young Persian Jewish girl (Yasmine) whose parents would disapprove of their relationship so they sneak around.

Meanwhile Peter is investigating the suicides of Gregory Hesse and Myra Gelb, students at a prestigious prep school, whose suicides are suspicious due to missing items and stolen guns. Both deaths seem to involve Dylan Lashay the big man on campus and his "gang". Put Peter is having trouble pinning Dylan to the crimes until Dylan and his gang kidnap Gabe's girlfriend. Gabe goes after them and rescues Yasmine, but is shot in the process. He calls Decker for help and Dylan and his gang are rounded up while Gabe undergoes surgery. Dylan's rich parents get him out on bond and he skips bail but no one messes with Chris Donatti's son. The sentence Chris imposes on Dylan is much harsher than the jail sentence the courts would have imposed.

Yasmine's Mother forbids her to see Gabe again and she is sent away to an all girls school, but Gabe arranges to meet her on the sly and she promises to join him in New York on her 18th birthday.

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