Sep 30, 2015

Alert (Michael Bennett, #8)

Alert (Michael Bennett, #8)Alert by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the New York police leave mentally ill (Mikhail) to boil alive on Rikers Island, his Father and Grandfather Filipov determine to avenge his death by destroying New York City and all of those who played a part in his demise. Michael Bennett and FBI Agent Emily are determined to stop the duo before they do.

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Sep 26, 2015

The Murderer's Daughter

The Murderer's DaughterThe Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Grace seems unbelievable. We first meet her as the child of two white trash parents who neglect her until she is five, when Grace's Mother kills her Father, than herself. Grace then winds up in the foster system where she is moved from home to home until winding up at Ramona's Ranch. The recurring them is "HOW SMART GRACE IS" this point is going to be hammered into us over and over again.

Fast forward to the adult Grace who is a successful therapist who engages in random sex with strangers. Her latest sexcapade with a man who calls himself Roger backfires on her when he winds up at Grace's office the next day as her new patient Arthur. Due to embarrassment and moral quandaries Arthur leaves her office without revealing why he came to see her. Shortly thereafter Arthur is murdered and the only clue the police have is Grace's office card hidden in Arthur's shoe. When questioned Grace lies to the police, to keep her sexcapade with Roger/Arthur a secret. But whoever killed Arthur/Typhon plans to take Grace out too. Grace lays a trap and kills one of the hired thugs who comes after her and hides his body. An old newspaper clipping provides Grace with the clue that Arthur was one of three mysterious children (Samael Coyote Roi, Typhon Dagon Roi and Lilith Lamia Roi) she meet when staying at Ramona's Ranch.

Then we flash back to her childhood where the oldest of the three children (Samael) unhooked the oxygen from one of the children under Ramona's care leading to the child's death and Ramona dying from a heart attack. Luckily for Grace she was then taking in by Ramona's brother in law, Max and his wife Sophie who eventually adopted her. More about how smart Grace is, and her success in academia and then professionally. With the reoccurring theme that Grace is smarter than everyone else.

Since Grace was conveniently planning to go on vacation after her appointment with Arthur, she uses her free time to track down Samael/Roger/Dion and kill him, and his remaining henchman.

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Sep 23, 2015

The Night Before (Pierce Reed/ Nikki Gillette)

The Night Before (Pierce Reed/ Nikki Gillette)The Night Before by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux has her share of problems including a vindictive soon to be ex. When she wakes up to a bedroom covered in blood and with no memory of what happened the night before her day only gets worse when the police arrive on her doorstep with news of her husbands death.

Desperate for help when her therapist's ex-husband (Adam) arrives in town looking for Rebbecca, Caitlyn turns to him for professional help. But slowly one by one members of Caitlyn's family fall to the killer and Caitlyn is the number one suspect.

When Adam discovers that Caitlyn has taken on the personality of her dead identical twin (Kelly) he fears that Caitlyn is behind the murders. But when Caitlyn stumbles on the real killer she will have to fight to save herself and Hannah.

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Sep 18, 2015

Archmage (Homecoming #1; The Legend of Drizzt #28)

Archmage (Homecoming #1; The Legend of Drizzt #28)Archmage by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drizzt doesn't have much of a role in this book, but apparently Jarlaxle is setting Drizzt up to return to Menzoberranzan and take control from the Matron Mothers.

Bruenor leads an army of dwarves to Gauntlgrym and they begin to take it back from the drow with help from the Harpells.

Tiago and Doum'wielle attack Drizzt, when he is out scouting on his own. Doum'wielle almost kills Drizzt before Jarlaxle intervenes. Bruenor finds a wounded Drizzt and Catti-brie uses all her skill to keep him alive. Drizzt lingers in a coma until the dwarves need him to save them from the demons the drow unleashed on them, Drizzt awakens to fight the demons at Jarlaxle's urging.

Kimmuriel Oblodra secretly implants instructions in Gromph Baenre's mind in hopes of freeing his Mother (K'yorl) from the lower planes where she was rumored to be enslaved by a balor. Unfortunately Kimmuriel was tricked by the Spider Queen and when Gromph enacts the incantation he releases Demogorgon. Gromph flees Menzoberranzan for Gauntlgrym where he warns them to close the chamber before Demogorgon follows him. All the wizards work together to seal the chamber. Matron Mother Zeerith (Jarlaxle's sometime lover) and Gromph take refuge among the dwarves. Catti-brie makes plans for Archmage Gromph to rebuild the Hosttower.

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Sep 9, 2015

The Perfect Witness

The Perfect Witness: A NovelThe Perfect Witness: A Novel by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book, it ties into Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen

After her Father is killed Teresa flees for her life as the new Mob Boss, Camano wants her dead, and her Mother (Gina) is more than willing to help him get what he wants. Teresa is rescued by a mysterious stranger (Mandak). Mandak teaches Teresa renamed Allie to block her power to read memories and has her put into Witness Protection.

Allie makes a life for herself with Lee and Natalie but when Camano has them murdered at Praland's behest she agrees to work with Mandak to take Praland down. Allie has to read Praland's mind to find the Devanez Family Ledger so that Mandak can retrieve it and rescue the children Pralnad is holding. Allie manages to discover the ledger is kept in the cage with Praland's pet tiger and Mandak makes arrangements to retrieve the Ledger and kill Praland.

Mandak is wounded killing Praland, but Allie and Sean get him to Megan Blair's clinic and she patches him up. Renata is extremely grateful as Keeper of the Ledger to have it returned to her.

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Sep 6, 2015

Murder 101 (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #22)

Murder 101 (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #22)Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The change of location and the addition of Tyler McAdams made the book more interesting then previous books.

Decker relocated to a small New England College town where he is teamed up with a rich kid playing cop, Tyler McAdams. At first the two don't get along but soon Decker takes Tyler under his wing and they form a great team. First they are investigating the theft of some Tiffany stained glass from a crypt, but soon it becomes a murder investigation when the suspected thief is found dead. Things get even more complicated when a code book is found hidden in the apartment of one of the victims. And now someone is trying to kill Decker (Old Man) and Tyler (Harvard). When Tyler is out of commission due to gun shot wounds, Decker ask Scott Oliver (Retired) for help.

Soon the CIA becomes involved and with Rina's help things are resolved.

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Sep 3, 2015

The Seer's Spread (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories)

The Seer's Spread (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories)The Seer's Spread by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After her death Ethan inherits Amma's candy box and he learns how she came to be the housekeeper for his family.

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The Winter People

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Sarah's daughter Gertie dies in a tragic accident Sarah is unable to let her go and turns to the dark magic she was taught by her Native American nanny, Auntie years ago.

Auntie is bitter over Sarah's family betraying her and driving her from her home. To late Sarah discovers that Auntie was responsible for Gertie's death and planting evidence to make it look like Sarah's husband Martin was the killer. When Auntie kills Martin, and then tries to kill Sarah, Gertie kills Auntie and by spilling human blood is condemned to live eternally hungering for human flesh. Sarah skins Auntie and leaves the unidentifiable remains behind where everyone assumes that Martin killed Sarah and then himself. Sarah goes to the cave with Gertie and lives there in secret, only coming out to forge for food when necessary.

Years later after Sarah has died, Gertie kills a young couple (Tom and Bridget) in the cave when they are lead there by Sarah's diary. Their friends (Alice and James) rescue Tom and Bridget's daughter Ruthie and raise her as their own. Unbeknownst to Ruthie they also befriend Gertie.

When Gary finds parts of Sarah's diary and a map to the cave at an antique store he becomes obsessed with resurrecting his son Austin. Alice tries to talk him out of it but he remains determined. He dies in a car crash and Alice takes his backpack with all the evidence inside, but his widow, Katherine shows up in town trying to find out what Gary was up to before he died. Unfortunately she stumbles on the secret and uses the dark magic to bring Gary back.

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Sep 1, 2015

The Price of Innocence

The Price of InnocenceThe Price of Innocence by Bryan Devore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Ian disappears in Germany James the boring accountant goes to look for him and discovers a web of intrigue that will require James to put his life on the line if he wants to get his brother home alive.

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