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Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite #2) by Robert Dugoni

Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite, #2)5 Stars

Published September 15th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer

Tracy is a homicide detective in North Seattle. Tracy is still dealing with the emotions from the trauma of her sister’s murder which we learn about in the first book in this series. She is a no nonsense detective, but not damaged like some other police detectives in other series I have read. She has a boyfriend, Dan O’Leary who is a lawyer and is well-liked by the other officers she works with. Unfortunately for her, her captain, Johnny Nolasco does not feel the same way. He will only be happy when she is no longer an officer with the Seattle P.D.

In this story a serial killer leaves his victims hog-tied in cheap motels where they strangle themselves. He’s given the nickname of “The Cowboy”. Tracy and her team are assigned to the task force to track and to capture this psychopathic murderer. Of course, they are not given enough officers or money and someone is leaking information to the press. The Cowboy leaves no clues behind and is meticulous in exiting his crime scenes. Tracy begins to see similarities to a case closed 9 years earlier by Nolasco and his partner. Along the way, someone is leaving ominous messages to Tracy as well. Will they catch this killer? Will Tracy become a victim? Will Nolasco be successful in drumming her off the force?

Tracy’s abilities are honed by practice. The cases in the book take their toll on her. She is tough, determined, seems to have a sixth sense, and normally works well with her team. Her workload is heavy and the crimes she deals with are awful. The killer is a monster. He is slick, smart, almost invisible, friendly and a very sick individual. Dugoni does an amazing job of creating this psychopath. The rest of the characters in the story all play an important role in getting to the bottom of this string of murders. It starts out slowly, letting the suspense build and build until the ending explodes. Once you get into the story, it is hard to put down.

I can’t recommend this series enough. I have been thrilled with both stories in this series and am ready to go with the next one. If you enjoy thrillers and suspense along with a crime to solve, then pick up this book, you will not be disappointed.

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Plain Confession (An Amish Mystery #5) by Emma Miller

Plain Confession (An Amish Mystery #5)5 Stars

My Review: Rachel Mast, is a character that lives between two worlds. Born and raised Amish, she presently lives as an Englisher and runs a Bed & Breakfast as well as a gift shop in the nearby town of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania. At this time, she is planning her upcoming marriage to Evan Parks, an English State Trooper. Rachel often acts as a go-between when the Amish people have any issue with English law enforcement. Rachel is helping her mother at the wake of a young Amish man, Daniel Fisher, who died in a hunting accident. Evan arrives to tell her the detectives want to question the family as Daniel’s death is actually a murder. When the detectives arrive, Rachel assists the family while they are being questioned, much to the chagrin of the detective. When Moses, the older brother of the widow is arrested after he confesses to the crime, Alma, Daniel’s mother-in-law asks Rachel to help find the real killer. Moses is considered odd, but Rachel thinks he has Asperger’s Syndrome. Rachel and her cousin, Mary Aaron begin to ask questions. They are sure that Moses is covering for someone. As the investigation continues, the townspeople are taking bets on whether the wedding will actually take place at all or whether Rachel will back out.

This story is filled with mystery and suspense. There are many twists along the way with more than a couple suspects. The mystery in this story is well plotted and will keep you guessing as to who is the guilty party. I changed my mind on who it was a few times and I love when I think I have it all figured out only to be thrown in a different direction by the author. Rachel’s character is strong, loyal, smart, stubborn, persistent and doing an amazing job of balancing her old and new worlds. I enjoyed the character of the English “prepper”, Charles, who lives on the mountain. It looks like he may become a friend and I would love to see him in a future story. Mary Aaron is still trying to decide which world she wants to live in. She works well as Rachel’s sidekick. Of course Evan continues to be the patient, understanding man who is proud of Rachel and her feelings for others. He has moments in this story where he has issues, but that makes him more realistic. Another great story by Emma Miller and I look forward to my next visit to Stone Mill, Pennsylvania. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13)

Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #13)by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 391 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Minotaur Books
5 Stars

 

My Review: I have heard so much about this series, but this is the first one I have read. I now know what all the other fans have been going on about. Inspector Gamache and the rest of the Quebec police have not been arresting as many people as the government and the detractors think, but he has set something in motion that will make everyone happy in the end, at least that is what he hopes. When there is a murder in the small town of Three Pines, the mystery man in the black hood and cape are investigated and the story of the Cobrador emerges. The characters are wonderful. They are typical small town residents who all seem to know each other’s business, but are also there to help anyone who needs it. There is a complex plot line and Penny’s writing style is unique. There is some going back and forth in time, which was a bit confusing at first, but I caught on pretty quick. I had no idea who the guilty party were until right near the end when it was revealed. There are several things happening, so it is important to pay attention to detail as there are a lot of questions along the way. I really enjoyed this story and will definitely go back and read the series from the start. Thanks to Minotaur books for providing me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“I” Invisible Prey

Working my way through my A to Z challenge reading only physical books I already own. The 9th one is now complete.

Invisible Prey (Lucas Davenport, #17)by John Sandford

Paperback, 441 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Berkley (first published May 15th 2007)
3 Stars

 

My Review: ‘Invisible Prey’ is the 17th book in the Minnesota state detective Lucas Davenport series. I found this book to have a mellower Lucas, married with a young son. This story integrated a local murder investigation with an unseemly investigation of a Senator having sex with a minor in an election year. Several times, the murder was put on the back burner to free up Lucas for the political investigation.

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Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder #9)

Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder, #9)by Linda Castillo

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books
5 Stars *****

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My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1)

My Sister's Grave (Tracy Crosswhite, #1)by Robert Dugoni

Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
4.5 Stars

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The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Foster #2)

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster, #2)by Robert Bryndza

ebook, 429 pages

Published June 2nd 2016 by Bookouture

5 Stars

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The Girl In The Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)

The Girl In The Ice (Detective Erika Foster, #1)by Robert Bryndza

Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published February 12th 2016 by Bookouture
5 Stars

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Plain Missing (An Amish Mystery #4)

Plain Missing (Amish Mystery, #4)by Emma Miller

Published March 28th 2017 by Kensigton

4.5 Stars

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