BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft Reviewed

Brutality Ingrid Thoft P. Putnam June 23rd, 2015   Brutality by Ingrid Thoft is a captivating crime novel.  Besides the mystery of a “who done it murder,” the author raises questions about sports brain injuries.  This plot explores the theoretical and practical, the balance between loving the sport, in this case, soccer, and the compelling evidence of the dangers involved in playing it. The story has soccer mom Liz Barone attacked in her kitchen, where she eventually dies from her injuries.  Private investigator Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz’s mother to find the attacker. Through her investigation Ludlow finds out that Liz is suing her alma...

THE DARKEST HEART By Dan Smith Reviewed

THE DARKEST HEART Dan Smith Aug 8 2015 Pegasus Crime Escaping the violence that plagues Rio de Janerio’s slums leads Zico, a seasoned assassin, down a path darker than his childhood memories, delivering him to the heart of Brazil’s lawless jungle while wrapping a moral dilemma around the reader’s soul. Author Dan Smith’s fifth crime fiction novel brims with a linear narrative that punctures the psyche, forcing goodness to become inseparable from evil, leaving the reader to question if they’re not one in the same. Zico’s “living nightmare” gasps its first breath when he agrees to slit the throat of human rights activist, Sister Dolores...

WHAT LIES BEHIND by J.T. Ellison Reviewed

What Lies Behind J. T. Ellison Mira Pub May 26th, 2015 What Lies Behind by J. T. Ellison is a realistic, frightening novel about bio-terrorism. Because the plot takes place in one harrowing day the action never seems to stop. It can be seen as a warning for a terrorist threat that seems to have fallen under the radar. The main character, Dr. Samantha (Sam) Owens, is no longer a medical examiner and is now teaching and working with the FBI. Samantha is awakened by a police investigation in her Georgetown neighborhood. Her friend, homicide detective Darren (Fletch) Fletcher, asks her to look over the evidence and help solve the murder/suicide...

SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall Reviewed

SKIES OF ASH Rachel Howzell Hall 2015 Forge There are authors that evoke emotion or a sense of place immediately with their writing. Rachel Howell Hall with her second book has already done this for me, I am transported right into LA when I read her books, I feel the sun on my back and hear the noise of the streets. I feel the frustration of her characters. Elouise Norton, Lou, is a homicide cop in LA and she is working the streets she learned to know growing up. In this second outing Lou and her partner Colin Taggert are investigating a fire that left a family dead, all but the father who seems to have rushed back in to save his family. As...

THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE by Michael Harvey Reviewed

THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE Michael Harvey 2015 Knopf Michael Harvey’s Michael Kelly series has become a favorite and his newest cement’s the deal for me. It’s been two years since Governor Ray Perry disappeared after his sentencing hearing. When Kelly gets an anonymous call followed by a large but anonymous check asking him to find out what happened to the former Governor he begins to dig beyond the stale and all too familiar Chi-Town headlines and delve into a case that cannot be what it seems. At the center of the case is Marie Perry, the Governor’s wife. Was she a co-conspirator in his escape or a party to his murder? Kelly’s certain there’s...

THE BODY IN THE BIRCHES by Katherine Hall Page Rev...

The Body In The Birches Katherine Hall Page William Morrow May 12, 2015 The Body In The Birches by Katherine Hall Page fits perfectly into the genre of culinary mysteries. The plot puts a lot more emphasis on the family dynamics than the mystery. This makes for a compelling character study where the food becomes almost a supporting character. The focus is on two families, the Fairchilds and the Proctors, which Page blends together in a complex story of family relationships. The book opens with a quote from Oscar Wilde, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Readers are alerted to the two themes of the...