The Skin Collector; A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing div Hachette Book Group 2014)Posted by jodi (#1) 33 days ago (Editorial)
The eleventh book of the Lincoln Rhyme series, “The Skin Collector” comes out swinging. Deaver wastes no time getting his readers attention, when in the first few pages his latest mad man makes an appearance and sets your skin to crawling.
The skin collector, a man named Billy Haven, has taken his cue from the bone collector, another madman who Lincoln Rhyme had the displeasure of dealing with. But the difference is Haven’s specialty is tattooing with poison.
The Skin Collector’s inaugural killing of a young actress takes place in the dank unde
Posted by jodi (#1) 46 days ago (Editorial)
I really enjoyed this read. Although I've read about all of the cases profiled, the way RJ has laid them out makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It's beyond me how a parent could perform such a heinous act on their own flesh and blood.
The book opens with a definition of filicide and the possible causes and segues into the first of ten cases highlighted in the book. What strikes me, and I’m sure all readers will notice, is that statistically speaking more often than not the child’s mother is the one who commits the murder; in fact only
Posted by jodi (#1) 52 days ago (Editorial)
CRADLE TO GRAVE is the first book I’ve read by Eleanor Kuhns, and having read the book I’ll be picking up her two previous novels DEATH OF A DYER and A SIMPLE the latter of which was the winner of the Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.
Cradle to Grave is a good old fashioned mystery in the same vein of Agatha Christie’s famed who-dun-its. Set in a Shaker community in late 1800s readers are once again meet Will Rees, protagonist carried over from Kuhns’ first two novels. Rees and his new wife Lydia receive a letter from a dear f
Posted by jodi (#1) 69 days ago (Editorial)
I have to admit Deborah Brown's Madison Westin series is my guilty pleasure. It's great to see what Madison and her best friend Fabiani, get themselves into. The usual cast of characters from the previous three books, Crazy in Paradise, Deception in Paradise and Trouble in Paradise are present and accounted for and as usual, they don't fail to bring comic relief to the read.
Just when you think it’s time for Madison to have time to enjoy her newest endeavor of restaurateur trouble strikes again, but this time its Fab who’s in th
“Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo’s one of the few who keeps them there.” -Linwood Barclay
I couldn’t agree more with Linwood Barclay, a celebrated writer in his own right, when he says the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Nesbo has proven a master with his Harry Hole series and once again with his latest stand alone novel The Son.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a die-hard fan of Jo Nesbo and I’ve read probably every book, with the exception of his children’s titles. I wa
Posted by jodi (#1) 84 days ago (Editorial)
Release Date July 8th, 2014
Lucy Clarke has done it again. Her latest novel “A Single Breath” once again takes her readers to the sea in this story of love, loss and renewal.
The first thing I have to say is this is the kind of book you get caught up in. If you’re like me you will find yourself reading late into the night and stealing moments during your day to be swept into the passion of this novel.
The book centers around Eva Bowe a young widow who has recently lost her husband of eight months, drowned in a fishing accident on the coast of Dorset
Posted by jodi (#1) 90 days ago (Editorial)
Talented author and playwright, Charlie Lovett definitely knows how to weave a tale of mystery, obsession and yes a little murder thrown in.
Lovett’s protagonist Peter Byerly, nearly a year into the loss of his wife leaves his North Carolina home and relocates to the cottage he and his wife purchased in the English countryside. Looking to put his life back together Peter, an antiquarian bookseller, restorer and collector walks into a quaint bookstore and stumbles upon a Victorian watercolor of a woman to bears a striking resemblance to his dead wife Ama
Posted by jodi (#1) 103 days ago (Editorial)
Spectacular! You need to read this book.
Five years ago we almost came close to losing great writer. I amongst many would have lost my favorite author. The road Greg Iles travelled to regain his health and back to his writing has been a long journey and I for one am so very pleased he’s back.
Natchez Burning was definitely worth the wait; it is hands down his best novel yet. Even better is the fact it is part of a three book series that weave historic events with present day Natchez and of course our favorite protagonist Mayor Penn Cage. The great thing a
Posted by jodi (#1) 113 days ago (Editorial)
If you liked Jean Zimmerman’s THE ORPHAN MASTER, you’ll be equally delighted with SAVAGE GIRL. The book is set in the late 1800s and takes the reader on a journey from New York to Nevada and back again, told in the narrative by a man who could very well be a serial murderer as he sits in jail.
The reader will undoubtedly have a love-hate relationship with the cast of characters as Zimmerman weaves her tale. Savage girl, who is found in a back alley “freak show” act, is wild and barely able to speak. With the tutelage of her benefactor, the wealthy philan
Posted by jodi (#1) 124 days ago (Editorial)
Outstanding! Well written, with ACTION, ACTION, ACTION, intrigue, espionage and a psychotic madman's plan to thwart. Now that I have your attention, it’s time to tell you why you will want to buy the book and enjoy what could possibly be the best read of the year.
You are sure to know some of Terry Hayes’ blockbuster movies; Dead Calm, Payback and Road Warrior, and rest assured I Am Pilgrim is right up there as one of Hayes’ best work. Although Hayes is a screen writer the book doesn’t read like a screen play. Likened to the styling of Le Carre, I Am Pilgr
Retired actress Ann Werner has found her niche in writing psychological thrillers. With ‘CRAZY’ her third fiction novel, Ann delves into the dark mind of a killer creating a tense storyline that has her reader afraid to turn the page for fear of the next gruesome scene.
Emily Simonson is on the road to fame. Once a struggling actress, she cast aside her hopes of being a starlet for the tools of a chef, becoming a rising star in the ranks of celebrity chefs. With a bestselling cookbook, a successful restaurant, kitchen store and appearances on morning tele
Just saw the review and am thrilled. Thank you so much.
~Anne Werner, author of "CRAZY", former actress One Life to Live
I love how you connect authors with readers!
~Kergan Edwards-Stout author of "Songs For the New Depression"
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Thank you for this wonderful review. ~Drake Braxton
Thanks for the beautiful review, Jodi. I appreciate the depth of your descriptions and your even-handed approach to my novel's strengths and weaknesses--so much more interesting than some "puff" reviews where you can't even te
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