9.01.2013

Mystery Title Reviews...

I've read a few mysteries this summer, and thought I'd share my thoughts on them...



Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo is another Kate Burkholder mystery (Kate is the police chief in Painter's Mill, and is formerly Amish). This time, a truck mows into a buggy carrying a father and his children - and it looks like it was intentional. Kate, with another appearance by her love, FBI agent John, tracks down the killer and tries to console the widow - who was her best friend when she was still in the community. Another solid, quality mystery by Castillo - I really love the writing and premise of this series, as well as the tough female protagonist. Recommended! 

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight felt like this summer's Gone Girl - the mystery with the dark cover that everyone was talking about (and yes, it's already been optioned for movie rights!). Kate is a high-powered attorney who receives a call in the middle of an important meeting - her daughter, Amelia, is being suspended from her elite private school and needs to be retrieved. When Kate arrives, Amelia is - well, Amelia is dead from a fall off the roof. Suicide? Murder? Kate spends the rest of the novel untangling social media messages, texts and more in putting together the real story of Amelia's death. A great, well-written, well-constructed mystery - check it out!

Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline was a bit of a departure from her usual attorney-based fare, but was a good mystery in its own right. While Mike is serving as a doctor in Afghanistan, his wife Chloe is found dead in their home, and he must decide how to cope with raising his young daughter, his devotion to his wartime patients, to finding out what happened to his wife, and dealing with his own demons. Scottoline packs a lot into one novel, but does so deftly and by making the pages turn and turn! A great, fast-paced mystery!

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver was not what I expected. Noa is on death row - and scheduled for execution - when the mother of her victim steps in and wants clemency... in exchange for what really happened the night her daughter died. What follows is a weirdly twisted novel with hard-to-like characters, a very highfalutin writing style, and to me, an unexpected and somewhat unsatisfying ending.  I wanted to like this book more than I actually did...

Collateral Damage and Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods is yet another duo of Stone Barrington novels, full of impossible circumstances, men with too much money, too many women, and too many problems - and are a treat if you enjoy the series. I listen to all these novels (narrated by the fab Tony Roberts) and it's like visiting an old friend whenever a new one starts. :-)

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