#BookReview: A Knight in Cowboy Boots (McKnight, #1) by Suzie Quint #SuzieQwriter

Maddie had no idea how many laws she’d broken in the last week. They all paled next to kidnapping. Since she’d been advised not to leave the state, she was pretty sure having temporary custody wouldn’t get her anywhere in court. Not that it mattered. She’d never get to court. She’d die before she gave Jesse up.

Maddie and her baby nephew, Jesse, are on the run from his father and the man who murdered her sister and her boyfriend. She heads to her boyfriend’s home in Galveston only to run into a charming cowboy named Zach who she shoots over a misunderstanding. To Maddie’s joy and distress, the attraction is instant and the passion is hot and heavy, but the murderer could find her any time and, unfortunately, she has to leave Zach and this town soon.

People were killed every day because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Zach has fallen head over heels for Maddie and her nephew, but is she “one of the damaged strays” that his sister says he likes to rescue? He can protect her from the dangers that she fears, but how can he get her to stay with him?

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#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks

download“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”

MY REVIEW

Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons.  She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil.  When she was contacted by the missing girls’ family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn’t work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max “Cap” Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms.  But will this cool-headed man and “goofy” dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets?  Will she be able to find the girls in time? Continue reading “#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks”

Book Review: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (9781538759929)

51IhKtKO55LIt’s amazing what you can keep buried when you want to.

A body is found in the small Aussie town of Smithson.  She was Rosalind Ryan, a local drama teacher and pregnant.  Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is assigned the case with her partner, Detective Sergeant Felix McKinnon.  The detectives find out this is not a cut and dried case, and how is Gemma’s history with her old schoolmate, Rosalind, connected to the case?  There are a lot of secrets to be discovered, and Gemma and Felix have a lot to lose if their affair is one of them.

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Book Review: The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue (9781635839029)

cover116146-mediumI recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.

Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving.  Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.

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Book review: He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond (9781935554578)

All the evil in the world is powerless against intelligence and courage.

A dead body of a man is found in London and the detective protagonist needs to find who did it.  What he finds is an interesting oral history of the victim’s life captured by the victim on tapes.  The tapes reveal the loneliness and destitution that the victim endures and the people that play a part of his life and death.

This book was originally published in the 1980’s and the writing is fantastic.  I really enjoyed this noir crime story.  It is stark, gritty and real and you keep wanting to read more.  The great mastery of this story is that you never learn the name of the detective who is investigating the story and you don’t even realize it because it is so well written.  I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Thank you to Mr. Raymond, Melville House Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: Book of Days by James L. Rubart (9781433671517)

Cameron Vaux is literally losing his mind and he needs to find the “Book of Days” before it is too late.  Both his dying father and dying wife refer to this book as God’s life history of everyone in the world even showing the future whether you want to see it or not.  Cameron takes a quest to a remote town in Oregon to find the book that will help him fulfill his father’s and wife’s last wish, but he finds that there are people in the town who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

Ann Bannister is the host of an outdoor program and a foster sister to Cameron’s deceased wife.  Cameron contacts Ann asking for her help in finding the book and even though she thought it was folly to see him again considering she has been secretly in love with him for years, she agrees to help.  But she has a secret of her own.  Her mother was raised in this same town and she wants to find out why she abandoned her so many years ago.

This is an interesting Christian fiction/mystery where the characters are well-rounded and the storyline is very engaging.  In other words, it’s a page turner.

Thank you to Mr. Rubart and LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book Review: Palos Verdes Blue by John Shannon (9781605980379)

Shannon takes you into the battle of Los Angeles’ Bayboys, teen age surfers and Mexican immigrants by sending Jack Liffey to find a missing child.  What Liffey uncovers is revenge, murder and men with a strong will to survive.

This book is well written, but I could have done without the footnotes and the historical/literary facts and tidbits that just distracts the reader.