Death of an Honest Man review

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Goodreads: Sergeant Hamish Macbeth–Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman–returns in M.C. Beaton’s new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.
Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish’s beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie–who repeated all the last words of her twin sister–that she needed psychiatric help.

“I speak as I find,” he bragged. Voices saying, “I could kill that man,” could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

Started this book a little after midnight and had it done at 7:30 a.m.  It was true to the other Hamish books and it was good to read one for it seems like it took forever to become available.  I kid you not, I was 148th on a list for this book at the library.  I went ahead and bought it rather than wait.
Some would think that, this being the 33rd book, the series would be getting old but, alas, it does not.  I enjoyed this book as much as the first one I read.  Hamish is such a character that it is hard not to love him.
The story line keeps a person interested and while we really don’t get much of a chance to get to know the self-declared “honest” man (who isn’t very honest) before he is done off, I still didn’t like him.  With Blair up to his usual tricks, Hamish has to stay on his toes.
The book does do one thing I found a bit anti-climatic and that was its constant referral to something evil coming but failed, I think, to deliver on it but it is a small thing.
The hardest thing about reading this book is that I will have to wait another year or longer before the next one comes out.  I give it an A.
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The Chalk Man review

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Goodreads: In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Well, let me say up front that I am not a fan of books that go back and forth between timelines.  It just isn’t for me.  Tell me the whole story from the present view and share old parts via conversations or dreams.  Hate going back and forth.

Having said that again, I did like this story of the full grown Eddie more than the youthful one.  Had the killer figured out pretty quickly but there were still a couple questions that didn’t get answered till the end.  I didn’t care for the ending – I just didn’t but that is me.

The story is decent and the characters often reminded me of several other books that center on events that started out with them as youths and ended with them never reaching their potential as adults.

This is a good book to sit down and read on a long, snowy weekend. I would be inclined to read the author again and give the book an A.

Girl in the Ice review

28233082Goodreads: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

Just finished this book.  I have to say, I knew the killer long before mid-book which made me happy to know I haven’t lost my touch.  The protagonist is Erika Foster, a detective newly reinstated after a previous investigation ends up in the loss of several of her team. A bit raw and still recovering herself from the tragedy, Erika throws herself into her new case – the girl in the water.

I did like Erika though I think she felt a bit stereotypical.  Still, one tends to jump in her corner early on.  The story flows nicely and keeps one intrigued even after guessing the killer.  How much did I like the book? Well, I went and bought the four so far in the series.  The library didn’t have #2 available so figured I’d just buy them all – if I don’t like the way it goes, I won’t keep reading them.  I give the book an A.

House of Lost Souls review

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Well, this book was not what I expected – was hoping for more of a “Supernatural” spin of an evil house but this was more about ghosts from long ago. I’m not a big fan of any book that jumps generations, as I know I have said many times.

An alright read, long…very long.  Am really taken by the cover – no idea why but it was what made me read the book.

The Montauk Monster

18371375Goodreads: It Kills. . .On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them; FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

Finally finished this little gem – I’m surprised it isn’t a movie.  Yes, it is a familiar plot – the bad government makes these monsters with the idea that they’d be great soldiers but have no way to control them.  Uh, yeah, it doesn’t do anyone any good to create monsters you can’t control – they tend to kill their makers.

But, I liked the characters enough to be angry when they were killed off by these deformed killing machines.  It felt like the author enjoyed the killing spree.

The book is fast paced and full of action – I can say that there wasn’t a dull moment throughout and I don’t see how they could have cut it down from the 300+ pages without taking out some of the action.  Just once I’d like to hear the government bad guy be sad and ashamed of the slaughter of innocent people but guess they have to be tough asses or they’d never give the order in the first place.

First book I’ve read of this author but imagine I will read more.  I give the book an A.

What Lurks Beneath review

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Goodreads:  The first attack occurrs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. A monstrous flesh-ripping predator they never see coming.

Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. A sun-soaked playground for sea-loving tourists. A human feasting ground for whatever lurks beneath.

Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer—and piece together one of nature’s most horrific mysteries. But the most terrifying discovery of all waits for Val and her team at the bottom of the sea. A discovery too shocking, to comprehend.

Ah, another story about something lurking in the depths of the ocean.  The story is solid and the author obviously did a lot of research about the area and cave diving.  I would never do it – cave diving, not research.  Just reading about it in this book sent my claustrophobia into overtime.  Just yuck.

I have just one negative comment that is purely one of personal preference.  The author went into such detail about the techno side of things but when it came to the actual attacks, he was vague and lax.  I wanted to read about the struggles the different people put up, I wanted to hear the crack of the various ship hulls as the creature pulled the boats under, I wanted to taste the blood in the water.  I felt kind of robbed.

Sure, in most attacks the people didn’t survive – but I still wanted to experience it with them.  Instead it is like: Oh they saw a tentacle rise” and then on to the next chapter where we had to learn in an off-hand conversation or newspaper headline that the boat was unaccounted for or that people were missing.

Having said all that though, it is a decent story and worth the read.  Will I be re-reading it any time soon? Nope, don’t think so.  Will I read more from this author? Absolutely.  I give the book a B+.