Thursday, June 30, 2011

When You Dare by Lori Foster

Dare Macintosh is a mercenary. He has been asked by his best friend, Trace, to rescue his sister, Alani, from slave traders in Mexico. Once there he notices one of the women is held apart and she has been beaten. After he rescues the women and and sees to Alani, Dare focuses on the woman.

Molly Alexander is a best selling author who has been kidnapped outside her home in Ohio. After being held for nine days and beaten and starved, Molly is glad to see Dare. She hires him to protect her until she can figure out who kidnapped her and why. Was it a disgruntled reader? Or her father's shady dealings gone wrong? Or her ex-fiance out for revenge for being dumped?

With steamy interactions between Dare and Molly and a surprise ending, When You Dare is a romantic suspense novel that must be read! Trace of Fever is the next book in the series.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/28/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Beginners by Rebecca Wolff
Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
Blood of Reich by William Dietrich
Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
Dragon's Time by Anne McCaffrey
English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier
The Explorer's Code by Kitty Pilgrim
The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
Killer Move by Michael Marshall
Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer
Money Can't Buy Love by Connie Briscoe
Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
Now You See Her by James Patterson
Thunder of Heaven by Tim LaHaye

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Smokin' Seventeen was smokin' awesome! I promise you will not only laugh out loud but also crave fried chicken and doughnuts by the end.

In this latest Stephanie Plum adventure, with the bond office burnt to the ground, cousin Vinnie, Connie, Lula, and Stephanie are operating out of a mobile home that is parked in front of their former building. A shallow grave with a hand sticking out of the dirt that belongs to the Burg titty bar owner is discovered on the vacant lot of the bond office. Stephanie's boyfriend and cop, Joe Morelli, is on the case.

Meanwhile, it is no surprise that shenanigans abound when Lula and Stephanie have two crazy FTAs they are after: one who thinks he is a vampire (fortunately his fangs are dentures) and the other who answers his door naked with his flag at half mass. If that isn't enough, her mother is trying to set her up with a former high school football player who is back in town and more bodies turn up at the bond office that suggest the killings are personal. Who is the killer and what is his gripe with Stephanie and her cousin's business?

Oh, Janet, your books are so much fun! There is nothing else that even compares. Lucky for us, we don't have to wait a year to see what happens after cliffhanger ending in this one because Explosive Eighteen is scheduled for a November release date.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

Olivia "Ollie" Paras is an assistant chef in the White House Kitchen. On her way to work on the White House lawn, she witnesses an intruder being pursued by Secret Service agents. When the intruder runs by Ollie, she uses the frying pan in her hand to take him down. Curious about the man Ollie does a little investigating much to the disapproval of her Secret Service boyfriend, Tom.

Ollie hits a dead end and decides to concentrate on her chef duties. She is actually in competition to be the new executive chef for the White House kitchen. Her main competition is a former employee and current TV star of her own cooking show, Laurel Ann Braun. But before Ollie can focus on that she is dragged back into the investigation.

Ollie is contacted by the intruder and meets up with him. But she ends up being the witness to his murder and the only one to have ever seen the man known as the Chameleon. Now her life is in danger, her boyfriend is giving her the cold shoulder and everyone is saying that Laurel is a shoo-in for the chef position. And to top it off the Secret Service still has her frying pan!

I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the White House Chef series.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/21/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Abyss by David Hagberg
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Among the Missing by Morag Joss
A Bad Day for a Scandal by Sophie Littlefield
A Bad Night's Sleep by Michael Wiley
Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines
Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder
The Devil Colony by James Rollins
Disturbance by Jan Burke
The Dog Who Came in From the Cold by Alexander Smith
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
From Barcelona, With Love by Elizabeth Adler
Groundswell by Katie Lee
Harmless as Doves by P.L. Gaus
Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Learning by Karen Kingsbury
Long Gone by Alafair Burke
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Trespasser by Paul Doiron
Under Fire by Margaret McLean
Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cold Truth by Mariah Stewart

In Cold Truth, the first in another suspenseful series by Mariah Stewart, Cass Burke is now the only detective in Bowers Inlet who is working the case of a women left near a marsh. She was rapped, strangulated, and posed with her hair fanned out for someone to find. This is the first in a rash of murders happening along the small, vacation towns of the New Jersey Shore.

Meanwhile, the FBI receives a phone call from Regan Landry, the recently deceased crime fiction writer's daughter, who had discovered a series of letters sent to her father from someone who claimed to be the Bayside Strangler. The Strangler was attributed to the murder of several women over 20 years ago but was never captured.

Because these taunting letters are very similar to ones that the Bowers Inlet captain received after the killings in his jurisdiction, they send agent Rick Cisco to assist in Bower Inlet while another agent is sent to Regan's to review what she discovered. As the body counts pile up, Agent Cisco questions whether the murder of Cass's whole family from all those years ago could be connected to these current killings by a man with a very similar M.O.

This is another quick, entertaining read from Stewart. I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books. If you like romantic suspense, you are sure to enjoy the books of this solid genre author.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

A Distant Melody is the first book in Sarah Sundin’s trilogy series called "Wings of Glory". Set during World War II, it tells the story of a chance meeting between Allie and Walt and their blossoming friendship.

Growing up as an only child in a wealthy family, Allie Miller has always strived to be the obedient daughter, including agreeing to marry a man she does not love because he will one day take over the family business. She longs to make a greater contribution to the war effort, but her parents would not like it if she worked outside the home as it could cause embarrassment and would not be proper.

The son of a preacher and the youngest of three boys, Walt Novak is an excellent pilot and about to serve in the Army Air Force in Europe. Always a bit tongue-tied around women and more conservative than other young men his age earns him the nickname “Preach”. When he meets Allie at the wedding of mutual friends, he finds he can talk to her easily and begins to think she might be “the one”.

While Walt is serving in England as a pilot on a B-17 bomber, he and Allie form a deeper friendship through the exchange of letters. Allie provides support and prayers for his dangerous missions, and Walt encourages her to follow her heart and her faith to make a life of her own. Neither have the courage to admit their friendship has become love, and a series of secrets and small lies complicate their relationship.

This is a sweet, inspirational, historical romance with a fast pace. I really enjoyed the World War II helped me imagine what life had been like for my grandparents. The trilogy will follow each of the three Novak boys, and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/14/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Break the Skin by Lee Martin
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Profession by Steven Pressfield
Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey
One Summer by David Baldacci
Sisterhood Everlasting by Anne Brashares
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey
The Wreckage by Michael Robotham
A Young Wife by Pam Lewis

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dark Room by Andrea Kane

So disappointed in this Andrea Kane book. I have really enjoyed her other books, but this one really didn't grab me. I guess I was expecting a gratuitous sex scene to appear in at least the first 100 pages. No such luck.

In this second book featuring P.I. Pete "Monty" Montgomery, which can be read as standalone, Morgan Winter has just been informed that the man who was convicted of killing her parents had made a false confession. Needing closure and justice for her family, she hires Monty, the former NY cop who had originally worked her parent's case and always questioned the killer's confession.

Assisting Monty is his son, the charming Lane, a photojournalist with high tech equipment that allows him to analyze crime scene photos to find evidence that cannot be scene by the naked eye. Additionally, Lane has agreed to do a Time photo essay on Arthur Shore, the congressman who become Morgan's surrogate father after her parent's death, who might know more than he is letting on.

When one of Morgan's clients is involved in a hit and run accident, Monty believes that someone is trying to get her, or possibly the attorney who used to work with her father, to back off. This means that her parents murders weren't a random act of violence, but something more personal.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell

Poppy Dunbar has just fallen in love. Unfortunately it is not her fiance and it is the night before her wedding. Poppy cancels her wedding and leaves her small town and moves to London. She moves in with Casper French, an artist, and his roommate Claudia. She gets a job at an antique shop and as a waitress for a catering firm. Her other reason for moving to London is her real father might live there.

After locating her real father, Poppy inserts herself into his life. She becomes good friends with his wife but is scared to tell them who she really is. Meanwhile Jake, her antiques boss, decides to help Poppy locate Tom, the man Poppy fell in love with. After coming into some money he puts out ads to try and locate him. And while all this is going on, Casper decides he has feelings for Poppy. Then there is Dina, Poppy's friend from Bristol, who decides to come visit her London. And if that isn't confusing enough Claudia's snarky mom keeps popping up.

Even with all the different characters and their points of view, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't confusing and everything came together in the end. Jill Mansell is becoming one of my favorite chick lit authors!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/7/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Best Stage Plans by Claire Cook
Bloodmoney by David Ignatius
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
Camouflage by Bill Pronzini
East on Sunset by Ken Mercer
For Heaven's Eyes Only by Simon R. Green
The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman
Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
The Kingdom by Clive Cussler
Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
Murder On Sisters Row by Victoria Thompson
Murder One by Robert Dugoni
No One in the World by E. Lynn Harris
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Outrage by Robert Tanenbaum
The Pack by Jason Starr
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
The Ridge by Michael Koryta
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellroy
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey
Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey
Unraveled by Maggie Sefton

Sunday, June 5, 2011

If Looks Could Kill by Kate White

Although a good mystery, I was a bit disappointed in the too subtle ending of Kate White's first Bailey Weggins mystery.

Recently divorced Bailey Weggins works as a contributing writer for Gloss magazine, in which she uses her reporting background to compose human-interest and crime related articles. The Gloss chief editor and Bailey's friend, Cat Jones, has asked her to look into the death of her live-in nanny who was murdered in the Manhattan basement apartment she rents at Cat's townhome.

Heidi's death is the result of poisoning, possibly from a box of Godiva chocolates Heidi had pilfered from Cat's dining room. This could mean that the tainted chocolates were really meant for Cat. Bailey can think of a number of people Cat has pissed off during her career, but none that would have motive for murder, unless her husband wanted her out of the picture. When Bailey discovers that another magazine editor who died of heart failure had recently ate poisoned mushrooms, she investigates whether this is a conspiracy to kill women's magazine editors or does someone had a personal vendetta again Cat.

I guess I have been reading too much of this genre now, but would have liked for a higher body count and more of an explosive ending. However, the first-person narration makes Bailey an empathetic character and the long list of potential suspects will keep readers guessing until the end. Bailey's romantic relationship with a sexy professor she interviewed for one of her stories was just heating up, so I would like to see where this goes in the next book.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker

This is the last book in the Spenser series written by Robert B. Parker, who died in January of 2010, and so it will hold a special place in the heart of any fan. Although Spenser's iconic sidekick Hawk is missing from this entry, a new character bearing the title name is introduced and would no doubt have figured in future novels had Parker lived.

The story begins as Captain Quirk of the Boston Police Department asks Spenser to look into a murder case which doesn't quite add up. Hollywood star Jumbo Nelson, as large in size and appetites as his name would imply, is accused of killing a star-struck young fan with whom he spent the night in his luxury hotel. Jumbo is being defended by high-powered lawyer and Spencer friend Rita Fiore, who puts Spenser on the payroll to dig into the facts of the case. Rita soon quits, refusing to take any guff from her mean-tempered client, but Spenser is like a dog with a bone---he keeps on gnawing away despite being officially off the case. He is assisted by Jumbo's ex-bodyguard, a former college football star and Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. Spencer handily beats Sixkill in a fight then becomes a mentor to the young man, helping him conquer the demons from his past and become a warrior worthy of his Cree ancestry.

They uncover some hidden facts and defend themselves from the Mob muscle sent to kill them. The novel builds to a surprising ending in which the true villain of the story is revealed.

The book crackles with the snappy dialogue and philosophical musings for which Spenser is famous. His relationship with true love Susan Silverman is as solid as ever, and there are enjoyable appearances by dimunitive fighter Henry Cimoli and crime figures Tony Marcus, Junior and the spaced-out Ty-Bop. While the plot is a bit too thin to be among the best of the Spenser series, this is still an enjoyable entry in the series and, as the last one written by Parker, a must-read for any fan.