Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hush by Cherry Adair

Acadia Gray cannot believe what is happening. She woke from her one night stand in Venezuela to find herself surrounded by men with guns. Now kidnapped with her one night stand, Zak, and his brother, Gideon, Acadia doesn't know what is going to happen. She finds herself locked in a cell with Zak and Gideon is in another one. After a daring escape, Acadia, Zak and Gideon are on the run in the jungle.

Zakary Stark let is guard down for the first time in two years and now he is running for his life in the jungle. It doesn't help that he cannot stop remembering the hot night he had with Acadia. Zak and Gideon decided to split up and no sooner Zak is shot in the arm. Acadia steps up and saves his life. But when they get to the rendezvous point to meet Gideon he isn't there.

Not knowing who to trust Zak and Acadia try and find out where Gideon is and who is behind the kidnapping. And when Zak gets a sixth sense he will have to figure it out before they all end up dead.

Another great book by Cherry Adair! I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I highly recommend all of Cherry's books!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Fiction for 9/27/11

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.

1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
The Affair by Lee Child
Aleph by Paulo Coelho
An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
Coup d'Etat by Ben Coes
The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black
Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
Ghost Hero by R.J. Rozan
Half Past Dawn by Richard Doetsch
His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander
It's Classified by Nicolle Wallace
A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
Luminous Airplanes by Paul Lafarge
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau
Tag Man by Archer Mayor

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Surrogate by Tania Carver

Wow! If you like a thriller that will keep you up all night, then this is the book for you! Unimaginable crimes, a bleak English setting, and short chapters make for a fast read you won't want to put down.

In The Surrogate, detective constable Phil Brenan has just walked into the fourth crime seen of a murdered pregnant woman. In the first few cases, the baby was cut out and left near the body, but now the baby has been removed from the victim's body. His team believes that there is a possibility the infant could still be alive, given the fact that the mother was almost to term, so every second that passes means an innocent child is in further danger.

Joining his team is criminal psychologist Marina, who believes the killer is not the detectives' main suspect. Even though their suspect has connections to several of the victims, he doesn't fit the profile. There is a good subplot here involving Phil and Marina, who first met on a previous case and were once lovers. There relationship fell apart when the case had comprised Marina's life. Marina, now pregnant, is in another relationship.

The plot skips around from Phil's team and his corrupt assistant, Clayton, to a woman named Hester who has the baby in her possession. Disturbing is the best word I can think of to describe Hester, and your palms will be sweating until you know the child's fate. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read what Carver has in store for her readers next.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare

Senator Reece Sheridan never expected to meet a woman like Kara McMillan. He is interested from the start even though she is a investigative journalist. Kara doesn't want to get her heart broken again. The last time was by her son Connor's father, who has nothing to do with them. Reluctantly Kara agrees to go on a date with Reece. She is surprised how much she enjoyed herself and wary of the feelings she is developing.

On the work front, Kara has been contacted by a whistle blower. The person has evidence of the company they work for is dumping toxic materials into drinking water. Kara follows the leads and finds disturbing results. One of those results is leading her right to Reece's door. Is he involved? One thing is for sure, Kara is making people angry. Angry enough to kill.

The I Team series is a great romantic suspense series. Extreme Exposure is book number one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Fiction for 9/20/11

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.

Getting Off by Lawrence Block
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
I'll See You in My Dreams by William Deverell
Lethal by Sandra Brown
Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
Son of Stone by Stuart Woods

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dying Scream by Mary Burton

The new owner of the Colonies, the Thornton estate bequeathed to Adrianna Barrington after the passing of her husband, required the family cemetery on the property be moved before he agreed to purchase the home. The sale of the home hits a snag when the grave diggers happen upon 2 bodies of young women in unmarked graves.

This is the perfect opportunity for Detective Gage Hudson to reopen the case of a missing women who he has always suspected was involved with Adrianna's husband, Craig, but he could never prove it. Adrianna swears she knew nothing of Craig's infidelity, but clearly someone wanted these women kept quiet.

The reader knows the killer calls himself Craig, as we get glimpses of the snuff films he is making with the women he abducts. The question is did Craig fake his own death, and if so, how? And if the killer isn't Craig, Burton puts suspicion in so many of the characters that when the story ends with a unexpected twist, even the most astute readers will be surprised.

The sex scenes are pretty mild, so this book should please many readers looking for a page-turning story and don't care about romantic elements. Those who like steamy sex with their suspense should look elsewhere.

This is also available for check out as an eBook from MyMediaMall.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Prey by Linda Howard

Angie Powell has lost. She has to sell her home and business and it is all Dare Callahan's fault. If he hadn't come back two years ago and opened his own wilderness business Angie wouldn't be in this mess. But he did and it doesn't help that everytime she sees him she gets butterflies. She has one last job to do and then she will worry. A repeat client, Chad Krugman, is bringing a business associate, Mitchell Davis, who wants to hunt a bear. Being terrified of bears doesn't help Angie but she needs the money.

Dare Callahan has a week off. But Harlan, a friend of Angie's and Dare's, has an uneasy feeling about Angie going into the woods with two strange men. So Dare reluctantly agrees to be in the same area as Angie and check up on her. After a day of fishing, Dare returns to his camp. While getting ready for the night Dare hears gunshots coming from Angie's camp. Dare gets his horse and takes off.

Angie is trying to sleep when she hears Chad and Mitchell arguing. As she goes to investigate a storm arrives. As she nears Chad and Mitchell, she watches as Chad shoots Mitchell and then turns the gun on her. She manages to get out of the way but knows she needs to get away. Before she can a black bear appears and attacks Mitchell's body. Chad runs off with the horses and Angie manages to get away before the bear scents her.

Now on the run from Chad and bear and in a terrifying storm, Angie must get to safety. Before she can Angie gets injured. Thinking she is all alone she is relieved when Dare finds her. Dare takes her back to his camp and they wait out the storm and plan how to get to safety since Chad and the bear aren't accounted for yet. Being stuck together, Dare and Angie will either work out their feelings for each other or kill each other. And before they get to safety there will be a final showdown between them, Chad and the bear.

Another fantastic book by Linda Howard. I love how she told the story from the point of view of everyone including the bear! I just wish Linda would write more than a book a year!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Fiction for 9/13/11

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.

Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb
The Blood Royal by Barbara Cleverly
Forbidden by Ted Dekker
Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
Hot Property by Michele Kleier
King of Badgers by Philip Hensher
Kings of Vice by Ice-T
Lassiter by Paul Levine
Light From a Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris
Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
Or the Bull Kills You by Jason Webster
Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman
There But for The by Ali Smith
The Vault by Ruth Rendell
Wife-in-Law by Haywood Smith

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mile 81 by Stephen King

This new story by Stephen King has been published in eBook format only. Unfortunately, Scribner (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) does not license their content for library lending. The only way to get this title is by shelling out the $2.99 to buy it from your eBook retailer. Although I did enjoy this quick and intense read, it probably is not worth the money for a 43 page book!

In Mile 81, too young to do bike jumps with his older brother and friends, Pete Simmons decides to seek his own danger by checking out the abandoned rest stop on a Maine expressway where all the teens hang out. In the deserted and dilapidated Burger King, he finds an awesome treasure, a half full bottle of vodka, which he proceeds to take shots of until he passes out on a stained mattress.

Meanwhile, Doug Clayton pulls into the rest stop when he sees a station wagon covered in mud with its front door left open. He is concerned the driver is hurt and is hoping he can help. What he doesn't know is that the car will take his life, and poor Mr Clayton won't be the last person whose life will end at the hands of this car.

This was such a good set-up for a full length novel, and I was disappointed to see it end so quickly. However, be on the look out for his novel coming out this fall called 11/22/63, which is about a man who travels back in time to prevent JFK's assassination. This should be something different from the prolific King.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Trace Rivers is undercover to stop Murray Coburn who runs a human trafficking operation. He is posing as Murray's bodyguard. Much to his annoyance a woman shows up and is insisting that she is Murray's daughter. This is one complication Trace didn't see coming and she could jeopardizes the entire operation.

Priscilla Patterson is out to kill Murray Coburn. The only way she can infiltrate his organization is to claim to be his daughter, which could be true. Priss wants revenge for what Murray did to her mother. She didn't count on Trace though. She knows he is more than a bodyguard. She even figured out he is undercover.

Now Trace has to keep Priss safe without blowing his cover. Easier said than done considering Priss is hellbent on killing Murray. Trace takes Priss to a safe house, his partner Dare's (When You Dare) place. While there, they regroup and come up with a plan to take down Murray. Trace will do anything to keep Priss safe even if it means risking his operation.

Another awesome book by Lori Foster! There's suspense, sex and great characters. What more can you ask for! Look for the next book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, Savor the Danger.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Fiction for 9/6/11

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.

Birds of Paradise by Diane Abu-Jaber
The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead
The Burning Soul by John Connolly
A Crack in Everything by Angela Gerst
I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck
The Mercy by Beverly Lewis
Murder in the 11th House by Mitchell Scott Lewis
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
The Perfect Suspect by Margaret Coel
Prey by Linda Howard
The Race by Clive Cussler
Sanctus by Simon Toyne
Second Nature by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Secret Obsession by Kimberly Lawson Roby
The Tale of Castle Cottage by Susan Wittig Albert
Trackers by Deon Meyer

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson

The first in Jackson's New Orleans series, Hot Blooded has just the right amount of hot sex scenes and complex plot threads to keep you on your toes. After returning from a disastrous Mexican holiday with ex-boyfriend David, Samantha, a.k.a "Dr. Sam," arrives home to find a sinister message on her machine and a publicity shot of her with the eyes blacked out in the mail.

The threats intensify when "John" calls into Sam's radio program, Midnight Confessions, informing her she will soon pay for her sins. To make matters worst, a second caller claims to be Annie Seger, a young girl who committed suicide nine years earlier. Annie was a scared, pregnant teenager who repeatedly called into Sam's show and who Sam couldn't convince to seek help for her problems before it was too late.

New, sexy neighbor Ty Wheeler is keeping an eye on Sam during the turmoil. He claims to be a struggling novelist, but harbors secrets that may just be related to Annie's suicide. Meanwhile, Rick Bentz, the detective who is looking into Sam's threats, is also investigating a string of murders involving prostitutes who are positioned in a praying position after death. Could these killings, which obviously have a religious tone, be connected to Dr. Sam's case?

This fast-paced story makes Jackson a good choice for fans of Karen Robards and Erica Spindler. I can't wait to read Cold Blooded, the next one in the series!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

In this seventh book of the series, Clare Fergusson returns to the upstate New York town of Millers Kill after an 18-month long tour of duty as a helicopter pilot in Iraq. Waiting for her are boyfriend Russ Van Alstyne (the local police chief) and her position as priest of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. The adjustment back to civilian life is difficult, and Clare tries to cope by joining a support group for veterans. But while Clare is very dedicated to caring for her parishioners, she does not adequately care for her own emotional and physical needs. She finds solace in an unfortunate over-reliance on alcohol and pills which she hides from the devoted Russ.

When Tally McNabb, a young woman from Clare's support group, is found dead in her swimming pool, the assumption is that the guilt of an affair during her stint in Iraq has led to her suicide. Clare is not convinced, however, and begins digging into the possibility that Tally was murdered. The mystery of Tally's death soon pulls in many threads from other characters and events in the novel, making the plot more multi-dimensional that it originally appears. There is also a tie to a character who figured prominently in an earlier book in the series, so you'll probably enjoy this book more if you've read the earlier entries.

Spencer-Fleming is a very good writer who sets a high standard for language, plot development and character development. She does an excellent job of exploring the difficulties faced by our returning veterans and, as always, draws us into the complex but loving relationship between Clare and Russ. The book ends with a hook that will definitely make you want to read the next entry in the series! I highly recommend this book for mystery fans who appreciate good writing and enjoy a dash of romance.