Sep 042016

When a charter plane carrying Cork O’Connor’s wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, Cork must accept the terrible truth that his wife is gone forever. But is she? In Heaven’s Keep, celebrated author William Kent Krueger puts his intrepid hero through the most harrowing mission of his life.

Months after the tragedy, two women show up on Cork’s doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo’s plane was not the man he claimed to be. It may not be definitive proof, but it’s a ray of light in the darkness surrounding Cork’s loss. Agreeing to investigate, he travels to Wyoming, where he battles the interference of local law enforcement who may be on the take, the open hostility of the Northern Arapaho, who have much to lose if the truth is known, and the continuing attempts on his life by assassins who shadow his every move.

At the center of all the danger and deception lies the possibility that Jo’s disappearance was not the end of her, that somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, maybe even in the broad shadow of Heaven’s Keep itself, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him.

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Aug 222016

I think all the characters in this book either began to channel their teenage selves, are constantly black-out drunk or have lost their minds. I’m enjoying the story, especially the villain, but the interactions between characters are head-scratchingly bizarre. Everyone is moody, angry and stomping around like fit throwing teenagers. 

Strange that I’m still enjoying the story and I already want to read the next one in the series. I just hope the characters calm down some in the next book.

I’m reading them out of order so maybe there’s something in the book before this one that explains the actions of the characters in Black notice

Patricia Cornwell delivers a high-stakes Kay Scarpetta novel with an intrigue that will take Kay an ocean’s length from home. The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving from Belgium at Richmond’s Deep Water Terminal is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway.

The autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. But the victim’s personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France, where she receives critical instructions: Go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission. It is a mission that could ruin her career.

In a story that careens across international borders, Black notice puts Dr. Kay Scarpetta directly in harm’s way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk.

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May 202014

I don’t usually share what I’m currently reading to social media (those posts sit all lonely and unread on my blog), but this time is different. It isn’t often that I get to read a book by not only someone that I know, but someone that I respect and made an impact on my life.

Conrad Jestmore, or Mr. J as we called him, was my forensics coach and drama teacher in high school. Not only did he open a whole new world of expression for me, but I learned that I had a passion for acting. I became more bold, less introverted and could accept criticism (better than I could before) through my acting exploits. I have many fond memories of my time spent in forensics. Even though I wasn’t very good, I had fun and stuck with it every year.

Most importantly, Mr. J introduced me to authors and playwrights that fueled my imagination and strengthened my real love, writing. Under his tutelage, I discovered amazing writers like Eudora Welty, poets like Edgar Lee Masters and playwrights like Jean-Paul Sartre  just to list a few. I asked for suggested reading not from my English teachers who almost always suggested the same classics and authors, but from Mr. J because he gave me suggestions that seemed more obscure and more entertaining to me. Why read about a man in a boat with page after page of exposition when I could read poetry of people speaking from the dead?!

I’ve always wondered about Mr. J’s creative endeavors and I’m excited that I get the chance to read River of MurderHis second book, Fields of Death, is sitting on my desk just waiting for me to finish the first.

Jimmy O’Reilly, ex-cop and failed P.I., returns to his small Kansas hometown on the Arkansas River to find peace, but instead finds a family friend murdered. Only problem, no one believes it is murder. As a reluctant investigator, O’Reilly stumbles on an international drug scheme, and in the process has to face his demons from the past. A trail of murders up and down the river leads O’Reilly back to the big city and its violent underworld of crime. It also brings into question his ability to not only find the truth, but to come to terms with his wife’s death and at the same time protect an innocent teenager from the danger.

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Nov 112013

Detective Deirdre O’Malley thinks she’s got the best of both worlds in Hidden Lake. An old-fashioned, no-crime small town set right in the middle of busy Fort Lauderdale. But then there’s a murder. Anna Lemont is the first victim – a friend to most of Hidden Lake’s psychic community. Who’s the killer? Deirdre is wondering about a very competitive TV talk-show psychic. She is zeroing in on Anna’s philandering lover, a man with his own secrets. She is backing away from her former lover, a lieutenant on the police force. And Deirdre is talking, repeatedly, to Gary Lukas, Anna’s best friend, a psychic whose scientifically monitored out-of-body travels on the night of the murder landed him, almost indisputably, in the killer’s mind. Deirdre is a rational woman. But in this gripping novel of non-stop suspense, no one, not even a straight-thinking cop, can afford to doubt the validity of certain psychic phenomena. Not in Hidden Lake. Not when the killing continues.

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