The Mystery of Jessica Benson

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The Mystery of Jessica Benson by C.K. Laurence

Thoughts Before Reading:

I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Synopsis:

Jessica Benson is a beautiful young woman who every guy wants and every girl wishes she could be.

At the moment she is the girlfriend of the Miami team quarterback, Kyle Sands. When he first met Jessica he fell for her hard.

But since then he realizes that she is not the person for him. There are too many differences and she treats him like crap. He’s done.

Jessica stats a big argument and makes a huge scene. Kyle leaves her at her house, feeling older and wiser.

The next day Detective Karen Brandt is viewing Jessica’s dead body and investigating the case. A case that leads her to her brother’s old pal and her old crush, Kyle Sands.

It’s up to Karen to solve this case. Kyle insists he is innocent but is he? Will she be able to keep her old feelings out of it? Will she discover the truth?

Hmm…

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated this book.

I thought that it was boring, the characters were hard to connect to, and after wasting my time reading the first few chapters I just quit and couldn’t continue.

I wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it.wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it. I don’t know how many times I can right that. PASS ON IT!

Don’t read it!

For more female police officers, go to Triple Six

For more not in a series mysteries, go to The Night Sister

For more Miami mysteries, go to Snagged

The Man in the Queue

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The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant #1) by Josephine Tey

Thoughts Before Reading:

This book was published in 1929 and is the first of Britain’s Inspector Alan Grant mysteries by Elizabeth MacKintosh, aka Josephine Tey. This was the first book Tey ever wrote, doing so to enter a competition.

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Plot Synopsis:

Everyone is in line to see the amazing Ray Marcable in her last show in Britain. After tonight she will be heading to America to Hollywood.

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One man decides to help a man who has fallen, and it turns out that the guy has been murdered.

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Everyone freaks out and wants to leave, but the police come round and take people on for questioning.

1944: Dana Andrews puts the spotlight on Gene Tierney during the interrogation scene of the film noir, 'Laura', directed by Otto Preminger.

Supposedly no one saw anything, so it is up to Inspector Grant to find out who killed this man, and why Ray Marcable seems to be in the middle of it.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t like this book at all.

I don't think this really added to the story.

I thought the style it was written in was horrible and made it hard to connect to.

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I thought Inspector Grant was good, but the rest of the characters not so much. The mystery was boring and easily solvable.

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For more mysteries about police solving crimes, go to Ashes to Ashes

For more English mysteries, go to Death Comes to Pemberley

For more mystery reviews, go to B is for Burglar

Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes (A Kovac and Liska Mystery #1) by Tami Hoag

This wasn’t the first I read in the series, that being The Bitter Season, but as I have to review them in order I’m starting with Ashes to Ashes.

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Plot Synopsis:

Minneapolis has a firebug, that is a an arsonist, nicknamed The Cremator. He has been killing prostitutes, destroying all witnesses so the police had nothing: but now things have changed. He’s been witnessed by prostitute and teenage runaway, Angie DiMarco.

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Looks like we just caught a break.

But Angie isn’t talking.

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Ar first they hope to rattle her by threatening jail, but when that does no good Kate Conlan, ex-FBI, gets called in to handle their victim/witness.

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To up the  ante even further, the Cremator has chosen to abduct the daughter of billionaire Peter Bondurant.

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Now not only are the police being pushed to solve this crime, but Bondurant has used his connections to bring in FBI whiz and looker, Special Agent John Quinn. Who wouldn’t you know it, has a past with Kate that she’d rather keep silent.

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As Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are on the case, aided by Quinn and Kate. But as they start investigating they find a lot of strange and suspicious things.

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Peter Bondurant isn’t acting like the normal bereaved father, hardly being involved but instead sending his lawyer to ask/answer questions? What’s the story on that?

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Why would the cremator break habit? Why stray from his routine?

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I wonder…

Something about the missing girl’s best friend seems off as well. They didn’t seem to be the type to run in the same circles, why are they together?

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The house they send Angie to to protect her also has an odd couple running it. And it happens that they are connected to the three previous dead girls. Could they possibly be involved?

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Through the frenzy, hysteria, dead ends, a can of worms, and politics; Kate discovers that this Cremator is set out for one big finish, with Kate as his star player.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was a fantastic mystery; gripping, incredible, and just mind blowing.

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I thought I had it all figured out…was completely wrong.

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However, while this book was good, I liked The Bitter Season better. I liked that the characters that were already established, and as much as I like Kate; I enjoy the Kovac/Liska partnership better. They just complete each other so well.

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And while I did enjoy this book, let me warn you it is not for the faint of heart. It can be graphic at times in descriptions and language.

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But otherwise it was very enjoyable.

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For more mystery reviews, go to A Taste of Fame

Jenna’s Journey

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Jenna’s Journey (A Greek Island Mystery #1), by Julie Ryan

Jenna is a middle-aged woman who has just realized that after all her years of marriage she and her husband the two want very different things, that she hates her job, and that she wants to live her dreams.

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She decides to flee from foggy England, to sunny Greece, taking the ultimate vacation.

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As she enjoys her vacation tour, she is accidentally mistaken as a mule for an antiquity smuggling ring, and finds herself at the top of the ruthless leader’s hit list.

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As Jenna unknowingly walks down a path of danger she becomes the object of two men’s attention: the handsome, Greek, Nikos and the attractive, British Tom. While both men seem nice and interesting, Jenna is not sure whom she can trust; is Nikos really as nice as he seems or just looking for another tourist to add to his accomplishments? Tom seems to have picked Jenna out from the beginning of the tour, but while seeming like a great guy there is definitely something he is hiding. But what? Is anything in Greece really as it seems?

Very fishy

Twenty years later, Jenna’s daughter Allie visits Greece to put to rest the ghosts of her mother’s past, but is she prepared for what she will find out?

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Pair that with a cold case crime, and a detective that is intent of solving the murder.

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Thoughts After Reading:

Unfortunately, this book was not quite all it promised to be.

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While it does involve a mystery and international smuggling scheme, that is actually a rather small plot point in the scheme of the novel. The smuggling is brought in, and deeply captures the reader’s attention as they wonder about what will happen next; but it is quickly stalled, forgotten, and sewn up with a bow in the end.

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Come on.

What the novel really turns out to be is a story of a women going to a foreign place, finding a foreign lover, and learning “about herself and what she what she wants to do with her life”, ending up with said lover and living in that foreign country. Now that type of story isn’t bad, but I was sorely disappointed as from the summary I expected something quite different.

It's not what was promised.

It’s not what was promised.

The character of Jenna was interesting and enjoyable as I thought the author presented a realistic character in a woman disappointed with life and making a change, yet still doubting herself and leaving the familiar. I also thought the way the she fought with herself over whether to leave her husband or return to work things out was also done well.

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Jenna has serious problems with her husband, and his emotional abuse, but at the same time still remembers the good they had together and wonders if she may be reacting too quickly.

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The only thing that I could not stand was the way the author wrote the Jenna and Nikos’ romance. In the book, Tom is a sweet, nice, handsome guy from England with a great job in antiquities. It seems as if he isn’t being one hundred percent honest about his job, but maybe he is just trying to sound more interesting.

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However, Jenna finds him so questionable and wants to avoid him as he is “too interested” in her, meaning there must be something wrong with him. But the equally enigmatic Nikos is viewed “more honest” by Jenna and the man she decides to go away with.

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Author if you want your heroine with the sexy, Greek guy; just be honest and say that is why. Don’t try and convince your reader it is about his “personality” or something, when we can see right through that, you want the “exciting” one.

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The Allie part of the story doesn’t have that much of an impact on the novel, being more of a footnote than anything else.

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The same goes for the detective, who is given a great build up of character, but the author lacked in the follow through, having hardly doing any detecting but having the answer just given to him.

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I didn’t really enjoy this story and would give it two out of five stars.

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For more book reviews, go to Where Are You Now?

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In other news, this is my 100th post! Yay!

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Grime and Punishment

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Grime and Punishment (Jane Jeffry #1) by Jill Churchill

Thoughts Before Reading:

So the first book I read in this series was From Here to Paternity. I got it for free from the library and hated it (more on that later). For some strange reason I thought I would give the first book a go to see if it was good, and when I read it, I loved it!

As you might have guessed, all the books in the series are reworking of famous films/literature. This one is of Crime and Punishment.

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The story is that widowed Jane Jeffry is doing a great job raising her kids. She has hidden from them the real reason dad was out that night when a car crashed into him, is there for her kids in carpooling, cooking, cleaning, supporting; but even supermoms need a little help.

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She’s supported by her husbands life insurance and interests, letting her be a stay at home mom, and she can even afford a cleaning lady to come in. When her usual person retires, she and her best friend Shelley, the next-door-neighbor, manage to score the best cleaning lady in the neighborhood.

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On the day of the new cleaning lady’s fist day, it is also one of Shelley’s legendary PTA parties. Fed up with people always bringing the same thing, no main courses, and at least one poorly done meal, she now assigns each mother a specific dish, one they can drop off early in the day so everything is ready to go at meeting time. Everyone is used to this and Shelley just leaves her door open as she trusts her neighbors and the cleaning lady will be there.

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That day Jane stops by early to see Shelley, and finds out that their new cleaning lady called in sick. Replaced this morning by another cleaner, who from far away and behind, looks just like her.

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Jane and Shelley visit, when Jane realizes she forgot to make her dish. She helps some other ladies drop off food, cleans up from the morning, runs around doing errands and finding ingredients. When she has everything completed, she goes to drop off the salad, happy to have made it under the wire. When she gets home she gets a call from Shelley. It turns out the cleaning lady is dead

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The police come and start the investigation, one sexy detective paying Jane a lot of attention. In fact they all pay her a lot of attention, thinking she is highly suspect in the cleaning lady’s murder.

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It soon is figured out that the murder meant to kill the original cleaning lady, Edith, rather than the replacement. It turns out Edith is very nosy, and her urge to snoop has netted her something big, and a death wish.

Jane is on the case to figure out who the killer is and clean up her neighborhood. Hopefully she can sweep up the answers before she is the next victim.

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Thoughts After Reading:

In some ways it was very similar to Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, the cleaning woman is nosy and discovers a real tidbit, being murdered for it; but in other ways it is very enjoyable. I loved it so much I had a hard time putting it down, eager to discover which suburbanite is the murderer and what really happened the night Jane’s husband died.

I encourage you to read it as it was fantastic. Yes:

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For more mystery reviews, go to A Stitch Before Dying

The Black Echo

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The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly

I actually wasn’t too interested in this book but read it because I wanted to read one later in the series, but though it best to start at the beginning.

Harry is a LAPD Detective and is called in when a body is found in a dam.

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Things become personal for him when he discovers that the dead body is Billy Meadows, a fellow tunnel rat, those who performed underground search and destroy missions, during the Vietnam War.

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Now it’s personal for Harry and he is going to find the killer no matter what.

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Thoughts after reading:

As you can tell from my short description, I didn’t like this book.

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I thought it was boring and found myself unable to connect to the characters or the author’s style. Zero stars from me.

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For the previous book review, go to Candy for Christmas