BOOK REVIEW OF “SOMEONE ELSE’S DAUGHTER” BY LINSEY LANIER


Someone Else's Daughter (Miranda's Rights, #1)

Genre: Murder Mystery / Suspense / Thriller 

Before I started the book, I went through some of the reviews in GoodReads. They were mixed ones with some negative current underlying. But having liked the blurb of the book, I thought of going ahead with it anyway. And that happened to be a wonderful choice for me.

There is nothing not to love in this book. Miranda Steele is a very believable character. The things that she has gone through in her past has only motivated her to get stronger and bolder in her attitude towards life. The “Steele” she has in her is only further enforced by her incessant liking for very hot peppers. She gets the break of her life by getting noticed by Wade Parker, who is a PI. The attraction between them is natural and goes well with the story.

The story is wholly focused on Miranda, with Wade getting some POVs in between. The central female character gives the story a better feel. The male character is also written in such a way as to give enough importance to him but not having him overshadow Miranda. This gives a very woman-centric theme to the book, which makes it enthralling.

The actual murder on which the mystery is based is also nicely scripted, although at times I felt the author wants the readers to figure out the killer way before the final reveal. I could guess the killer about 60% into the book and was proved right at the end, albeit in a very surprising way.

Linsay is a wonderful writer. She added enough witty comments in the book to make the reader literally laugh out loud in certain situations, thereby ensuring the story does not turn boring or monotonous. Her style of writing ensures that you cannot keep the book down till you reach the very end. I am looking forward to more wonderful cases with Miranda and Wade. They make a wonderful couple and are in perfect sync to solve mysteries.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Review of “Hurricane Force (Miss Fortune Mystery #7)” by Jana Deleon


Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the seventh book in the Miss Fortune series.

A force to be reckoned with…

During missions as a CIA assassin, Fortune Redding saw and overcame most every obstacle, but Sinful, Louisiana, keeps producing new challenges for her. When a hurricane blows through, it brings a shower of counterfeit money raining down on the tiny bayou town.

When the money is linked back to Ahmad, the arms dealer who issued the kill order on Fortune, everyone is worried that her nemesis is far too close for comfort. When Ahmad’s men turn up in Sinful, the situation becomes life-and-death for Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc learns Fortune’s true identity.

As Swamp Team 3 rushes to locate the counterfeiter, Fortune hopes to take down Ahmad and free herself from her fake life. But will her relationship with Carter make it now that he knows the truth?

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Thriller
My Review

Jana Deleon has never failed to impress me. But this time she has gone over and beyond impressing and went to outright fabulous. I have never fell in love with any of the other books more than this one. This is by far the best in the Fortune Redding series. This book caps it all in one go and takes the best to give.

Fortune Redding’s shield is almost blown off when it is rumoured that Ahmed might be looking at Sinful with new eyes. This definitely puts up Fortune, Ida bella and Gertie on high alert, but it also involves telling Carter the truth. The way all these are twisted and turned and brought out in this novel is a real amazing reading experience. You feel for Fortune and empathize with her at every step of the book. Every scene is emotionally connecting and every page ties you closer and closer to Fortune. By the end of the book, you will not be able to distinguish your own feeling from that of Fortune.

The book ended on a slightly sad note, but somehow, I do not see that as the end of that chapter. I have all the faith in Fortune, Ida Bella and Gertie to turn this situation around. But more than that, I trust Jana to bring out another miracle in her next book. There are no words how much I am waiting for her next one to come. Cozy Mystery has never become so addictive before.

Star Rating : 5 Stars
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Book Review of ” Tour de Trace” by Sharon L. Dean


Blurb

The younger cyclists who signed up for camping and biking along Mississippi’s Natchez Trace may think of Susan Warner as old. But she is no Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. Retired from teaching, she sports a lavender streak in her silver hair and, though she has the slowest mph, she can cover the distance. But when she steps out of her tent the first morning, only ten of her fellow cyclists appear. The eleventh has left a note saying that she will return later.
Later never happens. Instead, the riders discover the cyclist’s body stretched crucifixion style on an ancient Indian Mound.
With each turn of her bicycle wheel, Susan searches for the killer. Is it an ex-husband? The owner of a decrepit bed and breakfast? A snake handler? Or is it one of the cyclists? Her ride along the Natchez Trace pits New Englander Susan against an unfamiliar landscape and a murderer.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review

Tour d trace is a cozy mystery series book. The theme is interesting. the characters are defined. The relationship between mother and daughter was beautifully described. You could easily relate to the experience between them.

But it feels like the narration slacks somewhere in between. The story is properly laid out but it drags a lot toward the middle. There are a lot of points where the story could have been tighten up. Many times I could easily skip a few pages and still understand where the story was going. Many unnecessary explanation and examples with given which could have been avoided.

The mystery in itself was nice to read and ended with a nice closure, however if it was shorter, it would have been a better reading experience. Overall theme is good and is a perfect read for fast readers who can skip read through the story. 3.5 stars for the book

Book Review of “Aries Appointment (Celestial Mystery Book 1)” by Kathy T. Kale


Blurb

Four years after her baby is kidnapped from a Miami oceanfront estate, a grieving mother takes desperate action. Enter Morgan Sterling, a fourth generation astrologer who helps lost clients find their way. Teaming up with Daniel Kane, a blundering police detective, the pair track a cold twisted trail where nothing is as it seems, and facts are muddied by rumors and lies. Crisscrossing South Florida, the investigators stir up secrets like a stick stirs snakes. Along the way, the duo reopen old wounds that land them in the pit of their own darkness. The Aries Appointment is about a search for meaning and truth on many levels. It is the first novel in the Celestial Mystery series.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review
The entire book has been great reading experience. Even though there are a lot of cases in between of Morgan which is not related to the case or incidents with neighbors which are also not related, they still give a nice background to the character and the story. You cannot help like the lead character and also gain a slightest insight into astrology.
There were slight instances where certain story lines were kept open and left to explore. But then considering it is part 1 of Cosmic Mystery series, I am hoping for something more to come up soon. I am in love with Morgan and absolutely looking forward to more of her adventures with Daniel.
The story does not lack anything at all. It is perfection in its definition. A wonderful read through and through, it is a must read for any mystery lover and / or astrological fiction lover.
Star Rating : 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Soldiers of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery #6)” by Jana Deleon


Blurb

When Celia Arceneaux was elected mayor of Sinful, Louisiana, Fortune Redding expected trouble. The woman has an unmatched talent for making the worst of any situation, especially if it means getting revenge on her sworn enemies Ida Belle and Gertie.

At the Fourth of July celebration, an explosion rocks Sinful and it’s not from fireworks. Most people assume it was a moonshine still, but when evidence points to a meth lab deep in the bayous of Sinful, Fortune realizes how dire the situation is for the tiny town. With Carter on medical leave and no one left at the sheriff’s department who can handle the investigation, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie decide to take matters into their own hands.

This is (another) mission for Swamp Team 3.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
My Review

This time Jana DeLeon came back and came back strong. After the two previous books having slightly slacked in story line, this one is brilliantly amusing and adventurous to cope up with the series. Celia has gone far too much ahead with her Mayorship and the new Sheriff is also up to no good. But when a meth lab threatens to open up in Sinful, the Swamp Snipers take it upon themselves to clean the city. Gertie, Ida Belle and Fortune are truly hilarious all through the story. Not even once does it go slow at all.

Right from start to end, it is fun filled and entertaining. It takes mark on all the parameters to be measured. The story line is beautiful, the characters are wonderful, the story is hilarious and the mystery is captivating. A beautiful cozy mystery

Star Rating : 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Clipped” by Patricia Curren


Blurb

Fourteen-year-old Kendra Morgan finds herself in the fight of her life when she sees her murdered friends hair clip in a strangers pocket and becomes consumed with finding the killer.

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Suspense
My Review
The story was catching right from the first go. Kendra Morgan is not a regular 14-year-old. She is mature for her age and also adventurous. Her dedication and enthusiasm with she and her friend goes along the mystery brings back the memory of Nancy Drew or Enid Blyton series very fondly. The story is engrossing right from the first page.
The character building and story telling is an art which Patricia truly gets. The suspense builds all through the book and never once does it slack anywhere. The tension is built throughout the book with slight humor and enough energy to keep the reader hooked. The climax at the end and the epilogue is brilliantly woven and smartly written. There is enough creep to keep you engaged but solved pretty fast to make you feel good about the character and the story.
Patricia Curren is a brilliant writer and an epic story-teller. I am definitely looking forward to more of her books.
Here are some of the notes I made while reading the book
Almost 30% down in the book and the story is really interesting. Two 14-year-old detectives and there is also a side track from the killer’s perspective. Although it’s a typical way of writing, the story is interesting. A bit of a Nancy Drew in a modern way. The formatting initially is slightly off but that might be because the format of the book was changed to suit my e-reader. But the story is engrossing right from the first page
Really brilliant story. It was catchy till the very last page. No slack at all anywhere. The character building, the story line, narration, everything felt perfect. Cannot believe this is a debut novel.
Star Rating : 5 Stars
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