#BookReview “The Web They Wove (Tangled Web, Book 2)” by Catherine Yaffe


5/5 Stars!

Book two of the Tangled Web Series focuses not only on the brutal kidnappings and murders of young women but also on DI Andrew “Ziggy” Thorne and his Major Investigations team.

The team is barely finished with one case when they start the next one… the body of a murdered young woman found in the park. Evidence proves the woman was killed in the park and her body left in a spot where it would be found quickly.

Progress is slow as leads are few. Ziggy is frustrated. Though his team is held in high regard in the department, it doesn’t stop his micromanaging boss from breathing down his neck, threatening to bring in another homicide team.

However, the stakes rise when another woman goes missing and she’s the best friend of the first victim.

Ziggy’s personal life isn’t ideal and his commitment to his job often gets in the way of spending time with his seven-year-old son. His ex-wife, Rachel, has no problem telling him what an awful father he is.

Deftly written, this read is written in multiple POVs, including the killer’s, who could not only be the poster child for mental illness but is just plain evil.

I enjoyed the satisfying ending until I was gobsmacked by the lead-in to book three. Are you kidding me? I need that book now! HA!

Great addition to the series! I’m definitely Team Ziggy!

Enjoy!

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Not all killers are who they first seem…

The mutilated body of a young female is found in a popular recreation ground in Leeds city centre. DI Ziggy Thornes and his team are at once assigned to close the case.

With little to no forensic evidence left at the scene at first Ziggy struggles to put the pieces together. When a second body turns up in the same place, Ziggy starts to feel the pressure from his bosses and the media as fear spreads through the city.

Realising that victims have been held captive prior to their deaths, Ziggy delves deeper and relentlessly chases down every lead, taking him close to breaking point.

When the investigation leads him dangerously close to home, will time run out before the tangled web of evil he’s uncovered destroys everything he holds dear?

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#BookReview “Dr. Glass: A psychologically layered story of revenge and grief (Glass Minds Series Book 1)” by Louise Worthington

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4/5 Stars!

This quirky, psychological read kept me turning pages as I tried to decide who was more broken, doctor or patient.

Emma-Jane Glass is a by-the-book psychologist. She has a true desire to help others deal with trauma and loss, but her determination to always maintain a disconnected, professional distance from her patients is over-the-top and she comes off as cold and clinical.

However, when she feels a mother who kills her young son and herself is being villainized, she pens an article sympathetic to the mother she feels is misunderstood. While she means well, I believe it shows Emma-Jane possesses her own streak of narcissism… or arrogance at the very least. Unfortunately, the doctor has no moderate switch, so when she goes in the other direction, it doesn’t end well.

After losing his wife and son in a similar fashion, Drew Rogers sees the article and plots to become Emma-Jane’s patient to kidnap and fix her backward thinking.

I felt bad for Drew… at first but then realized if I looked up narcissist in the dictionary, he’d be there. Nothing is his fault. Ever. He’s always the victim. Even the deaths of his wife and child are something that was done to him. When he takes Emma-Jane hostage, these two are an accident looking for a place to happen.

I was also sympathetic to AJ, one of Drew’s handymen, until I wasn’t. He and Kat, a young woman Drew has a fling with, and another narcissist, got off much too easily.

The story’s bright spot for me is Lucy, a longtime friend of Emma-Jane’s who sets up her first office as a nutritionist in Emma-Jane’s building.

While the young woman needs to work on her self-confidence, especially after she’s shaken by the death of a patient’s boyfriend, she’s still the only one in the story with a clue.

For a story that does not include a serial killer, Dr. Glass has a high body count. I’m looking forward to book 2. What else could happen?

An excellent start to a new series!

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Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else?

When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair.

Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed.

Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel’s Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow.

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#BookReview “Aftermath” by Terri Blackstock

May 10 – June 4, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Everyone needs a friend like Jamie Powell.

How many friends would come to your defense after not speaking for fifteen years? How many friends would represent you when you’re a suspect in a bombing that killed a third-party presidential candidate… and twenty-six other people, AND you’re found with a trunk full of explosives?

Jamie did all these things and more for childhood friend and first crush, Dustin Webb, in this slow-build Christian suspense.

Dustin’s life free-falls into chaos when an anonymous tip leads to his arrest moments after a bombing. Though hesitant at first, Dustin calls the one person who’s always believed in him, knowing he’s got some tough questions to face about his fifteen-year absence.

An intriguing plot that’s as much character analysis as it is suspense, Aftermath focuses on relationships.

A man of faith, Dustin’s relationship with God, gives him the courage to face the notoriety of being a suspected domestic terrorist while trying to support his best friend and business partner, Travis Grey, whose wife is losing her battle against leukemia. He’ll also have to explain to Jamie why the troubled young boy who lived next door never looked back after joining the military.

Jamie’s faith has fallen by the wayside since losing her husband to a drug overdose, but Dustin’s case along with meeting Travis’ wife, Crystal, leads her to reach out to God in prayer and reconnect.

Learning the truth behind the bombing brings Dustin relief and pain, but his relief is short-lived when the police don’t believe him and the bomber won’t confess. And, he doesn’t know that a young woman who survived the bombing but lost two good friends is stalking him, determined to get her own brand of justice.

Jamie and Dustin are likable characters in this well-written read where religion is not a weapon but a comfort.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

 

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.”
—Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.”
—Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 11th 2021

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 0310348587 (ISBN13: 9780310348580)

Series: Aftermath is a stand-alone novel

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#BookReview “Aftermath” by Terri Blackstock

May 10 – June 4, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Everyone needs a friend like Jamie Powell.

How many friends would come to your defense after not speaking for fifteen years? How many friends would represent you when you’re a suspect in a bombing that killed a third-party presidential candidate… and twenty-six other people, AND you’re found with a trunk full of explosives?

Jamie did all these things and more for childhood friend and first crush, Dustin Webb, in this slow-build Christian suspense.

Dustin’s life free-falls into chaos when an anonymous tip leads to his arrest moments after a bombing. Though hesitant at first, Dustin calls the one person who’s always believed in him, knowing he’s got some tough questions to face about his fifteen-year absence.

An intriguing plot that’s as much character analysis as it is suspense, Aftermath focuses on relationships.

A man of faith, Dustin’s relationship with God, gives him the courage to face the notoriety of being a suspected domestic terrorist while trying to support his best friend and business partner, Travis Grey, whose wife is losing her battle against leukemia. He’ll also have to explain to Jamie why the troubled young boy who lived next door never looked back after joining the military.

Jamie’s faith has fallen by the wayside since losing her husband to a drug overdose, but Dustin’s case along with meeting Travis’ wife, Crystal, leads her to reach out to God in prayer and reconnect.

Learning the truth behind the bombing brings Dustin relief and pain, but his relief is short-lived when the police don’t believe him and the bomber won’t confess. And, he doesn’t know that a young woman who survived the bombing but lost two good friends is stalking him, determined to get her own brand of justice.

Jamie and Dustin are likable characters in this well-written read where religion is not a weapon but a comfort.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

 

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.”
—Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.”
—Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 11th 2021

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 0310348587 (ISBN13: 9780310348580)

Series: Aftermath is a stand-alone novel

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#BookReview “Beyond The Headlines” by R.G. Belsky

~ May 1-31, 2021 Tour ~

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5/5 Stars!

Clare Carlson is back!

After attempting to interview Laurie Bateman, a world-famous supermodel and actress accused of killing her wealthy husband, the Channel 10 news director slips back on her investigative journalist hat.

It isn’t just another celebrity marriage that ended badly. Laurie was already planning to file for divorce and proclaims her innocence. When Clare does interview Laurie from her jail cell, she exposes the lies behind her marriage that link back more than fifty years to the Vietnam War.

Laurie’s story explodes and garners headlines and public sympathy. She becomes the poster girl for women’s rights, and though the case against her appears to be air-tight, Clare believes in her innocence and nose dives deep into Laurie’s case to vindicate the woman.

More murders occur, leading Clare to question everything, including Laurie’s innocence, and her own personal ethics.

I’m a big Clare Carlson fan. The super-smart Pulitzer Prize winner missed her calling. She should have been a cop. Not just because of her investigative skills, but because of her knack for seeing the bigger picture. She doesn’t focus on the crime, murder, or story at hand, but also the situations and people connected to it regardless of time-span.

But then again, maybe not as her reasoning can be influenced by her emotional past and lead her to make some mega-bad decisions. But Clare is super sharp and rebounds nicely, most of the time.  With her determination to follow the story, she can be annoying, judgmental, arrogant, and wrong. In a word… human. So, it’s easy to forgive her bad moments when she shines so brightly during the great ones.

It’s also easy to feel sorry for Clare. Some of her worst decisions revolve around her love life, including three failed marriages and her tendency to get involved with unavailable men. However, best friend, Janet, as well as new friend Nick, and the growing new relationship with her daughter, all have a positive effect and influence on her.

The author’s knowledge of the news industry and blending of popular culture, current events, and folks known because of their celebrity and/or notoriety, masterfully blurs the line between fiction and reality, and contributes to this suspense thriller being a one-sitting read.

The nice, twisty ending is delicious, and again has Clare one step ahead of law enforcement. Just when I thought it was over, it wasn’t… not by any means.

Beyond the Headlines is another winner in the Clare Carlson mystery series.

Enjoy!

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Reviewer’s Note: All four books in the Clare Carlson series are on sale for a limited time. You need to grab this series!

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Synopsis:

She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail

Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country’s top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband.

New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women’s rights groups around the country.

At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War.

Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Published by: Oceanview Publishing

Publication Date: May 4th 2021

Number of Pages: 336

ISBN: 160809409X (ISBN13: 9781608094097)

Series: The Clare Carlson Mystery Series, 4 (This can be read as a stand alone mystery.)

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#BookReview “Prisoner” by Ross Greenwood

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5/5 Stars!

What a gritty, raw, and realistic read!

It’s obvious prison is no bed of roses for inmates, but Prisoner tells how prison staff can have just as many issues!

Guard Jim Dalton is a good man who tries to do the right things for the right reasons. However, with a job that’s mentally and physically exhausting, young children, and an unhappy wife, even good men are tempted.

But he’s not the only one—though I’m not sure how good some of the others are— as most of Jim’s coworkers have it just as bad, if not worse, but as none of them are really friends, I learned of their fates after the fact.

An excellent read on the dynamics of a marriage, coworkers, tenuous friendships, and being at odds with one’s own conscience.

But it’s day-to-day prison life and the consequences of one’s actions that make this a stellar read.

I wasn’t always happy with some of the characters—I’m looking at you, Billie—and had very little sympathy for others—whatever, Lavinia—but this was still a great read I do recommend!

Enjoy!

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Behind bars, the rules are different…

Prison Officer Jim Dalton is used to walking the landings on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect.

When a relative is sent to the jail, Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison. His next shift is so easy, he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.

But when he is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple.  As every day passes, and he gets to know the women better, he is slowly drawn in to new temptations, new traps and a new nightmare. One which could destroy everything.

Taking a break from his bestselling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking, page-turning, and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women’s prison. From a man who walked the landings himself…

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#BookReview “The Hashtag Killer (The Detective Jen Flowers Series Book 1)” by A. S. French

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5/5 Stars!

I was glued to this read from page one.

We meet the rather pathetic Evan Ripley. I thought he was on his way to a date. Then things got creepy when he sounded more like a stalker. Before the chapter ended, I pegged Evan as the killer. But it wasn’t long before I was like wait a minute! WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Suddenly The Hashtag Killer became a bumpy ride. A very bumpy ride.

Told in multiple points of view, each one aids in weaving a great plot together while getting to know the characters.

DI Jen Flowers is the perfect lead character… because she isn’t perfect. Her past is ugly, and her present isn’t rosy as she struggles to be a good cop and a good mother, and she’s failing at one of the two badly.

Social media and the Internet are the backdrop for the story… in all its good and bad. From overnight sensations and trends to mob mentality to stalkers and sexual predators, the killer depends on the lightning-fast sharing of information to further his gruesome crusade.

Tight suspense and a great ending prove Jen Flowers is up to the job of unmasking a killer, and that this read is not one to miss.

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DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter.

Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights.

Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing.

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#BookReview “Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan

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5/5 stars!

Blood Loss is a page-turner from the beginning, and the suspense never eases up.

Sarah is running, trying to get away from something. Her fear leaps off the page! She’s bruised, battered, and covered in blood, and someone is dead.

Jenna wants to run, but in a different way for a different reason. Having recently lost her father, Jenna has a mother who isn’t dealing well with the loss and a controlling sister. All she wants to do is travel the world and take care of animals, but her low-paying jobs and disapproving, unsupportive family keep her dreams out of reach.

DI Dave Paton is a capable investigator with aspirations of rising in rank. With a wife plagued by depression and a teenage son with Downs Syndrome, Paton’s familial obligations hinder him from focusing on his career. He’s not bitter, though he wishes his bosses would take notice and acknowledge the good work he does do.

Paton will get his wish though, as he sorts out a murder with an unidentified victim. Lives will collide as a murderer tries to hide and long-buried secrets come to light in this well-written read of suspense and mystery.

Enjoy!

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SYNOPSIS

Sarah

With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.

Jenna

With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.

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#BookReview “Murder: It’s All in Your Head” by Cynthia Hilston

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4/5 Stars!

Emotionally and physically beaten and abused as a child, Helen Hawkins “blacks out” to avoid the horrors. What she at first believes to be daydreams, she realizes are the minds/bodies of other people.  Others who have easier lives where they’re loved and wanted.

Unlike her.

The death of the mother she loved, yet despised for not protecting her, and rejection from the only person she ever fell in love with leave Helen alone with her abuser… her minister father. She also has a new ability. She no longer suffers blackouts, but instead can possess the minds/bodies of others. Furious at never having the love and compassion so many take for granted, Helen will use her “gift” to “escape” and exact revenge on her father… and many others over the next one hundred years.

When two of her victims meet up in a mental hospital, they struggle to come to grips with who they are, especially when no one believes them, but their biggest obstacle is stopping Helen. Is it even possible?

Reminiscent of Denzel Washington’s Fallen, instead of possession by an ageless demon, this mind-bending thriller uses the endless abuses a young girl suffers to not only take her from her own mind (and body) but also make her the villain who wants others to suffer as she did. But could taking over the life of another teenage girl give Helen back her humanity or lead to her own personal hell… again?

Cassie/Randy/Jimmy are some of the well-written characters Helen interacts with who give this read its heart, along with a special mention for nurse Nora.

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Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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#BookReview “Hit Or Miss” by Jeff Markowitz

April 1-30, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Amidst the controversy of the war in Vietnam, anti-war demonstrations, the growing fight for women’s rights, and a generational divide, a woman is murdered in her bed. Her death is believed to have happened in a burglary gone wrong and is on its way to becoming a closed case.

Things don’t seem so open and shut when Detective Stanley Miller finds out of the cause of death and the investigation heads in a new direction. Miller has his hands full not just with sorting the case without stepping on toes, but also the dead woman, Rosalie Bayard, was the mother of his son’s girlfriend, Emily.

He and his son, Ben, aren’t getting along right now and he believes Emily and her liberal ideals are partly to blame.

However, the Miller family issues pale in comparison to the Bayard’s when the investigation points to Emily’s father being involved in her mother’s death.

I figured out the details because actions speak louder than words, but it was also easy to see how a killer could go undetected.

Favorite character was Ben’s mom. While not high-profile in the story, when she got her fifteen minutes of fame, she was all, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille,” and ran with it! HA!

Nice twisty read with well-developed characters in a time when society was trying to hold on to… or find its identity.

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Synopsis:

 

When you’re twenty-one years old, it can be hard, under the best of circumstances, to balance the expectations of your father and the desires of your girlfriend. For Ben Miller and his girlfriend Emily Bayard, circumstances are far from perfect.

Emily’s mother has been murdered. Ben’s father, a detective in Dutch Neck, catches the case. It’s not long before evidence suggests that Emily’s father may be responsible for the death of his wife.

Set against the backdrop of the cultural and political unrest associated with the war in Viet Nam, Emily and Ben find themselves attracted by the politics and lifestyle of the counter-culture.

As Detective Miller conducts the homicide investigation and Dr. Bayard attempts to keep an affair with his secretary secret, everyone else in the town of Dutch Neck that summer of 1970 has the same question.

Who is responsible for the death of Rosalie Bayard?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: WiDo Publishing

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Number of Pages: 278

ISBN: 9781947966482

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