The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Joona Linna Book 3

DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.

So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.

In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.

Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?

We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!

Good Job on the translations too!

Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018

 

 

 

LOST LAKE by EMILY LITTLEJOHN

Lost Lake (Detective Gemma Monroe, #3)

Detective Gemma Monroe #3

An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

Lost Lake. A beautiful hidden gem close to the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. The history of the lake and the history of the town are closely linked. A beautiful place, popular with campers and hikers in the summer. In the winter it’s a very different and unsettling place.

It’s early spring now and Detective Gemma Monroe has responded to a missing person report at the lake.

Two couples have camped overnight and in the morning one of the girls is missing. Sari Chesney is also the assistant curator at the town’s museum and now she and the founding fathers diary are missing. Are the two connected?

When the bodies begin to pile up Gemma isn’t sure who to believe. It seems the tiny town is bursting with secrets and even someone in the department is leaking info to the local paper.

With so many different mysteries to solve, will our Gemma pull through in the end or will this one be the end of her?

I am a fan of the series and this was a really good one with murder, supernatural vibes, and a great group of suspicious characters!

Well Done!

 

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books

A THOUSAND DOORS, AN ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY J.T.ELLISON

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.

Mia Jensen is not having a good day. Her life hasn’t turned out the way she thought and now she is lying on her kitchen floor, dying. Stabbed by her husband.

But in those moments she is allowed to see her own What if? moment. And to do that Ellison has brought in a group of authors that are nothing short of brilliant! What if she had chosen to be a mother? A politician’s wife? Would she have chosen a different path?

This is one of those pieces of work that come along and leaves you thinking about every life choice you have ever made. And what would you do if you had the chance for a do over?

Each story tells a different path and outcome. I have no idea how all of these authors come together and speak with the same voice. I have never read anything like this and it is just a brilliant idea and body of work. And yes I’ve used the word brilliant more than once. I find myself wandering around my house thinking, ” That was bloody brilliant!” and this is not something I normally do. I’m jaded. I’ve read it all. Except this.

Very Well Done All Of You!

Netgalley/ November 5th 2018 by Two Tales Press

THE SAVAGE SHORE by DAVID HEWSON

The Savage Shore

A Nick Costa Italian Mystery

Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he’s sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy. 

Nic Costa is one of my favorite detectives. Now he has been sent undercover to the Calabrian coast to pose as a long-lost family member of the ‘Ndrangheta, or the Mob. One of the biggest leaders wants to retire. He wants to flip and give them an even bigger fish, The Butcher of Palermo.

While his team impatiently waits Nic jumps in and becomes a mobster. The team is suspicious of the entire operation and each other. Some things just aren’t adding up and when the time comes to carry out their plan will they be walking into an ambush?

The descriptions of the country are so detailed and beautiful I wanted to go there myself. And even though you think you know what’s going on, in the end you don’t.

I can’t wait for the next Nic Costa book. So happy to have read this one that kept me captivated. It was like the Mafia meets the Illuminati!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 01, 2018 Severn House/Creme de la Creme

 

VENDETTA by IRIS JOHANSEN

Vendetta

Catherine Ling #5

Mortally wounded, Carl Venable, the head of the CIA task force on terrorism, instructs his most trusted fellow terrorism fighter, Brandon to get his daughter Rachel and keep her safe no matter the cost.

The worlds most hated terrorist, Conrad Huber was taken out and his son, Max is looking for revenge. A slow and painful revenge if he can get to Rachel before her friends in and out of the CIA do. At the same time he is planning to ‘change the coast of California forever’.  And when he gives them a small sample they all will have to work together and figure out a way to stop Huber while keeping Rachel alive. But Rachel has her own demons and sins not to mention skills! Who will end their vendetta and who will end their life?

I loved that Cameron was back. He and Catherine have such an intriguing relationship. Between Rachel and Catherine they could probably take down anything!

I have read all of Johansen’s books and the ones with Catherine are my favorite.

5 star read for me.

Netgalley/October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Coming Soon To A Bookstore Near You

My Post

Can you believe how fast September is flying by? I can thankfully say I have read all 32 of my books for October! And the reviews have been turned in.

These are the first ones of mine coming out the first week of October. The cozies were awesome, the thrillers were thrilling and the time slip one blew me away.

We have a ton of festivals, sick people and severe weather the rest of this week so enjoy your week, stay safe and for heaven’s sake, Read a book!’

xx Patricia

THE GUILTY DEAD by P.J.Tracy

 

The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench, #9)

The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P.J. Tracy’s addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities series.

All of our favorite characters are back! And all hell is breaking loose!

Magozzi and Grace are about to have a new baby any day now. and Monkeewrench has come up with new software to track possible terror threats. Things are humming along and then they are going at a break neck speed to find a killer and maybe a terrorist cell.

Last year Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and famous in Minnesota, lost his only son Trey to a heroin overdose. Or so the police say. But Gregory doesn’t believe it. Months before the anniversary of his death, Gregory hires a PI to investigate. But on the anniversary, Gregory is found dead, an apparent suicide.

But Magozzi and Gino aren’t quite sure how that would work since the man used his right hand to pull the trigger when he is left-handed. Their digging uncovers more questions than answers and when a second body is discovered, things get crazy.

As Grace and Harley and Crew are working with the Feds to try out their new software the first hit they get is chatter about City Hall. And outside the bodies keep piling up. But are they related to Norwood’s death or the terror threat?

In a race against time they will all have to work together to make sure they stay alive and find the truth.

Reading P.J.Tracy is like going on a roller coaster ride! Twists, turns, round and round and she still manages to give us rich characters and a great story!

This is the first book out with just P.J., following her mother’s death in 2016 and I think she would be very proud of this one! I for one am looking forward to the next one!

Netgalley/September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books