Winslow is back with the first book in a new trilogy. This time set in his own backyard. And it is fire!
The Irish and the Italians share an uneasy peace. Each controlling a different area of New England. Things seem to be pretty set in stone with the old guard being replaced by the new and sometimes impetuous generation.
Danny Ryan is part of that new generation. His father was head of the Irish until he drank himself out of that job. Now Danny is married to the daughter of the boss and looking to move up. Although he would much rather move on from that life.
The fragile peace explodes when a gorgeous woman comes into the group pitting them all against each other and leaving a trail of bodies in the streets.
With everyone turning on each other, Danny steps up. And he is ruthlessly practical. I admired that about him. I am pretty sure everyone in Providence and beyond was on the payroll of one of the gangs. And some were on both.
This is the first in a trilogy. I don’t think there is anyone better at crime thrillers than Winslow. And I read a lot! As soon as I received this I read it. All. There is no good stopping point in this book. You’re pulled through like a train gaining speed. And I can’t wait for the next one.
If you arent’ aware, Mr. Winslow is retiring. These will be his final three books. I can’t wait to join him in what comes next!
HOOKER AVENUE is the second in the Queen City Crimes series, which sees the return of attorney Jessie Martin in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. Jessie is on her way home during a pop-up thunderstorm when she spots a woman drowning in a storm drain. She pulls over to save the woman—only to discover that no good deed goes unpunished.
Jessie’s sort of best friend, Detective Ebony Jones, and her partner are on the case and investigating missing women. Some are sex workers and the cases have been put on the back burner. But now they have a live victim who can give them a description. But the witness is shaky at best and is now missing.
Jessie’s personal life is complicated. Her boyfriend, Hal, is the DA and she is a lawyer. On extended maternity leave. With a horror of a husband, she is trying to divorce. He is demanding she stay home with their daughter, Lily, for a year. And then Jessie receives an offer from the attorney who ruined her former career. Work with him. His health is bad and she does like him.
Things go from bad to worse as a killer in an insane asylum keeps calling her and threatening her. She is keeping secrets and so is everyone here.
Jessie and Ebony are determined to help find these women. Only from two different directions and without telling each other anything. Miscommunication causes lives to be harmed and Jessie is putting her life on the line.
There are so many questions I have about this one. For one, where did Ebony put the money? And why didn’t anyone bring this up? $30,000? Parts dragged on and parts were brushed over.
Crime reporter Milo Rigg must uncover a brutal serial killer to restore his battered reputation in this first in a gripping new mystery series.
Milo has lost a job and a wife in too short of a time. He is a man with demons and nightmares of arms behind a black cage reaching out to him. The nightmares leave him shaken and frustrated.
His career dropped when he exposed the botched up investigation into the murder of three boys near Chicago. He pushed hard and ended up alienating the police and the press, who demoted him to the local rag.
Now more bodies are appearing and this time Milo isn’t going to blow it. He wants justice for these children and hopefully, redemption for himself.
This was an edge of your seat book! I changed my mind on who every other page! A great pace and characters so despicable I was hoping quite a few would be chopped.
This is the beginning of a new series and I want them all. Now. A great introduction to Severn House if you haven’t given their writers a chance.
NetGalley/ February 4th, 2020 by Severn House Publishers
A young woman, obsessed by a man she considers a predator, climbs a fire escape and thinks she sees a murder.
Ava Beck is an actress. She’s had a successful television series playing a cop and then she was blacklisted. Now she works in a flower shop in the West Village, lives in a sketchy apartment building, and is divorcing her lawyer husband.
When Ava’s sister died in what her famous actor boyfriend called an accident, Ava knew better. She saw the abuse, she read her sister’s e-mails. The police have called it an accident and Ava is not going to let that go. She files a civil suit and seems unable to move forward.
A lot of people stop at the flower shop and one, in particular, gets Ava’s attention due to the number of women he brings by to buy flowers for. The new one is young. As Ava hands her the bouquet she sees bruises on the girl’s wrists. Believing that Mr. Peter Greer is not only a womanizer but an abuser has her seeing red. That night she climbs the fire escape to peek in the girl’s apartment and sees what she thinks is a man about to kill a woman. And then the man sees her.
The next day the girl is dead, and Ava’s world is turned upside down! Will she end up dead before she can see justice for her sister?
This was a stand-alone book from Schneider. It is full of characters who have secrets. I was questioning everyone’s motive! And I could not have been more shocked finding out who was on the other end of the gun!
Becky was the only survivor of the horrific and ritualistic killing of her entire family. Injured and terrified she saw her opportunity to run and she did. Rescued by a man in the woods.
Adult Becky is doing everything she can to find out who the killer was and why he hasn’t been found. But when her digging starts getting people who help her killed in horrible ways, she doesn’t stop, she just goes harder. Not knowing who to trust may just get her killed herself before she can find out the truth.
This was a very explicit and horrifying read. As a character I didn’t care for Becky. But I did not see that ending!
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!
Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.
Andrea is 31 and her problem isn’t that she has no choice in her future. The problem is there are so many choices she’s stuck. Stuck living over her mother’s garage working as a 911 dispatcher.
But when Andrea and her mother go out for lunch at the mall, things turn ugly fast. A man with a weapon, heads exploding, Andrea cowering and her mother has turned into some kind of suburban ninja! After that nothing makes any sense to her. Mom won’t stay in the hospital and she is adamant that Andrea move out NOW! Not tomorrow, right this minute. Which of course Andrea does not do. Instead she watches as a man breaks in to her mother’s home and Andrea chooses a course of action that sends her on a road where everything she ever knew about her mother is questioned.
Told from her mother’s point of view in the past and Andrea”s in the present, we discover who and what Laura really is. And along the way there are plenty of twists and turns and What the heck?? moments.
Maybe I should be checking out my own mother?! Well Done!
Charlie is back! And this time it is the most vulnerable among us who are being targeted.
A newborn, dead in a dumpster. A young girl dead in an alleyway. Are they connected?
Feeling that time is of the utmost importance she and her boss Hunter, try to track down the baby’s mother and stumble onto a trafficking outfit. Importing young girls and grooming them to be prostitutes. Treated no better than a stray dog.
There are really two tales in play here. One story line is looking at the murders of the prostitutes and the other is the sex crimes. When one of their informants helps them put the pieces together they are sure they have the right people behind bars.
But do they? If something is broken over and over, will it ever be right again? Or will it just continue the pattern of hurt and lies. Can a person be beyond repair?
I always enjoy Charlie and I am hoping for more on Ben in the next one!
Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.
Peter Decker thought living in the small town of Greenbury, New York would be so much quieter than being with the LAPD. But when the body of Brady Neil, 26, is discovered beaten and his body dumped in the woods it’s going to take everyone in two jurisdictions to figure this one out.
Brady’s father is in prison for robbing a jewelry store and murdering the two owners. Along with his partner, Kyle. While they admit to the robbery they are adamant the owners were alive when they left. With his temporary partner, Lennie Baccus, daughter of the Hamilton police chief who handled the original murders, Decker starts asking a lot of questions.
And his first one is Where is Brady’s best friend Boxer? Heading out to find him, they instead find a blood bath inside the house and Boxer’s mother, confined to a wheelchair, tied up and close to death herself.
With Rina researching the past and present list of characters and Tyler and Kevin digging into what really happened to the Levines long ago and how all of these people fit together, this was like a Rubik’s Cube!
Is there corruption in the Hamilton police force? The more they dig, the twistier it gets.
Big fan of Decker and Lazarus and this was a good one!
In The Beginning Man Tried Ascending To Heaven via The Tower Of Babel. Now He Tries To Elevate His Existence Using Hallucinogenic Drugs. And, Since The 20th Century, He Continually Voyages Into Outer Space Using Spacecrafts. Prayer Thru Christ Is The Only Way To Reach Heaven.