Friday, September 23, 2016

The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles

Started: 10/2015
Finished: 9/22/16
Year: 2009
Pages: 707
Genre: Mystery/suspense
Grade: B
Reason for reading: TBR shelf
Blurb (from back cover): "Penn Cage was elected mayor of Natchez, Mississippi-the hometown he returned to after the death of his wife-on a tide of support for change. Two years into his term, casino gambling has proved a sure bet for bringing new jobs and fresh money to this fading jewel of the Old South. But deep inside the Magnolia Queen, a fantastical repurposed steamboat, a depraved hidden world draws high-stakes players with money to burn on their unquenchable taste for blood sport and the dark views that go with it. When an old high school friends hands him blood-chilling evidence, Penn alone must beat the odds tracking a sophisticated killer who counters his every move, placing those nearest to him-including his young daughter, his renowned physician father, and a lover from the past-in grave danger, and all at the risk of jeopardizing forever the town he loves."
Opinion: It took some time for me to get into the book....then I couldn't put it down.......then the blood sport details hit and put me in a hard place. Overall it is a great book-great story, great plot, constant action. But, I was not a fan of the blood sporting.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

Started: 8/17/16
Finished: 9/8/16
Year: 2016
Pages: 337
Genre: mystery
Grade: D
Reason for reading: review for Library Thing
Blurb (from back cover): "After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office-convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered-Mary's second assignment begins.
"As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John's death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York's elite.
"Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt Family Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina not only to uncover the truth of one man's death, but to unravel the mystery of three murders-with links tied perilously close to her own life."
Opinion: What started out as a great plot idea and story line, just turned into rubbish. I could care less about Mary Handley's character or any of the characters in this book. Only rated it a D since I finished the book even though I did not want to. If you're a New York City history buff and a mystery fan, you MIGHT enjoy this.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Started: 7/14/16
Finished: 9/2/16
Year: 2016
Pages: 340
Genre: suspense
Grade: B
Reason for reading: review for Library Thing
Blurb (from inside cover): "'Are you happy with your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
"Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
"Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome, back, my friend.'
"In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
"Is it this world or the other that's the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back tot he family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined-one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe."
Opinion: It started off slow but quickly evolved into a great story. A great plot line with some interesting twists. A must read for any fan of suspense and thrillers. Same author as Wayward Pines which was turned into a great TV series.