17. April 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

Bloody River Blues by Jeffery Deaver, read by Tracy, on 04/10/2014

Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic backwater town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming “Bonnie and Clyde”-style film. But after real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralyzed, he’s more sought after than the Barrow Gang. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just minutes before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him. Trapped in a town full of sinister secrets and deadly deceptions, Pellam fears that death will imitate art, as the film shoot — and his life — race toward a breathtakingly bloody climax.

14. April 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Poet by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 04/14/2014

Jack McEvoy specializes in death.   As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder.  But his professional bravado doesn’t lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide.

Jack’s brother was a homicide detective and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one, that he’d been unable to solve.   McEvoy decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides.     But when he begins his research, he quickly arrives at a stunning revelation.  Following his leads, protecting his sources, muscling his way inside a federal investigation, Jack grabs hold of what is clearly the story of a lifetime.   He also knows that in taking on the story, he’s making himself the most visible target for a murderer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.

02. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Madeline, Thriller/Suspense

The Accident by Chris Pavone, read by Madeline, on 03/20/2014

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.

31. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson, read by Tracy, on 03/21/2014

Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn’t deal with electronic appliances-he fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia’s daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

31. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid, read by Tracy, on 03/17/2014

After summer rains uncover a corpse bearing tattoos like those of eighteenth-century seafarers, many residents of the English Lake District can’t help but wonder whether it’s the body of one of the town’s most legendary fugitives.

Scholar and native Lakelander Jane Gresham feels compelled to finally discover the truth about the myths and buried secrets rooted in her hometown. What she never expected was to find herself at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. And with each new lead she pursues, death follows hard on her heels….

30. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner, read by Judy, on 03/30/2014

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston Hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple.  Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky.  Until tonight.

Tonight, a has-been reporter turns up, investigating her past.  Tonight, the first note arrives, saying, “You get what you deserve”.  And tonight Melanie has her first, horrifying vision of the past.

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption.  Now someone wants to give it back, even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced:    the murder of their first daughter in Texas.  As Melanie pursues every lead, chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of the truth.

25. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Unseen by Karin Slaughter, read by Judy, on 03/25/2014

Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, working undercover in Macon, Georgia, posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who trails an air of violence wherever he goes.  The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally.  But there’s a problem.  Cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.   Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting.  Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down.    Suddenly Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it – with danger swirling around both of them.    A novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists.  Unseen pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

In addition the book provides a short story called “Busted” featuring Will Trent again in the role of Bill Black.   As with the first story, Busted keeps you in suspense.

14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, read by Judy, on 03/13/2014

Private’s Jack Morgan is accused of a horrible murder-and not even his own world-class investigators can prove he didn’t do it.  Since former marine Jack Morgan started Private, the elite investigation firm has been sought out by the famous and powerful to handle their problems.  Private’s detectives are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world-and they always uncover the truth.  But when his former lover is found killed in his bed, Jack instantly becomes the number one suspect.   As the police focus on Jack, the Mob strong-arms him into recovering $ 30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them.   And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to solve a string of murders at her properties.    Now, while Jack fights for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private-and Jack realizes he faces the most clever and powerful enemies ever.

03. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Madeline, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman, read by Madeline, on 02/22/2014

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative-if not all legal-businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband-or all of his money-might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover-until her remains are eventually found in a secluded wooded park.

Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women: a faithful wife, a dead mistress, and three very different daughters. And at the center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.

02. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Echo Burning by Lee Child, read by Judy, on 02/08/2014

Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there.  Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer.  For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch.  Carmen’s got a story to tell, and it’s a wild one-all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that’s purely gothic.  She’s also got a plan.  Reacher’s part of it.    And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

02. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon, read by Judy, on 02/03/2014

When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core.  Everyone connected to the school finds their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the faculty and staff whose daily lives are immersed in it.   Everyone wants to know how Claire died, at whose hands, and more importantly, where the baby that she recently gave birth to is-a baby that almost no one, except her small innermost circle, knew she was carrying.

At the center of the investigation is Madeline Christopher, an intern in the English Department who is forced to examine the nature of the relationship between the school’s students and the adults meant to guide them.    As the case unravels, the dark intricacies of adolescent privilege at a powerful institution are exposed, and both teachers and students emerge as suspects.

28. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Mystery, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, read by Courtney, on 02/03/2014

Until he was 10, Jasper “Jazz” Dent lived with his father, Billy. Then his father was caught and arrested for the brutal murders of scores of women. Now, Jasper lives with his grandmother and tries his best to live as normal a life as a kid can live when said kid spent his formative years being raised by a serial killer. His grandmother is completely insane and blames Jazz’s long-absent (likely dead) mother for Billy’s violent tendencies. The rest of the town of Lobo’s Nod regards Jazz with unease. Everyone suspects he’ll turn out just like his father. The only two people who are willing to treat Jazz as a person wholly different from Billy are his girlfriend Connie and best friend Howie (who happens to suffer from extreme hemophilia).
Jazz’s upbringing makes him eternally convinced that he might still be just like his father, even though most signs point otherwise. Instead, Jazz uses the skills he learned from his father to investigate a local murder that seems strikingly similar to one his father might have committed. If his father wasn’t already in jail, that is. Unfortunately, local law enforcement doesn’t seem too keen on having the teenaged son of a serial killer helping them out with their current case load, so Jazz and his friends are more or less on their own. Then the body count starts rising and even the police realize that they might just need Jazz’s help to stop the killer before he can claim anyone else.
I Hunt Killers is a fun, bloody, fast-paced thriller. Comparisons to Dexter/Castle/Hannibal are inevitable, but not entirely accurate. Jazz knows the mind of a serial killer, but he comes across as far too empathetic to be a killer himself. Connie and Howie are great characters; they also have the bonus qualities of being about the last two people Jazz would ever hurt if he did ever turn to killing. The plot is a bit on the preposterous side, but it’s still an intriguing concept. I assigned this to my high school book club and a great discussion ensued.

18. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

The Execution by Dick Wolf, read by Tracy, on 02/06/2014

NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk must make an uneasy ally – the disturbingly beautiful and assertive Mexican Intelligence Agency Detective Cecilia Garza. She recognizes the signature of assassin Chuparosa – a hummingbird carved on a corpse. After years of pursuit, she knows only that he is heading to Manhattan – with the rest of the world for UN Week.

Ten days after the Mexican presidential election, 23 bodies were found beheaded on the US border, each carved by Chuparosa. Near New York, Rockaway has a mass murder. There is more to this threat than meets the eye — and justice is not always blind.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, read by Helen, on 11/30/2012

“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.”

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

The Basement by Stephen Leather, read by Helen, on 09/30/2012

New York City. With a population of almost nineteen million people, it’s easy to remain anonymous even if you’re a serial killer, torturing and murdering beautiful young women. The killer has another victim right now, locked in a basement somewhere in the city. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, it’s their job to sift through those nineteen million and narrow their list to the one before it’s too late. And they’re sure they have the right man in their sights. Fusing alternating viewpoints with devastating precision, Leather’s top-notch thriller dives deep into the mind of a demented killer as tension mounts immeasurably. Turner and Marcinko’s prime suspect is screenwriter wannabe Marvin Waller. He is becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of success and the cops think he might be channeling his anger into murder ? yet he doesn’t seem to be at all concerned that they are hot on his trail. As Turner and Marcinko close in on Waller they have to wonder: is he the killer? And if he isn’t ? who is? Only time will tell ? and time is one thing they do not have. An unrelenting vice-grip of suspense and fear, The Basement is the ultimate shocker with a shattering climax that will leave you battered, bruised, and broken.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

The Basement by Stephen Leather, read by Helen, on 03/30/2012

New York City. With a population of almost nineteen million people, it’s easy to remain anonymous even if you’re a serial killer, torturing and murdering beautiful young women. The killer has another victim right now, locked in a basement somewhere in the city. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, it’s their job to sift through those nineteen million and narrow their list to the one before it’s too late. And they’re sure they have the right man in their sights. Fusing alternating viewpoints with devastating precision, Leather’s top-notch thriller dives deep into the mind of a demented killer as tension mounts immeasurably. Turner and Marcinko’s prime suspect is screenwriter wannabe Marvin Waller. He is becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of success and the cops think he might be channeling his anger into murder ? yet he doesn’t seem to be at all concerned that they are hot on his trail. As Turner and Marcinko close in on Waller they have to wonder: is he the killer? And if he isn’t ? who is? Only time will tell ? and time is one thing they do not have. An unrelenting vice-grip of suspense and fear, The Basement is the ultimate shocker with a shattering climax that will leave you battered, bruised, and broken.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, read by Helen, on 02/28/2012

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

A Simple Plan by Scott B. Smith, read by Helen, on 01/30/2012

Two brothers and their friend stumble upon the wreckage of a plane, the pilot is dead and his duffle bag contains four million dollars in cash. In order to hide, keep, and share the fortune, these ordinary men all agree to a simple plan.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Madeline, Thriller/Suspense

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom, read by Madeline, on 01/30/2013

Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zaf n’s The Shadow of the Wind and Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong will fall in love with Winter in Madrid, the arresting new novel from C. J. Sansom. In September 1940, the Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies in ruins while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Britain stands alone as General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.

Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett, a privileged young man who was recently traumatized by his experience in Dunkirk and is now a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shadowy Madrid businessman, Brett finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories.

Meanwhile, Sandy’s girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own—to find her former lover Bernie Piper, whose passion for the Communist cause led him into the International Brigades and who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.

In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and riveting tale that offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lisa, Thriller/Suspense

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom, read by Lisa, on 01/30/2013

Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zaf n’s The Shadow of the Windand Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsongwill fall in love with Winter in Madrid, the arresting new novel from C. J. Sansom. In September 1940, the Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies in ruins while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Britain stands alone as General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.

Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett, a privileged young man who was recently traumatized by his experience in Dunkirk and is now a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shadowy Madrid businessman, Brett finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories.

Meanwhile, Sandy’s girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own—to find her former lover Bernie Piper, whose passion for the Communist cause led him into the International Brigades and who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.

In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madridis an intimate and riveting tale that offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.