02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson, read by Melody, on 12/01/2013

Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, and lived to tell about it. Her dad, New Orleans detective, Rick Bentz, wants Kristi to stay in Baton Rouge and out of danger. But if anything, Kristi’s experiences have made her even more fascinated by the mind of the serial killer. She hasn’t given up her dream of being a true-crime writer – of exploring the darkest recesses of evil – and now she just may get her chance. Three girls have disappeared at All Saints University in just one term. All three were “lost souls” – troubled, vulnerable girls with no one to care about them, no one to come looking if they disappeared. The police think they’re runaways, but Kristi senses there’s something that links them, something terrifying. She decised to enroll, following their same steps. All Saints has changed a lot since Kristi was an undergraduate. The stodgy Catholic university has lured edgy new professors to its campus and gained a reputation for envelope-pushing, with classes like the very popular “The Influence of Vampirism in English Literature” and elaborately staged morality plays that feel more like the titillating entertainment of some underground club than religious spectacles. And there are whispers of a dark cult on campus whose members wear vials of blood around their necks and meet in secret chambers – rituals to which only the elite have access. To find the truth, Kristi will need to become part of the cult’s inner circle, to learn their secrets, and play the part of lost soul without losing herself in the process. It’s a dangerous path, and Kristi is skating on its knife-thin edge.

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Sinister by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan, read by Judy, on 11/29/2013

Twenty years ago, a fire ravaged the Dillinger family’s old homestead, killing Jude Dillinger and crippling his girlfriend.   Most people blamed a serial arsonist who’d been seen around town.  But strange things are happening in Prairie Creek, Wyoming.

Ira Dillinger, the family’s wealthy patriarch,, has summoned his children home for his upcoming wedding.  Eldest son, Colton, and his siblings don’t approve of their father’s gold-digging bride-to-be.  But someone is making his displeasure felt in terrifying ways, setting fires just like in the past.  Only this time, here will be no survivors.

As fear and distrust spread through Prairie Creek, soon all the Dillingers, and those closest to the, are targets – and suspects.   A killer has been honing his sill, feeding his fury, and waiting for the moment when the Dillingers come home – to die.

 

This book keeps you in suspense right to the end.     A great mystery to read.

29. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Noelle, Thriller/Suspense

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, read by Noelle, on 11/21/2013

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Lisa, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie, read by Lisa, on 11/29/2013

Senior policeman Commander Albert Gilbert is found dead at home. Inspector Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James soon have their prime suspect in Geoff Genovase, until one of Gemma’s colleagues, Jackie Temple, voices her suspicions about a senior police officer.

25. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

White Fire by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, read by Tracy, on 11/22/2013

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort’s very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story–one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack–and Corrie’s life suddenly in grave danger–Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

25. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, read by Tracy, on 11/12/2013

In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32″ Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.

25. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

Mortal Bonds by Michael Sears, read by Tracy, on 11/01/2013

William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America, until the bottom fell out, and the whole edifice was demonstrated to be a fraud.

After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family. There is still a lot of missing money out there, he’s told, and they want Stafford to find it before the Feds do—and certain other parties, some of whom are nowhere near as scrupulous in their methods. Bad things start happening to the people Stafford talks to. Soon bad things are happening to him as well.

Making it worse, his treacherous ex-wife has come to town, ostensibly to visit their young son. Stafford suspects there’s more to it than that, but even he has no idea how much that visit is about to change all their lives—and send him off to the next chapter of his life.

25. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

To Trust a Stranger by Karen Robards, read by Melody, on 11/24/2013

Mac McQuarry’s newest client is his oldest enemy’s wife. When his older brother vanished at the same time Sid Carlson’s first wife disappeared, young Mac swore that someday he’d discover his brother’s fate. After he became a cop, Mac’s probe triggered a nasty frame-up that sent his career down in flames. Now a struggling private eye, Mac can’t believe his luck when the second Mrs. Carlson, whose rags-to-riches marriage is headed for disaster, seeks his services to get the goods on her cheating husband. Mac’s not about to reveal he’s anything but a stranger to his quarry and miss this prime chance to pump Sid’s neglected trophy wife, Julie, for inside information about her slimy spouse. With no one to trust but each other, and danger closing in on every side, the gorgeous ex-beauty queen and the sexy ex-cop are soon sharing much more than just information. Karen Robards has packed this story with adventure, intrigue, and steamy sensuality.

24. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela, Thriller/Suspense

House Rules by Jodi Picoult, read by Pamela, on 11/14/2013

house rulesWith Asperger’s syndrome, teenager Jacob Hunt is unable to have the same kind of social life other boys his age have. However, like other kids with AS, he has honed in on one particular interest: forensic analysis. He normally shows up to crime scenes and helps solve the case, but this time he is the prime suspect.  When a murder leads police to question Jacob, they interpret his AS symptoms as a sign of guilt and cast a very public spotlight on Jacob and his family.

The characters are well developed and intriguing to listen to.  Picoult is known to research her topic thoroughly which helped with understanding Asperger’s syndrome and the main character.  A very interesting story.

16. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Madeline, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone , read by Madeline, on 11/12/2013

Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail, or he can take the case and recover the missing girl. Simon sets out in pursuit of Lindsay and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay’s captors did not leave an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he’d rather leave well alone.

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Oath of Office by Michael Palmer, read by Judy, on 11/11/2013

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree at the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself. The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Merriman years before as a counselor after John’s medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he’s incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power

This heart stopping thriller will have you questioning everything you know about those entrusted with our health, our country, and lives.

This book will keep you in suspense the whole way through to the very end.    If you love a good mystery thriller, you will love this book.

 

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

No Escape by Mary Burton, read by Melody, on 11/08/2013

He Was Taught How To Kill

Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share—about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work…

And Now He’ll Teach Them

He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he’ll make the most perfect kill of all.

How To Die

Everything about this investigation is unnerving Jo, from Harvey’s fascination with her to the fact that she’s working alongside Texas Ranger Brody Winchester, her ex-husband. Harvey’s protégé is growing bolder and more vicious every day. And soon the trail of shallow graves will lead them to the last place Jo expected, and to the most terrifying truth of all.

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Wild Orchids by Karen Robards, read by Melody, on 11/12/2013

A blistering romantic suspense novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of Pursuit. Far from her sensible life as an English teacher in Kansas, Lora looks forward to a relaxing vacation in Cancun. But fate thwarts her careful plans when a darkly handsome American named Max jumps into her car with a loaded gun.

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Madeline, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, read by Madeline, on 11/09/2013

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

01. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

Code by Kathy and Brendan Reichs, read by Leslie, on 10/30/2013

Code (Virals, #3)

The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by “The Gamemaster.” A second, greater geocache is within reach—if the Virals are up to the challenge.

While you can’t imagine any group of teens escaping from so many threats and surviving each one, their secret powers keep them safer than most.  I like the geocaching addition, although it’s not typical of geocaches.  A riveting, keep-you-turning-pages book.  Thoroughly enjoyable!

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes, read by Jane, on 10/24/2013

Deadly Stillwater, where Mac McRyan is confronted with the kidnapping of Shannon Hisle, taken in a brazen daylight attack outside a restaurant on one of St. Paul’s busiest streets. And Shannon Hisle isn’t just anyone. She’s the only daughter of St. Paul’s most prominent, successful and politically connected lawyer. Mac knows that every political lever will be pulled, that the FBI will be coming in, that the St. Paul Mayor, not his biggest fan, will be scrutinizing his every move and that the media storm will be every bit as intense as the heat wave blazing the Twin Cities. What’s more, while all of the signs point to a straightforward kidnapping for ransom, Mac’s instincts tell him otherwise, especially after the kidnappers call just hours after the abduction and skip the ransom demand. “Why not ask for the ransom?” he wonders.

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Gone by James Patterson, read by Jane, on 10/17/2013

Manuel Perrine doesn’t fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

Detective Bennett, along with his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather, are hidden safely on a rural California farm, with guards courtesy of the FBI’s witness protection program. Perrine begins to embark on an escalating series of assassinations across the country, killings whose brazenness and audacity bring into question the possibility of safety and law in the US. The FBI has no choice but to ask Detective Bennett to risk it all in Perrine’s war on America.

With explosive action and fierce villainy that rivals James Bond movies at their best, GONE is the next astounding novel by James Patterson.

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Tell Me by Lisa Jackson, read by Jane, on 10/10/2013

The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover.

Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn’t go. Her guilt is compounded by other complications–Nikki’s favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers.

Nikki’s fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannah’s history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondell’s old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake-handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikki’s own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amity’s murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life.

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Red Knife by William Kent Krueger, read by Jane, on 10/03/2013

The newest book in William Kent Krueger’s award-winning Corcoran O’Connor series finds the charismatic private investigator caught in the middle of a racial gang war that’s turning picturesque Tamarack County, Minnesota, into a bloody battlefield.

When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl’s fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

Both sides look to Cork O’Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. A former sheriff, Cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it’s sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do. Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds. As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: Violence is a beast that cannot be contained.

In “Red Knife,” Krueger gives his readers a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and lovers.

29. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, read by Judy, on 10/28/2013

A gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as The Blood Gospel.

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountains.   A trio of investigators – Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensics expert; Father Ruhn Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist – are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus; a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tomb that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity.  But the enemy who hounds them is a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

 

If you like books about devil, angels, vampires, and werewolves, you may really enjoy this book.      It was too much constant fighting with strange creatures for my liking.