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.

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.

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.

31. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Mystery

Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers, read by Judy, on 01/31/2014

As owner of the Den of Antiquity, recently divorced (but never bitter!) Abigail Timberlake is accustomed to delving into the past, searching for lost treasurers and navigating the cutthroat world of rival dealers at flea markets and auctions.     Still, she never thought she’d be putting her expertise in mayhem and detection to other use until crotchety “junque” dealer, Abbey’s Aunt Eulonia Wiggins, was found murdered!

Although Abigail is puzzled by the instrument of death, an exquisite antique bell pull that Aunt Eulonia never would have had the taste to acquire, she’s willing to let the authorities find the culprit.      But now, Auntie’s priceless lace collection is missing, and somebody’s threatened Abby’s most priceless possession:  her son, Charlie.   It’s up to Abby to put the murdered “on the block”.

This is a great murder mystery with a little southern humor throughout the book.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

ENVY by SANDRA BROWN, read by Judy, on 01/17/2014

When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential and perhaps something else compels her to meet its author.  On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identify and his past.   Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal and to Parker himself.   But there’s something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris’s own life, and the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Switch by Sandra Brown, read by Judy, on 01/29/2014

Identical twins Melina and Gillian Lloyd haven’t considered switching places since childhood.  So when Melina proposes that Gillian take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut Col. “Chief” Hart, she refuses at first.    The following morning Melina receives terrible news: Her sister has been brutally murdered and the Chief, though innocent, is the prime suspect.      He and Melina are determined to find the killer, a megalomaniac who’s out for blood and won’t stop with just Gillian.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, read by Judy, on 01/06/2014

Bellamy was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day.  A tornado destroyed the crime scene along with Bellamy’s memory of what really happened.  Now, eighteen years later, Bellamy has penned a bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder, and to protect her family, she published it under a pseudonym.  But when Bellamy’s identity is exposed, she becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who is out for vengeance.  In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward boyfriend and an original suspect in the murder case.     As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear.    Though haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer.   That is, unless her killer strikes. first.

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

Lost Light by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 01/14/2014

Book CoverThe vision has haunted him for four years – a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication.   Harry Bosch was taken off the Angela Benton murder case when the production assistant’s death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set.    both files were never closed.  Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determined to find justice for Angela.  Without a badge to open doors and strike fear into the guilty, he’s on his own.  And even in the face of an opponent more powerful and ruthless than any he’s ever encountered, Bosch is not backing down.

This will leave you guessing to the end.  A book you won’t be able to put down until finished.

14. December 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 12/08/2013

Book CoverOnce a hotshot in the newsroom, crime reporter Jack McEvoy is now about to be laid off at the Lost Angeles Times.    Deciding to use his final work days to write the definitive murder story of his career, he focuses on Alonzo Winslow, an imprisoned sixteen-year-old drug dealer who confessed to the murder of a young woman found strangled in the truck of her car.  But as Jack delves into the story, he realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus.   The kid might actually be innocent.  When Jack connects the L.A. truck killing to an earlier murder in Las Vegas, he is on the biggest story he’s had since the Poet crossed his path years before.    But Jack doesn’t know hat his investigation has set off a digital trip wire.  The killer knows Jack is coming and he is ready.

14. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 12/04/2013

Book CoverNarcotics officer Cal Moore’s orders were to look into the city’s latest drug killing.  Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.   Working the case, L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago:  Don’t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.    Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.  Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.

A terrific story plot and keeps the reader in suspense all the way through.   A book you cannot put down.

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Judy, NonFiction, True Crime

Notes on a Killing by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie, read by Judy, on 11/10/2013

Weaver and fiber artist Edith “Pen” Meyer knew her friend Sandy Merritt’s relationship with a married man was wrong.   she had even urged Sandy to take out a restraining order against Kenneth Carpenter.   Which was why her call to Sandy on February 23, 2005, seemed to come from out of the blue.  During it, she told Sandy to drop the restraining orer and get back together with Ken.

Pen was never seen again.

One man stood to gain fro Pen’s disappearance:  Ken Carpenter.  But evidence was bleak; no blood, no DNA, no body.  Until detectives found notes that led them to the killer.

A true crime story at its best.

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.

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Judy, NonFiction

The Ear in the Heart by Richard DeNent and Dolores Hart, read by Judy , on 11/16/2013

The Ear of the HeartActress Dolores Hart’s journey from Hollywood starlet to taking vows as a nun. The book takes you through the early years of Hollywood and Dolores’ decision to join a cloistered convent. Since I was a fan of Dolores from her films with Elvis Presley and knowing she left Hollywood to become a nun, I found the book quite interesting.  The book does provide a deep insight into her difficulty leaving a glamorous lifestyle, a career she loved, and a marriage engagement to the ultimate decision to join a life of prayer.

For a short time she was at the Carmelite Sister’s House in Jefferson City, Missouri, and was recently featured in an article in the Catholic Missourian.

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Judy, NonFiction, True Crime

Playing Dead by Allison Brennan, read by Judy, on 11/18/2013

Sentenced to death for crimes he didn’t commit, ex-cop Tom O’Brien is now a hunted fugitive. After fifteen years in prison, he’s determined to prove his innocence-but first he must convince his daughter, whose testimony helped put him behind bars, that he has damning evidence of a plot to frame him.
Claire is no longer the naive teenager who arrived home to find her mother and her mother’s lover shot dead and her father holding the murder weapon. She’s a successful fraud investigator who assumes that everyone lies.

If you love a good mystery, this is a great book to read.

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.

 

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.

02. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Mystery

Devious by Lisa Jackson, read by Judy, on 10/01/2013

The crime scene at St. Marguerite’s cathedral in New Orleans is shocking, even to seasoned detectives like Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. A novice nun named Sister Camille has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an altar cloth. Convinced the police aren’t doing enough, Camille’s sister, Valerie Houston, begins to investigate. But the deeper Val’s inquiries go, the more twisted the case becomes. St. Marguerite’s is far from the tranquil retreat many believe, and everyone, from handsome Father Frank O’Toole to the mysterious Mother Superior, has their own agenda. Despite their closeness, even Camille had a hidden life Val never suspected. But someone knew about Camille’s past and Val’s, too. Now she has no choice but to catch a devious, depraved killer intent on purging St. Marguerite’s of all its sins before she becomes the next victim.

I could not put this book down.  It is well written and keeps you in suspense all through the book.