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Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4), by Robert Bryndza

Book synopsis, thanks to Amazon:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

I discovered the Erika Foster books thanks to a Lyft driver. The driver was listening to the audio version of The Girl in the Ice. during my ride, and I was intrigued by the narrator and the story. So when I got home, I bought the audio book. Detective Erika Foster is feisty and hard to like sometimes. But when she is on the job, solving murders, no one can top or stop her.

Then I bought The Night Stalker, the second book in the series, also through my Audible account.

I was hooked, so I bought the Kindle version of Dark Water, the third book in the series.

Last Breath is the fourth, and I think the best, book in the series. The story gained momentum in each chapter, building just enough to keep me hooked (and awake) as Erika and her team worked to find the killer.

Even better, Erika starts to make some changes in her personal and professional lives. Mr. Bryndza gives life to his protagonist by letting her learn and grow from her life experiences. Have you ever read a series of books and found the protagonist making the same mistakes over and over? I have, and I find it so frustrating, especially when I like the characters! I’ve been known to scream at the character, asking if he or she had learned nothing yet! Erika is building herself a LIFE!

The Erika Foster books are fun, wonderfully crafted and filled with characters I would like to know in person.

If, like me, you love murder mysteries, you will love these books!

Last Breath

‘Festive in Death’ by JD Robb

Must-read romances: 'Festive in Death,' 'Malachim'.

When it comes to reading, I am not a romance buff, with one exception.

Festive in Death is the latest JD Robb story about Eve Dallas and her gorgeous (and filthy rich) husband Roarke, and it’s available September 9.

OF COURSE I have my Kindle copy pre-ordered.

Here’s why the In Death series is so awesome:

–Amazing characters. I’ve watched Eve Dallas fall in love, work on conquering her demons, and generally become a stronger human being as the books progress. The other characters in these books are also well thought out, interesting, and as human as hell. Hell, I even love their cat, who has as much spunk as Eve.
–Each book has Eve solving another case, usually with her husband Rorarke by her side. The cases are lots of fun, kind of grisly sometimes (well, Eve IS a murder cop), and always very interesting.
–The dialogue uttered by these great characters moves along quickly, and their words ring true.
–The stories stay on target, from beginning to end. The scenes from Eve’s personal life do not detract from the story, they add to the story.
–This series is fun to read, and allows me to escape for a few hours as I devour each book like a crack junkie.

If you read this, and you have not read any of the In Death books, I hope you give one a try!

Mary Stewart obituary | Books | The Guardian

Mary Stewart obituary | Books | The Guardian.

I’m saddened to hear the news that novelist Mary Stewart has died at the age of 97.

But I’m so grateful for her books, which kept me entertained and delighted for many years.

RIP, Mary Stewart! Thanks for your wonderful books (especially the Merlin books).

Idaho students to get copies of Sherman Alexie novel banned from curriculum – Strange Bedfellows — Politics News

Idaho students to get copies of Sherman Alexie novel banned from curriculum – Strange Bedfellows — Politics News.

I love this!

When an Idaho school board banned Sherman Alexie’s book “The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian,” hundreds of high school students signed a petition to protest this action.

And now two Washington women have raised enough money to make sure every student who signed the petition gets a copy of the banned book.

Cowabunga!

I loathe book banners, and love students who protest banned books.

NO ONE tells me what I can and cannot read.

And I feel young people should make up their own minds about books and the printed word.

People who ban books should spend more time in the schoolyard listening to the conversations that are happening.

Curse words and references to masturbation are tame compared to what I’ve heard in the schoolyard!

Kudo’s to the protesting students and the women who raised money for the books!

REVIEW by Beth: The Junior Officer by Judith Boswell (@bunnybet​ha)

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Beth: The Other Eight by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo , @bunnybeth​a)

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REVIEW by Beth: 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy by L.A. Sparks (@BunnyBethA)

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Review: Cursed, by Lynn Ricci

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Book description:

When Sarah Carter moves to Boston to escape her past she realizes there’s more than meets the eye with the landlord and her mysterious new best friend. What happened to the owner of this brownstone and what secrets lie within its walls and continue to torment? Witchcraft, curses and timeless love are not what Sarah expected to find, but as she learns more, she wonders is she actually running back to her past instead of from it?

 

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Cursed kept me hooked from beginning to end! For me, a good story is all about the characters. All the characters, especially the villains. And Cursed has a great villain (and no, I’m not going to tell you who that is).
The relationship between Sarah and the deformed Mr. Brown seemed kind of creepy to me, at first. What the heck was going on? But I wanted to know more about Mr. Brown, Sarah, and Sarah’s new friend Zoe. I found the dialogue between the characters believable and natural, keeping the story moving along as it becomes clear what had happened to Mr. Brown. As the suspense (and danger) builds, it becomes clear that Sarah plays a part in Brown’s story.

Sarah is a strong heroine, a trusting young woman who moves to Boston after getting her heart broken over a workplace romance. Faced with a new and confusing situation, Sarah faces danger bravely and learns to trust her instincts. Sarah’s relationship with Mr. Brown is intriguing, and surprised the heck out of me!

Good story, well crafted, with some interesting twists and turns. And Mr. Brown’s brownstone sounds like a (creepy) blast!

I will definitely read more Lynn Ricci books!

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REVIEW by Beth: The Sons of Cain by C.W. Burgett

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REVIEW by Beth: Moon River (Vampire for Hire #8) by. J. R. Rain (@bunnybetha | Pure Textuality

REVIEW by Beth: Moon River (Vampire for Hire #8) by. J. R. Rain (@bunnybetha | Pure Textuality.

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