Mystery Books

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

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Title: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Mystery
Where I got it: Public library

Goodreads Summary

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, The Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to The Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only The Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

Review

I was in between ARC’s and decided to do something crazy and read a mystery. I haven’t read much other than romance for LONG time, so this was a change for me.

Kerra Bailey is an up and coming journalist in Dallas. She’s trying to snag an interview with Major Franklin Trapper, a man who was hailed a hero 25 years before when he carried a young child out of the Pegasus Hotel in Dallas after it had been bombed. She has her reasons for wanting the interview, which just added to the mystery. So she goes to the one person she thinks may help her – the Major’s son, John Trapper.

Kerra doesn’t realize that Trapper (the son, as he’s called throughout the book) has had a falling out with the Major and they don’t speak.  Kerra gives Trapper something that makes him change his mind and deciding to help – and it’s juicy!

I forgot that mystery books are LONG. This book kind of dragged in few spots. But the mystery itself was good, if not a bit far fetched.

I liked both the main characters. Trapper especially. He’s was whip smart and very clever. Kerra was a woman was had a lot of integrity and wanted to do what right and ethical. The Major was an interesting character, as was his best friend, and Sheriff Glenn Addison.

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.

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Mystery Books

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #20)

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

1 out of 5 stars

As much as it pains me to admit it, I am now officially done with this series.  What used to be a series that I loved immensely and looked forward to for months has turned into amateur writing and general crap.

Following the format of the previous two books, Stephanie still can’t make up her mind between Morelli (the clear choice) and Ranger.  Morelli’s godfather is accused of murder and in hiding, and Stephanie is tasked with finding him.  There is a giraffe running loose on the streets of Trenton, there is some horrible dialogue and no laughs.  Grandma Mozur is more creepy than funny, and it’s just plain stupid.

This book was really just plain garbage.  I’m done.

Happy reading.

Mystery Books

Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain (Sheridan/Lowell #6)

Detective Archie Sheridan is about to receive a birthday present from the last person he ever wants to see again: Gretchen Lowell.

The investigation into Jack Reynolds’s drug enterprise is heating up and has Archie heading off to attend a masked Halloween party on Jack Reynolds’s island, where Susan is a reluctant guest. But the next morning one of the guests is found murdered, and Archie quickly realizes that nothing is what it seems. Only one thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and she’s been closer than anyone thinks. On Halloween Eve, with time running out, Archie will have to risk everything, and choose wisely whom to trust, if he and his loved ones are going to live through the night.

4 out of 5 stars

I have been eagerly anticipating the new book in this series, as the last book was so very good.  I was not disappointed.

Gretchen espaced from the mental hospital at the end of the last book, and you know since she’s obsessed with Archie, she will find him.  This book centers around Jack Reynolds, really.  Jack has Susan “kidnapped” and brough to his island for a Halloween party.  At this party, someone dies and everyone assumes Gretchen is responsible.

There is a side story of Archie hooking up with his neighbor, Rachel, who is younger than Susan (it’s pretty funny when Susan meets her), that was pretty twisted.  Henry and Claire are prevelant in this book, as is Claire’s pregnancy.  Leo and Susan’s relationship gets tested in this book, too.

It is truly a testament to Chelsea Cain as an author that she can make me feel empathy for a truly psychopathic serial killer, but that’s exactly what she does with Gretchen.  it’s very obvious that she cares greatly for Archie, which she shows in this book.  Gretchen is such a well written character, and I’m guessing that Ms. Cain has done some serious research to write someone so incredibly twisted.

There are some flashbacks of some pretty intense sexual encounters between them, that you don’t know are flashbacks or not.

I won’t go into detail, as it would be a spoiler, but I was VERY happy with the way this book ended.  That’s all I can say.

Happy reading.