Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DEATH TAKES A RIDE, by Lorena McCourtney


Assistant PI. Cate Kincaid has a knack for finding trouble. In Death Takes a Ride, she arrives at an auto restoration shop just in time to hear gunshots and discover a dead man in the business owner's office. She's drawn into the case when the co-owner of the shop asks her assistance in finding a young man who has a rare motorcycle to sell.             

But with Cate, nothing is ever simple. Her investigation goes further than she planned, with sometimes frightening--and sometimes humorous--consequences. This third book in the Cate Kincaid Files series is a true page-turner of a whodunit. The addition of Cate's uncertainty about her motorcycle-riding boyfriend's future plans adds to the fun.

I thoroughly enjoyed Death Takes a Ride. Lorena McCourtney is a master at writing cozy mysteries. Be sure to add Death Takes a Ride to your summer reading list. You'll be glad you did.

My thanks to the author and Revell for providing my review copy. My opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WHAT FOLLOWS AFTER, by Dan Walsh

For nearly a year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been hiding the fact that their marriage has crumbled. Although they're living in separate houses, they attend church and family functions as though they are still together. To keep up the deception, they've instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie for them.
    After a time, the boys have had enough. Colt hatches a scheme to force their parents back together and one morning he and Timmy launch their plan. Then everything goes horribly wrong.
    The extent of the disaster had me reading compulsively to learn how What Follows After would resolve the crises involving not only the boys, but of course, their parents as well. Fans of Dan Walsh's novels will love this one. I certainly did. Walsh did a superb job with setting the story in Florida in 1962. The many telling details from that era added immensely to the narrative.
    I give What Follows After two thumbs way up!    My thanks to the author and Revell for a review copy of this book.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A SKY WITHOUT STARS, by Linda S. Clare

The year is 1951. Frankie Chasing Bear and her son, Harold, left the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota following the death of her husband. Her luck doesn't get any better when they find themselves stranded in Phoenix after their rattletrap pickup breaks down. Her plan was to go to Los Angeles as part of an Indian relocation program. Instead, she battles heat, poverty, and prejudice in a town that has little sympathy for Indians.
 She's determined to help her son survive the bullying he receives by sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt to remind him to be proud of his heritage. But Harold is having none of it. He decides he wants to return to Pine Ridge, where at least he had friends.
 Nick Parker is a federal agent assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He’s attracted to Frankie's determination to survive in her hostile environment. For her part, Frankie believes Nick already has two strikes against him--by her definition he's a half-breed (part Lakota, part white) and he works for a Bureau that has never had the Indians' best interests at heart. She wants to trust Nick, but can she?
 Sky Without Stars really grabbed my attention. Linda Clare has done a wonderful job of reminding us how poorly Indians have been treated, while at the same time she's crafted a suspenseful story of a mother's love for her son.
 Readers will feel the heat, dust, and fear that Frankie experiences as she tries to make a life for herself and Harold. Her determination had me cheering her on as I read.
 I highly recommend Sky Without Stars.
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