Book Review: Chaos by Iris Johansen

Chaos Iris Johansen

Unlike the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series, her latest release, Chaos, focuses on a new heroine, CIA Agent Alisa Flynn. While I loved Eve Duncan and her family and friends circle, I did start to experience a slight sense of fatigue, so reading about a new fearless female character who equals her male partner in every way possible was quite refreshing. Alisa Flynn didn’t have it easy while growing up. She was a street kid who knew all the tricks to stay alive. She was also a very fast learner, who caught the eye of a CIA agent who eventually […] Read more »

Book Review: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Reading urban fantasy is a guilty pleasure of mine, so I was eagerly keeping tabs on whatever new books Darynda Jones released after her Charlie Davidson series was over. Much to my surprise, her next book, A Bad Day for Sunshine turned out to be a well-crafted romantic suspense novel, which is a departure for her usual genre. I already experienced this departure with Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series that started with City of the Lost, which turned out to be another success in dipping one’s toes in another genre. Sunshine Vicram has recently returned home to the small village of […] Read more »

Book Review: The Final Deception by Heather Graham (New York Confidential #5)

The Final Deception Heather Graham

The Final Deception, the latest book in the New York Confidential romantic suspense series by Heather Graham is also the last in this series. Yes, as disappointed as I am with the word “last,” it is indeed the finale, the conclusion to this awesome series featuring Kieran and Craig, aka psychologist Kieran Finnegan and FBI agent Craig Fraiser. After getting over my shock about the finale, I dove in and only came up for some air every now and then. This book is “sick.” It features a sick serial killer named The Fireman who was initially caught but then escaped from […] Read more »

Book Review: Hindsight by Iris Johansen (Kendra Michaels #7)

Book Review: Hindsight by Iris Johansen (Kendra Michaels #7)

While the Eve Duncan series in the Iris Johansen books is my favorite, Kendra Michaels comes as a close second. Over the last 7 books, Kendra has undergone an amazing transformation that most people just ever dream of. After being blind for so long – for the first 20 years of her life, she had surgery that restored her eyesight. However, through those many years of blindness, she honed some skills that most people never really use. Her senses have become way sharper than normal, so her keen observation skills put her in a position to help authorities bring bad […] Read more »

Book Review: Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen (Even Duncan #24)

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

Dark Tribute is the latest novel in the Eve Duncan series by popular romantic suspense author Iris Johansen. I’ve been reading the series faithfully from the very first book, and while my excitement about it has dampened a bit over the years, the books are still engaging and some of my favorites in the genre. Each book focuses on one particular character, and Dark Tribute is no different. Here we have as central role Cara Delaney, beloved ward of Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn. She is also Jock Gavin’s love interest, although so far that love – albeit strongly returned […] Read more »

Book Review: Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen - Eve Duncan #23

In the latest Eve Duncan novel by Iris Johansen, Shattered Mirror, the focus shifts back to Eve once again, much to the delight of the series’ fans. In Mind Game, we were transported to Scotland and had a deeper meeting with Jane and her ancient queen, Cira. Now, it seems that Eve’s forensic sculpting abilities are again highly sought after when someone leaves a badly burned skull in front of Eve’s home for her to reconstruct. But who is the one who left the skull behind nicely wrapped in a box, and whom does the skull belong anyway? In Shattered […] Read more »

Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose (Romantic Suspense #20)

Edge of Darkness Karen Rose

The latest Karen Rose book, Edge of Darkness, is the 20th in the author’s Romantic Suspense series and also the 4th in her Cincinnati series. We meet once again Meredith Fallon and Adam Kimble, along with many other characters who I hope will be well-fleshed out in next novels, such as Dani and Deacon, Diesel, Faith, and the O’Bannion brothers. The story follows Every Dark Corner, book #18 in the Romantic Suspense series and book #3 in the Cincinnati series, but the focus, this time around, is on Meredith, the child psychologist and Adam, a detective who had a one-time affair with her but […] Read more »

Mind Game by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #22)

Mind Game Iris Johansen

Mind Game is the latest book in the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series, and it follows the stories of a few people close to Eve. The focus this time is on Jane MacGuire, who has an ability to connect with people during her dreams. While reading the Eve Duncan series in order is not specifically required (the author has a knack for making sure you know most of what happened in previous books during her telling of the current story), Mind Game does directly relate to Hide Away (book #20 in the series), where Jane MacQuire, Eve’s adopted daughter, played an […] Read more »

Hello Again by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2)

Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Hello Again is part of the Brenda Novak books in order. It is the second book by Brenda Novak in her Evelyn Talbot Chronicles taking place in Alaska at the Hanover House prison. We’ve already met Evelyn in the first book in the series where she went through several deadly adventures in the Alaskan wilderness. Now, we’re back once again at her beloved Hanover House, a maximum-security prison that holds and studies some of the most dangerous criminals known to man. Evelyn is one of the chief psychologists who study these depraved and soulless killers, and her work is not […] Read more »

The Last Move by Mary Burton

The Last Move by Mary Burton

The Last Move is the latest standalone romantic-suspense thriller by the popular author Mary Burton. It focuses on Theo Mazur, a veteran detective who moved from Chicago to San Antonio to be near his daughter, and Kate Hayden, an FBI agent who has just found the latest victim of a vicious serial killer. Thankfully, the victim was still alive. Theo loves his job at Chicago, but when his ex-wife decides to move to San Antonio to advance her career, he has no choice but to transfer from Chicago to San Antonio. He has to go even if means he’ll start at […] Read more »