Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (DCI Erika Foster #4)

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Erika Foster, the tough as nails detective in Robert Brynzda’s thriller series, is back once again. This time, however, she is not working murder cases because she’s out. She has been away from her team for a while now, ever since she left the Murder Investigation Team when she got, once again, passed over for promotion. But the itch to solve cases remained with her ever since. When she is called to a gruesome crime scene, she can no longer deny her calling. She has to solve this case even if she has to grovel for her place back on the […] Read more »

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

The topic of gone without a trace, disappeared and vanished has been featured in many movies and has been written about in countless psychological thriller novels so far. It is a very popular and catchy subject, so it’s not surprising that every movie script and book manages to add its own unique take on the theme. The movie that is still with me after all these years is The Vanishing with Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland, released in 1993. As I’ve soon learned, much to my surprise, even this movie is an American adaptation of an even older Franco-Dutch film […] Read more »

Double Up by Gretchen Archer (Davis Way Crime Caper #6)

Double Up by Gretchen Archer

I am usually not a big fan of cozies and I hardly read them. But the Davis Way Crime Caper series is a major exception to the rule. I love this series and so far I can’t stop reading them. The latest book Double Up brings back Davis Way and she is this time in a very funky mood. The main secret spy for the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi is at home with her two newborn twins. She lives on the 29th floor of the hotel and right now she is a stay-at-home mom. She hasn’t been out of the apartment in […] Read more »

Bum Luck by Paul Levine (Jake Lassiter #12)

Bum Luck by Paul Levine

Bum Luck is the 12th book in Paul Levine’s Jake Lassiter legal thriller series, and it’s also the first book I’ve read by this author. I was a bit worried that picking up a book without knowing anything about the series beforehand would be difficult, but it was anything but. The story was easy to follow and the characters were fun to learn about. And let’s face it, it’s not very often you read about a lawyer who wants to kill his client right after winning his freedom. At the very start of the book. Yeah that definitely got my attention […] Read more »

Freefall by Brian Lutterman (Pen Wilkinson #3)

Freefall by Brian Lutterman

Freefall, the third book in the Pen Wilkinson legal thriller series by Brian Lutterman brings back Pen to face another dangerous case, this time involving her own family. Pen Wilkinson is a paraplegic. A few years ago she got in a car accident that not only killer her six-years-old niece who was at the time with her in the car, but also left Pen hurt for good. She somehow picked up the pieces of her life and went on living, continuing to help those who could not help themselves, despite her own disability. But Pen has also a knack for getting herself […] Read more »

Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Walk Away by Sam Hawken

The tough ex-Army medic, Camaro, is back in Sam Hawken’s second book Walk Away, this time around protecting that which is most important to her: family. Camaro hasn’t seen or spoken to her sister in years. There is a good reason for that, so when Annabel sent her a coded message asking for help, Camaro knew that the situation was serious. After all, Annabel wouldn’t contact her just to do small talk. So Camaro leaves the sunny Florida and heads West to California to come to her sister’s aid. And what she finds there is not pretty. It seems that Annabel […] Read more »

Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney (Court Gentry #6)

Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney

Gunmetal Gray is an action packed story that takes us from classy hotels in Hong Kong to seedy motels in Thailand, swamps full of deadly snakes, and bodies of enemies littering the streets and seas. And a gorgeous Russian spy. Last time we hanged out with Court Gentry, aka The Gray Man, he was just getting back in CIA’s good graces. No longer hunted down, he is now working for them on a contract basis. The first contract he’s given takes him all over Asia with a particular task: find Fan Jiang, a Chinese hacker who defected and escaped to […] Read more »

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God

The Lost City of the Monkey God is the first non-fiction book I’ve read by Douglas Preston. I love his Special Agent Pendergast series co-authored with Lincoln Child, but I was not sure what to expect from a real-life account story. The book turned out to be just as interesting as everything else Preston has written so far. The story is about a lost – almost mythological – city called La Ciudad Blanca (the White City). After decades of fruitless searches by other archaeological teams, Douglas Preston decided that he would go on the search as well. So he embarked in an […] Read more »

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (Evan Smoak #2)

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Evan Smoak is a man with a troubled past. As a secret operative agent working for the underground Orphan Program, under the code name Orphan X he has killed many targets over the years. Having been groomed from a very young age for the job, he grew up to be a killer, and now killing is all that he knows to do. The death of his mentor changed all that, however. Holding his dying friend in his arms left him with a heavy sense of guilt, which has stayed with him for the last 8 years. So he quit the government program and figured that […] Read more »

Some Like ‘Em Dead by Peter S. Fischer (The Hollywood Murder Mysteries #13)

Some Like Em Dead

Some Like ‘Em Dead is a clever Hollywood themed cozy mystery set during the filming of Some Like It Hot, one of the greatest comedies of all times, featuring stars like Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. Joe Bernarni is a failed writer and successful publicist. He is, in fact, a jack of all trades; an expert at dealing with situations that need dealing with before things become unmanageable. He has just married his sweetheart Bunny, an Assistant Editor at the Valley News newspaper, who has been evading his proposal for the last 10 years. The honeymoon is over before it began, because both are career people, and […] Read more »