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Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

Dangerous Women & Desperate Men by Rick Mofina

Dangerous Women & Desperate MenReviewed by Patricia Reid

The introduction to this book gives you a lot of information about the author, his writing and some of his experiences that have helped develop background for his books.

Blood Red Rings is the story of Frank Harper, a police officer as well as a family man. Harper is tired of his job, tired of dealing with his problems at home and ready to end his evening. His thoughts go back over the years and the good times in his life as he cruises his beat. However, the evening ends in a very tragic way. A story that will stay with the reader long after the last page.

Lightning Rider is the story of Jessie Scout who is employed as the driver of an armored car. Jesse along with her crew members, Gask and Perez, haul a lot of money from the Las Vegas casinos. The last drive that she made to pick up money is one that will not soon be forgotten by Jessie, her crew members, or readers of this story.

Three Bullets to Queensland takes Ike Decker on a chase for the suspect in a deadly armored car hit. One where Paco Sanchez got away with all the cash. A great story with a twisted ending.

The Herring in the Library by L.C. Tyler

The Herring in the LibraryReviewed by Patricia Reid

Ethelred Tressider is a mystery writer although not first rate. His agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is visiting Ethelred and while occupying their time with a game of Clue (Cludeo) Elsie is attempting to get Ethelred busy on his next book. The game that occupies their time is one that they will soon be playing with a real life mystery.

Ethelred reminds Elsie that they are soon due at the estate of Sir Robert and Lady Muntham of Muntham Court for dinner. Sir Robert is an old friend of Ethelred’s who was known in earlier days as Shagger. Although Elsie was not a bit excited about having to dress up to meet the hosts she certainly wasn’t about to be left at home.

The dinner party turns into a disaster when Sir Robert is found dead in the locked library. Lady Muntham prevails upon Ethelred to act as detective and locate the murderer. Elsie does not have a lot of faith in Ethelred’s detective talents and proceeds to uncover her own clues.

Vintage Connor: The Blonde in the Lotus Elite by Robert Baty

Vintage Connor:  The Blonde in the Lotus EliteReviewed by Patricia Reid

Ray Connor is a former police officer living in Oakland, California and dealing in vintage cars. He drives an Alfa Romeo and is an expert in classic cars. He is the person to look to if you are a collector wanting to buy a classic car.

When a cab pulls up and Evie steps out, he is immediately drawn back into the past. Evie is a woman that Connor was in love with twenty years ago and he has never gotten over the fact that she walked out on him. Now she is back in his life and seeking his help. Evie’s daughter Janey is dead. Connor didn’t even know that Evie had a daughter and now he is to investigate her death. Janey’s death has been ruled a suicide but Evie refuses to believe that her daughter would kill herself.

Janey died in Monterey so that is where Connor begins. Connor calls on his ex-partner Vince Hendrix for assistance in tracking down some information. When Connor begins his investigation, he finds that Janey’s death is looking more like murder than suicide. It not only appears that there has been a big cover-up in the facts surrounding Janey’s death, Connor also begins to feel that Evie may be covering up some facts about the case – facts that he needs to know.

The Big Goodbye by Michael Lister

The Big GoodbyeReviewed by Patricia Reid

Jimmy “Soldier” Riley is a one-armed Private Investigator in Panama City, Florida and the time is 1943. Jimmy is in a partnership with Ray Parker, a former Pinkerton detective. July is a cute little gal that works for the agency.

Ray and Jimmy have a lot going on and things are jumping in Panama City. When Lauren Lewis walks into the office Jimmy isn’t sure how to handle it. July wanted to send her in to see Ray but Jimmy insisted he could handle it. Lauren was married to Harry Lewis who was a leader in the city and getting ready to run for office. Jimmy and Lauren had an affair that was over now but just seeing Lauren made Jimmy remember every moment of the affair.

Lauren thinks someone is following her and wants to know if it is Jimmy. Jimmy denies that he is following her but senses that she is in danger. Jimmy decides whether Lauren likes it or not he is determined to protect her.

Dead Man’s Switch: A Kate Reilly Mystery by Tammy Kaehler

Dead Man's SwitchReviewed by Patricia Reid

Tammy Kaehler’s debut novel Dead Man’s Switch introduces Kate Reilly. Kate loves racing and although she has had some experience, she is looking for a full-time position with a racing crew. When she pulls into the track at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut where the American LeMans Series is racing on the 4th of July weekend she pulls into a dead man. Or maybe a better phrase would be that she pulls over a dead man.

The corpse under Kate’s car turns out to be Wade Becker, a corvette driver for ALMS. The driver’s death was a shock to everyone but not necessarily counted as a loss since Wade seemed to have a number of enemies in the racing world.

When Kate is offered the position of filling in for Wade, she is thrilled but uncertain how she will be accepted. She finds that the Detective in charge of the investigation is suspicious of Kate since she not only discovered the body but also has taken over Wade’s driving position.