Daily Archives: July 1, 2014

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Review #2)

The Skin Collector

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist and his highly trained team are faced with a killer that has studied Rhyme’s methods and has learned how to cover up evidence and leave Rhyme’s team reaching for clues. The killer has located a book about serial killers that includes a chapter written by Lincoln Rhyme on The Bone Collector. The book is where he got his knowledge of how to avoid leaving evidence.

The killer who has been dubbed The Skin Collector tends to work underground and tattoos messages on his victims. However, these tattoos are not the ordinary type the tattoo gun is loaded with poison and the victim dies a horrifying death.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be…in the U.S. Navy!: Noah Tours an Aircraft Carrier! by Wigu Publishing

When I Grow Up I Want To Be...in the U.S. Navy!: Noah Tours an Aircraft Carrier!

Reviewed by Teri Davis

How many children see a military uniform and immediately believe that their personal future will be in the military becoming a hero and fighting for our country? Whether it is a policeman, fireman, doctor, or the uniform of one the military branches, children know that these are honorable people who spend their life in service for the good of others.

Wigu Publishing captures these daydreams of the young and turns them into reality in this read along non-fiction book about life on a U. S. Navy aircraft carrier demystifying the real, everyday life aboard the USS Gerald Ford.

Hemlock Lake (Five Star Mystery Series) by Carolyn J. Rose

Hemlock Lake

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Change is one things that is difficult for most of us, especially if we do not need or want the change. For the small community of Hemlock Lake located in the Catskill Mountains, the local residents feel this way.

A new development near the lake of luxury homes will bring new money into the community but will also make the locals realize that their homes are old and shabby, not to mention their daily lives.

It is obvious that someone is not pleased with this new change and they are constantly writing graffiti and setting fires to delay this progress.

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman


Reviewed by Teri Davis

Legends often distort reality and for King Richard I of England that is certainly true. A king of England who fought his father, spent less than six months in England once he became king, and fought for Christianity during the Crusades. What made him a legend? How could a king who barely visited the country be considered one of the best kings?

Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine had five sons. Naturally, the eldest was expected to succeed as ruler of Britain. William died as a child with Henry dead as an adult, Richard, Geoffrey died in battle, John, and three daughters, for any mother of eight children, having an heir would seem like a simple task. However when the children were fighting with their father, Henry favored John as king while Eleanor expected and assisted with Richard.

Being that Richard was not originally considered to be king, he was granted his mother’s inherited land of Aquitaine. However once Richard became king, he was expected to Aquitaine to John since he now possessed Britain.

eHuman Dawn by Nicole Sallak Anderson

eHuman Dawn

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

eHuman Dawn is a book about humanity. It presents us with a likely scenario of evolution and it poses many dilemmas regarding our present and future. Rapped in the mist of utopia, this futuristic world soon reveals itself to be a dystopia. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, eHuman Dawn presents another form of totalitarian government.

There are many levels to the book itself. First, there is the intimate plane of interpersonal relationships, where we close-in on individuals and their personal experiences. Second is the social and political plane, which presents the totalitarian form of government, the Resistance and their battle for humanity. Lastly, the plane of an entire species.

Panthers Play for Keeps: A Pru Marlowe Pet Mystery (Pru Marlowe Pet Mysteries) by Clea Simon

Panthers Play for Keeps

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Pru Marlowe is walking Spot, a dog she is training. In the woods outside of town Spot suddenly begins whining and Pru decides to give him a break and let him run after whatever he is thinks is up ahead. Pru has an ability to communicate with animals and can normally understand what the animal is attempting to communicate but not this time. Pru gives Spot the Danger signal and he responds by stopping in front of Pru as he should but Spot continues whining. Pru finds herself gazing in front of Spot at the body of a woman that has been attacked by something that has shredded her clothing and left her head split open. It would seem the woman had been mauled by a large cat.

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Skin Collector

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Devious, forward thinking, and always interesting. That is exactly what describes any book by Jeffery Deaver but especially one involving Lincoln Rhyme. For those of you (if there are any) who are not familiar with Lincoln Rhyme he is a paraplegic former NYC detective who has for some time now worked from his wheelchair as a consultant to the Detective Squad.

Aiding Rhyme in his analysis of unsolved crimes is Amelia Sachs, his right hand and live-in assistant although she is also a lead detective for the police force. He also now has a NYPD patrol officer, Ron Pulaski (known as Rookie to Rhyme) who joined the crew a few books ago.

Their activities in The Skin Collector are initiated by Lon Sellitto who is a lead officer in the Major Crimes Division. Sellitto brings news of a new case in which a woman was found in the basement of a boutique where she worked. The woman appeared to have just recently been tattooed on her stomach but it appears that instead of ink the tattoo artist used poison.