Daily Archives: September 1, 2016

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett by C.J. Box

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Shots FiredMr. Box has put together a group of short stories in this book which is about the happenings in west. Several of them feature Joe Pickett, the Wyoming ranger and one even features Joe’s buddy, Nate Romanowski.

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In the opener (One Car Bridge) Joe gets involved with a very irate and prosperous ranch owner. The owner is mad at Joe and it seems like the world especially after his plan for a special wild game hunting exposition goes sour. When the state turns his idea down Joe has to pass the word to the Ranch Foreman and then to the owner. Quite an usual tale about what happens next.

When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson (Review #2)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

When the Music's Over‘When the music’s over, it’s time to have some fun.’

For Detective Superintendent Banks, his new promotion is overwhelming. He is in charge of the Danny Caxton case. Danny Caxton is now an elderly, retired celebrity who now faces accusations of rape from fifty-years-ago. Obviously, there is little evidence so till available from that time and fewer witnesses.
One victim, Linda Palmer has come forward. She has lived a fruitful and well-adjusted life, working as a poet who vividly remembers the event. As a young fourteen-year-old with dreams of stardom, this could be her chance to audition and to become a star. Caxton appealed to her ambition, but the cost was being a victim of sexual abuse. She was young and inexperienced. Caxton took advantage of her through his charismatic personality on television.
With the media appeal, Banks realizes that this is a delicate investigation requiring immense patience in building a case to prosecute Caxton.

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On a rural road, a young woman is found, dead. Her body is naked and after being sexual with three different partners, and possibly thrown from a vehicle and then beaten and killed later. Who is she? Why has no one identified her after days of her discovery?

A Necessary End: A Novel by Holly Brown

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

A Necessary EndAdrienne and Gabe want a child. Unfortunately, pregnancy has not happened for them even after extensive fertility treatments. So the couple changes gears and focuses on trying to find a baby to adopt. Readers learn over the course of the book of their first attempt with a birth mother which went terribly wrong in the end. But as the book opens, they have changed their profile and are hoping to attract the perfect birth mother wanting the perfect home for her baby. When Leah responds they think they have found the perfect match. Leah even looks a great deal like Adrienne. But it is when they arrange for her to come to California to meet them that some cracks in this perfect match start to appear.

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When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

When the Music's OverNewly promoted Superintendent Alan Banks is forced to hit the ground running when he is handed a cold case from nearly 50 years ago. Former entertainment icon Danny Caxton has been accused of raping a 14 year old girl in his hotel room in 1967, something he adamantly denies. As if that isn’t bad enough, a British female teenager is found brutally raped and murdered in the countryside and accusations are flying against British Pakistanis and their so-called “grooming gangs.” As Banks and his team pursue both cases, it becomes clear that solving them will not be easy. With public pressure rising and his superiors demanding results, whether or not Banks and his team will find their answers remains to be seen.

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