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Red Mist

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Cornwell’s nineteenth Scarpetta novel and she hasn’t lost her touch. Dr. Kay Scarpetta is as engaging now as she ever has been. Never mix business with pleasure, that’s the motto most live by, but that line is crossed in “Red Mist.” Scarpetta’s latest case is very personal, one in which she herself may be investigated by the FBI. And it doesn’t matter that her husband Benton Westley is FBI. And her longtime friend and investigator Pete Marino decides he may abandon ship and go to work for Jaime, who was once a close associate of Scarpetta. It doesn’t get much more personal than that. How does Scarpetta deal with these issues and solve years-old murders at the same time?Lola Daggette is on death row for the murders of the Jordans. It’s an open and shut case, or so they say. Scarpetta doesn’t believe it and tries to find the truth, but must do so without bringing more unwanted attention to herself. In the past, Dawn Kincaid attempted to kill Scarpetta, who defended herself and for which defense she is now being ‘watched.’A convoluted but entertaining entwining of personal issues with professional mayhem is what Cornwell pens in this distinctive narrative. It is well written and will be, I’m sure, very well read by many of her fans.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “One Major Mistake”
Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone

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Kiesbye’s supernatural novel speaks straight to our innermost fears. In Hemmersmoor, some children grow up and never leave while others leave by fates worse than death. Christian, Linde, Anke and Martin, four of Hemmersmoor’s children, tell a tale of a village wrought with ghosts and evil. There are dark and sinister secrets and enigmas that neither the old nor the young dare speak of.The children were sentinels of this town’s secrets, until Kiesbye reveals all. Children are killed, beaten by their own parents and raped while adults act on jealousy, love, hatred and rage.It’s not best to read this creepy book at night while alone. Keep the lights on and someone nearby. It’s a dark book and not one I recommend to young adults.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “One Major Mistake”
The Sleeping and the Dead: A Mystery

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An ex-cop turned photographer and a Leica camera that tells stories it has no right to know.Jackie Lyons, formerly of the Memphis Police Department, turns into a junkie after one thing too many uproots her world. She tries to pull it together with the help of a detective friend by the name of Adam. She now takes pictures of murder scenes and sells them back to the department . . . and an old perv she befriended from a past case. It is her means of making a living. When the Playhouse Killer enacts his version of well-known plays, Jackie becomes knee-deep in the case. She ‘sees’ things differently than the detectives, and that ‘sight’ is what leads her to the serial killer. She fights off her own death in order to bring justice to the dead around her.Despite the fact that I feel Crook misses the mark at times when he attempts to write the female protagonist, the book is enjoyable and worth the read.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “One Major Mistake”
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The First Prophet

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This book is the first novel in The Bishop Files series. It is an extension of the Bishop/SCU series and Hooper once again regales readers with another well-written tale.Noah Bishop begins and ends the book. The link between the opening and the conclusion is a harrowing chase involving those wishing to either kill or capture psychics and those who wish to stop the ‘other side’ from doing so. Psychic Sarah Gallagher and novelist Tucker Mackenzie are slammed smack dab into the middle of it all. Sarah and Tucker run from city to city not knowing where they’re going, only that they need to. What’s more, they don’t know who they can trust, even other psychics. And there’s one place Sarah psychically understands they must culminate their journey, if they don’t end up dead. Sarah pushes herself to the limits and finds out more about herself in a week than she knew in a lifetime. Things she didn’t even know she could do must be done if they are to stay alive. When she realizes just how strong she is, she still has to accept her new way of living.An excellent book I absolutely recommend. Even if you’ve never picked up a Hooper tale before, you’ll understand everything that happens within these pages.
Spilled Blood

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In picking up this book, I read the reviews written for Freeman and his work. There were some great reviews. So I said, okay, let’s see what Freeman has to offer. I am so glad I read this book because Freeman can weave words that you will be thinking about long after you shut the book.Two towns in conflict end in utter chaos, all because of a scientific corporation in their midst. Barron sings the praises of this company while St. Croix condemns them. Adults and kids alike rival one another. But the thrilling ride gets bumpier by the minute when you throw in Aquarius, a violent individual threatening to spill more blood that what’s already shed.Chris Hawk is a city attorney and father of a young girl, Olivia, accused of murdering one of Barron’s citizens and daughter of the corporation’s president, Ashlynn. Hawk comes to town and to the aid of his family, whom he hasn’t seen in some time. He vows to get to the bottom of the quagmire and find out who really killed Ashlynn and why she was killed.Freeman’s rapids aren’t just alive in this book, they’re downright dangerous as Aquarius makes himself known and all of the ugly truths are spilled out.A gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge, turning page after page until you reach the ending.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “One Major Mistake”
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