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Book Review: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (9781538759929)

51IhKtKO55LIt’s amazing what you can keep buried when you want to.

A body is found in the small Aussie town of Smithson.  She was Rosalind Ryan, a local drama teacher and pregnant.  Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is assigned the case with her partner, Detective Sergeant Felix McKinnon.  The detectives find out this is not a cut and dried case, and how is Gemma’s history with her old schoolmate, Rosalind, connected to the case?  There are a lot of secrets to be discovered, and Gemma and Felix have a lot to lose if their affair is one of them.

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Book Review: The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue (9781635839029)

cover116146-mediumI recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.

Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving.  Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.

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Book review: He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond (9781935554578)

All the evil in the world is powerless against intelligence and courage.

A dead body of a man is found in London and the detective protagonist needs to find who did it.  What he finds is an interesting oral history of the victim’s life captured by the victim on tapes.  The tapes reveal the loneliness and destitution that the victim endures and the people that play a part of his life and death.

This book was originally published in the 1980’s and the writing is fantastic.  I really enjoyed this noir crime story.  It is stark, gritty and real and you keep wanting to read more.  The great mastery of this story is that you never learn the name of the detective who is investigating the story and you don’t even realize it because it is so well written.  I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Thank you to Mr. Raymond, Melville House Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Book of Days by James L. Rubart (9781433671517)

Cameron Vaux is literally losing his mind and he needs to find the “Book of Days” before it is too late.  Both his dying father and dying wife refer to this book as God’s life history of everyone in the world even showing the future whether you want to see it or not.  Cameron takes a quest to a remote town in Oregon to find the book that will help him fulfill his father’s and wife’s last wish, but he finds that there are people in the town who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

Ann Bannister is the host of an outdoor program and a foster sister to Cameron’s deceased wife.  Cameron contacts Ann asking for her help in finding the book and even though she thought it was folly to see him again considering she has been secretly in love with him for years, she agrees to help.  But she has a secret of her own.  Her mother was raised in this same town and she wants to find out why she abandoned her so many years ago.

This is an interesting Christian fiction/mystery where the characters are well-rounded and the storyline is very engaging.  In other words, it’s a page turner.

Thank you to Mr. Rubart and LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Palos Verdes Blue by John Shannon (9781605980379)

Shannon takes you into the battle of Los Angeles’ Bayboys, teen age surfers and Mexican immigrants by sending Jack Liffey to find a missing child.  What Liffey uncovers is revenge, murder and men with a strong will to survive.

This book is well written, but I could have done without the footnotes and the historical/literary facts and tidbits that just distracts the reader.

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