Book Review: Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott

Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott

Cross Your Heart
by Kierney Scott

Detective Jess Bishop is back! Jess was injured at the end of book #1 in the series, Forget Me Not, and has been on leave while recovering. Since Jess is always on the job, she continued to look into cases, and discovered a link in some cold cases involving children. Once reinstated in her position at the FBI, she brings the case to her team, but is not allowed to reopen the cases. That all changes when another child is reported missing. Jess and her team work to connect the cases of the missing children and find their killer.

This is the second book in the Detective Jess Bishop series by Kierney Scott. Jess is a FBI agent. She’s smart, determined, and damaged. I’ve read the first book in the series, and enjoyed this second book even more. This book can be read as a standalone, but the first book does introduce more of the characters backgrounds and personalities, plus there is the whole thing about how she got injured.

Smart, gritty, and fast-paced. Great for fans of crime thrillers, especially ones with strong female characters.

I received a digital copy of this book from Bookouture and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge

When the Serpent Bites
by Nesly Clerge

Frederick Starks and his wife are separated, but he’s never forgiven her, or the man she had an affair. Starks confronts the man, and things get out of control. So out of control, Starks is arrested, tried, convicted, and sent to a maximum security prison. Starks is used to being the one who holds the power, but in prison, he faces a much darker side of life.

The 1st book in The Starks Trilogy by Nesly Clerge. This story ends in a way that made me want to read the next book.

The writing was great. A very engaging story of a privileged man ending up in a maximum security prison. The first part of the novel covers the trial and the second part is about prison life. Both were interesting. I liked that the trial part was included, but it wasn’t the focus of the story. The focus is always Starks, and the decisions he has made in the past and how he reacts to his current situation. He likes to have a plan and have everything in order, and his life is turned upside down in a moment of violence. During his time in prison, he reflects upon his past, while still trying to maintain control.

Starks is not a likable man. He is an entitled, controlling misogynist. I kept waiting for him to gain some redeeming qualities, but he never did. My main complaint about Starks is that he never takes responsibility for his actions. It’s always someone else’s fault. However, I wanted to like Starks. I plan on reading the next book to see if I’m all wrong about him.

I received a digital copy of this book from Shayla Raquel in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky

Yesterday’s News
by R. G. Belsky

Clare is a journalist who made her career with a missing child story. She had incredible access to the family, and had exclusive after exclusive, and even won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the story. It has been 15 years since the child went missing, and the young girl was never found. Clare is now a news director for a TV station, and the girl’s mother has never stopped looking for her child. When the mother contacts Clare, saying she has new evidence in the case, she also says she will only talk to Clare. Clare jumps back into investigative journalism and searches for the truth behind the girl’s disappearance. During her search, she deals with a motorcycle gang, a popular politician, other cases of missing children, and many dark secrets.

The story is told from Clare’s point of view. The characters were all well developed, and the story was intriguing enough to make this a fast read.

Good for fans of crime fiction and plot twists. A complex mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I love twists in a story, but this book had too much going on for me. On the plus side, some twists were completely unexpected and I didn’t see them coming at all.

I received a copy of this book from Oceanview Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is expected to be published in May 2018.

Book Review: The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery

The Echo Killing
by Christi Daugherty

Harper is a news reporter in Savannah, where she works nights following crime activity across the city to catch her next story. After responding to a call to a murder scene, Harper is on a story that is eerily similar to another murder that happened 15 years earlier… the murder of Harper’s mother, which was never solved. Harper sees the connection between the cases, but the police don’t want to hear about it. Investigating this current story brings back memories for Harper, many of which she has tried not to think about for years. As Harper works to uncover the truth behind these crimes, she jeopardizes current relationships in her personal and professional lives.

Dark story. Great characters. Picturesque setting. The mystery was complex and twisty, but not hard to figure out. The characters were well-developed, and I especially liked Harper. She was strong, smart, and a real go-getter. I love mysteries that take place in cities like Savannah, with such a rich history, the setting adds to the story.

A fast-paced crime mystery. I’ll be keeping a look out for the next book in this new series.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is expected to be published in March 2018.

Book Review: Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott

Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott

Forget Me Not
by Kierney Scott

FBI Detective Jess Bishop is working the case of a serial killer. The killer’s style is the same as an old case that Jess has spent years trying to forget. While she searches for the killer, she tries to cope with unpleasant memories from her past and deal with current personal drama. Her old partner, Jamison, has returned to the FBI and they are reassigned as partners. This brings complications into Jess’s professional and personal life.

An interesting crime mystery novel. The mystery part of this book was a very entertaining read, so a great book for fans of FBI mystery stories. I was not a fan of the personal drama in Jess’s life, mainly the drama between her and Jamison.

Jess was smart, but damaged. She definitely had some personality quirks, which made her somewhat unlikeable. Mainly, she was struggling with personal issues, some of which were not that interesting. However, she was a smart and solid agent when it came to solving cases.

A nitpicky complaint – the main character is Jessica, who goes by Jess, except for one person calls her Jessie. I didn’t like the going back and forth between Jessica and Jess. Pick one and stick with it. This probably bothered me more than it should have.

A smart and gritty crime mystery. I’ll likely read more of this series.

I received a copy of this book from Bookouture and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Fatal Game by Linda Ladd

Fatal Game by Linda Ladd

Fatal Game
by Linda Ladd

Claire and her husband, Nick, have recently returned from their honeymoon. They’ve returned to spend Christmas at the Lake of the Ozarks, where the sheriff’s department is overrun with the flu. Claire and her partner, Bud, are private detectives, but they take a murder case to help out the sick sheriff. The murder was at the home of an aging rock star, whose home was on the town’s Christmas tour. The gruesome death appears to be done by a serial killer, who taunts Claire.

Since the story takes place at Christmas time, this seemed a good choice for a December read.

A quick read. The mystery part was interesting, but I wasn’t interested in Claire’s personal problems. The book was primarily told from Claire’s point of view, but there were some chapters from the killer’s viewpoint. I wanted to keep reading to see how it all came together in the end.

This was my first book to read in the Claire Morgan series. Even though this book is part of a series, I felt it was a good standalone read. I’m not in a hurry to read more of this series, but I might read others if I’m in the mood for an escapist crime mystery to read.

I won a Kindle version of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Book Review: A Deeper Grave by Debra Webb

A Deeper Grave by Debra Webb

A Deeper Grave
by Debra Webb

A detective and a serial-killer hunter are the targets of a copycat killer.

A fast-paced thriller. This book, and I’m guessing the previous book, was a dark and a bit gory of a read. It does deal with serial killers, so a certain amount of death and destruction is expected.

The main characters, Bobbie Gentry and Nick Shade, have tough pasts and are dealing with things in their own ways. Bobbie is a homicide detective learning to cope with her nightmarish losses – her husband and son were murdered, and she was kidnapped and tortured by the killer. Nick’s father was a serial killer, and Nick has dedicated his life to locating other serial killers and turning them in to the authorities.

This is the second book in the Shade of Death series. I haven’t read the first book, and it may have helped understand the characters in this one more if I had read it. Even though this book is part of a series, it was still a good stand alone read. This book does end on a cliffhanger, so there are more books to come.

I won the Kindle version of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Book Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home
by Robert Dugoni

The police investigate a hit-and-run that leaves a twelve-year-old boy dead, and discover the driver to be a serviceman at the local naval base. After key evidence goes missing, the serviceman goes free, and detective Tracy Crosswhite starts to suspect more is going on than meets the eye. Additionally, a series of heroin overdoses are occurring in the city, and there seems to be a connection between the hit-and-run case and the drugs.

An exciting crime thriller. The plot has some twists that keep the reader interested and wanting to know more. For me, this book started off slow, but as I read I got more involved with the characters and how the story was going to play out. Also, the way the book delves into the heroin epidemic is handled in a very real way.

This is the 5th book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, but it’s the first one I have read.

I won the Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.