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The Russian Hill Murders, by Shirley Tallman

The Russian Hill Murders by Shirley Tallman: Book CoverFinished 11-9-09, rating 4.5/5, mystery, pub. 2005

Book 2 in the Sarah Woolson series

I had long since grown weary of these tantrums.  “So, you see, Mr. Shepard, you need not trouble yourself,” I continued, doing my best to ignore this outbreak.  “Mrs. Mankin will be my responsibility.”

“She will be no such thing!  Under no circumstances are you to take that woman’s case.  Do you understand me?”

I was dismayed to feel my own temper rising; above all, I was determined to maintain my composure.  “As you are fond of pointing out, Mr. Shepard, I am a mere woman.  Nevertheless, you have made yourself perfectly clear.”  I didn’t think it expedient to add that, despite its clarity, I had no intention of obeying his edict.

Chapter 2

Sarah Woolson is one of three women attorneys in California in the 1880′s and the only way she was able to get a job in a San Fransisco law firm was through boldness and a little luck.  She is stuck in a closet-sized office doing work for the men in the office when a woman walks in asking for her assistance.  As Sarah goes against her boss, with the help of fellow attorney Robert, she also becomes the focus of a sexy man who she later fears could be a murderer.  There are two mysteries to solve, one involving the horrible sweatshops of the day, and a little romance for Sarah, who wants no part of it.   And Sarah finally gets her day in court defending a Chinese man accused of murder.

I read the first book last month and loved it so much that I had to read the next as soon as my library could get it for me.  I liked this one even more than the first.  Sarah is a tough cookie, maybe a little too tough to identify with in the first book, but in this one we get to see a bit of her vulnerability.  I loved seeing her family again and the mystery was great.  I did figure it out before the end, but I really didn’t care. 

I’ve already put the third one on hold at the library.  This was a library copy.

My review of Book 1.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books | , | 6 Comments

A Body To Die For, by Kate White

Cover ImageFinished 6-19-09, rating 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 2003

Book 2 in the Bailey Weggins mystery series

Was I out of my mind? was all I could think as I fired up the engine.  The guy was a too intense, apparently humorless, small-city cop.  I couldn’t believe he was making my heart pound so hard.  This is what happens, I thought, when you go for months without physical contact.  You look at men who are total strangers and feel the urge to tear their boxer shorts off with your teeth.  You become attracted to a guy who probably bowls every Tuesday night and has a best friend named Choppy.

Chapter 6

Magazine crime writer Bailey Weggins is back and ready for some R & R after solving her first case.  She accepts an invitation to The Cedar Inn and Spa in rural Massachusetts.  It is owned by an old family friend, Danny, who would like some help in promoting the spa.  On her first night of relaxation Bailey discovers a murdered spa therapist and the R & R is over.  Danny asks for help so the Inn and Spa don’t suffer and Bailey is thrown into an investigation that will lead to more dead bodies before the mystery is solved.

Bailey has been flying solo since her break up with Jack, but now he is back, hat in hand, and she must decide if his excuses are enough.  There is also the cool, sexy Massachusetts detective that has taken a few opportunities to kiss her. 

There is less New York, but it’s still full of the sometimes sarcastic writing that is filled with pop culture references.  Bailey is still a New York gal, only stuck in a small town mystery.  I really liked this one.  It was full of surprises that I didn’t see coming.  I also learned a little more than I needed to know about a massage ‘with benefits’.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books | , , , | 7 Comments

The Poet by Michael Connelly

The PoetFinished 5-13-08, rating 4.5/5, fiction, pub. 1996

“It’s lucky no one else knows what our most secret thoughts are.  We’d all be seen for the cunning, self-aggrandizing fools we are.”    Chapter 15

This was a great mystery.  A killer was mutilating bodies after he killed them and then once a detective became obsessed with the case the detective was killed too.  This went undiscovered for many years because the detective’s deaths were ruled suicides.  But reporter Jack McEvoy just lost his twin brother and doesn’t want to believe it was suicide so he sets out to prove it wasn’t.

Once Jack convinces his brother’s partner he sets out to see if he can prove it had been done before.  Jack flies to Washington DC to investigate and inadvertantly opens a FBI task force before he can go public with his own story.  Jack then must force his way into the story and begins his whirlwind journey with the FBI.

This book has it all: grief, revenge, love, murder, guilt, and the chase.  If you love mysteries you cannot go wrong with this one.  This will keep you guessing til the end.  I know Connelly has a current mystery series and I bet when I find the time to read one it will be good too!

May 14, 2008 Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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