Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this audio from start to finish and always looked forward to what would happen next.

Piper Kerman was a woman who had everything going for her until she made some mistakes, the worst being that she delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. She is convicted and sentenced to fifteen months in a women's prison.

The book is an eyeopening look at the women's penal system in the US.

An excellent read.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Review: The Lost Letters

The Lost Letters The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Current time; In Canada sisters Martha and Elizabeth lose their beloved father. In tidying up his affairs they discover a file named catkins on his computer and they have a feeling that their father had an affair. He was in the midst of writing his memoirs when he passed but he had said that in order to finish his writing he was going to travel to England. He had already arranged his accommodation in England and one of his daughters, Martha, decided to take the trip and try to figure out her father's story.

We are taken back to 1940 during the war in London where our story begins with the subject of the evacuation of children to the safety of other countries and with occasional jumps to our current time.

I love stories set in London and England and this was historical fiction at its best. A wonderfully heartwarming and also heartbreaking story.

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Review: Rough Justice

Rough Justice Rough Justice by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Benny and Mary plus Judy run their own law firm. Marta is a top lawyer that has hired their law firm to assist with a high profile case that she is working on. On the last day of the trial, before the jurors are sent to deliberate, Marta discovers that her client is actually guilty of the brutal murder of a homeless man.

This starts a race to find proof of the crime before the jury hands down the verdict. The search is complicated further by a huge snowstorm and the city is at a complete standstill.

Rosato & Associates is a great series.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thalia Mars will be 100 on her upcoming birthday. She lives in a luxury hotel on Ventura Blvd. Alex Delaware usually treats young patients but when he receives a call from Thalia asking him to attend her, he is curious. She asks him questions about guilt, criminal behaviour and victim selection.

The next day after his visit to Thalia, she is found dead in her room. At first they believed it was natural causes because of her age but certain aspects lead the investigators to believe that it was murder.

This extremely wealthy lady was only a retired accountant and her death leads to a trail of violence and crime that nobody would have imagined.

A good read.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jess Bishop Is a Special Agent FBI and excellent at her job. She is on a case of a serial killer and one of the most gruesome thatAn I have ever read about. You are drawn to her for many reasons. She is very thorough in her job and follows the rules to the letter and expects the same from others in her team. Also, she has had a past that was just terrible and she does seem to work hard to just keep it in the past and only her very closest friends have any idea of who she really is.

In the first 50% of the book I was ready to give it a "sort of" bad rating because I thought some of the scenes were quite over the top. But reading deeper into the story I realized how everything had to be there in order to understand Jess and how the story had to come together in the way it did.

An excellent read.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Exposed

Exposed Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary and Benny are at odds because of a case that Mary must take that involves a member of her extended family who was fired from his job because of his daughter's cancer illness. The company felt that their insurance premiums would be too high and looked for a way to fire him.

Benny represents the parent company and it presents a conflict of interest although Mary has not been involved in any of that company's cases. Mary and Benny try to find a way around this legal issue.

But there is a lot more going on that just the medical insurance issues as Mary and Benny find out the hard way.

An excellent read.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: The Secret

The Secret The Secret by K.L. Slater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alice cares for her mother after their father's death while sister Louise has her own life and son to raise. Their mother knows who she can trust and who she can't.

Soon after Alice lands her dream job she has a terrible accident which forms her life for the next few years. The sibling rivalry from Louise is stomach turning. You know early on that she is awful and not to be trusted.

Unfortunately Louise's sweet little son Archie is caught up in his mother's drama.

I have read all the books from this author and they just keep getting better.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series and the audio versions are spectacular. There is a murder of a woman as she is planning to travel to Three Pines in northern Quebec. It turns out the murdered woman was the last of the remaining quintuplets that were born during the depression in Canada.

The story of the quintuplets is very close to the actual Dionne quintuplets that were born during the depression here in Canada. I have visited the original cabin where the quints were born which is now in North Bay Ontario and learned the true history of the family.

As usual you just get all caught up in the day to day activities of Three Pines. It is not my intention to give away the story but if you are an Inspector Gamache fan, you will not be disappointed in this episode.

An excellent read.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: The Guilty Wife

The Guilty Wife The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I gave this book one star because it is set in London, my favourite city. Otherwise I just can't say that I liked this story in any way. It was too unbelievable and you could pinpoint who the killer was within the first few chapters.

The writing was good and clear, but the content was exhausting and to be honest I found it stomach turning.

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...