Slices of Night

Slices of NightSlices of Night by J.T. Ellison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A serial killer in three acts, giving three authors a crack at bringing the perp down. In New Orleans, Det. Killian finds the body of the young first victim and the sad leavings of her death. When the second victim appears, all is not what it originally seemed.

In Nashville, Lt. Taylor Jackson deals with a politically sensitive murder and a rare gift – a stolen wallet that appears to belong to the killer. When the second victim appears with the killer’s signature, Taylor consults her fiance John, a profiler. John recommends she contact Maggie O’Dell who provides more data.

When the killer hits Omaha, there are surprises in store for him, as well as for Maggie.

Except for some sloppy editing, particularly in the Kava story, this is a good yarn.

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: HACKED (Kindle Worlds Novella)Special Forces: Operation Alpha: HACKED by Sue Coletta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The author provided me with an ARC for my unbiased, honest opinion. This is a fast-paced thriller set in the world of white-hat hackers, as well as in Susan Stoker’s SEAL of Protection world. This means that they hack for good, kind of like Robin Hood. The female lead here, Shawn, is a white-hat who has been punished by her small-town police department employer for publishing photos of the police chief in a compromising position.

You gather that he is a creep but nevertheless, she has been sent to punishment camp in Pittsburgh where two gentlemen walk into the conference room. One of those is a detective who hates Shawn because of a past interaction, and one is Tex (John Keegan), SEAL and member of Wolf’s team. Tex has a real world problem for the team and most of the hackers in the room immediately question what they are doing. Shawn does not, but immediately gets to work. Tex realizes who she is and begins to work with her. It seems that certain cars and SUV’s with onboard computers are being hacked, and Tex and Detective Odin (great name, BTW) are tasked with finding the hacker as quickly as possible. People are dying and the powers that be want to keep it quiet before there is a country-wide panic.

I was not a fan of Shawn’s methods, but the problem is solved in a heartbreaking way. I want to know more about the handsome detective who is in love with Shawn (kudos to Coletta for this breakthrough) and also about her best friend and the cheating fiance. Please write another!

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Murder on the Serpentine

Murder on the Serpentine (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #32)Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anne Perry does it again. Commander Thomas Pitt of Special Branch, receives a royal summons. A gentleman has died mysteriously, and the Queen doesn’t believe the official version. Neither does Pitt when he investigates. A story filled with the abuse of power, and the cruelty it brings to those closest by, follows.
Both Thomas and Charlotte are hurt and upset by the emotions this type of abuse brings, and the victims are spread far and wide. Both step to the very edge of propriety and wisdom, one to solve the case and one to try to regain her footing in the new world of her husband’s position.

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Hunted (Tough Justice #8)

Hunted (Tough Justice #1.8)Hunted by Carla Cassidy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m putting my overall review of the entire series here, with book 8. The latter end of the series is far superior to the beginning. The story is always suspenseful and when the bad guys start popping up and the hidden events come to light, it becomes a lot more than just a serial.

Having had some experience with reading “Continuity” series, I am somewhat used to hearing different voices in the stories, based on the authors. These ladies are all experienced at the genre and make the trip worthwhile.

The last two episodes are excellent, and even though Lara is a little too tough for my taste, you can see how she became that way. I see that 2017 has produced another Lara adventure with a few new authors. I recommend this series.

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Bone Box (Decker and Lazarus)

Bone Box (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #24)Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent entry to the series. It appears that both Kellerman and Decker have gotten a second wind in the small upstate New York town of Greenbury. Rina is out on a hike taking photos when she steps on what turns out to be a skeleton.

The search of the wooded area and trail eventually turns up more bodies and an intriguing mystery. This one brings out all the cavalry, including Marge, Scott and even Chris Donatti. I hope this doesn’t mean that this is the end. Even though age is starting to affect all the crew, their minds are still as sharp as ever. I like the way that Kellerman takes the Five Colleges background to upend a few ideas about college students and their professors.

This one takes a few turns and goes coast-to-coast before finding the culprits not far from home. There is also a look at all the kids and their kids, making me wonder if Peter and Rina will want to retire and spend all their time visiting grandchildren. I hope not.

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Truth and Consequences (Rookie K-9 Unit)

Truth and Consequences (Rookie K-9 Unit #2)Truth and Consequences by Lenora Worth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Second entry in the Rookie K-9 LIS series. In this one Whitney Godwin juggles single motherhood, grief, work pressures, and the murders that have happened in town. When a stranger ends up in the middle of a drug delivery gone awry, she is shocked to find that he is a buddy of her late brother’s who served with him in Afghanistan. Then she realizes he is very attractive, which adds to her stress. Add to that the drug dealers trying to kill her and the hunky buddy, and she is a wreck.

She is facing the fact that she hasn’t really mourned for the father of her baby, who has also died. David is keeping a promise he made to Whitney’s brother, but finds himself staying around to be close to her. They do not make it easy on each other. He is a natural protector, and she is bound to make it as a police officer who does not need a man to look after her. They both need to examine what they really want. Good one. Oh by the way, one mystery is solved, but not the big ones.

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Protect and Serve (Rookie K-9 Unit)

Protect and Serve (Rookie K-9 Unit #1)Protect and Serve by Terri Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The beginning of a new LIS series, this time among rookie officers in Arizona. Gina Perry is a trainer for police and law enforcement dogs. She has been running from her mentally ill twin brother for years. He finds her and her life becomes a nightmare. In addition to his threats, she is suspected by some of the officers she works with.

Officer Shane Weston is assigned to protect her after the head trainer is found dead at their facility. Her brother ratchets up his threats, and more attacks happen. On top of this, there is suspicion that three other deaths are connected to the recent one. Shane and Gina are attracted to each other and resolve to stay apart, until it becomes impossible to. Good one.

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