My Last 5 Reads

Lately, I’ve made an effort to read more and game less (darn you, Forge of Empires!). I’ve also cancelled my Netflix subscription to save money. Not sure that’s quite working out as I’ve purchased a couple (maybe several?) books of late.

I’m attempting to start 2020 with a reading blitz. I’m going to share my last 5 reads and some quick thoughts about them. Please be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned. Also, if you have book recommendations for me, leave them in the comments.

1. Shattered Bonds (Jane Yellowrock #13) by Faith Hunter. This book continues my urban fantasy reading kick! I had really missed Jane, Bruiser, and the gang. Unlike previous books in this series, this one was set in Asheville, North Carolina. I did miss New Orleans a bit. Overall a solid addition to the series. 4.5 stars

2. Shadow Hunter (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #1) by B.R. Kingsolver. Another urban fantasy read. First time I’ve picked up something by this author. Not bad, but it started slowly for me (in an info dump kind of way!). The characters grew on me, and the action kept me interested. 3.5 stars

3. Night Stalker (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #2) by B.R. Kingsolver. Continuing with urban fantasy and the same author…overall, a better read than the first book. Lots of action, but I wanted to see more character development. Still like the “scooby gang” and the bar, but it helps if the heroine isn’t perfect at everything she does. #justsayin 4 stars

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Remnants Book Tour

Title:  Remnants

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Series:  Brandon Fisher FBI series, Book 6

Author:  Carolyn Arnold

Publisher:  Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis:

All that remains are whispers of the past…

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the victims, building a profile of this serial killer is proving more challenging than usual. How is the killer picking these victims? Why are their limbs being severed and bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this killer to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: the killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

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Series Information:

Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on. Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Criminal MindsNCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.

Exclusive Interview with FBI Agent Brandon Fisher

FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher caught up with me after closing his most recent case in Savannah, Georgia. While the full story can be found in the book Remnants by Carolyn Arnold, he’s here today to give us a little insight into what everyone can expect from this investigation.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and give us an overview of the investigation in Savannah?

My name is Brandon Fisher, and I’m a special agent with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit. I work closely with three other agents: Paige Dawson, Zach Miles, and our boss, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper. While I’m just a few months past my two-year probationary period with the team, I must say, each case seems to be more heinous than the last. And our recent investigation was no exception. Continue reading “Remnants Book Tour”

Killer Pursuit Book Blitz

Title: Killer Pursuit: An Allison McNeil ThrillerKiller-Pursuit

Author: Jeff Gunhus

Published: January 18th, 2016

Publisher: Seven Guns Press

Genre: Thriller

Content Warning: Violence and adult situations

Synopsis: When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies has her worried about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

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Excerpt:

Allison hardly noticed the dark clouds piled up to the west, marching forward with silent deliberation over the Washington DC skyline. A cold breeze kicked up dried leaves and sent them spinning among the gravestones. The trees still held half their leaves, clinging to the hope of a few more days of warmth, but even these were being ripped away whenever the wind gusted.

She wandered through the cemetery with her wool trench coat pulled tight around her, the Louisiana heat a distant memory. The wind numbed her ears and she wished she’d accepted the knit hat her dad had offered her on the way out of the car, but it wasn’t bad enough to make her turn back. The car was parked some distance away even though there was an access road that led right next to the grave she was there to visit. Her dad sat in the car’s passenger seat, there for company, aware enough to know she needed this time alone.

And that’s why she walked through the headstones alone, carefully reading the names of strangers chiseled in stone as if she might discover among them someone she knew. She wanted the time to herself. And she wanted to put off the upcoming visit as long as she could.

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Latest Read: Retribution

Title:  Retribution (Will PRetributionarker #1)

Author:  Anderson Harp.

Genre:  Political/ International Thriller

It’s a whopping 528 pages!! (Don’t worry, those pages go by quickly!)

Blurb:

The remote and impenetrable Pakistani mountains have offered refuge to the worst enemies of civilization since the time of Alexander. Now, the world faces a new challenge. Reared from birth to harbor a seething hatred, a lone man is about to unleash a firestorm that will rage for centuries. And the window of opportunity to stop him is shutting much faster than Washington D.C. can hope to deal with.

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I’m going to break down my thoughts on this book into two areas: Plot and Character.

First, the plot rocked! It definitely reminded me of a Tom Clancy thriller. Short chapters, lots of POVs, tons of action, and some mystery. The story is right out of today’s headlines. It kept me interested, and I didn’t have any trouble following the story line. Many times I found myself wanting to read on to find out what happens next. Continue reading “Latest Read: Retribution”

Finally Finished Reading: Gone Girl

Gone_GirlTitle:  Gone Girl

Author:  Gillian Flynn

Genre:  Thriller/ Suspense

Blurb:  On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Maybe I should start with the purchase. I bought this on a visit to my local Barnes & Noble. I talked with one of the employees and another patron. They agreed that I should buy this book (I wasn’t familiar with it or the author). They both also warned me that at the end I would want to throw the book across the room. I confess that sentiment had me intrigued.

Gone Girl isn’t my normal read. As those of you who follow my blog, you are well aware that I tend to read paranormal romance or m-m romance. I got to thinking that it never hurts to try something new, to step out of my reading comfort zone. Besides, I wanted to read what dozens and dozens of other readers have read. Continue reading “Finally Finished Reading: Gone Girl”