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Laina Turner-Molaski – Stilettos and Scoundrels

16. Stilettos and Scoundrels by Laina Turner-Molaski (2010)
Presley Thurman Mysteries Book 1
Length: 326 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 10 May 2011
Finished: 18 May 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Bobbie at Nurture Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 6 May 2010
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries.

Presley Thurman has recently been fired from her job – which has left her free to follow her dream of writing. Her friend offers her a job writing for his magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a well-known senator from her own hometown and when that senator is murdered, Presley sets out to find a killer first out of a need to keep her job and then out of curiosity. Presley is determined to solve the mystery until she meets Cooper Sands, head of the senator’s security. Cooper was a one-time fling and his good looks are extremely distracting and he knows it. He’s trying to relive old memories with Presley. The suspects are mounting up but can Presley keep on the task at hand?

I enjoyed this story; I found the characters likeable and well-drawn. I didn’t really follow all the shopping metaphors, but the storyline moved along quickly and I give the story an A!

A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

Laurel Dewey – Redemption

14. Redemption by Laurel Dewey (2009)

Jane Perry Series Book 2

Length: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 17 April 2011
Finished: 27 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 March 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries.

Jane Perry has resigned from the police department and is trying to make a living as a private investigator. However, her past is rising to haunt her. Seeking comfort at an AA meeting, she meets a woman whose granddaughter was murdered many years ago. This woman discovers what Jane does for a living and asks Jane to drive with her from Colorado to California to find her granddaughter’s killer whom she’s convinced is still murdering people.

Jane is somewhat skeptical when she finds out that the lady is a New Age devotee but she’s desperate for work. They head out on the road, gathering information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has had several incidents happen to her that border on the paranormal, but is a complete skeptic in that area. But as the road points to a fundamentalist church, belief and faith propel her towards her to a deadly confrontation.

I enjoyed this book because of the plot line of faith and paranormal events mixed with a murder mystery. I enjoy Laurel Dewey as a writer and look forward to her next book. I give this book and A+!

A+! – (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Camilla Lackberg – The Ice Princess

11. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (2002)
Erica Falck and Patrik Hedstrom Series Book 1
Length: 400 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 27 March 2011
Finished: 5 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kristin at Free Press Blog Tours for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 February 2011
Why do I have it? I do like international contemporary mysteries and this was the first book that I read by Camilla Lackberg.

Erica Falck returns to her childhood home in Sweden after her parents deaths. While there, she stumbles onto the body of her childhood best friend. It appears that Alexandra has committed suicide in a bathtub of frozen water, slashing her wrists.

Erica is bewildered: why would a beautiful woman like Alex commit suicide? Taking on Alex’s parents request to write a newspaper story about their daughter, Erica joins forces with police detective Patrik Hedstrom to discover Alex’s secrets. It soon turns out that some secrets can be deadly; and this one can still claim lives.

I enjoyed this mystery very much. I had never read Stieg Larsson or any other Swedish author, but Camilla Lackberg was a great author to start off with. I give this book an A+!

A+! – (96-100%)


May you read well and often

Kath Russell – A Pointed Death

2. A Pointed Death by Kath Russell (2010)
The Pointer Mysteries Book 1
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 1 January 2011
Finished: 11 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 December 2010
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries.



When entrepeneur Nola Billingsley finds the body of her embezzling employee, she is not necessarily broken up by the discovery. She definitely wished him dead but the police think that she made her wish come true and think of her as the prime suspect. Nola decides to solve the crime, even as she begins falling for the detective assigned to the case. She and her shorthaired pointer Skootch must unravel the clues to find a murderer before they strike again. 


I really enjoyed this mystery very much and give it an A+!


A+! – (96-100%)

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire