Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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Review: Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bad Blood is the conclusion to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ series, The Naturals. Five teenagers with special abilities that they’ve developed because of some horror’s in their past aid the FBI in solving murders. At the beginning of the series, they only work on cold cases, but by this book, they’re working on an active case and getting entangled in some pretty awful things. I love the suspense, and I love how different this series is from many other YA books. Each of the earlier books in the series focuses on the backstory of one of the characters, and this book reveals details about the remaining two […]

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Review: Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry

Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry

I’m still not quite sure what to think about this book. It is almost like reading two different books. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story. Celeste was struggling to connect with her daughter. Many of the things she said or felt were things that I identified with or could empathize with because of things my husband had experience with our son. Her husband, David, is a stay at home dad, so he has always had the stronger relationship with Rori, their daughter. When Rori gets sick, he’s devastated and doesn’t understand why Celeste isn’t more concerned. Celeste has a secret she’s too afraid to […]

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Review: The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister started off well. Even as adults, Ali, the more beautiful of the fraternal twins, seems to have everything that Morgan ever wanted. Blinded by jealousy, Morgan does small things to sabotage her sister’s life. I was on-board with this plot, however petty it might be. But then things kept getting weirder and weirder. Ali is raped and suddenly this turned into a suspense/crime type story. Then there was a lot of drama with Ali’s husband’s job, and she started getting jealous of his time, and we were back to women’s lit. And then a baby came into the scene, and I wasn’t sure […]

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I had never heard of Stalking Jack the Ripper until I listened to Kerri Maniscalco talk about it at BEA 2016. I never would have picked up this book otherwise. I don’t read horror, and the last Victorian era book I read, Etiquette and Espionage, I really did not enjoy. But the things Kerri said about this book changed my mind. She wrote this book for her grandmother who always loved a good whodunnit. I have started enjoying mysteries more and more, so I was intrigued by this comment. She wanted to incorporate her love of forensic science into her book. Hmm. Even more appealing, I […]

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