3/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, Kay Scarpetta, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell

The Last Precinct
by Patricia Cornwell

Copyright: 2000
Pages: 468
Rating: 3/5
Read: July 27-31, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2010; Finish That Series
Yearly Count: 38

First Line: The cold dusk gives up its bruised color to complete darkness, and I am grateful that the draperies in my bedroom are heavy enough to absorb even the faintest hint of my silhouette as I move about packing my bags.

After survivng an attack by a suspected serial killer, Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, is put in a spotlight she has never experienced before. She is under suspicion of murder – something that she works with every day of her working life; something that she would never have anything to do with. She has to try and proceed with life as if nothing was different. But when a female assistant district attorney from New York comes to town trying to make the connection between her case in New York and the so-called Werewolf mruders in Richmond. But Kay will be tested in every way imaginable and she will be confused as to who she can trust in this awful time of her life.

This is the 11th book in the Kay Scarpetta series and I have to admit, that at first I didn’t really like it. After about the 100 page mark, I really wanted to throw in the towel and be done with this book, but I kept with it. Overall, I’m glad that I finished this book, but it didn’t end in any truly surprising way. There were a few twists and turns along the way that were interesting, but overall I was not all that impressed with this instsallment. However, that’s not to say that I don’t want to continue on with this series and see where Ms. Cornwell takes Kay, because I’m interested to know where she goes from here, but I hope that theese books get better, not worse like I’ve heard from some people.

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, K, Maggie O'Dell, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: Damaged by Alex Kava

Damaged
by Alex Kava

Copyright: 2010
Pages: 255
Rating: 4/5
Read: July 25-27, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge 2010; Finish That Series Challenge
Yearly Count: 37

First Line: Elizabeth Bailey didn’t like what she saw.

Pensacola Beach is bracing for what could be a category 5 hurricane. The Coast Guard is routinely patrolling the Gulf of Mexico when they spot a cooler floating a mile offshore. Suspecting drugs, they recover it. Instead of drugs, it’s full of body parts. Profiler Maggie O’Dell is called in on the case. She is able to track down who the torso belonged to – a man who went missing during a previous hurricane on the other side of Florida. How did the body end up 600 miles away in the Gulf? Maggie must battle a serial killer in the middle of a hurricane to get all the answers this case has to offer.

This is the eighth in the Maggie O’Dell series and I must say, I was a little disappointed in it. First of all, Maggie didn’t even feel like the main character in this book; Scott and Liz did. And the story seemed to build up for the first 200 pages and then the ending was so rushed. The storyline seemed good, but not all that inventive, really. I have never read an Alex Kava book that felt so rushed. I just felt as if there was too much emphasis on the other characters, and not enough on Maggie, who is obviously the main character in this series. I still gave it a good rating because I just love this series and this author, but it’s definitely not the best book in this series.

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, July 26, 2010

 

 

 

 

Mailbox Mondays

So this week I only received three books in the mail (but please note my previous post about all the new-to-me goodies I found at the library book sale here!) Anyways, here’s what I got this week:

14 by J.T. Ellison (PBS)
          In the mid-1980s, the Snow White Killer terrorized the streets of Nashville, Tennessee. Then suddenly the murders stopped. A letter from the killer to the police stated that his work was done. Now four more bodies are found, marked with his fatal signature. The residents of Nashville fear a madman has returned, decades later, to finish his sick fairy tale. Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson believes the killings are the work of a copycat killer who’s even more terrifying. For this monster is meticulously honing his craft as he mimics famous serial murders … proving that the past is not to be forgotten.

The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison (PBS)
          Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she’s seen it all in Nashville – but she’s never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction. Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Stragnely, similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiance, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James “Memphis” Highsmythe – a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor – to put an end to The Conductor’s art collection. Has the killer gone international? Or are there dueling artists, competing to creat the ultimate masterpiece?

Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison (PBS)
          It was a murder made for TV: a trail of tiny bloody footprints. An innocent toddler playing beside her mother’s bludgeoned body. Pretty young Corinne Wolff, seven months pregnant, brutally murdered in her own home. Cameras and questions don’t usually faze Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, but the media frenzy surrounding the Wolff case is particularly nasty … and thorough. When the seemingly model mommy is linked to an amateur porn Web site with underage actresses and unwitting players, the sharks begin to circle. The shock is magnified when an old adversary uses the sexy secret gootage to implicate Taylor in a murder – an accusation that threatens her career, her reputation and her relationship. Both cases hinge on the evidence – real or manufactured – of crimes that go beyond passion, into the realm of obsessive vengeance and shocking betrayal. Just what the networks love.

4.5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, D, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010

REVIEW: The Next Killing by Rebecca Drake

The Next Killing
by Rebecca Drake

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 416
Rating: 4./5
Read: July 21-25, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge 2010; RYOB 2010
Yearly Count: 36

First Line: The shed was dark.

St. Ursula’s Preparatory Academy is an elite institution that young girls have come to for years. There have been so many good memories, so much learning, and now so much death. When the first body is found, an accident is assumed. But the students know that something else is going on. When other girls turn up dead, it become increasingly obvious that there is a serial killer at work in the halls of St. Ursula. No sins will go unpunished at this school.

The description of this book immediately caught my eye, this is pretty much a perfect book for me. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. But I did have an issue with the ending, I wasn’t really too fond of it. It was okay, but that’s about it. I also had a feeling that the killer was revealed a little too early. It would have been a little bit better had it come in the last few pages, rather than with 100 pages to go. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to other people to read.

Buying Books

Library Book Sale – Oh my!

Okay, so I probably should never have gone to the library book sale. But I was determined to do so – I even took the afternoon off from work to do so (but I claimed that I needed to get the car registration taken care of and a few other things done, never mentioned the book sale, hehe!). I went to those measures to get the afternoon off because during the last book sale in January, I made the mistake of not going until the second day (due to work) and was really disappointed in the selection of books that was left. So I wanted to make sure I was there on the first day to get some better choices. I don’t know if there were just that many great books this time around or what, but I came home with 12 books for $6. And some of them I’ve been looking for for some time (and didn’t want to waste a PBS credit on them). And what’s even better is that some of these books will be very easy to trade away at PBS! Yay! I love finding books that are either on other people’s wish lists or have very few copies listed in the system. Anyway, enough small talk, here’s what I came home with:

Hide in Plain Sight by Michele Albert
          Fiona Kennedy can tell a forgery from the genuine article in a snap. Drop-dead-sexy Grif Laughton, however, is not so easy to read. He’s clearly a masterpiece of the male variety – and the attraction he sparks is definitely the real thing. But Grif is a man of secrets, and the potentially priceless manuscript he’s asked her to appraise is just one of them. But someone is willing to kill for the manuscript, and Grif reveals that he’s a mercenary, hired to protect Fiona. Is he really who he seems, or is he just using her as bait? On the run from an unknown enemy, Fiona gives in to her all-consuming need for the man who may be her one chance for survival – or her final chapter.

The American by Andrew Britton
          CIA agent Ryan Kealey has no time to wrestle his demons. Former U.S. soldier Jason March, one of the world’s deadliest assassins and Ryan’s former protegé, is now working with a powerful terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total annihilation of the United States. Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle. With the fate of the country resting on his shoulders, he finds himself caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he’s ever faced, a man who won’t be denied the ultimate act of evil and who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.

Hard Rain by Barry Eisler 
          All John Rain wants is to disappear forever. What an old nemesis from Japan’s FBI is one last favor: eliminate an assassin at large who kills without conscience. But there’s a lot at stake – including the lives of Rain’s few friends, and a love from his past. Protecting them means plunging into the heart of a war between the CIA and the Japanese mafia, in which the distinctions between friends and foe, truth and deceit, and life and death are as murky as the rain-slicked midnight streets of Tokyo.

Stripped by Brian Freeman
          They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murder during a fling with a prostitute. No one could ever imagine they’d be linked to a brutal crime in the city’s steamy past – and that the race against the clock to corner a determined serial killer would stir up secrets long thought buried with the dead. As Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are called to investigate, they have no idea of what they’re stepping into: a world where desperate ambition rules and loyalties know no bounds, and where their own uncharted emotions and sexual desires will reach an explosive conclusion.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
          Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…. But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of – big surprise – murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
          All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead … or undead.

Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson by Det. Tom Lange & Det. Philip Vannatter as told to Dan E. Moldea
          In this astonishing New York Times bestseller, veteran LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter – who headed the investigation of the Brown/Goldman double murder – fully chronicle the police case that brought O.J. Simpson to trial. Here for the first time are the definitive facts of this sensational case, recounted in unflinching detail.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
          “My name was Salmon, like the first; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her – her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.

The Da Vinci Deception by Thomas Swan
          Fine-art connoisseur Jonas Kalem has assembled his team of experts for one purpose: to falsify Leonardo da Vinci’s “lost” manuscripts, including early sketches of the Mona Lisa. If the hoax is successful, these items will fetch more than $100 million at auction – and bring international fame to the conspirators. But when an original Leonardo folio is discovered missing from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, Kalem’s team attempts to cover their tracts … with disastrous results. Now, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jack Oxby of the Art and Antiques Squad must travel from London to New York and northern Italy to uncover a trail of betrayal, blackmail – and murder.

Reversible Error by Robert K. Tanenbaum
          A killer is at work on the New York streets, and no one seems to want to catch him. A serial rapist is savaging one woman after another, and beating every rap. Assistant D.A. Butch Karp, his ultra-liberated lover, Marlene Ciampi, and three maverick cops who fight crime their own way have to cut all corners and bend all rules in a maze of mean streets and crooked courthouse corridors to rip the blindfold off justice and put teeth into the law…

State of the Union by Brad Thor
          With the fragile peace between the world’s nations shattered, Harvath must unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy intent upon bringing the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath races from the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to the streets of Berlin, the coast of Finland, and into the heart of Mother Russia herself before returning home for a final showdown with an enemy from America’s past more sinister and deadly than has even been seen before…

Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy
          People are dying for the new computer game by the software company Monkeerench. Literally. With Serial Killer Detective in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game. But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise. If they tell the Minneapolis police of the link between their game the murders, they’ll shine a spotlight on the past they thought they had erased – and the horror they thought they’d left behind. If they don’t, eighteen more people will die…

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, July 19, 2010

Mailbox Mondays

Okay, so I haven’t participated in Mailbox Monday in ages! I received quite a few books this past week, so I thought it would be a great time to start participating again! Here’s what arrived in my mailbox this week:

The Last Suppers by Diane Mott Davidson (trade with Barbara at MysteryBookSwap on Yahoo groups)
           It should be the happiest day of Goldy’s life. The Colorado caterer is about to tie the knot with the man of her dreams, homicide detective Tom Schulz. But minutes before the ceremony is to begin, Tom phones with an urgent message: The wedding is off, and the reason is murder! Tom was on his way to the church when he stopped to pick up Father Olson – and found the rector shot and dying. Yet by the time Tom’s fellow officers arrive at the crime scene, Tom has disappeared, leaving behind a notebook that contains a cryptic message. Has the groom been abducted by the killer? Or has he gotten cold feet and walked out of Goldy’s life? For better or worse, Goldy needs to know the truth. So she puts her exquisitely decorated wedding cake on ice and begins to search for clues. What she quickly discovers is that her fiance’s life – and her future happiness – depend on her ability to deciper Tom’s note. For only it can lead her to an unsavory killer whose unholy passion may make Goldy a widow before she’s a wife.

The Next Killing by Rebecca Drake (PBS – used a credit)
           For one hundred years, the best girls have come to St. Ursula’s Preparatory Academy to learn. To achieve. To make both memories and friends. But now, it’s where they also come to die… When the first body is found, the police call it an accident – an initiation ritual gone terribly wrong. But the students know something isn’t right at St. Ursula’s. There are sounds in the darkened corridors, a figure glimpsed between the trees, locked doors somehow opened. Someone is watching them, judging them, hating them … killing them … A twisted psychopath is turning the quiet campus into a school of fear. No sins will go unpunished. No girl will escape justice. And everyone will have a chance to join a serial killer’s exclusive club…

Executive Power by Vince Flynn (PBS Box-of-Books swap) 
           Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight – and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks – a ruthless assassin working for the most powerful men in the Middle East, who are bent on igniting a world war. With the world watching, Rapp must hold back the flames of Armageddon…

The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldston (PBS – WL book)
           In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, a group of physicians open a coffin and uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days one of them strongly suspects that he knows the woman’s identity … and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric novel – an ingenious blend of history, suspense, and early forensic science – the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as young Ephraim Carroll is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets, and unimaginable crimes … Dr. Ephraim Carroll came to Philadelphia to study with a leading professor, the brilliant William Osler, believing that he would gain the power to save countless lives. As America hurtles toward a new century, medicine is changing rapidly, in part due to the legalization of autopsy – a crime only a few years before. But Carroll and his mentor are at odds over what they glimpsed that morning in the hospital’s Dead House. And when a second mysterious death is determined to have been a ruthless murder, Carroll can feel the darkness gathering around him – and he ignites an investigation of his own. Soon he is moving between the realm of elite medicine, Philadelphia high society, and a teeming badlands of criminality and sexual depravity along the city’s fetid waterfront. With a wealthy, seductive woman clouding his vision, the controversial artist Thomas Eakins sowing scandal, and the secrets of the nation’s powerful surgeons unraveling around him, Carroll is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice – between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.

The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury (PBS Box-of-Books swap) 
           Portugal, 1705: In the dungeons of a Templar castle, a dying old man bequeaths an ancient half-burned book to his young inquisitor. Keeping one step ahead of those who would kill to wrench the book’s secret from his hands, the inquisitor turns his back on his calling and sets off on an impossible journey to complete the old man’s quest.
           Baghdad, 2003: Hunting for a mysterious bioweapons scientist, an army unit discovers a concealed state-of-the-art lab where gruesome experiments have been carried out on men, women, and children. The scientist escapes, but a puzzling clue is left behind: a circular symbol of a snake feeding on its own tail.
           As the power of the symbol comes to light, revealing centuries of destruction left in its wake, one unsuspecting woman stands at the center of a conspiracy that could change the world forever…

Nemesis by Bill Napier (PBS Box-of-Books swap)
           From a remote Scottish mountain, Dr. Oliver Webb – one of the world’s great physicists – is whisked away by a military helicopter and routed to the Mexican border. Along with the leading men of physics and one sexy atom smasher, Webb is given an impossible task: identify the asteroid – codename Nemesis – that is on course to collide with and destroy America. They have five days to stop it. If they can’t, the President will strike first by ordering the U.S. military to pull the nuclear trigger…
           But when one of Webb’s colleagues is found dead, he has every reason to suspect that there is more to Nemesis than he knows. Then, he makes a staggering discovery: the secret to saving the world is hidden in a 17th century Latin manuscript that has gone mysteriously missing.
           An electrifying race against time, Nemesis spans centuries and the globe in a white-hot journey through physics, history, geopolitics – and mankind’s ultimate duel with the unknown.

Winter Prey by John Sandford (trade with Barbara at MysteryBookSwap on Yahoo groups)
           The Iceman crept up to the house on the edge of the lake. He killed the father first. Then the mother and child. And when his work was done, he set the house on fire…. Lucas Davenport had tracked killers in cities across America. But the woods of rural Wisconsin are as dark and primal as evil itself. The winters are harsher and colder. And in the heart of every mother and father there is fear… Because tonight, the Iceman cometh.

Fury by Robert K. Tanenbaum (PBS Box-of-Books swap)
           In Brooklyn, a female jogger is brutally raped; the assailants are convicted and later exonerated by the Kings County DA. Now the guilty are filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of New York, the police, and the two Brooklyn Assistant DAs who tried the case. Caught int he glare of the media-frenzy, Butch Karp may be blinded to the lethal maneuverings of a terrorits cell plotting to bring the city to its knees by striking Times Square on New Year’s Eve. But the destruction begins far below ground, in the subway system – where Karp’s familiy may become their first victims…

Challenge Wrap-Up

Finished Challenge – Random Reading Challenge

So Caribousmom hosted this great challenge. The idea behind this challenge was to get some books of our shelves in a random manner, assigning books numbers and using random.org to select the next book to read! Here’s what I read:

  1. The Piper’s Sons by Bruce Chandler Fergusson
  2. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
  3. Denial by Keith Ablow
  4. Roses are Red by James Patterson
  5. Shall We Tell the President? by Jeffrey Archer
  6. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
  7. The Dying Game by Beverly Barton
  8. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  9. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
  10. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
  11. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
  12. Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler

For ths most part, I really enjoyed all of these books. I’m not sure I could even pick a favorite out of those 12 books to be honest. Well, I take that back, I would probably choose Roses are Red by James Patterson as my favorite book from this particular list. I really enjoyed this challenge a lot, it allowed me to get quite a few books off of my shelves that have been sitting there for quite some time!!

3/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Dirk Pitt, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

Pacific Vortex!
by Clive Cussler

Copyright: 1982
Pages: 270
Rating: 3/5
Read: July 11-14, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Celebrate the Author Challenge 2010; Random Reading Challenge; RYOB 2010
Yearly Count: 35

First Line: Every ocean takes its toll of men and ships, yet none devours them with the voracious appetite of the Pacific.

Dirk Pitt, deep-sea expert, is put to the ultimate test when he has to plunge into the Pacific Vortex, a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozens of ships have gone missing without a trace. The latest victim is the Navy submarine Starbuck. An awesome super-sub with a nuclear arsenal, the Navy must find the Starbuck before the Russians do. Pitt has to find it and salvage it. The job sounds easy, but his time is limited. He will encounter a beautiful and dangerous woman and will find an ancient sunken island along the way, but it will end up being a race against time to make it out of the sea alive.

This is the first in the Dirk Pitt series. I have read another Cussler book in the past few years and really enjoyed it. This one was not as good in my opinion. The storyline was really strange, with an almost sci-fi-ish slant to it. Very strange, indeed. Overall it was just an okay book for me. I will probably continue on with this series, but this book will not stand out in my mind by any means.    

3/5, Alex Cross, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: London Bridges by James Patterson

London Bridges
by James Patterson

Copyright: 2004
Pages: 378
Rating: 3/5
Read: July 5-10, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge 2010; RYOB 2010
Yearly Count: 34

First Line: Colonel Geoffrey Shafer loved his new life in Salvador, Brazil’s third-largest city and some would say its most intriguing.

One of Alex Cross’s worst nightmare has come true: the Wolf and the Weasel are working together and what they are capable of together is incomprehensible. It begins when a small Nevada town is completely destroyed by a bomb. The Wolf takes credit for the destruction. This automatically brings Alex Cross in on the case. But the Wolf is far from done; he is giving law enforcement four days to come up with some serious money or else he will obliterate major cities, including London, Paris, and New York. Alex will run like crazy for those four days in order to figure out the identity of the Wolf and end this once and for all.

This is the 10th book in the Alex Cross series. Overall, I was not as impressed by this book as I have been with other books in this series. I had some serious problems with the plot, it felt a little more forced and choppy in places than other Alex Cross novels. There seemed to be a lot of jumping around back and forth and I had some trouble following where Alex was at a few times. There also seemed to be quite a few too many false leads and bad guys, I understood why Patterson chose to write this book in that fashion, but I just didn’t care for this strategy. That’s not to say that the book wasn’t enjoyable, because it was good. But I was just a little bit disappointed with it.

5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, D, Fiction, Lincoln Rhyme, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver

The Coffin Dancer
by Jeffery Deaver

Copyright: 1998
Pages: 532
Rating: 5/5
Read: June 24 – July 4, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Celebrate the Author Challenge 2010; Random Reading Challenge; RYOB 2010
Yearly Count: 33

First Line: When Edward Carney said good-bye to his wife, Percey, he never thought it would be the last time he’d see her.

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs have to pair up again to hunt down the Coffin Dancer – an ingenius killer who changes his appearance as often as most people change their clothes. They only have one clue – a tattoo on the killer’s arm is reportedly that of the Grim Reaper dancing with a woman in front of a coffin. Lincoln and Amelia have so little to work with, but they must find out who the killer is before more people die.

This is the second book in the Lincoln Rhyme series and I loved it!! It was so fast paced and so full of twists and turns. The plot was interesting as well. But I did have one issue with Amelia’s jealousy of another woman who supposedly has Lincoln’s interest. The jealousy was so unbecoming and I also felt as if it was a little forced, a male author (no matter how skilled) really didn’t capture the feelings Amelia would have felt like a woman author would have. It just didn’t work out all that great in my opinion. It definitely didn’t do anything about my opinion about Amelia’s character. But overall I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to see where this series goes next!