Review: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers¬†

Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan finally get some alone time … and what happens? Their FBI duties call, and in a big way. Their pal Oliver York finds himself in some hot water, and he might not be able to get out of it himself. 

This adventure was full of good nuggets… Irish history, family secrets, betrayal, art, and the sanctity of Catholic confession. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get as much of the Emma-Colin banter I’m used to. These newlyweds had to put up more of a united front in this book… and good thing for Oliver that they did! 

To add to the “more mystery, less romance” tack, Neggers wrote some quirky characters that threw me off my Sharpe&Donovan game.  I expected the usual one or two odd ducks, but Neggers painted quirkiness over pretty much a whole family. It’s a great character study for sure. 

This is a terrific series if you’re a fan of romantic suspense, Ireland, New England, and the FBI. Start with the first book, because you don’t want to miss the fun tension. ūüôā 




Review: The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common


Two girls.  About the same age.  Both missing.  And then one is found dead.

Nobody seems to pay that much attention to Helen’s death, except those people hoping it may somehow be related to Chloe’s disappearance. ¬†Because, after all, Chloe’s the important one. ¬†Helen’s just a poor girl from the reservation. ¬†Chloe’s rich, white, and popular. ¬†So of course people are going to be more concerned about her. ¬†At least that’s the way Jenny sees it. ¬†And it bothers her.

It bothers her so much that she begins to dig deeper, hoping to uncover the truth about what happened to Helen.  At the same time, she has to face the truth about what happened to Chloe and the part she played in it.

This was a good, solid story for me.  The suspense is there, but it also has a very humanistic approach.  The author delves deeply into societal divides, across races and classes and even high school cliques.  A good read!


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Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


What a thrill it must be, as an author, to have your debut novel reach the top of the best seller list. ¬†To have everyone talking about it, recommending it. ¬†To have it made into a movie, even. ¬†But as wonderful as this all must be, there’s a downside. ¬†Everyone expects your next novel to be just as good if not better. ¬†Unfair, probably. ¬†Still, the bar has been set.

There’s a river that runs through town. ¬†It’s a river filled with mystery and intrigue. ¬†It’s where many a woman has met her fate over the years. ¬†The latest death isn’t like the others, though. ¬†Nel’s death seems different, both to her daughter Lena and to her sister Jules. ¬†Did she really kill herself? ¬†Or was she digging too deep, uncovering the town’s hidden secrets? ¬†If that’s the case, then everyone connected to her is in danger as well.

Did I enjoy this one as much as The Girl on the Train? ¬†Not really. ¬†There’s a lot going on, and there are a lot of characters to keep up with. ¬†It seems like the story is trying to be too much at once. ¬†It’s a mystery/thriller, of course. ¬†But there’s also a supernatural-paranormal element at work although that aspect is never fully developed. ¬†That doesn’t stop me from recommending it, though. ¬†It’s a good story, well worth your time.


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Review: Seeing Red by Sandra Brown


Sandra Brown never disappoints me. ¬†While not all of her stories have been five stars for me, they’re all highly worthy of a mention. ¬†Her newest is no exception.

Kerra Bailey’s career as a TV journalist has never been better. ¬†And to top it off, she’s managed to snag the interview that’s eluded all others. ¬†Major Franklin Trapper has shunned all publicity for the last several years. ¬†Now he’s agreed to meet with her, to tell his story as the reluctant hero of a horrific bombing many years ago. ¬†And the shocker for the audience? ¬†Young Kerra was one of the people the Major saved.

But somebody doesn’t want the story told. ¬†Fear of the case being reopened, maybe? ¬†Regardless, both the Major and Kerra find themselves with their lives on the line. ¬†Kerry escapes relatively unscathed, the Major isn’t quite so lucky. ¬†Joining forces with his estranged son plunges her deeper into the mystery of who’s to blame. ¬†And of course, romance happens. ¬†It wouldn’t be a Sandra Brown without steamy love scenes, after all.

This is what she does best, writing about murder and mystery and love.  Another winner from this author!


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Review: Guilty by Laura Elliot


I’m going to preface this review by saying that this one didn’t grab me right away as many psychological thrillers do. ¬†I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at the beginning. ¬†In fact, I almost gave up on it. ¬†I’m glad I didn’t.

Constance is missing.  When the thirteen-year-old suddenly disappears, all efforts are put into finding her.  Her much loved uncle Karl soon finds himself the focus of the investigation.  Through a series of circumstantial pieces of evidence along with a determined journalist, he quickly becomes suspect number one.

Fast forward six years…

And I’m stopping here. ¬†If you read the blurbs on various book-related sites, you’ll find more details leading up to this point. ¬†But I’m not going to give them to you. ¬†Part of the pleasure of this story was the discovery, the itchy inkling feeling I had as I got deeper and deeper into the story. ¬†And I’d like for you to have that same experience. ¬†So go forth and enjoy!


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Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley

bottom-pieI just love little Flavia…so wish I could go back in time and read these as a 10 year old! I would have been mad for her then! Such a cheeky little bugger! But whom I kidding? I love her now as a 46 year old!

If you think this is a short review, well you’re wrong…You don’t need me to tell you what the book is about, you just need me to tell you to go out and read it…so I am telling you now…it doesn’t matter how young or old you are…go out and buy this book…we all need a little Flavia in our lives!

Until next time…
Urania xx

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Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler


I love medical mysteries.  Some of my classic favorites are from Robin Cook, the master of the genre.  So when I read the description of this new one, I just knew it was for me.

When Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up on an operating table, she’s naturally confused. ¬†Did she suffer an accident that she can’t remember? ¬†Nope, it’s something much more sinister. ¬†Or at least that’s what she believes. ¬†But her story of abduction by a madman is so absurd that nobody believes her, even though she’s a highly respected surgeon. ¬†And then when strange things continue to happen, her credibility is further damaged. ¬†And her sanity is called into question. ¬†Can she get anybody to believe that her experience is somehow connected to a series of mysterious deaths? ¬†And will it be too late to save herself?

This is a classic thriller.  It has all the elements needed for a suspenseful who-dunnit.  A great summer read!


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