Friday, November 30, 2007

Nature Girl by Carl Hiassen

Honey Santana sets out to teach a rude telemarketer a lesson, and ends up in a typical mess in the process. She lures the telemarketer and his girlfriend in the Florida Keys with the ruse of an eco-tour, and ends up on an island with her tour-ees, her ex-husband, her son, a PI and a crazed would-be suitor. Typical Hiaasen choas follows...

This is the second book I have read by Hiaasen, and it didn't seem to moved as fast for me as the previous one did. It wasn't a bad book, just slower than I was expecting. 3 stars

Monday, November 12, 2007

Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

Jeffery Tolliver leaves Grant County to go to the aid of his officer, Lena, who has been arrested. When he arrives to help, she escapes and runs. Jeffery and Sara, his wife, stay and try to find Lena and find out why she won't ask for help. As they start investigating, they find a web of players that they can't quite get to connect. There are skinheads, drug dealers, Lena's uncle Hank, and a burned up Escalade with an unidentified body inside.

This is one of my favorite author's. She tends to be a little dark sometimes, but her mysteries are very well written. The pieces always fit together nicely! The ending on this one made my very mad though. 4 1/2 stars

The Chrysalis by Heather Terrell

Mara is attorney who has been hired to represent an auction house in a lawsuit. The plaintiff is accusing the auction house of selling stolen property. She contends that the painting they are trying to sell was stolen from her family by the Nazi's and rightfully belongs to them. The storyline follows the painting from its creation in seventeenth century Holland to the present.

This mystery was a quick and enjoyable read. I liked how the story gave perspective in both the past a present. 3 stars

Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon

Kate returns home after a long absence to care for her mother, who is suffering from dementia. When she arrives she finds a young girl has been murdered in the woods near where she grew up. This crime is very similar to the murder of her childhood friend, Del. Del's murder was never solved, and this new murder also brings up questions about the past.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was well written. There are certain aspects of this story that I find far-fetched and that turns me off a bit. I think the scariest stories are the ones that you can actually picture happening. 3 stars