The Catch, by Taylor Stevens, opens in Djibouti, Africa with Vanessa Michael Munroe working for a maritime security company. Munro is a woman with a tumultuous past and incredible survival skills. She has been mistaken for a man and is known as Michael. As the story develops, we learn there is much else that is not as it seems. Without enthusiasm she became part of the team hired to guard a ship heading for Kenya. The ship is hijacked, but not for the usual reasons. Even though she manages to escape, she is not safe. She undertakes the monumental and dangerous task of getting the ship back and settling scores with those involved. This exciting and well written novel holds the reader’s attention to very last page.
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Angela Gillespie had been sending an annual Christmas letter for many years. As Hello from the Gillespies, by Monica McInerney, opens Angela tries to work on the letter, but this year is different as she can’t find anything cheery to write about. Her adult twin daughters have both experienced professional and personal difficulties, another daughter is struggling to make her own way, her ten year old son is a bit peculiar and her husband of over thirty years has distanced himself from her. She proceeds to compose a letter she has no intention of sending. It is totally honest and details the real mess which now describes her family. Unbeknownst to her, the letter does get sent to all one hundred people on her mailing list. Her family eventually gets around to reading it and they are mortified at their mother’s words detailing their lives. They aren’t the only ones who are mortified. Angela doesn’t know how the letter got sent and she doesn’t know how to deal with the fall out. The letter takes on a life of its own as recipients start to forward it to others. People love her honesty and candor.
While the letter is comparable to a bombshell, there is much more to this novel. The author has crafted a marvelous multi layered story about what it means to be part of this family, especially when a near tragedy occurs. The reader is given the opportunity to get to know the well developed and full of personality characters. Their relationships with each other are intriguing. They maintain their self identities without jeopardizing their bonds. As for the results of this particular letter- I recommend reading this book.
I found this to a totally satisfying book to read. The author is a gifted story teller and this book is worth reading.
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Lethal Beauty, by Lis Wiehl with April Henry, is a legal thriller that is part of the Mia Quinn Mysteries. Mia Quinn was introduced as the protagonist in the first book of the series, A Matter of Trust. Mia returned to work as a prosecutor after her husband died leaving her with two children and a mountain of debt.
In Lethal Beauty, Mia Quinn is the prosecuting attorney in the trial of a wealthy man accused of murdering Dandan Yee, a young Chinese prostitute. Mia’s life is complicated enough, both professionally and personally, and things become even worse. Her key witness vanished and one juror causes a mistrial. Mia is determined to obtain justice for Dandan. She’s not alone in her mission. Dandan’s mother comes up with her own bizarre plan to seek justice for her daughter. Meanwhile, Mia’s teenage son seems to be rapidly changing emotionally and physically before her eyes. More people die and then Mia and her family are threatened.
I found this to be a fast moving and well written mystery with a variety of interesting characters. The story deals with many social issues including modern day slavery and drugs. The twists and turns keep the reader engaged in the story right up to the surprising conclusion.
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