Monday, March 19, 2018

Project PD Mysteries & Thrillers: Inside the Lines

Inside the Lines is a spy thriller with a little romance mixed in written by Earl Derr Biggers and Robert Welles Ritchie and was originally published in 1815. It takes places place in France, Germany and the Mediterranean region during the onset of the first World War. It follows some Americans that are in Europe at the time and are trying to get home and events that are happening around them.

This was the third novel written by Biggers, who went on to write six Charlie Chan novels in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He keeps both the action and the romance to a level where they’re not too distracting from the story line. This is a story that can be enjoyed be men and women of most reading tastes.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Project PD Mysteries & Thrillers

Beginning today, you will start seeing posts here for Project PD Mysteries & Thrillers. This is a project that I thought of earlier this week in which along with the other books that I am reading, I will always be reading a mystery or thriller that is in the Public Domain in the United States until I've read them all, if possible. That is harder than you may think. I am taking these from genre lists on Project Gutenberg and Many Books shows 1,000 alone and it doesn't have quite as many books as Project Gutenberg and books are constantly being added to Project Gutenberg. Also, I saw something today that the books published in 1923 will go into the Public Domain as of January 1, 2019 which will most likely include many mysteries and thrillers.

There are many mysteries and thrillers that I have read in the past that are in the Public Domain including several Sherlock Holmes Books and one by Agatha Christie. I've decided that any that I've read prior to this month will be reread sometime during this project. I am considering  The Innocence of Father Brown  as the first book I read for this project. I wrote a review for it earlier this month. I am almost done with the next book I'm reading for this project, expecting to complete it today and hoping to get the review written today also. All of the reviews will have the banner that I have above to distinguish them as part of the project. They will also have links where you can download the books from Project Gutenberg and Many Books. I will also include links where you can versions for you Kindle or Nook for free.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Professionals

The Professionals is the first novel in the Stevens and Windermere series by Owen Laukannen. Four college friend unable to find jobs upon graduation decide to start a life of crime be going from city to city across the United States and kidnapping wealthy people and contacting their spouses, demanding anywhere between $60,00 and $100,00 in twenty-four hours. They also tell them that that their house is being watched and if they call the police, their spouse will be killed. Two years later, everything is going good until after the leave Minneapolis, the victim calls the police who in turn turns it over to the state police who assign the case to Agent Kirk Stevens. After he convinces his supervisor that the kidnappers are from out of state and have left the state, they contact the Minneapolis office of the FBI, they assign the case to Special Agent Carla Windermere. In the meanwhile, the kidnappers make the mistake of kidnapping the husband of a woman in a crime family, so the crime family sends men out after them. Who will get to the kidnappers first, the crime family or Stevens and Windermere?

Most of this story takes place in the upper Midwest. It is full of action and keeps the readers wondering what will happen next. It is a very good debut novel.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Killing Red

Killing Red is the debut novel for Henry Perez and is the first Alex Cappa thriller novel. Alex Chappa, a columnist for the second leading newspaper in the Chicago area has been requested to come and interview serial killer Kenny Lee Grubb by Grubb himself just days before Grubb is slated for execution. Over sixteen years prior to that, Grubb kidnapped and killed nine children and attempted to do the same to a tenth. The tenth, a ten year old girl at the time didn’t die, but managed to escape from Grubb and lead the police to him. Chappa, a new and fledgling reporter working nights at the time managed to be the only reporter at the scene of the capture due to a tip telephoned in to the small newspaper he was working for at the time. That story set off his career. Grubb now wants Chappa to write the his true story and told him that a disciple of his has been killing children across the United States and will be killing the one that escaped just before he is executed. Chappa sets off to find this girl, who Grubb refers to as Red, to warn her and also informs his old college roommate who is now an agent with the FBI in their Chicago office. Will Alex will be able to find her in time?

The author take the readers through many Chicago suburbs in this book and even further west some into some open farmland, as well as into areas within the city of Chicago itself. He keeps the action up in order to keep the book interesting and he has the type of people interviewed by Chappa varied. It is a good book.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saving Faith

Saving Faith is the fifth thriller novel written by David Baldacci and is a standalone novel. Danny Buchanan has been a very successful lobbyist in Washington D.C. for a few decades, some of his practices not exactly legal. Over a decade ago, he took Faith Lockhart under his wing and taught her the ropes and she has been a faithful assistant for him. For the past year and a half, Danny has started acting strange and started distancing himself from Faith. With a feeling that something bad is going on, Faith decides to go to the FBI to try to save Danny by telling them about his dealings and the politicians. While taking Faith to an FBI safe house in an old cabin in a wooded area, somebody tries to assassinate Faith, killing the FBI agent escorting her. Fortunate for Faith, Lee Adams, a private investigator, was hired by an anonymous client who mailed him cash to follow Faith. Lee witnesses the assassination attempt and starts firing in the direction of the assassin, causing the assassin to run. Lee and Faith are now on the run from both the FBI and whoever attempted to kill Faith, not knowing who to trust.

This book has elements that will keep both men and women reading. There is action throughout the book along with an element of romance. It has another strong female character in it along with Faith and has some surprises in it. It is an overall very well written story.

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World of Sleuths Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Innocence of Father Brown

The Innocence of Father Brown is the first compilation of Father Brown short stories written by G. K. Chesterton. Father Brown is a Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective that solves crimes using the knowledge that he gained from criminals’ confessions and his own intuitions. There are twelve short stories in this compilation, many of which include a character named Hercule Flambeau who is a sought after thief throughout Europe in the early stories and through the help of Father Brown, swears off a life of crime and becomes a private detective. The Father Brown BBC television series which also airs on PBS stations in the United States are based from the main character and characters from all of the Father Brown short stories by Chesterton.

The stories in this compilation vary between theft and murder. These take place throughout the United Kingdom and seems that Father Brown is in a different parish in each story. There is humor scattered about in these stories, just like in the television series. Some of these stories are better than others.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress is a thriller and the first novel written by Dan Brown. This story, written by the same author as The DaVinci Code, takes place inside the National Security Agency (NSA). A former disgruntled employee writes new encryption software for emails that he claims that will make a super secret multi-billion dollar NSA computer that can decrypt any email within a matter of minutes obsolete. The catch isin order for anybody to use this software, they need a pass code that this guy put up for auction to the highest bidder and also stated that if anything happened to him, he sent a copy to another person who in turn would publicly publish the pass key so everybody would have access to it. The NSA’s computer has been trying to decrypt this software fore several hours to no avail and it turns out that the guy that wrote it was just murdered in Spain. The NSA’s head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, is called in to try to do what she can from there in the NSA. In the meanwhile, her fiancĂ©e is sent to Spain to bring back all of the dead guy’s belonging’s in hopes that they find something in them with the pass code. Will the bee able to find it in time?

The reader has to keep in mind that this is a work of fiction. Just as with any of the other government and intelligence gathering agencies, the NSA does have federal regulations and budgets that they have to abide by. There is plenty of action in this book and some interesting twists. It is comprised of several short chapters, many of which are from one to four pages long which seems to slow it down.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)