Saturday, January 13, 2018

King of Queens

King of Queens is the first novel in the Ed Maddux series by R.J. Patterson. It takes place in the weeks leading up to the Worlds Fair in New York City in 1964. Ed Maddux works in the marketing department in General Motors offices in New York and is busy working on preparations for their exhibit. He is approached by the CIA to be a temporary civilian asset for them to try to get information from an old college friend and a prominent politician who has been meeting with a suspect Russian agent who is believed is preparing some sort of attack soon in New York. Ed reluctantly agrees after seeing his friend talking to the Russian agent at a restaurant. But can he get them the information and in time?

This story keeps the reader glued to the book to see what’s going to happen next in the story. There is plenty of action along with some unexpected twists. It is a very good book overall.

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World of Sleuth’s Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider is the first novel in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. Alex Cross is an African-American psychologist turned Washington, D.C. homicide detective that is called, at the request of the mayor, to assist on the case of the kidnapping of the third grade girl, daughter of a famous actress, along with her best friend and classmate, son of the Secretary of the Treasury, from an affluent private school in Washington, D.C. by a teacher at the school. It turns out that there’s a lot more than meets the eye about the teacher and the kidnapping.

This book has plenty of action throughout the entire story. It show how different agencies mistrust each other even when they’re supposed to be working with each other. Like in most cases, the book is a lot different and much better than the movie with the same title.

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lines of Justice: Azdaja

I received a review copy of this book of this book from the author, Lee Sherred, in return of an honest review.

Lines of Justice: Azdaja is the debut novel by Lee Sherred. The story follows Dean Sampson, while serving in the Royal Military Police (and formerly having served in a parachute regiment) with United Nations troops in Kosovo in 1999, his team comes across a room in a basement in a town where a Serbian policeman and his family were gruesomely tortured and murdered which made everybody on the team sick by what they saw. All of a sudden they saw some movement in a dark corner of the room and captured the guy that did these atrocities, but they couldn’t prove it and he was sent back to Serbia. Now in present day England, Samson is a policeman and the body of one of the members of his team is found tortured in the same manner. Samson sets out to find and eliminate this man.

There is some very descriptive violence in this book. Other than the descriptive violence, the book is pretty good. The author ties in his military and police background into this book with non-stop action. This is the first book in a series and I’m waiting for the next one.

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Into a Raging Blaze

Into a Raging Blaze is the debut novel by Swedish author Andreas Norman and was translated to English by Ian Giles. The book is about Carina Dymek, a Swedish diplomat who while at a regular working meeting with the European Commission, is approached by a man that gives her an USB stick. When she gets back to Sweden at discovers that it has a proposed top secret European Union Document, she forwards it to the Swedish government officials that would be the most appropriate to handle this material. The next thing she knows, Carina is suspended from her job, an investigation is began and her life starts going in a downward spiral. She decides the only way to repair her reputation to get her reputation and get her job back is to find this man that gave her the USB stick.

This book tends to be a slow read, especially at the beginning. The author doesn’t depict Americans and British in the best of light. It does start getting better within the last one hundred pages or so.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Burnt Sienna

Burnt Sienna is a standalone novel by David Morrell, the author of Rambo. Chase Malone is a former marine helicopter pilot turned artist. International arms dealer and billionaire Derek Bellasar tries to strong arm Chase accept to paint a couple portraits of Bellasar’s wife and former model, Sienna, which Case refuses. Chase’s former copilot from the marines and current CIA agent shows Chase a picture of Sienna and persuades Chase to spy on Bellasar for the CIA, which Chase reluctantly accepts the commission to paint the portraits while also spying at Bellasar’s estate in the South of France. While working on the portraits, Chase senses that Sienna is being abused and is in trouble and decides to get her away from Bellasar, whatever it takes.

This story has action throughout and also has a love theme going along with it. It keeps the reader glued to the book wanting to know what’s going to happen and wondering if they’ll ever be free from Bellasar.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Murder As a Fine Art

Murder As a Fine Art is the first historical thriller written by David Morrell (author of Rambo) in the Thomas De Quincey series. This book takes place in London in 1854 where a copycat killer starts methodically and brutally murdering people as some true murders from 1811 Thomas De Quincy described in a book he wrote. De Quincey, his daughter, Emily, Detective Inspector Ryan and Constable Becker set out to find who is committing these murders and stop them.

This book seems to start out slow, describing some of the incidents from 1811, but the author soon draws the reader in to this story. It is interesting how he wrote it using both third person and first person narratives. The author did a good job of researching Victorian England and London and more specifically in 1854 so he could write it as if he wrote it back then. There is plenty of action and very absorbing.

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Least Wanted

I would like to thank for a review copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Least Wanted is the second Sam McRae Mystery written by Debbi Mack. Sam McRae is a female attorney in Maryland. In this story, two of her clients are Tina Jackson, a 13 year old black girl, who while trying to snatch an elderly woman’s purse, knocked the woman down causing her to break her arm and Brad Higgns, a young accountant and son of wealthy parents, suspected of embezzlement from the computer games company he works for. These two cases seem unrelated. But are they? The story follows Sam as she does her own investigation in order to try keeping her clients from going to prison. A lot of this involves going into rough Washington D.C. suburbs and Philadelphia.

This story ties a mystery, legal thriller and crime thriller all into one. Sam has to watch her back all along while trying to find the truth among all the lies she’s told. It keeps the readers wondering who all are behind the crimes up until the end of the story. A very entertaining book.

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