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book review | Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs | Bones 5

kathy reichs grave secrets temperance brennan bones book review kaulaiAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Grave Secrets
Series: Temperance Brennan 5
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 315
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Right. Finished “Grave Secrets” by Kathy Reichs, fifth book in the Temperance Brennan series. So far it was gradually getting duller…

About the Book: Killers of every ilk are no mystery. One way or another everything boils down to human brutality, greed, and other vices. It’s the victims that cause questions and wonder. Why those four, so brutally murdered and left behind? Why that one, with an unborn skeleton entangled in her own?

My Opinion: This was greatly lacking. Lacking in flavor, adult behavior, communication. Premise was great, murders in the name of science, cult-like vibe, that constant danger Brennan seems to always be in. And yet it felt like going through the motions. Here’s the plan, here’s the setting, do the mandatory thing until something or someone saves the day and Brennan can put culprit behind bars.

Still, while a bit disappointing, I can’t claim I didn’t have any fun reading it. 3 out of 5, but solid.

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book review | Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne | Fog City 1

prince of killers a fog city novel layla reyneAuthor: Layla Reyne
Title: Prince of Killers
Series: Fog City 1
Genre: Crime; Action
Pages: 200
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Eh, wanted something short, so I picked up “Prince of Killers” by Layla Reyne, first in the Fog City series. Sappy criminals and even sappier love story.

About the Book: Someone’s always trying to take the crown of the Prince of Killers, soon to be a king. So this here, new threat, would not have been all that different. Were it not for how the warning about it came to the head of the organization, in a shape of a handsome fella called Dante Perry. He seems to have a lot of sensitive information about a lot of things and is determined to stay nearby and keep that crime throne under whom it belongs to.

My Opinion: I understand the want and even a need to write some mortals into your killers. But there has to be a balance, else you end up with batman on your hands and that’s just not the same. A dull love story didn’t help it either. Not my cup of tea.

Yeah, not for me, I won’t be reading farther. 3 out of 5.

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book review | The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff

evan ratliff the mastermind drugs empire murder betrayal true crime book reviewAuthor: Evan Ratliff
Title: The Mastermind
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 480
Rate: 4/5 | goodreads

Ah, criminal masterminds. Whenever I read books like “The Mastermind” by Evan Ratliff, I can’t help but hope a biography of someone like Andrew Scott’s Jim Moriarty.

About the Book: Evan Ratliff has spent a decade on the case of a black web of crime, drugs, murder and games with the law. He contacted all he could, from family, to passerby’s, from goons, to lieutenants. Picking up information wherever he could, refusing to leave any stone unturned, putting together a true story of a criminal empire that began with selling prescription drugs online. And its ruler, Paul Le Roux.

My Opinion: It’s so very well written, you can definitely tell author has put a lot of heart into this. The story itself, well told, was interesting enough too. One of those “rise and fall” kind of tales, and a real one to that.

A good, solid book. Firm 4 out of 5.

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book review | Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs | Bones 4

kathy reichs fatal voyage temperance brennan bones book review kaulai apzvalgaAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Fatal Voyage
Series: Temperance Brennan 4
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 448
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Crime detective for a comfort read. Though, in the Age of Pandemic, where Netflix docuseries on true crime entertain us all, it’s likely not even strange. So I’ve read “Fatal Voyage” by Kathy Reichs, fourth book in Temperance Brennan series, also known by the title of loosely based on books series – Bones.

About the Book: Plane explodes in the air, landing a debris of plane scrap and people, bodies, often not even in tact. Testimonies of something being flown out or shot into the sky before the tragedy happened. And pressure from higher up that keeps trying to get Brennan off the case… Someone truly doesn’t want her digging. But why?

My Opinion: I don’t have a firm opinion on the series as of yet. These books are neither good nor bad. It’s just comforting to read, have that familiar name around and such. And this particular one was not bad either, lots of twists and turns, some got to me completely unsuspected, turning the whole story into… something else.

Not bad. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 3

kathy reichs deadly decisions book cover reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Deadly Decisions
Series: Temperance Brennan 3
Genre: Detective; Crime
Pages: 368
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I bought these Kathy Reichs books in flea markets and second-hand stores. Meaning I bought what was there, and not necessarily got everything in the series. And so it happened, I am missing the third book in the Temperance Brennan, also known as Bones, series, called “Deadly Decisions“. Ah well, there’s always ebooks!

About the Book: Disappearances, ordered hits, drugs, violence, and bones have brought Temperance Brennan to outlaw biker gangs. And they are absolutely not happy to see her. Still, this would just be another Tuesday at work were it not for the awful and personal warnings thrown her way. A note there, a picture here, an eyeball in an envelope… Someone really doesn’t want her digging.

My Opinion: There’s a lot of nothing in this book. Where characters just exist in their fear, anxiety, worries and thoughts, with nothing happening around them or in the plot. Usually I don’t mind these, I’m patient with the outfits, the haircuts, the occasional internal monologue. But in this particular book the plotline got fairly well buried under it all. To a point where I can’t coherently tell you what happened or the time it happened.

This is a good book if you don’t want to get too involved, maybe something to read outside that won’t distract you from your surroundings, sunlight. A firm 3 out of 5, but no more than that.

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book review | Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 2 | Bones

death du jour kathy reichs temperance brennan bones book coverAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Death du Jour
Series: Temperance Brennan 2 | Bones
Genre: Mystery; Crime
Pages: 451
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Took a book that needed excavating, that’s how long it sat somewhere there. “Death du Jour” by Kathy Reichs, second book in Temperance Brennan series, probably better known by the television series title Bones, loosely based on these books.

About the Book: It began as seemingly peaceful return to the roots as Brennan had to find and dig up a to-be Saint. But it wasn’t meant to be. A call, remains so charred she was irreplaceable. Family with young children, babies. To escape the image burned into her brain Brennan took her daughter to her sanctuary, but death followed her here too… And it seems this was meant to be. Through fear and decay Temperance Brennan digs up a cultish secret that connects more people in her life, dead and alive, than she’d like.

My Opinion: A cult story is always a good story in my book. This was interesting, fun to read, very captivating, but a little too predictable, with too many conveniently forgotten facts, remembered facts, slipped facts…

I like these oldies, they’re always interesting, if not in plot, then at least in the way it paints the world. A solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | The Lufthansa Heist by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone

the lufthansa heist henry hillAuthor: Henry Hill and Daniel Simone
Title: The Lufthansa Heist
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 384
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Right. I’ve finished “The Lufthansa Heist” by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone. Henry Hill’s biographical retelling of the notorious heist. And I am very, very tired because of it.

About the Book: A heist you’ll be familiar with if you watched the Goodfellas, told by one of the organizers – Henry Hill. It starts at the need for such a heist, such a job, and goes through all of the phases of making such a grand job – successful. Up until the riches they didn’t even realize they stole erupt in murderous chaos…

My Opinion: The fun part ends as soon as it begins, leaving us with more than half a book of back-and-forth with the law, arrests and releases, the who slept with whom and what “that broad” was like.

It’s sad to say that a book of a heist like this is dull, but here I am. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | Death and Destruction by Patricia Logan | 1

death and destruction particia logan book coverAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Death and Destruction
Series: Death and Destruction 1
Pages: Crime; LGBT Romance
Pages: 460
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I keep trying to tidy out my home library, so I’ve dusted some more TBR old-timers for the end of the year. This time with some good crime thriller “Death and Destruction” by Patricia Logan.

About the Book: After a long nightmarish work undercover Wolf must go into witness protection program just to survive until one of the most dangerous gangsters gets behind bars for life. An ex marine to guard him, Jared, a man with his own demons to fight. Together they try to survive and not give in to ever growing feelings for one another.

My Opinion: Pretty good, high tension bits were epic, interesting backgrounds, fun time with sniper prep. Could have been more of that and less of relationship clich├ęs.

All in all a very decent book. 4 out of 5 from me, might just read another too.

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book review | The Ice Man by Philip Carlo

the ice man philip carlo mafia contract killer book reviewAuthor: Philip Carlo
Title: The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 410
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer” by Philip Carlo is not an easy book to get into, but it’s definitely worth it. Dark, horrible, and absolutely fascinating tale of Richard Kuklinski, the ice cold killer.

About the Book: Fathered by a brutal man and not wholly there mother Richard witnessed his father beat his brother to death. Yet he doesn’t blame his upbringing for the things he did. In his words, paraphrasing, what he did, he chose to do. And the only thing he truly regrets is not killing his father when there was a chance. Other than that, it was all fair game. From rivals, snitches, bad guys in general, to passerby’s who just happened to be there when he was out to test his new toy, rowdy teens or just stupid drivers. The only taboo in Kuklinski’s book were women and children.

My Opinion: Rats eating people alive, body parts torn off, sharks, cyanide, an arsenal of weapons that allowed him to walk the streets for so long – no one suspected it could be one man doing so much work, from testing, training, to contract killing or outright justice slaying. Brutal to a point where it’s hard to wrap your mind around he went out of his way to save trafficked children, murdering rapists with pleasure. Never cheated on his wife, loved his children dearly, and at the end – did his best to lessen their involvement when it all came out.

It’s a tough book. This man here had golden traits to him that some good people are falling short on. But then, he was an absolute monster. Can only hope there’s no more of such walking the streets. A 5 out of 5, chilling tale indeed. Made worse by the truth of it.

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book review | Hunting Whitey by Casey Sherman

hunting whitey casey sherman dave wedge book reviewAuthor: Casey Sherman
Title: Hunting Whitey
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Nonfiction
Pages: 368
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, I had no clue who James “Whitey” Bulger was up until reading “Hunting Whitey” by Casey Sherman. A life and death book of a legendary South Boston mob boss.

About the Book: A ruthless mob boss, self proclaimed gentleman, and a loving father to his children. James “Whitey” Bulger’s name is mentioned along side such notorious ones as Al Capone or Vito Genovese. This is a book of his long overdue capture, long and tough years in prison, and death by murder.

My Opinion: A pretty good book, well written, with plenty of details and names (an important factor for fact-checking). I’m just surprised I had no clue who this man was, since he was second most wanted man in the USA, just after Osama bin Laden.

While the book is good, and I approve of it for October, if you just want a tale of mobsters and gangsters, I’d go with something more fun, like one of those Hollywood Godfather books (there’s a few “former” gangsters who wrote amazing memoirs). But this one gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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