Sunday, November 29, 2009

Murder Packs a Suitcase by Cynthia Baxter

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Mallory Marlowe is ready to turn a corner—one lined with palm trees, plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments, and snack bars shaped like giant ice cream cones. Thanks to her new job as travel writer for the New York magazine The Good Life, recently widowed Mallory is zipping around Orlando, assigned to rediscover the glory days of “old Florida.” It’s the first of what she hopes will be many exciting adventures . . . but she’s about to discover that the Sunshine State has a dark side.

Settled in among the faux volcanoes and tiki torches of the Polynesian Princess Hotel, Mallory is on the lookout for quirky attractions like alligator farms and pirate-themed diners hidden amid the glitzy theme parks. But she’s not prepared to find a cranky journalist speared to death in the Bali Ballroom—or to find herself a suspect in his murder. With her trip coming to a close, Mallory has no choice but to figure out if one of her fellow travel writers is a killer. Because if she doesn’t get out of Florida soon, her career—and her life—are about to come to a dead end.Includes Mallory’s article for The Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Florida attractions!

Quote from the book: "She also spotted a stuffed mommy gator with two babies Velcroed on, which struck her as a terrific way of keeping one's offspring close by. She wished someone had thought of that when Jordan was little."

Why this book, you might ask: The cover caught my eye, the title was fun, if a little corny and the book description sounded good!

My Thoughts: This was a fun to read cozy mystery. I liked the cover, bright and attractive. I might even call it "Cover Kitsch" to go along with this cute story. I liked Mallory, her visits to kitsch-y "old Florida" attractions and the humor the author wove in. I liked the way the author wrote about the nonfictional destinations. I figured out pretty soon who the murder victim would be because he was such an awful person. What I didn't figure out was who the murderer was. As the story rolled, Mallory found that everyone on the trip, including herself, had reason to want Phil dead. All in all I liked it a lot. I'll look up this author's next book in this series.

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam (October 28, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553590359
ISBN-13: 978-0553590357
murder, mystery, cozy, travel, Florida

Friday, November 27, 2009

Call After Midnight by Tess Gerritsen

Product Description: A ringing phone in the middle of the night shakes newlywed Sarah Fontaine awake. Expecting her husband's call from Longdon she hears instead an unfamiliar voice. Nick O'Hara from the U.S. State Department is calling with devastating news: Geoffrey Fontaine, Sarah's husband of two months, died in a hotel fire . . . in Berlin.
Convinced her husband is still alive, Sarah forces a confrontation with Nick that finds them crisscrossing Europe on a desperate search for Geoffrey. Trying to stay one heartbeat ahead of a dangerous killer, the become quarry in the clandestine world of international espionage, risking everything for answers that may prove fatal.

Quote from the book: Then three weeks ago one of our London agents was sitting at his favorite pub and he just happened to over hear a voice he recognized.He worked with Dance some years ago so he knew that voice.

Why this book, you might ask: A while back, Jo (teachersays) recommended Tess Gerritsen to me so I've been reading more of her books. I found this book, or recording, cheap on iTunes so I had to get it.

My thoughts: Gerritsen's fans might be expecting a medical drama, however this was a romantic suspense. It involves the CIA, secret identities, and all manner of cloak and dagger doings. The main theme of the book is whether Geoffrey is actually alive or not. The reader knows from the prologue that he switched identities in Berlin and didn't actually die. Sarah feels that Geoffrey is still alive even though others keep telling her that he is not. Her search for Geoffery takes her first to London then on to other places. She doesn't realize the danger she is in. Nick O'Hara, the one who called her to tell her Geoffrey was dead, comes with her as to help. I liked Sarah and Nick, just wish there was more detail about them. Geoffery barely had a part in the book other than to be the catalyst of the action. I read somewhere that it was originally published as a Harlequin Intrigue. I enjoyed this, it was a quick, suspenseful read. So far I have liked the books I've read by Gerritsen and plan to read more.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press (June 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786239700
ISBN-13: 978-0786239702

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

Book Description: At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket—until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.
One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and he hopes to renew his relationship with Samantha. Then the unmarked gifts begin to appear—a box of Valentine candy hearts, a heart pendant. Most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video and the chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.
In a heartbeat, the medical miracle that gave Ryan a second chance at life is about to become a curse worse than death. For Ryan is being stalked by a mysterious woman who feels entitled to everything he has. She’s the spitting image of the twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan’s own chest.
And she’s come to take it back.

Quote from the book: "The roots of all violence are found in the hatred of the truth.”

My Thoughts: The main character of this book was different from other characters of Koontz' that I can remember in that he was rich. Rich enough to have any thing he wanted. Which is what gets him into trouble here. This was a psychological which I thoroughly enjoyed. The pacing of this story is slower than I'm used to in a book by Koontz but it is still suspenseful. Ryan's search for truth, leading down rabbit trails of confusion kept me turning pages. This may be one of the most poignant of the authors books. The twist at the end makes you stop and think: does this kind of thing really happen?

Audio CD
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423356896
ISBN-13: 978-1423356899

Why Beulah Shot Her Pistol Inside the Baptist Church by Clayton Sullivan

From the Book Jacket:Raised in the Primitive Baptist Church, teenage Beulah Buchanan marries the much older deacon Ralph Rainey to escape from her oppressive parents, thus jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Over the next six years, Beulah works in her domineering husband’s cafe and cooks him dinner at home every night, dutifully attends church, and lets herself be led into an affair with the preacher. When she embarrasses her husband by not cooking enough food for the ravenous visiting revival preacher, Ralph “chastises” Beulah with his belt. When he tries to beat her again, she fights back and locks him in the cooler at his cafe.
Why Beulah Shot Her Pistol Inside the Baptist Church is a new take on the Southern Gothic tragedy, told in Beulah’s innocently hilarious voice. Beulah evokes the Southern women of Clyde Edgerton’s Raney and Mark Childress’s Crazy in Alabama, but is a totally original and winning character, a young woman breaking free.

Quote from the book: By five o'clock I was back in the kitchen cookin' full speed ahead. I was cookin' like I was Betty Crocker. I knew the preachers would turn up at the house at six o'clock.

My thoughts: The title of this book made me laugh so I checked the blurb and bought it. I've chosen to read more than one book just because of the title. I was prepared to like this book and was looking forward to reading it, I wanted to know just WHY did Beulah even have a pistol at the Baptist church. I really do like reading southern literature.

Beulah tells her story in first person to the reader. At times she is funny, sometimes darkly so. She tells the story of her life in rural Mississippi, marriage to an older man, domestic violence, and hypocrisy in her church. She was a sympathetic character, a 16 year old in a loveless marriage being used and abused. She should have listened to her mother. Her life with Ralph was nothing but misery as her mother had predicted. For six years Beulah works for and serves her cold hypocrite of a husband. Then the preacher starts calling, after Ralph is gone to work. He cons her as surly as Ralph did with the sweet words she craves. It breaks her heart to finally learn this.

Since she was raised in the church, and the author is a retired minister, I did not expect her language to be so very crude. Yikes. It was way out of character for an overprotected church girl. The constant repetition, (Beulah kept saying the same thing 3 or 4 different ways) was annoying. It was strange that she could repeat the F word and the P word without hesitation them apologize for saying hell. Go figure.
I don't know whether to recommend this or not. I liked the story but the language really put me off.

Hardcover: 238 pages
Publisher: NewSouth (October 30, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1588381676
ISBN-13: 978-1588381675

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Asylum Prophecies by Daniel Keyes

About the book: Raven began the day in an asylum, a disturbed young woman with multiple personalities recovering from another suicide attempt. But now she holds a secret that could save thousands of innocent lives. Buried deep in her splintered subconscious are details of an impending terrorist attack against the United States—details that her kidnappers cannot let her reveal. As Raven summons all her strength to fight her captors, an American agent races across the globe to rescue her and find the key that will unlock her trapped memories before it’s too late.
Quotes from the book: 1. On Monday morning, outside the courtroom, Dugan watched Raven huddle with Dr. Kyle in the corridor. No telling how she would react if the judge ordered her rendered back to Greece for aggressive interrogation. He felt sorry for her. Not her fault she'd been kidnapped. Not her fault she'd been brainwashed. In the courtroom, her face changed expressions frequently. Focused. Distant. Angry. Confused. Still, mentally ill or not, her mind held the keys to cataclysmic prophecies.
2. As Fatima stood, the crescent necklace slipped out from between bold breasts.
My Thoughts: The prophecies of the title were not, in fact, prophecies. They were instructions, written in Nostradamus type quatrains, for a terrorist attack on America. Raven, with her MPD and other types of mental illnesses, had read and remembered these quatrains. Everyone, bad guys and good guys were after her to torture (good guys - torture = aggressive interrogation) the info out of her. Yikes. You don't find out till the very end why she is so mentally unstable.
This was a fairly exciting book, though it did drag some and I did skim some. It is scary that these organizations actually exist.

Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (September 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843962712
ISBN-13: 978-0843962710

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Publisher Comments: The enthralling international bestseller.
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.
Then there's Paloma, a 12-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the 16th of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.
Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

Quote from the book: Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside, she’s covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary – and terribly elegant.

My Thoughts: At first I didn't like this book too much. The two narrators, loners, seemed to wallow in their aloneness, thinking about their intellgence and how others fall woefully short. However, as I kept reading and learning more about each one I began to like them. Then enters Kakuro Ozu, who seems to bring life back to both Renee and Paloma. Renee blooms with life and hope. Then....

This novel took me through the gambit of emotions. I laughed at some of Renee Michel's observations, sprinkled ramdomaly in her philosophical thoughts. I also laughed at some of Palomas observations in her "Profound Thoughts". I disliked, then liked, then loved the characters. This book broke my heart at the end. As trite as it may sound I laughed and I cried.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Europa Editions (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933372605
ISBN-13: 978-1933372600
philosophy, literature, literary fiction

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cross Country by James Patterson

About the book: A MURDERER OF ASTOUNDING CRUELTY Detective Alex Cross is called to the worst murder scene he has encountered in all his years on the force. Someone with less than zero regard for human life has slaughtered a family–and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. One of those death comes terrifyingly close to home, and Alex realizes that he is chasing a horrible new breed of killer.

A CITY IN CHAOS As Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, dig deeper into the case, they become entangled in the deadly African underworld of Washington DC. What they discover there is so shocking that they can barely comprehend it: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a diabolical warlord known only as the Tiger. When the elusive killer's trail turns up in Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

ALEX CROSS TRACKS A KILLER CROSS COUNTRY When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is. Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of the Tiger, can Alex manage to both survive and catch the killer? From the #1 bestselling author James Patterson comes Cross Country-the most heart-stopping, speed-charged, electrifying Alex Cross thriller ever.

Quote from the book: He walked off the court, and a man came up to him. This particular man couldn’t have been more out of place, since he wore a gray suit and he was white. “Ghedi Ahmed,” said the white devil. “You know who he is?” The Tiger nodded. “I know who he used to be.”“Make an example of him.” “And his family.” “Of course,” said the white devil. “His family too.”

My Thoughts: I am a long time Alex Cross fan. I hate to say it but I was fairly disappointed in this book. It was not an escapist read at all for me. I'm thinking that Patterson wrote this as a vehicle to showcase the reality of brutal crimes (genocide, rapes, torture, starvation, amputations, etc.) that have become a part of daily life in many areas in Africa. The violence was nonstop & I found the plot unbelievable. I missed Nana Momma.

Audio CD
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600248241
ISBN-13: 978-1600248245

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wild Rain by Christine Feehan

Product Description: To escape an assassin, Rachel finds sanctuary in the rainforest, where the most exotic of all creatures walks: Rio. But when he unleashes his secret animal instincts, Rachel fears that her isolated haven could become an inescapable hell...

Quote from the book: "I think of it as songs of the forest. I've always loved the way the insects and birds sound against the leaves in the wind. It's all music if you love it, Rachel."

My Thoughts: This is the first of Feehan's books I've read. I know her Carpathian series is popular but didn't know what to expect of this. I was hooked in the first chapter with Rachel and her flight into the jungle. Once she met Rio I was a little disappointed with the dialogue, it seemed unnatural & stilted at first. I kept reading and found myself enjoying it more. Rio and Rachael were both fun, strong characters. I liked them. I also liked the little clouded leopards, they added to the story for me. Feehan wrote about the jungle in such a way that I was immersed in the sights, sounds and feels of the rain forest. I wanted to see the leopards as she wrote about them. It was a fast, fun escape read.
Love the cover!

Read about this new series HERE.

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Jove; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (January 27, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0515136824
ISBN-13: 978-0515136821

paranormal romance, shapeshifter, leopard people, rain forest,

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three Weeks To Say Goodbye by C. J. Box

About the book: After years of trying to have a baby, Jack and Melissa McGuane’s dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency-Angelina’s birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face to face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there's something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.
As Angelina’s safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double-crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe...
How far would you go to save someone you love? C.J. Box has once again written a bone chilling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page…

Quote from the book:"I really liked the cabbage rolls," Cody said. "Maybe the next time we drive up here to hire a hit man we can come on Thursday."

My thoughts: I've been a fan of Box's Joe Picket for some time now so I had high hopes for this novel. Well, I wasn't disappointed. Even though there were some things I couldn't figure out, like why didn't Jack and Melissa get a lawyer, I felt it was a great read. Like Joe Picket, Jack is an everyman, a middle class good guy who makes mistakes. With the help of some friends and some violence of their own, this group sets out to protect the family and the little girl, Angelina. It was a fast paced page turner!

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (January 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312365721
adpotion, mystery

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fire Me by Libby Malin

About the book: How to lose your job and find true love…
Fed up with impossible deadlines and meaningless busywork, Anne Wyatt goes to work one day determined to resign. But that's the day her boss announces someone's getting laid off (and with a generous severance package). Now Anne has one day to ruin her career and convince her boss that someone should be her.
Anne's hysterical tactics are unwittingly undermined by Ken, the handsome graphic designer in the next cubicle, who has his own ideas for liberation from the corporate grind. In the end, Anne and Ken have to decide together what is important in life, and what they can discard without a second glance...

Quotes from the book: "Shelia's wrong," Anne said, taking her cue and going for the direct approach. "I deserve it. I deserve to be let go. Not her. Not Greg. And Certainly not Ken."
"No, Mitch," Sheila said, "fire me."
"No, me."

My thoughts: I saw some reviews and thought this might be a cute read. What it was was cute and laugh out loud funny in some parts. The story takes place in one day. If you would like a fun escapist read, follow Anne as she spends the day sabotaging her job and noticing Ken.

Visit the authors website HERE.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402217579
ISBN-13: 978-1402217579

romantic comedy, office, pink slip, severance package, women's fiction, chick lit

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

From the Book Jacket: How well do you really know your child?
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they’d spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his best friend Spencer Hill, they can’t help but worry. Within days of installing a sophisticated spy program on Adam’s computer they are jolted by a cryptic message from an unknown correspondent that shakes them to their core: “Just stay quiet and all safe.”
As if Mike Baye isn’t dealing with enough, he also learns that Lucas Loriman, the sweet kid who grew up next door, is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. As the boy’s doctor, Mike suddenly finds himself in possession of an explosive secret that threatens to rip the Loriman family apart at the seams.
Nearby, while browsing through an online memorial for Spencer, Betsy Hill discovers a surprising detail about the night of her son’s death. Before she can find out more, Adam disappears, taking the truth with him and sending shockwaves through the neighborhood.
As the lives of these families collide in tragic, unexpected, and violent ways, long-hidden connections in their small suburb begin to work their way to the surface. And when an unidentified Jane Doe is beaten to death not far away, those connections threaten to turn this quiet community upside down—and force these desperate parents to decide whether there is any line they won’t cross to protect those they love most in the world.

Quote from the book: He looked at her. She gave him the crooked smile, the one he’d first seen on a cold autumn day at Dartmouth. That smile had corkscrewed into his heart and stayed there.
“I love you,” she said.
“I love you too.”
And with that they agreed to spy on their oldest child.

My Thoughts: This was a pretty good mystery, but I wouldn't call it a page turner. There were two separate main stories that that only connected in a small way in that a family member was involved in both. He had the making of two novels here but put them both in one book. If he had taken the serial killer line and fleshed it out, it alone would have made a great read. I found that the most of tension came from the choices the characters had to make. The characters face issues parents today face: the question of whether it's appropriate for parents to spy on their children or not. This was discussed thoroughly several times in the book. That made it a little uncomfortable read for me and detracted from the entertainment value of the story as did long, needless descriptions. I did like the book, and will read more by the author. I guess my feelings are mixed on this one.

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (March 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 045122650X
ISBN-13: 978-0451226501

mystery, murder, drugs, teenage clubs, serial killer, blackmail

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Synopsis: It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors...

Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

Quotes from the book: Because Troo and me were pretty hungry, Troo came up with another one of her famous plans. She said, "We should just start showing up at people's houses around suppertime."

"The morning Mother told us she was sick, Troo and me were just laying in the lime summer grass, smelling the bleach comin' off the wash that jitterbugged on the line and getting ready to play that name game with her."
"I...gave him my best smile, the one where my dimples got so big you could hide a piece of Double Bubble in `em."

My thoughts:I loved this book! I grew up in the 50's and so many of the book's references like Sky King, My Friend Flicka & Rin Tin Tin brought back fond memories. We also played after dark in the summer in our neighborhood.
This book held such contrasts. It was part murder mystery and part a story of childhood innocence. It was charming, funny, sweet, sad, and satisfying. I loved the O'Malley sisters, especially Sally, from who's point of view the story is told. In spite of the tragedies that the girls and people in the neighborhood live through, it is an enjoyable read. I will be reading more books by this author.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (May 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451221230
ISBN-13: 978-0451221230

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

Synopsis: For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact–seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them. Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come.

The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows thather stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.

Quotes from the book: "She became aware of other sounds now. The chirping of insects. The skittering of some unseen creature moving across the floor. And through it all, that relentless dripping of water."

"Today, though, it wasn't Frank but retired detective Vince Korsak who'd assumed the role of barbecue chef, in carnivore nirvana as he flipped steaks, splashing grease on the extra-large apron draped over his generous belly." (This quote has very little to do with the story, but I thought it was funny)

My Thoughts: This is the second Gerritsen book I've head and I thought it was great. Thanks to Jo for recommending this author to me. I felt like the mummy angle was a unique twist to this serial killer story. I liked the archeology and science angles that were incorporated and I appreciated that they weren't overly technical. These angles were interesting adding to the story, not detracting from it. All in all I found this to be a good, fast paced, entertaining read.

Click HERE to see a cool trailer of this book.

Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345497635
ISBN-13: 978-0345497635