Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stranger In Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

This is the perfect book for a one of those great evenings when you get to sit in your favorite spot with your favorite drink.  I’m a slow reader and this one went smooth with the story flowing nicely.
Stranger in Town is the fourth novel staring private investigator, Sloane Monroe.  This time she is hired to find a child who was taken from the daycare play area and may be connected to another child abduction 2 years earlier in a different city in Wyoming.
I didn’t read the other Sloane Monroe stories, and maybe I should have.  I felt there was a lack of description of the main character.  I’m a fan of the reader using their own imagination, but some description can lead your mind in the right direction.  Also I was not a big fan of the ending of the mystery.
All that aside it was an excellent read that I would happily recommend and would gladly read again.  Now I have to go back and read Cheryl Bradshaw’s other books.

My rating 4 stars.

To read my interview of Stranger in Town author, Cheryl Bradshaw, click here.


Synopsis of Stranger in Town

He only needed her to look away for a few seconds...

Six-year-old Olivia Hathaway tiptoes down the center aisle of Maybelle's Market, stopping once to glance over her shoulder and make sure her mother isn't watching. But Mrs. Hathaway is too preoccupied to notice her daughter has slipped away. Moments later, a frantic Mrs. Hathaway runs up and down the aisles, desperately searching for her missing daughter. But little Olivia is already in the arms of a stranger. Will PI Sloane Monroe find Olivia before it's too late?

A Review of TWO GRAVES by DA Graystone

I was bullied in school, but nowhere as bad as Preston Peterson.  My bullying was more in my head than in reality, but I get how it can make you feel.  I can understand how someone would want to get revenge.

 In Two Graves, kind of by accident, Preston gets a taste of what it was like to strike back at the people who liked torturing the week.  He got a taste for murder.  And he liked it.  At first I sympathised with Preston and how he wanted to get back at the bullies from his high school years, even though his revenge blinded him to the fact that he was killing people who only looked like the bullies.  I was on Preston’s side right up until Benji.  I dealt with the sick things this killer did.  I cringed at the pain from one victim and I felt ready to vomit at what he did to the reporter, but once he killed Benji I was on Lt. Mann’s side.

 As a second story Lt. Mann, a cop who put his own reputation on the line to weed out those who would soil the police force, had a strong hatred for the largest mafia family in town.  When it becomes Southside Slasher vs. mafia hitman all bets were off.

 Now for the honest side of things.  With two, sometimes four, stories going on at once it occasionally was tricky to figure out which story I was on, but since my own novel is similar – who am I to bitch?  I will say I was not a fan of the ending.  It was like having a great season finale with a flop for a new season premier.  You get all excited only to have it fall flat.  But it was still a great read and I highly recommend it.


My rating is 4 stars