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My Musing ~ Golden Prey by John Sandford

Golden Prey by John Sandford is the 27th book in the “Prey” suspense series. Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, April 25, 2017

The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.

John Sandford knows how to keep me occupied while reading the latest exploits of Lucas Davenport by taking him out of his usual situation and expanding his world in his new job as a U.S. Marshal. This story pulled me in immediately and I fell in love once again with Lucas as he took on this new role with doing what he does best and that is “hunt.” There’s a little give and take in his new assignment and the author does a great job of letting it percolate with narrative that had me sitting closely by the bodies and calamity rears its ugly head. The fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting drama kept me involved in all that was happening and the warning at the end. . .pure Lucas influenced. Love this book and look forward to more good times with Lucas and his associates.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

A day in the life with Fina Ludlow by Ingrid Thoft

DuplicityFina punched the address into her phone and waited for the navigation to begin. She’d recently changed the voice to an Australian man who sounded less judgy than the Brit before.

She’d never been to the Anchor, a dive bar slash seafood restaurant a few streets from Boston’s theater district, but she knew that Dante Trimonti conducted business from a booth in the back when he wasn’t at the night club. Dante was a pimp on the rise; a greasy, but handsome guy Fina plied for information. She didn’t like his line of work, but she also knew that she wasn’t going to change him. She might as well use him.

Inside the bar, red glass lanterns sat atop the tables, and thickly braided fishing nets were strung along the walls. The bar stools were a mishmash of backless pleather and heavy wood ones that rotated with a groan. Fina gave her eyes a moment to adjust and moved to the back of the space, where Dante sat contemplating an overflowing plate of fried food.

“That looks good,” Fina said, reaching out and snagging a fried scallop.

“Paws off, Ludlow!”

“Take it easy. There’s enough to feed a whole boat crew.”

Dante sipped his beer and ran a hand across his mouth. “Your manners suck.”

Fina chewed the scallop, which was cooked just right, not rubbery nor raw. “May I have some more? Please, sir?”

Dante scowled at her. “Will it make you leave faster?”


He pushed the plate in her direction. She picked out a clam and dipped it into the small paper cup of tartar sauce.

“So, let me guess,” Dante ventured. “You need something.”

“Actually, I’m here to do you a favor.”

His eyebrow rose, and the hint of a smile curled the corners of his mouth.

“Oh, please,” Fina said. “Don’t get your hopes up.” She reached for a full glass of water next to his beer and took a drink. “There’s someone who’s looking for you.”

“Yeah. Who’s that?”

“Her name is Lydia.”

Dante was chewing a French fry, but the motion changed when Fina mentioned the young woman. It was as if any pleasure he had been deriving from the act was gone.

A fried shrimp called to her from the plate while she waited for him to respond.

“Do you know Lydia or is there some mix-up?” she asked when he remained silent.

“What’s she look like?” He sniffed as if suddenly overcome with a cold.

“She’s pretty. Thin, light brown hair to about here.” Fina motioned to her shoulders. “She called herself Lydia Rialta, but she couldn’t produce an ID.”

“What does she want?”

“She wants to talk to you, but she said you wouldn’t be very receptive.”

“It that why she hired you? To be her message girl?”

“I think she didn’t want to just show up out of the blue.”

Dante sat back in the booth. He rolled his shoulders as if prepping for a fight. “She didn’t have any problem disappearing into the blue.”

“What’s the story with you two?” Fina asked. A dollop of tartar sauce decorated the flimsy paper placemat under Dante’s plate. She could see an illustration of a lobster with a wide smile; not hip to his fate, apparently.

“I don’t want to talk to her. Tell her no dice.”

“C’mon, Dante. What’s the deal? Did she break your heart?”

He took a pull from his beer and stared at the door, closing behind a departing customer. “She’s my sister.”

You can read more about Fina in Duplicity, the fourth book in the “Fina Ludlow” private investigator series.

Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test—in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft.

When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising’s theology or the pastor’s ability to solicit generous donations—until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina’s investigation requires her to delve into the woman’s life—both in and out of Covenant Rising—and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman’s life outside the parish?

The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.

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Meet the author
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid Thoft is the author of the critically acclaimed Fina Ludlow series. Loyalty, Identity, Brutality, and Duplicity feature the Boston private investigator who tangles with the city’s criminal element and her family of personal injury attorneys. The series has been called “sizzling” by Entertainment Weekly and “dazzling” by Publishers Weekly. Brutality won the Shamus Award for Best P.I. Novel, and Loyalty was nominated for the Shamus Award for best debut P.I. novel. Ingrid earned a certificate in private investigation from the University of Washington in her quest to create a believable private investigator character and is also a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Connect with Ingrid at ingridthoft.com.

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Duplicity is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

My Musing ~ Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Extreme Prey by John Sandford is the 26th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, April 2016

Extreme PreyShe was an Iowa woman in her fifties, busy skinning a rabbit for dinner. She wasn’t thinking about the rabbit, though. She was thinking about murder. If and when, and where and how, and with what.

She wasn’t thinking about who. She already knew who.

After a recent—and dangerous—adventure with his daughter, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His friend the governor has been cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he has a job for Lucas.

The governor’s been hearing strange things on the campaign trail in Iowa; nothing specific, just whispers that make him wonder if there are some crazies out there planning to do something. He’s passed it along to the appropriate people, but he’d feel much better if Lucas checked it out, too.

Lucas agrees—but he has no idea what he’s just gotten himself into. He’s seen crazies before in his career—all too many of them—but none quite like the ones he’s about to encounter now.

Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Extreme Prey is future proof that “John Sandford is at the top of his game” (The Washington Post).

This fast-paced and action filled drama begins like no other and ends with what’s next for Lucas. In between we are taken on a roller coaster ride as Lucas is once again on the hunt for vicious killers who’ll stop at nothing to get what they think other deserves and it will be up to Lucas to put that fire out. This was an intense read that had my heart pumping as each scene was fraught with danger the closer we got to the perpetrators as expertly written by the author. The narrative put me smack dab in the middle of all the action while the dialogue kept me engaged in all aspects in the telling of this story. This was another good story by the author and I look forward to the next chapter in the lives of Lucas and his friends.

My Musing ~ Off the Grid by C.J. Box

Off the Grid by C.J. Box is the 16th book in the “Joe Pickett” suspense series. Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, March 2016

Off The GridC. J. Box returns with this suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel.

Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear.

But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just may be something that takes them all down—including Nate and Joe.

Once again, the author pulled me in immediately in this fast-paced, action-packed drama that started with three separate activities but converged in one place and it was the consequences of how this was all going to end and who would be the victor. Between Joe and Nate, more firepower was expelled and Sheridan’s knowledge kept her close to the grid. The author’s narrative kept me engaged in all aspect of this riveting and thrilling tale and had me gasping as we got closer to the finale. Another good read from a series that I enjoy and I look forward to more adventures with Joe and his friends.