Night Moves
February 20th, 2018 by diane92345

Milo and Alex are back in a twisty and compelling tale.

The body was found in a quiet suburban Pacific Palisades neighborhood with its head disfigured by a shotgun blast and its hands removed. The residents, a family of four, claim to not know the victim. When Milo feels a strange vibe within the family, he calls on clinical psychologist, Alex Delaware, to informally evaluate them. After meeting the overbearing salesman father, the overprotective mother, the athletic son and possibly autistic daughter; Alex agrees that something is simmering just under the surface.

I loved this twisty tale. People that I pinned as the murderer came up dead. Motives were shuffled multiple times as I tried to solve the crimes before Alex and Milo. The ending totally blindsided me though looking back I could clearly see the red herrings and clues that I failed to identify correctly. The last few books in this series have been rather lackluster but Night Moves is one of the best! Highly recommended for series fans and also anyone wanting a good challenging mystery to solve from their armchair. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Cat of the Baskervilles
February 16th, 2018 by diane92345

Good cozy mystery with Holmes setting.

Gemma Doyle is co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door. Located in the small touristy town of West London Massachusetts, the bookshop sells all manner of Holmes books and miscellany. The Tea Room is run and co-owned by Gemma’s best friend Jayne.

West London is also home to a small repertory company rehearsing Hound of the Baskervilles. The company has brought the famous (30 years ago) actor Sir Nigel from England to star. While hosting a pre-premiere tea party, Gemma finds Sir Nigel dead.

With suspects and motives aplenty, this cute cozy keeps the reader guessing until the end. The Cat of the Baskervilles is the third in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. However, it can read as a stand-alone. This book would have rated 4 stars except for two issues. The Cat in the title and even the Bookshop play almost no part in the story. Both held a more prominent role in the two earlier series entries. Secondly, a major clue to the denouement is reserved until the final few pages making it difficult for the reader to prove, rather than just guess, what happened to Sir Nigel. 3 stars.

Thanks to the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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