Day: December 30, 2015

Review of ‘The Bones of Others’

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As a young girl, Skye Cree was brutally assaulted by Ronny Wayne Whitfield. But, Skye is a survivor, and with her Nez Perce spirit guide, the wolf Kiya, she is, as a young women, determined to use her ability to protect others. Traumatized by the childhood incident, Skye avoids intimate contact with men until she saves Josh Anders, CEO of a game company, from muggers, and sparks fly between them. For the first time in her adult life, Skye is in love. But that love is threatened when she learns that Whitfield is out of jail, and young girls are going missing.

The Bones of Others by Vickie McKeehan tells the story of Skye and Josh as they vow to track Whitfield down and bring him to justice. As they peer deeper into the missing person cases, though, they discover that it’s more than just a single predator attacking young women, they find an international trafficking operation involving dozens. McKennan does a fantastic job of keeping a reader guessing until the end—will Skye and Josh prevail, or will they too become victims? Though this story contains elements of the supernatural, it is told as a mystery thriller, complete with enough action to appeal to the most rabid fight junkie. At the same time, the author handles Skye’s awakening feelings for Josh with astonishing tenderness.

Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to put it down. I look forward to further adventures of these two extremely likeable characters.

I give McKeehan four stars for this one.

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Review of ‘Justification for Murder’

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After an undercover operation gone bad left him with one eye, former Seattle cop, Darcy Lynch took a desk job in a quiet town—or so he thought. Happy to answer the phone and deal with hit-and-run accidents, he’s nonplussed when a hit-and-run call turns into an attempted murder. He wants off the case, but his boss won’t pull him off, and he develops a personal interest in the intended victim.

Detective Erik Sorensen is assigned to a couple of weird suicides, and is running into nothing but dead ends, until he and Lynch find out that their cases overlap in a bizarre way.

Justification for Murder by Elin Barnes is a well-done mystery that has elements of police procedural and cozy entwined with lots of wry humor. While Lynch is the main protagonist, Sorensen, as his sidekick, plays a significant role. The two together make a sort of male Cagney and Lacy cop team that works in a dysfunctional kind of way.

Punchy dialogue and taut action, with more information about dogs than you’ll probably ever need to know—it doesn’t add too much to solving the mystery, but helps give a deeper understanding of the character. After all, who doesn’t like a person who likes and understands dogs?

Read this book in one day—a rainy day, at that. Couldn’t put it down until I was finished. Four stars!