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The Girl Without Skin: #bookreview

The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo

The Girl Without Skin is a murder mystery set in Greenland. It begins with journalist Matthew Cave investigating the discovery of a mummified Viking body.

If you do not like murder mysteries with gruesome crimes – murder, child abuse, and sexual assault- then this may not be the book for you. I would have also liked the book if it was actually about studying the Viking mummy and where he came from. Greenland has different cultural influences – Danish and Inuit

So the Viking mummy case was put on hold due to the murder of the police officer guarding the body. While Matthew was waiting for permission to publish the article, someone tells him to look into an old cold case from the 1970s. The case involves four men who were murdered and also were probably abusing their daughters.

The title refers to one of the main characters,
Tupaarnaq. She served time in prison for killing her parents and sisters. By the time she was released, Tupaarnaq was covered in tattoos. Her name means “wild thyme.”

It really is a good book, even with all of the gruesomeness. Honestly, there were so many twists at the end that I never saw coming.

  • I received this ebook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Cold Case Quest: Paula Logan

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In May of 1987, Paula Logan’s body was found in an alley on 5th Street in Columbus. The cause of death was a head injury. For many years, there were no suspects. The area that she was found is such a busy area that it’s hard to believe someone would commit a murder in public like that. It happens but it’s a huge risk.

In 2004, the police retested the DNA evidence. They had a hit. They arrested the suspect, George Albert Pryor. He had been in prison from a few months after the crime until 2001. He had quite a rap sheet. George Pryor was not a nice person then and probably not now either. He is a registered sex offender.

I cannot find any more information on whether he was convicted and served time for Logan’s murder. It’s infuriating. Paula Logan was 23 years old when she died. Chances are that Pryor committed the crime.

So what happened to this trial? I cannot find anything that says it was dismissed. Where’s the evidence that said Pryor didn’t do this crime.

There is so little information about what happened to this young woman. If I find anything else, I will update this post. Honest to God, Paula Logan deserved better than this.

Cold and Deadly by Toni Anderson Released Today

Today, Cold & Deadly, the latest book by Toni Anderson, will be available everywhere that books are sold.

I received an ARC but have only read a few pages so far. We will all have to wait until next week to discover whether it’s worth reading. Since the book is a murder mystery, I signed up to do a blog tour.

I spend so much time watching mysteries and serial killer documentaries anyway. This book is totally within my comfort zone. Do you guys have a comfort zone for books?

Synopsis:

Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dominic Sheridan is an accomplished expert in the Crisis Negotiation Unit. Practiced, professional, used to dealing with high-stake situations under tense conditions, Dominic is a master at manipulating people. Everyone, that is, but the headstrong rookie agent bent on destroying her fledgling career.
As a child, Ava Kanas put her life on the line when the mob executed her father. Now someone
has killed her mentor, the man who inspired her to become an FBI agent—and she’s the only
one who recognizes it was anything but a tragic accident.
When another agent is murdered and Dominic nearly dies, it becomes obvious a serial killer is targeting the FBI. Together Dominic and Ava search for clues in the investigation, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when the predator sets their sights on Ava.


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About Toni Anderson:
Toni Anderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® nominee, science
nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Originally from a small town in England,
Toni studied Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool (B.Sc.) and the University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog,
and two laid-back leopard geckos. Toni started writing while pregnant with her first child and never stopped. Her greatest achievements are mastering the Tokyo subway, climbing Ben Lomond, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and surviving fourteen Winnipeg winters (fingers crossed). She loves to travel for research purposes and was lucky enough to visit the Strategic
Information and Operations Center inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and she also got to shove another car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. Watch out world!

Toni’s books have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and the Top 10 on Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Her novels have won many awards.
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The Night Olivia Fell: #bookreview

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How would you cope if your teenaged daughter had an accident which left her brain dead but she was also pregnant?

In The Night Olivia Fell, the mother, Abi, has to deal with the impending death of her daughter, Olivia, and the birth of her grandchild. Abi also believes that someone pushed Olivia off of the bridge.

The police seem to give her the cold shoulder and don’t follow up on any leads. So Abi does what any mother would want to do – she investigates the case herself. She has a police officer from a different town help her search for answers.

This mother and daughter had some pretty big secrets that they reveal to each other. Abi never told Olivia who her father was. Olivia did some research on her own before she fell and found out her father’s identity.

Olivia never told her mother that she was pregnant or who the father of the father of the baby was.

Although the book definitely has some sad moments, the sadness was balanced with the search for the truth. I would recommend The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald especially if the reader likes mysteries.

  • I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Cold Case Quest: Cassandra Cole

November 25, 2002 was the last time that Cassandra Cole was seen by her family. She was reported missing to the Tiffin police and also the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

Cole’s body was found on March 20, 2003 along the bank of the Sandusky River. The location was less than half a mile from my childhood home. So I’ve always wondered what happened to her.

How did she end up in that place? She didn’t have a license so someone drove her there. The banks are relatively steep so she probably walked to the river bank from the parking lot. The coroner stated that Cole drowned. The police suspect foul play but so far they haven’t made any arrests. 

She lived in Tiffin, Ohio, which was a 20-minute drive. It was a popular fishing spot but not in November. There was not much traffic in the area. 

It’s been about 11 years since anything was written about her case. https://www.toledoblade.com/local/police-fire/2007/01/24/Reward-at-50-000-in-teen-s-03-killing/stories/200701240039

The case isn’t even on the Ohio Unsolved Homicide database. Why? Why isn’t anyone talking about this case? Is someone trying to cover up the real story? There have been rumors about a suspect but no one has been arrested. 

I sent an email to the Sheriff’s office but haven’t received a response yet. It’s somewhat unlikely that they will respond. The Seneca County Sheriff’s office can be contacted at 419-443-7904 or on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Seneca-County-Sheriffs-Office-465631780138577/.

If it was your daughter, sister, friend, you would want answers. So I’m hoping that someone comes forward with information that could help Cassandra Cole’s family find out why this happened. 

Dateline Story about Cassie Cole

Witch at Heart: #bookreview

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Jinx Hamilton has recently inherited a small shop from her Aunt Fiona. Of course, it’s not the only thing that she has inherited. Jinx soon discovers that Aunt Fiona has passed on her magical powers.

Soon she is communicating with ghosts and developing her own magic. Jinx and her best friend, Tori, are also trying to decide what to do with the shop, which is self-aware. The shop’s name is Myrtle and definitely communicates her wishes.

On top of all of the things with magic and running a business, Jinx and Tori embark on solving the mystery of Jane Does, a ghost in the local cemetery.

I enjoyed reading this book. I love a good mystery as well as a good ghost story. It’s a fitting book to read around Halloween. I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is the first in the Jinx Hamilton series by Juliette Harper. There are eleven books in the collection. The twelfth book is supposed to be out in 2018.

 

 

Witch at Heart on Amazon

 

Juliette Harper website

The Missing Ones: #bookreview

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The Missing Ones is a mystery/thriller by Patricia Gibney. It’s the first book in a series about Detective Inspector Lottie Parker.

Lottie has quite a bit going on in her professional and personal life. She’s the widowed mother of three, who is struggling with alcoholism. Her relationship with her mother is strained to say the least. Still, she’s a likable character even with all of her flaws.

Things at work aren’t much easier for Lottie. Her boss is a jerk. The people that she supervises are kind of lazy. One of them might be leaking information to the press. Her relationship with her partner is awkward because they slept together. Honestly, most of the men in the book are horrible people. I might drink too if I had to deal with them on a daily basis.

On top of her other problems, there have been several murders in the quiet town that Lottie is from. At first it doesn’t seem like Lottie and her team are going to make any progress. Whenever she gets a lead that looks promising, her boss threatens to fire her. Will she ever get a break? Will they solve the case? Will Lottie be able to stay sober for the rest of the series?

There were enough twists to keep the book interesting. I wouldn’t say that any of the revelations were shocking. I guessed two things correctly. The third thing that happened was a surprise.

Overall, it was a decent book. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

 

The Missing Ones on Amazon

 

 

  • I’m pretty sure that I did not receive this book in exchange for a review.

Sister Eve, Private Eye: Book Review

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It has been awhile since I read a mystery. I used to read all sort of mystery novels. At one point, I was a member of a mystery novel club. It wasn’t so much a club as a monthly subscription to books.

I have to be honest. I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of reading an Agatha Christie novel and never being able to guess the end. It also reminded me of “Father Dowling” mysteries. I love not being able to guess who did it. If it’s too easy to guess, then it’s so disappointing.

In this book, we are introduced to Sister Evangeline and her very dysfunctional family. Sister Eve is a pretty cool sister. She rides motorcycles, gets speeding tickets and loves animals. I feel like we could be kindred spirits almost.

Sister Eve takes a leave of absence from the convent in order to take care of her father, who is a private detective. Of course, all of this is happening during one of his investigations that becomes a high profile homicide case.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes detective novels, mysteries or nuns.

* Yeah, yeah. I received this book in exchange for doing a review.*