Review: The Whisper by Carla Neggers

One year ago archaeologist Sophie Malone spent what should have been a fun-filled night on a remote island off the coast of Ireland and instead she was hit over the head and left for dead. In The Whisper by Carla Neggers Sophie is trying to find the Celtic treasures she discovered in the cave before she was hit and trying and figure out why she was left for dead in the first place.

Cyrus “Scoop” Wisdom is a Boston cop who almost lost his life to a bomber at his own house, while recooperating in Ireland he meets Sophie, is instantly struck by her spirit and starts to realize that the attempts on both their lives might be more closely connected than anyone suspects and that the killer is trying to finish the job they started.  When Sophie and Coop discover a ritualstic Celtic murder in Boston they must work together to discover who is out to kill them before they are the next victims.  The attraction between the two of them could just be the situation or maybe it could lead to something more permanent, they only way to figure out is to catch the killer first.

The Whisper is the fourth book in the series and not having read the first three books it took me a little bit of time to get down the couples from the previous novels down. Once I was able to figure out who was with whom then I was swept away by the story.  While Scoop and Sophie track down clues in Boston, Josie and Mitchell are following clues in Ireland with both couples trying to figure out their relationships in the midst of the stress of tracking down the killer. As a stand alone novel The Whisper was good mystery with the unexpected killer catching me off guard, as the fourth in a series it felt like it continued on the story line that had been started in the first three books.  There  was enough back story covered in the novel that I didn’t feel like I needed to go read the first three books before I read The Whisper but, having read it, I do want to go back and read more of the history of the other couples and get more details about the serial killer and the ties to the killer in The Whisper.

Reading Order:

The Widow

The Angel

The Mist

Rating:

Title: The Whisper

Author: Carla Neggers

Format: Hardbound, ebook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0778328513

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: June 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from Net Galley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

PCR Book: Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips

Pajama Chat Readers Online Book Club Choice for this week is Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips. The book is a great contemporary read and is available to be purchased in ebook, paperback, or audio. So get reading and I will see you at the book club Saturday, August 28th at 1pm EST.

From the Harlequin Publishing:

Sam Cooper (“Coop”) has just become the most eligible bachelor in New York City. Now that he has foiled a jewelry-store robbery and has been rewarded with the ring of his choice, single women all over the city are fawning over the crime reporter. But Coop isn’t interested in the admirers sending racy underwear his way. His attention is centered solely on Lexie Davis, the only woman in the city who claims not to be interested in his bachelor status.

Instead, free-spirited Lexie is interested in Coop’s antique ring, and its—potentially scandalous—history in her family. But Coop is quickly becoming more than just her route to the ring. When his investigation starts to uncover the truth, will she trust her heart—and her family secrets—to this most eligible bachelor?

Summer Blockbusters

Summer is winding down, school is starting and we only have a few weeks left to see the summer blockbusters we may have missed with all the traveling and vacationing that has gone on this summer.  Has anyone else felt like this was the summer of remakes, sequels, and books-to-movies? I realize there have been several new films but for the most part it has really felt like Hollywood has struggled to come up with anything new.  I am not complaining, I love/hate it when my favorite books are made into movies, they never are what I pictured in my head but some have become some of my favorite films that get watched over and over (can I hear a Woot! Woot! for Pride and Prejudice). That being said, I decided to look a little closer and what Books-to-Movies have come out this summer. I haven’t seen most of these, being a poor college student I have to wait until they are at the discount theater or released on Netflix, but I do want to see them. Am I missing any on my list? If so leave a comment and let me know.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Robin Hood
Marmaduke (comic strip but also book)
Eclipse
Ramona and Beezus
Charlies St. Cloud
Eat, Pray, Love
Nanny McPhee Returns

There are a couple of films coming out this year and I am really excited for, how about you?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I will be there on opening night for this one, a bunch of my classmates are dressing up and going together. *squee* I am so excited I can barely stand it and I will definitely be rereading this right before going to the movie.

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I loved this series while I was growing and I have been super impressed with the way Disney has the first two films.

Authors Pulling Together

Several great YA authors have banded together to put together their own tour, “Smart Chick It Kick”, if you get the chance to attend one of their book signings, do it!  It is great so see authors pulling together to help each other. The authors include Melissa Mar of “Wicked Lovely”, Kelley Armstrong of “Darkest Powers”, Holly Black “White Cat” and others.

Interviews:

Elizabeth Hoyt, author of Wicked Intentions, at Risky Regencies.

Katharine Ashe, author of Swept Away By a Kiss, at History Hoydens.

Kate Noble, author of The Summer of You, at Once Upon a Chapter.

Giveaways:

Smexy Books is giving away Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole, contest ends August 23rd.

Romance Old School is having a 19 book giveaway in their Clean Romance Goodreads.com Club, contest ends August 31st.

In honor of their new blog, Avon is giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com.  Go check out their site and enter to win, contest ends August 31st.

Reviews By Martha is giving away Captured By Desire by Kira Morgan, contest ends September 14th.

The Season Of Romance is giving away five books in both print and ebook format.

Fiction Vixen is celebrating her one year Blogaversary by giving away several gift cards, contest ends September 5th. Congrats!

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It has been announced that Dorchester Publishing, in addition to doing away with their mass market publishing, has let go their top two editors ,Leah Hultenschmidt the executive editor over romance and Don the editor who created the Leisure horror lines and oversaw the Western and Thriller lines.  Chris Keeslar is the only editor who remains.

The Good, The Bad, and the Unread has a great posting about how Mills and Boon/Harlequin has reinvented itself. I am a long time fan of the Harlequin novels and have been impressed with how the company has been a pioneer in many ways into the epublishing world and moving with the times.  I have to say I agree with most of what author Lynn Connelly has to say.