Erin Simms has spent the last ten years trying to catch the murderer that set her brother up and has resulted in him being on death row. In Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady, Erin has managed to track down a key missing suspect but she only has a week to get new evidence before her brother will be put to death. Rushing to the small town where this suspect is, Erin must convince the small town sheriff to help her but as she is leaving town, she is run down by a car and realizes that getting her brother off might result in her own death.
Sheriff Nick Mann spent years on the LA police department dealing with the worst of the worst before one of the mob members killed his wife and severely injured his daughter. Moving to the small town where he grew up seemed like the right decision, even if on his worst day he has to deal with wildlife. Then Erin comes into his town, upsetting everyone and suddenly the bodies are starting to pile up. Nick must figure out what is really going on and why he is so attracted to the strong-willed Erin.
Okay, it has been awhile since I stayed up late to finish a book but Where Angels Rest kept me glued from the first page until I finished the last page at 2:00 am. Brady’s suspense and mystery were fabulously done but it is her short descriptive paragraphs about minor characters that really blew me away. With a few short sentences she is able to give a fabulously detailed picture of the character without making the reader feel overwhelmed or confused. I loved Erin, who stopped at nothing to protect brother, even when everyone else was against her. I REALLY loved Nick, especially after I read that his motto to get elected sheriff was “Not in Nick’s town”, meaning he doesn’t allow bad stuff to happen to anyone he considers under his protection. This is one of those stories where I started it intending to read a few chapters and didn’t allow anything to interrupt my reading. I will be getting the rest of the series and eagerly look forward to Twice Dead (Nick’s brother Logan’s story).
**Be aware there is a lot of use of the F* word in the novel.
Grace has just moved from small town USA to San Francisco, as if struggling to fit into a new school is not enough, she starts seeing strange mythological creatures that no one else can see. In Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs, Grace learns she is the descendant of Medusa, but that the history books have the story all wrong, Medusa wasn’t a monster but a slayer of monsters. Now Grace has to learn how to fight monsters without getting killed while trying to figure out why all the rules are changing and hopefully keep the guys she likes interested in her.
Gretchen has been a monster slayer for years. After finding Grace, Gretchen has to train this newbie how to fight, keep under child protective services raider by only missing as much school physically possible because if she doesn’t defeat the monsters no one will and trying to figure out what happened to her mentor.
Greer has it all together, the daughter of socially prominent parents she doesn’t have time for the two strangers who showed up on her doorstep looking like her or their crazy talk of monsters. But it will take all three working together decipher the ancient prophecy regarding their family line and eventually defeat the monsters.
I picked up Sweet Venom because it was free on my Kindle and loved it! The only reason it got four stars instead of five was because I felt like the story was really reaching a nice climactic point and then it ended, moving on to the second book in the series Sweet Shadows. The three completely different sisters are fascinating and entertaining, Grace who doesn’t eat meat but now finds herself destroying monsters, Gretchen who has had to be tough after running away from her foster parents at a young age, and Greer who has money, is always put together and has her life mapped out except when she finds herself ruining her Jimmy Choos to battle a monster. Sweet Venom switches from the different sisters’ points of view so you really get to know each character, their motivations and what is happening to them in the grand scheme of things. While there is a little bit of love interest in the story, it is very secondary to the main story. Sweet Venom is a great mix of mythological and contemporary with some fabulous action. If you like Percy Jackson then I think you will enjoy Sweet Venom.
When San Francisco Judge Ramsey is shot at his home, his two friends, Sherlock and Savich fly to find out who the shooter is in Catherine Coulter’s Backfire. When they arrive in San Francisco, they find that the Prosecuting attorney, Mickey O’Rourke has also gone missing and was working on the same case as Judge Ramsey. But is the shooter of Judge Ramsey connected with the missing attorney? Savich and Sherlock must investigate this attempted murder and see if they can find the missing attorney and save Ramsey from an more possible attempts at his life. Are these two cases related, or are they looking for two suspects?
Great book! It took me a little bit to get into Backfire, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. The plot was great, even with my usual of reading the first five chapters and the last five chapters, I still had no idea who the killer was. Backfire was very clean. There is a suggestion at two people having sex, but wasn’t graphic and Catherine just left it to the reader to delve deeper into it. The suspense was awesome and would recommend this book in a heart beat. I had only a few issues with the book. The first was trying to stay caught up with who was speaking. Catherine Coulter had a tendency to switch in the middle of a paragraph to a different character’s point of view. If I was listening to this on audio, it wouldn’t be an issue, but having it switch in the middle made it a little confusing. My second issue was I felt like I it took me longer to get into the book because I hadn’t read a previous book of this series. I felt like the author just expected you to know Savich and Sherlock from the previous books and their relationship. I was frustrated because I had no idea who these characters were until I was a little ways into the book.
Other then these issues, I really did enjoy Backfire. I was actually recommended by my husband to read it when I was given the chance. He is a big fan of Catherine Coulter and her Savich and Sherlock series. I received only positive responses when I mentioned to friends that I was reading a book of hers. I really enjoyed the plot, the ease of reading and the characters and would recommend Backfire to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.