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The Ultimatum by Karen Robards

Bianca St. Ives has spent her whole life running heists with her dad. But this last one has not gone as planned. The money is missing from the vault and Bianca is the only one left of her team besides her getaway driver, Doc. She has to get out before midnight. She manages to escape with the help of a stranger named Mickey. As they race to the meet up point they find a road block. The next thing they know the truck with Bianca’s father and other associates is blown up.

Five months later, Bianca is getting on with her life. She is working at her security firm, Guardian Consulting, in Savannah, Georgia. She isn’t 100% convinced her dad is really dead but she hasn’t heard from him. She has hired Doc to work at the company and to monitor her dad’s secret email that clients can contact him on for jobs. When a job comes up Bianca decides to take even though it could be a trap. While on this job, Bianca runs into Mickey again, who’s name is Colin Rogan and works for the government. It soon becomes clear that this is a trap. Now the good guys and the bad guys are after her because they think she knows where her dad is. But he’s dead, isn’t he?

This was a different route for Karen Robards. It was more a spy thriller than romantic suspense, which Robards is known for. I liked it. It is the first in a new series. The next one due out in 2018 is called The Moscow Deception.

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Susan Ryeland is an editor for a small publishing firm in London. One of their top selling authors, Alan Conway, has just turned in his newest book featuring the detective Atticus Pund. Susan spends the weekend reading the book. It is about a small town and one of the villagers turns up dead. And then another one. Atticus Pund is asked to look into the deaths and solves the case. Except Susan doesn’t know how it ends because the last chapter is missing.

Susan calls Charles, the owner of the publishing company, to find out if he has the missing pages. She doesn’t hear from him and when she goes into the office she finds out why. Alan Conway is dead. It looks like he committed suicide and Charles even has a letter that Alan had sent that is basically a suicide note. But Susan isn’t convinced. She starts looking into his “suicide” and finds the village he lives in is very similar to the village in his book. Susan starts to find that the characters are based on the villagers. She is even more convinced that Alan was murdered. Will she figure out this mystery before it too late and the killer takes her life?

This was a very good mystery. It is in fact two mysteries in one book, since we have the book Alan wrote and then the mystery of his death. I really enjoyed how this book was laid out. Sometimes Susan got on my nerves but overall I liked the characters.


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The Wrong Man by Kate White

In this standalone (White also writes the Bailey Weggins mysteries) novel, New York City interior decorator Kit Finn is on vacation and scouting out materials for a client in Islamorada, Florida. She runs into an intriguing man, Matt Healy, staying at her hotel who asks her for dinner. The attraction is so hot that Kit even lets him take her to bed, even though he is upfront about their night only be casual.

This is why she is surprised to hear from him back in NYC. He invites her over for dinner, but when she reaches Matt’s apartment, the man who lives there is not the same man who she met in Florida, although the stranger claims his name is Matt Healy. Completely bewildered, she doesn’t know what to think. And now the real Matt Healy wants Kit to talk to his hedge fund firm’s security manager because he believes his identify has been stolen.

Kit has been unwittingly drawn into a crime that has resulted in at least one death. When her Florida man returns on this scene claiming that he is a victim in all this, she questions if she can trust the man who has already deceived her once.

This was an equally entertaining read as White’s other books. My only complaint is that you wish Kit would have gone to the cop’s right away as most rational people would have done, so that might annoy some readers.


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Before I Fall

Sam and her three friends are the most popular girls at school.  After leaving a party, the girls get in a car wreck. When Sam wakes up she thinks maybe it was all a dream but soon realizes that she is reliving the same day all over again. Not sure what is happening she doesn’t change anything and needs up in the car accident again. Sam wakes up again and it is the same day again. Determined to change her future, Sam starts to slowly change. After a week, Sam might finally have figured it out.

For the most part I enjoyed this movie. I did not like the ending. But other than that it was a pretty good movie. It is based on the book by Lauren Oliver, which I did not read. Starring, Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, and Halston Sage. Rated PG-13


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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Irene Glasson is on the run. After finding her boss’s body she flees to Hollywood. There she starts a new life as a reporter hoping the murderer never finds her.  She gets a tip about a famous actor and heads to the famous Burning Cove Hotel to meet her source. What she finds is her source dead.

Oliver Ward owns the Burning Cove hotel and values privacy, for himself and his famous clientele. Once a famous magician, Oliver stopped after a trick went wrong. He has never told anyone what really happened and wants to keep it that way. He allows Irene on the premises even though she is a reporter. He is intrigued by her and is going to keep a close eye on her.

Together they team up, not really trusting each other. But when there is a second victim, they are determined to find out who the murderer is before it is too late. And on top of that murderer, Irene’s past has caught up with her. Will she be able to stay in Hollywood and start a new life or will her life end before it really begins?

This a departure from Amanda Quick’s usual time period. It is set in the 1930’s instead of the normal 1800’s. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the change, but I should have known better. Anything Amanda Quick writes I am going to love. She always has great characters and stories.


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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Nicolette Farrell has returned home to help sell the house she grew up in. While there a local woman goes missing. This brings back the memories from when Nic’s best friend, Corinne, went missing ten years ago. As she is packing up the house, memories and new clues about Corinne come up. Could her dad have had something to do with the disappearance?

This is a short review because I don’t want to give anything away! I listened to this book and the way it is written it was a little confusing to follow. The author starts in the present but then goes to day fifteen of Nicolette’s visit and then goes backwards. It is a neat concept but it is probably better to read then to listen! This was a good mystery and one I recommend.


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Manhattan Night

Porter Wren (Adrien Brody) is a newspaper man. He is stilling riding the high of finding a missing girl. With newspaper a dying art, he needs to stay relevant. He meets Caroline Crawley (Yvonne Strahovski), a wealthy, beautiful widow, who wants Wren to investigate her husband’s death. Wren becomes intrigued, not with just the case but also Caroline. He is soon sucked into the bizarre mystery that not only affects Caroline but soon is affecting Wren’s home life. Will he be able to solve this crime before he meets the same fate?

This was actually a pretty good mystery. You never really knew what was going to happen but when you do it was a little shocking.  Also starring, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals. Rated R