Darling Beast

Darling BeastApollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne, has been convicted of murdering three of his friends four years ago. With the help of his now brother-in-law he escaped but he was still not free to take his place in society. He will have to find the murderer and will be helped by some unexpected allies. Though he will be distracted when an actress, Lily, captured his attention.

Lily Stump was a famous actress and playwright even though no one knew that fact. Lily, her son and a servant named Maude were temporarily living at Harte’s Folly while it was being restored. There will be one problem that happens which is finding a mute man in the gardens who is not who she thinks.

Darling Beast is the seventh book to the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. I had bought this book awhile ago but had not gotten the chance to read the book until now. Usually the books I buy take a while to read because I am always checking out books from my library. Well I picked it up now because I also have the eighth book from the series. Alright so Darling Beast was a book that I really liked.

I was excited to read Apollo’s story because of his sister Artemis. I had really liked her character in the sixth book and her interaction with her brother. I wanted to know what had happened three years ago as you knew that Apollo was not the murderer. It was interesting with Apollo as he could not talk, he only could write down his words. I felt for the first half of the book there was a gentler side to Apollo especially as he interacted with Lily’s child. There is a dangerous side to Apollo but only when he is protecting those he loves. Now Lily is a confident actress who knows what she has to do in life. She protects those that she loves. When she interacts with Apollo I really liked them together especially when it started out with him just being a gardener. That let Lily really get to know the man and not the title or the scandal that was part of his life.

The mystery of the murderer was prevalent in the book as that was a major part of the plot. The question of who was the real murderer had stumped me, which I liked. I waiting for the big reveal. There is another little surprise that is with Lily and her past. I knew the mystery but only a small part of it.

I found that Hoyt was writing in some recurring names and new names that I know will most likely be given their own story. I figure that Miss Royal will have her own story and possibly Duke Montgomery who is an intriguing character.

I am excited to read the eighth book next which is with Phoebe, the sister of Duke Wakefield.

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4th of July by James Patterson

The fourth book, 4th of July,  in the series of The Women’s Murder Club is another stellar book.  James Patterson brings back the now three women to the pages in this dynamic storyline where Lindsay is on the line.

“In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon, and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an etire city divided, and a family destroyed.  Now everything she worked for her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern.  But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before, an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: before judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings-including killing again.”

This book, 4th of July, was amazing to read.  It was a nice change from other plots because this one was primarily in the court room around this one crime that Lindsay was involved in.  Of course there is another crime that is happening which Lindsay will involve herself in, even though she was not supposed to.

Reading the book I have to say James Patterson doesn’t give too many clues that you can pick up on for who the murderer is, which is great!  I love a mystery and how the characters appear one way then another.  But during this book I did end up suspecting one person which was part of the crime.  They were unlikely but I have learned to suspect the ones you don’t think.  But in his books you get caught up in them that you don’t really think about it, just read.

As the suspect comes forward you still didn’t know the true reasons for what was happening until that person told you in the book.

This book was dynamic with the characters.  Showed a new side of Lindsay with her being guilty and vulnerable.  And there is a new friend that is made for the women in the book.

Partners in Crime or Partners in Love

Nora Roberts brings two dynamic reporters to the page in Partners where they must join forces to discover who committed the crime.

“He had wanted Laural Armand for years, through professionally she was his nemesis.  But once the two rival reporters headed down to steamy New Orleans to investigate a murder, Matt Bates  was determined to make his lovely adversary his willing partner in passion.”

Nora Roberts brings in the reader straight into the plot as the characters are already at each others throats professionally but as they continue down the path the sexual tension that has been blooming strikes hot.  Matt and Laural will be going down the path to bring in the murderer but they will also find what they have wanted out of each other.

Partners was entertaining to read and a fast book to complete.  The characters of the two reporters were interesting, intense with secrets of their own and had desire.  But the most outspoken character was the grandmother who was priceless.  She didn’t give a damn about what she said or did and had no qualms about letting you know.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

From reading the first book, 1st to Die, I was intrigued by the series.  Women’s Murder Club is definitely a different series from many that I have read.  The series is a wonder to read.  The four women are remarkable.  2nd Chance is another book that shows James Patterson’s incredible work of thrills and suspense.

The Plot of 2nd Chance:

“The Women’s Murder Club is back!  A brilliantly diabolical killer is murdering people from every walk of life.  The deaths seem unrelated but police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and, together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D.A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation.  The killer’s motives are unspeakable.”

Reading the first book let you get to know the characters, introduced them and know you are getting to know them more personally as the level of action and thrills are knocking on their door.  I was awed by the amount of events that spun out of control for the women.  I loved it and hated it.  Felt horrible for some and cheered them on.

When one of the members had a tragedy happen to her I felt horrible for the character.  You felt the need to protect the character from any further harm.

I hated the tragedy and betrayal of trust with Lindsay’s estranged father but it gets better and has promise of a relationship.

The villain in this one was unbelievable.  I couldn’t stop reading until I figured out who the killer of these people were.  There were so many clues that took you one way and then another.

This book, 2nd Chance, is a heart-stopping and heartwarming as the Murder Club is back in action.  James Patterson intrigues the reader with mystery, suspense, thrills and non stop crime fighting action.

1st To Die by James Patterson

After reading the book Along Came a Spider I was off in search of another book by James Patterson.  I thought to give James Patterson another chance since I wasn’t thrilled with Along Came a Spider.  I came across 1st To Die which is the first story in the series Women’s Murder Club.

The plot of the book:

“In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked-and slaughtered.  Enter four unforgettable women, all friends…Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city’s police department…Claire, a medical examiner…Jill, and assistant D.A…and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal.  To find, trap, and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer every imagined.”

I thought the series name was interesting being called the Women’s Murder Club.  The name was intriguing and made me want to find out more with the book.  After reading it I was glad that I did.  The book was enjoyable and I became enthralled with it.  I had to find out who the killer was but with all the twist and turns it became hard to do.

I found this book enticing to read from the very first page which it opens with a bang as Lindsay the main character was crying about all that was happening.  My first thought was she was going to commit suicide but I stopped and thought about it.  The series with her as a character couldn’t really do that but it had me nervous.  I liked that the book started out with a few pages close to the end, it automatically drew me into the book.

The characters of the book were fantastic.  The heroes the four women were all entertaining and I can’t wait to see their character develop throughout the series.  I loved how each of them worked together to solve the case.  Each helped the other with probing questions and thinking about the situation.  Lindsay who was the main character you felt for her when the news of her health was in question and for the tragedy that she had to overcome, past and present.  I felt scared, sad, nervous and happy for Lindsay throughout the entire book.

Now the villain in this book well you do not know exactly who but the man who is going be thought as the killer is sick, twisted and crazy.  And the scenes from the murders are gruesome but it gets the point across that the killer is brutal with the couples.

1st To Die is a fantastic start to the series Women’s Murder Club.  It was witty, kept you guessing with the twist and turns, interesting characters and a twisted plot.  You think you know the end but everything keeps twisting back and forth that you can not figure it out till the last page.