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LAW AND DISORDER: A Thriller – or A Harlequin Intrigue Novel ~Heather Graham

Friday, February 17th, 2017

LAW AND DISORDER is the newest book by Heather Graham. “New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She’s a winner of the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Thrillers Writers’ Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For More information, check out her website or Facebook.” (Book cover)

Dakota Cameron’s family has inherited a stunning house on Biscayne Bay in Florida, near the Everglades. The house has become a small resort/hotel and a Mob Figure, who was into many levels of crime and bootlegging, originally built it as his retreat. He left a message about a buried treasure and Dakota is the most knowledgeable person about the history of the building and maybe she knows the location of the treasure that no one has been able to find.

Another despicable crime figure has decided to locate the treasure and after numerous crime sprees he has amassed a team to help him succeed. In the beginning, he overtakes the resort holding people hostage and making his demands. Dakota is home from New York City, where she is an actress and is held for ransom until she reveals the treasure to Nathan Appleby. What no one knows it that one of Appleby’s team is an undercover FBI agent. The tension to resolution theme is set and the action moves forward as a very assertive Dakota leads the villains to what they want.

I thought the information sharing about Florida was fabulous in this story. I read it over a weekend and as I finished I hopped on the computer and Googled The COE Visitors Center, Royal Palm Visitors Center, The Everglades and Miccosukee Tribal information. I wasn’t very interesting in the alligators or the crocodiles, but I did get caught up on two sights about the bird songs and snakes of the Everglades. I was glad for the introduction of these things in the story. Graham dedicated the book to a number of people and to her State of Florida. I can tell that she likes her State very much.

A week later when I was writing this review, I could not remember what the book was about. I thought it was one theme and then I knew that was not correct so I went back and re-read several sections to remind myself of the story line. This is usually not a problem for me and after some evaluation; I have decided that the title, a very good one, does not fit the story. I could not even remember it was a romance. For me the title and the story did not fit together. It was a good quick read and I liked the Dakota character and her employee Vance and how they set the stage for all my research on Florida. I think it was a good romance but I could not connect because I have never met a man from Florida, who I thought was a good person or treated women well. Dave Berry, the journalist/writer, does make me laugh, but I am not thinking romantically about him! I totally lost interest in the love object in the story as soon as I discovered he was from Florida.

This is a TLC Book Tours book and was a good read LAW AND DISORDER

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THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX: A Justice Novel, Book #3 ~T. E. Woods

Monday, October 6th, 2014

“She looked across the broad boardwalk of Percival Landing to the narrow harbor filled with sailboats and tugs. Olympia’s west side climbed up a gentle hill of middle-class homes with million-dollar views.”

THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX is the third book in the trilogy by T.E. Woods.  When TLC Book Tours asked me to review this book and sent me an advanced copy e-book, I was thrilled and full of suspense because I had reviewed book I – THE FIXER – and I just loved the book and the writing.    I had not read book II – THE RED HOT FIX so TLC Book Tours arranged a copy of that book for me to review on October 13th! I did read and review book II before I read book III, just for the record.  THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX with be released on October 14, 2014.  One can pre – order it now.

T.E. Woods is a Psychologist and I follow her on Facebook where she has lots of fun things to share.  The first scene of THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX begins in Olympia and once again I know just exactly where Dr. Lydia Corriger is sitting in downtown and looking up at my house!  Now if that were not enough of a hook for this reader, my counseling career has been centered around domestic violence and child sexual abuse, which are the center group of clients an intern, a memory researcher, is working with as Dr. Lydia Corriger supervises his practicum for licensing.   Lydia is just returning to her practice after recovering from a gunshot wound to the head in book one.  She had been helping Mort Grant a Seattle Police Detective track down a vigilante assassin.

The book is well paced and keeps the pages turning with all the interesting ideas and possibilities.  Then we fly to Barbados and into the world of drug dealing and international supply and demand routes.  There is plenty of wealth and ruthless activity going on in this scene.  A Russian drug mobster kills guards and robs a drug storage facility in Florida and a mutilating retaliation is ordered; the favorite girlfriend of the drug boss realizes she will be next if she doesn’t disappear – she heads home to Seattle.

Child sexual abuse is a running theme in all three books, as Lydia Corriger was repeated abused as a child in the foster care system.  She is working to fix the problems and figure out protection and recovery for all the girls.  She is very professional but this work arouses many feelings for her and these hold her back from having a relationship with others.  She has built a safe and well equipped home hidden in the woods and looking out onto the Sound.  What a story- I know nearly everyone will enjoy – THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX

The series is being described as a “run-away success”  and I would agree.

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“T.E.Woods is a clinical psychologist and author living in Madison, Wisconsin.  For random insight into how her strange mind works, follow her” (from publicity material)

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THE ALLIGATOR MAN: A Legal Thriller ~James Sheehan

Monday, November 4th, 2013


In THE ALLIGATOR MAN a very drunk, wealthy, greedy man takes a late night walk and is a victim of a hit and run driver.  He is splashed into the swamp, there is a gator feeding frenzy and nearly everyone was happy about his demise.  But is that really the case?

A young defense attorney is making a name for himself and his pockets are jingling with the rewards and yet, his boss is becoming very upset with him and his growing celebrity status. The young man learns something unsavory about his boss and the law practice; of course something about himself also.  Why was he really fired?

A middle aged man loses everything when the big company in town folds; his pension, his house, his income, his best friend to suicide and his wife to cancer because the health insurance is gone too.  He must fend for himself and his 2 children and after 20 years the losses are great.   He heads off to see a man who was like a father to him as a boy, and discovers this fine small town lawyer is dying. What is he going to do to recover?

THE ALLIGATOR MAN is very fast moving, exciting, and doesn’t waste words on petty details that are not rugged and propelling the story forward.   There are plenty of words about fishing, wildlife in the Florida swamp land and courtroom finesse.  There is no fear of emotion in the writing and the old tales about the civil rights movement are just wonderful asides.  There is power and speed in this book.

I was not sure that I would like THE ALLIGATOR MAN as I was concerned it might be too graphic or over the top bloody, instead I found it to be a good read; I was really in touch with the characters and their struggles and problem-solving.   I very much liked that the two main women in the story were smart, capable and understood themselves.  The book has some good twists and turns; it really moves at quite a pace.  I think even reluctant readers would like THE ALLIGATOR MAN.

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TLC online book tours asked me to review this book and Center Street Publishers sent me a copy and I thank them very much for the opportunity to read THE ALLIGATOR MAN

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