Monday, August 20, 2012

The Sand Bluff Murders - C.M.Albrecht

Title: The Sand Bluff Murders
Author: C.M.Albrecht
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Format: PDF
Publishing Date: coming soon

Police officer Jonas McCleary had just become detective in small town Sand Bluff. His third day on the job and he got his first big case. A murder. In Sand Bluff, a small sleepy town where nothing ever happens and everyone knows everyone. The night patrol found a corpse in the alley back of the local bar. No one knew the victim. Wasn’t one of the locals. But everyone remembers the last murder in town twenty years ago, when one man killed his wife. Is there possible connection? As the investigation goes on, more dead bodies appear. Sand Bluff's hottie Twyla was found dead. Murdered. What is going on here? Detective McCleary has a tough job to do.

Reading mysteries and solving crimes is my favorite thing to do. Agatha Christie is my choice number one. If you love Agatha Christie, you will love this story. The author did a great job here. The story is written in first person. The plot is settled in a small town where the level of criminal is zero. And suddenly, there is a dead body and the cause of death definitely is not natural. And you start to wonder who done it.

I know, the main character is not Hercules Poirot, but he is an interesting person with a very noticeable hat. That’s something. I enjoyed the story when he talked about how did he become police officer. He is not just solving crimes, he is also looking for Miss Right. Some of the supportive characters are very funny and interesting. Police officer Ackers has never seen a dead body before. In a place where everybody knows everybody, there are people with not so ordinary life stories and hobbies. That just spices up the whole story. And the mystery around the murder is twisting and twisting. With every page you step on a trail that might be true, or not. 

I loved the story. Until the end I was wondering who has done it. The mystery was very well plotted. I loved the characters. So if love mysteries and whodunit stories, this is the right reading for you.

My opinion: 5 / 5

C.M.Albrecht is a former investigator, who decided to turn some of his experiences into crime and mystery novels. To learn more, visit:, Cambridge Books

Friday, August 3, 2012

Review:Life in Death - Harlow Drake plus KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

Title: Life in Death
Author: Harlow Drake
Genre: thriller, mystery
Format: kindle

A young girl is found murdered. A foster child, and no one noticed that she was missing, no one cared. Foster parents called the social service, but the note got lost, and the social worker never received the message. The note was found after the murder.

Detectives Cobb and Nicolet are trying to solve the case. Social worker Kari Marchant is one of the suspects. When her ex-lover was found dead with her letter in his pocket, she became main suspect. Detective Nicolet feel attraction for the beautiful social worker. But is she a nice young woman or cold-blooded killer?

There is a religious sect in town. People get together and some strange things are going on. People are missing. Children are missing.

I love thrillers, this one was good. When I started, I thought that this was going to be great read. First of all, it was too short. Solid crime novel needs more. It has a great start, very intriguing case to solve. The idea for the plot was amazing. I liked some parts of the story. Some of the scenes were really creepy and well described, suitable for a good thriller. The story includes foster care system and religious sect. Those two society problems were well incorporated in the story. But developing the story wasn’t twisted enough. Some parts of the story were moving too fast, I couldn’t follow. Additional stories could be more developed. And I predicted who the real killer was. The stories where I can do that, are not mysterious enough. Only one of the characters was well described, all others were a little bit more than just mentioned.

It’s a promising start for a debut author. It’s quick and easy read. But, good and solid thriller needs a little bit more than a great idea. 

My opinion: 3 / 5

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