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Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

  • Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

Brew or Die: A Java Jive MysteryBrew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will admit that jumping into the middle of a multi-novel series doesn’t always yield the best results. While authors aim to write each book in such a way that anyone can drop in at any time and still get the gist of things (and this book is no different), I feel that there is a richness to the characters that is lacking by not having the full background.

Overall, I liked this book, but I did find it slow in parts. The middle of the book is where authors tend to not be able to hold my attention, as was the case here. The story line was quite complex, with multiple mysteries at once and the interleaving of many relationships, so it became mired in a too much detail in some spots. I suspect a broader brush could have been used to fill in the investigations and kept a faster pace. The problem may well have been that there were too many mysteries happening in one book to really be effective in the storytelling of all of them.

I would consider going back and reading earlier books in the series to learn more about the main characters. I would definitely recommend starting at the top with this one.

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Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier

  • Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

Sleep TightSleep Tight by Anne Frasier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sleep Tight is the story of an FBI profiler whose life was drastically altered when, as a teenager, her best friend was murdered. Years later, a case brings her back to her hometown and face to face with everything that she’s worked so hard to bury.

As with all of Anne’s books, this one is well written, with an intricate, tightly woven and appropriately paced plot. You really are left guessing until the very end what role everyone plays, who killed whom and who is not the person you thought they were, proving that even the most experienced agents can be wrong and why working on a case that hits too close to home is never advisable.

Anne has a masterful grip on the suspense thriller. If you pick this one up, you’ll be glad that you did.

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