Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer?

How can you tell, when all you have is Pieces of Her?

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What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

My thoughts

Laura and her daughter, Andy, are in the local mall when a man walks in killing two women. Whilst preventing the killer from harming Andy Laura kills him. The police investigate – is Laura actually a killer? Has Laura got secrets?

Then Andy finds her mum in trouble a man has her tied up – Andy hits him and he dies. Laura tells her to go, gives her instructions on what to do. Andy leaves but after following Laura’s instructions she starts to do some of her own investigation into her mother.

As Andy tries to find out who her mother really is we are transported back in time to meet Jayne, Nick and Andrew. It’s the 1980s in Oslo where a murder is committed – Jayne and Andrew’s father is shot. It seems straight forward, the killer takes their own life. Then back in the USA the FBI, amongst other Agencies, are looking into the incident. There is a kidnapped women still missing. They are suspicious. As the net grows ever closer on the suspected perpetrators their actions and decisions will affect the family forever.

Karin Slaughter really knows how to weave a twisty tale, her pacing is excellent and she draws you into the plot so you feel you are almost in it yourself. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to like Laura and Andy but I did, I really liked what the revelation of Laura’s past did to their relationship.

Karin Slaughter continues with her fascinating exploration into family relationships with this cracking read. Her plotting, writing and characterisation is, as always, wonderful and you race through this book to find out what happens.

Whilst I have always enjoyed the series that Karin Slaughter writes these stand-alone books are fast becoming favourites and I would happily recommend Pieces of Her, indeed all of them, to readers.

This is the fourth stand-alone book and the third that I have read, click on the link if you would like to read what I thought of Cop Town and The Good Daughter.

I would like to thanks HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the eARC of Pieces of Her via NetGalley. This is my own opinion. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

I read Pieces of Her as one of my #20BooksofSummer challenge books.

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First published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 2018

Publishers: Harper Collins Publishers

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Author

CB9CD578-66D8-4B44-A37F-8ED0396FD304Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Karin Slaughter is the No. 1 internationally-bestselling author and with more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughterand Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.

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Save the libraries

D87240DA-031F-4F31-B81F-7FF6091D0584Karin is the founder of the Save The Libraries project, which has to date raised more than $300,000 for the DeKalb County (Georgia) Library Foundation.

 

 

Karin Slaughter Books

The Stand Alones

Cop Town, Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter and Pieces of Her

The Grant County Series

Set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) the narrative takes place from the perspective of three main characters: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time coroner; her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who is chief of police; and his subordinate, detective Lena Adams. The series includes Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Beyond Reach (also called Skin Privilege).

The Will Trent Series

The Will Trent series takes place in Atlanta and features GBI special agent Will Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell, and Angie Polaski. The first two books in the series are Triptych and Fractured. Later, Sara Linton from The Grant County Series joins the series, and also appears in Undone, Broken, Fallen, Criminal, Unseen, and The Kept Woman. There are also two short stories featuring Will Trent, Busted and Snatched.

Short stories: Karin has written nine short stories.

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali #TheDevilsLieutenant #NetGalley

Debut Book

Description

In the blink of an eye, Michael loses his family. As his life spirals out of control with grief, he is presented with the possibility that their souls might be trapped in Hell. Michael is a good man, a moral man, forced to do terrible things.
Thus begins an unimaginable and nightmarish journey to rescue his family from the depths of Hell, with the Devil as the puppet master pulling his strings.

My thoughts

I noticed this book on NetGalley classed under ‘Mystery and Thrillers’ and, although there was the following warning: ‘Graphic violence and profanity included’ I somehow didn’t pick it up. So, if you do decide to read this novella please take this into consideration otherwise it may come as a bit of a shock.

Nevertheless, once I started reading I was hooked because even though this is quite violent both in action and language it is a fascinating storyline with quite a heart wrenching tale.  Well written, with good plotting and a nice twist at the end which I really liked.

Michael, the main protagonist, is not portrayed as a loveable character he is after all working for the Devil and committing terrible deeds but, by the end of the story, you will understand why he became what he did and why he did what he did. For all that he is in a very tough place and when the end is revealed well you may – perhaps, even will – sympathise, but can you agree? It’s a bit of a quandary and maybe the real mystery of this story.

It is fast-paced, gripping and a quick read this is not for the faint hearted but it’s not a scary book. Things in this book are not always what they seem and it challenges your way of thinking, it shows you that ‘judging a book by its cover’, as the saying goes, isn’t always the right thing to do. Although the cover of this book is terrific, don’t you agree?

I would like to thank Books Go Social for an eBook of The Devil’s Lieutenant via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

Rating: 3.5*

This book was also read as part of my #20BooksofSummer challenge, indeed it was the 20 read! However, I am still catching up with my posts with just two more to go.

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Nothing Stays Buried and The Guilty Dead by P J Tracy

The Monkeewrench/Twin City Series: Book #8 & #9

My bookshelf ‘Monkeewrench’ corner with the other two books on kindle (rest assured I will be purchasing paperback copies of the two kindle books to sit with their ‘buddies’ on my shelf).

Nothing Stays Buried

 Now available in paperback/U.S /UK

Nothing Stays Buried is the eighth book in P J Tracy’s Twin Cities a.k.a. the Monkeewrench series.

Description

A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before.

But it’s worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victim’s was the ace: it seems they’re already two murders behind.

Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and he’s intent on playing out the deck . . .

The Guilty Dead

UK – August 23, 2018     US – September 11, 2018

The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P J Tracy’s addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities a.k.a. the Monkeewrench series.

Description

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.

Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger. And they find the second body.

As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last . . .

My thoughts

Nothing Stays Buried: this is the last book the mother and daughter duo wrote together. I think it was quite fitting that this book has a softer feel to it but is nevertheless a terrific read. We are getting just a little more of the back story of the characters, particularly of Grace who is pregnant in this book, which I really enjoy as I love the Monkeewrench Crew, Gino, Maggozi and the Police team. The information is subtlety woven into the main detective storyline without detracting from it and is done in such a way that, for me, it actually enhances the whole. Two threads run through the book that of a missing woman being investigated by the Monkeewrench crew and the other is a serial killer case being worked by Gino and Maggozi.

The Minnesota weather is almost like another character and in this book it certainly takes centre stage for a short while. The book is partly set in Minneapolis but also in the wider Minnesotan countryside. The other characters we come across in this book are equally well drawn with a sensitivity and a knowledge of Minnesota that makes them very believable.

P J Tracy is an excellent writing team with a beautifully smooth and seamless writing style. Which is particularly apparent in the way the two main threads are brought together through the relationship of the characters and their working partnerships in such a well crafted, thrilling conclusion.

The Guilty Dead: Here we have Traci as the sole author of the 9th book of the series and it’s a cracker!

The Monkeewrench crew are beta testing a new programme which is just what the FBI need to sift and sort through masses of information to help them find what is or isn’t terrorist activity. When they actually get intel on a likely attack on Police HQ tensions run high.

Meanwhile, Gino and Maggozi catch a high profile case which at first appearance is a suicide – but Gregory Norwood is left-handed and that changes everything, that and a second body! And as the story unfolds around the Norwood household, which has known a fair bit of tragedy in recent years, it seems others may be in harms way.

It is always a joy to read a P J Tracy book and The Guilty Dead is no exception because as you read and the storyline unfolds you are treated to such a well crafted story, with great characterisation which smoothly weaves a tangled tale and then brings all the threads together in a thrilling, breathtaking conclusion.

I very much enjoyed these books, I have the whole Monkeewrench/Twin City series, and I highly recommend both Nothing Stays Buried and The Guilty Dead along with all the others books in this wonderful series.

If you can start at the beginning that, I think, will enhance your reading experience of the series but wherever you do start I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do.

With thanks to Michael Joseph Comms for an eARC of The Guilty Dead ‘Because you’ve enjoyed previous titles by P J Tracy we thought you might like to read the next book….’ and Penguin Random House UK via NetGalley. Well I couldn’t say no to that!

I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

I was delighted to receive a hardback copy of Nothing Stays Buried when I won it in a giveaway competition.

These books were also read as part of my #20BooksofSummer challenge and which I am, at last, catching up with my posts.

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The Guilty Dead

 

  • Penguin
  • Paperback Published 1st November 2018
  • 320 Pages
  • Michael Joseph
  • Hardback Published 23rd August 2018
  • 384 Pages

Nothing Stays Buried

 

  • Penguin
  • Paperback Published 2nd November 2017
  • 320 Pages
  • Michael Joseph
  • Hardback Published 24th August 2017
  • 320 Pages

 

 

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Author

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT, DEAD RUN, SNOW BLIND, SHOOT TO THRILL, OFF THE GRID, COLD KILL/THE SIXTH IDEA, and NOTHING STAYS BURIED have become national and international bestsellers.  THE GUILTY DEAD, the ninth installment of the Monkeewrench series, will be released in the US and the UK in fall of 2018.

PJ was a long-time resident of Minnesota until her death in December 2016.  Traci remains in rural Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and continues writing about the Monkeewrench gang.

P.J. Lambrecht always loved to tell people she was a college dropout and had no qualifications for being a writer except for a penchant for lying.  She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into creating a family business.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands. Much to her mother’s relief, she finally realized that the written word was her true calling. Together, they had a long, prolific career writing together in many genres until PJ’s passing in December 2016.   Traci continues to write like a maniac, with PJ’s spirit sitting on her shoulder, cracking wise.

Nothing Stays Buried: Extract     P J Tracy Website    P J Tracy – Traci writes about her mother

 

P J Tracy Books in Order

The slaying of an old couple in small town America looks like one-off act of brutal retribution. But at the same time, in Minneapolis, teams of detectives scramble to stop a sickeningly inventive serial killer striking again in a city paralysed by fear.

When the two separate investigations converge on an isolated catholic boarding school, decades old secrets begin to fall away. It seems an old killer has resurfaced. Yet still the killer’s real identity remains dangerously out of reach . . .

 

When elderly Morey Gilbert is found, lying dead in the grass by his wife, Lily, it’s a tragedy, but it shouldn’t have been a shock – old people die. But when she finds a bullet hole in his skull, the blood washed away by heavy rain, sadness turns to fear. It looks like an execution…

Soon a whole city is fearful as new victims are found, killed with the same cold precision. All elderly. All apparently blameless.

Detectives Gino and Magozzi, race to uncover a connection and their best hope of doing so may be Grace McBride, beautiful, damaged survivor of an earlier killing spree. And the answers, it seems, are buried in a terrible past.

It should have been a simple journey – a drive from Minneapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin. But a couple of unplanned detours lead Grace MacBride, Annie Belinsky and police Deputy Sharon Mueller deep in the northern woods, far from civilization and a mobile phone signal. Then the car breaks down.

The nervous search for a landline and a mechanic leads the women to Four Corners, a sleepy crossroads town. A place they soon wish they’d never stumbled on because something terrible happened in Four Corners…

Minneapolis, winter’s first white flakes; a park full of snowmen. But the layers of packed snow hide a ghoulish surprise.

First, the bodies of two cops are found inside the snowmen and then a day later, in the countryside to the north, Sheriff Iris Rikker makes a similarly shocking discovery. Soon Detectives Gino and Magozzi are sent north through the worst blizzard Minnesota’s seen for years to find what else links the investigations.

But some secrets you don’t want to uncover. And as the cases unravel, it seems snowmen aren’t the only ones with something to hide…

Minneapolis homicide cops Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth fish a murdered drag queen out of the Mississippi. Another day, another corpse. Except the victim’s death throes quickly appear in a video posted online. And there are other videos, other murders.

Unable to trace who is posting the videos, the cops turn to Grace MacBride and her crew of eccentric computer mavericks. But as the bodies and videos stack up, the team desperately try and answer a terrifying question:

Is this the work of a lone individual? Or of several killers who have taken social networking to the darkest extreme…

A missing teenage girl lies dead in a parking lot. Two young immigrants are killed in their apartment. Three men are found dead in the street nearby.

As the police struggle to establish what’s happened, they realise that the deaths may not be as random as they first appear. As the killings continue, homicide detectives Magozzi and Rolseath turn to maverick computer analyst Grace McBride for help, drawing her into an investigation that will threaten her life.

And as the evidence mounts, it reveals terrifying intent. Ultimately, it forces the two detectives to make a dreadful choice: down which path does the lesser of two evils lie . . .

Cold Kill by PJ TracyCold Kill/The Sixth Idea

On a cold winter’s night in Minneapolis two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, are brutally murdered on opposite sides of the city. It’s clear to homicide detectives Gino and Magozzi that the men were targets – but why?

As Gino and Magozzi begin to uncover evidence, the clues rapidly start to disappear. Lost websites and missing CCTV footage lead them once more to Grace MacBride and her eccentric team of computer analysts – the only ones who can help.

But as more bodies appear, the team begin to realize that this isn’t fresh blood – this is a case that stretches back sixty years. And something that has been lying dormant is now awakening.

As Gino and Magozzi race to find answers, they slowly uncover an unimaginable horror: one that they must stop if any of them are to get out alive . . .

 

 

#Missing Christina by @meredith_wh #Lovebooksgrouptours #GuestPost @endeavour_media

As death approaches, family secrets will be revealed…


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As Jaques’s mother clings to life, he and his brother Toby wait for the inevitable.

‘Not long now,’ the Doctor says grimly.

As they deal with all the business of death, Jaques reflects on his relationship with the mother he loved.

She was fun, amusing, witty – she knew how to be happy.

She was a good companion, and she was his friend.

But as the family come to terms with their grief, they discover secrets from the past that threaten to change everything.

Can the family manage to salvage Christina’s memory and the family ties that hold them together?

And is everyone in the family being honest?

Christina Randall’s sudden death shatters her family. As they react in their various and sometimes shocking ways Jaques, her eldest son, an actor and narrator of the book, finds that his own grief is enough without having to take her place as the person everyone confides in and trusts to fix their troubles.

To distract himself, Jaques helps an Australian historian who is researching the 1967 disappearance of one of his mother’s childhood pen-friends. As the action moves from England to South Australia and back Jaques discovers a new love and the long shadows of old secrets. He has to keep family ties intact, but not everyone is being honest. Is there more than one mystery? And who is in danger?

With humour and unforgettable characters, Meredith Whitford uses her experiences as an adopted child, a writer, a publisher and a synaesthete to weave a heartfelt, gripping novel of the many different kinds of love.


Guest Post from Meredith Whitford

I am thrilled to have Meredith Whitford as the guest on my blog today talking about the locations of this compelling story.

Missing Christina: Meredith Whitford

Locations

Missing Christina starts in New York City, with the narrator, Jaques Randall, hurrying to his mother’s deathbed. Why New York? Because it fitted the story, and I have fond memories of my two visits there. By chance, I was there on 8 December, the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, and went to Strawberry Fields, and passed the Dakota. Into the book that went. (Despite one early reader asking who John Lennon was.)

Later, the narrator goes home to England, and for a while the novel is almost a comedy of manners as his family tries to cope with his mother’s death. Why England? Because my characters insisted. And no, I’ve never seen Downton Abbey. (Another early reader’s question.) Later the plot widens out and Jaques gets involved in helping an Australian historian with the mystery of a girl his mother used to know.

Now the action moves to South Australia, and in fact to Glenelg, the seaside suburb where I live and which is the oldest part of the State. It may always be summer in Home and Away, but my poor English narrator arrives here in winter, three degrees Celsius, fog and rain. (Much like today.) And here in Adelaide, Jaques finds… well, it’s in the novel.

But he does also pay a short visit across St Vincent’s Gulf to Port Lincoln. Tuna town. Again, why not Port Lincoln? A small part of the plot required it.

And then it’s back to England, where the mysteries that pervade the story resolve, and Jaques… well, no spoilers, you’ll have to read the book.

 

Author:

19111B19-7574-49F2-A4F7-9233F4C64EAFMeredith Whitford, a child of adoption herself, gives a heart-breaking insight into the psychological harm the issue of adoption can inflict. Meredith has published two successful historical novels, Treason and Shakespeare’s Will, and in 2014 a biography, Churchill’s Rebels: Jessica Mitford and Esmond Romilly. She is an editor and manuscript assessor, director of Between Us Manuscript Assessment Service. She lives in South Australia and has a BA in English, History, and Classics from the University of Adelaide, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Flinders University.

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My thanks go to Meredith Whitford for this terrific post about her heartfelt book #MissingChristina I do hope you take the opportunity to read – and enjoy – it.

Also, thanks to Kelly at #LoveBooksgrouptours for inviting me on board this wonderful Blog Tour and, with Endeavour Media, providing an eBook of Missing Christina. I have not received any payment in relation to my participation in this Blog Tour nor any future review that may appear on my blog.

Would you like to read more about Missing Christina by Meredith Whitford?  Then take a journey around the locations on the #BlogTour……

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Missing Christina is available in paperback and as an e-book from online and selected physical bookstores.

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No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson

A gripping historical crime thriller (Ingo Finch Mystery Book 1)

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The Empire has a deadly secret…

1899, South Africa:  As the Boer War rages, Captain Ingo Finch of the Royal Army Medical Corps pieces together casualties at the front. Then, recovering in Cape Town, he is woken by local police. A British officer has been murdered, and an RAMC signature is required for the post-mortem.

Shocked by the identity of the victim, the bizarre nature of the crime and what appears a too-convenient resolution, Finch turns detective. He is soon thrust into a perilous maze of espionage and murder.

Along with an Australian nurse, Annie, and an escaped diamond miner, Mbutu, Finch finds he has stumbled on a terrifying secret, one that will shake the Empire to its core…

My thoughts

No Ordinary Killing is one of my 20 Books of Summer and I thought that this well written and highly descriptive story was a little slow to get to the murder mystery, thriller element but once it did I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jeff Dawson’s research and knowledge certainly ensure that you are right in the place – South Africa – and situation of the Boer War. Following Mbutu gives us a good insight into the native point of view which I found interesting, informative and really added to the atmosphere and story.

Once you get into the murder mystery this book really took off and gives a rollicking good read with pace, twists and turns to keep the reader hooked and the final reckoning makes this well worth the read.

I liked the characterisation – the characters are well drawn but, as this is the first of what seems to be a series, there is room to grow with the main characters and I can see them becoming quite a favourite with readers.

I would certainly recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical murder mystery, those who enjoy reading books set abroad and to those who enjoy a well written and plotted story.

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I would like to thank the publisher Canelo for an eBook of No Ordinary Killing via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

Rating: 3.5*

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Publisher: Canelo (28 May 2018)

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ASIN: B07D4BRGJ3     ISBN: 9781788631907

Publisher: Independently published (14 Mar. 2017)

Language: English       Paperback: 399 pages

ISBN-10: 1520840780   ISBN-13: 978-1520840789

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3BF124BA-A706-431B-8284-3FBAAF96FAA2Jeff Dawson is a journalist and author. He has been a long-standing contributor to The Sunday Times Culture section, writing regular A-list interview-led arts features (interviewees including the likes of Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, Hugh Grant, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Seinfeld and Nicole Kidman). He is also a former US Editor of Empire magazine.

Jeff is the author of three non-fiction books — Tarantino/Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool, Back Home: England And The 1970 World Cup, which The Times rated “truly outstanding”, and Dead Reckoning: The Dunedin Star Disaster, the latter nominated for the Mountbatten Maritime Prize.

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Calculated Deception by K T Lee #LoveBooksGrouptours #GuestPost #CalculatedDeception @KTLeeWrites

Book #1 in the Calculated Series

 

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A criminal hiding in plain sight on campus. A professor caught in the middle. Can Dr. Ree Ryland help the FBI stop a killer before it’s too late?

Dr. Ree Ryland is an engineering professor who loves her job and plays by the rules. Her life is reassuringly predictable – until an enemy hiding in plain sight decides her squeaky-clean reputation is the perfect cover to commit a crime.

When Agent Parker Landon and his FBI team discover that someone at the university has been procuring military-grade hardware by disguising it as test equipment, all evidence points to Ree. After the FBI intercepts a shipment that puts Ree in the clear, Parker is forced to tell her that she’s being used as a pawn by an unseen enemy. And now she’s in that enemy’s crosshairs. Ree turns down the protective detail offered by the FBI and insists on using her inside knowledge to help with the investigation. Parker is leery of bringing a civilian on to the team, but he’s surprised at how much fun he has working with Ree, even as he tries to keep her out of harm’s way.

Parker, Ree and the FBI team find increasingly worrying evidence that someone is quietly acquiring everything they need to cause destruction on a massive scale. Now, they must uncover the motive and identity of the killer hiding among Ree’s friends and colleagues before it’s too late.

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I am delighted to have the author of #CalculatedDeception K T Lee on my blog today talking about what has inspired her to write about Parker, Red and the FBI team.

Inspiration for Calculated Deception

When our youngest child was a baby, I spent a lot of sleepless nights rocking my little one back to sleep. To help pass the time (and stay awake!), I read wonderful stories: mysteries, fantasies, thrillers, romance – all with a strong helping of escapism. As I read novel after novel, a small idea began to form about the kind of book I’d write if I had the chance. And instead of fading away over time, the idea began to grow. A mechanical engineer by day, I realized I had a unique perspective on women in STEM. I’d always considered becoming a college professor and a college campus seemed like an environment ripe for mischief. Especially in a research lab, where the new and innovative might be the perfect cover for something nefarious in disguise. Fortunately, I was too exhausted to really understand what I was getting myself into!

One night, after the kids were in bed, I sat down at my computer and began to write the story of Dr. Ree Ryland, an engineering professor who finds herself in the middle of some criminal activity on campus. I brought in FBI agents to help (after there are a few misunderstandings, of course), so that Dr. Ree Ryland could be a heroine that readers could root for even as they worried that she might get caught in the crossfire.

I built the story a chapter at a time, using my time in the car or running errands to brainstorm and typing away at night whenever I had a free moment. Before I knew it, Calculated Deception (Book 1 in The Calculated Series) was born. I picked elements from all my favorite genres and gave them my own unique twist. I call Calculated Deception a cozy thriller – a character-driven, page-turning mystery with a bit of fun banter and sweet romance along the way. While I didn’t know what to expect when releasing my first book, I’m so grateful for the wonderful, kind comments from readers. I hope readers continue to enjoy the books, since I’m sure having a lot of fun writing them!

My comment

My thanks go to K T Lee for her terrific post about #CalculatedDeception. What an inspiration for everyone thinking of writing especially those with family commitments or who have little time to write for other reasons. I hope you’ll give Calculated Deception a read – enjoy!

Also, thanks to Kelly at #LoveBooksgrouptours for inviting me on board this wonderful Blog Tour and, with Vertical Line Publishing, providing an eBook of Calculated Deception. I have not received any payment in relation to my participation in this Blog Tour nor any future review that may appear on my blog.

Would you like to read more about Calculated Deception by K T Lee?  Then enjoy these wonderful posts on the #BlogTour……

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Paperback: 257 pages    Language: English

ISBN-10: 1947870009      ISBN-13: 978-1947870000

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Publisher: Vertical Line Publishing; 1 edition (2 Oct. 2017)

 

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52F1DF8C-7924-4A32-A448-12D7D67AA7EBK.T. is a mom, engineer, and writer of books about women in STEM fighting international crime. When K.T. began to write the kind of books she wanted to read, she mixed clever women and the sciences with elements from thrillers (and a dash of romance) to create The Calculated Series.

 

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The Calculated Series

 

 

Calculated Extortion (Prequel Novella)

Before Scarlett helped solve the cases in Calculated Deception and Calculated Contagion, she was a brand-new profiler at the FBI’s Chicago field office. When a high-profile charity is targeted by a cybercriminal, Scarlett is charged with leading a team of special agents to find the individual hiding behind the malicious code.

Calculated Extortion is #free on #kindle, #nook, #kobo, #smashwords and #ibooks!  #cozy meets #thriller in this #prequel #novella

Calculated Deception (Book 1)

When the FBI traces shipments of military-grade hardware to a university lab, Dr. Ree Ryland is their primary suspect. After the FBI intercepts a shipment that puts Ree in the clear, Parker is forced to tell her that she’s being used as a pawn by an unseen enemy. Ree offers to use her inside knowledge to help catch the criminal hiding in plain sight, but can they find him before it’s too late?

Calculated Contagion (Book 2)

When vaccine researcher Dani Christensen is kidnapped and taken to a remote camp in Europe, CIA officers Cam Mitchell and Tyler Scott rescue her and bring her safely back home. The CIA initially thinks Dani was kidnapped for ransom, but they soon realize she was followed back to her lab. Now, the CIA must catch Dani’s kidnapper before he releases a potentially deadly contagion for political gain.

#20BooksofSummer – UPDATE

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Here are Augusts reads, six books and one post, this leaves me with one further book to read by 3 September. I’m practically there so, phew, still on track with the reading at least. Sadly the posting has been a lot slower but they will appear – eventually!

Firstly, here’s the link to my seventh post for the books I read in July: The 7(71/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

August books are….

The Choice by Edith Eger

This is the one that I have posted on with the link to that post above. This is a moving memoir of Edith Eger’s life, her determination to use her experiences to help others and how she has done that by showing, even in the darkest moments, we all have a choice.

Nothing Stays Buried by P J Tracy

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A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before.

But it’s worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victim’s was the ace: it seems they’re already two murders behind.

Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and he’s intent on playing out the deck . . .

The Guilty Dead by P J Tracy

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The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P.J. Tracy’s addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities, also known as the Monkeewrench, series.

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.

Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger.

And they find the second body.

As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last . . .

No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson

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1899, South Africa:  As the Boer War rages, Captain Ingo Finch of the Royal Army Medical Corps pieces together casualties at the front. Then, recovering in Cape Town, he is woken by local police. A British officer has been murdered, and an RAMC signature is required for the post-mortem.

Shocked by the identity of the victim, the bizarre nature of the crime and what appears a too-convenient resolution, Finch turns detective. He is soon thrust into a perilous maze of espionage and murder.

Along with an Australian nurse, Annie, and an escaped diamond miner, Mbutu, Finch finds he has stumbled on a terrifying secret, one that will shake the Empire to its core…

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Set in London, The Silent Patient opens with Alicia Berenson, a successful painter, who shoots the husband she loves in the head, and then never speaks again. Theo Faber, a determined psychotherapist, is convinced he can get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she did it.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

It’s almost the end!

Well there you have it for August, I’ve a number of commitments coming up so the posts on these books will be made as and when I’m able. There will be other book posts coming along too. There will be a final #20BooksofSummer update post in September that will include a note on the final – yes, the 20th book! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this challenge and, possibly, you’ve taken part – what do you think? How did your challenge go? Do leave a comment I’d love to know.