I have stated many times that I love to read. Turn on the iPod with the Bose speakers and settle back with a good book. Christmas before this last one my brother gave me a Nook as a gift. I love it. It is very expensive though for someone who reads 2 – 3 books a week. So last summer I went on a garage sale marathon hunting books from my favorite authors. I literally found dozens; enough to fill two bookcases and a box. I haven’t had a Nook charge for several months now. I even purchased Janet Evanovich’s Smoking Eighteen in hardback for just a couple of dollars more than it would have cost me for the copy for my Nook.
But, I did title this post Monday Book Review so I guess you are wondering if I am ever going to get around to it. First of all, I love a good murder mystery most of all with a little bit of romance thrown in. Mariah Stewart has written a trilogy of books entitled Dead Wrong, Dead Even and Dead Certain.
Stewart leaves you begging for more!, August 3, 2004
This review is from: Dead Even (Mass Market Paperback)
Three prisoners met briefly one February morning. Archer Lowell was the youngest. To make himself look tougher, he suggested a game. Each of them thought up three people that they would love to kill once they were out of jail. Then they swapped victims. Archer never meant for any of it to really happen. When Archer finally got out of prison, he decided to stay on the straight and narrow. So the other two prisoners went after those on their swapped hit list. One of them, Curtis, was dead. The other, Vince, would never get out of prison again. Archer was not a killer and had no intention of going after his three targets. However, Archer did not expect Vince to hire someone to watch him. When it became obvious that Archer would not play the game, Burt stepped in to make him.
FBI Special Agent Miranda Cahill was partnered with Agent William "Will" Fletcher to watch Archer, just in case he went on a killing spree. No one expected him to actually do it, not even the Bureau's profiler, Anne Marie. When the first person died under their noses, the hunt was on for a fleeing Archer.
Also, Julianne, the daughter of Mara Douglas (from previous novel), had been located after seven long years. Mara's ex-husband, Jules, had hidden himself and his daughter with the Reverend Prescott. An agent had been inserted into the Reverend's Valley of the Angels and would soon escape, taking a reluctant young girl home to her mother. The agent first had to gather evidence that would shut down the child-prostitution rung that masqueraded as a shelter for run-away girls on the street. Everything was about to come to a climatic ending!
***** Romance takes a back seat in this, the third of the "Dead" series. Since Miranda and Will already have a history together, the author did not have to build on the love portion. The two main characters already had strong feelings for one another. This gives much more time to the story's plots. Plots, plural.
Hold onto your seats, because Mariah Stewart will plunge you into a heart pounding, roller coaster ride. You won't come up for air until the last page has been turned. Excellent! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
I was lucky enough to find all of the trilogy at garage sales last summer, plus several of her other books.
It is bitter cold and windy this morning at 21 degrees. I have to go out at 9AM to run some errands. Not sure what I will do with the rest of the day but I am sure I will think of something. I hope you all have a peaceful week. Stay safe and be happy!!