📚 My November 2017 Book Reviews

Here are my November 2017 Book Reviews.


Manitou Canyon (Cork O'Connor, #15)Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Another good Cork Adventure. Like it when hearing from other characters point of views.

Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy.

His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own.

As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork’s family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork’s campsite, they find no sign of their father. They do find blood, however. A lot of it.

With an early winter storm on the horizon, it’s a race against time as Cork’s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork’s life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.

Exile: A Jade Ihara Adventure (Jade Ihara Adventures Book 3)Exile: A Jade Ihara Adventure by David Wood

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Like the two star designation, it was ok. Most of the book is Jade on the run or Jade being held against her will. She doesn’t have to do a lot of investigating to figure things out. Felt I was being told the story, more than showed. The plot was very similar to book two. Also feel the book was written to fit the real world political climate, more than writing a Jade Ihara Adventure book. I read books as an escape to the real world BS.

Loch was already a disappointment, now this. If this is the way Mr. Wood’s books are headed than I just need to stop reading them.

Jade Ihara is caught in a centuries old power struggle between a slave cult who believes she might be the incarnation of the goddess of liberty, and a secret cabal with plans for world domination. Can she unravel the mystery of the Cult of Veritas and find their sacred relics before it’s too late? David Wood and Sean Ellis deliver another action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Fans of Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, Rogue Angel, and Dane Maddock will love Exile!

Snap Judgment (Samantha Brinkman, #3)Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Good plot. Took a while to get to the point. Could have been shorter.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Tracy had a lesser roll in this one. Spent more time with Del and a new character. Wondering if we will see less of Tracy in the next book. Story would lag after the key piece of evidence disappeared. Overall, wasn’t as good as the other books in the series. Also the book description is a bit misleading.
While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.

When she uncovers the driver’s ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn’t just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn’t acting alone. For Tracy, it’s all hitting very close to home.

As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she’s putting herself in harm’s way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

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