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Undertakers Widow by Phillip Margolin
Undertakers Widow

Crystal Craig, April 30, 2007

Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero.

Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life? What about the son frozen out of his will? Or his wife's political enemies? And what about Ellen Crease herself?

Soon it becomes clear that a deadly plot of murder, blackmail, passion, and double cross is unfolding around Judge Richard Quinn. And unless he breaks the rules, justice will not only be blind, it will be the final victim.

This is the third or forth book I've read by Phillip Margolin. The Undertaker's Widow was a quick read for me. It was fast-paced, hard to put down, but a little to predictable for me. Not Margolin's best, but not his worst either.
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Haunted Ground
Haunted Ground

Crystal Craig, April 27, 2007

A grisly discovery is made deep in an Irish peat bog ? the perfectly preserved severed head of a red-haired young woman. Has she been buried for decades, centuries, or longer? Who is she and why was she killed? American pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire are called in to investigate, only to find that the girl's violent death may have shocking ties to the present ? including the disappearance of a local landowner's wife and son. Aided by a homicide detective who refuses to let the missing be forgotten, Nora and Cormac slowly uncover a dark history of secrets, betrayal, and death in which the shocking revelations of the past may lead to murder in the future.

I was impressed with this book in so many ways. Erin Hart did an excellent job telling the stories of two different mysteries. An ancient mystery involving the body discovered in the bog, and a modern mystery as the missing mother and child. The character development was excellent. I enjoyed the Irish history. You can tell the book was well researched. An excellent debut novel. Anyone who likes the Temperance Brennan series written by Kathy Reichs would like Haunted Ground.
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Blue Mercy by Illona Haus
Blue Mercy

Crystal Craig, April 26, 2007

Ravaged by guilt, Detective Kay Delaney is reeling from an attack that resulted in her partner's death. Her only consolation is that serial killer Bernard Eales, who shot her partner, sits in Maryland's State Penitentiary awaiting what's expected to be a sure conviction. But when the prosecution's star witness turns up dead ? and the body bears the same gruesome marks found on Eales's victims ? Kay wonders whether the right man is about to stand trial.

Partnered with her former lover, Danny Finnerty, Kay must confront the man who haunts her dreams ? even if it means proving him innocent of three shocking crimes. As the body count rises, Kay embarks on a dark journey that will test her shattered courage, pit her against an unseen evil, and challenge her to unlock a killer's chilling obsession...before it's too late.

Blue Mercy was my first experience with Canadian author Illona Haus. It sure won't be my last. Her debut novel is an absolute keeper. The research that went into this book is obvious. I felt a definite feel of realism as I read the book. It's one of the best police procedurals I've ever read. I highy recommend it. The next book in this series is Blue Valor, which I will be purchasing asap.
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The Screaming Room
The Screaming Room

Crystal Craig, April 26, 2007

John Driscoll has laid the ghosts of his past to rest. He?s ready to start over -- both personally and as an NYPD homicide commander. But it seems that a serial killer has other plans for Driscoll.

The victims? bodies are found, brutally mutilated and carefully arranged for the world to see -- on a Ferris wheel; in a dinosaur diorama; on a bridge -- grotesque visions to all except for the depraved killer, who considers them masterpieces. These blood rituals spell out a message to Driscoll. And they are just the beginning.

Driscoll?s investigation will lead him down the darkest of journeys, toward an evil beyond his worst nightmares. In a hellish landscape conceived by the all-too-clever mind of a twisted schemer, Driscoll must play a killer?s deadly game. It?s up to him to save his city -- or die trying.

The Screaming Room was a past-paced read. It was well writen, and researched. It is Thomas O'Callghan's second novel after The Bone Thief. I didn't get the title. 'The Screaming Room' you assume is the place where the killer goes to kill people but the kills take place over different areas of New York City. The third novel in this series is due to be released in 2008. It is titled No One Will Hear You.
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Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
Absolute Fear

Crystal Craig, March 31, 2007

Lisa Jackson's newest release, ABSOLUTE FEAR, is a real page-turner. The most shocking aspect of this book was the ending. It definitely leaves the possibility of a sequel. If you have read her previous books, you'll be reacquainted with Detectives Bentz and Montoya. While this is a stand-alone novel, I would suggest reading Shiver first. It will give you more background into the characters. A definite recommendation!
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