Thursday, June 29, 2023

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Sacred Evil (Krewe of Hunters)



So this book was a pretty spur of the moment read for me and Stormi.  We had already finished our planned buddy reads for June and I was trying to decide what to read next as I had kind of stalled out, and Stormi suggested we read the next book in this series.  BEST. DECISION. EVER!  Read on to see my thoughts and then and then hop over to Stormi's at Storm Reads to see her's.
TITLE:Sacred Evil (Krewe of Hunter #3))
AUTHOR: Heather Graham
PUBLISHING DATE: July 26, 2011
PAGES: 382   
SOURCE: Hoopla


The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan's oldest graveyards. 
One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper's gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable. 
As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country's preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister… 

MY THOUGHTS: So I will say these books are setting themselves up to be pretty formulaic in that each book focuses primarily on a different member of the task force and sets them up to meet their future partner in the midst of solving some kind of crime.  That being said, I don't mind that formula as all the tales are different and they have just enough supernatural elements thrown in to really catch my attention.

I should have known I would love this one as it features as Jack the Ripper type killer and includes a lot of historical information about the "real" Jack the Ripper.  Detective Jude Crosby finds himself in the middle of some truly gruesome murders happening in New York and needing all the help they can get, his bosses call in the Krewe to assist.  Whitney arrives early which give her and Jude some time to interact while laying the groundwork for the mystery to unfold.  Eventually the rest of the task force arrives in town which allows us to revisit some of our other favorite characters while still focusing on the building chemistry between Jude and Whitney.

I don't want to give anything away but let's just say that the mystery part of Sacred Evil really kept me guessing.  I had my suspicions on the culprit and was pleased to eventually learn I was wrong.  I also think that Jude and Whitney are a wonderful match for each other physically and intellectually and I loved seeing their bond intensify. 

If you love mysteries with a hint of supernatural then you should really give this older mystery a try.  It is rather lengthy but so far, I am enjoying it and this is my favorite installment to date.  And I will close on this - GHOST DOG!  Need I really say more?  


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Feed Your TBR - The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

September 19, 2023

FROM GOODREADS: For fans of Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls, The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic is a debut novel that explores the shields we build around our hearts to retain our own magic.

Sadie Revelare has always believed that the curse of four heartbreaks that accompanies her magic would be worth the price. But when her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer with only weeks to live, and her first heartbreak, Jake McNealy, returns to town after a decade, her carefully structured life begins to unravel.

With the news of their grandmother's impending death, Sadie's estranged twin brother Seth returns to town, bringing with him deeply buried family secrets that threaten to tear Sadie's world apart. Their grandmother has been the backbone of the family for generations, and with her death, Sadie isn't sure she'll have the strength to keep the family, and her magic, together.

As feelings for Jake begin to rekindle, and her grandmother growing sicker by the day, Sadie faces the last of her heartbreaks, and she has to decide: is love more important than magic?

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: I love witchy novels and let's be honest, this one had me at Gilmore Girls.


Monday, June 26, 2023

Never Going Camping With These Idiots


TITLE: The Camp
AUTHOR: Nancy Bush
PUBLISHING DATE: June 27, 2023
PAGES: 384   


There are always stories told around the fire at summer camp—tall tales about gruesome murders and unhinged killers, concocted to scare new arrivals and lend an extra jolt of excitement to those hormone-charged nights. At Camp Luft-Shawk, nicknamed Camp Love Shack, there are stories about a creeping fog that brings death with it. But here, they’re not just campfire tales. Here, the stories are real. 
Twenty years ago, a girl’s body was found on a ledge above the lake, arms crossed over her heart. Some said it was part of a suicide pact, connected to the nearby Haven Commune. Brooke, Rona, and Wendy were among the teenagers at camp that summer, looking for fun and sun, sex and adventure. They’ve never breathed a word about what really happened—or about the night their friendship shattered. 
Now the camp, renamed Camp Fog Lake, has reopened for a new generation, and many of those who were there on that long-ago night are returning for an alumni weekend. But something is stirring at the lake again. As the fog rolls in, evil comes with it. Those stories were a warning, and they didn’t listen. And the only question is, who will live long enough to regret it? 

MY THOUGHTS: I really hope this review doesn't turn into a rant but I'm not going to lie, the potential is there.  Let's start with something easy.  I like reading YA books and I like reading adult books, but I honestly can't tell you the targeted age for this novel because it goes back and forth so much between adult issues and teenage angst that I'm actually curious about the author's intentions.

So basically, Harley has just graduated high school and decides to sign up to work at Camp Fog Lake because she knows her ex and his girlfriend are also working there this summer and she wants to get him back.  It may not come across as that at first, but that's the gist of it.  She drags her friend Marissa, who doesn't want to leave her boyfriend but apparently has to because Harley wants her to.  That's plotline #1.  Plotline #2 is that 20 years ago, Harley's Aunt was at this camp with a bunch of mean girls and something horrible happened and the camp was closed.  But Emma, who apparently suffering a severe TBI in a different book by this author, can only recall cryptic bits and pieces.  The camp has a reunion over the July 4th weekend so the campers from 20 years ago reunite and learn what awful people they really are.  Oh, and plotline #3 involves a surrogacy and a religious cult.  

This book was just all too much.  I hated all of the characters, except maybe Emma, and they weren't' even the fun-to-hate type of characters. The "mystery/suspense" element was kind of weak and the ending was not worth the 384 pages it took to get there.  My favorite buddy reader Stormi was SUPPOSED to be reading this with me but she bailed at 20% and DNF'ed the thing.  I should have taken her lead.  I will say I do plan on reading The Babysitter by this author as it explains what happened to Emma and I'm remotely curious but if it doesn't work out better for me, this is an author I will probably avoid from here on out. 


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Farm News - June 25, 2023


So it's been a pretty uneventful week here at the farm and I'm grateful.  Both Mr. Barb and I were off Monday and Tuesday due to state holidays so lots of relaxing and reading were done on my part.  Apollo enjoyed having his dad home because even though he has really softened up and become much more affectionate with Mom, deep down he is still Daddy's boy.

I was able to pick up a new flowerpot for the puppy garden and a pair of pigeons have moved into the eaves next door so Apollo now has to check on them each night.  They must be expecting baby birds soon and even though I am not a pigeon fan, it's cute to see Apollo so attentive to them.  Also, Cassius used to love bandanas and often wore them until Apollo came along as a puppy and loved to pull them off. Over the years, Cassius accumulated a BUNCH and toward the end got to actually start wearing them again!  So, in honor of Cass, Apollo is doing "Bandana Summer" to honor his brother.  He is wearing a different one each day of summer and we will see how long he can go without repeating.  Here's is Friday's choice. My little boy is so grown up now.

I finished three books this week and the latest comic issue of Saga, which is pretty good and I hope to have a couple of new reviews up next week.  I had a short work meeting Saturday morning which just means I get to leave 2 hours early on Friday which is all pretty irrelevant considering I work from home anyway.  But I do have 9 days off starting July 1st.  We also started watching The Walking Dead: Dead City and two episodes in and it's already better than the last few years of The Walking Dead.  Negan is a jerk and a villain but he can be rather likable at times and the writer's give him so great lines.  

And finally I received some arcs from Netgalley and the publishers which I am really excited about.

Where You End is a thriller which comes out in January 2024 and is another book hopping on the rabbits on the cover trend.  Good Girls Don't Die is Christina Henry's newest book publishing mid November.  This is supposed to be a horror/thriller novel and as Henry is a hit and miss author for me, I'll admit I'm a tad nervous.  And finally, is the horror novel Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig. Releasing at the end of September and clocking in at well over 500 pages, this book features a town where trees start producing deep red apples which have serious side effects once eaten. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  Have you read any good books or watched any good TV or movies which I need to add to my lists?

Thursday, June 22, 2023

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Virgin River


So Stormi and I are almost there.  We are almost finished with our series read of Virgin River.  And if you'd have told me that when we started 16 books ago, I would have never believed you.  So you know the drill, read on to see my thoughts and then and then hop over to Stormi's at Storm Reads to see her's.
TITLE: Redwood Bend (Virgin River #16))
AUTHOR: Robyn Carr
PUBLISHING DATE: February 28, 2012
PAGES: 377   
SOURCE: Hoopla


Former actor Dylan Childress left the L.A. scene behind years ago for a quiet life running an aviation company in Montana. But with business slowing down, Dylan is starting to wonder whether he should take one of the offers Hollywood keeps sending his way. He figures a motorcycle trip to Virgin River with his buddies might help him decide what path to take. But his own troubles are left at the side of the road when he spots a woman stranded on the way into town.
Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, it's raining, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on the spare. So when some bikers pull up beside them, offering to help, all Katie feels is relief. Then she sees sexy, leather-clad Dylan Childress, and in one brief moment the world turns on its axis.
Katie's a sensible single mother and Dylan's a die-hard commitment-phobe. Neither one is looking for long-term romance. But sometimes it takes only a moment to know you've found something that could change your life forever.

MY THOUGHTS:  I knew after the last book that this one would probably focus on Conner's sister Katie.  Carr makes it pretty obvious where the next book is headed and I've come to love guessing and seeing if I am right. 

After the events of the last book and Katie and Conner no longer having to hide their whereabouts, Katie packs up her twin boys and heads to Virgin River to be closer to the only family she has left.  On her way into town, he tire blows and she ends up receiving help from a group of guys out riding their motorcycles in the rain.  Little does she know how much her life is about to change.  Dylan is riding with his friends on a guy's trip, all the time trying to figure out how to save his aviation business.  But Dylan has a bigger secret, he used to be a famous child star.  He basically believes he is cursed and unable to for a lasting relationship and settle down.  But sometimes life has other plans.

I really enjoyed this book, and I will say it again, these books are such comfort reads. I'm always able to pick them up and crank them out in about a day and this one was no exception.  In fact, Redwood Bend was a great way to spend a rainy Sunday. I basically have only one complaint about this book, which is rare. In the beginning, one of Dylan's buddies is named Walt.  Walt is an out of towner who loves visiting Virgin River and eating Preacher's food. But there is a major problem, we already have a Walt.  If anyone knows, Walt has played a big role in a few books and finally settled down with Muriel, the actress who moved to the area several books ago.  Why did we need two Walt's?  It made it rather confusing for me at the beginning and I'm really curious why the author decided to use this name again.  Did she forget?  Does it serve a purpose moving forward?  Is he some lost son to Original Walt?  I guess time will tell but the whole situation was enough to know off one star which is a rarity with this series.


Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Feed Your TBR - Manrattan


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

July 11, 2023

A long-awaited sequel to Shea's Rattus New Yorkus.

Exterminator duo Chris and Benita Jackson are sucked into the madness once again as the underground denizens of the big city are transformed by generations of Degenesis and something new (and more hideous) into your worst nightmare. New York is the city that never sleeps – because the streets will run red with blood, filled with the cries of chaos.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: Anyone who has visited the blog long enough knows how much I love Hunter Shea and his books.  Stormi and I read Rattus New Yorkus together when it was released years ago and it seems like we've been waiting for another great creature feature.  This one even releases on her birthday so it seems like fate that we once again plan a Shea buddy read.

In case you're curious, here's our review for Rattus New Yorkus and here's a link to the post where we were able to interview Hunter for the blog: Shea Interview


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Farm News - June 18, 2023


So this week has been a pretty good one.  Rather non-eventful but I'll take it.  Mr. Barb returned back to work after being off 3 1/2 weeks due to some back issues.  He is still in physical therapy and having some pains here and there but is better than he was.  Since I work from home, him being off was like a little taste of retirement and I will say overall I enjoyed it but there might be a few kinks to work out.  I'm sure it was "worse" because he was laid up and couldn't do much.  

Working from home has made Apollo's transition to being an only pup easier.  I'm able to walk him before work and during lunch and there is an older lady down the street, he feels he must check on each day.  Plus he likes her dog Winkle even if all she ever does is bark at him. 

This week is a 4-day weekend for me.  Monday is Juneteenth and Tuesday is WV Day so two paid holidays in a row!  I hope to get some reading done and may try to work in some gaming as well.  Tonight is the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead and being the last season, I am enjoying this one more than the last few.  We are also watching From on MGM.  Season 2 is definitely an improvement over last season and I actually look forward to tuning in each Sunday for the newest episode.  I highly recommend it if you haven't given it a shot.

And these are the books I received for review this week.  I really am starting to love supernatural rom-coms so I'll definitely be reading Do Your Worst sooner than later.  And The Horror at Pleasant Brook not only releases at Halloween, but it's also set at Halloween.

What books did you get this week and are you reading anything good?  Also, thanks so much to everybody for stopping by this week after a long absence and for all the kind words.  You guys are the best!

Friday, June 16, 2023

A Few Puppy Pics

I wanted to share one of the last pictures I took of Cass.  He loved to lay down in our oversized chair on his back with his head hanging over the side.  In fact, we started calling him Pineapple Upside Down Cass.  After he passed, I had this pic enlarged and it now sits proudly on our mantle.

Here is one for the full effect.

And in case you're curious how much my baby boy Apollo has grown, here's a recent picture of the nutjob 😆

Thursday, June 15, 2023

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Hidden Legacy


Yay!  Stormi and I finally finished a series.  Well, let's say we are current because I don't know if the authors plan on writing a trilogy arc focusing on the youngest sister Arabella.  I sure hope they do because this is one I definitely enjoyed all the way through.  So read on to see my thoughts and then and then hop over to Stormi's at Storm Reads to see her's.
TITLE: Ruby Fever (Hidden Legacy #6)
AUTHOR: Ilona Andrews
PUBLISHING DATE: August 23, 2022
PAGES: 380   
SOURCE: Hoopla


#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor. 
An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss... And it’s only Monday. 
Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.

Wow!  This was an action-packed conclusion to the Catalina/Alessandro arc and I couldn't have been more pleased with how it all played out.  House Baylor finds itself right in the middle of a potentially catastrophic showdown which includes appearances from Linus, the Evil Grandmother, and all of our faves.  In addition, we actually see quite a bit of Cornelius and his daughter Matilda who both possess animal magic and I could only wish they would get a series of their own.

Alessandro is still wanting to take down Arkan, who was responsible for killing his father years ago, and Catalina fears he may lose sight in the process, and she is scared of nothing more than losing him.  I won't want to give much else away plot-wise, but I will say this book does not disappoint.  Along the way we learn quite a bit of backstory on Linus, the Texas Warden and the Evil Grandmother, and we get some new characters from Russia thrown in for extra drama.  

I am so glad Stormi convinced me to start this series.  I honestly think I might be heart-broken if it doesn't continue.  I will say though that Book #5 left on a cliffhanger and this book picks up many months afterwards and for a while, I was like "What did I miss?"  I felt like I was losing my mind for a while but did some research and finally found a very short story on the author's website which clued me in.  That's the only reason this book is getting 4 instead of 5 paws.


Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Feed Your TBR - The Handyman Method


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

AUGUST 8, 2023

FROM GOODREADS:  A chilling domestic story of terror for fans of Black Mirror and The Amityville Horror .

When a young family moves into an unfinished development community, cracks begin to emerge in both their new residence and their lives, as a mysterious online DIY instructor delivers dark subliminal suggestions about how to handle any problem around the house. The trials of home improvement, destructive insecurities, and haunted house horror all collide in this thrilling story perfect for fans of Nick Cutter’s bestsellers The Troop and The Deep.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: I'm really intrigued about the subliminal suggestions mentioned in the synopsis and on a complete other note, I can't recall the last home improvement project Mr. Mike and I undertook which didn't make me think my house or something in it was possessed.  I've read two other Cutter books, The Troop and Little Heaven.  Let's hope this one doesn't go down in infamy like Little Heaven did.


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

A Fun Little Mystery


TITLE: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
AUTHOR: Jesse Q. Sutanto
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
PUBLISHING DATE: March 14, 2023
PAGES: 352   
SOURCE: Library


Put the kettle on, there’s a mystery brewing… 
Tea-shop owner. Matchmaker. Detective? 
Sixty-year-old self-proclaimed tea expert Vera Wong enjoys nothing more than sipping a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy ‘detective’ work on the internet (AKA checking up on her son to see if he’s dating anybody yet). 
But when Vera wakes up one morning to find a dead man in the middle of her tea shop, it’s going to take more than a strong Longjing to fix things. Knowing she’ll do a better job than the police possibly could – because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands – Vera decides it’s down to her to catch the killer.
Nobody spills the tea like this amateur sleuth. 

MY THOUGHTS: I have read Sutanto's Four Auntie's books and really enjoyed them, especially the first one, so I was excited to give this one a shot.  I will say that I'm not sure the exact mystery sub-genre because at times it feels cozy and at times, not so much.   However, there was plenty to love about this book without throwing it into a nice, neat category.

Vera runs a run-down tea shop and has her day down to a science.  She is so organized and OCD that she is almost annoying at times.  She is trying to control her son's life from afar, because he rarely stops by to visit, when one morning she opens her tea shop and finds a dead man right in the middle of it.  Vera is very quickly convinced the police have no idea what they are doing so she decides to withhold a tiny piece of evidence, in the form of a flash drive, and starts her own investigation.

Along the way Vera encounters her own list of suspects which include the dead man's twin brother, his wife whom he had just left, their daughter, and a young man and woman who both have their own reasons for wanting to know what exactly happened to the deceased.  

I came to love Vera and honestly, at the end this book turned into a found-family novel I didn't know I needed in my life. I quickly grew attached to all the characters and even though words cannot describe Vera, she is probably one of the most favorite characters I have encountered this year.  I felt the mystery was a tad bit predictable toward the end, but it did not take away from my reading enjoyment.

I don't know if this is going to be a series, but I do hope there is more Vera Wang in the future!

RATING: 5 paws

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Farm News: June 11, 2023


So I guess I'm back!  I need to make one last ditch effort to get this blog back up and running for good or else wave goodbye forever.  I have to find some happy medium to make it work so here's hoping I can do that.  Also, I want to thank my dear friend Stormi for encouraging me time and time again to get back in the game.  So basically this will be a small life update and little reading update.  Look for at least a review I have planned for next week and a Can't Wait Wednesday post - which I am affectionately calling Feed Your TBR.

First and foremost, I have to let everyone know I lost my soulmate puppy Cassius on March 26th.  It had been a turbulent year with him which looking back, was probably the result of an illness building we couldn't see.  He got aggressive at times with Apollo again and I ended up twice in the ER due to bites breaking them apart and Mr, Mike ended up there once.  At the end of January, we noticed a lump forming on his chest.  The vet thought it was a fatty tumor but it started growing rapidly so we were doing a biopsy before a scheduled removal.  When the vet did it, he discovered it was full of blood and likely the result on cancer throughout his body and causing internal bleeding.  Within a week he couldn't go down steps without us carrying him so we had to make the humane choice that broke my heart and honestly one which I am still not over.  I will love him forever and he touched my life in ways no other dog before him ever did.  I miss him everyday and am a bit broken now.

But through it all I've still maintained my love of reading and my dogs have always had a presence on this blog so I will continue to honor him and share Apollo's antics.  He is now 3 1/2 and although he's a bit more lonelier than before, he is still being spoiled rotten.

This week I had to pick up a few library holds.  I have been using one of my branches pretty regularly, as well as several branches for Libby and I have to admit, I'm doing pretty good at scoring a lot of the reads I've been wanting to get to.  I have become a Tessa Bailey fan recently and was thrilled to be the first in line to get Unfortunately Yours (A Vine Mess #2).  I have been having a real hit or miss summer with thrillers but I am anxious to give The Chateau a try. And finally, I grabbed My Murder after seeing it pop up all over the place.

So what are you reading this week and do you have any fun summer plans?  

Friday, June 2, 2023

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Mr. Mercedes


So Stephen King has a new book coming out in September, Holly.  Knowing her character was first introduced in the Bill Hodges trilogy, and knowing how much I enjoyed her already in both the TV adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, which I never did finish watching, and Outsider, the novel, I suggested to Stormi we tackle this series in preparation.  I don't think she wants to kill me for this choice but I do believe I am a bigger fan than her.  So read on for my thoughts and then hop over to Stormi's at Storm Reads to see her's.

TITLE: Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges #1)
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PAGES: 437
SOURCE: Own Library

FROM GOODREADS: In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from "the perk," claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

MY THOUGHTS: So as I mentioned, I did actually watch the first season of the TV adaptation of Mr. Mercedes and enjoyed it.  I really need to continue someday.  I really think having seen it helped with my enjoyment of the book because I really loved the casting decisions and could easily envision the characters as I read.  

Bill Hodges is a retired detective contemplating if he should go on on living when he receives a letter from one of the cases he could never solve.  Bill and his partner were never able to figure out who mowed down some people, including an infant, in the early morning hours of a job fair.  In addition, Bill is worried that the actions of him and his partner may have also led to the suicide of another individual.  The letter prompts Bill to continue looking into what happened.  Along the way, he gets some help from his friend and high school teenager, Jerome, a sister of the individual who owned the stolen Mercedes which killed so many people, and her niece Holly.  

Although the first 50 pages had me questioning why I recommended Stormi and I buddy read this series, the book quickly picked up for me and soon I remembered why I loved reading King so much in the past.  Unless of course it's The Stand - that was 1000 pages of misery which I know is an unpopular opinion.  I loved the characters of Bill, Brady, and especially Holly and Brady Hartfield is one of the nastiest villains I've encountered in a while.  In fact, he sometimes made my skin crawl. I enjoyed watching Bill and his crew piece together the crime and am actually pretty excited to pick up book #2.

Also, I have to add, if you haven't read this book and are considering it, Odell the dog does not die.  

RATING: 4 paws