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the paris mysteries

Tandoori Angel and her siblings are living in Paris, recovering from the hectic events after her parents murders and reeling from the contents of their grandmother’s will. Though reunited with James in Paris when they arrive, he leaves to protect Tandy from his father. The Angel’s are further rocked when Harry is accused of murder and the media descend on them again. Tandy is discovering more about the death of her sister Katherine, and discovers a shocking truth she must keep secret.

A fast paced plot full of twists and mysteries, where nothing is as it seems. I was hooked by this book and quickly finished it. The Angel family is so close and weather any blows while coming back stronger than ever. I’m dying to read the next and find out more about the immense secret Tandy uncovered and the message she received as the book finished. Will the Angel’s uncle be exposed as the repulsive creature he is?

Young Arrow

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

See #2 review here

unlucky 13

Lindsey Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin are called to investigate two dead bodies in a car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge. It quickly becomes obvious this was a homicide and the coroner, Clare Washburn, quickly confirms this and finds the cause of death – belly bombs. The hunt to find out how they were ingested by the victims is on and is shocking.

Meanwhile Lindsey receives a photo of the-one-that-got-away, Mackie Morales, the girlfriend of a serial killer who blames Lindsey for his death. After she lets it slip during a girls’ night out, her friend Cindy sets out to track Mackie down for an exclusive story, but Mackie has already begun her murderous rampage to San Francisco and Lindsey. During this, Yuki is on her honeymoon on a cruise ship in Alaska, which is taken over by pirates.

I was new to this series but quickly picked it up. There was a lot of action but the endings felt unfinished and rushed; the belly bomb case ended abruptly and the cruise ship hijacking was never explained, it just ……. ended. I really would have liked to learn more; like who they were; what the exit strategy was; who controlled them. An ok read but not enough detail given.

Century

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

confessions the private school murdersTandoori Angel and her siblings were drugged and pushed into being high-achieving children by their parents.   Book #1 had them suspected of their parent’s murder until Tandy proved otherwise.  Now Tandy’s football star brother is on trial for murdering his actress girlfriend; deadly snakes and spiders are infesting their building; someone is killing girls who go to private school; and she’s remembering the boy she fell in love with before her parents gave her electro-shock therapy to forget him.  Tandy decides someone has to solve these mysteries and she’s the girl for the job.

I really enjoyed this book, the story was addictive and the short chapters were attention grabbing and easy to read.  I really liked the relationships between the Angel siblings and how they stick together.  With Jacob, the ex Israeli commando / bodyguard / babysitter, they finally have rules, structure, and someone who cares what they do and it’s cute to see the dynamic of the Angel clan change.

Having not read the first, I found it easy to follow what had gone on and now am searching for the first, while looking forward to the next.  The ending wasn’t a cliff-hanger, but a new life beckons and a plot against Tandy is unresolved.

Young Arrow

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

private no 1 suspectEx-marine Jack Morgan runs the largest security firm in the world – Private – with offices in 24 countries.  Returning home from a business trip, he finds his former girlfriend in their bed, dead, shot with Jack’s own gun.  Convinced of his guilt, the police are looking for evidence against him, not anyone else.

Private steps in to find the real killer, while juggling other cases; a killer targeting business in hotels owned by the same person, an out of control movie star, and finding a stolen van full of illegal prescription drugs.  Jack is dealing with the grief of losing his ex-girlfriend, while trying to win back a former lover and work colleague.  Hovering in the wings is a pretty hotel owner he likes.

I enjoyed this book; the intertwine of the various cases made for an intriguing read, and the chapters were short enough to remember details as the characters POV changed.

The plot was fast paced with plenty of action, and the characters were likeable (if they were the good guys).  I was a bit exasperated with Jack sometimes; he was a nice guy but doesn’t think when it comes to women.  Wanting to reconcile with Justine while waiting for Jinx to bring dinner?  What a jerk.  Only he’s not a jerk, just confused.

Good if you want an easy read with plenty of action and some mystery.

Arrow Books

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan