Today’s Sunday Salon features two books about murder, but in different categories. One I consider a cozy murder mystery and the other is more a thriller mystery or crime drama.
A DEADLY ROW by Casey Mayes
Enjoying a good puzzle from time to time and finally trying my luck at sudoku last fall I was delighted when I received a cozy murder mystery featuring a math whiz as the protagonist.
A DEADLY ROW is the first installment in the Mystery By the Numbers series. However, you don’t have to like puzzles or math to enjoy this adventure.
Savannah Stone creates math and logic puzzles for a living, while also filling in as her husband Zach’s assistant when needed. Zach, retired Charlotte (NC) Police Chief, does police consulting work from the couple’s home in Parson’s Valley.
The Stones are called back to Charlotte by the new police chief when their friend, Mayor Grady Winslow begins receiving threatening and cryptic notes from someone who has apparently already killed two people.
Arriving back in the city, the couple find they are staying at the plush Belmont Hotel thanks to the owner whose assistant was one of those killed.
As the husband and wife team try to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, they begin to wonder how much their friends have changed. The mayor, it seems, looks more like the killer than his next victim.
Meanwhile, Savannah is learning some new and intriguing information about family members she never knew.
Author Casey Mayes weaves just enough twists and surprises to keep you guessing until the last piece of the puzzle falls in place. But will Savannah figure it out in time to discover the mystery surrounding her own family?
Casey Mayes website is www.caseymayes.com
A Deadly Row by Casey Mayes, A Mystery By The Numbers, Berkley Prime Crime, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-425-23641-3, Paperback, 304 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
THE POSTCARD KILLERS
by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
A killer is targeting young couples all across Europe. The killer is a charming American couple, Sylvia and Mac Randolph, who have a twisted secret besides being murderers.
The killers send a postcard to a newspaper followed by a letter with a photograph of a dead couple and then the police have to locate the bodies. So far the killers have left no clues nor evidence for the police to work with.
The killers arrive in Sweden followed closely by NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon. The detective is on a personal mission since the Randlophs killed his daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend six months earlier in Rome.
In Stockholm the postcard is sent to journalist Dessie Larsson. Dessie reluctantly teams up with Jacob to search for the killers.
The story is told in short, fast-pace paragraphs. Authors Patterson and Marklund take you into the world of bizarre killers, as well as those trying to stop the madness. Just when you believe it’s about over, the rug is pulled out from under you and you start wondering how is that possible. The twists, turns and surprises will hold you captive as you try to figure out who the real POSTCARD KILLERS are.
This was an audio book. Had it been a print book I probably wouldn’t have read it just because so much of the action takes place in Sweden. I would have been lost trying to interpret the language. I would have missed a good story. Listening to the dialect of the three wonderful narrators enhanced the story more for me helping put me in the area where the events were taking place. It also gave the main characters more depth.
James Patterson's website is www.jamespatterson.com
The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, Read by Katherine Kellgren, Eric Singer and Reg Rogers, Hachette Audio, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-60788-382-1. Unabridged, 6 CDS, Approximately 7.5 Hours
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this audio and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.