Book Review: Damage Control by J. A. Jance

Book Review: Damage Control by J. A. Jance

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Another super mystery novel by author J. A. Jance. As per all the other works in this series, this Sheriff Joanna Brady novel of suspense does not disappoint.
It’s been awhile since I picked up one of her books and I had forgotten just how excellent and fast paced they are. Damage Control is layered in plot and character development. The two main storylines twist and turn, leaving you breathless as they conclude. Jance explores levels of grief and loss in this particular one and moved me to tears with her description. A really powerful novel.
If you like anything about the southwestern United States, and you are an action mystery lover, this book is for you.
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V. L. Murray

Damage Control is available on Amazon and where good books are sold.

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Product Details
Series: Joanna Brady Mysteries (Book 13)
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060746785
ISBN-13: 978-0060746780
Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#2321 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals
#4822 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Women Sleuths
#7908 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Suspense

Back Cover:

At first glance, it appears to be an accident . . .

A car carrying an elderly couple goes off the side of a mountain and tumbles into oblivion on a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument. A note pulled from the twisted wreckage suggests the tragedy may have been a double suicide—but an autopsy later suggests something different. A deadly fire and a fatal home invasion may or may not have some connection to the terrible crash. And miles away in the desert, a savage rain has revealed something grisly and terrifying: two trash bags filled with human remains.

It’s just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady, who must somehow balance the rigors of police work with a newborn, a teenager, a writer-husband, and a difficult mother. But Joanna will not allow murder to go unpunished in her jurisdiction—even if her path to the truth is twisting and dangerous . . . and leads to shocking revelations about those entrusted with caring for the helpless.

I think I will go back and read the rest again. Just love her work!

V. L. Murray

 

 

Book Review: Blood in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope

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Blood in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope
#5 in the Cotswold Mysteries series

 

ISBN 978-0-7490-0730-0
Published by Allison & Busby Limited
London, W1T 4EJ
http://www.allisonandbusby.com
2008

 

 

Five stars all the way *****

I found this book in our complex library and I must say it was a great read! Although the first chapter seemed to drag a little, I persisted and soon the plot action picked up. The main characters—of this book and the series–are Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis and his ladyfriend, Thea Osborne, who has taken a temporary job house sitting in the quaint village of Temple Guiting. Along for the ride is Hepzibah, Thea’s cocker spaniel, plus a few miscellaneous critters, including horses, fish and a python, all of whom are part of the house sitting gig.
Most of the characters are introduced pretty quickly in the story. There are plenty of quirky locals to satisfy the reader’s interest, plus some connections to the Knights Templar and dead Saints who have died in very weird ways.
Within 24 hours, what was supposed to be a holiday for DS Hollis and Thea, turns into a physical nightmare for both of them, when Phil puts his back out during a romantic interlude in a feather bed. As I lie here with my own back in spasm—mine from heaving furniture around– I can totally relate to everything poor Phil endured. Especially his criticism of the soft feather mattress that certainly didn’t help the problem. He referred to it as “lethal” and I would have done the same.
The agonizing trip in Thea’s car to the hospital, the next day, ends with Phil being told he must stay still and let his “slipped disc” heal, a process which might take as long as three months. So he will have to take some serious time off work. He is not amused. By this time we have also learned Thea is less than sympathetic and not a good nurse. Poor Phil would rather be solving murders than lying around in pain feeling rotten and sorry for himself. Thea suggests he try to see the humour in the situation. Her suggestion is answered with a snarl. (I can certainly relate.)
Thankfully, the universe steps in and a strange event involving a fallen tree uncovers a skeleton entangled within its roots. DS Hollis cannot let the officer in charge of the discovery proceed without his involvement, and so the mystery begins. Who is this person? What happened to them?And how did they get there?
What follows is a complicated, entertaining search for the truth. Phil’s back takes a series of turns for the better and then the worse. I cringed along with him.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. They are available on Kindle, so I will probably pursue the e book venue; that way when one runs out, I’ll have the rest waiting.
Highly recommended. Lots of fun. Written in the British punctuation style. Plus a few words in there I had never heard before. Love it when that happens.
Enjoy!
V.L. Murray

 

Against All Odds—What’s Our REAL Chance of Becoming a Successful Author?

Wonderful advice for anyone who wants to write successfully.

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Many of you were here for last week’s discussion regarding What Makes a Real Writer? When we decide to become professional writers, we have a lot of work ahead of us and sadly, most will not make the cut.

I know it’s a grossly inaccurate movie, but I love G.I. Jane. I recall a scene during Hell Week (the first evolution of S.E.A.L. training) where Master Chief has everyone doing butterfly kicks in the rain. He yells at the recruits to look to their left and look to their right, that statistically, those people will quit.

Who will be the first to ring that bell? Who will be the first to quit?

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Years ago, one of my mentors mentioned The 5% Rule. What’s The 5% Rule? So happy you asked. Statistically, only 5% of the population is…

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Announcing the release of my book trailer for A Hallowe’en Tale

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I just spent the last week working on a book trailer for my e short story A Hallowe’en Tale which was released in October of 2012. It was a fun experience. I used the moviemaker app on my iPad.
Here’s the youtube link to the little film. I hope you enjoy it!

Lynne

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False Pretences.  Annabelle runs away from school into the arms of a charismatic gentleman…but can she trust him to help her?

Far Beyond Rubies  When their eyes first meet, Gervaise’s soul recognises Juliana’s and from that moment on, their destinies become inevitably entwined.

Sunday’s Child  If Major Tarrant expects Sunday’s Child, a Regency lady, to be a ‘bread and butter’ Miss he will be surprised.

Tangled Love  The throne has been usurped by James II’s daughter and son-in-law, Mary and William of Orange. In 1693, loyal to his oath of…

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Interview with Susan Davis, content editor for “Huntin'”

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N&R: Hi Susan! Thank you for doing such a great job helping me to get this story up and running! I wanted to ask you a couple of questions concerning editing.

How did you get started in the editing world?

SD:My start was editing for members in a couple of my critique groups. I loved it…and there was one who believed in pointing out the strengths as well as the weak areas in the story. It was exactly what encouraged and motivated me to write.

It turns out to be what I love to do for the authors I work with at Muse It Up Publishing.
N&R: Was this a long time interest?

SD: English and composition has been a long time interest of mine, since high school years. It was my favorite subject and I wrote a number of books/stories during those very early years.

N&R:  Do you also write? If so what have you written?

SD: I’ve written a couple young adult novels (haven’t published any), and under a pseudonym I have a number of erotic romance novels, novellas, and short stories published through Muse It HOT an imprint of Muse It Up Publishing.

N&R:  What is the difference between content editing and line editing?

SD: Commas *LOL* Just kidding – content editing focuses on point of view discrepancies, subject matter making sense to the plot and the characters, validating facts and locations if necessary – actions and dialogue/style/voice staying in agreement/alignment with characters.

Line editing is a very important second set of eyes, checking for grammatical errors, spelling, and punctuation. In other words, they’ll polish it all to a gorgeous shiny finish: )

N&R:  What kind of advice would you give a newbie editor?

SD: Make sure to point out an author’s story strengths as well as the weak areas. It is hard work writing a story and in essence can be like baring a soul…sometimes it doesn’t take much to crush a writer’s spirit. Be an editor easy to work with by explaining your suggested changes, and also be the editor that you’d like to have editing your work: )

Thank you Susan. Wise words indeed. Once again I appreciate all the work you did on my story. I’m looking forward to working again with you in the future.

Lynne