The Execution by Dick Wolf Review

The Execution by Dick Wolf


I got this book from Goodreads First Reads. I love Dick Wolf’s television shows like Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Law & Order as well as it’s spin-off shows. I wasn’t totally sure if he could actually be a good author though, some tv writers would not make good book authors. Dick Wolf is one who can write one heck of a book! The Execution was one of the best books I’ve read to date. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first Jeremy Fisk novel, The Intercept, yet but I look forward to reading it and any other books Mr. Wolf writes.

Jeremy Fisk is an American NYPD Detective who, after 13 beheaded bodies are found, is forced to work with a Mexican Detective Cecilia Garza. In the beginning the two butt heads but in time learn to work together.

Detective Garza is on the hunt in Mexico for a man known as Chuparosa, and is always a step behind. She doesn’t even know what he looks like, but she knows he’s leaving headless bodies in his wake and he’s killing anyone who knows him, including his own family members. Once again, just steps behind Chuparosa, Detective Garza is forced to put the hunt on hold as she protects Mexican President Umbarto Vargas on his trip to America for the United Nations Week. Or so she thinks!

Both detectives believe Chuparosa is in America to kill Mexican President Vargas, little do they know he is after the man who kidnapped and later killed Detective Garza’s mother and sister. Can Garza stop herself from killing the man who stole her family? Can Fisk stop from killing the man who murdered his girlfriend?

Read this book for a face paced book that is well worth the read. If you like Law & Order, Chicago Fire or Chicago PD then you will love this book! A thriller that will keep you turning the pages unable to put the book down.


Game Book 1 of The Game Trilogy by Anders De La Motte Review

Game by Anders De La Motte

I got this book from Goodreads First Reads. This book was different from any other book I’ve read, but in a good way, a new type of thriller/ mystery that hooks you and keeps you reading. When I first started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, yet by the time the first chapter was done, I was hooked into the story and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. There was a mistake on page 34 where they call it the “Duracell bunny” when it’s supposed to be the “Energizer bunny” but other than that, this book is well written and makes for a very good read.
I’ve not found a book with this story line and being the first book in a trilogy, I can’t wait to read the other two! When you start reading this book it will hook you and the ability to put it down gets harder because you want to know what’s going to happen next.
The mix of things happening from Henrik “HP” Pettersson’s point of view and Rebecca “Becca” Normen’s point of view is what makes this book hook you. You want to see what’s going to happen between the two characters and by the time you get to the next characters part there is more exciting things happening with the other one and you just keep turning pages and the next thing you know, you are done with the book!
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thriller, mystery or different styles of books. I can’t wait to read the next two in this trilogy!

Exes In My IPOD by Lisa M. Mattson Review

I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads contest. I don’t know if Lisa meant for her book to be an inspiration to other women when she wrote this book, but I feel that that is exactly what this book is and can be to the women who read it. Single ladies as well as Married ladies need to Read This Book! In some way, every woman could relate to at least 1 of the relationships that Lisa writes about.

When I found out I’d won this book, I found that it was one I could not get out of my head. While I was waiting for the book to come I began to wonder if the book would be a good read, I mean how good could a book about exes be? I so love it when a book turns out to be 1000 times better than I thought it would be!

There are some sassy attitudes and humor mixed in and it made the book easy to read. I actually found myself laughing out loud so I had to read the paragraph to my husband so he knew why I was laughing. The part was “That is when I decided Fernando was an alien.” You’ve got to read this book, and his chapter, to get the real humor in that sentence.

In life, sometimes we find ourselves settling for men that are less than we truly deserve just so we aren’t alone. Some women are lucky enough to find their soul mate in high school, get married and grow old with them.  The rest of us can find ourselves in this book at least once.

Thank you Lisa for a great book and the inspiration to not settle and to reach for my dream job. This book is a MUST READ for every woman!

Along Came Trouble by Erin Kern Review

I got this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner.  While I had trouble sticking to this book, I enjoyed the story line.  I constantly found myself skipping the parts between character conversation.  I found it a little dull and long causing me to skip it altogether in areas.  That being said, I did find the characters interesting and towards the end I found myself actually smiling.

When photographer Elisa is hired to take pictures of food for a local restaurant, she finds herself falling for the man who hired her.  Brody is a man scared by divorce, sees himself as damaged goods.  However, when he sees the woman who is taking photos for his restaurant, he finds himself not only physically attracted to her but falling for her too.

Brody’s choice to let his past prevent him from having a future could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly loved.  Elisa can’t get Brody to admit his feelings for her so she follows her dreams and takes a photography gig in South Africa.

Is the love these two share strong enough to convince Brody to take a chance?  Was it just a fling or will Brody finally tell Elisa how he really feels about her?


The Disease by George Hamilton Review

I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner.  An amazing read that I thoroughly enjoyed, reading it cover to cover in one sitting! If you like mystery/ Suspense type books, I think you will love this book.  The Disease is well written, with characters that make you feel like you are reading a true story.  I really liked that Mr. Hamilton touched on how a mother and daughter can have their differences and the mother still love her daughter enough to risk her own life to protect her daughter.  I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this Author.

Dr. Ludwilla Toropov is a doctor who treats patients during a world wide outbreak of the deadly Philippine Haemorrhagic Fever.  Her Government has found a vaccine that, due to low production and a fire, is rationed out and doctors must follow a list of who gets the vaccine and when.  The death toll rises by staggering numbers while waiting for more vaccine, so Ludwilla’s daughter Olga, and her group of rebels want to get a vial of the vaccine and smuggle it out of the country in search of a country that will make a synthetic version and mass produce it to save more lives.

Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Ludwilla herself smuggles a vial to her American friend to see if they can mass produce it.  In doing so, she has placed herself and everyone she knows in danger.  Nothing is as it seems and someone close to them is betraying their trust.  Twists and turns abound in this book and will leave you guessing to the shocking end.

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore Review

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore

I’ve always loved this story, it’s one just about every adult knows from their childhood.  I really enjoyed the illustrations that are by Elena Almazova & Vitaly Shvarov.  I thought they were very cute!  I would recommend this book to every parent, grandparent, and person who enjoys Christmas stories.  I also think this is the perfect book to make your Christmas Eve traditional read before the children go to  bed.

Next Christmas Will Be Different by Pauline Barclay Review

Next Christmas Will Be Different by Pauline Barclay


This is a sweet, short story that warms the heart!  It’s about a mother, who’s seven grown children and their children continue a family tradition even though they keep saying it will be different next year.  The kids keep saying one of them will host the festivities next year instead of the usual tradition.  While this book is not overly religious, there is mention of prayer a few times.

I enjoyed this short story and I would recommend this short story to anyone who loves their family traditions at the holidays, as well as short Christmas stories.  I thought this book was well written and an over all good read.

We have a tradition in our home that was started when I was little, we each get to open one gift Christmas Eve night after dinner.  It was fun to get a little taste of what was to come the next morning!  What are some of your families traditions from when you were a child that you now do with your own family?