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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hot Off the Press: June 30th Releases

June 30th

TITLEAUTHORSERIESGENRE
A Batter of Life and DeathEllie Alexander A Bakeshop Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Her Hometown HeroMelody AnneUnexpected Heroes #2Contemporary Romance
Ride SteadyKristen AshleyChaos #3Contemporary Romance
Death in BrittanyJean-Luc BannalecCommissioner Dupin #1Mystery
The Scent of LavenderMargot S. Baumann, Alison LaylandWomen's Fiction
WeightlessSarah BannanYA
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & GoliathIshbelle BeeThe Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1Fantasy
Ascendance: Dave vs. the MonstersJohn BirminghamDavid Hooper #3UF
Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max (Redacted)J. L. BourneChronicles of Max #1Fiction/Dystopian
Working for BigfootJim ButcherStories from the Dresden Files UF
Hard RideOpal Carew Ready to Ride #4Contemporary Romance
A New HopeRobyn Carr Thunder Point #8Contemporary Romance
Summer with My SistersHolly ChamberlinWomen's Fiction
Neighbors with BenefitsMarissa Clarke Anderson Brothers #2Contemporary Romance
Scam ChowderMaya Corrigan A Five-Ingredient Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
InsiderOlivia Cunning Exodus End #1Contemporary Romance
Prize of NightBailey CunninghamParallel Parks #3UF
Run You DownJulia Dahl Rebekah Roberts #2Mystery
Exit StrategyLena DiazEXIT Inc. #1Romantic Suspense
Supervillains AnonymousLexie DunneSuperheroes Anonymous #2Sci-Fi
LinesmanS. K. DunstallLinesman #1Sci-Fi
Follow You HomeMark EdwardsThriller
Put Up Your DukeMegan Frampton Dukes Behaving Badly #2Historical Romance
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sacraments of FireDavid R. George IIINext Generation/Deep Space NineSci-Fi
When You're BackAbbi Glines Rosemary Beach #12NA
The SilencedHeather GrahamKrewe of Hunters #15Mystery
Soul ScorchedDonna GrantDark Kings 6PNR
Soul Scorched: Part 4 of 4Donna GrantDark Kings 6.4PNR
The Undying LegionClay Griffith & Susan GriffithCrown & Key #2Sci-Fi/Steampunk
SEAL's CodeSharon Hamilton Seal Brotherhood #10Romantic Suspense
Heat of the MomentLori HandelandSisters of the Craft #2PNR
The Longest Yard SaleSherry HarrisSarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Violent ThingsCallie HartChaos & Ruin #1Contemporary Romance
A Duke But No GentlemanAlexandra Hawkins Masters of Seduction #1Historical Romance
The Hollow QueenElizabeth HaydonSymphony of Ages #8Fantasy
The Dragons of HeavenAlyc HelmsDragons of Heaven #1Fantasy
Brothers in ValorH. Paul HonsingerMan of War #3Sci-Fi
Luck of the IrishSara HumphreysLeprechaun's Gold #1PNR
Burned by DarknessAlexandra Ivy Dragons of Eternity #1PNR
Hidden HuntressDanielle L. JensenThe Malediction Trilogy #2YA/Fantasy
SpurredCat JohnsonStuds in Spurs #8Contemporary Romance
Hard to Let GoLaura Kaye Hard Ink #4Romantic Suspense
How To Marry a Royal HighlanderVanessa Kelly The Renegade Royals #4Historical Romance
The Devil Wears SpursSoraya Lane Texas Kings #1Contemporary Romance
Wolf with BenefitsShelly LaurenstonPride #8PNR
Minutes to KillMelinda Leigh Scarlet Falls #2Romantic Suspense
Death by TiaraLaura Levine A Jaine Austen Mystery #13Mystery
Artemis InvadedJane LindskoldArtemis Awakening #2Sci-Fi
The Perfect BargainJulia London How to Marry a Highlander #1Contemporary Romance
In The Spinster's BedSally MacKenzieSpinster House #0.5Historical Romance
Little GirlsRonald MalfiHorror
Kiss MeSusan Mallery Fool's Gold #17Contemporary Romance
Weird Space: The Baba YagaUna McCormack, Eric BrownSci-Fi
In Plain SightFern Michaels Sisterhood #25Mystery
Above It AllCindy MyersWomen's Fiction
First LightLinda NagataThe Red #1Sci-Fi
What Doesn't Kill HerCarla NortonReeve LeClaire #2Thriller
Death At Tammany Hallharles O'BrienGilded Age Mystery #3Mystery
ShadowshaperDaniel José OlderYA
The Map of ChaosFélix J. PalmaTrilogía Victoriana #3Sci-Fi/Steampunk
The Witch of Bourbon StreetSuzanne Palmieri Women's Fiction
All Dressed Up and No Place to HauntRose PresseyA Haunted Vintage Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Searching for AlwaysJennifer Probst Searching For #4Contemporary Romance
Bones on Ice: A NovellaKathy Reichs Temperance Brennan #17.5Mystery
Can't Fight This FeelingChristie RidgwayCabin Fever #3Contemporary Romance
To Stand or FallJohn ScalziOld Man's War #6.4Sci-Fi
Second Chance SummerJill Shalvis Cedar Ridge #1Contemporary Romance
The English SpyDaniel SilvaGabriel Allon #15Thriller
Ghost FleetP. W. Singer & August ColeA Novel of the Next World WarSci-Fi
Angel LoverTricia SkinnerAngel Assassins #2UF
Power PlayTiffany Snow Risky Business #1Contemporary Romance
The MaskTaylor StevensVanessa Michael Munroe #5Mystery
StormAmanda SunPaper Gods #3YA
The Insider ThreatBrad Taylor Pike Logan #8Thriller
Redemption BayRaeAnne Thayne Haven Point #2Contemporary Romance
Murder, D.C.Neely Tucker Sully Carter #2Mystery
The Philosopher KingsJo WaltonThessaly #2Fantasy
The Dark Arts of BloodFreda WarringtonBlood Wine #4Fantasy/Vampires
Falling for JuneRyan WinfieldWomen's Fiction

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Audiobook Review: Triptych by Karin Slaughter


Title: Triptych
Author: Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: Will Trent, book 1
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Books on Tape
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
In the city of Atlanta, women are dying—at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.
Lately I’ve been in a weird reading/listening mood. I’m not enjoying the genres I used to enjoy or the authors I used to love. For that reason, everyday I’m in search of something new, trying to discover what is what I like now. During that search I came along Triptych, first book in the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter. One of the things that made me decide to listen to this audiobook was that Michael Kramer narrated it. Kramer is one of the first narrators I ever listen and I can almost say that thanks to him I felt in love with audiobooks. When I see his name on an audiobook I can trust is going to be good.

Slaughter is a very smart writer. She makes you believe something to then open a different door to show you what you thought was wrong. I love when authors can keep me on my toes wondering what is coming next -and lucky for me- Slaughter is one of those authors.

I have a soft spot for flawed characters and that is just what I found in Triptych. I loved that Will Trent is dyslexic and that despite his disability he has had an excellent career as an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
I’m not sure what to think about Angie Polaski, the vice cop, childhood friend and on and off girlfriend of Trent. After finishing this book I’m still on the fence in regards to her.
One character that I really liked and broke my heart was the ex-con John Shelly. I liked that despite everything that happened to him he was still somewhat innocent.
I can’t say much about detective Michael Ormewood or the story itself without giving spoilers away and this is a mystery where every single detail should be discovered by the reader/listener. The only thing I can say is that I was completely engrossed by the story from beginning to end. I devoured this audiobook in a day and as soon as I finished it I bought second book in the series, Fracture, which I already listened and loved.

As I was expecting, Michael Kramer does an excellent job with the narration, he brings to life the characters and infuses the narration with all the mystery and darkness of the story.

Triptych is not for the faint of heart, it’s disturbing, chilling, suspenseful and very dark and I loved every single second of it.

I recommend this audiobook to mystery and thriller fans or to anyone who wants to listen to an addictive-disturbing-psychological-awesome book.

My Story Verdict: 5 Paws
My Narration Verdict: 5 Paws
My Overall Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Triptych
Fractured
Undone
Broken
Fallen
Snatched (Novella)
Criminal
Busted (Novella)
Unseen

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