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Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my 3rd time reading this series (whenever a new books comes out I reread the entire series). It's a great action book; nearly every chapter has some kind of fight scene. The authors manage to slip in character and plot development and handle the many subplots with panache. I recommend it.

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Forgotten In Death (In Death #53)Forgotten In Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Back on top

J. D. Robb is back on top. The book before this one was sort of a pot boiler—a superior pot boiler, but still. After reading this one, I want to say “She’s back!”. As this century progresses toward Eve Dallas’s timeline, the books become less of a gritty forecast of what might be and more of a dystopian prediction.
The triple homicide was entertaining as the mystery and the connections between a 30 year old murder and the present killings became apparent.

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Zinnia (St. Helen's, #2)Zinnia by Jayne Castle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the center novel of Jayne Castle’s St. Helen's trilogy, and I confess, I liked both the heroine and hero here much better than the straight arrow hero and prim, self-righteous heroine of book # 1. This time we get a casino owner and a woman who has been painted as a—homewreker.

Series Amaryllis

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When Eight Bells Toll (Black Dagger Crime)When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent Thriller

As is true of many of MacLean’s thrillers this book stands the test of time.
This is one of my favorites by MacLean, chiefly due to the snarky irreverent narration by the Hero Phillip Calvert. Something that is sadly missing from the movie of the same name staring Anthony Hopkins, supposedly based on the book.
The book is chock full of plots, counter plots and red herrings leading to a final encounter in the boat house below Kirksides castle.
As always in a MacLean thriller, good triumphs over evil. Though as Uncle Arthur says, angels probably wouldn’t claim ownership of the agent who achieves the ending.

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