Tag Archives: Mysteries

The Perfect Mother – Aimee Molly

The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

  • Source: Library copy

A group of new mothers plan a fun night out, only to end the night with their worst nightmare come to life. On a 4th of July meant to be about freedom from motherhood, freedom to have fun, Winnie receives a call that her newborn daughter has been abducted.

This book is really more of a look at new motherhood than it is about the missing baby. Although the mystery and conspiracy around the missing baby does drive the story, the characters reveal so much more about the stereotypes and pressures put upon new parents in virtually every aspect of their lives from the personal at home to the not-so-personal in the workplace. I switched back and forth between the book and the audiobook. Both were highly enjoyable and gripping reads. The ending was fairly formulaic and the big reveal felt so cluttered with action and rushed. Otherwise, I liked this book a lot.

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One for the Money – Review

Laid off from her job as a discount lingerie buyer for E.E. Martin’s in New Jersey, Stephanie Plum is hard up for cash and desperate to find a new source of income. The solution? Become a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinny’s bonds company. The high profile case she’s given? To bring in a fugitive/renegade cop accused of murder, who also happens to be the guy who broke her heart twice before. The incredibly dreamy, and sneaky Joe Morelli.

All this turns One for the Money into a really fun read full of twists and crazy characters. And I really mean crazy characters. You have a sadistic boxer, a smart-ass heroine who is clumbsy but still gets the job done, a friendly cop and a lot of people with grudges to bear. I am very happy with the ending and didn’t think it was too cheesy. One thing I really liked about the book was that it was written in 1994, so it was cool to read about the latest technology law enforcement was using at the time. Me being the nerd that I am, would be interested in reading the series and track the technology changes that may or may not make Stephanie’s life as a bounty hunter easier.

A friend of mine devoured all 19 books in the series so far, and has been at me to read at least the first book of the series. Although I really liked this book, I’m not a mysteries/series type of gal. At least not without an intermission of another genre. I figured out I read my genres in groups of three, possible four, before I get bored and move into a different theme. This series has more substance than other mysteries I’ve come across and Stephanie Plum is an incredibly funny and well thought out character, but I don’t think I have the energy to finish the entire series.

One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich
St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1994
ISBN 0312990456
320 pages

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Real Murders – Review

Since I am eternally on a wait list for the 3rd book of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery Series by Charlaine Harris, I decided to switch over to one of her other series. I picked up Real Murders, book one of the Aurora Teagarden mystery books.

First line: “Tonight, I want to tell you about that most fascinating of murder mysteries, the Wallace case,” I told my mirror Enthusiastically.

Review:

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1) Real Murders is set in a small town in Georgia. The heroine, Aurora Teagarden, is the local librarian as well as a member of a unique club called Real Murders. The club meets once a week to discuss famous historical murder cases. One person presents the facts and the rest of the group discusses motive, psychology and validity of the if-rendered guilty verdict. Although the monthly topics seem grim, things aren’t really too horrible until Aurora “Roe” finds one of the club members dead at their meeting hall. Soon someone in the small town starts a murder spree in a copy-cat format of previous, famous killings, while setting up the Real Murders group members as either potential victims or suspects.

I fell in love with Charlaine Harris’ storytelling with the Sookie Stackhouse books, and Real Murders only reinvigorated my joy of her books. Her characters are never too stylized or caricaturish. They are very natural. Even the heroines, Sookie and Aurora, are average women. They have average looks, work average jobs, but somehow find themselves in above average situations. Since this is the first in the series, I think many of the characters were developed just as an introduction, and might be expanded on in more detail in the following books. The writing is sharp and witty. Harris does not use curse words in her work, and this book stayed on the PG-13 side in terms of violent scenes as well as the more romantic scenes. I would feel very comfortable recommending this book to the young adults at the library. This book had a completely different feel from the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I think is a great benefit to the author. Mysteries can become very formulaic after a while, but this series has caught my attention. It helps that the main character is a librarian. I’ve since started looking for mysteries in my hometown, hoping something out of the ordinary would happen, resulting my investigation of clues. No such luck as of yet, but I am keeping my eyes peeled.

FINAL GRADE: A

Real Murders, Aurora Teagarden Myesteries, Book 1
by Charlaine Harris
Berkeley Prime Crime, 1990
ISBN 0425218716
290 pages

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