2 new books!

Well, I acquired two new books today. I know I mentioned not so long ago that I probably wouldn’t purchase any books any time soon. *grins sheepishly* I couldn’t help myself. I found these two books by author Wayne Hancock and just had to have them. I love reading mysteries and Wayne Hancock happens to be an author I like. I really need to get reading with all these books I have added to my collection. At least I won’t have to worry about running out of stuff to read any time soon…

“Ten” by Gretchen McNeil

This is the latest novel that I’ve finished reading over the weekend. It is similar to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” novel but it deals with teenagers instead of adults. With that comes some teenage angst or teenage drama mixed in with the story. I think this book would be geared more towards the young adult audience who like a good thriller. The story is good but I don’t know if an adult would like sitting through the teenage angst/drama that is mixed in.

Synopsis: It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

I have another book crossed off my list. This was one of those books that was made into a movie and I wanted to make sure I read the book before I watched the movie. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that the end was spoiled for me before I got to finish it. I enjoyed the book very much, just like I did the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie. It just bothers me when someone spoils the ending before I’m finished reading. I don’t normally do that to someone else unless they give me their permission first. Anyway, the book was still great enjoyable. I’m now considering reading some more books from Agatha Christie after reading this and a couple of others.

Synopsis: “The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

“The Bone Keeper” by Luca Veste

I’ve finished another novel and wanted to share it with you. This novel is a stand alone and was a really creepy read. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t see the ending coming. I imagined that the killer was a particular person and it wasn’t who I thought it was. Plus, it seems that the author is trying to throw you a few curve balls to throw you off. But if you’re looking for a crime novel that is really creepy, than this book may be right up your alley.

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth.

And then a body turns up.

“Watching You” by Lisa Jewell

I finished reading another novel. I am very glad I picked this book up at my local bookstore. The book starts off with showing you that someone has been murdered. After that, you meet the characters that live in Meville Heights. Everyone is either watching someone or being watched by someone, leaving you with a creepy feeling. The book will leave you guessing who the murderer is till the very end (make sure you read the epilogue provided at the end of the novel and don’t skip over that part, I can’t explain why or it’ll ruin the book). Anyway, if you want a suspenseful “sit on the edge of your seat” thriller then this is the book for you. I think you’ll be surprised. I sure was!

Synopsis: Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

“Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie

I just recently finished reading this book so now I can write about it. I’ve read some of Agatha Christie’s work before so I know she is a good author to pick up with I’m in the mood for a classic “who done it” novel and this novel definitely fits that bill. I did enjoy this novel even though I was able to guess the ending before we got to it (at least, partially speaking). If you want to know what I mean by that statement, you’ll have to contact me because I don’t want to blast any spoilers out there for anyone who hasn’t read this novel yet and would like to do so. Anyway, if you love a good mystery or a nice murder mystery, you may want to pick up this novel.

Synopsis: A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Author Spotlight

I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about an author by the name of Wayne Hancock and some of the novels he’s written…

“Gotcha!” (A Murder in Warrensburg) was the first book I read. Then I went on to read “Along Came Bill” (Another Murder in Warrensburg) and “The Hard Way” (book 3 in the Gotcha! series). Once I read those, I read “The Vampire Rebellion” (this doesn’t have anything to do with the Gotcha! series). I do have “The Vampire’s Revenge” which is a follow up to the Vampire Rebellion novel but I haven’t gotten to read that book yet. I also have the novel “The Unlikely Predator” but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet either (unfortunately). I also have the novel “Off To War”, which is suppose to be the 4th novel (and the conclusion) in the Gotcha! series but I haven’t read that novel yet either. I know what you’re thinking….I need to get reading and I do plan on reading these books. I just have so many books to read and I just wish I had more time to devote to it. There are other books that this author has written but I haven’t purchased them yet because I want to finish reading the books that I’ve got. His crime novels are perfect for people who like the classic who done it type novels. If you are looking for something more from the fantasy novels then you should take a look at his Vampire’s Rebellion and Vampire’s Revenge novels. If no one has these books in your area, I’ve noticed that you can order them on Amazon. I would check this author out if you haven’t already.