Apr 29, 2016

Book Review: Her Final Breath

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?

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Tracy Crosswhite has gone back to work after answering the questions surrounding her sister's death.  She had been working on a homicide when she went back home which had been put into cold cases.  Unfortunately it doesn't want to stay there as more women are being killed in the same fashion.

In this book, we get to meet Tracy in her natural environment of Seattle WA as she races the clock to discover the murderer before he kills again.  We also get to know her partner, Kins, much better as well as the rest of the crew that she works with.  

I loved reading the first book in this series, MY SISTER'S GRAVE, so I couldn't wait to dive into the next book.  HER FINAL BREATH didn't disappoint me in the least though the plot line of the female detective being the villain's crosshairs has been done so many times.  Mr. Dugoni has such a deft hand with building tension that it all read as new.

I do highly recommend this book and series to any of my readers who enjoy a well written thriller with just a touch of romance.  The characters are really easy to relate too.  Heck they could my neighbors.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Apr 28, 2016


  • Who in their right minds would be put a high school directly across the street from a mental institution.  Especially an institution where they house the criminally insane.  Oh yeah.  And this is the place that two inmates recently escaped from.

  • I adore the scent of lilacs.  Has to be my favorite flower in the world.  This time around the fragrance inspired my muse.  I just happened to have some purple/lilac beads laying on my work table and everything came together.  I just love it when that happened.

  • Went to Gig Harbor on Saturday to spend time playing with ceramics with the Red Hatter's chapter that I belong too.  It was a beautiful day and I have a lot of fun.  Great ladies. 

  • I definitely don't do all the bling that a lot of the ladies wear.  Thought that I would toss in a pic of me complete with red hat ready to play with glazes.
Apr 24, 2016

Book Review: My Sister's Grave

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

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I have always enjoyed thrillers featuring strong women and Detective Tracy Crosswhite is definitely that.  MY SISTER'S GRAVE flashes between the present and her memories of herself and her sister so it's easy to tell that she has always had a lot of inner resolve.  When they finally find Sarah's body, Tracy has the evidence that she needs to start the process of discovering just who the real killer was.

I was very impressed by this book.  The copy that I was given to review was unedited so there were a few errors which I am sure didn't make it into the finished version but they weren't content errors that always drive me insane in a thriller.  And believe me, I was looking for them as this book is set in Washington where I live and I am very familiar with the areas that Mr. Dugoni mentioned.  

I also found the characters to be realistically portrayed with all of their flaws.  The dialogue was sharp, witty and at times humorous.  Oh and let's not forget the Rex and Sherlock, two dogs that make quite the appearance in the story.  

I do recommend MY SISTER'S GRAVE to any of my readers who enjoy a good, tight thriller with several unexpected twists and turns.  You are sure to enjoy this book.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.