Let’s Fake a Deal & Claws of Action

I received digital copies of both of these titles for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Growing up on military bases, Let’s Fake a  Deal, with its military life based theme appealed to me.  Sarah is a former military spouse, who still lives close to the base and is somewhat entwined with military life through being in contact with military spouses and through volunteer work.  She is currently supporting herself by running a yard/tag sale business.  She finds herself in a spot of trouble when it turns out she is selling stolen goods at a yard sale and the people who hired her have disappeared.  This is the 7th in the series, so I am sure that I was missing quite a bit of the back story of Sarah, her brother and the other recurring characters.  Fun cute cozy with an interesting theme. 

Claws of Action is the fourth in the Cat Lady Mystery series.  The series is centered around a cat shelter ran by Lara and her Aunt Fran.  In this installment, the shelter is under attack by a particularly vicious health inspector, who is trying to close them down.  When the health inspector ends up dead, there are plenty of suspects to go around.  In between caring for her feline charges, Lara investigates the crime, and the more she learns about Evonda Fray, it seems the more suspects she has.  Good mystery read especially for fans of animal themed cozies.  









Sirens by Joseph Knox


This was one of this month’s reads over at the English Kindle Mystery Club on Goodreads.  I will say that I waited and picked it up from the library rather than purchasing it mainly because the blurb really didn’t sound like my thing, I didn’t expect to like this.

Aiden Waits is a disgraced detective, caught breaking the rules one too many times and now he has been put into a corner where accepting the assignment of infiltrating a criminal organization undercover is really his only option.  Whilst on his undercover operation, an MP with a missing daughter decides to throw his weight around and say, “You know while you’re undercover with no back up in this incredibly dangerous situation could you just check on my runaway daughter who is hanging out with the gangsters?  You know, in your spare time.”  This sets up  the avalanche of tragic and dangerous events that follow.

This was really a great read.  I finished it in one sitting.  There are some really well drawn characters here.  The sense of place and the dismal nature of thug life along with the feelings of being entrapped within it are portrayed clearly.  There is a feeling of menace and inevitableness hanging over the story.  Aiden is a complex man and detective and it will be interesting to watch him over the course of further books. I am really happy this was picked by the club because it is not a book I would ever have picked on my own from the description!