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Review: Murder In The Air by Marilyn Levinson

14 Jun

Marilyn Levinson

Murder In The Air

A Twin Lakes Mystery, Book 2

Blurb: After the 70-year-old remains of a teenaged boy are uncovered at a Twin Lakes excavation site, Lydia Krause’s elderly neighbor comes to her for advice. Daniel Korman wonders if he should report an old crime or let sleeping dogs lie. Then Daniel is murdered, and Lydia sets out to find his killer. She investigates his boyhood friends and greedy relatives, putting her own life in danger and infuriating her homicide detective lover.

Review: Three reasons why “Murder In The Air” rocks!

1) Lydia Krause is my favorite super sleuth.

There are many things that I love about Lydia Krause. At 59 years old, Lydia has many experiences under her belt. She has experienced the loss of her husband, has ran a successful business, and has received greater responsibility at her current part-time position at Carrington House. Lydia has two daughters, grandchildren, friends, and a little romance in her life.

Lydia has a way of dealing with every person and situation with grace, even when she’s angry. I think that has a lot to do with the wisdom that comes with her age and life experiences. She’s welcoming, charming and these characteristics draw people to her, naturally giving out a trustworthy vibe, which is her most valuable asset when trying to solve a murder.

But Lydia isn’t perfect. In this novel, she struggles with balancing the independent, decisive businesswoman in herself with her romantic relationship with Detective Sol Molina. When a Twin Lakes resident or family member confides in her about the recent murders, Lydia immediately follows the lead, even through she knows Sol won’t be happy about it. Lydia has a strong sense of community and responsibility, and that’s a very refreshing quality.

2) I want to live in Twin Lakes.

Marilyn created a fabulous community full of active residents who each have their own distinct personality. Lydia is open, warm, and charming. Daniel Korman is nice yet very secretive. Sol Molina is a dedicated detective, a protector and a romantic. Barbara is the reliable best friend who never lets Lydia down. Each character is so developed, they come to life, and many times while I was reading, I forgot that Twin Lakes lives only in the novel.

Twin Lakes is such a closely knit community because the residents spend time out of their home, participating in a committee, swimming laps at the pool, at dinner parties, taking in a movie or play, or eating at a restaurant. Besides a cell phone (and not the smart phone kind either), the residents don’t interact with the Internet or social media and I love that. Yes, I like technology, but I like face to face interaction even more.

Twin Lakes, even though it’s a community for older people, is full of drama. Not only do each of the residents have their own personal drama, but because they are older, the family drama spills over, making everything that much more exciting. The best part about this novel is that both murders revolve around Daniel Korman, and no one knows if someone from Daniel’s dysfunctional family or personal past has an itch for murder.

3) Let there be more.

A Murderer Among Us, Marilyn’s first Twin Lakes mystery, was selected as a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine (Check out page 49), and I was thrilled to learn that a sequel was in the works. With many of the residents in their golden years, death is either inevitable or sought after by someone who has something to gain. I hope Marilyn turns Twin Lakes into a long mystery series. I want to know what happens next between Lydia and Sol. I want to know if Barbara’s relationship will bloom. How will the residents like the new putting green? I want to know more! Marilyn Levinson’s writing is impeccable, the plot always leaves me guessing, every chapter is full of developing relationships and juicy drama. Murder In The Air is a phenomenal sequel and a must read.

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White Lace And Promises by Natasha Blackthorne

31 Mar

Natasha Blackthorne

White Laces and Promises

Carte Blanche Series, Book 2

White Lace & Promises is a historical novel that absolutely rocks! I really enjoyed the love Seth and Grey had for each other. Overall, Beth was my favorite character. She is young, beautiful, and had many men in her life. Beth always challenged herself to be a better person, wife, lover and friend. She never gives up on others, especially Grey. Even in the face of people like Dr. Wade and his special promises, Beth stays true to her love for Grey. I really believe that all women can relate to Beth, as our love for the men in our lives is as loyal and strong as hers.

Even though Beth is in love with Grey, my favorite scene is when she stands up to him. She refuses to be pushed aside by him and have him treat her like his previous relationships. She is his wife and will be damned if she allows him to treat her that way. This was my favorite scene because while Beth is in love, she is not blinded by her love. She remains strong and true to herself, making me love her character even more.

White Lace & Promises is very well written and the pacing is great. The novel flows smoothly and is intense at the same time. The intensity comes from Dr. Wade’s promises, and the way he tries to lure Beth away from Grey. However, Natasha does bring closure to each of the characters, giving the book a happy ending that I saw very fitting. Overall, I loved White Lace & Promises. This is an excellently executed sequel to Grey’s Lady.

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