River Running Backwards A Wintson Radhauser Mystery #9 by Susan Clayton-Goldener

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!

Hell Divers III Deliverance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Captain Jordan is the second commander in this series, following a long line of Captains over the 250 years. The Hive has sustained humanity in the air. Jordan is very different from the previous captain. Jordan is insecure in many ways making him distrustful and controlling.

X, the Hell Diver with over 90 dives, is left behind on the surface of the toxic earth. Life is easier for Jordan without X aboard the Hive. Jordan’s first officer and the woman he’s in love with had been X’s lover. Leaving X for dead helps Jordan get everything he wants.

Micheal Everhart leads the team of Hell Divers to find X. Everyone living in The Hive is distressed by the changes Jordan is forcing on everyone. Civil war breaks out in The Hive.

Jordan is locking adversaries up or leaving Hell Divers on the toxic earth to keep The Hive under his control. Things change when the Hell Divers discover a new and more updated ship, Deliverance. This new ship has AI, which is unique to the Hell Divers. This new AI is changing what humankind believed to be the actual reason for destroying the earth.

Each book is fast moving and exciting. I’m obsessed with this series just like Orbs, another series by this author. Nichols Sansbury Smith is a very detailed and imaginative writer. The vast amount of characters, monsters and mutations keep this a page turner.

Hell Divers IV WOLVES by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Life has changed for all the people living in The Hive. They have an additional ship, Deliverance, which has many perks aside from additional living space. With the help of the AII on deliverance a boat is made to explore the sea for the Metal Islands. The Metal Islands have barbarians living there currently. The ocean is a whole new world. With the help of the AI and a ship made of Metal, some Hell Divers go where no one else has for over 250 years.

New characters, new monsters, and new adventures continue this page-turner series. This series has an evolution of its own. People dye tragically or from diseases. New characters enter the action-packed adventure. All of these changes are well defined. I always make sure I have the current book and the next book ready to jump right in when I finish the crew t book. I love this series.

Hell Divers II. Ghosts. By Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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200 plus Nicholas Sansbury Smith Hell Divers 1 About 250 year after the nuclear apocalypse survivors live in giant flying bubbles. What is a Hell Diver? They dive from that safe bubble to hell on earth to search needed supplies to keeps their home in the air. The vegetation, insects, and monsters that have evolved on earth are so creatively mind blowing. This is the series that shows how they survive. Love it. The sky. It seem each of the seven books shows another threat to human kind. Death is a part of every book. Very inventive enemies that are deadly continually

Hell Divers I by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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200 plus Nicholas Sansbury Smith Hell Divers 1 About 250 year after the nuclear apocalypse survivors live in giant flying bubbles. What is a Hell Diver? They dive from that safe bubble to hell on earth to search needed supplies to keeps their home in the air. The vegetation, insects, and monsters that have evolved on earth are so creatively mind blowing. This is the series that shows how they survive. Love it.

The House Keeper by Natalie Barelli

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Once there was a wealthy girl named Claire. Claire lived in one of the most expensive parts of NYC. A future debutant. Claire has a younger brother. While Claire was enjoying her early teenage years, Claire’s parents hired a nanny from Canada for her younger nine-year-old brother. The nanny only lasted a week.

Claire is 24 and living in a different part of NYC. Her life fell apart. She lost everything. Never getting to be a debutant leaves her very bitter. Claire coincidentally sees the nanny who she is positive is responsible for ruining her life—basically causing her to be a lonely, poor inconsiderate young woman. Claire can’t believe this coincidence. Claire’s mission in life is now to get to this person somehow and force her to reveal what she did to Claire’s family. Claire is positive; this nanny, who is married, wealthy with a baby, has stolen her life. She devises a plan to get the person who destroyed her world to tell the story of what took place during that one week this nanny worked for Claire’s family. The following months after this nanny left were horrid. Claire was sure that nanny told lies, which involved lawyers and the unfortunate death of both parents. The 24-year-old hasn’t moved past what went on when she was 13. Claire is a 24-year-old but viewing the world through 13-year-old eyes.

The characters are well defined. The House Keeper is a stay up all night page-turner. This book has unexpected—surprises throughout the book. I enjoyed The House Keeper.

The Mask by Dean Koontz

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Who are we really? This is a concept explored in The Mask. Who is actually Uber a face. Is there reincarnation. Can a person be haunted. Are mentally ill people more than that.

This is a Jane Doe story. The central character has complete and total amnesia. A girl without any idea how she wound up where she was. Luckily a psychiatrist finds her and works with her to uncover who she is.

The Mask starts out with a story about a young girl from a very long time ago. A little about her short life. Does this have anything to do with Jane Doe? Only the reader knows about this other girl from long ago. It’s a side story.

Jane Doe is sweet but a bit scary sometimes. Weird things start happening around her. Scary weird things. Deep in Jane Does subconscious there are things she needs to do. No one figures this out. The psychiatrists husband is the one who really feels the danger. He puts together something from nothing. Jane Doe has a past. Revenge is her future.

Leaving the husband as the voice of reason was an excellent idea. The psychiatrist trying to help Jane Doe is dooming them all. Very original story. Quick and easy read.

Crooked River by Preston & Child (FBI Special Agent Pendergast #19)

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The Pendergast series is one of my favorite series. You can read the books in any order. Each book is a stand-alone novel. Crooked River finds FBI Special Agent Pendergast

on vacation in Florida with his ward Constance. Another agent is recouping from injuries in another part of Florida. A case washes up on the shores of Florida.

The tide started washing up severed feet. The feet just kept coming. Fortunately for the local sheriff, these two FBI agents are there to take on the case of the severed feet. Pendergast is a very wealthy man. For this reason, he can go beyond the means of a typical special agent. He has unlimited resources, so anything is possible.

Pendergast gets himself in over his head in this one. The ever mysteries ward, Constance, is a significant part of this book. The reader learns a lot about her abilities, but Constance is still a mystery in many ways, as is Pendergast. That’s part of the draw to this series. The reader never knows what hidden surprises lie within each book about the reoccurring characters. They are a series of characters. Overall as a stand-alone book, the reader gets everything they need for this to be a fantastic stand-alone novel. No one reads just one. Preston & Child are an excellent writing team.

Lake of Dreams by Susan Clayton-Goldner. Detective Winston Radhauser book 8 in series.

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Lake of Bad Dreams is a page-turner from the beginning. Detective Winston Radhauser gets a call to an active shooting at Ashland’s Mountain View High school. Radhauser and his partner race there, hoping to stop this nightmare. The shooting is over when the two detectives arrive. Dead, injured and scared teens are what Radhauser and McBride roll up on. The two detectives immediately get control of this Crazy situation the best that they can. Who is the shooter? Everyone wants to know.

Detective Radhauser has been at this job for quite a while. Experience has shown him things are not always what they seem. Radhauser and McBride follow every lead. They do not leave any rock unturned.

The characters are well defined. This book covers a horrible topic. Lake of Dreams takes you away into the town of Ashland immediately. Once you start reading this book, you will get attached to the story, and characters like you’ve always been a part of it. This series does not need to be read in order. Each book is written as an independent novel.

Shallow Graves (Book 1 in the Haunted Book series) by Patrick Logan

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Everyone has a bad day. Robert Watts, the main character, is having a horrible day. Robert finds himself a single parent with absolutely nothing. No job, house, wife, or money.

Is the saying if one door closes, another opens true? Hopefully, it is valid for Robert’s sake. Robert has no choice but to take action on the offer a stranger brings him. Robert must take care of an aunt Ruth. An aunt Robert never knew existed. Aunt Ruth is elderly and in poor health. Robert and his daughter must move into the Harlop Estate to live in and care for Aunt Ruth. When Ruth dies, he gets everything. This is not Robert’s choice, but it is the only option left.

Robert’s duties are full caretaker duties. Robert and his daughter are living in an old mansion that has not

witnessed upkeep in a long time. On top of all these strange things happen. Robert and his daughter Amy realize Ruth is not the only one in this house.

I love haunted house books. Great haunted house books are rare

Shallow Graves is a found treasure. I love it. The plot is unique with well-defined characters.

This as an intense page-turner. I’m looking forward to.future books on this series. People are buried 6 feet under for a reason.