Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Girl in Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy

Murder / Mystery / Suspense
Date Published: July 2014

R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business. Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself. Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston. While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2. This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back.

The Girl in Black Pajamas is available in both print and ebook format. 

The Girl in Black Pajamas  #2The Girl in Black Pajamas #2 by Chris Birdy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around sazzy detective Bogie and his partner Rose Jones. When R and B investigations is at risk with their employee who gets attacked, and a hacker who tries to break their network, the two strive to seek to find the culprit. Bogie is having a nightmarish personal life, with a nearly dissolved family. His daughter Isabella becomes the pawn in the nasty issue. Rose has troubles of her own, including having to approach her convicted uncle for help. Do the two manage to overcome all obstacles and manage to resolve all problems, is what the book takes us through.

This was a fast-paced and fun mystery novel, being the second in the Bogie McGruder series. The narrative was engaging. I admired the little Isabella's resilience a lot and found her very inspiring and endearing.

This was an enjoyable read and highly recommended.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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About the author

Chris Birdy is an award-winning author of the Mystery/Suspense Pajama Series. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner

Tranquility belies its name. Behind the nursing home's serene exterior hides a sinister secret.
Soon after transferring to Tranquility's dementia unit, support worker Sarah Scott suspects a co-worker of abuse. Doing the right thing could mean losing her job, and unemployment is not an option for the young, single mom.
Meanwhile, Sarah questions whether her newest resident, Edie, belongs in the locked unit. The feisty, Scottish woman certainly doesn't act as though she has dementia. Sarah is determined to have Edie released, but her plans are thwarted when Edie risks her own freedom to help find the proof needed to stop the abuse.

Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Suppor worker Sarah takes charge of a nursing home's dementia unit, little knowing that there is a lot more than she bargained for, behind the doors of the unit. While she tries to adjust to life there and get to know her inmates, Edie gets her attention. Intrigued by Edie's ruthless speech and roughened demeanour, Sarah tries to get to know Edie. As she spends more time with Edie, Sarah is more and more convinced that Edie is not demented. When sinister things need to be solved, an unlikely friendship forges between Edie and Sarah, helping them try and uncover the mystery. Do they manage to unravel the dark nature of things in the nursing home, is what the book takes us through.

The plot flows briskly, and the narrative is well handled. It would have been much easier to empathise with Sarah and Edie if there had been more about their characterisation. However, the storyline was still engaging.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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About the author

Laurie grew up on a farm in a small Northern Ontario community in Canada. She left home at seventeen to experience life in the city and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband of twenty-seven years.
Raising three kids, teaching fitness and operating a home daycare left little time for writing, but she did have some poetry published in various anthologies over the years. In 1997, her short story “Til Death Do Us Part” placed first in the Cambridge Writers Collective anthology.
At the age of forty, Laurie went back to school and began a new career as a personal support worker. Though she ended up working in homecare, it was a placement in the dementia unit of a long-term care facility that inspired her to write her first novel, Tranquility.
Laurie is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Program through the local community college and is working on her second novel.
Twitter: @lauriegardiner1

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