Thursday, June 19, 2014

Double Review - Cop Town & Don't Talk to Strangers

Today I've got two excellent mysteries to review that you may want to add to your beach reading list. 

Summary from Goodreads: Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.

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Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.

Review: I wasn't alive in the 70s, however I imagine that Karin Slaughter's book Cop Town must have been exactly what it was like for female cops in Atlanta. This book takes an unflinching look at the south in the 70s through the eyes of two female police officers trying to solve a mystery. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to other mystery lovers. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Summary from Goodreads: In the woods of Whisper, Georgia, two bodies are found: one recently dead, the other decayed from a decade of exposure to the elements. The sheriff is going to need help to track down an experienced predator--one who abducts girls and holds them for months before ending their lives. Enter ex-FBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street. 

After a few weeks, Keye is finally used to sharing her downtown Atlanta loft with her boyfriend, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser. Along with their pets (his dog, her cat) they seem almost like a family. But when Rauser plunks a few ice cubes in a tumbler and pours a whiskey, Keye tenses. Her addiction recovery is tenuous at best. 

Though reluctant to head out into the country, Keye agrees to assist Sheriff Ken Meltzer. Once in Whisper, where the locals have no love for outsiders, Keye starts to piece together a psychological profile: The killer is someone who stalks and plans and waits. But why does the sociopath hold the victims for so long, and what horrible things must they endure? When a third girl goes missing, Keye races against time to connect the scant bits of evidence. All the while, she cannot shake the chilling feeling: Something dark and disturbing lives in these woods--and it is watching her every move. 

Review: I'm a bit late to the Keye Street series, and Don't Talk to Strangers was the first book I read in this series. Even so, I didn't feel like it hindered my enjoyment of the book. Although, I will definitely be going back to read the first two books. This was an excellent book, it was fast paced and exciting. Keye Street is a very interesting and flawed character, and I look forward to reading more about her in future books! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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