Framing the Dialogue

Archive for August, 2017

Use of Force

It’s hard to believe that Use of Force is the SEVENTEENTH in the Scot Harvath thriller series!  And I’ve enjoyed every one of them. Harvath is still chasing terrorists and when a series of vicious attacks across the world is carried out, Harvath goes into overdrive to try to stop more from happening.  When the investigation has them confront a very old organized crime entity, the weapons and targets are getting very sophisticated as death tolls rise.


In Unleashed we meet Sydney Rye, an out of work woman who decides to adopt a rather large dog name Blue at the point in her life when she can probably least afford it.  Things seem to turn around as a job as a dog walker almost literally falls in her lap.  While this doesn’t sound like much of a career, it can be lucrative in New York City.  Author Emily Kimelman doesn’t let her protagonist enjoy her new career very long as blue discovers something disturbing behind some dumpsters during a late-night walk.

Point of Control

“It was her first realization that she was different from other kids. Eventually, she learned not to be violent. If you hit, you sit—in the principal’s office, grounded in her room at home, or in jail. Confinement was the worse consequence of all.”

In Point of Control, FBI agent Andra Bailey is tasked with finding two missing scientists.  Bailey has a rather short leash when a third scientist disappears.  Her sociopathic ways make her perfect for this job as she tends to look at the world with unfeeling logic.  There doesn’t seem to be any connection to the scientist…even their specialties seem different.  Bailey senses that something really big is afoot and races to solve the crime.

Truly Dead

Truly Dead is the fourth in the Elise Sandburg mystery series.  Elise and her partner, David Gould, were fired from the Savannah, Georgia Police Department and started their own consulting/investigative partnership.  They have achieved some national fame as they helped solve a case in Chicago.  When they return home, however, a grisly find at a house reconstruction project pull them back into the dark underworld of Savannah.  Elise reluctantly joins the police to find a killer, one who was supposed to have died many years ago.  Participating in this investigation puts all of her family at risk and makes her start to face the demons in her past.

The Book Club Murders

“Odd, he thought, how the kudzu, honeysuckle, and junk trees remained thick and green down in this humid microclimate, screening the trail from casual observers despite the fact that it was mid-November. He wondered if the murderer had deliberately chosen the most desolate, putrid setting available for the staging of this cruel tableau.”

In the The Book Club Murders, we are introduced to the Agathas Book Club which is primarily composed of very wealthy, influential, and controlling women, most of them in the twilight of their lives.  Charley Carpenter has joined the club at the behest of a friend, but she and some others don’t feel like they “belong”.

Never Steal a Cockatiel

The hook for me was the fact that Never Steal a Cockatiel was set in a small town near where I grew up.  Turns out that this really didn’t add much to the story for me other than some familiarity of the names.  Author Edie Claire intertwined a murder mystery with the theft of pets for ransom in this small town.  This was the ninth of the Leigh Koslow Mystery Series and I found it to be a “tame” murder mystery.  That’s not a knock, it just doesn’t have a lot of action and even better…gory details.  It is a good thing to not be hit in the face with grisly details from time to time.