Crime and Coffee Time

  • Cover of The Murder Inn by James Patterson

    The Murder Inn-James Patterson and Candice Fox

    Although it’s been a while since we’ve caught up with those quirky, unpredictable yet lovable characters at The Inn by the Sea, it didn’t take long to get reacquainted. I couldn’t help connecting with this collection of misfits who have somehow managed to find hope, new beginnings and a refuge at the Inn.

    In The Murder Inn, the residents’ peaceful lives are disrupted by a fleeing mother, missing friends and a widow’s life crisis. Of course, ex-cop Bill, former FBI agent Susan, Sherrif Clay and army veteran Nick step up and helpeven though it puts lives and the Inn at risk.

    The sub-plots in the novel are cleverly woven together and help create a fast-paced, action-packed (almost Reacher-esque at times), suspenseful novel. There are some great gut-gripping and heart-hugging moments.

    The Murder Inn is an easy and enjoyable read. The good news?  It looks like we could be getting another invitation to visit the Inn and our favourite characters in the future.

    I can’t wait.

  • 12 Steps to a Long and Fulfilling Death by Sarah Smith


    One look at the book cover, title and first sentence and I was hooked. I knew I was in for a different kind of read. In 12 STEPS TO A LONG AND FULLFILLING DEATH, Sarah Smith has included all the elements I lovea murder mystery, unexpected twists, and a cast of suspects with plenty of motives. However, I wasn’t expecting murder victim and now ghost, Stacey, to be investigating her own death alongside Detectives Beaufontaine and Garafino. (All three did a better job identifying the killer than I did.)

    Once Stacey gets used to her new supernatural abilities, she spends her time eavesdropping and following those closest to her in an effort to solve her own death. I found Sarah Smith’s debut novel to be both intriguing and an easy, entertaining read—perfect to pack for a holiday.

  • Cover of Zero Days by Ruth Ware

    ZERO DAYS – Ruth Ware

    Zero Days gripped me from the first paragraph—the tension and suspense intensifying with every page. The story is fast-paced and unrelenting as Jack attempts to find a killer and prove her innocence while racing the clock to prevent a world-wide catastrophe.

    Ruth Ware has masterfully created characters the reader can relate to. I really connected with Jack’s character —I experienced her pain and grief, her outrage when accused of murder, her desperate search for answers to clear her name and her dogged persistence in overcoming obstacles.  There were, however, a couple of times when I questioned Jack’s ability to continue with some of the injuries she’d sustained, but these were overshadowed by the numerous surprises that caught me off-guard. I love a thriller that keeps you wanting to read.

    This is the first of Ruth Ware’s books I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. If you too love a thriller that is impossible to put down until it’s finished, you will love Zero Days.