A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

149. Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Detective D.D. Warren, Book #6

Pages: 40
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 22, 2012
First Published: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense, police procedural
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "My name is Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant."

Publisher's Summary: "In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.'s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle.

Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

But as D.D. quickly learns, Charlie Grant doesn't plan on going down without a fight. By her own admission, the girl can outshoot, outfight, and outrun anyone in Boston. Which begs the question, is Charlie the next victim, or the perfect perpetrator? As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlie's friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?

In four days, someone is going to kill me. But the son of a bitch has gotta catch me first."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Penguin Group (Canada).

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Tremendous!  I just can't wait reading a new Lisa Gardner, some are better than others but I've never been disappointed!  This latest volume in the DD Warren series does not disappoint.  First off, little time is spent on DD's personal life but we get enough to know the latest details and how she is adjusting to the new changes in her life.  Fed up with the downtime she is quite excited to get back on a case and while working one, another case finds her.  Of course, it's obvious to any serious crime reader that the two cases will somehow be related to each other which indeed they are, with the first leading to a much larger, more intricate case.  The book alternates between the points of view of both D.D. and her team investigating the crimes and the woman who feels that she is the target of a murder.  This woman, Charlie Grant,comes across as determined, full of fight and an equal in personality as to how we're used to finding DD herself.  A great thriller with many twists and turns.  Some interesting people become suspects and knowing who can be trusted is an open question.  I sped read this one to the end and am glad to say I am all caught up with this series now!  Looking forward to a book next year, Ms. Gardner!


  1. I'm really excited about getting to #4 and thrilled to see that you loved #6! :) Have you read any of her other books outside of this series? I know there's another series (have a few) and some standalone books (unsure if I have any of these).

  2. Joy, I just love DD! I haven't always liked the personal choices she makes, but she grows as a character throughout the series and at this point I'm pretty happy with where she is. Plus they're great mysteries!

    I've only read one book from the Quincy series and that was the last one so far. It's been a long time but I think it was my first book by her and got me reading the others.

    Her standalones are all old Silhouette romances written under a pseudonym or perhaps that's her real name. Not my type of thing at all!