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.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

No Way Out by Alan Jacobson

No Way Out by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Open Road Media
first published 2013
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Karen Vail (#5)

It took me a while to get into this book as it's not a typical Karen Vail serial killer thriller. Two themes run through the book which I usually am not interested in reading; first a conspiracy theory and secondly terrorists. Karen is sent off to England for consultation but quickly finds herself being told of a stolen manuscript and the reason? one of the many who really wrote the Shakespeare plays conspiracy theories. This part bored me to tears but Karen's sarcastic personality and annoyance with British parlance kept me going. The plot quickly turns to terrorists, arms dealers, Arab terrorist cells and black ops with Karen in the middle of it all. I'm not into terrorist plots or political thrillers so was slow to warm up to the book. But have to admit that once the chase starts I got caught up in the action. Hector DeSantos, a black ops agent returns from a previous book and the relationship between he and Vail is dynamic and full of witty repartee. The book's an adrenaline rush with Vail and the black ops team either chasing or being chased non-stop with practically no moments to come up for air. I prefer serial killer thrillers so this is not my favourite book in the series, but it did hold my attention after the slow start. Jacobson is a good storyteller and I look forward to the next book, just hoping Karen gets back to profiling a killer.


  1. I want to try AJacobson, I think I have 1-2 on my list. I haven't been happy with my choices lately, I need to get picky again.

  2. Start with "The 7th Victim" if you can. It's the first Karen Vail book. He has some standalones too, but I haven't read them yet.