Archive for February, 2013

Adrenaline Cover With Jeff AbbottMurder Among Friends members braved a forecasted storm to revisit author Jeff Abbott through the first book in his latest series – Adrenaline. We first experienced Jeff’s writing in last year’s A Kiss Gone Bad and were especially curious to see if the new series raised the bar yet again for his storytelling. The group has felt that each series Jeff has produced, (and each book in the series) improves as the series progresses. Adrenaline was no exception. One of our members has continued to read the series already, and said that, just like his other series, the next Sam Capra novel is better than this first book in the series.

The group loved the pacing, characters, and plot twists, while finding a couple of situations a bit implausible. There was disagreement in the group about whether or not Sam’s skills and knowledge (speaking multiple languages, deep knowledge of both the streets and the rich, etc.) were believable given his relatively young age (around 27). The majority however, did not feel this was unbelievable, and that a little bit of a “larger than life” aspect to the lead characters is part and parcel with the conventions of the thriller genre in particular. Universally, everyone really liked Sam and felt the twists in his personal life in particular showed that he does have some flaws. It was hard for the group to believe that he really had no suspicions about his situation on the home front. (This however, is also colored by the fact that none of us liked the other party involved!)

We were intrigued by Mila, and liked Midwestern CIA agent, August Holdwine for both his straight-forward commitments to both the CIA and Sam, as well as his instinctive distrust for Lucy Capra. We empathized with Yasmin’s situation and talked about the issue of brainwashing and torture and how these affected not only Yasmin, but Sam and the women taken by human traffickers. Mila’s reactions to the last group was another topic of conversation, and we wondered if we will learn more about Mila’s own past in future books. (The member who has already read ahead only smiled at us mysteriously…) There were multiple characters mentioned for how well the author did creating memorable secondary characters, but one example was Yasmin’s father Bahjat Zaid. He was completely believable as an arrogant, corporate honcho as well as a frightened, vulnerable father trying to get his daughter back. That his concern is also based on his having supreme control over his daughter becomes tragically ironic as her fate plays out within the terrorist group who kidnapped her.

For its overall intensity in both characterization and pacing, we all agreed that Jeff is off to a great start with this classic thriller. Have you read Adrenaline? More discussion is always welcome — if you’ve read the book and would like to leave a comment, please do!

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And to fan the discussion flames, here’s the brand-new link to Adrenaline author Jeff Abbot’s “Author Docket” here on the Murder Among Friends blog!

Author Dockets Link

Click to go to Jeff’s!

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Picture of Victoria and Mary Jane Maffini

Victoria and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini


The delightful and talented Canadian author Mary Jane Maffini, is about to be publish a new series that she has co-written with her daughter, Victoria. Mary Jane sent out a newsletter from both of them to let her fans know that “Victoria Abbott” (their pen name) has the first book in the series, “The Christie Curse” coming out on March 5th!

Lisle Library has it on order in our catalog. Click its cover –> The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott for the link to put a hold on it. Curious about their fun newsletter? Click on their “cover pug”  Link to Victoria Abbott Newsletter to read this issue.

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One of the many highlights to Love is Murder‘s annual mystery conference, is the presentation of the year’s “Lovey” award winners at the Saturday night banquet. Our link in the previous post takes you to the page on Love is Murder‘s website where all the categories and nominees are listed.

This post is to highlight the Lovey Nominees and Winners that we have or are getting for the Lisle Library collection. For each book below, the book cover will take you to our catalog to place a hold on those that interest you. The author’s name will take you to the author’s website (if one is available).

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Selected “Lovey” Award Nominees & Winners

Best First NovelWinner!

Book Cover for PerfidyPerfidy by M. E. May – is being ordered (there is no on order record as yet)

Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth

Book Cover for Small Hill to Die On  A Small Hill to Die On by Elizabeth Duncan

 Link to Lisle Catalog for this book Winner! – The Light Keeper’s Legacy  by Kathleen Ernst

Link to this book in Lisle Catalog The Lost Artist by Gail Lukasik

Best PI / Police Procedural

Link to Book in our Catalog Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson is being ordered (there is no on order record as yet)

Best Thriller

Link to Book in Lisle Catalog Winner!Company Orders by David J. Walker is being ordered (there is no on order record as yet)

Best Paranormal / SCI-FI

Book Link to Lisle Catalog  Winner! – Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

Best Suspense

Book link to Lisle Catalog Winner! – A Bitter Veil by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Best Historical

Book link to Lisle Catalog
Winner! – Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough

Best Series

Book Link to Lisle Catalog Winner! – Trickster’s Point (latest in the series) by William Kent Krueger

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In addition to coming to the full conference (*highly* recommended by the way!) there will also be a great author signing at the Hotel InterContinental O’Hare tomorrow night from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Authors will sign books, and talk with visitors about writing, publishing, and their characters. There are also hints of giveaways “& more”…!

And with an eye to fun reading, here’s the link Love is Murder_CondensedLogo to this year’s Lovey award nominees that will be awarded at Love is Murder this weekend as well! There will be links to library copies in the near future.

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