Privacy, Nina Sadowsky
Bantam - June-2022
(eGalley - NetGalley - free download)
Laina Landers is a respected marriage and family therapist. She has even become somewhat of a media buzz name after she helps police talk one of her troubled clients into freeing his wife who he was holding at gunpoint. Her notoriety suddenly makes her and her clients a target when it becomes clear someone has gained access to Laina's files and begins sending disturbing messages and gifts and signing "I am watching you".
The book started out creepy and had me quickly reading but, then Laina started to grate on my nerves, as she doesn't seem to follow a code of ethics and, there is romantic relationship with a television journalist added to the plot line. I thought her clients and their issues made for some interesting reading but overall this book wasn't as satisfying as I anticipated. The story itself may be too creepy for some readers especially if anyone has ever been a victim of stalking.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars
Deadly Summer Nights; Vicki Delany
Catskill Summer Resort Series Mystery - Book 1)
(Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck - very good)
(8 hrs. 36 min.)
(Berkley/Edelweiss and Penguin Random House audio free downloads)
Set in the 1950s at a Catskill Mountain's resort, Elizabeth Grady, a bookkeeper in New York City is convinced by her mother to run the Haggerman's Catskill Resort that Olivia recently inherited. When a college professor working on a novel turns up dead the rumors begin to fly. The man kept to himself and, who according to his nephew, didn't know how to swim, yet is found floating in the lake. Some even suspect he was a communist as he had The Communist Manifesto on the desk in his room. Of course Elizabeth is anxious to solve this mystery as soon as possible so that the resort's reputation does not suffer.
There was a lot I liked about this book: the 1950s setting where middle and upper class NY families gathered for a summer of relaxation and entertainment. The dress -- women wore girdles and silk stocking and full skirts, the entertainment factor itself was a hit with me. What disappointed me was that I wanted to know more about some of the guests staying there. It seemed like a lot of time was spent going over the same things and that made the story feel a bit bogged down at times. I did think the ending was satisfying and although I'm curious about what Book #2 is about, I'm not sure I'll read it --at least not right away. Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries with a fun setting might want to give this book/series a try.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars