Nancy Long


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Smashwords book reviews by Nancy Long

  • A Vanishing of Divas on Aug. 26, 2011

    Larry Long’s A Vanishing of Divas: A Kurt McBride Mystery is a page-turner that will keep readers wholly engrossed from cover to cover. As women from Mississippi to Massachusetts are reported missing, the only link that can be established between them is that they were all graduated from Northwestern University around 1970 and that they were all sorority girls in their college days during the late 1960s. Socialite Carolie Stafford enlists the help of attorney Kurt McBride to investigate, calling him to her Tucson home to assist her in a “life or death matter,” worth a fee of $4,000 per day. Carolie believes that she is the next victim, presenting him with a piece of evidence that she received informing her of the fourth murder before it occurred and implicating that she may be next on the list. Although investigating isn’t his “expertise,” the socialite’s handsome fee persuades him to take the case; while McBride believes that it will be an easy case that can be solved before his next tee time, it may end costing him and the people around him more than they ever thought. McBride’s hunt for the kidnapper will prove to be incredibly perilous; shortly after accepting Stafford’s assignment, his fiancée’s car explodes on her way home from the airport and another woman goes missing. As he investigates, tensions mount and the situation becomes hopeless, leaving Kurt desperate to find the culprit after his client disappears, challenging his competence and his honor. Long’s story is riveting, leaving readers breathless as the danger increases and the plot thickens, building to a stunning conclusion. Readers will undoubtedly be shocked by the twists in plot and the revelation of the culprit. Long has a unique prowess for creating a plot that keeps readers guessing, showcasing a gift for surprising even those readers who pride themselves on being able to solve a mystery before it is revealed by the author. Truly, a must read for all mystery and crime drama readers.
  • Flight to Avoid on Aug. 27, 2011

    Flight to Avoid is the latest installment of the Kurt McBride Mystery series from author Larry Long. In the new book, Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt McBride is assigned the two-year-old cold case of a Chicago construction worker who was beaten and murdered at a work site. While Kurt employees all of his legal and some illegal tactics to solve the gruesome murder, his personal life implodes and Kurt finds himself running away to salvage his own freedom. Kurt McBride has never lost a case, but he is unsure about his ability to crack the unsolved Gillsdorf murder. Kurt calls on his friend, Detective Digger Green, to interrogate the witnesses who were working at the construction site the night of the murder. As Kurt and Digger reveal the details of Gillsdorf’s life leading up to the murder, threats from members of the tight knit group of construction workers jeopardize Kurt’s case and put his life in danger. But it is Kurt’s emotionally distant, workaholic wife, Cindy, who turns out to be the true threat. As the Gillsdorf murder case comes to a close, Kurt is accused of killing his wife. He soon finds himself running from the same justice system that he has spent his career representing. As he hides out on a small island on Lake Michigan, Kurt falls in love with a beautiful, smart young woman and accepts the fact that he must change his habit of running away when things get tough. It’s the only way to get his life back. This book has all of the drama and intrigue mystery lovers demand. It is sexy and dangerous. The ever changing plots will keep readers engrossed in the story until every puzzle piece of each murder is slipped into place. Long has created a courageous, intelligent, and likeable character in Kurt McBride. He is flawed, yes, but every step he takes to win a case or clear his own name, elicits support and a quiet cheer. The author does an outstanding job of weaving the facts of Kurt’s past and present into this exciting tale of multiple murders, marital deception, and new love. Flight to Avoid is an action packed mystery starring the exceptional Kurt McBride. I highly recommend it. Melissa Brown Levine for Independent Professional Book Reviewers
  • The Coogan Curse on Aug. 27, 2011

    Author Larry Long took this “Andy of Mayberry” type of situation and juxtaposed it against Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone mixed with some of Stephen King’s flair of a super-natural killing mystery. Good writing, when done well, looks easy; and this book read easily from the start, keeping one’s interest while the plot unfolded at a never-boring pace. The Coogan Curse sets the reader on a twisting course with more loose ends pointing in more different directions than pine needles on a pine tree. It is an absolute must for all mystery readers! The Coogan Curse is a perfect balance of action, dialogue, character development and intelligent mystery writing blended into a modern-day thriller that will keep the pages turning until you realize there are more pages in your left hand than your right, and you’re still not sure where the ending will bring you. - Barbara Miller , Pacific Book Review