from the blurb: The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
OK, mostly it feels like it was inspired by Rosemary's Baby --the brownstone with a sordid history, strange tenants, etc.
It fell flat for me, but may thrill you.
Read in June. Blog review scheduled for
Mystery/Thriller? July 2, 2019. Print length: 384 pages.
Of course, I've continued with R. Allen Chappell's Navajo Nation Mysteries, and Ancient Blood adds even more interest with the introduction of Charlie Yazzie's former archaeology/anthropology professor, George Custer and childhood friend Harley Ponyboy.
The professor's most recent dig is a kiva that might help with his theories about the migration of the Anasazi, but even before his team arrives, he is attacked and the site vandalized.
Charlie and Thomas Begay begin looking into the suspects, trying to prevent further vandalism and attacks on the site.
The professor's theories are controversial and some members of an Indian Rights movement would rather not have them published. The violence escalates from damage to the site to more serious and deadly acts.
Harley is now my favorite character because of the humor he adds.
Mojado takes a different turn with a serial killer who has no specific prey--a professional from Mexico, he kills anyone who might reveal his presence. Man, woman, child...it matters little to the Mojado, who is on the run and has a private goal.
The murders are callous and cold-blooded, but they don't celebrate violence. The Mojado has no compunction about killing, but neither does he take delight in killing.
As Charlie Yazzi, Thomas Begay, and Harley Ponyboy pursue the killer through the harshest areas of the reservation, all four men approach exhaustion.
Aside from the characters who continue to grow, I love the way Chappell presents the land and the culture of the Four Corners region.
I reviewed the first two books in the series here.
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