Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.1: Retribution and Up In Smoke by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)

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Karen Wiesner
Jun 9, 2015
5 Hearts! "In another wonderful book from Mss. Wiesner and Spindler the officers of my favorite police force work to solve some bizarre crimes while giving us a look into their personal lives at the same time. One of the best things about the Case Files is that the authors are able to delve into so many different types of crimes. Each challenges the officers to step away from their needs as people to focus on the happenings that confront them on the job. They step up to the tasks, sometimes sadly but always professionally. These men and women could police my town any day. They're the type of characters we wish lived in our neighborhood. This is another exceptional example of the collaborative efforts of the two authors. Retribution sometimes happens in strange ways. Melody Vincent and Lisa Shasta are getting a little tired of the femme fatale enticing all the men in the neighborhood. Lisa stumbles into a crime that threatens her life. Up In Smoke tells the tale of the poor Christmas tree farm owner with the nagging wife. Life goes on in Falcon's Bend amidst tragedy the officers see in their work. All this reviewer can wish is the authors don't run out of ideas for unique villains! This book, like all the others in the series, is superbly crafted, full of action and great police work." ~Dee Dailey for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/falconsbend2wiesnerspindle.htm

5 Stars! "Retribution: Lisa steps into the spotlight for this mystery. Lisa may not have kids of her own, but she is sharp as a tack when it comes to paying attention to kids. The first story of this book seems to have given Lisa a taste of Nancy Drew's life style--and she loves it! 4 Stars! Up in Smoke: This case is short, only about fifteen pages. This is where it finally hit me that the personal lives of the Shasta and Vincent families are continuously running subplots throughout all the stories.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “Retribution: The title of this story couldn’t be more perfect, great read! Up In Smoke: This case is just flat out funny. FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II takes place after the books. I very much enjoyed catching up with some characters from previous stories. I’m caught up on the whole series now and really looking forward to a new book. I still think it’s amazing that this series is written by two authors in different countries. It all flows so seamlessly and, as I’ve said before, is one of the absolute best procedurals being written. If mysteries/procedurals are your thing, the Falcon’s Bend Series should be considered a must read.” ~IvyD for Manic Readers http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=3003

“My favorite story is “Retribution” because the suspense is built nicely. Lisa places herself in danger by going alone to talk to a dangerously suspicious man who has lied about his name and his relationship to the children. Even after she is abducted and placed in a car trunk, she is able to help free herself and the two children and to help solve the missing person case. I admire both her courage and her ability to think quickly.” ~reviewed by Kathy Johnson for TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/3085.html

“Retribution finds Lisa Shasta and Melody Vincent (wives of Pete and Danny) rescuing two children, and putting away a kidnapper and a rapist. Up in Smoke is about the destruction of a Christmas tree farm at the peak of the season. Was it an accident or was it arson?” ~Pat Elliott for Book Loons Reviews http://www.bookloons.com/cgi-bin/Review.asp?bookid=11464

“Retribution: What a year the Falcon's Bend Police Department is having! Who says small towns are boring? In Retribution, Lisa plays a main role in her sleuthing. I liked the fact that she took charge. The ending wasn't what I expected at all. Well-paced and a good length for a quick read. Up In Smoke: A very short case file, a tale of a hen-pecked husband and a psychotic wife. I'd really like to visit Falcon's Bend someday. The citizens are awfully interesting! Up In Smoke is a good story, with a twisty ending that I didn't expect. Ghost of the Past: An eerie tale. Amber stumbles on a strange case of a woman with a guilty conscience and a young man with a vendetta...or is it? We've tied up a loose end with Amber and Warren.” ~Jade Ryan for Between The Lines Review http://blog.lyndacoker.net/

“Retribution: Lisa Shasta is coming into her own as a sleuth and once again finds vital clues to solve the mystery, nearly costing her her life. Her longing for a child is getting stronger, making her more intuitive in this case. Up in Smoke: In this story, Pete Shasta cleverly solves a tricky case, while working on some personal problems. The mystery is well written with a nice twist at the end. This is a quick and enjoyable mystery. This is an excellent collection of stories. I would hesitate to move to Falcon's B
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