Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13) by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey

Maddie Springer is attending friend Ricky's reading for the Hollywood Psychic television show. Right after the medium drops a bombshell about the death of Ricky's mother, she dies herself before anything else can be revealed. With two mysteries needing to be solved in Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13), who can blame Maddie for wanting help solve them for her friends?

Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13) by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey is the latest book in the famed High Heel Mysteries series, and this book was even better than the last. I don't know how the author keeps churning out such engrossing and entertaining books in this series. Even though this book kept the same formula that the others do in the series, it doesn't seem formulaic or stale. It's extremely entertaining, and I didn't want to put the book down.

I love the dynamic between Maddie and her husband, and I wish he had been in the book even more than he was because he is one of my favorite characters. The bonus was that Maddie's mom and Mrs. Rosenblatt had minimal roles in Deceit in High Heels. I get tired of those characters very easily. I loved the introduction of Jerome. You'll have to read the book to see why. I didn't figure out who the killer or killers where. Although, I did suspect one person towards the end, but if I had paid attention to the clues more closely, I would have figured out who did it much earlier. Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey did a great job of constantly keeping you guessing. 
 
The plot line of the psychic being killed was quite a believable one to me because you either believe in them or you don't. And, once the killer was revealed and the reasoning behind the killer, it became that much more believable. I don't know why I didn't pick up on some of the clues earlier. It was a total face palm moment for me.

Five out of five stars is what I give Deceit in High Heels by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey. I can't wait for the next installment in the series. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #1) by Leslie Nagel.


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