Monday, October 20, 2014

The Girl in Black Pajamas Review & Giveaway

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R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!


Here we go again on another wild roller coaster ride with Bogie, Isabella, and the rest of them.  If you are looking for a book with plenty of action, then this is the book for you.  Believe me, you will not be disappointed.  There are really 2 stories going on in this book at the same time, one with all of the mystery and attempted murders in Boston, and another with a sex scandal in Florida.  Like it says above in the synopsis you better buckle your seat belt and hold on tight.  It's going to be a wild ride if you decide to take this journey.

This is not for the feint of heart.  There is some violence and sex, but I guess you already realized that from what I've already said.  However, some people may have some problems with how Isabella, now 4 years old, is handled in this book.  She is very precocious but she also gets in some situations that people will not care for.  I have to admit that I didn't really care for how she was portrayed and did in some situations in this book.  Maybe if she was a little bit older I wouldn't have cared as much.  It just wasn't as believable at times, especially when I think of other 4 year olds.

Even with my reservations above, I really liked the book.  I was drawn in from the very beginning, and could not put the book down.  It is kind of like being charmed by a snake charmer.  It is mesmerizing and you just can't stop looking even though you know it can be dangerous.

If you are worried about not having read the first book, don't.  Yes, this is the second book in this series, but it can be read as a stand alone book.  Chris Birdy does a good job of explaining anything that is referenced from the previous book.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars, only because I did have some problems with Isabella.  This is a book for mature audiences, and is not appropriate for all ages.  If you love action books, you will love this one.  This one will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 

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The Girl in White Pajamas

When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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About the Author

Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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  1. Sounds like quite a read, haven't read this one yet!!

  2. This was a great continuation from the first book. Although not needed, I would recommend reading the first one too. I'm just glad I'm not Isabella's mother.