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Saturday, February 3, 2018

#ReadThis #WhomYouKnow #TripleCrossKiller #RosemarieAquilina READ THIS: TRIPLE CROSS KILLER BY ROSEMARIE AQUILINA

It's winter in New York, and the perfect time to escape to Florida, if only in a book. But this isn't just any book. It's by author Rosemarie Aquilina (Author, Circuit Judge, Law Professor, Mother-so says her Twitter profile), and you do know her.  Thanks to the beauty of Twitter and thanks to Rosemarie, we are honored to review her most recent book.  "Jaq used her detective just the facts ma’am and that’s an order voice" (page 18) - you have heard Rosemarie's order voice in her other job as a judge; did you know in her spare time she's an author? A master of establishing clarity between protagonist and antagonist, Aquilina draws you in immediately so cancel your life until you can finish this book once you open it. She's right: A little naughty CAN get you killed, which is along the same ideas of Paddington (“If we’re kind and polite, the world will be right.” 
- Paddington), the last guy to be published in this literary column.

This thriller is a winner because of its snappy dialogue, striking characters, and a captivating plot that perfectly crescendos and decrescendos at key moments, slowly revealing cold-hearted snakes. Not everyone is kind and polite, which sets the stage for a job in making the world right.  Obviously, Aquilina has had real life experiences with such masters of evil which makes her all that more talented at painting the picture with her pen. And if you think it's pure Florida paradise, know that Detroit, otherwise known as Hockeytown where octopus are thrown on the ice and where Gordie played before Hartford, provides an excellent contrast to the sun and fun. Or is it more last breath and death? The plot is nuanced and intelligent, and different levels of good and bad reveal themselves in time.

Aquilina's obvious expertise of the law and all it encompasses is a fantastic asset to this book as it covers everything from jurisdiction to investigations flawlessly. We know authors that use first hand sources in the law often in their writing, but if you are a judge in the first place, what could be better? Authors that write on what they don't know can be seen through by the fiercest critics or worse yet, an inside professional that sees the errors. 

 Aquilina writes on what she knows, which is key to success.  Her descriptive prowess extends to scenes where you feel like you were there, and her writing expertly commands you to clearly identify the vile villains.  Oh how we do hate chimney people behavior!:

He plucked a red box of Marlboros from his jacket pocket. He needed to clear his mind of questions that had infiltrated without invitation. He hated smoking. He hated smokers. He hated their stained teeth and noxious odor. But he was not like them. He hated their lack of control. He had ordained control. Once in a while he loved the taste, the smell, the thin smoke dissipating. He had the power. He dominated cigarettes, the direction of the smoke, the buttheads in this world. He sniggered and held the butt of the cigarette between his teeth letting it hang there as the smoke spread. He inhaled. Exhaled. And he was ready to see where the hum of the engine would take him and his control.
(page 30)

Ordained control!  Word master.  If you hate smoking, obviously you don't smoke. Anyone that smokes anything, stay far away from us as we like to breathe, be clean and live.  Actions speak louder than words and this spineless character shows his clearcut delusionary nature through his lack of reasoning early on. And, anyone coming up with a nickname for someone of Angel-teeny is pure vomit. Run now. Listen to your gut instinct! Saccharine and a Cad and everything bad, sugar and spice this character is not. Aquilina's skillfullness in conveying sincerity and genuine nature seems innate and the characters are evocative of levels of good and evil. People show you who they are; do you really want a diamond from someone that won't let you touch their laundry? We don't think they make diamonds with the four c's that convincingly, not even at Harry Winston's, Cartier's or Tiffany's. (We look! See New Window.)

But Aquilina keeps you guessing. We don't want anyone reading our paper either or anything we want to read before we do! And guessing again: “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” He paused. “If you’re not sure, let’s hit the Delete button right now.” (page 169) Aquilina's characters are the best advertisement for staying single there ever was. While telling a story with a distinct plot, they are highly entertaining. True love: drugging your date and making sure she's asleep. That Dr. Towers is so smart.

The antagonist orders at a restaurant for his date and that is high on our list of pet peeves, not only for the blatant control factor but also for our obvious preference in menu expertise and knowing what we want. We want the date to walk out of there immediately if not sooner and dump his coffee on him! Aquilina is highly talented in effectively making the reader care so much about the characters that this interest could supersede a good night's you have been warned. Start this early in the day as you will want to read it cover to cover. And upon further page turning, we discover more than once that he orders for her which turns our stomach.

Symbolism plays a major role in this work; not all is clear during the is a mystery. Read along, turn the pages and pay attention. No wine during this book! Only coffee. Rosaries, Santa, illusions and good old fashioned anything. You know, like sleep remedies. And, we knew we never liked jogging. The world becomes a lot smaller than you think! Behave yourselves...

The chilling, methodical procedure of death deliverance orchestrated by the cold-hearted snake will shake you to the core. You'll keep turning the pages to try to unearth motivation, not justification. As your brain connects aspects of this work, you may recall parallels with Murder, She Wrote, Dr. Blake mysteries from Australia on PBS and also shows by Discovery ID (see small screen scenes for everything we publish on tv). The power of intrigue vividly captivates Aquilina's audience who undoubtedly will be hungry for more. And when Rita references listening to the body talk, she's not talking Olivia Newton John and "Physical": she means the corpse.

Anyone is lying to you if they say they go into anything with no opinions in the first place; it should be obvious to you that in terms of the name alone, we are Pro-Rita. Rosemarie intelligently picks the name of Rita as someone you're going to love; if you are new to Whom You Know you should know that one of the most successful authors ever reviewed is Rita Cosby (and check out her awesome press page here-scroll down as we are honored to be one of the first.) And, there's even a character that is nicknamed Rabbit as if we needed any more motivation to love this book. (See Peachy Rabbits if you are a new reader; bunny rabbits are the best animal.) Of course Rabbit is a protagonist.

We believe this is Aquilina's second book and maybe there is even more on the way inbetween Judicial commitments? We certainly hope so and we hope it's set in Manhattan with its characters and venues that can't be beat to enhance this genre. And who's going to make Triple Cross Killer into a drama we can watch? And who's going to cast Rosemarie Aquilina in the next Wonder Woman? They must be related.

Triple Cross Killer by Rosemarie Aquilina is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public service.

In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service. She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer. 

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