Detective Victoria Tacket, a driven detective in Golden City, New York and Emily Brelin, a teen on the run from a monster, feature in Out Of The Shadows. Emily’s running from the General, who trained her as an assassin. When Victoria’s friend, Jen, dies she’s floored; and to top it off, Jen ask her to take guardianship of Emily. What does she know about raising and mentoring a kid? After all, she has issues of her own she can’t face and resolve. She’s not mother material.
Victoria decides to let CPS take the care of her. Unbeknownst to Victoria, Emily, over-hearing her decision, runs from the conference room where Victoria left her to wait. The CPS agent, an incompetent piece of work, gives Victoria a letter from Jen; asking Victoria to take guardianship or let Emily go as she’s safer on the streets where her unanimity’s protected. Knowing she has already contacted missing persons to place Emily’s photo and information on the street, she races to erase all trace of Emily from the police system.
This begins the story of the relationship between Victoria and Emily. Victoria knows she must find Emily and keep her safe. From what or who, she doesn’t know; after reading Jen’s letter she knows it must be bad . The race is on to find Emily and persuade her she wants to take over guardianship, and protect her from the threats on the street of Golden City, New York. My review of Out Of The Shadows follows.
And the Stalker/Murderer Determined To Destroy One Of Them!
“Life is like a vapor, here for just a little while then it’s gone”
STORY LINE WRITTEN IN BLOOD:
Author Nathan Bush created an intensely driven and emotional story in his mystery crime novel, Written In Blood. Ken Collin’s rookie probationary period has ended. Now a full pledged Detective with the Foley PD and still partnered with seasoned Detective John Filcher, he should have life by the tail. However, fate will step in and change everything for Ken. His father’s cancer has returned with a vengeance and Ken seems to be developing some issues of his own, mentally and physically. Also, Ken has acquired a stalker bent on revenge. Eddie, evil personified, determined to destroy Ken and all he holds dear, blames Ken for all the wrongs in his life. Eddie, locked away for many years, sees Ken as the reason for all his problems. Upon release, Eddie seeks revenge.
Can John, a Godly man, presents the Lord’s plan to Ken and bring him peace and salvation? Can he help Ken with his black outs, persist mental issues, and his father’s illness? Will Eddie succeed in his quest for vengeance and destroy Ken? Will John and Ken solve the latest murders? Finally, will they stop Eddie before it is too late?
In Snowed In With Death, aspiring detective Holly finds herself in Scotland. As a result of winning a contest, she’s to spend time with 7 esteemed detectives at their annual meeting. After solving a few minor cases, Holly’s excited at the prospect of meeting the greatest detectives in Britain. She hopes to learn from the cases they solved and their methods.
However, things do not go as planned. Holly finds herself in the middle a murder mystery as each detective’s killed. Will Holly find the killer and solve the case before she meets her deadly end? My review of cozy mystery, Snowed In With Death follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although a cozymurdermystery, I must say I found humor in this story. With snips, snarks, and quips, the reader finds these,so-called, brilliant detectives, are not as bright as Holly thought. Holly, thinking she’s not as smart as the other detectives, and in awe
Angus Trust is book 1 in the Grooms of Honor Series. Having followed Nolan and Elof in earlier books as they found their happy ever after, Hubalek takes us back to Clear Creek. Angus is the eldest of Pastor and Kaitlyn Reagan’s sons. Raised in Clear Creek, Kansas along with five other brothers, he was the only one to take up with the railroad train depot manager; where he developed a love of trains and the rails. He has been a railroaddetective for many years following after his love of anything railroad. After years of detective work for the railroad, he’s beginning to wish for a stationary home with a wife and family.
Daisy Clancy, raised in Clear Creek by her grandparents, owners of the local café, found herself side by side with Angus until the day he left Clear Creek for adventure on the railroad. Daisy left Clear Creek to get an education and work after Angus left. To say Angus and Daisy grew up together would be an understatement; they also fell in puppy love; or was it?
Fate has placed Angus and Daisy on the same railroad train headed to Clear Creek when a robbery occurs. Finding themselves alone at the side of the tracks will memories of old loves return? My reviews of romance novel, Angus Trust, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, let me say what a wonderful cast of characters Hubalek’s imagination created for the Grooms of Honor Series. As I began reading Angus Trust, I felt I was returning to a beloved town filled with my friends, with everyone waiting to tell me the latest gossip and goings-on. A close-knit town, the Reagan family, although not of blood relation except two of the six, are examples of family love and unconditional support found in Clear Creek. Clear Creek’s a place of community love and support. I wondered how many of these small towns dotted the prairie and west.
Angus and Daisy’s romance is sweet but not without its trials as Angus tarried in staking his claim on Daisy. Angus, a man of principles, raised by a loving mother and a gentle yet firm preacher father, is also a moral man. He stands for what he believes regardless of the consequences. Daisy’s character is perfect for Angus. She’s an independent young woman, fierce when defending the ones she loves, yet still willing to follow the guidance of her man.
The plot’s steady and the story-line progressed smoothly as the story evolved. I loved meeting characters from earlier books again and catching up with their lives. Hubalek interwove the secondary characters into the story-line skillfully. In concluding my reviews for romance novel, Angus Trust, I found a solid well-written book filled with believable characters. I have come to love each one of them; except for the villains of course. Watching the town develop as the stories progress through each book is wonderful. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
ANGUS TRUST RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
I gave Angus Trust 4 well-deserved stars. If you have not read the earlier books by Linda Hubalek, I highly recommend you do so. Her vivid descriptions of the pioneer era and lifestyle is enlightening and vastly enjoyable.
Rachael, Pippa and company are back in Wined, Dined, And Dead, Book 9 of the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mysteries Series. Both are in happy relationships and out for a per-Valentine supper. Back in town, Pippa’s husband Marcello, is at his best bumbling, stumbling, klutzy self causing havoc turning over the wine bottle. As things calm down, Pippa makes a horrifying discovery; their waiter is dead in the back of restaurant. Who killed him and why?
Rachel and Pippa hired by the owner/Chef, Scott, to the solve the murder, find a twist added to the case. Scott requires she solve the case within 24 hours to earn her fee. Needless to say, Rachel, Pippa, and
Trevor Dare is a billionaire, owner of a medical robotics company, Dare Enterprises, and a werewolf. He is also on a mission of vengeance to avenge his wife’s murder. He intends to kill everyone involved in her death.
Melissa Cartwright is the detective on the case of vicious murders that seem to show animal claw marks,