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Night of the Living Wed By Laura Durham

 

Night Of The Living Wed
Night Of The Living Wed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE NIGHT OF THE LIVING WED BY LAURA DURHAM:

Annabelle and her crew received a gift stay at a luxurious resort.  Ready for a relaxing vacation after a summer of weddings, they are ready to relax and rejuvenate.  The resort is beautiful with luxury galore, the only drawback:  it’s haunted by ghosts who are not so nice.  Determined to discover the cause of the moans, groans, gunshots, and many nightly activities, Annabelle takes on another mystery.

With the resort manager and staff worried the resort will close due to deceased reservations, and an online blog exploiting the ghostly activity, Annabelle thinks someone’s trying to close the resort.  Come along with Annabelle and the gang as they investigate the ghostly happenings.  My mystery book review of Night Of The Living Wed follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Laura Durham filled Night Of The Living Wed with ghosts, mystery, suspense, snarky banter, humor, and fun galore.  With a cast of wonderfully funny characters, I laughed out loud as they investigated the activity.  It’s hard for me to pick my favorite character;  Annabelle’s team’s filled with people who are from all walks of life.  Including the dog was an excellent stroke, what a pampered cutie.  Every good mystery must have an antagonist;  Durham gave us two in this funny tale of mystery and ghosts.  The web blogger who’s exploiting the ghostly visitations on the internet and Brianna, rival wedding planner;  you will love to hate Brianna.  How did she and the blogger happen to be at the same resort as Annabelle?

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The Adventures Of Harry Morgan By Clabe Polk

 

The Adventures Of Harry Morgan
The Adventures Of Harry Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY MORGAN BY CLABE POLK:

Adventures of Harry Morgan has 3 stories, all with our main man Harry as the lead character; the stories are interconnecting. The first 2 blend together and the last story features Harry and friends.

Collegial Conspiracy Part 1

In Collegial Conspiracy, we find a retired Harry.  But Harry’s retirement is anything but quite.  When his old friend, Wiley Middleton contacts him with a request, Harry doesn’t know how to say no.  Wiley’s dying from an inoperable brain tumor.  He doesn’t want to leave his wife, Amanda, in debt nor watching him die.  Wiley left home, leaving Amanda a note, asking her not to look for him.

His one request of Harry; well it’s a dilly.  Wiley wants Harry to help him rob a bank.  Fascinated with Bonnie and Clyde, Wiley’s determined to go to jail for the medical care.  Harry reluctantly agrees.  However, when Amanda contacts Harry’s wife, Jean, for help finding Wiley, he’s in a pickle of lies and conspiracies.  Then when Wiley’s “never do well” son, Tony, shows up, things really get complicated.

Emilio Part 2

Amanda and Wiley’s son, Tony, left Oregon just ahead of the law.  Harry finds himself playing detective after Tony tells his tale of woe.  A campus police officer, Tony became involved with a two drug addicts who committed suicide.  Harry will find himself in another pickle as the suicide turns into much more and ends up smack dab next to the bank robbery case; you could say rubbing elbow with the robbery case.  Amanda ask Harry to help prove Tony’s innocent.  Simple you say; not so much.  Suddenly things ramp up as they discover the overdose and suicide may not be as simple as it seems.  Much more’s in play, and simple turns into complicated.

Pirates Of Cayo Pelau Part 3

Harry finally purchased his dream boat.  Hoping to treasure hunt just this side of legal, Harry and friends head out on a sail and treasure hunting.  You ask how can treasure hunting turn dangerous?  Harry and friends stumble upon a slave running ring with inside connections.  A night in jail, a court appearance, and release on bail, do not slow Harry down.  Harry’s determined to free the slaves and bring the criminals to justice.  Yes, he’s in a pickle again.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

When I started this book, I thought I would not like the story.  Wow, was I wrong.  In a matter pages, I was hooked and could not read this book fast enough.  Reviews, at times, are hard to write, this book was easy to review.  At times funny, at times sad, and at times filled with snips, snarks, one liners, plenty of action, and the unstoppable Harry.  Harry’s character’s strong, intelligent, and he’s a steadfast friend, who’s loyal and willing to go the extra mile. Although a senior citizen, he’s far from old and feeble.

I laughed and laughed as Wiley told Harry the what, when and how of his plan; and the bumbling robbery was hilarious and sad at the same time. Polk included humor, sadness, intrigue, and serious issues in this book; a combination which made a highly entertaining read.

Selfish and self-centered, Tony blames everyone except the true culprit for his problems.  He has an attitude of entitlement.  Someone’s always out to get him and the world owes him something for all his troubles.  I wanted to give him a good old-fashioned spanking and tell him to grow up.  Clabe Polk crafted a totally unlikable person in Tony.  Just when I thought he might have a few redeeming qualities, he proved me wrong.  I found myself doing a high-five when Amanda stood up to him and gave him what for.

In the third story, the action, snips, and repartee never ends. Harry’s ready to have fun and adventure. Polk grabs the reader’s attention with a fast paced action story-line.  Between the women and men, I don’t know who’s the funniest.  However, the story covers the serious crime of human trafficking.  Some of the characters are despicable and truly unlikable.  Polk skillfully showed age is not a deciding factor in the pursuit of justice.  As well as, showing as long as humans have unsavory greedy characteristics, no occupation will be safe from corruption.

The Adventures of Harry Morgan, a fast paced book filled with emotion, action, intrigue, mystery, and criminal activity, will hold your attention from start to finish.  With well-developed realistic characters and plots which are believable, Polk created a fine mystery crime book.  You will love the “old farts” as one criminal termed them and the unsavory characters you will love to hate. Polk included a variety, from bigots and drug dealers to slave runners in these three stories.

I found Clabe Polk’s writing style flowed well with scenes which transition smoothly from scene to scene; making The Adventures of Harry Morgan easy to read and enjoyable.   Perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading in your favorite chair with a beverage by your side; sit back and enjoy The Adventure Of Harry Morgan.  I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.

THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY MORGAN RECOMMENDATIONS:  STARS 4

FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE

Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with honest book reviews.  Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions.  In addition, no one influences my voluntary book reviews.

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The Eye of Nefertiti By Maria Luisa Lang

 

A Pharaoh’s Cat Novel

The Eye Of Nefertiti
The Eye Of Nefertiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE EYE OF NEFERTITI BY MARIA LUISA LANG:

Wrappa-Hamen, a talking upright walking cat with human abilities, has the starring role in The Eye Of Nefertiti.  Also featuring High Priest Gato-Hamen, Elena ordinary female, and baby Alexander.  Although a standalone read, The Eye Of Nefertiti continues the story of these extraordinary people, a cat with personality, and a flying time-traveling magic boat;  yes, you read correctly, magic boat.

Receiving an invitation to Bath, England, Elena and Alexander leave by plane.  Wrappa-Hamen and the High Priest will travel by magic boat.  However, things do not go quite as planned.  Including ending up at Stonehenge in ancient England and finding Queen Nefertiti living eternally.  Then add in traveling to ancient Egypt and meeting Seth, demon god.  My book review of The Eye of Nefertiti follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

With vivid writing, Lang takes the reader on an action packed ride, full of twist and turns, adventure, time-travel, and laughter.  Narrated by the cat, Wrappa-Hamen, who possesses a wicked sense of humor, The Eye Of Nefertiti’s a fun read from start to finish.  I laughed and laughed at Wrappa-Hamen’s dialogue, observations, and conversations.  A cat with heart, an awkward uncoordinated High Priest, a re-incarnated Pharaoh in baby Alexander, and Elena normal human, are just a few of the characters the reader finds in this fantasy comedy.

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Heart On The Line By Karen Witemeyer

 

Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2

Heart On The Line
Heart On The Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER:

In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator,  on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper’s Station.  Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other.  When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town;  for evil is on the way.  Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy. 

Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse.  He’s seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace to see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving.  Will he rush to Grace’s side or stay in his quite safe town?  What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos?  My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages.  She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough.  A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book.

Witemeyer’s characters live in an all woman town, Harper’s Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed.  I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family.   What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace.  Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period. 

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Snowed In With Death By Ruby Loren

 

A Holly Winter Mystery

Snowed In With Death
Snowed In With Death

 

STORY-LINE SNOWED IN WITH DEATH BY RUBY LOREN:

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 cozy murder mystery, 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

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The Granite Key (The Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series Book 1) By Nancy Wikarski

 

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THE GRANITE KEY, COVER

 

 

The Search For Antiquities

Two Different Groups Involved

Good Versus Evil; Who Will Win?

 

 

 

 

THE GRANITE KEY, STORY LINE:

In her book, the Granite key, Author Nancy Wikarski has created a history story-line that is far different from the one told by archaeologist, scientist and the educational system.  Her take on the creation story and worship is intriguing; although I did not research her sources, her research appears in-depth and from many sources.

Two groups are searching for religious artifacts for two very different reasons.  The Arkana are preserving artifacts from the beginning of history, the Blessed Nephilim’s Cult leader Abraham Metcalf, has a very

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Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

This is a feel good book from the first page to the last.

 

Author Holly Martin without a doubt knows how to fill her stories full of laughter, quirky characters, ghosts, hidden treasurers, oogie monsters, curses and love.

I laughed so much during this read; Ms. Martin has a way with humor and words.

 

Story Line:

This is the story of Milly a woman full of life and loves all things Disney including castles, Princes, Princess, magic, and wishes. Her hair has pink ends and her shoes have sparkles.

 

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Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer with Caitlin Moscatello

good mourning

Inside Look At Death

Good Mourning Is A Gem:  witty,  clever, humorous

Powerful!

When I opened this book I was not sure what I would find inside.  Was I going to cry for the next few days or was just sadness waiting in the pages?

 

I was wonderfully surprised at the content; witty, clever, humorous, yes, sad at times, eye-opening, irreverent, and tongue in check with quite a different formula for funerals that I found I quite liked.

 

In the Southern Bible Belt a funeral is almost a religious experience; Ms. Meyers ideas of the send off were so different from we have, I found myself saying, yes, why not!  What a wonderful idea to have all the things that person loved and valued placed at the funeral. I found this a wonderful idea.

 

The portrayals of the ultra rich as pampered, spoiled, selfish, royalty were educational as I did not realize the rich expected so much to be done for and given to them as a course of life, a product of their privileges. As Ms. Meyers says in this book, death is the one thing that unites all of us, rich or poor.

 

I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph to last sentence as Ms. Meyers and Ms Moscatello entertained and kept my interest as they documented Ms. Meyers travels from an ultra rich privileged spoiled party planning young woman grieving for her

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The Orchard At The Edge Of Town By Shirlee McCoy

the orchard at the edge of town

 

What A Hoot!

You Will Love This Novel

I Laughed And Laughed Through This Book!

 

Story Line:

Aunt Rose’s house in Apple Valley Washington is a hideaway for Apricot Miller.  Apricot is running from a groom that didn’t know what fidelity meant; well maybe not running, when her old truck, King Henry III,  gave up the ghost and died on the side of the road, Apricot pulled her 1940 Schwinn out of the trailer attached to old Henry and pedaled off in her pink wedding gown.

 

Don’t you just the name for her truck!  What a beginning to this novel.  I could see her wedding gown and all peddling for all she was worth.

 

So, Apricot was pedaling her way to Apple Valley Washington, which is just the beginning of Apricot’s adventure in Apple Valley Washington. She peddles into an almost arrest for B&E at Aunt Roses empty house, meet her cantankerous neighbor and that handsome Deputy Simon Baylor.

 

Characters, Plotting And Development:

The cast of characters in Apple Valley never ends, gossips runs rampant, some are just odd, some eccentric, and some just plain crazy, oh the life of a small town.  Author Shirlee McCoy betrayed small town life so well with all its quirks.

 

Apricot is not what she seems, rather than being a fruit cake in a dingy pink wedding dress, she is a millionaire owner of an herbal company;  Apricot childhood was very unconventional; she was reared by hippies and an Aunt that was an original DIY herbalist.

 

She craves consistency, peace, quiet, and structure. Something she never had as child.  Guess what, she doesn’t get it in nosy, gossipy, interfering Apple Valley either.  This story was a riot!

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