Savage Reckoning By C. Hoyt Caldwell

Savage Reckoning
Savage Reckoning



Author C. Hoyt Caldwell has crafted a first-rate crime thriller in Savage Reckoning.  Set in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, Mr. Hoyt reveals the most horrendous crime and acceptance of the mountain people of Baptist Falls.  Dani Savage, known as the little deputy due to her size, works for her Uncle in Baptist Falls enforcing the law.  By chance, Dani stumbles on a decade old crime and what she finds is horrifying.

Mountain people have their own code of honor, justice, and looking the other way.  The local crime boss, aka Boss, has many fingers in many pies including selling of young girls.  With law enforcement in his back pocket, Boss, has a lucrative operation of murder, kidnappings, and slavery using “closeout kings”, aka assassins, to control the area.   Meanwhile, Dani discovers two closeout kings, Step and Kenny, have a story to tell.  While they are, lowlifes and killers, even they have limits, and kidnapping and selling young girls is beyond the pale for them.  Dani will find these two killers will become trusted allies in the coming battle.


Wedding Matilda by Heather Hiestand

An UnwWedding Matildaed Mother

A Proper Gentleman

A Mystery To Solve


This is book six of the Redcake series; it can read as a stand alone. The Redcake Tea Shop employs Ewan Hales, which is under Matilda Redcake’s control.  Ewan is a hard worker and proud of his employment as he is in line to manage the new enterprise to open shortly.


When sub-quality flour is discovered, Ewan and Matilda work together to discover if the tainted flour sold to Redcakes was sabotage or a mistake. He and Matilda slowly realize an attraction is growing. Meanwhile Ewan discovers he is the heir to the Earl of Fitzgerald, which will disrupt his life but also improve it in others. He now could address Matilda.


Matilda is an unwed mother.  After one indiscretion, her lover refuses to marry her, and then returns to persuade her marriage was possible.  Matilda refused and proceeded to raise her son alone. Matilda’s chances are ruined as far as marriage due to birthing her son out-of-wedlock.  Her two-year son is kidnapped and her life is falling apart. Ewan,along with her family, wants to help her find him.

Characters, Plotting,  And Development:

The plots keep coming in this book. Author Heather Hiestand kept my interest from the


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