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Written In Blood By Layton Green

 

Written In Blood
Written In Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE WRITTEN IN BLOOD BY LAYTON GREEN:

In Written In Blood, Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, is back in his hometown of Creekville, N. C.  After several breakdowns and the trauma of his last investigation in Atlanta, Preach needs to refuel and recoup.  Preach never suspected the bohemian town of Creekville would be the sitting for several brutal murders with literary connections.  Beginning with the killing of the local bookstore owner in a scene taken from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Preach is in for a roller coaster ride.

Ariana Hale, an employee of the bookstore, law student, and bibliophile, helps Preach with the literary connections.  As the murders continue, time is running for Preach to solve these deaths, as well as, his and Ariana’s life.  My book reviews of Written In Blood follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Layton Green created a police procedural which will knock your socks off.  With characters which are full-bodied, believable, and well-developed, Layton Green packed this book with a whirlwind of action, people, and relationships.  I found the premise intriguing, and the action nonstop as Green led me through this investigation.  Green created the typical small town which could be located anywhere in America.  Under the humble town facade, the reader finds greed, corruption, crime, deviance, and murder.  To all appearances, Creedville is the perfect community until you dig under the surface and the scum floats to the top.

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson’s character will fascinate the reader.  From preacher to prison chaplain to detective, Joe “Preach” Everson’s life has been one of turmoil and pain;  he thought he had seen the worse man could offer.  Hoping to recoup and restore in Creekville, Preach finds himself in the middle of multi-faceted murders.   He’s a man torn by guilt, mental breakdowns, and the need to protect, serve, and provide justice;   with his mental stability in question, he’s ordered to see a therapist.  His therapist of choice is his Aunt Jane.  She takes his case with a caveat;  he will be referred to someone else if she finds he has a problem.

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Literally Murder By Eryn Scott

 

A Pepper Brooks Cozy Mystery Book 2

Literally Murder
Literally Murder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LITERALLY MURDER BY ERYN SCOTT:

Pepper and Liv are in the last year of college;  each is looking forward to the future, but sad they will part.   Alec has been to law enforcement training and just returned.  Things are a little different between Pepper and Alec; they can’t seem to connect as they did before he left and frustration’s setting in.

When Pepper finds a student face down in the creek, Alec insists she stay out of the case.  Of course, Pepper does her best, but everyone keeps bringing her clues.  What’s she to do?  She fields the clues to Alex and his father.  However, when two more girls turn up dead, Pepper’s has a hard time setting on the sidelines.  Then when Liv’s life’s in harm’s way, Pepper is off and running.  My book review of Literally Murder follows.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Eryn Scott‘s writing keeps getting better and better.  Scott sank the hook in early and held me on the line until the final page.  Filling Literally Murder with intrigue, mystery, suspense, and quotes from Hemingway.  With a quick quote for any given situation, Pepper’s deep in classes on Hemingway with Professor Evensworth.

Scott kept the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the killer until the last possible moment.  To say I was surprised would be an understatement.  I never considered this person.  Scott matured Pepper in this book;  she’s not as ready to accuse after what happened in book 1.  However, she has quite a cast of suspects to choose from until they each come up with an alibi.

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The Silence of the Snakes by Ruby Loren

 

The Silence Of The Snakes
The Silence Of The Snakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE SILENCE OF THE SNAKES BY RUBY LOREN:

Well, Madi’s back in the thick of things again.  Working as an zoo animal welfare and breeding consultant, she’s at Snidely Safari and Wildlife Park.  As always, Madi seems to attract trouble, and this tale is no different. Something odd is going on at the Safari and Wildlife Park and Madie’s determined to find out what!

When a woman’s found dead with a cleaver in her head, her ex-boyfriend George Ashdown missing from the scene, and leaving his green mamba Mr. Limey, Madi has her hands full.  With the odd behavior occurring at the Park, Madie wonders what’s going on.  Of course, who should appear in this action packed tale but tall, dark, and handsome Lowell, private detective; who we met in Book 1.

Will Madi and Lowell uncover the killer, find who’s stealing from Dracondia Manor, home of the Snidelys and a huge variety of venomous snakes on public exhibition?  While at the same time, discover why the priceless Snidely Serpentine Emerald’s cursed, ferret out the reasons for the employee’s odd irrational behavior, and save the day?   My cozy mystery book reviews of The Silence Of The Snakes follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Ruby Loren’s latest book in the Madigan Amos Mystery Series, The Silence of the Snakes, begins with a bang and continues at a fast pace.  With employee’s suddenly going crazy, thievery in Dracondia Manor, and murder in the Safari and Wildlife Park, there’s no lack of action in The Silence Of The Snakes.  Add in saving the crazed lion keeper, a sick mamba snake, the handsome Lowell, a touch of jealousy on Madi’s part, and many other “not to be missed” elements, Madi’s in full detective mode.

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Murder in the Park By Ivy McAllister

 

Fran Finch Cozy Mystery Book 1

Murder In The Park
Murder In The Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MURDER IN THE PARK BY IVY MCALLISTER:

Fran, aspiring party planner, acquires her first job planning a birthday party for the ultra rich in the Little Hamptons.  A very lucrative job;  Fran’s hired to plan and execute a birthday party for multi-billionaire, Byron Stratford’s daughter.  Fran’s friend, Emily and nanny to Waverly, recommended her for the job. The Stratford’s also employ, Anna, as a dog walker;  Fran, Emily, and Anna become good friends.

Planning a party any little girl would love’s a joy for Fran.  This is her big break;  everything’s going great from the food to the games. That is until Byron’s murdered during a game of murder in the park. The prime suspect’s Emily;  Fran with Anna’s help must find the real killer and set Emily free.  With a multitude of suspects, all with good motives, Fran might be in over her head with a murder investigation and her first party as a planner.  My cozy mystery book reviews of Murder In The Park follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

As everyone knows, I love cozy mysteries and love to review them; my reviews are always easy to craft for cozies.  McAllister fed my hunger for cozies with Murder In The Park.  With a variety of suspects, from the B&B owner, a male model, and the ultra rich, McAllister set the stage for a fine murder mystery.  Adding in a police officer who’s single-minded and hard to like, added much to this tale of murder and secrets.  Including dogs and Fran’s cat, Percy, added an extra element to the story.  I love story-lines with animals; after all who doesn’t love dogs and cats.

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All-Butter ShortDead By H. Y. Hanna

 

Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 0

All-Butter ShortDead
All-Butter ShortDead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE ALL-BUTTER SHORTDEAD BY H.Y. HANNA:

Gemma’s headed back home to England in All-Butter ShortDead.  Giving up a high paying job in Australia, Gemma’s decided to open a tearoom in Oxford.  Flying home, she meets Jenn Murray, a fellow passenger, on the 24 hour flight.  Jenn and Gemma strike up a conversation and become friendly during the flight;  Gemma finds Jenn’s scarf tucked in the arm of her seat.  Gemma contacts Jenn’s hotel to let her know she has her scarf.  Returning the scarf, Gemma decides to stay and have a drink with Jenn, leaving late;  she helped a slightly drunk Jenn to her room.

When Jenn’s found dead in her hotel bathroom, the CID’s looking into foul play and Gemma’s their prime suspect.  Gemma’s the last person to see Jenna alive.  With four noisy old ladies to help her, Gemma must find the real killer.  My cozy mystery book review of All-Butter ShortDead follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING DEVELOPMENT:

With writing so vivid and descriptive, I could clearly picture Jenn in my mind’s eye. The descriptions of Oxford were so vivid I could see each quaint building and the sorry state of the building where she planned to open, The Little Stables Tearoom.  However, there maybe a snag, as a second tempting offer came in from a Chinese corporation wanting to turn this 500-year-old building into a tacky tourist trap.  Then of course, after the awful expose′ in the newspaper, who in their right mind would give Gemma a loan; I could feel Gemma’s indignation at the turn of events.

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Murder In The Mansion By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Daniel Swift Mystery

Murder In The Mansion
Murder In The Mansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE MANSION BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

In Murder In The Mansion, we find cheating husband Todd Nelson, on the phone with his lover, Tiffany.  Knowing something’s going on, his wife wealthy Jillian Wilmington Nelson, listens on an extension.  The fight which follows, between Todd and Jillian, leaves her paralyzed and bed ridden after she tumbles down the stairs.  Knowing Todd’s only after her money, she contacts her cousin, Rachel, to come and help her.  Locking herself in her bedroom, changing the locks, refusing Todd admittance, she wants to make him pay for his attempt to kill her.  Rachel takes over the reins of Jillian’s care.  Hiring a nurse, Clare Wharton and maid, Peggy Talbot, they and Rachel care for Jillian.

When Jillian suspiciously dies, the fur hits the fan.  Clare finds herself charged with murder and Daniel Swift, attorney, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and trial.  Why did a healthy woman died so suddenly?  She should have lived into old age even though paralyzed. The nurse denies responsibility, yet, strangely some of Jillian’s jewelery’s found in her room.  Will Daniel find the real killer or will he find  Nurse Clare’s the killer?  My mystery book review of Murder In The Mansion follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Murder In The Mansion, full of twists and turns, mystery, and varied suspects, will grab your attention immediately.  As you know, mysteries are one of my favorite genre;  this book hit the spot.  Sotheby skillfully leads the reader through this investigation and trial.  Surprises are in store in this fast paced mystery.

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Play Dead (D.I. Kim Stone Book 4)By Angela Marsons

 

PLay Dead
Play Dead, Cover

PLAY DEAD…

Murder

The Body Farm

Play Dead Is An Intense Psychological Thriller

 

STORY LINE FOR PLAY DEAD:

D.I. Kim Stone is back in action in book 4 of the Stone Series.  Play Dead is an action packed thrill ride of suspense from the first pages to the last pages with nonstop plotting and development.

Westerley research facility, aka the body farm, is the dumping ground for a depraved and evil murderer.  Bodies that do not belong on the farm are appearing and D.I. Kim Stone and her team are assigned to solve this disturbing and confusing case.  However, the villain has made a mistake and left a victim alive but horribly injured.  As a result can Stone and her team solve this case or will forces that they have no control derail the

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Open Season By Maryann Miller

 

 

 

Open Season
Open Season

 

OPEN SEASON STORY LINE:

Detective Sarah Kingsley’s career has taken a bit of a left turn after the shooting death of her partner and the shooting death of the suspect at her hands.  A young black youth has died.  Racial tensions are spinning out of control thanks to the good Reverend Billie Norton and a self-serving news reporter.  The review board finds it a good shoot, but still there are political, departmental, and community issues to overcome.  Meanwhile, partnered with a Black female cop, tensions are spiraling between Sarah and Angel.

Bodies are dropping, Sarah and Angel are at each others throat, Angel’s family is against the pairing of their black daughter with a white cop, and

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All The Beautiful Brides by Rita Herron

Book Review

Thirty years ago three young girls were murder at what is now called Graveyard Falls. Thirty years ago, Johnny Pike was convicted of the murders. Thirty years to the day, another murder has occurred with the same m.o., and now Johnny is due for parole.

 

Mona, psychologist, amateur profiler, and the widow of a FBI agent now lives in Graveyard Falls, but she is there for a reason. She was given up for adoption from this town and she is determined to find her birth mother. She

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The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer

MysteriesThe President's Shadows abound in this novel.

 

Brad Meltzer is a very talented author; he has done it again in the latest offering for our delight.  The Culpepper Ring is back in action, hints, clues and mysteries are left all along the story.

 

Tot is hospitalized and in a coma, Beecher is consumed with mysteries of his father’s death, his old military unit and the White House, buried arms clutching­­­­­­­­­ something in the fist found in the Rose Garden of all places, and who was the insider that helped the culprit, a friends betrayal, Nico a psychotic killer and assassin has escaped the mental institution, Nico’s cancer ridden daughter Clementine, what’s she after?

 

The Knights of the Golden Circle what are they and why are they orchestrating events behind the scene and what is the final result they want?  Does the President really want Beecher to investigate and solve the mysteries; conspiracies abound. Beecher and the President are not friends and not quite the ultimate enemies; they could be described as frenemies; barely civil on the outside, killing enemies on the inside.

 

The President has sworn to destroy the Culpepper Ring along with Beecher; Beecher knows the President’s long buried secret that can destroy him. George Washington created the Culpepper Ring to

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