Billed for those you liked Lost and Jericho, In The Beginning, is a new series by authorCelesta Thiessen. Siblings Abigail and Nathan Taylor live in New York where crime runs rampant. When Saber Chad shows up at Abigail’s door with instructions from her father to go with him to Salt Eden, they begin a search for her brother, Nathan. Nathan’s dealing drugs and owes money to the wrong people. Someone is trying to kill him, and he can’t afford for the police to become involved. As they run for their lives, Salt Eden looks better and better. My book reviews of In The Beginning follow.
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In The Beginning Is a story filled with action and suspense. Although a short read of 46 pages, Celesta Thiessen crafted an action-packed storyline. I found the premise intriguing and the characters believable. Nathan’s character portrays him as immature and selfish. Nathan‘s a character I found hard to like. Abigail is sweet and trying to save her brother from himself. Adding in the father’s personality and his concept of recreating paradise in Salt Eden, I found he reminded me of a mad scientist as he intends to create a new world of love and peace. Without giving spoilers, I can’t say more.
Understandably, the characterizations are glimpses of what will appear in future books as Thiessen more fully develops these characters. Authors cannot develop plots and characters in a short story as they can in longer books due to the short length. However, Thiessen‘s crafted a good beginning for the series with intrigue, mystery, and family dynamics. A touch of attraction’s added between Chad and Abigail. I am intrigued where this will lead in future books.
In The Beginning is a clean book, although it has violence and drugs in the storyline. However, this made the story believable and true to life. I look forward to reading this series; Thiessen whetted my appetite for more. At the time of my review, In The Beginning, is free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Forgery, mystery, and murder are found in Two Tocks Before Midnight. Beginning on the night of October 24, 1889, Clay Boutwell crafts a mystery of suspense and murder. When forgeries appear, the Agora society is on the case. This society’s dedicated to the betterment of man, and as such, see this case as part of their creed. However, the society finds a member’s involved in these crimes. Who is the one helping the criminals and who is the mastermind behind the scene? As the murders mount, Carl Brooke, a member of Agora, ferrets out the secrets and reasons. My book reviews of Two Tocks Before Midnight follows.
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Although a short tale of 51 pages, Clay Boutwell, created a story filled with forgery and murder. Similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Carl Brookes is methodical, as well as, intuitive in his reasoning and investigative techniques. Boutwell slowly revealed Carl’s investigative genius as he developed the storyline.
Authors can not develop characters or plot lines in a short story to the extent they can a novel. However, Boutwell did a skillful job of developing the characters and plot lines in this short book. Boutwell held the who, what, and why close; revealing them at the last moment in the storyline. Using observation and deduction, will Carl Brookes solve the crimes and reveals the culprits? Sorry, you will have to read the book to decide if the night of October 24th, 1859, remains a mystery in the annals of time? In addition, Boutwell added a surprise ending which I did not expect.
Two Tocks Before Midnight is perfect for an hour or so of light reading. As a bonus, the book is free on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles websites. A clean read, it has violent scenes, but without descriptive language, making the book suitable for young adult and adults. Also, I did not find any editing errors in this book. Two Tocks Before Midnight will satisfy anyone who likes mysteries similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.
Karen Walker, a former homicide detective, is alive yet not living life. After a terrible auto accident, the death of her husband in the crash, and numerous surgeries, she lived in limbo. A call from her friend, Clarissa Hammett begging for help changes things for Karen. Clarissa’s sister, Justine, is missing and the police are no help. Karen leaves her hermit-like existence to find Justine.
Moving into the house Justine occupied before her disappearance, taking a job at the same restaurant, and nosing around, Karen knows she has hard work ahead. With a variety of characters from the antagonistic Audrey to the handsome Sam and many more, Karen interviews and questions each one. Then Paul, her husband’s brother and Justine’s estranged husband, Jimmy, show up to cause even more problems.
Has Justine been kidnapped? Is she alive or dead? Who keeps trying to kill Karen? Has Karen gotten too close to the truth? Come along with Karen as she ferrets out the facts and deals with side issues. My mysterybook reviews of The Accident follow.
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I found The Accident an intriguingmystery story. AuthorGlen Ebisch created first-class suspense in The Accident. Filled with twists and turns, many suspects, and an unexpected action-packed, mouth dropping finale, Ebisch created a tale which will rivet the reader. I found myself unable to close my E-reader until I read the last sentence. Ebisch‘ plotting is excellent as he added element upon element to this story. His scenes transition well and his writing flow smoothly. As a result, I could see the scenes and feel the characters emotions. I became enmeshed in the lives of the characters immediately. Karen’ character portrays an intelligent, savvy woman who faced the worse life could throw. Karen lived in isolated limbo for months; breathing but not living life. As a result, it was terrific to watch Ebisch develop her character.
Police Officer Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyons feature in authorCarol J. Post new mystery, suspense, romanceReunited By Danger. Amber receives facebook posts from her old friend, Ramona, begging her to come to the ten-year class reunion. Ramona says she has cancer and wishes to connect with the former group of six at the reunion.
Amber, a girl headed for no good in high school, ran with a bad crowd. Six of them who grouped together for drinking and fun. When one of the six is murdered at the reunion, Amber finds a one-line message near him. Each of them has mysteriously received cryptic messages from someone seeking vengeance for a past deed they feel the six are responsible.
Detective Caleb Lyons ran with the good crowd in school; always top grades, helping others, and a Christian to boot. These two must now work together in this case. Amber and Caleb, find her friends murdered one by one, as they receive messages of retaliation for the past. Caleb with his own demons, tries to get Amber to open up to him and tell all she knows? Will they solve this mystery? Can a relationship, possibly love, bloom between Amber and Caleb as they come closer and closer? My mysterysuspenseromancebook reviews of Reunited By Danger follows.
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Reunited In Danger grabbed me from the beginning of the book and did not let go until the last page. A fast-paced tale of vengeance, murder, and secrets, authorCarol J. Post, crafted a first class story filled with mystery and suspense. I could relate to their immature behavior, as we all were immature in our teen years of high school. Post highlights the repercussions of immature behavior with the resulting damage and repercussions which occur.
I found the suspense and mystery is addictive as I became involved in the story-line. Then, I found myself asking: who’s going to be next and what happened on that night long ago? Post kept the identity of the murderer and secrets close to her chest and did not reveal either until absolutely necessary to the story-line. What event set the murderer on the trail of vengeance? Wondering if Amber’s involved and praying not, I impatiently clicked my E-reader screen, reading this book straight through as I had to know the answers.
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.
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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.
Rachel, the owner of a new bakery shop, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in Baker Detectives Cozy Mystery,A Pie To Die For. Death of the hated food critic at the food fair leads to failing baker Rachel’s door. She is sure Bakermatic is behind all her woes including the murder. Can Rachel and her friend Pippa ferret out the truth and prove Rachel Innocent? Is romance in the air for Rachel and the local detective on the case? Will Rachel and Pippa solve the murder and save the bakery in time?
STORY TWO DONUTS, ANTIQUES, AND MURDER:
The bakery‘s succeeding and Pippa’s assistant manager in Two Donuts, Antiques, and Murder. Pippa thinks Rachel’s haunted/cursed; people seem to die around Rachel. Nevertheless, Rachel’s determined to expand into the antique store next door; which Pippa declares haunted. Of course, there are another murders or two and questions about the portrait of two children in the antique shop. Is the portrait
In authorRuby Loren‘s latest book, Murder Is A Monkey’s Game, Madi and Lowell are in France. Madie’s helping a zoo improve their habituates and environment for the animals. Suddenly a paraglider falls from the sky into the Bengal tiger habituate. Lowell immediately recognizes the victim; a man from Lowell’s dark and mysterious past.
When two mysterious agents turn up in the village asking lots of questions, things heat up for Lowell and Madi. As the victims continue to mount, Madi’s in the middle of another murder investigation; with everyone suspects, including Lowell. My cozymysterybook reviews of Murder Is A Monkey’s Game follows.
With a multitude of suspects and few clues, Madi will have to dig hard to find the who, why, and what, involved in this case. Ruby Loren skillfully concealed the identity of the murderer among a cast of many; revealing the why and who at the last possible moment. I was blown away when the murderer’s shown, as well as, the reason for the crimes. I did not consider this person as the culprit. As a detective, I would be a bust.
Including the cute, but mischievous monkeys, provided classic moments of animal behavior. They are first-class monkey rascals who get into many monkey high-jinks; adding bits of humor and laughter. Also, Loren included in a sweet dog who provided many laughs at her owner’s expense.
AuthorD. J. Williams‘ mysterycrimenovel, Waking Lazarus, an action-packed thriller, enmeshes the reader into a many-layered story-line. Jake Harris’s commissioned by Doc Warren to write his memoir; Doc’s an old friend of Jake’s estranged father. Warren begins his narrative with his knowledge of Sister Evelyn, 1920’s evangelist. When Jake finds Warren murdered the next day, his life takes on a full-tilt drive of a lifetime. Jake received just enough information on Evelyn Shaw to whet his appetite. What started as a memoir quickly morphed into a something much more; the criminal elements of the world realize what has happened. Jake Harris, down and out addict, finds himself involved in a fight for his life.
Deaths, shootouts, conspiracies, murders, and criminals galore, pepper this deeply involved story. From the highest levels of government to an organization formed to protect the criminal underground and silence 1920’s Evangelist/revolutionary Sister Evelyn Harris, to present day arch criminals. Come along and follow Jake and company as they ferret out the secrets of Sister Evelyn and the impact on the world today. Who or what is Lazarus? That is the sixty-four thousand dollar question, and only by reading Waking Lazarus can you find out! Grab a comfortable seat, my mysterysuspensenovel/bookreviews of Waking Lazarus follows.
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Firstly, I must say how enthralled I was with this book. I could not put it down. From one fast-paced scene to another, authorD. J. Williams leads the reader through a maze of conspiracies, criminals, and deaths. In the beginning, I was not sure this book would be my cup of tea. It did not take long before I knew this was a powerhouse of a book. A complicated conspiracy with many intensely driven characters and layers, Williams hooks the reader and does not let go as he leads you through his story. What a story this is!
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.
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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?
In Halloween Is Murder, Sean and Sara McKinley, wishing to support charities for children, have set up a Halloween house. Getting a television interview by Chloe Parson, they did not expect Chloe to turn up dead the same day. Owner’s of Pay It Forward Investigations, Sara has a “feeling” Chloe has been the victim of murder. After heartfelt pleas to investigate, Sara persuades Sean to take the case; they set off to find if murder‘s the cause.
The police are still investigating the case; which means Sean and Sara must be careful proceeding. Through twists and turns, the McKinley’s, dare I say, tiptoe through their investigation. What will they find? Was Chloe murdered? If so, who did it, friend or foe? My book review of Halloween Is Murder follows.
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Once again authorCarolyn Arnold created a fantastic murdermystery. Filled with twists and turns, well-developed character, and an intriguing story-line, this book holds the reader‘s attention. I love Sean and Sara. Arnold filled Sean with love for Sara. He’s willing to do almost anything to make her happy. Sara’s a determined, strong woman; yet, she has issues of insecurity. With hunches, feelings, and intuition, she makes a great investigator and partner for Sean. She uses her talents, and he uses methodical investigation and reason; he wants evidence in his cases, she goes by her gut. They compliment each other; they each have a technique of crime solving.
Moshe Karlin’s life has taken an unusual turn. After waking up naked and alone in the Mount of Olives Cemetery, Moshe thinks it’s the day after his birthday party. However, he finds two years have passed, and unbelievably he was dead and buried. Unable to understand what has happened, he consults with his local advisor, Rabbi Yosef. Rabbi Yosef has an entirely different take on Moshe’s resurrection.
Moshe finds he has lost his wife to his best friend and business partner, lost his home, and the business he worked to build is failing. Meanwhile, as a mysterious prophet heads to the cemetery, everything changes in the blink of an eye; a man who thinks he’s someone he could not possibly be. Or could he?
Come with Moshe as he travels a road of enlightenment, danger, and controversy. My book reviews of An Unexpected Afterlife follows.
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Dan Sofer created an original, tantalizing, and intriguing drama in An Unexpected Afterlife. Filled with fascinating facts of the Jewishfaith, I found myself enthralled. I have always wondered about the culture, practices, and worship of the Jewishreligion; Sofer answered an array of my questions. With vivid descriptions and skillful prose, Sofer grabbed me immediately and did not let go.
Sofer introduced a tantalizing concept through Rabbi Yosef of the valley of dry bones, the Resurrection of the Dead, the Prophet Elijah, and revelation of the Messiah. If you are not familiar with Ezekiel 37, I partially quoted from the King James Version of the Bible below; for more extensive reading see the above chapter in the Bible or on the internet.
In Soft On The Devil by author Robert Lampros, the reader finds a twisted tale of murder, mystery, and corruption. Christian Ian Phillips sees his neighbor, Cindy Myran outside his door, on the run, and needing help. A week later she is dead. Who killed party girl and druggie Cindy and why? Running from criminals, watching his back, and trying to solve the murder of Cindy, Ian’s world has taken on a life of its own.
Although not my cup of tea, I found the author, Robert Lampros, in-cooperated everything needed to craft a successful novel. With various character and clean writing, the right audience will like this mysterysuspensethrillernovel. AuthorRobert Lampros included twists and turns in his plot lines. I did not put the pieces together even though Lampros dropped hints along the way. Also, Lampros included scripture Ian used to guide his life. However he did not push religion on the reader.
Pepper, college student, Nancy Drew fanatic, and lover of things Shakespearean, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Entering her favorite professor’s office, she finds visiting Dr. Campbell dead; along with what seems a suicide note. However, the police decide murder not suicide’s the cause. They believe Dr. Ferguson, aka Fergie, murdered Campbell. Pepper decides to investigate on her own and prove Fergie innocent. Pepper has a slew of suspects; setting her sights on Professor Evensworth, better known by Pepper as Evilsworth, is prime suspect number one.
Meeting handsome, Alex, at the library desk, Pepper’s horrified to find he’s the lead detective’s son. Their beginning is far from cordial; Alex tells her an amateur messed up the crime scene. Pepper realizes immediately, she’s the amateur. Alex tries to dissuade Pepper from her investigation. However, Pepper will have none of it. They decide to loosely join forces. Who murdered Campbell and why? Could romance be in air the between Alex and Pepper? My mysterybook review of Literally Dead follows.
The Ghastly Gizmoauthored by Tilda Hale is a first-rate children’s book. Detective Ralph and the team of Domesticated Investigation Bureau agents are on the trail of a missing neighbor feline. After finding the missing cat, Barnabas, they find themselves in a spot of trouble; rodent Frances comes to the rescue. Barnabas has quite a tale to tell and Detective Ralph and company have a mystery to solve. What is this monster that is terrorizing everyone? Can Ralph and the Domesticated Investigation Bureau solve this case? Grab a chair, have a seat, my children’s mystery book reviews of The Ghastly Gizmo follows.
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Although a first work by Tilda Hale, her talent is clear in this short children’s book. As a result, the story-line is rich in prose and development. Novellas by their nature are short and can not contain the structure and development of a full novel. However within the 31 pages of the book, Hale entertains and holds the interest of the young reader.
Sgt. James Savorski never returned home from WW11. Listed as missing in action on May 25, 1944 at Anzio, his nephew Bob receives a Christmas card post marked Anzio from James in 1987. Later he receives a beautiful old medallion along with a mysterious message post marked Salerno.
Bob’s determined to find his Uncle; under the pretext of learning more of France, Bob heads off for Italy. What he will find changes his life and his perceptions forever. Come along with Bob in an adventure and revelations of a lifetime. My contemporary fiction book reviews of The 45th Nail follows.
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First, let me say, this novel will open the reader’s eyes to war and the continuing consequences which haunt the survivors and victims. The Lahey‘s wove mystery into the story-line as they lead the readers through Italy and a journey of revelations, both good and bad. The reader does not discover the significance of the 45th nail until the last part of the story which left me surprised
In Driven To Death, Bex Wynter’s life in New York had gone off the rails. Losing her soul mate in an auto crash, almost destroyed her. Needing to recoup and start in a new place, she accepts a position at the London Met. Her first case will almost do her in when she finds herself heading up a new team investigating an auto crash. Was it murder or an accident? She and her team must ferret out the facts and determine the true cause of the death of two young people. One an ordinary rebellious teenager, the other the son of a wealthy man in high places of government. Evie Butterworth, watched as Bon’s car mowed down and killed her daughter, Clara. Called a Saint because she immediately tried to save the driver, Evie’s seen by millions on YouTube.
Come along with Bex as she and her team learn there’s more to the story than first appeared. My mysterysuspensebook review of Driven To Death follows
Elleby Harper created differing outlooks, manner of dress, personalities, and investigative techniques, for Bex’s team members. I found Quinn a riot; I didn’t know whether to hate him or love him. Jealous of the American placed in a position he thought he should have received, his snarks and snips at Bex will make you laugh and then, make you want to shake him. I loved the nerdy personality of Reuben, a former real estate salesman, who suddenly finds himself a trainee DC on the Youth Crimes Team under command of Bex. The wrinkled seasoned warrior Eli, and stylish Idris, round out the team.
Isabella Tate and Elliot Covington, The Duke of Coldwell, have starring roles in authorBridget Barton‘s latest historical Regencynovel, A Beauty For the Scarred Duke. As children,Isabella and her best friend Esme, told stories of the monster who lived in the old mansion. A monster who lived in the same county they do.
Elliot, The Duke of Coldwell, scarred for life by fire, lived in seclusion for eighteen years; alone and grieving the ones he loved. He’s the monster Isabella and Esme spoke of. Elliott’s a scarred lonely man. He isolated himself from the world because of his deformity. His scars run deeper than the physical.
Isabella’s hard-hearted father, The Earl of Upperton, has decided it’s time she marry. He’s desperately in need of money for his heir, Anthony. He sells Isabella in marriage. He has chosen, none other, than the scarred Duke of Coldwell. Believing Elliot a monster, Isabella’s frighten to death. Forced into the marriage by her father, Isabella finds Elliot’s face frightful; on one side would frighten children, and the other, win any woman’s hand in England. So begins the marriage of Elliot and Isabella. Will Isabella be able to overlook Elliot’s scars to see the true man inside? Can Elliot let go of his guilt to live life to the fullest with Isabella? Can this marriage survive it’s flawed beginnings? Will love bloom between these two people in need of love and security? My Regencyromance book reviews of A Beauty For The Scarred Duke follows.
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A Beauty For The Scarred Duke‘s filled with intense emotion and a touch of mystery. Barton skillfully wove into the story-line how Elliot’s scarred; holding it close to the chest and revealing details only when necessary. Barton added a touch of mystery with the ruined tower. Through descriptive and skillful writing, I could feel Isabella’s fear of Elliot and her evolving regard. I could see Elliot’s scars and the burned tower. As well as, his home and the beautiful grounds in my mind’s eye.
Barton slowly developed the bond between Elliot and Isabella. She gave them time to know each other and accept what could
Suzanne Hosteller’s back in small town Charity to investigate the murder of Joseph Eshes. Leaving her Amish life and faith to work in law enforcement, she never thought she’d be back in Charity. Life with the Englisch has not been without its trials; including a Captain jealous because she beat out his kids for her current job. Suzanne’s investigating the case without a partner and she’s an outsider. A case without a preliminary investigation and a Sheriff unwilling to help, she will not solve this case quickly or easily. Then add in the fact, her Aunt Milly has decided to play matchmaker. Suzanne’s former beau, Gideon Brunstetter, still lives in Charity. Things are warming up in the small town of Charity. My romance book review of The Amish Widower follows.
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AuthorKatie Fisher created an awesome Amishromancemystery in The Amish Widower. Fisher filled this story with emotion which the reader can feel on every page; the anguish of a love not fulfilled, the sorrow of a dead wife, and guilt. As well as, the grief of the missing girls from Charity. Due to Fisher‘s vivid writing, I could feel Suzanne grief of her missing mother and murdered father. I could feel Suzanne’s anguish as she questions her place in the world; she’s neither Amish nor Englisch. She’s torn as she’s once more in her former Amish community. Yet, so lonely in the Englisch world. I loved watching Katie Fisher mature Suzanne. Skillfully Fisher led Suzanne to realize the true reasons she left the Amish and her faith.
Gideon you will love; he’s a strong man who lost his way. Gideon’s riddled with guilt he must face and resolve. But through faith in God and prayer, he found his way back. He’s ready to help Suzanne any way he can. Suzanne ask his help in the investigation; knowing he can open doors unavailable to her as an Englisch.
Alexa Wolving, black belt martial arts instructor at night and librarian by day, has a full life without men. Five years previously, Drew Cosimo, Army Ranger, broke her heart. Since then, her principle’s simple: never give men a second chance. But that trusty rule’s about to be tested. Drew Casimo, has come back to Willowdale; opening a karate school in competition with Crouching Tiger.
Angry, determined to ignore Drew, and all he stands for, Alexa will find fate’s her master. For Alexa has a stalker bent on having her at all costs. Drew and Alexa are drawn together as the stalker comes closer and closer. My suspenseromance book reviews of Storm Of Attraction follows.
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Storm Of Attraction‘s filled with suspense, mystery, emotion, and romance. A fast paced read, it grabs the reader immediately and does not let go. Lily Black drew the suspense and mystery out; not revealing the stalker‘s identity until the last possible moment. What a surprise; I had no idea he was the stalker! The romance in Storm Of Attraction‘s slow and easy; a sweetromance with heavy kissing, a little grabbing, and intense emotion. Lilly Black stated: it was given a four on the blush scale. For those of us who do not like descriptive or graphic sex, Storm Of Attraction hits the romance spot. Black did not rush her characters into a relationship, as Alexa has issues she must resolve. Will she ever forgive Drew? You will have to read the book to find out.
I loved Alexa’s character; strong, determined, independent, and caring. As Black developed and matured Alexa, I could feel her confusion, anger, and questioning. While Drew is uncertain of his feelings, he can not help his attraction to Alexa. He’s a strong man with morals and principles; a man of honor who matured and regrets his past actions with Alexa.
With a mixture of romance, suspense, mystery, and martial arts, Storm of Attraction‘s a solid well-written book. Also, Black included secondary characters which enrich the story-line. Black‘s characterization and creation of the stalker‘s truly vile; I rooted for him to get his ” just desserts”. What a sick man Lily Black skillfully crafted. Black‘s writing’s solid, easy to follow, and her scenes transition smoothly from scene to scene. With an explosive ending, you will close this book with satisfaction. A perfect read for a lazy afternoon in your favorite chair with a beverage by your side.
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 cozymysterybook reviews of The Silence Of The Snakes follows.
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AuthorRuby 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.
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.
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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 entertainingread.
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.
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
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.
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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 murdermystery. 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.
STORY-LINE HAVEN ON THE RIVERWALK BY EILEEN CRUZ COLEMAN:
Maggie’s on the run from her life in New York. Missing her bus in Soloman’s Island, unsure what she’s going to do, she found a hero in Dustin. Dustin, the small community of Soloman’s Island, and Dustin’s sister, give Maggie has a second chance at life. At the speed of lightning, Dustin and Maggie fall for each other. But Maggie’s past does not stay in the past as it comes back to haunt her. My romance book reviews of Haven On The Riverwalk follows.
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Although a short story of 48 pages, I found Haven On The Riverwalk a satisfying romance filled with danger and mystery. Authors can not develop in-depth characters or story-lines in a short story as they can in a novel. Everything, including the ending, in a short story or novella happens quickly without the slow and full development of a novel. However, Coleman did a good job with premise, structure, and plot with this romance. I found the plot and mystery intriguing, the suspense held at high peak,
Maria Kay takes starring role in Lady Likes The Lord. Known as the good sister, Maria has secrets. If only the Ton knew the real Maria. Finally deciding to take a husband, Maria sets her sights on Cole Leverton, Lord Marion; Cole has loved Maria for years. Now the time is right and she’s ready to break the Kay-Abbey curse. She refuses to follow her sisters and marry an Abbey, especially Edmund.
Edmund does not want love and refuses to fall under its spell as his brothers did. However, he will have Maria, she is his and he intents to make her his wife. But fate has much in store for Maria and Edmund. Adventure, action, romance, and secrets swirling around Regency London, awaits the reader in Lady Likes The Lord. My Regencyromance book reviews follows.
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Set in 1832, Regency England, Meyers latest addition to the Abbey Brothers Series, Lady Likes The Lord, grabbed me immediately. With Meyers vivid descriptions, I could see the fancy ballrooms and all the Ton dressed to impress. As well as, see the back street taverns including the low life and criminal elements, almost smell the horse-flesh, and felt Edmund’s frustration. The criminal element Meyers crafted for Lady Likes The Lord, made my skin crawl. A truly evil man without conscience or a sense of right and wrong. Filling her tale with emotion, action, and secrets, I read this book straight through as I could not put it down. I was back with old friends from the earlier books, learning the latest in their lives, and loving every minute spent with them. I lovebooks with recurring characters; the Kay sisters and the Abbey brothers never fail to entertain.
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 murderinvestigation 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 mysterybook review of Murder In The Mansion follows.
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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.
STORY-LINE THE MYSTERY OF HER BY PATRICIA CATACALOS:
There are killers loose in Patricia Catacalos latest novel, the Mystery of Her. Set in London 1888, someone’s killing prostitutes in White Chapel and in the wealthy bedrooms of the Ton. Lady Kiera Everett believes the nurse caring for her father murdered him; a nurse he left a substantial amount in a newly amended will. Contacting the Zane Brothers Detective Agency, she hires them to investigate her father’s death. Kiera’s determined to take part in the investigation. Zachary Zane’s determined she won’t; Kiera determined she will. Who will win this battle of wills?
A historical Victorian Era mysteryromancenovel with mystery, murder of the wealthy, the White Chapel murders, and a variety of characters, make an entertaining intriguingread. With everyone’s avid interest in Jack The Ripper, Catacalos, vividly and skillfully included these “Ripper like murders” as part of her story-line; the Torso Killer and Leather Apron. Set in London of 1888, the setting was perfect for inclusion.
In Hunting Hour, author Margaret Mizushima, crafted an intriguingintensesuspensefulmystery. Deputy Sheriff Mattie Cobb and Robo, her K9partner, work in a small town Sheriff Department. In earlier books in the series, Mattie formed a relationship with divorced local vet Cole Walker and his children. Cole does not understand why during the last few months, Mattie pulled away from him and his girls. Unbeknownst to Cole, Mattie began working with a therapist as she tries to sort out her issues stemming from childhood abuse.
When Candace Bank’s mother reports her missing, Robo and Mattie begin the search at the school which stretches out to Smoker’s Hill; a hang out for local teens; where Maggie and Robo find Candace’s body. Although only 13 years old and in junior high, Candace had several inappropriate relationships with male teens at the high school. Did one of them kill Candace? When Cole’s younger daughter Sophie disappears, Mattie and Robo are back in search mode. Will Mattie and Robo find Sophie before it too late? Who is stalking the children of this small town? My book review of Hunting Hour follows.
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While Hunting Hour is a crime thriller, it’s also a testament of the versatility of K9 partners, as well as highlighting mental health and family dynamics. With many suspects, some with mental health issues, and an officer having mental health issues of her own, Mizushima created a solid suspense tale filled with emotion. As well as, highlighting issues pertinent to today.
The lead story shares the same name as the title; The Amish Best Friends. A wonderful buy with bonus content of 20 stories; for a total of 1708 page. A great deal for any reader who lovesAmish and Christianromances at a surprising low costs of .99. A cleansweetbook suitable for anyone, you will love these stories. I chose to review the lead story, TheAmish Best Friends.
STORY-LINE THE AMISH BEST FRIENDS BY KATIE FISHER:
In the lead story,The Amish Best Friends, Hannah Zook teaches school in Orthause, Pennsylvania. Devout and dedicated to the Amish way of life, when Mennonite Eli Reimer wants to marry her, she’s thrown into a quarry. For Eli demands she join his church, forsaking her Amish church.
When Ezekiel Miller’s murdered, the Englisch, investigating the murder, send Jacob King and his partner to the Amish community. Jacob left the Amish after his rumspringa, becoming a law enforcement officer. Hannah comforts Ezekiel’s wife, Martha, who’s the prime suspect and eventually arrested. As far as Hannah’s concerned, he has arrested the wrong person. She decides to start her own investigation with her best friend Abram Wittmer by her side. My Amishromance book review follows.
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I found this story well-written and entertaining. Fisher created a first class romancesuspensemystery. Her writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow, as well as, containing scenes which transition smoothly. Fisher keep the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the murderer until the last possible moment. With several suspects, I did not guess the correct culprit.
In Guilty Deeds Dominka Waclawiak, created another intenseaction packedsuspensethriller which will grab the reader immediately. Hold on tight for you are going on a roller coaster ride with Detective Eva Murphy and her partner Detective Larson; along with characters from book 1, Grim Angel. After the conclusion of Grim Angel and finding the Jerry Killer, Eva’s returning to the LAPD from a months suspension. Eva’s partner’s anything but thrilled to see her. For Larson has a bad case of jealousy and insecurity. When female torso’s begin showing up, mother’s are missing, children appear abused, and husbands which are sitting on the edge of brutality, they must try to work together again.
Eva and Larson must solve these murders quickly; before more bodies appears. However, this serial killer’s smart; leaving no clues behind to aid in their investigation. Eva’s running out of time to solve the case as the bodies mount. Come along with Eva and journey through horror, spirits, and monsters. My suspense thriller book review of Guilty Deeds follows.
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.
In Lady Lands the Lord, Margaret Kay lay deathly ill at school. Uncle Martin Dawnton, Duke of Wardington, promises if she will live, she may live whatever life she wants. All the Kay girls are different from the normal society chits. Margaret, the Dukes favorite of the girls and too much like the Duke and sons, does not fit the restrictive mold of society; after all, she was ruined when found with the footman in her bedroom. Recovering from cholera, Margaret’s back in town with a to do list; a scandalous list. She wants to live life to the beat of her own drummer, without the encumbrance of a husband, and sets out to do so with the help of Lord Roger Abbey.
Roger, professional actor in the theater and unconventional, was the bane of his family existence when he left school for the theater. Bent on never falling in love or marrying, Roger and fate have a date. For fate has other things in mind for Roger and Margaret. A laughter filled romp with a touch of mystery through Regency England, my review of Lady Lands The Lord follows.
Henry Drexler, Richard’s old partner owns a compound, Välkommen, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Although the name means “welcome”, Välkommen’s anything but welcoming once you get inside. Drexler takes in everyone, as long as, they are racists, white power neo Nazis’. Realizing Drexler probably summoned the past monsters they battled, Richard must send in Lindsay and Ben incognito to find as much information as they can. Between the black uniformed guards, neo Nazis crazies, and Drexler’s sociopath son, they will find information does not come easy. But when found, it’s terrible and frightening, as monsters resident in the Pine Barren.
Author Mark J. Donovan’s Waterkill will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starting in a small Yemeni village, the villagers sudden and unexplained horrific deaths opens this fast paced novel. Almost everyone died in this new and unknown epidemic; suddenly and horribly.
When a small plane crashes in Alaska with a mysterious passenger and brief case on board, CEO Dr. Dave Henson and Ron Blackwell of NSurv Inc., are given the task of finding the crashed plane. As well as, the cause of the deaths in Yemen. Chatter in the underground networks link the events. They must determine how all the pieces fit together.
Dave’s wife, internationally journalist Dana Cogswell kidnapped in Germany after a strange epidemic in Eberswalde, sets more events in motion; Germany mirrors the events in Yemen. Is this the feared pandemic? Why kidnap Dana? Who if
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.
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.
STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE DEVELOPMENT BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:
In Murder In The Development, we find Diane and Albert, amateur detectives and possibly the bane, of Inspector Crothers existence. Pruning her roses, trying to get the characters for her latest book to coöperate, they receive a call from Crothers asking for help. He’s sending Monique Carstairs for help with her missing husband, Jonathan.
Returning home, Monique finds her house in total disarray, with the words TRAITOR, painted everywhere. Where is Johnathan and what has he gotten into? Finding several worthy culprits, Diane’s on the case; action and murder is sure to follow. My review of cozy mystery, Murder In The Development, follows.
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I lovecozy mysteries and rarely do I correctly guess who is the murderer. This book’s no different. Sotheby crafted a fast-paced book filled with clues, and possible villains. I found the pacing correct for the length of the book and the characters well-developed. I loved Albert’s character; he’s a hoot. Diane and Albert compliment each other. I enjoyed the snips and snarks they tossed around. Diane, a motherly caring woman on the surface; far from matronly she has an inquisitive mind and the skill to sort out a mystery. Including several worthy culprits, and a surprise ending, I found this a good cozy mystery.
Author Tamara Hart Heiner crafted a great young adult mystery romance novel in Reaching Kylee. When Pierce Hudson’s mother died, his world changed forever. Left without a maternal anchor, Pierce has not resolved the issue of his mother’s death. His life now seems superficial and inadequate. Hoping to give the family a new start, Pierce’s father moves them to a new area, new house, and new high school.
Pierce finds his next door neighbor scary. Not just scary, they are crazy, the law comes around often, and their daughter has disappeared. Solving the mystery of Kylee’s disappearance becomes an all-consuming obsession for Pierce. Will Pierce ferret out the circumstances surrounding his next door neighbors? Has Kylee run away or is she dead?
In The Giant Secret (1899 AD) Finding Christopher, the reader’s transported to the Appalachians. Hans and Ava immigrants to America, seeking a new life, have just buried their second stillborn child. With spirits low, Ava realizes children are not in her future. Fate and perhaps a higher being have different ideas. Come along with Ava and Hans as they discover sometimes, the thing they most desire will be granted, but perhaps. not as they thought. My review of The Giant Secret(1899) Finding Christopher, follows
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This is the first short-story by David Alan Webb I have read. Firstly, I must state how much I enjoyed this short-story of faith and love. Without giving away spoilers, I can only say, sometimes the most precious gift comes in different packing than we
In Kiss a Bridesmaid by author Courtney Hunt, we find Abigail Browne, strolling in beautiful Forsyth Park. Living alone since her Grandmother decided to move into the local senior retirement center, Abigail’s lonely and without a job. Watching a lovely wedding group prose for photo’s, Abigail notices the dog sitting peacefully with the group. When the doggie ring bearer takes off after a frisbee, Abigail grabs the leash and ends up muddy and bedraggled. Recused by wedding caterer, chef, and owner of The Pie Plate restaurant, Shortie Campbell, Abigail finds herself opening up to him.
Suggesting she apply for a job with his partner, Always a Bridesmaid’s, who provides everything needed for a successful wedding including extra bridesmaids and groomsmen. Abigail, shy and withdrawn, finds it hard to relate to people, but knows she must find a job or lose her home.
As Abigail and Shortie, work together, in the business, they become closer and closer. But Abigail has childhood trauma which she must come to terms. Can these two build more than a business relationship? My reviews for romance novel, Kiss A Bridesmaid, follows.
Author Christine Benedict has created a spine tingling mystery thriller in her novel,Anonymous. Set in 1984, a young couple will come face to face with the evil of humanity, the paranormal, and their own mortality. Furthermore, they live to tell the tale. Do ghost exist? Ask the real people who know this circa 1875 farmhouse. Yes, it does exist and Ms. Benedict’s based Anonymous on this house and personal experience with a stalker. The Monroe Falls Paranormal Society investigated this house and produced a documentary; link can found at bottom of page.
In 1984, Debra and Greg move into a run down circa 1875 farmhouse. Containing 14 rooms, In need of extensive repairs, and far scarier than Debra could have ever imagined. Birthed in a family of insanity, abused both mental and physical, Debra fights thoughts of following her mother’s insane path. Meanwhile, things are happening in this old house; frightening things. Finding herself alone with her thoughts, she befriends her neighbors. Julie appears to have it all. Yes she does, including a mysterious insane stalker. Between Julie’s stalker, Julie’s violent husband Kyle, and a house trying to drive her crazy, Debra is hanging on by
Author Kfir Luzzatto created an action packed thriller in his novelExodus ’95. Claire Williams befriends an elderly neighbor, Jack Jones, who proposes an unbelievable proposition. Saying yes to this sweet old man will change Claire’s life forever. Dan Ze’evi, former Israeli soldier, owns a small failing company. Approached by a Russian offering a wealth of money for a large part of the company, Dan’s decision will change everything he knows. Two people brought together on one adventure for which the world is not ready.
On the hunt for the fabled staff of Moses, said to have indescribable power, Dan and Claire, on the run from villains in every corner, form a bond. Can Claire and Dan finish their mission before Claire’s body gives out and the fanatics and villains win the day? My reviews for thriller suspense novel, Exodus ’95 follows.
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Firstly, I must say what an action packed thrill ride awaits the reader in Exodus ’95. Author Kfir Luzzatto grabs the reader immediately, sinks the hook in deep, and never let’s go. Filled with action around every corner, with twists and turns totally unexpected, this is a spine tingling novel. Luzzatto created believable characters even though the
In I Found You, author Lisa Jewell crafted a complex story-line of intrigue, mystery, guilt, and murder. Alice Lake finds a amnesiac young man on the beach in Ridinghouse Bay. Taking him under her wing and into her home, he slowly recovers his memory; revealing a tale of horror.
Meanwhile in London, Lisa Monrose, discovers her husband of three weeks missing. Alone in a strange country, without friends or money, Lisa contacts the police; she’s told her husband doesn’t exist. Realizing she knows little about her husband, Lisa sets out to find him and discover his secrets.
Decades earlier as teenagers, Gray and Kristy, vacationed in Ridinghouse Bay. They meet a young man whose complex and dark. Much older than Kristy, he takes an unhealthy interest in the young Kristy, leaving Gray with a bad feeling. Really bad feelings, he can’t shake.
Secrets, mystery, and intrigue abound in this tale; all will meet in this small coastal town as Jewell reveals the
Secret Dad by authorVictoria Pinder, book 5 of the House of Morgan series, begins with a crime. The new Morgan on the block has big troubles; someone kidnapped Elizabeth Morgan’s son. Rafe Soliz, the “go to cop”, when the Morgan’s have problems, knocks on Elizabeth door. What neither Elizabeth or Rafe realize, they know each other, at least physically. Unknown to Rafe, he’s the father of Elizabeth’s son. Neither knew the others full name or history as lust took over and Elizabeth ran the “morning after” before Rafe woke. But fate is a fickle lady, as she places all the pieces in their proper places to bring Elizabeth and Rafe together again.
Rafe’s hired help, not part of the ultra wealthy Morgan clan’s social sphere; now he finds he has a son with a Morgan. Rafe feels Elizabeth is above his reach. However, he will do everything in his power to keep her and his son safe from vicious threats, kidnapping, and possibly harm. Will Elizabeth change Rafe’s prejudice against their different social positions? Can Rafe save both of the people who mean so much to him?
STORY-LINE THE EARL’S NEW IDENTITY BY JASMINE ASHFORD:
In the Earl’s New Identity, we find Wesley, Earl of Rippon, ran from his life in Ireland. Never looking back, Wesley is a rising star in the British Navy; his life is exactly what he wants. On leave he and his mates stay with Lord Bamber, Third Lieutenant. Bamber’s the only person on board aware of Wesley’s true identity. While staying with Bamber, Wesley meets a beautiful young singer on the street, not realizing she’s Lola Montclair; Bamber’s good friend and a well-known actress. The attraction is immediate for both. However, something terrible is happening at the theater. Three young men have died who had scenes with Lola.
With Lola a suspect in the case, Wesley has decisions to make; decisions which will affect the rest of his life. Can Wesley solve the murders? Can nobility and commoner forge a relationship? My reviews of mystery romance novel, The Earl’s New Identity, follows.
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First let me say, this book’s a relaxing and entertaining read. Perfect for an afternoon of light reading in your favorite chair. I found Ashford’s characters likeable and the story-line interesting. However, I could not imagine a person of higher rank
In Flightless Bird, we find a young girl on the verge of womanhood. Raised by an abusive alcoholic mother, her father in prison, and an only child, Lexus Wren is lonely, extremely shy, very insecure, dirt poor, and the butt of jokes and demeaning comments in high school.
“She was like a flightless bird, her wings clipped by every cruel word and heartless action…”
Her life’s a nightmare until the day two hunky new students, twins Phoenix and Griffin Easton, transfer to her school. Lexus can not believe they find her attractive; the odd ball of the school. Lexus can only think: how’s this possible? She has never had a boyfriend, and suddenly she has two boys vying for her attention. She has nothing to recommend her as she’s white trash. However, Phoenix and Griffin see something in Lexus no one else sees.
Phoenix and Griffin have their own set of problems and issues, the least of which is Lexus. Both, Phoenix and Griffin, attracted to Lexus, find she has a decidedly unusual affect upon them. Electricity and sparks flow when Lexus touches either of them. Really, actual sparks. Drawn to Lexus and they feel protective as well. However, each young man’s an
STORY LINE FOR THE HEART OF DARKNESS BY ODELIA FLORIS
Author Odelia Floris’ The Heart Of Darkness is a first-rate mystery romance set in medieval times. Set in England in 1430, Sheriff and Knight Sir Richard and poor gentlewoman, Rowena, find themselves at odds. After her mother’s death, Rowena is at the mercy of her cruel Aunt, Lady Cunningham and cousin Sabrina. Sabrina, in a cruel display, connived to have Rowena serve as Clerk for Sheriff Richard. Little does she know, what she has set in motion as Rowena and Richard lock horns. They shout, antagonize, disagree, and just possibly find romance.
Then, Rowena finds herself in a quarry as she begins to respect Richard and have feelings for him. However, Richard’s past is murky and he has secrets. Can Rowena ferret out the cause of Richard’s money woes and help him resolve his past and secrets?
Meanwhile, young girls disappear in neighboring villages. It is Richard’s responsibility to solve this mystery, stop the evil that is haunting his personal life and resolve his relationship with Rowena. Life has suddenly become very complicated. Come along for a roller coaster ride with Rowena and Richard as they fight themselves, killers, and evil. My reviews for mystery romance novelThe Heart Of Darkness follows.
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First I must say, this book personifies the fact explicit sex is not a prerequisite for an entertaining novel. Ms. Floris created an intriguing story filled with emotion, romance, suspense, and mystery.
Croissants and Corruption takes place in the small town of North Bank, Virginia. On the shore of the Potomac River, just far enough from the maddening crowds of Washington, D. C., everyone is friendly and feels safe from crime. Widow Margot Durand owns The Parisian Patisserie, a fine french bakery.
Widow of a police officer, Margot can’t resist a good mystery. Shortly she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Receiving a call from her sister who’s at the end of her rope with her daughter Taylor, Margot agrees to take the 19-year-old for the summer. To say Taylor is not happy getting up at 3:00 AM to work in a bakery is an under statement.
Taylor and Margot find themselves in the middle of a murder almost upon Taylor’s arrival in North Bank. Their pushy flirty waiter attacks Taylor and then later that night’s stabbed to death. Suspicious of Taylor’s involvement, Detective Adam Eastwood, a long time friend of Margot’s deceased husband, must determine if Taylor’s guilty of murder.
A lot is going on in North Bank; the seniors need a new community building and are rising funds, the mayor is running for re-election, money is missing from the seniors funds, and a murder’s committed. Maybe North Bank is not as quite as the citizens thought.
Firstly, I must say Croissants and Corruption’s an easy entertaining read suitable for a pleasant afternoon of relaxing reading. Secondly, containing the standard cozy mystery format of strong female character, small friendly town, and a murder, Author D. Collins crafted a first-class cozy mystery.
Margot’s character’s strong and independent, ready to help anyone, and always ready with a box of baked goods. With an inquisitive mind, Margot’s determination to clear her niece is strong; she won’t let anything stop her, including Detective Eastwood. Eastwood’s character’s smart, determined, and fair in his judgements and evaluations. Smart and savvy, Margot manages all the irons she has in the fire with skill, from looking into the missing senior funds to proving Taylor’s innocence. Collins portrayal of nineteen year old Taylor was classic immature teenager. Watching her grow by the end of the story was wonderful.
Finally, in concluding my cozy mystery novel review of Croissants and Corruption, I found the pace of the book in line with the length of the story, Collins writing’s clear, clean, and easy to follow with smooth scene transitions and believable characters. With a cast of secondary characters, Collins added depth to the story. Her portrayal of small town USA was spot on. Furthermore, Collins included twists and turns, which hold the reader’s attention. Containing no sex, Croissants and Corruption is suitable for anyone who enjoys a solid story-line.
CROISSANTS AND CORRUPTION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
In Combustion, Martin J. Smith has crafted a top drawer murder crime mystery novel which pulls the reader into this intriguing story-line. Lives collide, mysteries solved, and secrets revealed as a fire storm combust in Los Colmas. Ron Starke followed in his father’s footsteps of law enforcement in the Inland Empire of California, Los Colmas. A dedicated officer, passed over for promotion to Chief, Ron loves his job.
It is the dry season in California and fires are rampaging. Meanwhile, the lack of rain has revealed the under water grave of missing Paul Dwyer, wealthy construction magnate. Dwyer, super wealthy, abusive,
In The Alex Cave Series Book 4 Gravity, hero Alex Cave is back in action. Author James Corkill crafted a first-rate sci-fi mystery suspense which grabs the reader immediately and does not let go. Something strange has happened in Iceland and the Director of the Nordic Volcanological Center needs Alex on the job. Alex and sidekick, Okana will face danger from all sides; asteroids, greedy villains, gravity gone amuck and girl friends problems.
An ancient machine is active and the destruction of earth is eminent, an asteroid on a collision course with
Buried Memories by author Carol J. Post, grabs the reader and hangs on throughout the novel. With a story filled with tension, grief, suspense, and mystery, Post created a book worthy of the title mystery romance novel along with a clean and wholesome story-line.
Nicki Jackson moved to Cedar Key after the broke up with her fiance. Although, hoping to find peace, Nicki finds old memories, hurts, and abuse are hard to forget. Detectives have reopened her mother’s cold case murder, and Nicki finds herself having nightmares and dreams. Neighbor and friend from her past, Tyler Brant, adds another layer of stress to her already stressed out life. Tyler, a former soldier with PTSD, has his own problems and nightmares.
Nicki has acquired a stalker bent on destroying her life and anyone close to her. Can Tyler protect Nicki?
A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson is a fast paced Christian romance you will not want to miss. The 3rd in the series, it is a standalone book with a story-line of self-forgiveness and God’s love.
A LOVE TRANSFORMED; STORY LINE:
Clara Vesper’s life has never been what she wished. Her mother, domineering, demanding, and controlling forced her to marry for wealth and position. Forced into a loveless marriage, Clara finds solace by designing jewelry for her husband’s business and raising her twins. She and her husband never had a loving relationship and now, he has been murdered. Surprised to find he has left her without any means of support, Clara, with her two children, decides to return to the only place she ever felt loved; Montana and the loving arms of her Aunt and Uncle.
Meanwhile, Curtis Billingham, the love of Clara’s life, is recovering from a sapphire mining accident at
Although a short inspirational mystery romance novel, Christmas Mystery Of The Heart, is a clean, satisfying, and enjoyable read. Author Caroline Johnson set this romance novel in 1820, Regency England. Running from an abusive father, Lady Sarah Sayers becomes governess for the hunky Duke of Huntington’s son and daughter. Taking the name, Sarah Brown, she finds two lovely small children.
Meanwhile, as time passes, Sarah and Oliver, become closer, sharing their love of the children. However, Oliver has a dilemma. He seeks Sarah advice to find a solution which will protect his children and his name. Will they find the solution needed? Will they overcome their problem of the commoner and the Duke? Who is the man terrorizing the estate? Will Sarah find the courage to reveal her sordid history? Is there a happy ever after for this small troupe?
STORY LINE TANGLED IN TINSEL (The Celebration Series Book 1):
Tangled in Tinsel, by Stacy Eaton is an exciting intense romance novel. After a crisis, Casey is running from her past and starting her life over. With her friend, Brandy’s support, they head up North in her BMW leaving all she knew behind her. Acquiring a job as the local ER supervisor, Casey is ready to start a new phrase of her life.
Buying a house in need of many repairs, Casey’s next door neighbor, Thad Wagner, fits the handyman bill. Not only is he handy with repairs, he is handsome, hunky, and seethes sex appeal. In addition, he carry’s a big gun; Thad is a law enforcement officer. The intense immediate attraction runs both ways. She has her very own hero right next door. However, there is a huge problem, Casey has no intention of becoming involved with a married man who is also the father of a 5-year-old son, Tommy.
However, these two just can not stay away from each other. Casey does her best to fight her inner desires. While Thad’s determined to break down those walls. Come along with Casey, Thad and the town
Deborah Ann Davis’ latest romance mystery novel, Fairly Safe, is based on a legend: Once upon a time a magical tree existed. To keep the magic safe, the tree was cut into boards and used to build a Gypsy Kissing Booth. On your birth date if kissed on these boards, your fate is sealed. Birthday Kisses Married By Christmas!
STORY LINE OF FAIRLY SAFE:
First, I must say, Author Deborah Ann Davis’, romance mystery Fairly Safe, is a wonderful romance with mystery and intrigue. Jacob has never known security or love of family. A product of the uncaring foster system he has always longed for a family, love, unity, and security.
Through extraordinary circumstances, he acquires a mentor in wealthy William Randall Hatch, III. William has secrets only a trusted few are privy. William met his only love at a fair and kissed her on the boards of
Once again, Preston and Child have crafted a first-rate suspense novel. In The Obsidian Chamber, Pendergast presumably died in the last book and Constance has gone to ground in the chambers beneath the residence on River Dr. Evil is stalking Constance in the underground chambers; the greatest evil from her nightmares. When Constance disappears, Proctor, bodyguard, butler, and friend, vaults into action. With Pendergast dead, her care and protection falls to him and he takes his responsibilities seriously.
Come along with Proctor and Constance on a roller coaster ride of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Follow them on a harrowing journey and conclusion.
The setting for Dead By Dinner is England during the 1920’s. Author Lillian Dore has penned a short sweet cozy mystery involving the upper crust. Lady Clara Callaway and her maid, Alice Hart, journey to Bramblehead Hall, home of the Rossington-Smythes for a fun weekend with the Rossington-Smythes and friends. To her surprise, Malcolm Wexley, falls over dead in his supper plate. Ah, as Sherlock Holmes so apply states: “Come, Watson or in this case Alice, The Game Is Afoot”! Ruled murder by the investigating constables, who did it and why? Wexley, the victim, is not all he appears.
Come along as Lady Clara and Alice become Sherlock Holmes and Watson to solve the murder.
DEAD BY DINNER, CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
As an introduction to Author Andrew J. Morgan novel, New Dawn, you will meet Jake and the crew of the Athena. Interplanetary Geologist Jake Brooks, has signed on to the Athena, a Planexus space tug sent to explore planet HD 95521B, aka New Dawn, for possible habitation by humans from Earth. Earth is over populated and her resources are almost exhausted. Hence, this planet could be earth’s citizens new home. Consequently, Jake, the crew, and a surprise addition, ship out on the Athena on a journey which will take 8 months.
Almost immediately Jake realizes something does not feel right on the Athena. Crew members begin to die. As a result of the deaths, fear is running rampant. However, Jake is smart and realizes something awful is happening and someone on board
A Mystery, Suspense, Techno, Thriller At Its’ Best. Casimir Bridge is not just for the sci-fi techno audience! Clear your schedule, take a seat, and get ready for a thrill ride through space.
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In Casimir Bridge, Reporter Mandi Nkosil, receives a mind-blowing tip along with documentation from an anonymous informant which will blow the top off AIC. AIC is one of the largest companies in the world; the information points to their involvement in a nuclear terror plot. They are a science and technology giant with many enemies.
Mandi has found herself on the run from killers and evil men who do not want the world to discover the evidence framing AIC was the brain child of Greg Andrews. The evil goes all the way to the hallowed halls
Author Crystal Barnes takes us on a journey to 1877 Cater Springs, Texas in Win, Love, or Draw (Book 1 Marriage & Mayhem). Here we find an emotional adventurous love story between Catherine McGarrett and her husband Samuel.
Catherine, aka Cat, has prayed and looked for the return of her absentee husband for almost 6 yrs; she and her son, Benin, have prayed for him every night.
In Courtney Pierce’s latest book, Indigo Lake, we find the Dushane Sisters on the front lines again. Yes, they are back again for more snarks, funny quips, and shenanigans. These ladies are the funniest women in the United States. Of course Pogo, former mobster’s buddy and pampered standard poodle turned service dog, is right in the middle of the action. You have to love a dog that watches the Meerkat Manor show on television.
INDIGO LAKE, STORY LINE:
Olivia Novak’s novel, The Executrix, is a success which garners an invitation for all three sisters and Pogo, to the Wake With Jo Show in New York. Danny, always the motor mouth, tells ALL in regards to Pogo’s ownership and reveals Olivia’s real life mobster secret memoir manuscript which contains names and details. Ms. Pierce’s first book in this series, The Executrix, details how this manuscript came into existence. Olivia, Lauren, and Danny are living in a whirlwind after this revelation on national television.
They ran from evil, horror, and murder. They ran until they reached Peaceful; will evil stalk them again in this quaint little town? Have they run far enough and fast enough to out run Sam Oligee, evil incarnate? This book will keep you up long into the night reading!
MICHAEL’S ANGEL, STORY LINE:
Michael Fremont’s mother killed herself in front of him, forcing him into the foster care system. Abused physically and emotionally, his only saving grace is meeting the shy,
Gothic Style Suspense, Horror, And Mystery At Its Best
What a story! You have everything in this book by Author Karen Wiesner from deep faith in God, mystery, murder, terror, horror, suspense, and evil. It left me gasping for breath; good heavens, what an attention grabbing novel. What an imagination Ms. Wiesner possesses.
Cain and Amberlyn Lyons are at a cross roads in their life and marriage. After several miscarriages and loosing a son just before birth, they are floundering in guilt, despair and grief. Cain’s faith is
The Readaholics, of Heaven Colorado, are in the thick things again with the Celebration of Gothic Novels. In anticipation of the event, their latest reading, du Maurier’s Rebecca, has set the atmosphere of Gothic suspense and mystery. The event includes authors, Gothic backdrops, costume party, and of course, murder most foul. Who knew how hard authors were to manage and keep in line! What follows is a first class mystery with intrigue, secrets, resentment, deception, egos, and of course, murder.
Author Diane Vallere’s engaging character, Polyester Monroe, is back in the thick of things in San Ladron. Her knowledge of fabrics, the design industry, and her knack for ferreting out mysteries and murderers are in top form in this novel.
Poly finds herself in the middle of the annual Miss Tangorli pageant which brings in many visitors and money to San Ladron. Add in several mysteries and the murder of the pageant founder and you have a
Maris McKinney is heart-sore after her domineering, controlling, emotionally abusive husband threw her out with only a small day bag of clothes. She is down but not out as she starts her own business, The Cake Company.
Lucas Kemsley was a renown surgeon until a near death accident took away his occupation. After his physical injuries and his post-recuperation, his fame and riches seeking girlfriend left him. Lucas
Secrets, mystery, intrigue, suspense, and intense sexual attraction; this book has it all. Get your favorite beverage, relax in your favorite chair, and get ready for a roller coaster ride as you enter Emma Hunter’s world of Subject X.
Charlotte Kane, graduate of Harvard bio engineering, has been accepted into the Genesis Life Systems assistant program. Genesis is renowned for its’ work in the biological sciences and part of the well-known conglomerate, Garrison.
Her supervisor is a nerdy secret man; you realize immediately something is off with him. After processing
Jake Wolfe, former marine, call sign Jukebox, now a photo journalist, along with his friend and cop, Terrell, become embroiled in a murder conspiracy. Jake inadvertently becomes the target of the most successful assassin in the world when he is at the right place at the right time. This novel follows Jake and his pals as they ferret out the assassin, and try to solve the mystery. There’s more involved in these murders than meets the eye. Though a lengthy novel, it is well worth the read as you become enmeshed
Author Abbie St. Claire continues the story of Ian and Chelsie in book 2. This is not a standalone book, you must read book 1 to fully enjoy Complicated on 5th Avenue.
What a story! Ian and Chelsie are trying to commit to their love, share their lives, and knit two children together in acceptance of their commitment. Oliver is standing off from Chelsie, Ian is feeling insecure of
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Author J.J. Dibenedetto has created a novel with adventure, action, thieves and stolen antiquities. American, Jane Barnaby, is attending Oxford; her advisor, Professor Welldon, ask her to deliver his new car and a box of pottery shards to him in Mallorca, Spain where he is vacationing.
Through a series of mishaps and mistakes, Jane unintentionally retrieves a box of antiquities and the
Gang Is All Here Again For The Latest Mystery and Murder
Verity And Company Are In The Middle Once Again
Verity Long is still trying to release ghost gangster Frankie, Ellis is still her sometimes boyfriend, Ellis’ mother is still making Verity’s life miserable, and Verity still doesn’t have a job. Could things get any worse? Yes! Reggie Thompson, the most powerful man in Sugarland and Sugarland’s banker, is murdered in the bank vault after offering Verity a graphic design job.
The bank has ghosts; did the ghost kill the Reggie? What are the noises the employees have heard
This is the second book in the Promise Falls Trilogy by Linwood Barclay and the first of his books I have read and reviewed. Mr. Barclay caught me up quickly with the back story.
I found I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I could read the first book of the trilogy. Mr. Barclay created a lot of action, secrets, mystery, alternate life styles, crime, evil deeds, and a strange attacker with the number 23 on his clothing. He keeps you guessing throughout the book as he introduces new situations
If You Like Murder Mysteries, This One Is For You!
It Was Murder; Murder Most Foul! But To A Richly Deserving Victim!
No Cats Allowed By Miranda James Opens The Office Doors!
Diesel, a beautiful Maine Coon cat, is back on the job at the university library with his owner Charlie, along with a cast of characters. Author Miranda James infused this book with awesome characters and opens
Poor Cowboy With A Passel of Family Responsibility
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This is the second book in the series, Marriage and Mayhem; it is a stand alone book and you do not have to read the first book to enjoy Love, Stock, And Barrel. This is a lovely clean Christian western romance. Ms. Barnes hooked me from the first page to the end of the story. Author Crystal Barnes has the art of story telling fine tuned.
In this novel, Dinah (D. J.) Lexington, a skilled gun smith, is on the run from an uncaring father and a
If you like all the above, this book is up your alley!
Vesity Long’s life has been spinning out of control since her “almost marriage” to philandering Beau Wydell, son of Sugarland, Tennessee’s most prominent and wealthy citizen, reigning queen bee, Virginia Wydell.
That fiasco nearly costs Verity all her worldly possessions except for her car, she calls the land yacht, and her ancestral home. Don’t you just love what she calls her car? I could see it from the descriptions, a huge tank rumbling
If you answered yes, this book is for you. You will meet 5 different couples that were wedded as mail order brides.
Mail-Order Marriage by Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills is a treasure cove of reading enjoyment.
Characters, Plotting and Development:
This book has 5 novels of marriages contracted thru the mail to form solid, loving marriages. To say all is
This book begins in Washington State and a bombing by a Neo-Nazi group in Seattle, the little old cat woman who recognizes them hiding next door, and the pursuit that follows.
Fast-forward 15 years; forensic facial reconstruction expert Gwen Marcey is living in Montana, her dog brings her a human skull. It is not long before more body parts are discovered and a live victim that
Rosie Saladay raced into town in her worn out wagon and worn out horses on a mission. She needs a husband, and she needs him today. The local gambler, Wesley Morris, is determined to practically steal her land and mysteriously her husband was killed last week.
Everyone believes there is gold on her land, she has something more valuable to history, ancient cliff dwellings; her husband, Abner, swore her to secrecy.
Del Grant riding thru town, drinking and gambling decides to marry Rosie even without “boots under the bed” as they said in the west, a marriage of convenience and protection for Rosie who believes she will be the next one killed for her land.
Rosie, a mill girl, had come west to find her future husband, found he didn’t want a wife, only a housekeeper, so he could research the dwellings and artifacts. She lives a lonely almost destitute existence. I could feel Del’s emotions rolling off of him as he listened to Rosie describe her life.
I could feel Rosie’s desire that her late husband had felt a little something for her, fear of what was to become of her, and her determination to safe guard her husband’s legacy. The author poured emotion throughout this book, as we watched Del and Rosie grow into the people they were
Jake and Amanda are the perfect couple, rich, intelligent, business savvy, and Amanda has a sixth sense that has helped them in the past solve crimes. Amanda and Jake are strong, brave and strongly in love; they share everything.
They are in Hawaii relaxing when their neighbor in Canada. Bernie Wright, calls with a request for Amanda
Nicki Price is 25 years old, and comes from a poor country family; freshly graduated from PI school and ready to help her cousin Nate with his PI business. She presents a case for her services to Nate; he’s not buying, that is, until his client over rules him.
Nate has a rich society client charged with murdering his partner and doesn’t want Nicki in the way. Nicki is attracted to said accused murderer, Hunter Galen and ready to ply her trade of private investigator.
Hunter is not just a privileged society boy, he is a hard-working, hard playing high-powered stock trader that loves the risk, and it doesn’t hurt that he is as handsome as sin in the Big Easy. He is prime suspect number one in the murder of his crooked partner.
He also has a spoiled society “almost” fiancee. The dance of attraction and love between Hunter and Nicki begins. It will not be without twists and turns, then more turns, nor is it a smooth ride, mysteries, murders new and old, blackmail, vengeful almost fiancée, and the games people play. We watch Hunter learn to see the world through