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The Whispering Room By Dean Koontz

 

The Whispering Room
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STORY-LINE THE WHISPERING ROOM BY DEAN KOONTZ:

In The Whispering Room, Jane Hawke is on the run. Not only is she running for her and her son’s life, but Jayne is also trying to stop a conspiracy which could end life in America as we know it.   A group of powerful and influential men have plans for the American people.  Jane is determined to find and destroy as many of them as she can.  As well as, unravel the real purpose of the conspiracy.

Jayne’s husband supposedly committed suicide.  However, when other suspicious suicides occur, Jayne follows the trail to a place no one would suspect of harboring a nightmare.  Jayne becomes a predator as she finds clue after clue.  Jayne is hunting the hunters and kicking butt.  Will Jayne become as bad as the men she is hunting or will they find her first?  My mystery suspense book reviews of The Whispering Room follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

The second book in the Jane Hawke novel’s is a roller coaster ride of action and suspense, as well as, thought-provoking and chilling. When technology is in the hands of a few greedy demented people, evil easily occurs.  Dean Koontz explores the avenues open to the greedy few in high places and the results.  While nothing is as it

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Cold Comfort By Trevor Douglas

 

Bridgette Cash Mystery Thriller Book 1

Cold Comfort
Cold Comfort

 

STORY-LINE:

Cold Comfort, the first book in the Bridgette Cash Mystery Series, features Bridgette Casseldhorf;  she’s a rookie detective on her first murder investigation.  No one believes Bridgette when she is sure they have a serial killer at large; least of all her crusty opinionated partner.  As a result, will she convince the powers in charge or will they ignore the rookie detective as a killer plies his trade?  My book reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Cold Comfort is a fast-paced, nonstop thriller.  The author grabbed me immediately and did not let go until the final page.  He held me in the palm of his hand with descriptive writing, many twists and turns, multi-plotting, and the vividly choreographed scenes.

Each character is fully developed;  from the self-serving Assistant Commissioner to the savvy, intelligent serial killer.   Trevor Douglas‘ writing is fluid and flows smoothly.  His portrayal of the crusty, socially clueless, seasoned detective, Lance Hoffman, is excellent.   With retirement in less than three months, Hoffman has little time for social niceties. Watching Hoffman and Casseldhorf warm up to each other is a thing to behold.  Including the compassionate, understanding, seasoned Chief Inspector, Felix Delray balanced the scales of tension between Hoffman and Casseldhorf. Then, the author added a self-serving obnoxious Assistant Commissioner of the Hartbourne Metropolitan Police, Leo Cunningham.  What a stroke of genius;  this added another layer of controversy and departmental jealousy to the storyline.

Trevor Douglas gave Bridgette a background of a family torn apart by murder and accusation.  He then added in a police conspiracy, which ramped up the plot.  As she slowly learns more and more including the involvement of the police force, she is also on the trail of an intelligent, savvy, and prolific serial killer.  For good measure, he threw in a jurisdictional take over by the FBI.  However,  Bridgette and the team are one step ahead of the Feds.  I had a good laugh when Chief Delray ——-, no that would be a spoiler.  You can only get the scoop by reading Cold Comfort.

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Kiss Of Death By Robert Skuce

 

A Lee Truelove Novel

Kiss Of Death By Robert Skuce
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STORY-LINE KISS OF DEATH BY ROBERT SKUCE:

In Kiss Of Death, Detective Bruno Norcross, once again, faces his nemesis.  A horrible murder occurred five years ago, and Bruno had the killer in the palm of his hand.  Unfortunately, he got away.  Then after five years, he’s back again with another reign of terror.  The latest victim Rosie had a stalker, Lee Truelove;  Lee would never harm the woman he loved.  Will Lee Truelove, be the link to finally catching this serial killer?  Who is the mysterious character going by the name, Mr. Brown?  How does he relate to the killings?

Grab a beverage, set back and enjoy my review of Kiss Of Death.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, I must tell the reader Kiss Of Death needs editing; I found numerous errors which interrupted the flow of the book. That said, I must also state the premise of the story was very good. Secondly, the mystery and suspense were kept at high peak as the reader follows this investigation.  With an ending which is surprising and unexpected, this story would receive four stars if not for the editing.

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Bright by Mary Paddock

 

Bright
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STORY-LINE BRIGHT BY MARY PADDOCK:

In Bright, Hannah Whitfield’s a married woman having an affair.  It was not planned but happened slowly from friendship and flirtation.  From the loneliness of her marriage, she needs reaffirmation she’s someone with thoughts, desires, and worth.  It was to be a light affair with the terms of “when it’s over it’s over,” agreed by Hanna and Clint.

As a Christian, she knows its wrong and finds it harder and harder to live with herself.  She decides to break off the affair, confess to her husband Jeff, and concentrate on her marriage.  Although Clint appears to accept her decision, he is far from ready to give up Hanna.

Jeff although devastated by Hanna’s revelation, admits she was not alone in her transgressions;  his inattentiveness led to her seeking love and affirmation from another man.  Deciding to work on their marriage, they are making progress and plan a camping trip to renew their closeness.

However, Clint appears at their campsite with plans of his own.  Clint’s plans change the course of Jeff, Hanna, and their children’s lives forever.  No one will ever be the same again.  My book reviews of Bright follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Mary Paddock has the rare talent of storytelling at its best in Bright.  I found myself engrossed in the characters and the storyline immediately as she led me through the “why” of Clint and Hanna’s affair.  Why did a thirty-something woman with a successful career, a husband, and three children risk everything?  This question had many layers which Paddock skillfully revealed.  As humans, we have a tenancy to become self-absorbed, uncommunicative, and blind to everyday issues and relationships;  we tend to bury our heads in the sand.  Mary Paddock skillfully wove these characteristics into Jeff’s personality.  In turn, revealing the effect upon Hanna and their marriage.  Hanna was ripe for the plucking when Clint entered her life.  However, nothing turned out as she thought.  As a result, disaster waited just ahead for Hanna and her family as Clint revealed his real personality. 

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Operation Sunset: A Thriller By Leslie Wolfe

Operation Sunset: A Thriller
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STORY-LINE OPERATION SUNSET: A THRILLER BY LESLIE WOLFE:

A villainous Russian psychopath filled with overwhelming greed for power and money has an unimaginable plan to destroy America; and possibly the world.  Alex Hoffman has chased him for years.  She has a knack for seeing what no one else can see.  However, this time she must succeed in finding and eliminating this evil or the consequences are unthinkable.  Failure is not an option.  My book review of Sunset Operation: A Thriller follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Operation Sunset: A Thriller, Leslie Wolfe created a roller coaster ride of excitement, thrills, chills, suspense, and a scenario which so easily happen in our world. With a heroine who is almost a genius in stepping in the villain’s shoes and seeing the game of a villain extraordinaire, Operation Sunset: A Thriller grabbed me immediately and did not let go.

I found the characters full-bodied and realistic even though they are almost superheroes. In creating Alex, Wolfe gives the reader a heroine who is also human. All families are not blood-related, and this investigation team is definitely a family. I could feel their closeness and their awe of Alex’s talent. The suspense Wolfe wove into this storyline is palpable. I found myself almost gripping my chair as they race to save America and ferret out the identity of the villain. Alex has chased the elusive man known to her only as “V” for years. He has always been one step ahead as he spreads mayhem, murder, and unsavory deeds across the world.

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Power Struggle By Carolyn Arnold

 

Detective Madison Knight Series Book 8

Power Struggle
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STORY-LINE POWER STRUGGLE BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

Constantine Romanov almost killed Detective Madison Knight, ten months ago.  Romanov fled to Russia and his Russian Mafia partners after his arrest.  In Power Struggle, Madison’s in therapy to deal with the aftermath of the trauma Romanov inflicted.  Madison’s called to the murder scene of Jimmy Bates; he’s the man who killed her grandfather. Released from prison and working as an accountant, Bates murder‘s gruesome.  He’s stabbed twenty-seven times.  Madison remembers the death of Lillian Norton; murdered in almost the same fashion.  A crime committed by Constantine Romanov.

Even though Madison’s watching her every move, Romanov leaves a note on her car threatening her and the ones she loves.  Will Madison win this war with Romanov or will he succeed in killing her?  My book reviews of Power Struggle follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Carolyn Arnold created an intense crime drama in Power Struggle.  Giving Madison many issues to overcome, her character’s realistic and believable.  After all, who wouldn’t have problems with flashbacks and emotional trauma after her ordeal she experienced.  Not only did the trauma affect her mentally, but she’s also suffering physical problems.  A strong, smart, and determined woman, Madison’s frighted of Romanov’s capacity for cruelty.  Madison has found love with Troy and worries for his and her friend’s safety;  however, will their love survive this case?   Does she believe in their love will last the long haul?

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A Viscount’s Second Chance By Joyce Alec

 

(Hearts and Ever Afters)

A Viscount's Second Chance
A Viscount’s Second Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE A VISCOUNT’S SECOND CHANCE BY JOYCE ALEC:

Lady Eleanor Dawson, now Lady Brooke, is a widow ready to go to town.  A short arranged marriage to a man she did not love, left her sure she would not marry again.  However, the thought of the dancing, parties, and seeing old friends is very desirable.   Henry Armitage watched Eleanor from afar for months.  Shy and hesitant, he’d lost his chance to meet Eleanor when her father arranged her marriage.  Now, she’s back in town, and Henry has another opportunity to win her hand.  Or does he?  For evil stalks the wealthy Eleanor.  Meanwhile, old scandals follow Henry, and new scandals threaten Eleanor.  My Regency romance book reviews of A Viscount’s Second Chance follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short Regency novella, Joyce Alec filled this book with suspense, threats, and romanceAlec could not develop the storyline or characters to the extent of a novel.  However, she created a short, intense read which will hold your attention.  Henry’s cast as the knight in shining armor and Eleanor as the lady in distress.  Watching Henry development as he came out of his shell is terrific.  Alec created a dastardly villain for her tale who is mean, cruel, greedy, and determined to get his way.  I found him the perfect foil for Henry.

The scenes in A Viscount’s Second Chance transitioned smoothly, and Alec‘s writing flowed well.  Her characters were full-bodied and realistic to this period.  Joyce Alec provided secondary characters which added depth to the storyline. A Viscount’s Second Chance is a clean Regency romance which included suspense and mystery providing the reader with an entertaining read.

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Secrets Come Home By Samantha Price

 

(Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries Book 1)

Secrets Come Home
Secrets Come Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SECRETS COME HOME BY SAMANTHA PRICE:

Ettie Smith inherited a house when her friend Agatha died.  During repairs, a body’s discovered under the house.  A body which has been there many years.  When identified, the man is Agatha’s ex-fiance.  The police name Agatha as the murderer.  Ettie’s determined to clear her friend’s name.  Her old friend, Detective Crowley, has retired and the new detective doesn’t care for Ettie nosing into his investigation.  What Ettie finds surprises the Amish Community;  to everyone’s dismay secrets and crimes come to light.  My mystery book reviews of Secrets Come Home follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Secrets Come Home, Samantha Price created an Amish mystery filled with secrets, lies, and crime.  Secrets never stay hidden, and the lies needed to sustain the secrets have a way of coming undone;  as Ettie stated:  secrets come home.

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”

The plot filled with twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat as Price took me on a journey of discovery, pain, murder, and grief.  The twists and turns just kept coming in this book.  I would think Ettie had found the murderer and Price would introduce another plot twist.  Samantha Price brought the multi-plots threads together skillfully.  As a result, creating an intriguing mystery.

With a cast of suspects and reasons to kill Horace, Price held the who, what, why, and when, close to her chest.  As a result, Price crafted a tantalizing mystery.  I found the pacing perfect and Price‘s prose descriptive.  I love reading Amish stories as they give me insight into the Amish way of life.  Also, I have found Amish stories are clean without swear words or sex. That said, Price faced head-on a part of life which affects a lot of teens.  As well as, the consequences which result.   In Secrets Come Home, I discovered Amish communities have crime the same as the rest of us.  I also thought the Amish community in this book did not seem as strict as some Amish;  this enabled me to better relate to the characters.

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In The Beginning By Celesta Thiessen

 

(Salt Eden Book 1)

In The Beginning
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STORY-LINE IN THE BEGINNING BY CELESTA THIESSEN:

Billed for those you liked Lost and Jericho, In The Beginning, is a new series by author Celesta 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.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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. Nathans 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.

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Two Tocks before Midnight By Clay Boutwell

 

A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery

(The Agora Mystery Series)

Two Tocks before Midnight
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STORY-LINE TWO TOCKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT CLAY BOUTWELL:

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.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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.

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The Accident By Glen Ebisch

 

The Accident
The Accident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ACCIDENT BY GLEN EBISCH:

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 mystery book reviews of The Accident follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found The Accident an intriguing mystery story.  Author Glen 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.

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Reunited By Danger By Carol J. Post

Love Inspired Suspense

Reunited By Danger
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STORY-LINE REUNITED BY DANGER BY CAROL J. POST:

Police Officer Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyons feature in author Carol J. Post new mystery, suspense, romance Reunited 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 mystery suspense romance book reviews of Reunited By Danger follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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, author Carol 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.

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Music Of Her Heart By Sophie Dawson

 

Christian Historical Fiction

(Stones Creek Ladies of Sanctuary House) Book 2

Music Of Her Heart
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STORY-LINE MUSIC OF HER HEART BY SOPHIE DAWSON

In Music Of Her Heart, the reader finds Red Dickerson’s staying in a line-shack on Hawk’s Wing Ranch.  After the break up of his engagement to Laura, he needed to review his life and think.  The boss gave him orders to also look out for the King Gang.  An evil group terrorizing the countryside, kidnapping women, stealing, and killing, they live like animals.

When Red finds a frightened and soaked Gema Volkovichna running in the icy rain, she reveals her escape from of the King Gang.  As ice turns to snow, trapped in the line-shack for three days, Red takes care of Gema.  Even though he knows he has sealed their fate by caring for Gema alone, Red takes his responsibility seriously.  Marriage will be the only option open to Red and Gema.  Forced into marriage, will Gema and Red come to care for one another?   Will love grow and bloom? My romance book reviews of Music Of Her Heart follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Sophie Dawson, once again, created a lovely romance for her readers.  Continuing with the Sanctuary House series, Red Dickerson and Gema Volkovichna feature in Music Of Her Heart.  Of course, we meet all our old friends from earlier books, catching up on their lives along with possible romances for future books.

I did not like Red in the earlier books.  However, Dawson matured and broadened his character in Music Of Her Heart, creating a knight in shining armor I found Red dependable, capable, respectful, and striving to do the right thing.  He’s a good man who finally meets the woman God created for him.

Imagine marrying a man because you spent innocent days and nights in his care.  Gema found herself in this position and quickly married to Red.  Social rules of this time forced marriages if a man and woman spent time alone.  Even though married too beautiful young Gema, Red’s thinks he too old for her.  He felt she could not possibly want an “old zeezer” of thirty-four.  Dawson crafted a lovely woman in Gema who’s determined to get her man.  Limited English skills, do not stop Gemma from having her way with Red.  Dawson did not rush Red and Gemma into love.  Instead, she slowly developed their feelings for each other.  Also, Gema has hidden talents which Dawson revealed in a timely manner.  After you read the book, you will understand the meaning of the title.

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Written In Blood By Layton Green

 

Written In Blood
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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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Murder Is A Monkey’s Game by Ruby Loren

 

Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 3)

Murder Is A Monkey's Game
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MURDER IS A MONKEY’S GAME BY RUBY LOREN:

In author Ruby 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 cozy mystery book reviews of Murder Is A Monkey’s Game follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Ruby Loren crafted a Madigan Amos cozy mystery which entertains and holds the reader‘s attention.  The romance between Madi and Lowell’s sweet and clean as they continue to form a relationship.  Of course, Madi’s a magnet for murder, and this job is no different. 

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.

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Literally Murder By Eryn Scott

 

A Pepper Brooks Cozy Mystery Book 2

Literally Murder
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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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Waking Lazarus By D. J. Williams

 

Waking Lazarus by D. J. Williams
Waking Lazarus, Cover

STORY-LINE WAKING LAZARUS:

Author D. J. Williamsmystery crime novel, 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 mystery suspense novel/book reviews of Waking Lazarus follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, I must say how enthralled I was with this book.  I could not put it down.  From one fast-paced scene to another, author D. 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!

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Night of the Living Wed By Laura Durham

 

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

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

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

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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

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Soft On The Devil By Robert Lampros

 

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STORY-LINE SOFT ON THE DEVIL BY ROBERT LAMPROS:

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.

Grab a seat, my Christian mystery suspense book review of Soft On The Devil follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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 mystery suspense thriller novelAuthor Robert 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.

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Murder at the Art Gallery By Eleanor Kittering

A Mandy and Roger Cozy Mystery – Book 1

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STORY-LINE MURDER AT THE ART GALLERY BY ELEANOR KITTERING:

You want to know how NYPD Detective Roger Fahey became a cat?   Well, I’m going to tell you.  After the mob had him killed, his guardian angel gave him several options.  After much thought, Roger decided going back as a cat for fifteen years seemed the best solution. His guardian angel, Colin, assured him the time would go fast;  then he would get his wings and move on.  It’s that or go to the netherworld/purgatory for fifty-eight years or stay at the waiting station fifty-eight years;  not a hard decision, 58 vs 15.  Colin, of course, drops a few bomb shells on Roger after he had made his decision to go back as a cat.  Regardless, a cat it is.

Guess what, Colin has already picked out his owner!  He’s going to be the pampered house cat of Mandy Cummings. When Mandy’s husband died suddenly, Fluffy, her beloved cat, became her world.  After Fluffy died, she had a hole in her heart for seven years.  Then, Mandy’s talked into getting a another cat by her friend, Jill.   Roger and Mandy bond and life’s good again for both.  That is, until her friend, David Towsky, is found dead. The police say it’s suicide;  Mandy thinks murder.   Mandy, her friend Jill, along with Roger the cat, decide to investigate the case;  learning more than she ever wanted to know.  Will Mandy and the gang find David’s killer or will they become the next victims?  My mystery book review of Murder At The Art Gallery follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Eleanor Kittering created a fun-filled wonderful story in Murder At The Art Gallery.  I laughed through the prologue of Roger and his guardian angel.  Roger’s a wonderful character as a human and a cat.  When he jumped the vagrant and other funny episodes Kittering created, I cheered for him.  What a cat!  I found Mandy a strong young woman with a strong sense of justice.   Along with her friends and Roger the cat, they join forces to solve David’s murder;  as amateur investigators, they did a great job.  Their sleuthing bore results they did not expect.

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Literally Dead By Eryn Scott

 

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STORY-LINE LITERALLY DEAD BY ERYN SCOTT:

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 mystery book review of Literally Dead follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Eryn Scott filled this book with mystery, suspense, and Shakespearean quotes.  I loved reading all the literary quotes in this murder mysteryScott had a quote ready for every situation.  Including a varied cast of suspects, Scott‘s portrayal of Pepper as she jumps from one suspect to the other is great.  Scott kept the suspense and mystery at high peak and as the suspect‘s revealed each appeared plausible.  That is, until they came up with an alibi.  Who did it and why; sorry, you will have to read  the book to find out.  Personally, I am never good ferreting out the murderer;  it’s always someone I did not expect.

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Driven To Death By Elleby Harper

 

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STORY-LINE DRIVEN TO DEATH BY ELLEBY HARPER:

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 mystery suspense book review of Driven To Death follows

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Driven To Death, author Elleby Harper created a novel filled with mystery, suspense, and police proceduralHarper hooked me from the first pages of her book.  As she skillfully build the suspense and mystery, I could not read fast enough to satisfy my need to know.  With a multi-layered plot and well-developed characters of varying personalities, this book is a first- rate crime story.

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.

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Girl Of Great Price By Milo James Fowler

 

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STORY-LINE GIRL OF GREAT PRICE BY MILO JAMES FOWLER:

Private Investigator Charlie Madison’s, in the thick of things in Girl Of Great Price.  A crime noir set in the future, Madison’s hired to find a young kidnapped Japanese girl.  Knowing if he doesn’t find her within 48 hours, she’ll probably be dead, Madison takes the case.

What Madison finds defies imagination, even in a world run by Russian mobsters and mandroids. My book review of Girl of Great Price follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Milo James Fowler‘s short story, Girl of Great Price, reminds the reader of hard-boiled 1940’s television P.I. shows.  However, Madison has heart in a world which destroyed itself with global madness of war and environmental excess.  Milo James Fowler created a hero for a time which needed all the hero’s it could find.

Fowler held the mystery of the girl close to his chest and did not reveal the why, where, what, and when until necessary.  A short read of fifty-one pages, Fowler, packed the pages full of action and suspense.  Fowler’s scenes transitioned smoothly and his writing flowed well.  With fast paced action and an intriguing story-line, devotees of crime noir will love Milo James Fowler‘s Charlie Madison and the Girl of Great Price.  Although not my tea of cup, I can appreciate the skill with which Fowler crafted this story; giving it 4 stars for composition, structure, development, and pacing.

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Storm of Attraction By Lily black

 

Willowdale Book 1

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STORM OF ATTRACTION BY LILY BLACK:

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 suspense romance book reviews of Storm Of Attraction follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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 sweet romance with heavy kissing, a little grabbing, and intense emotionLilly 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.

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The Silence of the Snakes by Ruby Loren

 

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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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Haven On The Riverwalk By Eileen Cruz Coleman

 

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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.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short story of 48 pages, I found Haven On The Riverwalk a satisfying romance filled with danger and mysteryAuthors 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,

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Lily By Anna K. Payne

 

Planted Flowers Book 1

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STORY-LINE LILY BY ANNA K. PAYNE:

Lily’s life is a mess.  A single mother, with two children and pregnant again, married and divorced three times, and working a low paying job;  then to top it off, she sees a man murdered on the beach.  Not only did she see the murder, the murderer saw her, and he’s trying to kill her.  Then add in Ramon, the life guard who saved her when a waterspout came on land just after the murder.  Ramon, unknown to Lily, is an undercover cop. Rude, cold, and distant to Lily, Ramon finds himself attracted to her.  He has past issues with relationships which impact his perception of Lily.

Lily’s trying to get her life together, attending church and Planted meeting with her new friend, Rose.  How can God love her?  She has made mistake after mistake, and made bad choices, she thought God could not possibly love or want her.  Through study with Rose and the Planted group, Lily finds a miracle.  My contemporary Christian suspense book review of Lily follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Filled with suspense, danger, and action packed, Lily’s a wonderful inspiring story of Lily, a killer bent on doing her in, and the forgiving grace of God.  Payne expertly shows the reader the salvation plan and God’s love for man through her story of Lily.  A clean, sweet, emotional read, filled with wonderful scriptures, sage advice, suspense, and a driven killer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I could feel Lily’s unbelief that God could love and care for her; as well as, her feelings of unworthiness.  Her fear of Jonesy’s palpable as he repeatedly tries to kill her.  I have to say, he’s one determined man!  A powerful story and wonderful message;  with a group of women who become knit together in love for each other and God.

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Last Word By Robin Mahle

 

(A Kate Reid Novel Book 7)

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LAST WORD BY ROBIN MAHLE:

In Last Word, Book 7 of the Kate Reid series by author Robin Mahle, the reader finds Kate applying to the BAU.  She’s also involved in a high-profile murder case.  Women, murdered by an unknown assailant, are found with a cloth note in their mouth.  On the cloth written with lipstick, they see the word, Whore.  Kate finds Congressman Grant Copeland, the only link between the victims. Kate and the team must stop this killer before the bodies mount.  Dealing with a high-profile member of Congress, a cop in charge of the investigation who’s probably on the take and dirty, while waiting to hear from her application to the BAU, Kate has her hands full in this exciting book.  My book review of Last Word follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I must say, the Last Word by author Robin Mahle‘s an action-packed roller coaster ride of excitement.  I was on the edge of my sit from the first page to the last.  Filling this book with many twists and turns, intrigue, action, and suspense, Last Word’s a great addition to the Kate Reid series. Just when I thought I had it all worked out another plot line appeared.  Mahle had many threads to bring together in Last Word, which she did with skill while keeping the suspense at high peak and the story flowing smoothly.

With a variety of characters, Robin Mahle developed to their full potential;  you’ll not be disappointed in Last Word.  I found Mahle‘s detailing of the FBI, profilers, and agents exciting and informative.  A profile does not suddenly appear in thirty minutes as it does on television.  It takes time to create an accurate profile of the suspect, long hours, a lot of investigation, and hard work.  Mahle gave us a fascinating look inside the FBI;  as well as, the territorial disrupts between agencies.

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Handsome Widower’s Second Chance by Elliee Atkinson

 

Family of Love Series (A Western Romance Story)

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STORY-LINE HANDSOME WIDOWER’S SECOND CHANCE BY ELLIEE ATKINSON:

Holly Anne and Adam Collins have the perfect marriage in Handsome Widower’s Second Chance.  That is, until Holly suddenly dies; Adam’s left with a broken heart and two children to raise.  However not only is Adam grieving, but his in-laws, Holly’s brother Nathan, and sister Alice, are deeply grieving.  However, Nathan’s grief takes a sad twisted turn as he blames Adam.  His grief causes him to do unspeakable things in revenge.  Alice, determined to protect the children and help Adam, aligns with him against her brother.

When Nathan kidnaps Alice and the children, she will do anything to save them.  Will Adam find Alice and the children in time?  Will Nathan’s insane grief led him on a path he can not return from?  Can love bloom between Alice and Adam?  My western romance book reviews of Handsome Widower’s Second Chance follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although the feelings between Adam and Alice seem to happen quickly, the reader must realize in the pioneer west, short of women to help with the chores and the household, were scarce. This alone facilitated quick marriages. I loved the slow way Adam and Alice realized their attraction.  Of course, Adam is reluctant as Alice looks so much like Holly; he is still grieving her

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Out Of the Shadows By Emma Carrie

 

 

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STORY-LINE OUT OF THE SHADOWS BY EMMA CARRIE:

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.

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Waterkill By Mark J. Donovan

 

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STORY-LINE WATERKILL BY MARK J. DONOVAN

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

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Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights By Barbara McMahon

 

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STORY-LINE COWBOY CHARADE RODEO KNIGHTS BY BARBARA MCMAHON:

In Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights by author Barbara McMahon, we find Susannah Davis and Toby Palmer, joining forces to find the drug smugglers using the rodeo as a source of transportation.  Susannah’s an accomplished barrel racer trying to make the finals in Las Vegas.  She works hard, making a promise to herself to would never again become involved with a rodeo cowboy;  rodeo cowboys lead to heart ache.

Toby Palmer and his partner, Kyle, are winning and placing high in the rodeo standings;  saving for a ranch they have their eyes set on the big money in the rodeo finals in Las Vegas.  When Kyle’s in a wreck, cocaine’s found in the door panel of his truck.    Susannah and Toby join forces to find the culprits.  Not only has Kyle’s truck been used as transportation, Susannah’s truck also has drugs stashed in the door.

Calling in Jessie Knight, private investigator and past rodeo companion, to ferret out the villain or villains and prove Kyle innocence, Toby and Susannah decide to play a couple.  Susannah has trust issues and Toby has no plans for a woman in his life.  But fate has different ideas for these two. Come join in the race to find the culprits and the journey to love.   My romance book reviews for Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights follows.

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A Christmas Surprise By Emily Murdoch

 

A Regency Romance

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STORY-LINE A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE BY EMILY MURDOCH:

A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, finds the reader back in Regency England.  Lord Robert, Viscount of Marchwood is holding his annual Christmas Ball in Scotland.  Sending invitation to all the ton élite, Marchwood’s presenting his 18 year-old daughter, Audrey, to society.  Raised by the widowed Viscount, Audrey formed an unusual closeness to the servants, including her father’s valet, Thomas.  As well as, a close bond with her father, who adores her.

With rumors flying of the empty Marchwood coffers, it makes for an interesting party.  Leaving Audrey in charge of the ball, she decides on a masquerade, where she meets a handsome, tall, attractive gentleman.  With his identity masked, Audrey has no idea, who has stolen her heart.  How will Audrey discover her masked love‘s name?  Who can he be?  With the coffers empty, who will win Audrey’s hand and love?  Will her father approve of the unknown gentlemen?   My reviews for romance novelChristmas Surprise, follows.

CHARACTERS,PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, takes place in the cold winter of Scotland.  Making it hard for the guest to travel

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When Leaves Fall By C. A. King

 

This Book’s Recommended In The Hamilton Spectator, A Major Newspaper, On June 10th, 2017!

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When Leaves Fall
When Leaves Fall

 

STORY-LINE WHEN LEAVES FALL BY C. A. KING:

A short read of 56 pages, When Leaves Fall, is an intense read.  Ralph wakes in a place he does recognize. His vision’s cloudy and he’s disoriented.   Ralph realizes he’s in a poorly constructed shack, and of all things, he’s chained allowing him limited movement. He can vaguely remember his family and he knows they will search for him when they realize what has happened.  For love is a two-way street;  he loves them and they love him.

As days pass, Ralph’s beaten, he’s hungry, cold, in pain, and begins to doubt his memories.  My reviews of contemporary book, When Leaves Fall, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Do not let the page count of this short book fool you.  Although short in pages, it’s packed with emotion from the first page to the last page; it packs a huge punch and will leave you emotionally spent.  My tears started almost immediately as I read of the abuse Ralph endured from his unknown assailant.  I quickly became emotionally involved in the story-line.  For such a short story, King skillfully packed as much emotion and story into the 56 pages as a lot of writers can produce in a full novel.  It takes skill to produce an intelligent, well-developed, and well-paced story in 56 pages; King managed this feat well.

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Reaching Kylee: Book 1 (A Kellam High Novel 0) By Tamara Hart Heiner

 

 

 

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STORY-LINE REACHING KYLEE:

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?

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Engadine Aerie By Bluette Matthey

 

A Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries series (Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Book 5)

Engadine Aerie by Bluette Matthey
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STORY-LINE ENGADINE AERIE BY BLUETTE MATTHEY:

In Engadine Aerie, Hardy Durkin is in Switzerland helping his friend, Abbey, with a new skiing business adventure.  Everything seems normal until Hardy and Princess Maryam find a murdered body on the ski trail.  With attempts on his life, Isis, and terrorist on his trail, Hardy’s in for a rip-roaring time.  Add in the beautiful falcons and scenery, well you guessed it, Hardy’s solving another case.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

From the start of Engadine Aerie, the reader’s enmeshed in the beauty and history of Europe, past and present.  With great attention to detail, Matthey, gives insight to the past and present politics, as well as, wonderful history lessons on the Knights Templar.  The action begins almost immediately and continues to roll to the end of the novel.  With twists and turns, plots and sub plots,

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I Found You By Lisa Jewell

 

 

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell
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STORY-LINE I FOUND YOU:

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

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Gone Without A Trace By Mary Torjussen

 

 

 

Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
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STORY-LINE GONE WITHOUT A TRACE:

In Gone Without A Trace, we find Hannah Monroe heading home from a successful conference; happy to soon be in the arms of her love, Matt.  What meets Hannah is out of a nightmare.  Every trace of Matt has disappeared, from text messages, photo’s, personal articles, and things they had purchased together.  It is as if Matt never existed. Then when Hannah did not think anything stranger could happen, odd things begin to occur.  Who is messing with Hannah and why?  Hannah, after days of crying, self-pity, and indecision, decides to find Matt and solve the mystery.

Come along with Hannah on a journey of suspense and terror.  My reviews for crime suspense novel of Gone Without A Trace follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Mary Torjussen crafted an intriguing spine tingling, criminal suspense novel in her first offering to readers, Gone Without A Trace.  First I must say, I found the main character, Hannah Monroe, whiny and insecure.  I understand her stress, shock, and heart-break, however, most people would immediately call the cops.  That said, I enjoyed the suspense, and twist and turns as Hannah began her search for Matt;  it all made sense as the plot’s revealed.

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Remnants By Carolyn Arnold

 

 

Brandon Fisher FBI Series Book 6

REMNANTS BY CAROLYN ARNOLDD
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STORY-LINE REMNANTS BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

Readers will find in Remnants an action packed suspenseful crime novel.  Set in Georgia, the FBI‘s investigating a series of horrible murders.  A serial killer‘s handy work is appearing in the Little Ogeechee River.

Brandon, Zach, Jack, and Paige are back in action.  FBI agents and profilers with the BAU, they must build a profile on this killer.  With missing limbs, painted blue bodies, and missing hearts, they believe they have ferreted out the killers reasoning.  Or have they?

Come along with Zach, Jack, Brandon, and Paige has they match wits with ultimate evil in the form of a unsub.  My thriller suspense crime novel review of Remnants follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Filled with nonstop action, FBI and police procedures, Remnants will grab the reader immediately.  Setting

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The Alex Cave Series Book 4 Gravity by James M. Corkill

 

 

James M. Corkill, Gravity
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STORY LINE Gravity:

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

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Buried Memories By Carol J. Post

 

 

Buried Memories by Carol Post
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STORY-LINE BURIED MEMORIES:

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? 

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The Obsidian Chamber By Preston And Child

 

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STORY LINE, THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER:

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.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING,DEVELOPMENT ,THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER:

First I must say, this book is a nonstop action ride filled with mystery, suspense, and emotion.  Preston and

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Casimir Bridge By Darren Beyer

 

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Casimir Bridge, Cover

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.

CASIMIR BRIDGE:  STORY LINE:

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

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MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series by Karen Wiesner

Michael's Angel

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,

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The Bloodmoon Curse Cove Spirits Series: Book 2 by Karen Wiesner

Blood moon Curse

 

 

Love, Romance, Faith

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.

 

STORY LINE:

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

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