Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Cold Comfort (A Bridgette Cash Mystery Thriller) by Trevor Douglas

     

"She shared Hoffman's concern about catching the killer, but right now she was far more concerned about stopping the next killing. As the ambulance's engine started, she began to formulate a plan.".......

Detective Bridgette Casseldhorf is new to the force. Paired with a detective on the edge of retirement, Bridgette will have to stand her ground with him. Taking in clues at a murder scene, Bridgette thinks it may be the work of a serial killer. Her more experienced partner, Detective Lance Hoffman, is dismissive of her ideas. It might be a long 3 months until his retirement. 

As the clues unfold will Hoffman realize Bridgette might actually have something to contribute to this case? Will there be more murders? Is there a serial killer on the loose in Hartbourne? Can these Hartbourne Metropolitan Police detectives find a way to work together peacefully, and solve a horrific crime? 

Just a few chapters in, and I was hooked. There are a few surprises you won't expect that involve Bridgette. I liked getting to know her. The characters had layers added to them smoothly, as the story carried on. A possible serial killer won't be the only danger Bridgette faces, old family secrets will add to the story line. She also comes to the attention of a couple people she'd be better off not ever meeting. 

What a enthralling crime story. I look forward to seeing Bridgette evolve as a detective, and if she will find her foothold among the men in the squad. I've been reading crime novels for at least 35 years. It's not often I can find a story that is unpredictable and captivating. 

Thank you Trevor Douglas.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Nicci French ( A Frieda Klein Novel 7)


"The shapes weren't looking at the walls. They were looking down. and Karlsson followed their gaze. This didn't make sense: why were the boards up? Why was the smell so strong, so terrible? Karlsson felt a ripple of dread and then, as he glimpsed what lay in the gash in the floor, a rush of relief that ran through his body, like a pulse of electricity. He leaned on his crutches, utterly confused. "........

This is the 7th book in the "Frieda Klein" series. The tale opens with the body of a man, a friend and protector to Frieda, found beneath the floor in her home. Her home has been invaded by a murderer. Someone is coming close to her, but she's having a hard time sorting it out.

With her friend DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) Karlsson behind her, as well as several other friends on the case, there is hope he can solve this before the killer makes another move. They know who the killer is. They know why he killed the man under the floorboards of her home. The trouble is everyone was convinced this killer died seven years ago. Is he alive? Is someone wanting them to think he's still alive? Revenge? 

Those close to Frieda are at risk. Her niece, her friends. They are truly at risk and suffering, as Frieda does for those she loves. I love the consistency from book 1 to book 7. Stand alone, or depth adding to the characters, if you've read the others. I could read book 1 and then book 7 with clarity. Just enough past intrigue to make me want to see what I've missed in between.

I enjoy detective series immensely, and this one does not fail to entertain. I've not read books 2-5 yet, but I have purchased them. I'd love to know the sequence of events in Frieda's life from the first book, through to this one. What a great ending! Not what I expected. 

Thank you Nicci French, Netgalley, and Penguin Random House UK

Monday, August 21, 2017

"Blind Jimmy and the Blind Ballerina" by Eddie Owens

                                                                             


"I got him outside and there wasn't a taxi in sight. Typical. I leaned him against a lamp post and lit a tab. I might as well smoke while I waited. I rang a taxi and watched as he threw up in the gutter. Oh well, at least he didn't do it in the taxi."......

This story takes place across the pond. Twenty six year old "Fat Jimmy," is a hard drinking, hard living guy by day, and a mouthy comedienne at night. He so wants to be famous that it brings out the desperation in him. His best friend Lenny, also is following the same career path, but with a little less conviction.

The story was a little rough around the edges, but no story about a hard life trying to rise to the top wouldn't be. A fall out with a former friend, costs him some rungs on that ladder to fame and fortune. "Fat Jimmy" really isn't a very nice guy, or a good friend. His view of women is kind of ugly.

The more I read, the more I disliked him. Then it took a turn, and I started to like him a little more. There is some humor throughout that made me laugh. The underlying theme though is the true story. What would you do to move up? Human nature and all its ugly sides.

When "Fat Jimmy" gets a chance at a television show, it will either make or break him. Lots of little back stories concerning his family and where he came from. Maybe he will find someone to put him on the chosen path. How will it end? Will "Fat Jimmy" find his "Blind Ballerina?" Will he find fame and fortune? In the end I actually enjoyed the overall tale.

Thank you Eddie Owens


Thursday, August 10, 2017

"The Art of Hiding" by Amanda Prowse


                                                                                                

"She looked out, seeing the building through the eyes of her boys had lived in splendor, in a gracious house, attended a beautiful school and had taken their leisure among the pale Bath stone buildings of an orderly, prosperous city. And all for what? They had ended up back at the beginning, her beginning, and one she had fought to escape.".......


What starts out as a typical day for well to do mom, Nina, ends in tragedy with the death of her husband. She's left to cope with her two sons, as secrets her husband held are revealed soon after the funeral. 

Their entire lives will change, and Nina will have to find a way to create a new life for Connor and Declan. Losing the luxury they're so accustomed too, only to have to return to her roots. The ones she thought she left behind, even the people she thought were her past. 

The story was thoughtful and tragic. Children paying the price for their fathers decisions and secrets. Can Nina accept what was and let it go? Can she find it in herself the strength to create a new life? How will the boys lives change from the only one they ever knew? 

Finns death changes the way Nina and her children relate to each other, and other family members. Will there be a life raft to this family? Will their burdens be theirs to carry alone? It captivated me from the beginning. Where do you go when you lose everything that makes up the fibers of your life?

Thank you Amanda Prowse, Netgalley, and Lake Union Publishing. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Blue Monday" by Nicci French

                       


"He'll probably be dead by now. I feel sorry for the poor bloody teacher who let him go. She's become a hate figure." Frieda didn't really hear what he was saying. She was scanning the story about Matthew Faraday who had slipped out of his Islington primary school unnoticed on a Friday afternoon and been last seen going towards a sweetshop a hundred yards or so away.....

This is the first book in this series where we meet Frieda Klein. She is a psychotherapist, with her own interesting history and thoughts. She leads a controlled life, one she is giving a try at sharing. The story takes place in London. When a 5 year old disappears, Frieda makes a connection to one of her patients. The man describes a child he sees in his dream that matches the missing child. 

This book is a great set up and introduction into Frieda and her character. There are currently six more books after this one. As a fan of series, with criminal story lines, I look forward to seeing where this series takes us. 

Frieda is reluctant to help the police? DCI Karlsson tries to appeal to her. A past similar crime reminds him of this one. Could Frieda help him unravel the puzzle? Leaving her carefully constructed world isn't easy for her. Is her patient responsible? What will she risk to find the answers? Suspense, and a few shocking surprises will keep you glued to this story. Is Matthew even still alive, or does a monster darken her office? Her personal issues, and her own changes, make Frieda an interesting character.

This first book drew me in so much, that I purchased the next five in the series, and have the seventh one lined up to read through Netgalley! 

Thank you Nicci French, Netgalley and Penguin UK Publishers 



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Monday, July 31, 2017

"Chase and Chloe" by Simone Elise

                                                                                    


"I stomped on my cigarette and headed towards him. If he knew what was good for him, he would take my warning and back off. Chloe had put her life on hold because of us. Chase loved her, and considering Chase had always given things up for us, this was nothing. I wouldn't rest until Chloe was back where she belonged.".......

Chloe is just nineteen, and running from the hands of an abusive stepfather. An accident in the car she stole, to run away in, lands her right on the radar of a biker named Chase.

Chase isn't any run of the mill outlaw. He is the main outlaw. President of his motorcycle club, left to him by his late father. Chase's brothers are also part of his pack. On the other side Chase takes care of his family, mom, sisters and his brothers. So when he finds Chloe he is completely drawn into caring for this wreck of a runaway. 

Chase's lifestyle, and Chloe's abusive past, make for some roadblocks. Undeniably attracted to each other, there are things that will come between them. Especially when Chloe's step father comes looking for her. 

This bad boy biker romance was filled with action, suspense, and a few well placed surprises. Not overly done in the explicit department, which I appreciate as a reader. I don't want to read on and on about the sex. I want the story! 

Can Chloe find a way to Chase? His family will provide some of their own roadblocks. Can Chase break through to Chloe's heart? Trust issues abound. The law is never too far behind either.

Another great book by this author. I see the ending as a definite road to another "Chase and Chloe" book. 

Thank you Simone Elise and Inkitt Publishing

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Girl in Snow" by Danya Kukafka






For the first time in three and a half years, Cameron started to cry. The tears were hot on his cheeks. They dripped onto the portrait, creating lakes where there had been only paper. Because Cameron could only do such realistic portraits of things he had seen. Lucinda dead on the carousel was one of them."....


This mystery thriller starts with the death of fifteen year old Lucinda. Found lying on the play ground, covered by a layer of snow. This small Colorado town is about to become hot with gossip. Lucinda was a shining star, why would someone want her dead?

The narrowed suspect range from stalker, Cameron Whitley, to Jade Dixon-Burns, a jealous girl. Is one of them guilty, or are they looking in the wrong direction? 

Investigating officer, Russ Fletcher, is the ex partner of the father of one of the suspects. Why is Cameron a suspect? What will Russ uncover, and will he tells what he knows, or protect Cameron as a favor to Cameron's father? 

Told from each characters perspective. As the story goes, you learn of their secrets and ultimately what happened to Lucinda. A definite page turner. I loved these well written characters. I couldn't wait to find out what they were hiding. Let's say each of them held big secrets. 

Thank you Danya Kukafka, Netgalley, and Simon & Schuster Publishing.



"Not So Sweet Maria" (Sisters by Marriage Book 1) by Jessica Spencer

                                                                                                 

"She had only one dream. She would go to America, buy back the plantation, and try to run it. If she failed, she would go to France and make bonnets. She wanted to earn her own money. She was six months short of being twenty-one and in her fourth season. If the "ton" did not know about the proposals she received, they would have pitied her, or mocked her for not snagging a husband. 

After the death of her parents, Mary is sent back to England. Only 6 years old, she is now in the care of her grandmother, a duchess. Now, she will be renamed Lady Maria. What will life have in store for this child? The year is 1793. 

As Lady Maria grew, she became known as "Sweet Maria." Her suitors were many, both rich and in pursuit of marriage. Although her background was slightly riddled with gossip. Her father had married an American woman of all things. Scandalous to those around her. Still she was sought after by many men, continually turning them away. 

A independent and unique woman of her time. The story is flowing with descriptive words and places. Her man, if there will be one, will be her choosing, not one who has been chosen for her. 

Maria has plans for her life. One that includes going back to America to regain ownership of her late parents property. Will she make it? Will she find a suitable husband? Will she be the center of yet more scandal? I don't think she cares if she is. I enjoyed the suspense caused by Maria's desire to protect herself. 

This is so far out of my typical crime, detective genre. Every once in awhile I make friends with authors, (G.R. is an example, though I prefer not to mention them all outright), that intrigue me. It's a wonderful change of pace for me. This story is proof of that foray into the unknown for me. I don't believe I've ever read what is considered a "Regency Romance." 

Life is meant to learn new things, both small and big. I've found a way to do that through reading. Being open to different genres broadens your view of the world. Reading this story is a wonderful example of that view. A world you know nothing about. Open the door, or in this case, the book, and take a peak inside another world. 

Thank you Jessica Spencer.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"The Redemption of Charlie McCoy" by C.D. Wilsher

                                                                                                                                          

"As he mounts the stairs, he thinks about what Amy said. I'll never forgive you. He's not surprised. Any closeness he felt was a figment of his imagination brought on by being in proximity to her for two days. They were strangers. Any shot he he had for a relationship with Amy disappeared when he was sent to the joint all those years ago. You don't get second chances in life. Hell, you get damned few first chances.".......


Charlie finds himself in a rather sticky situation. Set up as a fall guy for a burglary, he finds a way out with a little insurance for good measure. He's got some information on some corrupt locals, who'd probably like to see him dead. Charlie owes some people, who want their money yesterday, making it easier to lure him in. 



Charlie McCoy also has a daughter, Amy, and an ex wife. Unexpectedly he finds he's going to have to be more of a full time parent. Amy is young, and in the dark about her fathers past. She asks a lot of questions, much to Charlie's annoyance. If anyone is going to change Charlie's life of recklessness it could only be Amy. 



Lots of action, decisions to be made. A new relationship builds between father and daughter. Overall a great story. Can Charlie turn this mess around? The bad guys aren't just going to go away. Some of the bad guys are hiding behind a badge. Who ever wanted him dead is hot on his trail. What will he do with the incriminating evidence? Can he protect Amy? 



I enjoyed reading the changes these characters brought out in each other as the story progresses. There were times I did not like Charlie at all. Poor Amy, not a chance to understand her father before she was dumped on him. It's not just a tale of a criminal and his exploits, but of family, and the lengths he'd go to protect his child. Can he keep them both alive?



Thank you Chris Wilsher




Monday, July 3, 2017

"Retaking Pervaiske" The Army of Orphans Book Two by F. B. Veneziano


                                                                                             



"We all had our stories, Anton and I, along with our older sister, Irina, were given to the state by our father, an abusive drunk, and declared social orphans. Irina ran away with her boyfriend, Paul Orlik, while Anton and I were sent to a Skolainternat, a boarding school for orphans. Dmitry and Liza came home from school one day and found an empty house. They had been abandoned. Misha'a parents were killed in a bus crash. Natalia's mother left at the hospital when she was born. And little Anna went shopping with her mother one day. She was told to wait next to the bread while her mother picked up a few things. Her mother never came back."

It's the year 2048, 3 years since Anton, Irina, and Alex were first left in the orphanage. Picking up where the first book "Army of Orphans" left off, we find the kids living on their own. They've left the orphanage and are in hiding. 

They are helping people escape the oppressive state in which they live, Pervaiske, Ekrunia in Eastern Europe. Now they are known as the "Army of Orphans." With other children and the help of resistance fighters, they are trying to help others escape. It's been 30 years since the rebellion first began. Can Pervaiske ever be returned to its once peaceful state? 

I was glad to revisit Alex and his siblings. I wanted to know if they'd found a home or peace for that matter. Right off in the first chapter there is a life altering event for the three. 

Working with adults in a resistance group, it's a way of someone looking out for them, and at the same time using them for dangerous missions. It's getting more dangerous when the next mission involves weapons being held by the government. With family involved, the orphans take on some scary missions. 

The story is fast paced and engrossing. Plenty of action. You can't help but root for these children, and at the same time want some one to swoop in and save them all. 

There are real orphans in European countries who live like this, or something similar to the survivalist existence. I can't imagine any country ignoring the plight of these children. How does one overlook such a thing? The casualties of war torn countries. 

While this could be read as a stand alone, you really would benefit to read the the first book in this series, "The Army of Orphans: The Beginning." It is a trilogy, so there will be another book to follow. Looking forward to another story by this author. The ending will leave you wanting more!


Thank you F. B. Veneziano 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Mine" by A. N. Senerella

                                                                             


                                  Expected publication is June 21, 2017

Foster is new at school. Anika seems to be his immediate interest. Anika would rather lie and say she's dating someone she despises, Brady, then give Foster the time of day. 

Not only is Brady willing to be her pretend boyfriend, but she got her two friends, Sierra and Mitchell, watching her back. Foster is watching everything else. 

Foster is a little cryptic, and a little bit on the stalker side. Will he win Anika over? Maybe Anika will find herself interested in someone she hadn't considered before.

The story was told from Anika's side and then Fosters. His side was way more serious. There became a creepy undertone as it went. Brady gave his version, along with Anika's friends. It was interesting to see their take on the situation as well. 

This young adult story was a fun and entertaining read. The authors sense of humor had me right from the start. It's was a nice change of pace from my regular crime and detective books. 

Thank you A.N. Senerella and Inkitt Publishing. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Forbidden Beginnings" Jacqueline's Tragedy by William Rubin


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 "Dad in a lifeless voice replies, "We don't know much right now, son, just that your mother was found badly beaten, lying on the street by the botanical gardens. She's in surgery at Jacobi Medical Center. We're heading there right now.".....

Dr. Chris Ravello is back, with the author giving the back story to what led Chris from surgeon, to a medical detective for the N.Y.P.D. His current story was told in the first book, "Forbidden Birth."

After Chris's mom is savagely beaten, his best friend, Kennedy, a police detective, helps Chris pursue the criminals. Kennedy is also the reason Chris is led to the job. Chris suffers from a medical condition that threatens his own health. Support of his wife, children, parents, and his best friend, give Chris a life surrounded by those who love and support him.

There is a missing family member that caught my attention. I was hoping that it would play into the story.

Will Chris and Kennedy find the men who beat his mother into a coma? There's a reason they're targeting a certain group of people. Chris and Kennedy have no intention of giving up until it's resolved.

I enjoy these well written, close knit, family of characters. You feel like you've stepped into their circle. Will Jackie recover? It will change Chris's future either way. It was hard to put down. Between the state of Jackie's condition, and Chris trying to find ways to save her, and Kennedy's pursuit of the guilty, it's an engrossing read. Start to finish.

Thank you William Rubin.

Monday, May 29, 2017

"Bad Mommy" by Tarryn Fisher

                                                                                   



"This was my future, this man. I loved him. He was everything I'd wanted when I was young and stupid, but instead settled for George..dull, monotone, silent.. George. He'd been waiting for me, only he didn't know it yet. The two of us carved out of the same block of wood. But, he was coming around. I could see it in his eyes. He used to glow when Jolene walked into the room, now he looked skeptical...bored. I'd be bored with her too."....

Darius and Jolene have a nice life. A nice house. Good jobs, and a beautiful daughter named Mercy. Fig Coxbury has a husband, and a lost child. Fig also has an obsession. Mercy should be hers. Darius should be hers as well. Now to get rid of the "Bad Mommy," and Fig can finally be happy.

We're talking crazy on a whole new level. Believable crazy is what makes this book so wild. I loved it from start to finish. The lengths Fig will go to be Jolene's friend, only to be planning to replace her. Is there anything Fig won't do? I kept expecting that some of this was made up in Fig's mind, only to have the story flip and be told from Darius's side, and then Jolene's. Not everyone is as nice as they seem.

Everyone has secrets and Jolene, Darius and Fig are no exceptions. I wish George would have been more of a character. I almost started to think he wasn't real. Was he or wasn't he? You'll have to read to find out for sure.

The last line of the book just got me. Absolutely loved it. Know any narcissists? You'll recognize them in Fig. The thing with crazy plans, they never really work out the way you think it will. Do they Fig?

"Resurrection America" by Jeff Gunhus

                                                                                            


"Things could have gone in a different direction for him, and Rick knew that. Bertie had taken a chance on him when he'd come back from the war a broken man, and not just because of the arm he was missing. Rumors followed him back into town, hushed conversations of a mission gone wrong in Istanbul. No one knew the details for sure, and no one was about to ask.".....


Sheriff Rick Johnson presides over the small town of "Resurrection, Colorado." First, the local mine has been surrounded and electric fenced. Suspicious that no one has notified the town of the mine being put back in use. Then on a day the town is celebrating a festival, armored vehicles, and men in hazmat suits arrive to quarantine his town. Fear of a deadly virus, has brought them to his door. 

Something suspicious keeps Rick, and his ex Cassie, from buying the official version of what's happening, in town and in the mine. As they discover holes in the "official story," something more sinister is at play. Everyone has been promised a vaccine. In 24 hours everything is supposed to be alright for everyone. Is it all a lie? What really lies beneath this takeover? 

Can Rick save his town? Can Cassie's scientific knowledge lead them out of this? How many lives will be lost? What is really happening in Resurrection? You'll find out that the one person running the show has his own secrets and plans. 

It was an exciting story line, right from the start. It will certainly make you think about the possibilities we could all face. Scary at times, action filled. A few surprises I didn't see coming. 

I enjoyed Rick's character. A former marine, having served in Afghanistan. His toughness, his no nonsense clear thoughts, the kind of guy you want watching over you, if something is threatening your life, and or safety. 

The future is coming. Things we can't even imagine. Overall a thrilling read! 

Thank you Jeff Gunhus







Monday, May 15, 2017

"Dangerous Ends" A Pete Fernandez Mystery by Alex Segura

                                                                                                
                                                         



"Part of being a private detective was accepting that you didn't have all the answers. You might not even after a case is closed. With that knowledge came the acceptance that you had to trust your instinct to guide you down the right path. Pete had felt a shiver of unease as he left the restaurant and Emily. It let him here. The idea of Rick being murdered wasn't the kind of information that would, under normal circumstances, make him rush into action. But something about the news report had stuck in Pete's head, buzzing around like a dream forgotten too soon after waking up."....


This is the third book in this hard boiled detective series. It's also a stand alone, with an interesting, and lots of action, story line. 

Pete Fernandez, P.I., is about to turn his little boring corner of paradise upside down. His partner, Kathy, talks him into taking on a case that nobody else wants to touch. An ex Miami police officer, serving prison time, for the murder of his wife. A murder, his daughter is sure he didn't commit. 

Off shoots of this story, include history of a man who dared to say no to Fidel Castro, causing him to flee to Miami. As you get further into the book, you realize how it relates to Pete. Eventually it relates even further to what he's trying to find out about the ex cop, Varela. 

Is the cop guilty, or was he really innocent all along? Can everyone accept the truth? Lives are in danger, unless Pete and Kathy can move fast enough to protect themselves. How does a drug gang, with ties to Cuba come into play?

Fast paced, and a few well placed surprises. Well written characters. This is always one of my favorite genres. Great story line that pulls you in, takes you for a spin, and tosses you out the other side with all the answers. It also leads you to what could possibly be the next in the series!

Thank you Alex Segura



Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Jeopardy in July" A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman

                                                                                              
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"After we said our good-byes, I sat in front of the dark computer screen lost in thought. How had my dad managed to make me feel so loved and so rejected all in a span of fifteen minutes? I was on an emotional roller coaster that I didn't remember buying tickets for. Here he had the chance to meet his only child, the one he didn't even know he had, and he blew it. The men in my life were stressing me out and I wished I knew what to do about it."........


Attorney Jamie Quinn is back in this fifth book in the "Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery." This story finds her investigating deaths at a local nursing home.

With colorful characters and even more colorful friends, like Duke, can Jamie solve the mystery of what is happening at "La Vida Boca?" She may put herself, and her friends in jeopardy, as she gets closer to the answers. 

New friend, Jessie, is there to give her a hand. I love Duke. He's a one of a kind friend. Jessie is special in her own right. She is providing animal therapy to the nursing home residents, while Jamie is supposed to be providing a legal service to the residents. All is not what it seems. From mysterious deaths to a forged painting, there's a few mysteries to be solved. 

The author has a great sense of humor. Jamie is a great character. It's a nice comfortable kind of book. I really enjoyed it. Some nice surprises. Some endings to some story lines that have been a common thread in the other books. Overall, an entertaining and fun, "who done it" book.


Thank you Barbara Venkataraman

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"The Perfect Stranger" by Megan Miranda

                                                                              
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"Emmy's car was on a flatbed truck now, and a news crew had arrived. Most spectators had left the area, but not all. This was the gritty part, the grisly part. This was the part you didn't report-that turned people away. The truth. The gut-wrenching truth that only we bore witness to."......

Leah and Emmy move to a small town in Pennsylvania. Leah running away from a mistake, and the boyfriend who ratted her out. Emmy leaving a bad relationship. Things start to turn when a girl resembling Leah, is found beaten near her home.

Emmy hasn't returned to pay her share of the rent. The police are asking questions where Leah is teaching at the local school. Everything is not as it seems. You could feel that something isn't quite right undercurrent as soon as you start reading this book.

This mystery, thriller, was a page turner. I had to see where this was going, and find out what happened to Emmy, and if Leah is going to survive the whole thing.

Who beat the girl near the lake? Did they arrest the right guy? Is someone stalking Leah? Will Emmy pay the price for Leah's mistakes? Small towns can be a terrible place to hide your secrets. Someone is always watching.

Does Emmy even exist? Leah is having a hard time with the truth. The detective on the case isn't about to go easy on her. Great ending! I love a book where all the unanswered questions come to light. The kind of story that sticks with you. Characters you'll love or despise. A few surprises along the way. A great read!

Thank you Megan Miranda, Netgalley, and Simon and Schuster Publishing.

     



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mute Desire "The Blast" Book 2 by Chris Lange

                                                                             


"His main task was to discover the identity and the location of people with extraordinary skills. In my last and clearer visions, I realized that stopping him at that point in time created a disaster even worse than the situation you're in now."........

In the second book of the "Blasted" series, we find our four adults and a child still in hiding from the "new world blasted." One has betrayed them.

Kat has found a letter from her past, that will be a guide to their future. Searching for the man who has turned human beings into caveman type behavior, their lives will be forever changed. Who is "Cranium?" Kat and her friends posses special abilities, it's what led them to each other in the first place.

When Cranium gets his hands on Holly. Things will be revealed that the group hadn't understood. Is it true? Or the means to the end Cranium is after?

Holly and Brackens relationship has developed. I felt her virginity and innocence was a little overdone. The theme, and story, was far more interesting than the romantic part of it.

A great cliffhanger. You'll definitely want to read the next in the series.

Thank you Chris Lange

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Gone on Sunday" A Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery Book 1 by Tower Lowe


                                                                            


"Good luck to you and Walker," Cotton Lee said. She'd never really liked Walker, but she didn't want it to show. "We plan to have all the luck in the world." Two Sundays later, Little Mary was dead, beaten to death on her screened in porch, the same way her grandmother, Bead Baker, had been found beaten to death in her kitchen four decades earlier."....


Such an intriguing story line! Cotton Lee's friend is murdered. The year is 1972. The place Homeville, Virginia. There is something that connects her dead friend, Little Mary, to a murder some 40 years before that. Her grandmother, Bead Baker, was murdered in 1932.

Although, what some might called disabled from polio, Cotton is anything but! The story alternates between what happened in 1972 and in 1932. Some things changed over the years and some didn't, including the suspect list.

Cotton is about to uncover some interesting secrets. With a list of suspects, she unravels both stories until they meet in the middle. Can she solve both murders? Is she in danger? Was there one killer of both women? Were others involved? The history and the rumors will need to be sorted. In the end will it make sense, or remain a mystery?

Cotton is tough, not to be dissuaded in any way, and loyal to her friends memory. I loved her character. Unusual murder mystery, different for a change. With a few surprises you don't see coming. I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you Tower Lowe.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"The Sacrifice" by Indrajit Garai

                                                                           
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These are three heart felt stories about what people are willing to do to survive. Some things happen out of their control. It's how they respond that are the heart of these stories.

The first story involve Guillaume, his son, and the hardship they face with the family farm. The losses they face. The change it will bring

The second story is about Matthew, who risks his life to save his favorite tree. Just a child, faced with so many life changing situations. The tree is his sanctuary, until someone decides to remove it.

The third story involves Francois, who makes a choice to save his grandson. Arthur has recently come to him, and Francois takes his new responsibility seriously, with love. So many things need to be done so they can carry on in every day life.

What ties them together is love, the desire to protect their loved ones, and the strength to continue on. While what is considered short stories, 70 pages each, altogether they show what "The Sacrifice" is all about.

Thank you Indrajit Garai

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Auburn Ride" by David Stever

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"I drove in a police cruiser thousands of times over my twenty- year career but last night was the first time I was in the back seat. I have been in the city's main lock up thousands of times but today was the first time I'd seen the view from the inside of a cell looking out. Not fun.".....


Hard edged, former cop turned private detective, Johnny Delarosa, is about to be taken on the ride of his life. An auburn haired woman by the name of Claire, is about to send him on a search for two million dollars.

Tough guy from the first page. A hard boiled detective story, with a storyline to hold onto, and characters to draw you in.

Is Claire on the up and up? Will Johnny be mesmerized by her, or risk it all to do the job she's hired him for? When the search for this money brings the mob into it things get rather dangerous for all involved.

When a girl he rescued becomes his new intern, things get a little dicey for Johnny and Mike. Taking her on might help or hinder them.

Lots of action, interesting situations, a little deceit to go around. Not everyone is going to make it to end. Is the two million for real? Who will get it if Johnny actually finds it?

Great read! Engaging until the last page. Promising series. Look forward to more "Delarosa" cases.

Thank you David Stever.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Molding My Destiny" by Patrice M. Foster


"I didn't realize that your past really sticks with you. You don't just walk through a nice new door and step into a shining opportunity. Even if you slam the door behind you, never glimpse through the keyhole or peek under the door frame, because that little chink of light from your old life still taunts you. Worse, no one tells you that its's a swinging door and that you'll always be able to glimpse the past. Sometimes you may slip back through that door into your old ways because even though you hate that place, it's familiar and strangely comforting.".....


This is the personal story of the author, Patrice Foster. From her childhood, which began in Jamaica and onto a life in America. Neglect, abuse and abandonment. This is how Patrice turned it around after suffering some of the worst things you can imagine.

It's a story of hope for anyone who has struggled with things out of their control, especially childhood trauma. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and eventually Patrice chose that path to the light and a new life.

Well written, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I can't imagine the life she had to accept and how hard she fought to make a new one.

Thank you Patrice for telling your story.



Thursday, February 16, 2017

" A New Normal" by Beverley Hollowed

                                                                                                    


                                                
"Grace wondered when this hurt was going to end. She missed him now more than she ever had. Two years had passed, but sometimes the emptiness inside was almost consuming her. Was it time for her to move on? She didn't know if she could. Some days, Grace didn't know if she could even continue on herself.".......

Grace is living her life, the best she can. She's living it without the love of her life, Adam. She accepts that this is her life alone now. If only her best friend, Brenna, would agree. Brenna is always trying to get her to agree to blind dates. 

Grace has lived the last couple years believing that there would never be a future with another man. Then a photographer named, Kenzie, enters the picture. 

Kenzie is somewhat of a challenge. His easy going life style and ways make it hard for Grace to give into him. Not to mention his age. Fate steps in though and puts them closer. It's up to Grace. Kenzie is smitten from first sight. 

Grief can be a hard obstacle to overcome. Hard to let go, and let someone new into your heart. Can Grace do that? Can she make peace with herself and Adam's death? 

Sweet, sad, heart wrenching. You want Grace to be happy again, but is she her own worst enemy? Kenzie is not Adam and nothing like him. Can she allow herself a "New Normal?" 

Like her other books I've had the pleasure of reading, this one is also captivating. Goes right to your heart. Well written, and characters that you will feel like you know and love. I love this author, and her books. Beautifully written. 

Thank you Beverley Hollowed.