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. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Reaper's Claim" by Simone Elise


"The regret boiled within his eyes and his face twisted with guilt. "I'm sorry darling, I know you can't forgive me for this yet, but I wanted you to know I'm sorry. Sorry. Did it even fix it? Why do people think they can do awful things and then just throw sorry at the end of it like all is forgiven.".....

Abby Harrison is the daughter of Jed Harrison. Jed is the President of Satan's Sons Mother Charter. Her and her twin sister, Kim, grew up among the bikers and under their protection. 

One night, in a dark alley behind the clubhouse, Kade saves Abby. From there things change in ways neither was expecting. Kade is also known in the club as "Reaper." You can imagine why. 

The story takes place over the next few years. As the girls go from 16 years old to adults. Bad things can happen to the daughters of a biker president, and those that try to keep them safe. Kim and Abby are about as opposite as they can be. 

Hard story line, adult language, violent situations. What you'd expect from a biker story, and then some. Fast paced, with characters you'd probably think twice about hanging around with. I loved them! I think Abby's character was the biggest surprise. What you think of her, and then what she's capable of. Wow!

Kade lays his claim to Abby, but does he really think he can get around her dad? Does Abby even want him to? This isn't a love story exactly. More of a tug of war of hurt feelings, heart breaks, and misunderstandings. Great ending! Please be a series! 

Thank you Simone Elise and Inkitt!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"The Devil Crept In" by Ania Ahlborn


"Or it could have been that Jude was the next Max Larsen. Dunk had told the tale a dozen times, probably more. A kid goes into the forest and never comes out. Two weeks later, his body is discovered. Mangled. Half-eaten. Swelling up like a balloon. The cops called it an animal attack, but everyone knew it was the work of a madman."....

Years ago a young boy disappeared, and later was found dead. Now another young boy, Jude Brighton, is missing. His cousin,Stevie, is desperate to find him, hopefully alive.

Around town pets have been disappearing. Would a killer of animals also be the killer of young boys? Are the cases connected? The story takes place in Deer Valley, Oregon.

We follow the horrifying twists and turns as everyone tries to find Jude. Will Jude be found dead or alive? Will the killer be a stranger, or someone they all know? There are things you won't see coming.

The boys don't lead very good family lives. Is evil lurking close by? Are there monsters in the woods? Shocking and scary. Jude won't be the only one you'll be afraid for.

If you've not read any Ania Ahlborn horror stories, I highly recommend them. If you want a different and unpredictable horror story, this is your author. When you can actually feel the fear coming off the pages through the characters, you know you've found a well written horror story.

Thank you Ania Ahlborn, Netgalley, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket 

Friday, February 3, 2017

"Beautiful Broken Girls" by Kim Savage


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"Everyone wanted to touch us. Including you. So remember the seven places you touched me That's where you'll find the truth. Start at the beginning. In my words. "...

Sisters, Mira and Francesca, lived an over protected and lonely life. One neighborhood boy, Ben, is able to reach Mira. In a strange twist the girls commit suicide, drowning in the quarry. The story starts with their deaths.

After their suicide, a letter arrives from Mira to Ben. Something between them will be clues to where more notes will be found. He will learn of their life and secrets. Will he ultimately learn why they died?

This young adult story is both dark and tragic. The story line is actually not even what I thought it was going to be. It was actually shocking, and so compelling in many ways. The chapter names are parts of the clues to where the notes can be found. What a journey for Ben, mourning the loss of the young girl he loved so briefly. 

Thank you Kim Savage, Netgalley, and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. 

"Roam" by Erik Therme

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"And if I were you, I'd be skeptical about accepting a ride if someone does come by. Someone might drive past me and stop for you. After all, you're a young, beautiful girl walking alone down a dark, deserted road, and I won't be there to protect you if something bad happens. I'm not trying to scare you Sarah, but these are just facts. People get murdered and raped in this world every single day."...

It's Sarah Cate's twenty first birthday. What was hoped for with her boyfriend, Matt, is not what she gets. Broke down on the side of the road. Could this night be any worse?

Kevin, a Good Samaritan, saves Sarah more than once. Giving her a ride to a friends after trouble with Matt and her mother. Then there is Scotty. Dealing with things that make him feel broken. Tonight their lives are all going to intersect at a creepy "Bates Motel" kind of place. 

Trying to work out their struggles, each are going to have to deal with the consequences of their actions. A page turner until the end. Character driven story line, which you don't often see. I like the depth that each of them were given. Interesting story line as well, and at times spooky. This is the third book I've read by this author. His young adult stories never fail to entertain. 

Thank you Erik Therme

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"The Twilight Tsunami" by Shelby Londyn-Heath

"Grey, he went so far as to say we should get rid of law enforcement that is spending billions on the war on drugs, a war that has never worked, and instead, overhaul the entire system. He said an FBI report came out recently revealing we spend 151 billion dollars a year on the drug war. It's a crime to spend that kind of money to bust people on drugs, when we desperately need money for prevention programs and treatment centers.".......

Grey has spent a hard eleven years as a social worker. Taking children from their parents, the drug addicts, mental illness, the conditions deplorable, families have suffered. The life is catching up to him, burning him out. 

His co-workers are also severely stressed. One of them crosses the line, and sends Grey over the edge. The story isn't just about Grey's mental break. It's about the other workers as well. Lives fall apart of those trying to help the less fortunate. 

This isn't really fiction in a sense. Having known a wonderful social worker at one time. She passed away from cancer a few years ago. She also quit her job in protest over a case of a child, that should have never been removed from its family. This book is very close to those story lines, and how things really work in an overloaded and broken system. 

There is good and there is evil on either side of this story. It's sad because it rings so true. Not every case ends badly, but they never start well, and the scars run deep for the workers and the children, and the parents and families left behind. 

There is a worker that has her own issues. To the extent she's willing to burn every bridge with every co worker, and do her best to destroy them. What a heartbreaking story. You'll have to read to find out if evil prevails, or gets put in her place. 

In a total twist though, the ending was actually quite wonderful, and fun. I love how this book ended. Everything updated so you know how it all turns out. 

Thank you Shelby Londyn-Heath

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Maximus" A Harvey Nolan Thriller, Book 1

"She continued the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for a minute, but the situation did not improve. She started pounding on his chest with her first. "Harvey! Nolan! Don't. You. Dare. Die. On. Me!" Katie yelled at the cold body of Harvey, pounding his chest at each word."...........

Christina is missing. Kidnapped, along with other women. Professor Harvey Nolan is a suspect, according to the FBI. Harvey and the recently widowed Christina were friends. 

Katie Moulin is an FBI agent. Overworked with the massive amounts of drugs flowing into NYC. Katie and Harvey's lives are about to cross paths again. Her job and the missing women may be connected. 

As people around Harvey keep disappearing, and seem to be involved in illegal activities, it puts Harvey on the FBI's radar. Agents Frost and Darrow think they are following the leads that make Harvey their prime suspect. 

Harvey promised Christina's mother he'd help find her. Can he? Or will he be taking the blame for her disappearance? Maybe Katie and Harvey, together again, can put the pieces together. 

A steady pace mystery. I really like Katie's character. Harvey, the professor, was a little more reckless in his ways. I could have seen this as a "Katie Moulin Mystery Thriller Series." Thinking he could find Christina himself, he manages to be in over his head a few times. Over all a solid suspense book.

Thank you S.C. Abbey

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Exit Five From Charing Cross" by Valerie Keogh

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"My confidence wasn't misplaced. It was the way it was. The future was warm and rosy and the clouds that drifted were wisps that dissolved before they as much as dipped the temperature. None of us saw the storm clouds approach, the tornadoes, the hurricanes, the trembling of our world, and the resultant tsunami that wiped it all away, changing it forever.".....

If you look at Jake Mitchell's life you'll see a rich man, with a trophy wife, two children, and an elegant home. What more could a successful man ask for? 

The problem is Jake doesn't love his wife, spends little time with the kids, and is in serious debt. If only there was a way out of the mess he's made of his life. Is there?

Maybe it's all the pressure, but a chance meeting with a stranger when he gets off at "Exit Five From Charing Cross," will ultimately alter his and his family's lives forever. The story takes place in London.

The back story building to these moments are so interesting, with some shocking surprises for Jake. You learn what Jake is really made of, how he came to be, and how it all comes crashing down. 

I really enjoyed this book. What started as a solid straight road, took on turns and curves and hills, reminiscent of a roller coaster. Great read!

Thank you Valerie Keogh

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Breaking Point" by C.T. Mitchell

"The phone rang. Boston-Wright almost jumped out of her skin, She sat up in bed, startled, trying to work out if the house phone was really ringing or if she was just dreaming. She rubbed her eyes hard, shook her head and threw back the covers as she raced into the lounge, fumbling for the light switch. "Hello?" There was no answer. Just silence."........

Cabarita Beach is a tourist town on the north coast of South Wales, Australia. In the 8th book in the "Cabarita Crime Series," we find Detective Jack Creed on the hunt for a serial killer.

High profile and fitting other murders that have taken place over the last ten years, Jack is feeling the pressure to solve the latest one, if not all of them. Handcuffed and charred bodies are making everyone terrified of who might be committing these brutal murders.

Jack's pressure is doubled when a woman detective, Jo Boston-Wright, tries to make a name for herself. When she actually becomes useful to Jack, the road to the killers identity becomes clearer. Can the killer be caught, or will he get away with another murder?

Jack is a great character, well written. He's got a lot on his hands and his own issues to deal with. He's at times not only up against a detective with no experience, the public, his command and the actual killer. Complicated or not, Jack is determined to solve this case, and so is Jo. Hard on her trying to fit into the "boys club" at the station.

I love police procedural books, and this one was no exception. Action, fast paced, with a page turning story line that you won't want to put down until the very end!

Thank you C.T. Mitchell.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Hunt for the Horseman" by Gita Reddy


"Now standing alone by the window, she once again thought of how wonderful everyone was. "If we lose the palace, we may not get together as a family again. The palace is not about royalty, it's our family home. It has shaped many generations. I've spent three days here but I fell I'm part of the palace, I belong to this family. I wish, wish, and wish we win the case!"......

Sandy and her parents have come from America to India to visit family, and the palace known as "Amrita Mahal." The palace is filled with secret places, compartments, and beauty. Old legends of "The Horseman." haunt Sandy's dreams. A child's game that became a tradition. One child hid the small ivory carved horse, while another searched in vain for it. Eventually they grew up, but the "Hunt for the Horseman" continued. 

Now the future ownership of the palace is at stake, against those who would find a way to steal it from its rightful owners. If the children find the horseman, will it help their family? What started as a family reunion vacation turns into a an adventure. 

Full of descriptive beauty, and what must feel like a magical place to a child. Sandy learns lessons in family loyalty. A treasure "Hunt For The Horseman," is only part of this story. Even though it's a children's tale, I very much enjoyed this book. Some times you can find true pleasure in reading something out of your regular genre. 

Thank you Gita Reddy for your wonderful stories.