Monday, February 26, 2024

Voices in Blood by G.B. Reese Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

A rundown of the characters:

John – the dad. He’s not a nice man and what he did to his children, or at least tried to do, while it made for some interesting reading, it’s not for the faint of heart.

JP – the mild-mannered oldest son. JP is full of conflict between his dad’s beliefs and his own.

Jack – the middle child. He’s the quiet one. The one who gets overlooked.

Julien – the third child, the one who was molded.

Sophia – the mom. Sophia has her own story to tell.

The Panel – the voices.

Cap – the neighbor. We all need someone like Cap in our life. Cap is what I would call a beacon, of sorts, for JP.

This book is dark, probably one of the darkest I’ve ever read, and yet the bizarre family dynamics kept me turning the pages. I have to put trigger warnings on this one – there is a lot of abuse, mental illness, and quite a gruesome scene. If you are squeamish be prepared. In the end, I am left wondering what the final chapter of this family’s story will be.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day Book Review


 

The premise of this tale is Aiden Ransey gone missing. It turned out to be quite a bit more than I was expecting. This is also the tale of Anna Winger running from her past. There were hints that were continually scattered through the first part of this book which left me wondering what happened in Anna’s past to make her run. I kept wanting to know the answer.

Anna also has a son, Joshua. I was intrigued with Anna and Joshua’s story in that Anna didn’t seem to know how to reach Josh, after all he was just beginning his teenage years. Enter a homework assignment about a family tree. Enter Anna not knowing how to answer his questions.

Also intriguing to me was the fact that Anna didn’t want anyone looking too closely at her for fear of them finding out about her past which would make her want to run again.

This is also a story of hope and forgiveness, a story of family, a story of finally being able to feel safe. After a couple of false starts, I’m glad I was finally able to sit down and give this one a read.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

8 Down by Kimberley Woodhouse New Release and Book Review


 

Help me congratulate Kimberley Woodhouse on her new release! Here’s the blurb -

8 more lives at stake.

Investigator Carrie Kintz is new blood with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage. But with a serial killer on the loose, there's no easing into the job. It's sink or swim. The only clues to help law enforcement stop this madman are the taunts he drops into crossword puzzles across the country--always in the same 8 DOWN position.

Carrie is desperate to prove her worth to the force and the community by catching the killer. But when she discovers signs that these deaths are just the tip of the iceberg in a frighteningly elaborate cyberattack, it's time to admit she needs help.


Calling in security specialist Scott Patteson for his expertise seems like the right move--until Carrie realizes that he may be a dangerous distraction for her heart. With her faith fading in the face of horror and uncertainty and her career in danger of ending, this is no time for flirtation.

But with a killer who is determined to prove that he's smarter than everyone else, it may be impossible to fight both the madman and their feelings for each other . . .




 

I received this book as a gift.

Alaskan Cyber Hunters book two. If you are into books about cybercrimes intermixed with a tiny bit of politics, the ABI not wanting to relinquish their case to the FBI, a wee bit of romance intermixed with some faith, this series is for you! I would recommend this series be read in order to get a feel for the characters, as well as to understand mentions of 26 Below throughout these pages and its aftereffects.

Carrie finds herself navigating her way through being the lead investigator on her first big case – something she thought she wasn’t ready for, but she had an incredible team on her side. She had to deal with her feelings of inadequacy of doing the job and doing it well enough to catch the bad guy; she had to deal with a tragedy none of them were expecting; she also found herself dealing with her feelings for Scott. There are a whole host of characters intermixed with this particular case that help round out this story.

I found this tale of intrigue to be quite fast paced, as well as a bit intense at times with Carrie Kintz and her team’s efforts to track down the bad guy. There is no secret who the bad guy is in this tale. The trick to this read was trying to figure out who the bad guy’s minions were and the roles they played. I thought I had it figured out by the very subtle clues I thought I was picking up; I was incorrect in my presumptions.


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

One Wrong Word by Hank Phillippi Ryan New Release


 

Help me congratulate Hank on her newest release!

Here’s the blurb:

A heart-racing new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author, Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Words have the power to change lives, and no one knows that better than crisis management expert Arden Ward. But she's in big trouble—she's accused of having an affair with a client. It's not true! She would never do such a thing! But she gets the blame—and now she's about to be fired.

Arden is granted two weeks to save her career and her reputation. And then she meets Cordelia Bannister.

Cordelia needs help for her husband Ned, a successful Boston real estate mogul. Though he was recently acquitted in a fatal drunk driving accident, his reputation has been ruined, and the fallout is devastating not only to the Bannisters' lives, but the lives of their two young children.

Arden devotes her final days on the job to helping this shattered family, but soon, revelations about what really happened the night of the accident begin to emerge. And then—another car crash throws Ned back into the spotlight.

This case is Arden’s last chance to protect her own future and clear her name—and the Bannister kids may be in danger! But the more she tries to untangle the truth, the more one disturbing question haunts her—what if she’s protecting a killer?

Everyone believes that words can never hurt them, but Arden knows the reality. Sometimes one wrong word can kill.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Cold Threat by Nancy Mehl Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

River Ryland and Tony St. Clair are tangling with another case in Cold Threat, which is an absolutely perfect title for this tale that involves snowy weather. The premise of this tale is Tony and River going to help Tony’s dad solve a case that has been on his mind for the past twenty-four years … the one that he never solved, at least to his liking, the one that stayed with him.

There are several things I like about this series, not to mention the writing style. I really like the characters, their personalities really start to come through even in the first book, Cold Pursuit. In book two, they have remained consistent which is something I appreciate in a series. River is still struggling to come to terms with her mom’s illness and their relationship. She is also still trying to figure out what to do with her feelings for Tony, not to mention the struggle she has with her faith. Coupled with her relationship with her brother and trying to forgive her father.

Tony remains River’s partner in their PI business, but he also has to confront his feelings for River. Taking River with him to help his dad not only introduces River to his mom, dad, and sister, Aimee, but also, I think, makes him realize what River really does mean to him. Tony’s mom and sister also have to face the truth when it comes to River; it makes for a good inner story within the main story.

I enjoyed the fact that the author pulled in snippets from what happened in book one, which I feel is important in order to understand some of the thoughts that River and Tony have, and it enhances their relatability in that they just didn’t let their last case go, so to speak, it was too traumatic for both of them for different reasons.

If you like a good police procedural series, I highly recommend this one. I expect quite a few loose ends will be tied up in book three and I am hopeful to get my hands on a copy to see what River and Tony get up to next.

  

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Threat-Profiler-Thriller-Romantic/dp/0764240463/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2ZYIQHQCJNQF2&keywords=nancy+mehl+books&qid=1705074663&sprefix=nancy+mehl%2Caps%2C192&sr=8-5

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Traitors by C.A. Lynch New Release and Review


 

Help me congratulate Carissa on her newest release! Here's the blurb - 

The brand new locked-room thriller for fans of Ruth Ware and Freida McFadden.

You are cordially invited to the Beechwood Castle for a night you’ll never forget…

Six people find a thick cream envelope on their doorstep. Inside is an invitation to spend 24 hours in a crumbling manor house and be in with the chance to win a portion of one million dollars. The catch: Beechwood Castle was the site of one of the most horrific murders in modern history.

The smell of blood, decay and death still hangs heavy in the air.

Six people walk into the house. One of them is an imposter, all of them are traitors, which of them will survive the night?

 



I had an opportunity to read an early copy of this book and oh my goodness. I knew I was in ‘trouble’ when I started this one at lunch one day and decided to put it aside until I could devote more than 30 minutes to this read. And when I did, I devoured this one because I wanted to know what happened, who did it, and the why behind it all.

The premise of this tale is some folks from Rock Hill suddenly received mysterious invitations to spend the night at Beechwood Castle. The prize? One-sixth of a million dollars. Who could resist, right?

Staci – a true crime podcaster. Jan her co-host, incorporating makeup into said podcast.

Lolly – the only one who survived the past horror that happened so long ago at Beechwood Castle.

Cornelius – an architect by trade, but also a failed marriage in his future.

Penelope – an author who folks are beginning to ignore. Her husband, Robert.

Bonnie – out of prison for a while now, trying to stay on a clean path.

Rad – one of the police officers who was called to the crime scene all those many years ago when he was a rookie.

The Hostess, Mary Beth Penner – she was just hired for the job and had no clue what was going on.

This book is one of the darkest and creepiest that this author has written. Beechwood Castle reminded me of another of her books, The Secrets of Cedar Farm, with its hidden passages. I

Each of these characters are tied together not only because of their invitations, but because of their flawed natures. The person who brought them together knew that they would go to great lengths to win the additional prize. Each of these folks also have some deeper secrets than the ones on the surface. If you are looking for a creepy, dark read, I would highly recommend you give this one a shot. And the whodunit? That was a shock and not one I was expecting. I kept thinking I had it figured out and I was wrong every time.


A Moth to Flame by Joe Clifford New Release


 

Help me congratulate Joe Clifford on his newest release! Here’s the blurb:

Spanning twenty-five years, A MOTH TO FLAME tells the story of two sisters, Lydia—and Jessica Barrett, who is found, dead, at the bottom of a ravine in 1991 after attending a protest in a support of a recently fired, popular teacher.

Twenty-five years later, Lydia, who suffers from nyctophobia (a fear of the night), is a coroner’s investigator on the graveyard shift in Los Angeles. A promotion awaits. Her mentor Maureen Gearon is grooming Lydia to take over as county medical examiner. If Lydia can conquer her fear of the dark.

Early one morning Lydia encounters a woman, whose neck has been broken like her sister’s. Checking a missed voicemail, Lydia hears a message from the dead woman who claims to have information about Jess.

While researching her sister’s accident, Lydia stumbles upon a true-crime YouTube channel, Night Shade, hosted by a former classmate, Shane Ellet, who maintains Jess’ death wasn’t an accident; it was murder. Caught in a web of lies and deception are Cam Rawls, Jess’ ex-boyfriend and current hometown sheriff; Brad Pearce, the handsome, young English teacher who was sexually involved with students; and a recovering addict, Mark Burns, employed by Richard Fontaine, Mom Gloria’s new boyfriend and general contractor. As Lydia grows closer to the truth, the Sand Wildfire breaks out, encroaching, and threatening to burn everything to the ground. Will Lydia learn the truth in time?

In the modern vein of authors such as Thomas Harris, Jeffrey Deaver, Paula Hawkins, and Tana French, A MOTH TO FLAME tells the story of a woman in a man’s world, set against the illusion of perfect suburban lives that are anything but, populated with the scariest monsters of all: the ones right in front of our faces that we cannot see through the dark.


Friday, January 26, 2024

Broadcast Blues by R.G. Belsky Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

‘It’s News To Me’ is the book that introduced me to the main character, Clare Carlson, so when the opportunity presented itself to read ‘Broadcast Blues’ I took it.

This is Wendy Kyle’s story and what happened to her. Of course, Clare gets a hold of this story and, because she has such dogged determination, she keeps pursuing it until she gets to the truth. This is one of the reasons I like Clare’s character. She is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. She will not stop until she gets to the answer, even to her own detriment.

I also like Clare because she has personal issues to deal with. Susan Endicott, Clare’s boss, is still around and they still don’t get along. Clare still calls upon her three ex-husbands from time to time. Lucy (Linda now), Clare’s daughter, and she are trying to build a relationship. Clare is a character who has a very dry sense of humor, but her response to situations is spot on, making her a very relatable and very consistent character.

This may be a series, but each one can be read as a standalone and the reader will have a good ‘feel’ for the characters. One of the hardest things to do, I think, in a series is maintaining character consistency through their voices. This is one series that has nailed that perfectly. I look forward to more of Clare’s adventures.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Broadcast-Blues-Clare-Carlson-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0C1P6CP9M/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1GAE36QY4YS23&keywords=broadcast+blues+r+g+belsky&qid=1705074849&sprefix=broadcast+blues%2Caps%2C304&sr=8-1

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Hunted by Proxy by Manning Wolfe New Release


 

Help me congratulate Manning Wolfe on her newest book release! Here’s the blurb –

Can attorney Quinton Bell hang on to his new life, as he hides in plain sight, in this lawyer-on-the-run suspense thriller?


Hunted By Proxy takes readers on a heart-pounding ride through the life of a criminal defense attorney whose world was wiped out by the very client he tried to save.

Quinton establishes a new life and law practice in Houston and thinks he’s outrun the dangerous adversaries who chased him there. As he begins to relax, he receives a cryptic message that shatters his illusion of safety. He’s threatened by a diabolical and relentless pursuer. But who?

Quinton is trapped in a quagmire of deception, betrayal, and unlikely alliances. With each passing moment, the noose tightens, and he must draw on every ounce of wit to outsmart those who still want him exposed, or worse, dead.

Will Quinton find a way out, or will he forever be a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse?

Hunted By Proxy is the second gripping installment in the edgy Proxy Legal Thriller Series. If you like memorable characters, smart gritty action, and jaw-dropping twists, then you’ll love Manning Wolfe’s fast-paced page-turner. Best read in order.


Monday, January 8, 2024

Third Time's The Charm by Michale Mohr Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

This tale has some interesting characters whose lives collide in ways they didn’t expect.

Melinda – a physical therapist turned amateur investigator. Melinda is also dating Tom who is a police detective. Melinda’s antics at trying to step in and help, especially when her son’s friend is involved, makes Tom shake his head, but also makes him worry for Melinda. Tom’s boss, Lansing, also shakes his head at her antics, but they both realize that she uncovers details that they may have missed. Melinda sometimes finds herself in situations and is unaware of how to get herself out of them because, after all, she’s not a detective.

Dominic – Mr. Gallo is the thief in this tale. However, he’s a thief of a different kind. He has a conscience. He definitely knows right from wrong and, after meeting Melinda and Tom and some of their friends, he starts to change his way of thinking. Definitely not your average thief. His wife, Lisa.

James Walsh – this story’s bad guy.

Indie – Melinda’s best friend and her husband, Fred.

There are also some minor characters that help shape this story. Jason, Melinda’s son. Jeff, one of the victims in this tale, and his wife, Grace. Janice, the receptionist at the physical therapy office. There is also a hint of a political aspect involving Mayor Preston. And thrown into the mix just to keep things interesting is Officer Billings.

Melinda is definitely the star of this show. She provided quite a chuckle in her not-so-stellar investigative efforts. All of these characters intertwine together with their backstories and antics to make for an entertaining, quick read. It will be interesting to see what Melinda gets involved in next.


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris Book Review


 

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the depiction of Ellice, as well as the other characters intermixed in Ellice’s story. It is, however, sad to think that things like what happened to Ellice really happen in today’s world.

Ellice, while a strong Black woman, found herself in quite the pickle over what happened to Michael. There’s a backstory to Ellice and Michael’s relationship that weaves this story together. The other characters that you’ll find in this tale only help to enhance her story.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the writing style. While there is an underlying message, the author does not come across as pointing the finger, so to speak, or putting anyone at fault for the prejudices Ellice suffered. Rather, it seems that this book is based on experience and the message is very subtle. I will definitely read this author’s work in the future.

The Wrong Good Deed by Caroline B. Cooney Book Review


 

I’ve had this title sitting on my shelf for quite a while and decided to give it a read. I have to say I really enjoyed Clemmie and Muffin’s story. I mean … who could resist character names like Muffin and Clemmie?

Each of these ladies had their own pasts that were coming back to give them some trouble. Muffin finally opened up and told Clemmie about what she did back in the 1960s, which Clemmie had a hard time understanding. Clemmie herself had her own secret that she kept buried and didn’t even tell Muffin about. These events were only triggered by a rare sighting on Muffin’s part. A random act that had her scared.

Clemmie and Muffin came across in this tale as so lifelike, so realistic, even though they are characters in a book. I like the fact that I could feel Muffin’s fear. I was shocked and saddened a bit by what happened to Muffin. Clemmie … I don’t even know how to explain her character, but the author drops random ‘Clemmie thoughts,’ if you will, that are so spot on I felt myself relating to her so much. These thoughts seemingly came out of nowhere and added just that little bit more to this story.

Muffin’s history seemed pretty spot-on to what happened back in the 1960s. She’s quite an intriguing character herself.

And the title of the book? That is spot-on as well. If you like a little bit of history that comes crashing into the present, with a bit of humor tossed in for good measure, give this one a read.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Best Friends Forever by Shannon Hollinger Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

I don’t know why this author has not been on my auto buy list; she will be now. This is one of the BEST books I have read in 2023. It has everything I want in a book of this genre, and the caliber of the writing? Excellent.

Emma and Kate were best friends growing up. Lily is Kate’s little sister. Their high school group consisted of Mel, Becca, Jeff, Jimmy, Emma, and Kate. Kate also befriended one of the homeless men of their town, Brad, which is something folks didn’t understand. There is Mrs. Daley, Emma’s mom. And, of course, Kate’s own mom. There is also Ms. Lynn, the neighbor, who came by to keep Kate’s mom company most days, but even Ms. Lynn had a secret. Kate left home ten years ago because of something that happened and didn’t think she’d return, but a phone call brought her back home. The longer Kate stayed, the more she began to uncover the truth of what happened all those years ago, and the truth?

This tale is pretty twisted - entwining and uncovering everyone’s backstories. I sort of figured out the whodunnit but not entirely and I wasn’t sure of the reasoning. The characters, while imperfect, have a depth to them; their personalities jump off the pages. All the underlying smaller stories just add more to this tale. I would not hesitate to read more of this author’s work, and she is definitely on my auto buy list now. Give this one a read; I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.


Friday, December 1, 2023

Face of Greed by James L'Etoile Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Who is looking for a new police procedural and new characters? Here it is! Welcome to the new character of Emily Hunter and her partner, Javier Medina.

Emily is the sort of detective who is like a dog with a bone, even if following the scent leads her down the wrong path a time or two and finds her overstepping that path, sort of like breaking the rules. This makes Javier cringe at times.

The thing about Emily is that she is relatable. Emily’s mom has dementia and lives with Emily. The way her mom’s dementia is portrayed is so spot on. This is one of those diseases that is hard to explain, hard to understand, but the author has nailed his description.

I enjoyed this tale because of Emily’s character as well as Javier. And Emily’s mom. Javier’s mom, Lucinda, is also an important character in this tale; she helped Emily understand her mom’s decision just a bit more. There is also “Officer Booty Bandit,” gotta love that nickname!

It is going to be interesting to follow Emily through her career. I suspect she and Javier will continue to follow the paths less traveled to get to the answers. This is the kind of police procedural I enjoy reading because of the underlying backstories and the relatability of the characters and how they all tie together in the end. A bit of a love interest peppered in doesn’t hurt, either.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Greed-Detective-Emily-Hunter-Mystery/dp/1608095878/ref=sr_1_1?crid=JYYAVYELCAXZ&keywords=face+of+greed+by+james+l%27etoile&qid=1695653701&sprefix=face+of+gree%2Caps%2C147&sr=8-1

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Chloe Cates is Missing by Mandy McHugh Book Review


 

Here is yet another good book of 2023. I really enjoyed this one. It is pretty twisted. My kind of read.

In this tale we are introduced to Jennifer who has turned her daughter, Abigail (Abby), into Chloe. Jennifer is a bored homemaker who wanted something to do so she decided to start a blog which evolved into CC and Me. It took off more than ever anticipated, making Chloe a star in her own right.

I enjoyed the way this story unfolded in the voices of Jennifer, Emilina, Abby through her journal writing, Jackson (the dad who seems pretty clueless).

If you’re looking for a read that will make you go a-ha in the end, pick this one up. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.


Monday, November 20, 2023

Calico by Lee Goldberg Book Review


 

This was certainly a different take on a mystery, especially when Beth McCade found herself investigating a strange death that tied into the 1800s. Just exactly how she wasn’t sure but she was determined to find out even if she was ousted to the tiny town of Barstow. I’m sure there’s a bigger story there. You have to love the name of the bar in this town – Pour Decisions.

Enter Owen Slader. Imagine his surprise when he found himself ‘stuck’ in the 1800s and didn’t know how he got there other than a ‘rip in time’ that he was either fortunate enough or unfortunate enough to slip through.

The description of Owen living back in the 1800s, but being careful not to do anything that would hurt his future, was quite intriguing. How it all tied together in the end was even more interesting as Owen and his wife back in the 1800s wrote out explicit details for future generations. Definitely a different twist on things and one that you’re sure to enjoy if you are into time-travel and an old-time western tales.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

The CoWorker by Freida McFadden Book Review


 

I have heard a lot about this author and had never had the opportunity to read anything by her until now. I was reading this book thinking ho-hum these coworkers … then boom! The twist came in and now I understand why folks enjoy her writing so much. She will soon become one of my go-to authors for the twists she throws in when you least expect them.

In this tale of coworkers, we are introduced to Dawn Schiff. Dawn is one of those sorts of people who flies under the radar. There is more to her than meets the eye. There is Natalie Farrell … the pretty one, the one who has the friends, the one who has it all, the one who is the most successful at the company. Dawn just wants to be Nat’s friend.

How it all ties together … you’ll have to read the book to find out, but this is one twisted tale of coworkers. Will they keep their secrets? I don’t know if they will, but I did sort of figure out part of the whodunit, just not the reasons behind the why.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Girl on Trial by Kathleen Fine Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

This is my first introduction to this author … she has taken on some very heavy topics. She has written about these topics in such a way as to not place blame on anyone, which I appreciate.

This book is about Emily Keller, a 16-year-old teen, who is what you would call poor, or at least not well off. All Emily wants to do is fit in at school. She meets Hannah. Hannah is portrayed as a well-off girl, but there is so much more to Hannah than you might think. I cannot imagine being a teen in today’s world or a parent to a teen.

Mr. Thomas. I don’t even know what to say about Mr. Thomas. He was not a nice man, but an important character to this tale. His family includes his wife and two young daughters.

Miss Jelly. You have to like Miss Jelly. She’s the grandmother every kid wants.

Debbie, Emily’s mom. Debbie has her own set of issues. Nate is Emily’s twin brother who provides Emily with a strong sense of support; he quietly knows what’s going on without saying anything. Steph, a true friend to Emily. Topper and Chuck. Valerie. Charlie. Mindy. Judge Wilson. All of these characters help make this a colorful tale.

This book is about choices, about growing up, about the things that can happen when you make the wrong choices, but, again, it is written in such a way as to not place blame on anyone.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Trial-Kathleen-Fine/dp/0744306833/ref=sr_1_1?crid=25P8Y7QTYG7MB&keywords=girl+on+trial+kathleen+fine&qid=1694387680&s=books&sprefix=girl+on+trial%2Cstripbooks%2C235&sr=1-1

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Like A Sister by Kellye Garrett Book Review


 

I have wanted to get my hands on this book for quite a while. I finally did and I was not disappointed. While the subject matter of this tale is rather serious, I found myself chuckling along the way. I found a lot of personality shining through on these pages.

The basis of this story is Lena (Melina) trying to figure out what happened to her sister, Desiree, while also dealing with her guilt over the past two years. Along the way she meets Erin, Desiree’s best friend. Detective Green. Stuart, the reporter who wants to tell Desiree’s story. And let’s not forget Mel Pierce, Desiree and Lena’s father, along with his wife, Veronika. There is also Aunt E – we all need an Aunt E!

I enjoyed the telling of this tale, not only because of the story line but because of the writing style, which I found very straightforward in a way that is relatable. The characters are far from perfect, which makes them all the more real. Lena’s inner thoughts are spot on. I thought I had figured out the whodunnit, but I was wrong.

Side note: I actually had the opportunity to meet Kellye at Bouchercon 2023 in San Diego. Her writing style matches her personality which is something I appreciate.

Where The Dead Sleep by Joshua Moehling Book Review


 

After reading the first book in this series, I wanted to get to book two post haste. Who could resist a book with this as the starting sentence – “The dog was inconsolable.” I’m sure you’ll enjoy Frank, the dog.

Ben Packard is finally showing his personality. He’s finally coming to terms with who he is. I like this about Ben. If you have read And There He Kept Her, you were introduced to Ben and the reasons why he returned back home. You also know about Stan Shaw, the man who put Ben in the position of acting sheriff. In this tale, Ben is dealing with the death of Mr. Sandersen while also trying to figure out the sisters, Sherry and Carrie. The story of the sisters is kind of twisted in itself. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.

There are a whole host of other characters that make this tale what it is, as well as some smaller stories intermixed that make me more than interested to see what Ben finds himself mixed up in next.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Second Term by J.M. Adams Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Cora Walker is the main character in this tale that takes place in 2012 and then jumps to 2028 and 2029. In 2012, Cora was in Benghazi teamed up with some folks she thought she could trust. Fast forward to 2028 when she finds herself back home, has a daughter, and is working for the Speaker of the House, Sarah Vasquez. Cora’s one mission in this new position is to keep Ms. Vasquez safe at all costs. And, there’s Gertie, who is like a mother to Cora and a grandmother to Abby, Cora’s daughter.

There are also some other intriguing characters throughout these pages that help meld this story. It’s full of politics, full of intrigue, full of bad versus good which Cora finds herself in the middle of, much to her surprise.

Cora finds herself in positions that are unthinkable to most of us. There is just something about the political world that Cora can’t quite seem to pull herself away from, even if she wants to.

While I don’t usually read political thrillers, I really liked the character of Cora. I liked the portrayal of a strong female political character. I also liked the fact that Cora has doubts about herself, making her even more relatable.

This would be a good book for those who enjoy political reads, especially one with a strong female character, which, in my experience, is quite rare. There are also a lot of correlations with some of our own political history, which I also found quite intriguing, some mentioned by name, others described very similarly.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Term-Novel-J-M-Adams/dp/1608095916/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1694387535&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-term-jm-adams/1142791188?ean=9781608095919

 

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Website: https://jmadams.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/JM-Adams/100089601925119/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-m-adams

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7086661.J_M_Adams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JM_AdamsAuthor

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

After Dark by Minka Kent New Book Release


 

Help me congratulate Minka Kent on her new book!

Here’s the blurb:

She’s a pariah with a killer past. Her bid to escape it is nothing short of terrifying in a heart-pounding novel of suspense by Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.

Afton Teachout has been an outcast in her small town for twenty years—ever since she was accused of murdering her mother’s lover in a blackout fit of rage. That is, if one believes the malicious lies.

Living with her grandmother, working a hotel night shift, and relying on pills to get a day’s sleep, Afton is due a little luck. It comes in the form of an unexpected financial windfall. With her newfound wealth, Afton sets a secret plan in motion to help her only friend, Sydney, flee a toxic husband. But the best intentions soon spin out of control.

Afton is getting unsettling calls from a restricted number, and someone has been lingering outside her home. As Sydney’s troubled marriage comes into focus, so does Afton’s past. Her second chance—for herself and for Sydney—isn’t what she dreamed of at all. In fact, it’s becoming a nightmare.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Killing Johnny Miracle by J.K Franko Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Who could resist a book that starts out with this sentence: ‘Mary Miracle would always recall with clarity the moment she decided to kill her husband.’

I knew from that sentence that I would not be able to put this book down. I’ve always heard that the first sentence has to grab a reader’s attention. This one did. Now, you know the premise of this book. Mary was not happy with Johnny Miracle … at all.

This is quite a twisted tale. It tells so much more than just Mary and Johnny’s story. We get to meet Grandma Nellie … she has a very dark secret. Pedro is the farm’s handyman. ‘Sick Eddie,’ at least that’s what he’s called. Johnny should not have messed with ‘Sick Eddie.’ Of course, you have a handful of lawyers … because, why not? Not to mention the detective who was working a cold case.

These pages are full of deceit between Mary and Johnny, which I found to be quite entertaining. Johnny is dumb enough to think that ‘Sick Eddie’ would just forget about him as he thought he was small potatoes and daggum … he should’ve bought that calculator. Mary found out some truths which made her all the more ambitious, if you will, to get rid of the problem.

Oh! And let’s not forget the Monet – the painting Mary inherited from Grandma Nellie. And the vineyard. It’s too bad Johnny didn’t think Mary was as smart as she turned out to be.

I would not hesitate to read more of this author’s work. He has a way of weaving a tale that will capture the reader’s attention. If I had more time, I would’ve probably finished this book a lot sooner than I did.

  

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Johnny-Miracle-JK-Franko/dp/B0CH2CXSL8/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1694387161&sr=1-1-ef9bfdb7-b507-43a0-b887-27e2a8414df0

 

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Website: https://jkfranko.com/#kjm

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Keep Your Friends Close by Lucinda Berry New Release


 

Help me congratulate Lucinda Berry on her new release!

Here’s the blurb:

When Kiersten McCann, president of the West Hollywood Moms’ Club, turns up dead in her own pool, it quickly becomes clear this wasn’t an accident. And the party guests―all members of the exclusive club―are now key suspects in her murder.

Accusations fly, and three mothers find themselves at the center of the investigation. Whitney, Brooke, and Jade all have heavy secrets to bear…and possible motives for their friend’s murder. But as the police look closer, more secrets, betrayals, and sinister plots are revealed than the women could ever imagine.

With everything at stake, deceit threatens to shatter their illusions of the perfect life. West Hollywood will never be the same.