Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Silent Woman by Minka Kent - Release Day Blitz

 



Synopsis

Newlywed Jade Westmore has finally found her forever in husband Wells, a charming, successful, and recently divorced architect—only there’s one caveat. Behind the gates of their elysian estate, hidden from street view in the caretaker’s cottage … lives Wells’ first wife, Sylvie.

Three years ago, the original Mrs. Westmore suffered an unfortunate accident—and hasn’t uttered a sound since. Not a physician, psychologist, or world-renowned specialist has been able to elicit so much as a word from the silent woman … until now.

On an ordinary Tuesday while Wells was away—despite instructions to never disturb the fragile woman—Jade visited her isolated predecessor bearing a peace offering: a bouquet of white lilies. Only she wasn’t expecting Sylvie to have something for her as well: a slip of torn notebook paper with a single word scrawled in shaky black ink.

That word? Run.


About the author 

Minka Kent has been crafting stories since before she could scribble her name. With a love of the literary dark and twisted, Minka cut her teeth on Goosebumps and Fear Street, graduated to Stephen King as a teenager, and now counts Gillian Flynn, Chevy Stevens, and Caroline Kepnes amongst her favorite authors and biggest influences. Minka has always been curious about good people who do bad things and loves to explore what happens when larger-than-life characters are placed in fascinating situations.

In her non-writing life, Minka is a thirty-something wife and mother who equally enjoys sunny and rainy days, loves freshly cut hydrangeas, hides behind oversized sunglasses, travels to warmer climates every chance she gets, and bakes sweet treats when the mood strikes (spoiler alert: it’s often).


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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Killing Kindness by Lisa Sell - First Chapter Read


BLURB: Summer 1992: The Six, a group of teenagers, met in a disused mill every night. They thought they were invincible until Simon, a kind young man, disappeared.

Summer 2021: The Six - minus Simon - gather at the renovated mill for his memorial. The reunion begins and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. The body count rises. Someone is killing kindness. It's cruel to be kind...

CHAPTER ONE

Three long, hot weeks ended in death. Teenage temperaments boiled over. Humidity slicked their skin with sweat. Blaming the heat for the group falling apart was too convenient. More than mugginess made Simon Pritchard snap.

The Six were united in a common purpose. Every summer holiday, activities took place, giving parents the chance to offload their offspring. Six sixteen-year-olds, fresh from finishing GCSEs, were the chosen ones. Selected teens earned cash helping to run Trillhaven’s holiday club alongside adult supervisors. The Six was hardly an inspired name, but the adults found it helped the assistants to bond. Being in a group made them feel elite. Those only a few years younger respected their authority.

Alex, Kat, Joe, Stevie, Erin, and Simon formed the gang of 1992. Kids hung around them, desperate to be a favourite. The adult helpers admired the teens’ work ethic while ignoring their night-time shenanigans. Young adults need to let loose, particularly when preparing for further education or work. A disused mill on the outskirts of Trillhaven became a playground. There they learnt how to tip from childhood over the cusp into adulthood. The Six discovered the joys of alcohol, accompanied by a love of music and sometimes each other. The owner of the mill watched from her cottage across the way. She stayed out of their business until she had no choice.

On the last evening of the holiday club, children danced to a DJ’s cheesy tunes. Nearly every local entertainment event was led by him. The Dorset town of Trillhaven lacked social opportunities. Everything was small, including the locals’ closed minds, overpopulated residential areas, and crammed schools. A blanket woven with community gossip and judgement spread wide over them all.

The pressure of small town life weighed on Simon. From experience, everyone expected him to be nice. If the dictionary had a visual representation of kindness, Simon’s photograph would be on display, not that he would’ve appreciated it. The young man hated his babyish face and impish grin. Sharper, more mature features might have allowed him to say no more often and for it to be accepted.

Simon’s friends believed his cup of kindness would always run over. That summer, they received it in abundance, until the boy broke. We all have darker natures we try to suppress. For a while, Simon kept his demons hidden.

Then came Friday 21 August 1992, when The Six disintegrated. Fights, betrayal, disappointment, and damning allegations signalled the end.

Kindness isn’t infinite. That night, Simon killed kindness. He might have murdered a man, too. Simon can’t tell anyone what happened. He was never seen again.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Silent Woman by Minka Kent Book Review



I received a gifted copy and am providing a review. (Not my picture.)

A freak accident leaving a woman in a catatonic-like state, unable to communicate.

A husband who divorces his first wife and moves his second wife into his home.

A second wife who accepts the situation, but begins to discover things that are unfathomable.

A neighbor who befriends the second wife and, through circumstances, discovers a truth she was least expecting.

A mother-in-law who becomes an ally.

As you may or may not know, I am a huge Minka Kent “fan girl,” so when the opportunity arises to snag a copy of her book, I jump on it. The Silent Woman is no exception. I devoured this tale in three days … I thought it was that intriguing. The premise of this tale is Jade meeting Wells through the book she was researching, that being a true story based on Wells’ grandmother’s life, Viviette. Circumstances being what they were, they end up getting married which gives Jade a closer look into Viviette’s life as she was living in the same house, the house that had been in the family for decades, housing all of Viviette’s diaries. But, wait … some diaries are missing. Where did they go and why? Jade decides she wants to spend some more time with Sylvie, Wells’ first wife, who conveniently Wells lets stay in the guesthouse behind the main house, being sure to provide Sylvie the care she needs after her accident. Is that the only reason?

This book contains a bit of everything … dysfunctional family ties; lies and deceit; secrets that come to surface with the right questions being asked. There is enough intrigue to keep readers turning the pages to find out what really happened, but the bigger question underlying everything is why? Be sure to add this one to your TBR - releasing September 27, 2022.

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Damned Lovely by Adam Frost Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

The Damned Lovely is a bar owned by a retired cop, Jiles. You will also meet the bar patrons – Pa, The Rooster, Slice, Lily, and Jewels who worked at the bar. There is also an “office” that is referred to as the box, where Sam (the main character) uses some space to pursue his writing career, or lack of. For some scratch, Sam also drives folks around. One evening, a new patron shows up, no one knew her name. She just sat quietly, reading her book, or so it seemed that is what she was doing. Turns out, her name was Josie Pendleton and someone didn’t like her sniffing around a couple of organizations. All Sam had left of her was the denim shirt she mistakenly left at the bar. So, Sam being Sam, and having had too much to drink, decides to figure out what really happened to Josie.

In his quest, he learns about a couple of organizations Josie was apparently involved in – Patriot Strong and Backyard Dreams. He does find out something about one of these organizations. Sam began to question whether he should give up on his quest. He decides, since Detective Pinner was seemingly getting nowhere with the investigation, to continue on, asking his questions, stirring up trouble trying to find answers.

I think we all have a little bit of Sam in ourselves. Sometimes we just cannot let things go, sometimes we get the answers, sometimes we don’t. I’m not exactly sure what genre this tale would fall into, but it is a refreshing read that doesn’t follow all the rules, so to speak, in that it is not so cut-and-dried you’ll figure out who the bad guy is.

 

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Vicious Ripples by Lee Matthew Goldberg Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review. (Not my picture.)

This is book 4 in The Desire Card series. If you are looking for a good series to read, check out this one. It is a 5-book series based around, well, The Desire Card. The Desire Card is an organization that was founded on the premise of bringing a client’s most desired wish come true, whether it be a rare bottle of wine, an exotic trip, or even eliminating the peskiness from a client’s life. Vicious Ripples manages to tie up some loose ends from the first three books.

We find out just what lengths J.D. Storm (now Marcus Edmonton) will go to, to rid himself of The Desire Card and its tentacles leached into his life. We find out how strong Gracie (Harrison and Helen’s daughter) is. We find out just how dangerous the leader of The Desire Card, known as Clark Gable, can be and what lengths he will go to in order to protect his precious organization. There are also some specific terms randomly thrown end referencing book 1, clever!

I highly recommend reading this series in order to get a better sense of the characters. Series in Order: Immoral Origins, Prey No More, All Sins Fulfilled, Vicious Ripples, Desire’s End. Now, to get my hands on book 5!


All The Broken Girls Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Marisol Alvarez (Mari – “rhymes with sorry”) is a crime reporter who has just returned after a two-week suspension. Her first ‘welcome back’ assignment was less than exciting to her, that of reporting on a baby sloth. She’s a crime reporter! She decides that she needs to just go with it because she needs her job; she has bills to pay. Her photographer, Orlando (called O) is assigned to go with her, just like he did before her suspension. Naturally, on the way to Busch Gardens, they see police cars, lights, the whole thing. Mari decides they need to investigate. O warns her against it. She doesn’t listen. She sees the two girls, she sees the scene, she takes it upon herself to do what she’s not supposed to do. In the process, she gives her bracelet to one of the girls; she constantly forgets and constantly reaches for it, then she remembers.

Time and time again, O has covered for her until he can’t anymore. Mari keeps digging and digging and keeps coming up with theories. Along comes Hoodie Hannibal, at least that’s what she calls him, and she finds out he’s one of those people who blend in, one of those people you don’t see. He definitely adds some creep factor to this tale. El Jefe (her boss) keeps telling her to stay away from the crime scenes, keeps warning her, until he runs out of patience, and she runs out of a job. She just does not stop, she keeps looking, keeps searching. She shares her theories with Detective Antonio Garcia (Tony) who finally realizes that Mari just may be on the right track and could be valuable in helping solve these crimes. The current crimes also tie into one of years past, that of Marisol’s mother.

The writing is quite good in this tale. The personalities tend to jump off the page, as if you actually know them. In this tale, you have a police procedural, a reporter’s doggedness no matter the consequences, a bit of attraction, cold cases, some sketchy background characters, a sister relationship that is hanging by a thread, an Abuela Bonita (Mari’s grandmother) who watches over her, crime clues that coincide with other cases, and so much more. Definitely a good read.

 

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Immoral Origins by Lee Matthew Goldberg Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

I don’t read blurbs. I like intriguing covers. I like titles of books that lead you to believe what a book is about. I mean … Immoral Origins, it doesn’t get much more intriguing than that. So, having not read the blurb, I opened the cover. Totally not what I was expecting. This book had me from the get-go and I finished it in a day.

Jake Burnam, a young man living in the late 1970s, in a poor neighborhood. His parents were doing the best they could for him and his brother, Emile (who had some major health issues), with his dad working two jobs and his mom working a part-time job. Jake, at heart, was a good guy and did what he could to help, but with the mounting medical bills it just wasn’t enough. He went to a party one evening with his friend, Maggs, and met a lady who called herself Marilyn. She then introduced him to her boss, Gable. This led Jake to become entwined with an organization called The Desire Card, a company based on making dreams come true. Whatever you could imagine and wished for, they would make happen. The money was good, too! Jake could finally help his family.

Maggs, Jake’s best friend for his entire life, also introduced him to his boss, Georgie. Georgie and The Desire Card were on opposing teams, so to speak, but Jake couldn’t let them know he was working for both of them. And … working for both of these organizations led Jake down a path he thought he would never go.

The writing is raw, the writing is honest, the writing is what you might find from the thinking of a young man living in these circumstances. I found this to be an intriguing read that held my attention and I really didn’t want to put it down. If you like books that take you back in time and involve a couple of opposing mafia-type organizations with a young man at odds with himself, this will certainly fit the bill. Book two is Prey No More.


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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Heroes Ever Die by J.A. Crawford Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

This is certainly a different take on your “typical” murder mystery. Ken Allen had a one-time not-quite-starring role as Jove Brand. Needless to say, the movie flopped and he went on to become a private investigator. Through his role of Jove Brand, he met special effects guru, Ray Ford, and they formed a friendship … all these many years later. Fast forward to present day when some mysterious deaths occurred not just a one production company but also at a rival production company. Enter Ken Allen’s not-so-great abilities as a private eye to find out what’s or who is behind these deaths and to help his friend, Ray Ford, get out of the pickle he finds himself in.

Because this is a character-driven book based on superheroes, the jacket that Ray Ford designed for Ken is full of all kinds of gadgets that he uses to incapacitate the “bad” guys he’s after. This tale takes him on some pretty farfetched adventures, but I think that is the point … it is farfetched because aren’t comics farfetched? I found myself chuckling just a bit at some of the antics Mr. Crawford has displayed in this tale of whodunnit.

Mr. Crawford maintained his creativity and his fun tone throughout this entire tale, but again … some of the antics that Mr. Allen and others found themselves in are pretty farfetched and are certainly good for a chuckle!

 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The White House by Sean Christopher Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review. (Picture provided by author.)

Do you like political intrigue? Then this book might just be for you!

Dominic Colletti, FBI agent, dad to Vanessa and Ashley, husband to Candy. Partner to Vasquez.

Current president, Randall Scott, up for re-election. Presidential hopeful, Alex Hamilton. Not only are each of these men dealing with campaign issues, they also both have troubled relationships in their personal lives, advisors and campaign managers who think they know best.

There’s an incident at Yale University that happened just after Dominic dropped Vanessa off, not having the best of goodbyes. He has to go back to Yale to find out what happened. He finds himself confronting the officer in charge, which does not turn out well for Colletti, and in the end he goes out on his own. Vasquez, as always, has his back. Dominic finds himself in all sorts of situations. The other thing behind the Yale incident is the kidnapping of three students and one professor, one of the students being Vanessa. The other two students who were taken came from moneyed families, so the question of this incident being money driven is ever present. And the professor? You’ll have to read the book to find out why.

I normally don’t read political “thrillers,” but this one was quite interesting with all the other stories intertwined … from the Yale incident, the dysfunctional family relationships, the it-really-could-happen scenarios, the mysterious notes, the past history that connects the bad guys, the greed. I was most intrigued with Dominic and Vanessa’s story. A difficult relationship for sure, but a dad who just wants to find his daughter and a daughter who wants her dad to find her.

If you are looking for a new author in the political thriller genre, give Mr. Christopher a try.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight Book Review


 

Molly Sanderson is married to Justin, daughter Ella. Molly and Justin have just moved to the neighborhood where Justin is a professor at Ridgedale University and Molly is a reporter for the Ridgedale Reader, not reporting on anything majorly exciting, until she gets a call from Erik. This is the opportunity she has been waiting for to prove herself as a full-on reporter.

Sandy is Jenna’s daughter. Jenna moved her daughter back to the area after hopping around from place to place.

Barbara is married to Steve who is the chief of police. They also have a couple of children, Hannah being their daughter. Hannah is also Sandy’s tutor, having been introduced to each other through Rhea who saw something in Sandy.

This tale is based around what happened to the baby who was found. This is a twisted tale of how the past meets the future in a not-so-kind way. Being an up-and-coming reporter, Molly starts asking questions. The more questions she asks the more she uncovers about a past event that happened in the exact same area. She starts to unravel the truth that has been buried for a long, long time and certain people don’t want the truth to surface.

I enjoyed the twistedness, the little bit of darkness in the telling of this tale. If you haven’t read Ms. McCreight’s work before, give her a try. You won’t be disappointed.


Out of the Rain by V.C. Andrews Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Saffron Anders has just lost her grandmother, leaving her alone in the only world that she has ever known. Off she goes to reunite with her father who walked away from her a few years prior, not knowing what to expect. Her father has a new wife and another daughter whom Saffron knew nothing about. Her father was surprised to see her on his doorstep. He immediately sends her to the local hotel, which coincidentally is owned by his family … or rather, his wife’s family, who has quite a lot of pull in the local area. Saffron’s father meets with her and, much to her surprise, has come up with an elaborate plan to integrate her into his now family. The question is why.

This story reminded me quite a lot of the first series I ever read by V.C. Andrews, that of Flowers in The Attic, with the secrets held onto by a family. The truth always reveals itself.

The Umbrella Lady is book one in this new series, with Out of the Rain being book two (The Umbrella series). I don’t know if there will be more books in this series, but I certainly hope so.


Dead In The Alley by Sharon Michalove Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

You know you’re in trouble when you start a book at lunchtime and are immediately pulled in by the little blurb in the beginning. This story takes off with a bang and keeps throwing curve balls.

This tale revolves around Bay and Derrick having moved back to Bay’s hometown of Sherburne where they opened a restaurant, much to Bay’s parents’ chagrin. They wanted more for Bay, but absolutely loved Derrick. It is not a spoiler to say that this tale starts out with the tragic death of Derrick, in the alley behind their restaurant. Let the police investigation begin. Enter Greg Musgrave, who works on the police force and, as fate would have it, knew Bay back in high school.

Bay finds out that her husband had secrets. She is forced to move back home with her parents. Her two sisters and brother are also in the picture, but they all have troubled relationships for various reasons. While Bay sets out on a new venture with another local business owner, the police continue to dig into her husband’s death, finding more and more clues but not getting any closer to the answer. The truths Bay learns about Derrick and those around her leave her stunned and angry.

The action keeps moving along at a relatively fast pace in this tale that will keep readers turning pages. If you are looking for a story that encompasses a marriage based on lies, friendships that are tested to their limits, a family hiding secrets of their own, a subtle yet undeniable attraction that has smoldered for years but is rekindled, give this one a read.

 

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Prey No More by Lee Matthew Goldberg Book Review



I was able to grab a copy off of Book Sirens and am providing a review. (Not my picture.)

After reading Immoral Origins and finding myself immersed in the story, I find myself wanting to read this series. In Immoral Origins, we are introduced to an organization called The Desire Card. The Desire Card will fulfill anyone’s fantasy … whatever it is, no matter the cost. The employees, if you will, of The Card are each assigned the identity of a famous and recognizable actor, the leader being Clark Gable. All employees are carefully recruited which is how J.D. Storm came to The Card (identified as James Dean), through a lady he met one evening. She thought he was the perfect candidate as did Mr. Gable.

In Prey No More, we learn more of J.D.’s story of origin. He finds himself coming into close contact with his conscience while he is on a job. He then becomes prey to The Desire Club. On the run, he meets Bud, a truck driver, who gives him a lift all the way to Killenroy, Washington, where J.D. reunites with his once-girlfriend, Annie. After eight years, they are both shocked to see each other. Through Annie, J.D. (now Marcus) meets Abram who wants to do a job which will get Marcus a couple of things he needs, one being money, so he can escape The Desire Card. Or can he?

This story takes us on Marcus’s journey, of sorts, in his trying to escape from The Desire Card. Some of his encounters are rather hilarious in their telling, a bit unbelievable, some are just the opposite. In the end, the question is who is really the prey - J.D. (Marcus) or The Desire Card? I look forward to book three, All Sins Fulfilled. If you like dark humor, I recommend you give this series a try.

Series in Order: Immoral Origins, Prey No More, All Sins Fulfilled, Vicious Ripples, Desire’s End.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Depths of Deceit by Laura Oles Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

While reading this book the character Jamie Rush seemed very familiar to me. I still haven’t figured out why, but the relationship she and Cookie have is one of respect and friendship. Those two things are important considering they are business partners. They are in the business of tracing down skips for repossession. Skips are those folks who have … wait for it … skipped out on payments of one sort or another. This book centers around Renata’s request of Cookie, Renata being a friend to Cookie. Her sister, Leah, has been ghosting her and she thinks something is wrong as Leah at least keeps in touch with Renata and it is unlike her to not so much as answer a text. To add to this mix is Alastair Finn who is back in the town of Port Alene where this tale is set (Texas). Alastair is no stranger to Cookie and is a rival in the skip business, having dusted Jamie and Cookie on a couple of their cases. While Renata’s case doesn’t generate any income for Jamie and Cookie, something they desperately need as their pockets are running on empty, the take it on. This case gets more and more interesting the more Jamie and Cookie uncover and, much to their dismay, they need Alastair’s help to bring this case to resolution.

This is quite an entertaining read. While there is a case involved that Jamie and Cookie need to solve, there are issues with Jamie and her mom and dad (Alex and Stella), her sister Grace, and Cookie’s family has quite a drama club going on as well, though that is not explored in great depth. There is the animosity between Alastair, Jamie, and Cookie, though there is also a mutual respect in the end. And, then there is Deuce. Deuce is Jamie’s bulldog; he makes for a delightful character addition. Marty is the bartender who watches Deuce during the daytime while Jamie is out solving crimes; he is also Jamie’s landlord, having rented the loft above his bar to Jamie.

It will be interesting to follow this series to see what other cases Jamie and Cookie get involved in. I’m sure Alastair will be right there with them, ready to scoop up their bounty! And Deuce, the bulldog, will be soaking up more attention than he could possibly imagine.

 

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Monday, August 8, 2022

The Killings Begin by Bradley Pay Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review. This is book 1 in the Spectrum series.

This is an interesting take on a not-so-typical murder mystery. In this tale, you will meet Gia. Gia is a young lady who has run away from her family to escape an arranged marriage. One evening, while sitting in a bar, she meets three long-time friends – Raul, Joseph, and Sal. She comes up with an idea to help them with their predicament of never having time to date, let alone have any sort of serious relationship. She comes up with the idea of a “contract” so she can be their “date,” if you will, no strings attached.

Through this “contract,” these four individuals, over the span of a few years, become friends. As well, Gia has experiences she never would have had otherwise from galas to dinner parties to openings of businesses to travel. As well, Gia has a best friend, Mari, who encourages Gia to pursue her own dreams and not focus so much on this “contract.” Gia does just that and pursues her architectural degree as she is fascinated with and has a passion for buildings, their history, how they were made.

This is only one story contained within these pages.

There is also the story of Judge Tracey Lauch. He’s retired. He’s bored. He decides to travel. He takes a cruise where he meets Mari and Gia. He also meets Charlotte, which surprises him. There is a dark side to Judge Lauch.

If you like to travel vicariously through characters in a book, this may be just the one to help. It does, however, take a while for all the affected parties to come together, so it is a slow burn (at least for me it was), but you will finally have the a-ha moment when everything ties together. You may even find yourself wondering … why?

 

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Edge of Dusk by Colleen Coble Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

This is the first book in this new series for Ms. Coble, featuring Annie Pederson who is a law enforcement officer/ranger. There are many underlying layers in this tale. Annie’s ‘nightmare’ began when she was just a little girl and her sister disappeared. All these many years later, twenty-four to be exact, Annie is still searching for Laura. She now has her own little girl, Kylie, and is also dealing with the deaths of her parents and her husband, Nate, as well as some past regrets which come to the surface when Jon Dunstan returns to Rock Harbor.

Annie –Since her parents’ death, not only is she a ranger, she is also the owner of her family’s campground/resort.

Kylie – Annie’s daughter who is dealing with her father’s death along with losing her grandparents, and a diagnosis, not fatal, but shocking to Annie.

Jon Dunstan – Annie’s teenage boyfriend. Things didn’t turn out so well back then, Jon left Rock Harbor to pursue his medical career, and only returns to get his father’s cabin ready to sell. His dad accompanies him to Rock Harbor and is not blind to Jon’s affection for Annie, even after all these years.

Laura – Annie’s missing sister.

Taylor – An interesting character. Annie hires her to be Kylie’s nanny and to help out around the resort.

Bree and Kade – Readers of Ms. Coble will ‘know’ Bree from a previous series. She is present in this series as well, but more as a background character. She and Kade have three children of their own, Davy (Bree’s son) and a set of twins.

Anu – A local shop owner.

And the police force whom Annie works closely with. There are also many background characters who are essential in the telling of this tale.

When Jon returns to Rock Harbor, both he and Annie are forced to deal with regrets from the past. The more Annie investigates a particular case, the more ‘warnings’ she gets. Taylor is not all she seems to be. What exactly is Taylor up to? Kylie is diagnosed with celiac disease which makes Annie question certain aspects of her past. Both Annie and Kylie are dealing with the trauma of losing family members, compounded with Annie not only being a ranger but also the owner of her family’s resort/campground. Not to mention a new puppy! Kylie is dealing with meeting Jon and just exactly what he means to her mom, making her a very relatable little girl.

This is going to be one interesting series, especially if there are as many underlying stories running through the pages as there are in this first book. I am looking forward to more of Annie’s adventures.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Dusk-Annie-Pederson-Novel-ebook/dp/B09MBSG5NL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2XK4A0GESS7KM&keywords=edge+of+dusk+colleen+coble&qid=1655047682&s=books&sprefix=edge+of+du%2Cstripbooks%2C141&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/edge-of-dusk-colleen-coble/1140521224?ean=9780785253709

 

Find Colleen Coble:

Website: https://colleencoble.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colleencoblebooks

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/colleen-coble

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33227.Colleen_Coble

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colleencoble

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colleencoble/

 

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

See You Next Tuesday by Ken Harris Book Review/Blog Tour


 

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

Steve Rockfish and Jawnie McGee are partners at the firm of Rockfish & McGee – Investigative Services. They are quite the odd couple, but they work well together. Jawnie has just recently gained her PI license and is now a full-fledged partner to Rockfish. This tale takes us on a rocky ride through a scam that fell upon Rockfish’s father, Mack.

The team of Rockfish & McGee also have taken on the case of Mrs. Coyne who believes her husband is up to some hanky-panky, but as it turns out the Coyne case and Mack’s case, unbeknownst to either partner, overlap from opposite ends so they join forces, but they can’t handle all the details themselves. Enter Raffi. Enter Lynn. Raffi is a long-time friend to Rockfish, and Lynn is a down-on-her-luck kinda girl whom Jawnie stumbled across in an alley, literally.

This money chase leads them to a basement support group, or so they think. They find themselves racking up the miles chasing down leads, even crossing into different states at times, only to end up back at home base in Maryland. This tale is funny and serious all at the same time, and watch out for the acronyms!

There is some true-to-life reality in this tale, with how easily our elders can be fooled into a scam involving money. This also happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, so there is even more realism. Rockfish sort of reminds me of James Rockford from the Rockford Files, except Rockfish has a partner, and I am sure Mr. Harris’s background lends even more reality of how things could happen. It will be interesting to see what Rockfish and McGee get up to on their next adventure.


Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/See-You-Next-Tuesday-Rockfish/dp/1684339898/ref=sr_1_3?crid=35MEEVIVUMYJ1&keywords=see+you+next+tuesday+ken+harris&qid=1655757546&sprefix=see+you+next+tuesday%2Caps%2C175&sr=8-3

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/see-you-next-tuesday-ken-harris/1141107708?ean=9781684339891

 

Find Ken Harris:

Website: https://kenharrisfiction.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kah623

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ken-harris-54a24282-553a-45ca-8f49-bf6adb71224e#Tuesday

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21772175.Ken_Harris#tuesday

Twitter: https://twitter.com/08025writes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/KenHarrisFiction/

 

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