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8 03, 2017

Review: Something Buried, Something Blue by Wendy Corsi Staub

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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something buried something blue book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

“Living in Lily Dale is like playing an endless game of telephone with a paranormal spin.” I had to laugh when I read that sentence on page 261 out of the 287 pages of Something Buried, Something Blue, as it perfectly encapsulates this entire story.

The community of Lily Dale is a real place, located In Chautauqua County, in western New York, 25 or so miles northeast of the Chautauqua Institution and 11 miles south of Dunkirk, on the shores of Lake Erie.

23 02, 2017

Blog Tour: The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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the possessions book coverPlease join Sara Flannery Murphy, author of The Possessions, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Debut author Sara Flannery Murphy drew me right in with The Possessions and kept her hooks in me until the very end. The plot line of this first novel sounded similar to the canceled-too-soon TV show Dollhouse, which was a favorite of mine, so I simply had to read it. Written in first person, The Possessions is a raw account of a troubled young woman’s intriguing career as a “body” for the Elysian Society. Eurydice, as she calls herself, though this is not her true name, lends her body to clients who are looking to gain closure with loved ones who have passed on.

15 01, 2017

Review: The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Occult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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motion of puppets book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue was a book that I really tried to enjoy, but ultimately found too many issues with. My main one is that it lacked motion, or action, or really anything that could’ve made the lengthy 260 pages go by at least somewhat easily. The book seemed to drag on with a protracted story line that relied heavily on descriptions, but the ending left me hanging with several frustratingly unanswered questions.

Kay and Theo Harper are a newlywed couple spending the summer in the quaint Old City of Québec when Kay, afraid that someone is following her when she is returning home late from work, runs into a seemingly abandoned toy shop for safety and turns into a puppet.

30 11, 2016

Review: The Next by Stephanie Gangi

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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the next book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Joanna DeAngelis is dying of cancer when Stephanie Gangi’s novel begins, but where Gangi takes Joanna as the novel progresses, is far from expected. Joanna lies dying with tubes, bruises, medicine haze, her faithful poodle Tom by her side, two distraught adult daughters and a quiet obsession with her phone and her ex-boyfriend Ned. In the last moments of her life, Johanna is more focused on the online persona of Ned and his new, very famous girlfriend, rather than her legacy and her daughters Anna and Laney. Anna and Laney are very different, but sisters all the same, and the roles that the two take in the story are interesting and ever changing. The Next is not a story of dying woman, but rather the story of how what happens before death, can often impact what happens after death and not only for the deceased.

1 09, 2016

Review: The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the stopped heart book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when the past and the present collide? When they seem so interwoven that it’s oftentimes difficult to tell the difference between the two?

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson is the tale of two families living in the same cottage, but in two different time periods.

Mary and Graham are looking for a new start when they buy the cottage at the edge of town. They love its original features, the beautiful garden in the backyard, and the orchard that is beyond that. Although it hasn’t been lived in for quite a long time, they think it’s the perfect place to start anew.

2 06, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |22 Comments

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june whittemore book coverPlease join Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of June, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

There are books that you are so into that you read them as quickly as possible to find out what happens in the end. There are books that are so boring that you can’t even finish them. And then there are books that are so interesting and relatable, that you only read them when you know you won’t have any interruptions, so you can truly savor each word. That was what June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore was to me. I wanted to read this book when I didn’t have children running around me and asking me to do things. I wanted to read it when all I had to concentrate on was enjoying the book in front of me.

29 04, 2016

Review: The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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the history major book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

Michael Phillip Cash’s paranormal thriller, The History Major, combines dark fantasy, history, and emotional drama to explore the relationship between past experiences and the present. The novella takes the reader on a mind-bending trip through time and the main character’s psyche to show how one can learn from what has happened.

The story is told from the perspective of Amanda Greene, an emotionally damaged college freshman on the brink of a mental breakdown. After a night of heavy drinking, Amanda wakes up surrounded by a world she doesn’t recognize; a dorm room that’s just slightly unfamiliar, subtle changes in the campus, and a history class on her course list that she never enrolled in. Chalking the sudden confusion up to her hangover, Amanda decides to work her course schedule out with campus administration. She

23 11, 2015

Review: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the uninvited book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

The Uninvited by Cat Winters surprised me with its touch of history and haunting love story. Not quite being a young adult novel, but not quite being typical fiction, The Uninvited reaches an audience of 20-somethings, like me, who enjoy fiction without all the intense adult themes of say… 50 Shades of Grey.

Ivy Rowan is a 25-year-old sing woman who lives in a secluded world of illness, death, and war. Her brother, Billy, recently died serving the United States in WWI in France while the rest of the country falls ill to what will be known as the Spanish Influenza. But influenza is not the only thing ailing U.S. citizens; prejudice against the Germans has caused literal lynch mobs to form. Even Ivy’s own brother Peter and father have taken a German man’s life. On

19 10, 2015

Review: The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the night sister book coverReviewed by Colleen Turner

From page one of The Night Sister an eerie feeling permeates the story, one that makes you think of dangerous things hanging back in the shadows, just waiting to pounce. It opens with one of our protagonists, Piper, being called home by her sister, Margot, after their childhood friend, Amy, is found dead along with her husband and son at what remains of Amy’s childhood home, the Tower Motel her grandfather built. All signs point to Amy as the murderer but neither woman can believe their friend would do that. It’s up to Piper to find out exactly what happened to Amy and her family, especially since the only survivor of the murders, Amy’s daughter Lou, could still be in danger.

Going back and forth in time, between the present, the late 1980’s when

17 07, 2015

Review: Newport by Jill Morrow

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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newport book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Attorney Adrian De la Noye arrives in Newport with his associate Jim Reid in tow. His mission: draft a new will for a very wealthy client, the elderly Bennett Chapman. In his golden years, Bennett has finally decided to enter the state of matrimony again and wants his will to reflect his upcoming marriage to the beautiful, and much younger, Catherine Walsh.

Adrian and Jim’s arrival at Liriodendron, Chapman family Newport estate, coincides with the arrival of Bennett’s grown-up children, Lady Chloe Dinwoodie and Nicholas Chapman. The pair is there not to celebrate the wedding but to prove that their father is not in his right mind and cannot legally change the will.

At first, Adrian is confident that Bennett is of sound mind – if not body – and that his children are only there to serve their