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29 01, 2017

Review: Ill Met by Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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ill met by murder book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Murder, romance, theater, doggies, humor–what more could I ask for in a mystery novel? Not much. Elizabeth J. Duncan has created a dandy premise and put it in a mostly-reasonable location, with characters you just can’t help but like and thus care about a what happens to them. The perfect ensemble, to my mind.

But if you’re not a theater-buff, not to fret, that part of it isn’t at all overdone. And neither is the romance. What there is, though, is a delightful, not-well-known location, and a cast of characters that are multi-faceted enough to keep you interested in what is happening to them.

11 01, 2017

Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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perilous undertaking book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Books by Ms. Raybourn are so marvelously complex that the temptation for a reviewer is to write a long review in order to do justice to the story. This is especially difficult if the reviewer is already prone to overlong reviews. Mea culpa.

In London of 1887, eccentricity meets rigid society rules and they have a great adventure. We’re fortunate to be allowed to accompany them! This is the second  adventure of Veronica Speedwell, an emancipated woman if ever there was one – prone to dashing off to exotic places in pursuit of her trade – she’s a certified lepidopterist. For this story, however, she is back in London, sharing a cottage with a fellow scientist, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, whom she calls Stoker. There is an attraction between them, but allowing It to grow would only complicate things, so it stays very low key.

27 10, 2016

Review: Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Comedy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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wedding bell blues book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Southern small town girl returns home after a broken romance in her second home location in the North. Okay, we can understand that. Beth McKenzie returns to Littleboro after the grandmother who’d raised her – Mama Alice – fell down the basement stairs and never recovered. Beth decided to make the family home into a B & B – The Dixie Dew – and after serious renovations (thanks to her new-found, romantic, contractor-friend Scott) she opens for business. Her devoted second in command is Ida Plum Duckett, and seemingly no conversation between them is complete without a mention of Mama Alice.

In the first book of this series, her first guest dies suddenly. Wedding Bell Blues is the second in the series, and we’re being set up for it to happen again.

27 10, 2016

Review: Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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apprentice in death book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is known for her ability to work hard and solve her crimes, so when three people are killed at a Central Park ice skating rink, she is brought in to track down the killer. When they determine that the killer shot these people from a long way away, they are able to quickly narrow their suspects. But when the killer strikes again, this time killing more than three, Dallas knows they have to move quicker and be better than the sniper. Thankfully, her husband, Roarke, is a genius when it comes to computers and programming and is able to help her and the NYPSD in tracking down the location of the sniper’s nest. When it turns out that the sniper isn’t just one person, but two, they realize they have a master and an apprentice. But why? What is the agenda?

20 10, 2016

Review: Torn by Cynthia Eden

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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torn by eden book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Torn, the fourth book in the LOST Series written by Cynthia Eden, is equal parts romance and twisted suspense. Most definitely a solid follow up to Shattered, book three in the LOST Series.

Victoria Palmer is a forensic anthropologist – one of the best – and has always been much better with the dead than the living. Because of her traumatic upbringing, she doesn’t let anyone close to her. Instead, she holds everyone at arm’s length…until she is assigned to partner up with ex-cop, Wade.

Wade Monroe, one of the oldest members of the LOST team, has had it bad for Victoria for a while. However, her standoffishness towards him, and the rest of the team, has made it clear that she isn’t looking for a relationship of any sort.

6 10, 2016

Review: Red Flags by Tammy Kaehler

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , |2 Comments

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red flags book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you think you might like to drive race cars for fun or profit, you could do worse for yourself than to begin by reading the fascinating mystery series about auto racing by Tammy Kaehler. Her lead character is Kate Reilly, champion driver of Corvettes in the SportsCar Championship series. (Previous books and the tracks they race on: Dead Man’s Switch [Lime Rock], Braking Points [Atlanta], Avoidable Contact [Daytona].) Kate never backs down from a tangle, whether on or off the track, and racing authenticity bursts from every page!

Ms. Kaehler has the skill to put the reader in the driver’s seat right along with Kate who proves the necessity of having a selective 5-second memory of everything that happens. You quickly discard what doesn’t work but hang on to those tricks that do! You’ll need it again on the next lap, as an invaluable help in quickly adapting to each car and each track, all of which are unique in their own individual ways.

6 10, 2016

Review: Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , |3 Comments

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murder at the 42nd street library book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Cornelius Lehane has the Brian McNulty series about a bartender who seems to find himself helping solve and prevent crimes in New York. Murder at the 42nd Street Library seems to be a spin-off, where McNulty is just a minor background character.  This is important since the main character of this story, Raymond Ambler, seems to have a history we ‘should’ know something about but this book is the first of a series (as far as I can tell).

The morning of Adele’s mother’s funeral, a man is shot and killed in the Library where Adele and Raymond work. Right in front of another coworker, Harry, who was also shot at. The man killed was on his way to visit Harry but Harry claims he didn’t know the details of the visit.

4 10, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Teetotaled by Maia Chance

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

What we have here is a screwball comedy/mystery set in the early 1920s in New York City. Prohibition, boot-leggers, gamblers, gangsters, Duesenbergs (be still my heart) and flappers galore! It’s a wonderful setting, indeed. Unfortunately, the story soon devolves into a mix of the Keystone Kops and the Perils of Pauline. The reader risks severe dizziness from all the dashing about, and trying to keep track of who all these multitudinous characters are, and just what are they doing, anyway?

19 09, 2016

Review: The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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the dragon round book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

I was initially drawn to The Dragon Round because of its amazing cover. It is a beautiful image of a dragon over a ship on the sea, and very fitting for this book. I will say that this is not a feel-good book. It’s an interesting book, but there is a lot of darkness in it and it often made me really depressed or disgusted. At the same time, I really enjoyed most of the book… up until the end.

At first, I had a very hard time reading it. It is written in the present tense, which I absolutely hate and had a very hard time getting used to (I did eventually get used to it). I also initially had a very hard time understanding what was really going on in the book. There were a lot of names being thrown around, and a lot of references I didn’t initially understand. I decided to continue reading it though, and am glad I did.

11 09, 2016

Review: Night and Day by Iris Johansen

By | September 11th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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night and day book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

On the heels of her last book, Iris Johansen’s Night and Day picks up where the story last ended. Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn, and Cara, the little girl they previously rescued from a sadistic maniac, have escaped to the highlands of Scotland with the help of adopted daughter Jane. Living in seclusion, they finally feel like their lives are once again their own. Eve is pregnant, in love with her new little charge, Cara, and hopes for nothing but the best.

But then, just when they think that maybe things are looking up, Cara is kidnapped by none other than the monster they thought they’d left behind, Natalie, who also happens to be Cara’s mother. Natalie is evil, smart, and power hungry and Eve knows that Natalie never had a qualm about killing one of her daughters in the past and now, Eve fears, she is going to do the same to Cara.