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22 04, 2015

Review: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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diabolical miss hyde book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The Diabolical Miss Hyde was my first book by Viola Carr–pen name for Erica Hayes. I will admit that I was drawn to this book by its cover; I found it to be gorgeous and fitting for the story. The Diabolical Miss Hyde is a wonderful blend of steampunk, mystery, Penny Dreadful (TV show), murder, magic, and romance all entwined into a fast paced story. I loved how Carr wove all of the characters in the story and left it open for a sequel, which I cannot wait for.

The Diabolical Miss Hyde is about Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the famous Dr. Henry Jekyll. She is a crime scene investigator searching for the “chopper” (a murderer who is killing young women and slicing off their limbs). She is also a doctor for the mentally ill

20 04, 2015

Blog Tour: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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inspector of the dead book coverPlease join David Morrell, author of Inspector of the Dead, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Inspector of the Dead is the second book in the De Quincey murder mystery series. Thomas De Quincey was a real person in the British empire in 1855 and a rather infamous one at that. This is a fictional account of the man, but the author tried to make the character act as close to his namesake as possible.

Thomas De Quincey, author of the infamous autobiography Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and the scandalously titled Postscript (On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts), is in London getting ready to go back home to face his creditors, to the relief of his temporary  benefactor Lord Palmerton.

Before his departure, De

18 04, 2015

Review: The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

By | April 18th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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devil you know book coverReviewed by Len Steiner

Initial general comments: The Devil You Know is a debut novel by Canadian short story author and short story collection prize nominee Elisabeth de Mariaffi. The story is based loosely on the Bernardo Investigation Review – Report of Mr. Justice Archie Campbell that involved a fictional depiction of a killer of two girls that were held prisoner before their murder and that is believed to still be at large. The story revolves around the fictional obsession of a rookie crime reporter to find out the true facts of the case. There are a number of odd conclusions involved that are frustrating and hold the readers interest to a certain extent. The author does state that “the Bernardo case served as a backdrop but is not a factual description of police procedural events at the time.”

Specific

13 04, 2015

Review: Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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dark is the sea book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard was a refreshing, surprising read; somewhere in between the Young Adult and New Adult genres, it is the story of eighteen-year-old Rowan Munro, who is still questioning the mysterious disappearance of her mother many years later. She returns to Dorchay, the Scottish village where she grew up, in search of answers.

Now under the tutelage of her aunt Kitty, Rowan discovers that she has great powers—powers that someone in her life would kill to have. Someone who has killed before, and who has answers to all of Rowan’s questions.

The beautiful artwork on the cover of Dark is the Sea—along with the haunting, ominous title—is what initially piqued my interest. The book blended witchcraft with mermaid lore, which I found to be an interesting and appealing concept. The descriptions

10 04, 2015

Review: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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the bookseller book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

It was author Cynthia Swanson’s title that first made me click on The Bookseller to see what it was all about, but it was the comparison to one of my favorite Gwyneth Paltrow movies (Sliding Doors) that made me pick this one up.

The bookseller that the title references, Kitty—though sometimes Kathryn—experiences two very different lifestyles, one in which she is single and running a bookshop with her best friend, and the other where she is married to the love of her life and is a stay-at-home mother to three. Through Kitty’s narrative, the reader comes to believe that her real life is the one in which she remains unmarried, though Kitty longingly wishes that the other were actually real. But what both Kitty and the reader begin to realize is that neither life is better than

7 04, 2015

Review: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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long and faraway gone book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Oklahoma City in 1986 might seem like forever ago to some, but for the characters of Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone, that period of time is forever burned in sharp memories. Wyatt Rivers, a private investigator from Las Vegas, is brought back to Oklahoma City on a job to discover who is harassing a local club owner and finds that in the process, he must face his own harassing memories of a time long ago. For the beautiful nurse Julianna, there was never an escape from the city and as a result, she has never been able to escape from the recollections and wonderings of her beautiful older sister Genevieve’s disappearance from a local fair all those years ago.

Wyatt was a young man working at a movie theater in 1986, the

4 04, 2015

Review: The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice

By | April 4th, 2015|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the snow garden book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

College is a time for students to embark on new lives as independent adults and in Christopher Rice’s sexually sinister novel the forage for these particular students is certainly far from anything that is to be expected. Quiet and chaste Kathryn Parker has left a life in California far behind her as she begins anew at Atherton University. The campus is on the opposite coast from her past and with the almost constant companionship of her flashy, confident and gay best friend Randall Stone, she can start fresh. Randall has a past of his own that barely gets a mention beyond “rich parents on Park Avenue” and for a time, his secrets are also all his own. Randall and Kathryn move amongst a colorful blend of classmates, including the openly sexual and harsh Jesse Lowry,

26 03, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Vostok by Steve Alten

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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vostok book coverPlease join Steve Alten, author of Vostok, as he tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open internationally

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Vostok is the second book featuring Zachary Wallace, and large parts of it takes place in Antarctica, below the frozen ice cap, in a liquid lake, Vostok.  Steve Alten appears to like the idea of ancient Miocene predators and other animals hiding in the dark places of the ocean. This isn’t the only series he has dealing with supposedly long extinct species and there is a little cross-over with the others.

I will say that Alten does a pretty poor job when it comes to real science and double checking facts used in the story. I really started taking notice when he converted -25C to -87F in a conversation and no one

25 03, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

By | March 25th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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the tapestry book coverPlease join Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Tapestry, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win one of three signed hardcover copies of The Tapestry by completing the giveaway form below.

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

I think it’s important to first note that The Tapestry is the third book in author Nancy Bilyeau’s Joanna Stafford series. Having not previously read the first two books in the series before tackling The Tapestry, I would definitely advise others interested in the book to start at the beginning of the series. While it’s not completely necessary to do so, there is obviously a lot of backstory and history between the characters that, even with the author doing a very good job of trying to catch up new readers like me, just can’t be fully appreciated or understood

18 03, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley

By | March 18th, 2015|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |17 Comments

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the dead key book coverPlease join D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada

Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley is a book full of mystery and intrigue. Set in two different time periods, the story begins in the late 1990’s and  follows a young civil engineer as she is sent on a special assignment to the First Bank of Cleveland. Ecstatic to be taken seriously and retreat from her boring cubicle life, Iris Latch jumps on the chance to advance her career and knowledge by taking on the large task of assessing the possibility that this old, decaying structure can be restored. Little does she know that the bank has a lot more history and is much