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9 10, 2015

Review: A Cold War by Alan Russell

By | October 9th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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a cold war book coverReviewed by Neriza Billi

Books in different genres have repeatedly shown Alaska as both picturesque and perilous. The contrasting depiction has always been a template for adding tension to any story line. A Cold War has managed to use this same template effectively.

Nina, the protagonist, was living a fairy-tale life. Engaged to America’s most popular congressman, her face is in all the magazines, newspapers and TV shows. Hoping to get a respite from the circus of attention, Nina decided to go to Alaska for a short business trip. Expecting to get some peace and quiet, Nina experienced terror instead when she was abducted for ransom. Against the backdrop of Alaskan mountains, forests, and wide, pristine land, Nina tries to study and outsmart her abductor. She holds on to every good memory that she has, pushing herself to live each day, patiently

2 10, 2015

Review: Chergui’s Child by Jane Riddell

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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chergui's child book coverReviewed by Neriza Alba

Olivia is a mother now. This news was revealed to her when her aunt passed away, leaving her a substantial amount of money and a letter. The letter required her to use the money to find her daughter, who unbeknownst to her, survived almost six years ago when she gave birth in Tangiers.

That’s how Chergui’s Child started, quickly letting the readers know what was in store for them. What I was not expecting is how the rest of Olivia’s life – her on-off relationship, her parents and her job – were impacted by this development. Olivia pretty much embarked on a new life, lived in a new country and took care of other people’s children to follow the trail of the last person who had her daughter.

It is not a unique plot, in fact, it is a

1 10, 2015

Blog Tour: A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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a fine summer's day book coverPlease join the writing team of Charles Todd, authors of A Fine Summer’s Day, as they tour the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Fine Summer’s Day is the 17th book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries. It goes back in the past before the war (and the 16 other stories) and gives us a look at Ian before the war changed him. It was a good book and a very interesting mystery; I’m glad it was written to add to Ian’s story.

Inspector Rutledge is still learning how best to interact with his boss, Chief Superintendent Bowles, who likes all cases to be closed as quickly as possible, with a nice clean acceptable explanation. This means that he’s not always particular about the guilty person being put on trial. This doesn’t sit

28 09, 2015

Review: A Book About a Film by C. W. Schultz

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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a book about a film book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

There is a delicious rush from finding something you’re not quite meant to see. And the Found Footage genre is testament to how much money we’ll spend to pretend we’ve found something risqué. But what if you found something truly forbidden? Dangerous? You’d get the word out, sure. But what would you do if the story started to grow and change as you were telling it? What if the illusion of danger wasn’t an illusion at all?

You’d probably come up with A Book About a Film, a magnificent, multi-faceted tale about the life-changing movie you’ll never see.

The book starts off with an excellent premise. What if people who had near death experiences learned something from their time on the other side?  This was the plot of an excellent independent film called The Cornfield

27 09, 2015

Review: Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard

By | September 27th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Short Stories|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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charlie martz book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

You’re going to have to be patient with me for this review since it’s a bit of a departure from my usual. First, it was very hard for me to rate anything by Elmore Leonard a 3.5. It’s heartbreaking and not for lack of good stories. This collection, Leonard’s last, was published posthumously, and contains some of his early work. The stories show Leonard’s power as a writer and they show his start with writing and include engaging characters. These are stories with great potential and a bit of the grit that Leonard is most known for. But, the collection is early, unfinished, endeavors that were never quite fully fleshed out, polished or given the care that all of his great stories eventually received. There are fifteen stories in the collection–the first four are undated, the

20 09, 2015

Review: A House Called Askival by Merryn Glover

By | September 20th, 2015|Categories: Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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house called askival book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I love reading literature from other parts of the world: the exercise to see life’s issues from a different perspective, the introduction to the cultural beliefs, foods, clothing, traditions, struggles, ideas, history…these are a few of my favorite things! A House Called Askival by Merryn Glover has all this and more in heaping plate fulls!

Ruth Connor is an American, or is she? She was actually born and raised in India to American Missionary parents. Her father, James, had also been raised in India by American Missionary parents. Neither of them were quite American, nor were they Indian. They both struggled with their sense of belonging. Both had tragic experiences as teenagers, but neither knew the full extent of the other person’s experience. All that they both know is that they are at odds, have been

20 09, 2015

Review: Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

By | September 20th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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remember mia book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When a mother wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of previous events, chaos typically ensues. When Estelle Paradise wakes up in the hospital, she can only remember that her daughter, Mia, is missing. Her egotistical and oppressive husband, along with police detectives, barrage her with such questions as: Where is Mia? What have you done with my daughter? Did you forget her? What did you do?

With Estelle’s mind in shambles she must fight to gradually remember the events of Mia’s disappearance.

Mia was a colicky baby and she would cry whenever Estelle held her. Each day Estelle grew more and more unstable, fearing that her child hated her, that she was not good enough as a mother, that the colic was in fact a mysterious disease. As the chapters unfold, Estelle starts to feel trapped by motherhood, by

14 09, 2015

Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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a curious beginning book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

What a strange story I found inside the pages of this new novel from Deanna Raybourn. I have never read anything by this author before – which is odd as I do enjoy a good mystery, especially one set in the Victorian era – so when I saw that A Curious Beginning was the start of a new series, I figured I would jump right in. It was definitely interesting and I was pretty surprised by the characters.

This new series involves a young woman, Veronica Speedwell, who becomes an orphan just as the book opens. But as we see from the start, trouble comes calling and killers have no respect for the dead. One of the men who comes calling, however, gives her a way of escape but also adds to the intrigue. Veronica is then thrown into a swirl

8 09, 2015

Blog Tour: The Naked Eye by Iris and Roy Johansen

By | September 8th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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the naked eye book coverPlease join Iris and Roy Johansen, authors of The Naked Eye, as they tour the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

He lurks in your dreams. He finds a way inside and does things to your mind, body, and soul that only the sickest of psychopaths could dream of. Such are the nightmares of Kendra, an FBI agent and mystery solver unlike any other you’ve ever known. Kendra has a keenness all her own. Once blind, Kendra learned to hone her senses, living by sound, smell, touch, and voice. Unlike others in Kendra’s field, Kendra could read a person by using every sense available to her, being able to tell where you’ve been and what you’ve done a week, an hour, etc. ago. But her keen intuition was not aiding her in proving

31 08, 2015

Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

By | August 31st, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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those girls book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

The Campbell sisters have raised themselves after the death of their mother and the absence and drunken behavior of their father. When their father returns from his most recent stint at work drunk and angry, a fight with one of the girls turns ugly. Suddenly the girls must leave their home on a ranch in Canada and make new lives for themselves. But their nightmare has only just begun when their vehicle breaks down in a small town of Cash Creek.

Eighteen years later, Jess, Courtney and Dani, now Jamie, Crystal and Dallas, have struggled to forget about what happened to them in Cash Creek, and to make new lives for themselves. But a horrific experience in Crystal’s new life leads her to the self-destructive behavior of her youth, and ultimately to seek payback in Cash Creek. Only