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27 06, 2015

Review: Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

By | June 27th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns|Tags: , |3 Comments


dry bones book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dry Bones is the 11th book in the Longmire mystery series. This is the first I’ve read and there is even a TV series (which I hadn’t heard of but would like to watch!). The good news is that even though there are 10 preceding books, they don’t need to be read to enjoy this one. However, I hope to find the time and start at the beginning now!

In this book, dry bones refer to a recently discovered dinosaur. More specifically, one of the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date. The problem, of course, is that everyone seems to think they have a claim on the beast which causes a lot of trouble. On top of that, the owner of the ranch where the T-Rex was found is himself found floating facedown in in a reservoir.


18 06, 2015

Review: They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

By | June 18th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |6 Comments


they call me crazy book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

They Call Me Crazy is a debut novel by Kelly Stone Gamble and I was pleasantly surprised after reading it. The story grips the reader and takes you on a journey through what really happened the night Roland Adams died. It opens up with Cass Adams, Roland’s wife, burying him in his garden in the rain. The story takes place in Deacon, Kansas and everyone in the small town knows that Cass is crazy–it runs in her family after all. As the sheriff looks into Roland’s murder, it is evident that everyone in the town has secrets and they don’t stay buried just like Roland’s body didn’t.

They Call Me Crazy is told from many different character viewpoints and it works for the story. We get to hear from everyone and it quickly becomes obvious that Roland

11 06, 2015

Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

By | June 11th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |7 Comments


the stranger book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

You are approached by a stranger – it can happen anywhere, any time – and suddenly life as you know it is no longer the same. The words he whispers into your ear – brief and to the point – somehow hit a nerve, ring true and bring life to a screeching halt. You don’t know how he knows this information – or why he has chosen to share it now – but you do know that nothing will ever be the same for you again. Welcome to The Stranger, a psychological thriller of unimaginable secrets, twist and turns, and edge of your seat thrills.

When Adam Price is approached by the stranger, his life, his family and everything relating to his wife, Corrine, is turned upside down. He doesn’t want to believe what he has

9 06, 2015

Review: Dying Wish by James Raven

By | June 9th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments


dying wish book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield 

A book signing seems an improbable location to spark an investigation that in turn ignites a firestorm of revelations, unearths serial murder, and uncovers heinous secrets, but that is how Dying Wish begins. Set in the south English countryside of the New Forest, James Raven’s latest novel is full of quaint destinations and quirky characters. Yet the forest holds the dark secrets of certain unknown individuals who frequent the supposedly tranquil location.

Nature author Grant Mason is signing books at a village bookshop when pain strikes. A heart attack. His dying wish leads Mason’s assistant to seek Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Temple’s advice. Temple agrees to look into Mason’s strange final request and visits Mason’s home in the New Forest. When Temple is attacked, an investigation begins bringing in Temple’s Hampshire Major Investigations Team.

4 06, 2015

Review: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

By | June 4th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Horror, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments


head full of ghosts book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is a disturbing tour de force. This is the story of the Barrett family in northern Massachusetts. The Barretts are suffering from a malady of personal misfortune. John Barrett lost his long-time job and isn’t successful in new employment endeavors. John and his wife, Sarah, are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. There is the financial mishaps creating tension, but greater than that is the declining emotional and physical health of their family.

The Barrett’s oldest daughter, Marjorie, is the subject of the family’s emotional devastation. Marjorie is sullen and withdrawn; a seemingly normal teenager until her moods turn excessively darker. She admits to hearing voices. She is seen as a threat to the family’s wellbeing and especially a menace to the security of her younger sister Merry

3 06, 2015

Review: Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

By | June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


twisted innocence book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

The scales of justice are weighed unfairly. Two men are dead. Another is in prison. A fourth is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. The common thread of destruction binding their stories together is a drug dealer named Leonard Miller who controls the cocaine trade in Florida’s panhandle. Wherever he goes, he leaves a wake of destruction and grief.

In her novel, Twisted Innocence, Terri Blackstock weaves together a story of intrigue and redemption finding second chances in the ashes. A master storyteller, Blackstock builds intrigue and suspense with each twist and turn. What originally meets the eye is never what it seems.

Holly Cramer has made her share of mistakes. A one night stand with Creed Kershaw leaves her pregnant, unmarried and alone. With pink tipped bleach blond hair, she doesn’t look the part of a stable

2 06, 2015

Review: Captive by Brighton Walsh

By | June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, New Adult & College, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments


captive book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Madison Frost is miserable. She makes every attempt to make herself invisible to those around her at school, in public–basically anywhere she goes. At home, she is already invisible to her parents. Her immensely dysfunctional family includes an alcoholic, pill-popping mother and a father who hardly ever comes home from work. On the rare occasion that he does show up, he turns a blind eye on the entire situation. Madison feels helpless, useless and cannot wait to escape her situation. Unfortunately, guilt keeps her there day after day, making sure that her mother doesn’t overdose or cause herself even more harm.

Imagine Madison’s surprise when she is kidnapped by a huge, frightening man who is as sinfully gorgeous as he is terrifying. Who would want her kidnapped? And an even better question…who would be willing to pay the ransom? Terrified but

2 06, 2015

Review: Bone Box by Jay Amberg

By | June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


bone box book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield 

Bone Box by Jay Amberg is a sweeping archeological suspense novel that spans Anatolia and merges ancient history, contemporary business, religion, and world politics. Bone Box begins as Joe Travers is descending on Istanbul, Turkey. Travers, a former corporate executive, is an unlikely analyst for an archeological dig. Yet Travers has a keen ability to see below the surface of the people around him. He is in Turkey at the behest of the Aegean Association, a multi-national foundation, to evaluate the Saint John’s archeological site and determine Sophia Altay’s ability to continue leading the dig. When Altay finds an ancient relic that could possibly rewrite history, Travers must determine who he is really working for and at what cost.

To be honest, at first, I had a difficult time getting into Bone

29 05, 2015

Review: Agent Ai by Michael Wreford

By | May 29th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: |1 Comment


agent ai book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai is a spy thriller and takes place primarily in Russia, China and Hong Kong. George Quant is a journalist turned spy. He burned his bridges in Moscow and is in China, on the run from some very dangerous people.

When George arrives in China he is met by the correct people, who help him get settled and also immediately find him a job to do. It just so happens that a wife of an important party man may have some important information. They want Quant, now known as Ai, to try and get close to her and pump her for information.

It also turns out that Quant is on the run from the Russians because he stole from them. He snatched a person and the secret code he was writing.

27 05, 2015

Review: The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

By | May 27th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


the daughter book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Jenny lives a seemingly perfect life that shatters after her youngest daughter, Naomi, disappears and is presumed dead. Many months later, Jenny and her two remaining children and her husband are still plagued by what could have happened to Naomi. Life moves on as best as it can for the rest of them, but Jenny is haunted and begins to search for answers. As she goes through her daughter’s journal and attempts to decode the cryptic entries, a very different Naomi than the one Jenny knew begins to emerge.

The Daughter is the debut from newcomer Jane Shemilt, but unfortunately didn’t live up to my expectations. I found it neither as suspenseful nor as thrilling as the early buzz had led me to believe it would be. The narrative is very disjointed, flipping between 2009 (when Naomi