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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

25 08, 2015

Blog Tour: A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

By | August 25th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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a pattern of lies book coverPlease join the mother and son writing team, Charles Todd, as they tour the blogosphere with their new book, A Pattern of Lies!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Pattern of Lies is the seventh book in the Bess Crawford Mystery series and it does not disappoint. I continue to enjoy reading these mysteries and I learn a bit about the Great War each time.

Bess has just escorted some patients back to England and while waiting for a train to take her to London, meets an old patient who is recovering again from a new injury. Since it looks like the train may be late to never, he offers her a room for the night in the family home and a chance to take his mother’s mind off recent unpleasantness. Bess met his mother when he was wounded and

18 08, 2015

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

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to kill a mockingbird book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

I must confess that I have not read this book until now. It’s been in my to-be-read pile for a long time, but something else always got picked first. In light of Harper Lee’s recently released second novel, it’s a good time to read or reread this literary classic. The new book, Go Set a Watchman is set in the same Maycomb County with many of the same characters, twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

This novel revolves around a court case that affects the Finch family and the inhabitants of the small town in ways they couldn’t have imagined. The story is interwoven with the mysterious Boo Radley who has been hidden in his house by his parents for his entire life. The story is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” as she

13 08, 2015

Review: The Three-Nine Line by David Freed

By | August 13th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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three nine line book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Three-Nine Line is the fourth book in the Cordell Logan mystery series. And I have to say I’m going to have to go back and read the first three! Cordell is a pilot instructor and truly enjoys flying the friendly skies.

Logan both instructs and hires his plane out for charter. We meet him as he is flying a famous movie star and his lady friends out over the Pacific Ocean. The movie star wants Cordell to buzz the whales they can see down below. When Cordell refuses on the grounds that it will disturb the whales, the movie star takes up a bribing tactic. Unfortunately for him, this tactic does not work out as expected.

Cordell’s friend Buzz Hauksson, who is in charge of an organization that reports directly to the president, has asked Logan to go to Vietnam to

8 08, 2015

Review: The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass

By | August 8th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |6 Comments

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the breaking point book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

Imagine everything in your world going seemingly wrong all in the matter of what seems like moments. This is what happens to forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bill Brockton. The Breaking Point unfurls a story of lies, mystery, forensic anomaly, and suspicion. Called in on a case by the FBI, Dr. Brockton flies to Otay Mountain, an area close to the Mexican border. Once there, he finds ablaze in fire the remains of what used to be a Cessna plane. The plane, Brockton finds out, belonged to humanitarian Richard Janus who was thought to be heading toward one destination but somehow wound up near Mexico–hundreds of miles away. The FBI, Dr. Brockton unknowingly learns, has their sights set on Janus. Claiming to be a humanitarian, Janus is actually a suspected drug trafficker and has dealings with some of

5 08, 2015

Review: Disclaimer by Renee Knight

By | August 5th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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disclaimer book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Catherine Ravencroft hasn’t been able to sleep since she found a mysterious novel on her nightstand and saw what the pages inside revealed about her. How did this book get here and who knows so much about the secrets she thought to be permanently hidden in the past?

The novel claims that any similarities to real persons and events are coincidental, but the things written inside are clearly about Catherine and there’s only one person who could possibly know any of this. Unfortunately, the mystery expands when that one potential person turns out to have been dead for several years.

Catherine hopes that she owns the sole copy of this horrid novel, keeping her secrets safe, but those hopes are soon dashed when it turns out her son owns a copy as well. The situation gets even stickier when

3 08, 2015

Review: The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth

By | August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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the eternal world book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

What if there was a cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s, or any fatal injury? What if this cure could be mass-produced? Would we use such a gift morally, or would the rich and powerful use it selfishly to gain more power? These are the questions that make up the intricate web of suspense, espionage, and history at the core of The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth.

David Robinton has dedicated his life to finding a cure for all diseases. His obsession with his work makes him the perfect candidate for a new research program at a medical research facility called Conquest. Simon Oliver, the CEO of Conquest, pulls out all the stops to win David’s favor. In return for a lavish lifestyle that David isn’t sure he can handle, Simon asks David to reverse-engineer a compound that

3 08, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann

By | August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |9 Comments

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flank of the drunken master book coverPlease join Susan Spann, author of Flask of the Drunken Master, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

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

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Flask of the Drunken Master is the third book in the Shinobi Mystery series. It takes place in 16th century Japan and our main characters are a Jesuit priest and a Shinobi (ninja)–the priest’s bodyguard disguised as his interpreter.

Hiro and Father Mateo are walking through Kyoto one morning when they see a commotion.  There appears to be something going on in front of Ginjiro’s shop. Turns out there is a dead guy in the back. Ginjiro is a brewer and the dead man is one of his competitors. It appears to the local magistrate that Ginjiro did

21 07, 2015

Review: Bhalla Strand by Sarah Maine

By | July 21st, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |4 Comments

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bhalla strand book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Sarah Maine has studied archaeology in Great Britain, and she pours her knowledge of the subject and passion for following the clues of the past that our ancestors leave behind into her new work of fiction, Bhalla Strand. Published by Freight Books in Glasgow and set, mainly, on a remote island in an area known as the Hebrides during both the 1910’s and 2010, it is full of the charm of British English, as well as names of characters, such as Ruairidh and Aonghas, which I am still quite unsure as to how to pronounce.

Slotted as a mystery, Bhalla Strand is so much more sophisticated than the usual “Who done it?” mysteries that I tend to stay far from. Instead, it is a very well written piece of literature that applies the author’s knowledge of