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26 10, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

By | October 26th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


apothecary rose book coverPlease join Candace Robb, author of The Apothecary Rose, as she tours the blogosphere with her Owen Archer Series!

Enter to win the first three eBooks in the series below

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Apothecary Rose is the first book in the Owen Archer series by Candace Robb (pen name Emma Campion). The book takes place in York, England in the mid-14th century. I thought I recognized the name of the author but since this was the first book in the series I assumed it was also a new series. I’m happy to report there are actually 10 books in this series that have already been published and I am eager to add them to my collection!

Owen Archer, a Welshman, had made his way up to Captain of Archers. But a kindness cost him an eye.

19 10, 2015

Review: The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments


the night sister book coverReviewed by Colleen Turner

From page one of The Night Sister an eerie feeling permeates the story, one that makes you think of dangerous things hanging back in the shadows, just waiting to pounce. It opens with one of our protagonists, Piper, being called home by her sister, Margot, after their childhood friend, Amy, is found dead along with her husband and son at what remains of Amy’s childhood home, the Tower Motel her grandfather built. All signs point to Amy as the murderer but neither woman can believe their friend would do that. It’s up to Piper to find out exactly what happened to Amy and her family, especially since the only survivor of the murders, Amy’s daughter Lou, could still be in danger.

Going back and forth in time, between the present, the late 1980’s when

15 10, 2015

Review: After the Storm by Linda Castillo

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , |5 Comments


after the storm book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

After the Storm is the seventh book in the Kate Burkholder series and I discovered that I’ve missed four of them in the middle! I have a lot of catching up to do. I’m glad to see that Castillo has kept up the quality of her stories and the series is still going strong.

Kate is the Sheriff of a small town in Ohio with a large Amish community. Many years ago, Kate herself was a member of this community. Now she is doing more that upsets her family–she’s living with a man (another law enforcement agent) and they are not married.

For the first time in a long time, Kate has been invited to her brother’s place. She’ll be bringing her man.  Things get a little tense and just when they seem to smooth out, Kate gets a

13 10, 2015

Review: This Is the Night by Jonah Sirott

By | October 13th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


this is the night book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

This Is the Night by Jonah Sirott is one of the hardest books that I’ve had to review this year. It is the debut novel of Jonah Sirott and I am not likely to pick up anymore of his books. After reading the description for this book, I thought it would be right up my alley but sadly it fell very short. I had a hard time getting into it and kept putting it down and reading other books that were more interesting; this happened more times than I can count. The writing was confusing in places and disjointed with the different viewpoints meshing together from chapter to chapter. I did not find myself liking any of the characters, which is a turn-off for me in any novel; I have to like at least one of

9 10, 2015

Review: A Cold War by Alan Russell

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


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


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


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


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


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


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