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22 01, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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a minor deception book coverPlease join Nupur Tustin, author of A Minor Deception, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

What a charmer! I really wanted to enjoy A Minor Deception before ever even opening it! As a classical music person all my life, any book that appreciates that art form is special to me.

But this one went beyond a good many of them, in cleverly utilizing the music as part of the scenery, so to speak. It is honest in its presentation, and since Franz Josef Haydn – the principal ‘detective’ in this story – is known as the father of both string quartets and symphonies, there are a lot of potential episodes waiting to be unveiled.

16 01, 2017

Review: Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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stalking ground book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are called back early from routine training, Mattie fears the worst. Adrienne, deputy Ken Brody’s girlfriend, has mysteriously gone missing, leaving no note or trace behind her. Brody fears the worst and so does Mattie.

Adrienne, a very dependable woman, never left without first telling someone. She was supposed to have an appointment with a local vet, Cole, to teach his daughter about equine massage but never showed up. This was completely out of character for her and her disappearance quickly sent the entire town into a small state of panic.

11 01, 2017

Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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perilous undertaking book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Books by Ms. Raybourn are so marvelously complex that the temptation for a reviewer is to write a long review in order to do justice to the story. This is especially difficult if the reviewer is already prone to overlong reviews. Mea culpa.

In London of 1887, eccentricity meets rigid society rules and they have a great adventure. We’re fortunate to be allowed to accompany them! This is the second  adventure of Veronica Speedwell, an emancipated woman if ever there was one – prone to dashing off to exotic places in pursuit of her trade – she’s a certified lepidopterist. For this story, however, she is back in London, sharing a cottage with a fellow scientist, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, whom she calls Stoker. There is an attraction between them, but allowing It to grow would only complicate things, so it stays very low key.

9 01, 2017

Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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most dangerous place on earth book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

It’s been more than ten years since I was in high school, but I do have a younger brother who’s still there…and I really am thankful that he doesn’t have the attitude of any of the characters in this book. Honestly, not a single character in The Most Dangerous Place on Earth was likable. I’m not sure if that’s what the author intended, but that’s how I felt.

The novel tells the somewhat disjointed story of a group of kids who have grown up and gone to school together since their elementary years. In eighth grade, something tragically avoidable (and very maddening to read about) happened to one of their classmates, and though you’d think it would affect all of the kids’ lives pretty deeply, it doesn’t.

3 01, 2017

Review: We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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we could be beautiful book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I read the synopsis for We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley, I had high expectations. I was expecting an entrancing psychological thriller with intriguing characters and a lot of twists and turns. Unfortunately, this book did not deliver any of that.

Catherine West, a rich woman who has spent her life among all things beautiful, now lives in Manhattan and owns her own card store, Leaf. However, under her prim and proper exterior is a woman with two broken engagements, a mother with Alzheimer’s, a sister who she has nothing in common with, and the longing to be a mother.

26 12, 2016

Review: Triple Crown by Felix Francis

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Sports|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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triple crown book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

I loved the books by the author’s father, Dick Francis, so how in the world have I missed those by the son? Darned if I know, but I won’t miss any more of them, I can guarantee that. I’m going back to start with the first one, in an effort to catch up. However, Triple Crown happily stands on its own, so you won’t have to fret at having missed anything.

You just jump right in here, at the beginning, the same as the protagonist, Jefferson Hinkley of the BHA, the British Horseracing Authority. But this time around finds him in the US in springtime–all because of the Triple Crown.

18 12, 2016

Review: Death Among Rubies by R.J. Koreto

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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death among rubies book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

R.J. Koreto’s first book, Death on the Sapphire, established a dangerous precedent. It was SO enjoyable, it prompted one to wonder–would he be able to maintain that level of excellence in future books? I am more than delighted to say YES!!! He could and did with Death Among Rubies, a new mystery featuring the independent, intrepid and intelligent Lady Frances Ffolkes, and her trusty (also intelligent!) maid, June Mallow.

One could almost believe the author lived during those early years of the twentieth Century, so real is his interpretation of it. There were very few women of the Lady Frances type in these years, but she is very real in these books.

9 12, 2016

Review: The Final Faberge by Thomas Swan

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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final faberge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Final Faberge is the third book in the Jack Oxby series. Jack Oxby is a detective specializing in missing and stolen artworks. I have not read the first two books and while I had no trouble following the story, occurrences from the first two installments are heavily alluded to. So if there is strong interest, I would suggest starting with the first book.

The book opens with the final hours of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. He stopped by Faberge’s shop to pick up a little present for the Tzarina he had commissioned on his way to a diner party. During all the excitement, Rasputin’s package was forgotten, and it walked away…

6 12, 2016

Review: A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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a most novel revenge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Most Novel Revenge is the third book in the Amory Ames mystery series and it is the first one I have had a chance to read.  I very much enjoyed it! It is a great cozy mystery set in the British countryside in the 1920’s.

Amory and Milo Ames are invited to Lyonsgate, at the behest of Amory’s cousin Laural. Laural doesn’t have a good feeling about the whole affair and with Amory being her best friend and with her recent experience solving crimes, she sees Amory as the perfect friend to have at her side.

29 11, 2016

Review: Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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monogram murders book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I will admit, I am an Agatha Christie fan. I would think almost any mystery lover has to be, her being the queen of mystery and all. So The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah was a book I was really interested in reading. It is supposed to be written in the vein of the old Hercule Poirot style mysteries. I was somewhat surprised but not as smitten as I thought I would be.

Hercule Poirot is taking a vacation, though he is only renting an apartment across from his house. And while staying there, he frequents a little cafe known as Pleasant’s Coffee House.