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18 12, 2014

Review: Fleeting Chance by Sherban Young

By | December 18th, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: |3 Comments

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fleeting chance book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Sherban Young has crafted a witty and entertaining mystery within the pages of Fleeting Chance. Young’s characters are both familiar and original. The mystery begins on a luxury yacht during a high-stakes poker game. Someone falls overboard, someone dies, and the yacht experiences mechanical issues. On top of the events of the mystery, the narrator is at a loss as to how he could lose when he was holding a perfect poker hand. This is just the beginning of Sherban Young’s Fleeting Chance.

The narrator, John (Johnny) Hathaway, is not the detective. Johnny observes. He sees things as a regular person might see them, yet his interpretations hint at another way of seeing the same scene as he has learned from his mentor, Enescu Fleet. Johnny has a tendency to be long-winded in thought. He combs

9 12, 2014

Review: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

By | December 9th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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twelve days of christmas book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Beautifully written, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas follows beloved Jane Austen on holiday with family and friends. Travel along with Jane to The Vyne, the ancestral home of the wealthy Chute family in the twelfth book of Stephanie Barron’s Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. Jane is excited “to join the Christmas gaieties at one of the first houses in the neighborhood.” On the Feast of Saint Stephan (December 26, Christian day to commemorate Saint Stephen), Lieutenant John Gage arrives with the signed peace treaty that has ended the War of 1812. When Gage dies the following day, tragically falling from his horse, Jane instantly thinks there is fowl play involved—meaning the culprit will be one of the very guests she is staying with! It is a race against time as Jane

8 12, 2014

Review: Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton

By | December 8th, 2014|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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sister eve private eye book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Sister Eve, Private Eye is the first book in a new series and I consider this a very promising start. Sister Eve has been a nun for the last 20 years. Her father was a police officer and after retiring years earlier he started his own detective agency. He also happens to be a diabetic with complications and is about to get his leg amputated below the knee. Eve finds out while he’s on his way in to surgery. Since it’s only her, her dad and her sister (who has a new job and can’t get away), it is up to Eve to help her dad recover and get back on his (remaining) foot.

Prior to his surgery, Sister Eve’s dad was working on a missing person’s case. Chaz Cheston, a rather famous director, disappeared

1 12, 2014

Review: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

By | December 1st, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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the heiresses book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

The Heiresses was a little Kardashians meets Gossip Girl with elements of a whodunit mystery thrown in for good measure. Usually, this type of book wouldn’t appeal to me, but getting to know the Saybrook heiresses was quickly intriguing, and I had to find out why this seemingly perfect family seemed to have a curse surrounding them.

The Saybrooks are that one family who is rich beyond measure and always seems to be in the public eye (Kardashian-esque, right?). The family owns a large jewelry corporation, and there are five young ladies who stand to take over the business and inherit it all. The five cousins couldn’t be any more different but all four look up to oldest cousin, Poppy. Poppy has always been the portrait of poise, kindness, and grace–so why does end she end up murdered,

25 11, 2014

Review: Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

By | November 25th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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weirdo book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Weirdo was a completely appropriate title for this book. The weirdo was supposed to be the main character, Corinne Woodrow, but I found the real weirdo to be the author of the book who thought the story made any sense at all and who made it at least 200 pages too long.

Corinne was convicted of the ritualistic murder of one of her classmates. Many years later, Sean Ward – former detective with the Metropolitan Police – reopens the case. He does not believe that Corinne acted alone. DNA testing showed that there was at least one other person at the scene and he is intent on proving her innocence. Corinne refuses to talk about the case and who may or may not have been there with her.

Weirdo jumps around different times and events so as to completely confuse

7 11, 2014

Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

By | November 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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my last kiss book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Some books I really enjoy up until the end. Others are a giant let down and I chastise myself for speeding through the book to get to an ending that only disappoints. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal falls into the latter category. The story starts off on a path that I have seen in many different books. A girl wakes up as a ghost and has no idea how she died. The girl must then “haunt” her friends and family in order to find out the truth so she can pass on. What was different in this book is that the main character, Cassidy, can actually communicate with one of the live characters. I was hoping that this book would end in a different manner than books like A Certain Slant of Light by

7 11, 2014

Review: An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

By | November 7th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |2 Comments

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unwilling accomplice book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

An Unwilling Accomplice is the sixth Bess Crawford book and she just keeps getting better and better at sleuthing! This time around Bess is asked to accompany a wounded soldier to receive his medal from the king for a brave act that almost got him killed. The man seemed to be pleasant enough but even though he claimed Bess was one of the nurses who helped save him, she couldn’t place his face or his wound in her memory.

She does her duty, escorts the man and is with him in the presence of the king before bringing him back to the hotel. After settling him in and promising not to bother him much while his friends stop by and visit, she has a nice evening meal with Simon in the hotel restaurant. Against her better judgement she

6 11, 2014

Review: How to Fall by Jane Casey

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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how to fall book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I’d guess it would be a little eerie for a teenaged girl who is basically the doppelganger of her dead cousin to visit the town where said cousin lived…for both the girl and the town’s locals. This is just the situation Jess Tennant finds herself in, however, when she and her recently divorced mother decide to spend the summer away from London. They are going to stay in Port Sentinel, where Jess’ mom, aunt, and cousins are from–including her cousin Freya, who passed away in the last year.

While everyone has come to the general consensus that Freya’s death was either a suicide or an accident, Jess has the gut feeling that nearly everyone in Port Sentinel is hiding something–and she’s right. But those who know the truth surrounding Freya’s death aren’t taking too kindly to

6 11, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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primrose house book coverPlease join Marty Wingate, author of The Red Book of Primrose House, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

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Reviewed by Charity Lyman

I am a sucker for a good mystery. I look for the story that has me guessing who the bad guy is and why he did it all the way through to the end. I think I found an excellent one in The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate. This appears to be the second novel in the Potting Shed Mystery Series and while I have not read the first one, it is now on my to-read list.

The book opens with someone being

17 10, 2014

Review: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

By | October 17th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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the children act by ian mcewan book coverReviewed by Jax Kepple

Ian McEwan’s The Children Act is, like all his other books, beautifully written. At a brief 240 pages, the story packs a lot of detailed legal cases as plot points for Fiona Maye, High Court Judge, as she navigates both marital strife at home and a case that comes a little too close for comfort. Ultimately, there was not enough there for it to be a truly impeccable novel.

Fiona and her husband Jack live a quiet, childless life in the Gray’s Inn section of London, where she is a judge in the Family Circuit and he is a geology lecturer at a university. At the start, Fiona is fuming due to a request posed by Jack, one that she finds unacceptable. She is interrupted by a late night phone call from her clerk,