Book Review: Legacy of a Corrupted Mind by Leanne Willowmoon and various authors

What if he invited them all to dinner to never show; instead, they will give him one final show…

​Nine guests find themselves around the dinner table awaiting E.A. Perry’s latest writing project announcement only to find that their host is crazed following the death of his beloved. And now, these guests will become the entertainment at the end of it all – a legacy to leave behind for a troubled and intriguing gentleman.​Enter the Victorian house of horrors where these strangers must work together to face the ultimate escape room if they wish to make it out alive. With rain pelting down around the manor, a night that never ends, and secrets they never wanted revealed, these unfortunate companions must solve puzzles, trudge through oceans of blood, and face the agony of their sins as they are trapped in a neverending tale spun by the master himself.

​What is real and what is not, and who will survive the stroke of ink on the final pages of Perry’s life? Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will be thrilled by this roller coaster ride of his characters brought to life!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Legacy of a Corrupted Mind is different from anything I’ve read before. I was interested though because when I was a teen I had a book with the complete works of Poe. I find his works dark but intriguing, which pretty much sums up this book.

Legacy of a Corrupted Mind is a bit too long and although it’s good and kept my interest, I think the length may put off a lot of readers. I found it amazing that so many writers wrote the different parts and it was difficult to distinguish between them. The way it is set up with many of Poe’s characters invited to dinner is brilliant. And what their absent host puts them through on this neverending night is a fitting tribute to Poe’s works.

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Book Review: Once You Kiss a Stranger by Pat Herbert

Strangers can be exciting. They can also be dangerous. When Petra meets Jason through an online dating site, little does she realise the kind of man he is. Complications follow when he falls for Becca, her prettier sister, whose picture Petra has uploaded to the site instead of her own. Things start to spiral out of control when Jason’s estranged wife turns up unexpectedly. Set on marrying Becca, he takes drastic steps to rid himself of her forever. Meanwhile, Jason’s friend Marcus is torn between loyalty to his friend and suspicion he is a cold-blooded murderer. Then Becca receives news no one ever wants to hear…

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My Review

I have read several of Pat Herbert’s books so I was happy to read this one although it’s not the same genre as her usual mysteries.

Sisters Petra and Becca are single, and Petra wants to find a man. Unfortunately, although she’s pretty, her sister is gorgeous, and men always fall for her instead. Becca suggests that Petra try internet dating. That’s how they meet Jason and Marcus who have been friends for years.

I guess you could call this a love quadrangle. Petra loves Jason but Becca has Jason. Becca loves Marcus but Marcus loves Petra. Petra finally gets Jason but realizes that she loves Marcus. These relationships are crazy! At first, I was put off by them falling for each other so easily and quickly before they even knew each other, but I realized that is actually the way it is for a lot of people nowadays.

I didn’t care for Jason or Becca. Petra and Marcus were closer to “normal,” but even Petra wasn’t my favorite person. I’m not quite sure why, but it could be because of her obsession with Jason because of his looks. My opinion of did Petra change at the end of the book.

The ending was good and I ended up liking this book even though it’s not the genre I usually read.

About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked previously as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin. This is her 16th novel. In her novels, Pat likes to include all the hallmarks of British suspense thrillers including unpredictable characters, dark deeds, misdirection and misunderstandings, and at times, a touch of the supernatural.

Book Review & Giveaway: Real Murder by Lauren Carr

When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into helping the elderly woman by investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.”
Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide.

Meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is looking for answers to the murder of a childhood friend, a sheriff deputy whose cruiser is found at the bottom of a lake. The deputy had disappeared almost twenty years ago while privately investigating the murder of a local prostitute.

It doesn’t take long for the Lovers in Crime to put their cases together to reveal a long-kept secret that some believe is worth killing to keep undercover.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books, and I’m never disappointed. Although she writes several different series, most of the characters are related in some way. So, even when I start a new series, I usually know a little bit about one or more of the characters.

Real Murder is the second book in the Lovers in Crime series. I recently read the first book, Dead on Ice, and I like reading series in order when I can, so I was looking forward to reading this one.

Joshua Thornton and his new wife Cameron are once again involved in a case. An old friend of Joshua’s disappeared several years ago, and his body is finally found. Joshua makes it his mission to find answers. At the same time, Cameron is working on another case involving the murder of a sweet old neighbor. The way these cases end up being intertwined is clever.

The murder mysteries are interesting, but the relationship between Joshua and Cameron is also an important part of Real Murder. They’re newlyweds but they do have their moments. They got married without a big wedding which is causing some friction with Joshua’s adult children. Joshua and Cameron do a good job at making things work even if sometimes it takes them a little while to figure things out. Lauren Carr does a great job of making the characters “real.”

I definitely recommend Real Murder. Along with the mystery and drama there is a little suspense and humor. I’m looking forward to reading the next Lovers in Crime book.

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors.  

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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Book Review: 19 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore

Meanwhile, back in Flintlock…

Prudence, recovering from surgery, refuses to let one busted wing stop her from exposing Sheriff Floyd, falling in love with her odd boy, and finding out who the hell moved in down the street.

I, Prudence Penderhaus, rescued a boy, uncovered a murder, and opened a can of conspiracy worms that downright refused to go back.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read 17 Marigold Lane and was looking forward to reading 19 Marigold Lane, the next book in the Prudence Penderhouse series. I like Pru and her neighbor Cassius and their acceptance of each other’s quirkiness. I especially like the way the author depicts Asperger syndrome in a realistic and relatable way.

Pru just had surgery to remove a tumor from under her arm and although she should be staying in bed and resting, she can’t help but worry about Cassius because he’s alone in his house. She still believes that she could die soon, so she has decided to do what she wants and to speak her mind. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are pretty funny.

She also feels the need to find something to prove that the sheriff is dirty. How is that possible when she’s fighting cancer? Not only that, but her mom is concerned about the way Pru is living her life. Rather than being supportive like she was in the last book, there is now a lot of friction between them.

Cassius keeps hearing strange sounds coming from the new neighbor at 19 Marigold Lane and he’s afraid. Everyone saw boxes being carried into the house but no one has seen anyone come in or out of the house since then. What is going on there?

19 Marigold Lane contains well-formed characters, loyal friends, hope, despair, mystery, and conflict. It was difficult to put down, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the bestselling occult series Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult. 

R.M. resides in California with her family and a ton of pets. Choosing to behave ‘outside the box’, R.M. prefers to think and live freely without the constraints of social stigma or the ideals of literary rules. That being said, she truly is not your mother’s author.

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Book Review: Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley

Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best TinsleyThings Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley

Publisher:  Fuze Publishing (August 30, 2019)
Category: Literary Mystery, Psychological Drama
Tour dates: Sept. & Oct, 2019
ISBN: 978-1733034401
Available in Print and ebook, 289 pages
 Things Too Big To Name

Description

Margaret Torrens trades academia for early retirement and the solitude of a cabin in the Oregon mountains. Four months later, she is locked in a ward for the criminally insane undergoing assessment, and a charge of murder is in the air. Pried out of her by an impatient young psychologist, Margaret’s story features Jane Farrow–a former student, who showed up at the cabin uninvited with an odd, mute child in tow–and Victor–Margaret’s alleged victim, who put his claim on both. As Margaret works to control this narrative of the recent past, she is waylaid by secrets, borne by the ghost of her young husband, lost decades before.

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This book certainly kept me on my toes. All throughout reading it I was fascinated to see where the story would go and how everything was going to be explained. Margaret, the main character, is a retired professor who lives alone in the mountains with her dog Brutus and doesn’t care for company. One day, an ex-student of hers, Jane, shows up at her door with her small, mute daughter and asks to stay the night.

Very quickly after that, Margaret’s life seems to fall apart. This story is told via a flashback structure, so, when the book begins, Margaret is in a mental institution talking to her therapist. Gradually, over the course of the novel, we discover why she is there through her remembrances of her past. This may sound kind of bleak, but Margaret’s character is so sarcastic and interesting that she really makes the book shine.

Molly Best Tinsley’s short, abrupt sentences and subtle revelations through remembrances are so unique and compelling. Every time I thought I had guessed what was going to happen next I turned out to be wrong and the well-timed surprises made me unable to put the book down. There are only a few major characters in the book, Margaret, Jane, Sasha (Jane’s daughter), Alec (Margaret’s therapist) and Ben (Margaret’s deceased husband).

All of the characters were well fleshed out and intriguing. I really wanted to stay on the ride with them and find out why Jane needed to run from her old life and what, exactly was different about Sasha’s mind. I also loved the interplay between Margaret and Alec and the sarcastic way she resisted against his prying questions. What happened at the end of this story? You’re going to have to read it yourself to find out, and you should! 5 out of 5 stars.

Advance Praise

“The psychological drama of Things Too Big to Name plunges us into the mind of Professor Margaret Torrens as her plans for rural retirement unravel and she’s forced to confront the life choices she’s made since the death of her musician husband years before. One of her first students, Jane Farrow, appears at her mountain cabin with a strange child and asks to be taken in.  Days later, disruption threatens to explode in violence when Victor Primo barges in looking for them. Molly Tinsley’s distinctive braided narrative offers intense story-telling, studded with surprises, that keeps us on edge until the end.”-Merrill Leffler, poet, Mark the Music and publisher, Dryad Press

“A prickly but appealing narrator unspools events from her recent—and distant—past.  The plot’s gradual unfolding vibrates with the tension of unwilling confrontation and detonates with a satisfying jolt. A fun and absorbing read; I zoomed through it. –Allyson Booth, Postcards from the Trenches and Reading The Waste Land from the Bottom Up

“A recently retired English professor must explain to a Qualified Mental Health Professional the events leading to her arrest and commitment to a mental hospital. The more this brilliant psychological thriller excavates the layers of Margaret’s mystery, the more we understand how we all hide parts of ourselves. Molly Tinsley’s established talent for narrative and her familiarity with classic literature fold into one of the best novels I’ve read.”-Sheila Bender, poet and memoirist, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief.

About Molly Best TinsleyThings Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley

In an episode of sanity, award winning author, Molly Tinsley resigned from the English faculty at the US Naval Academy and moved west to write full-time. .

She is the author of MY LIFE WITH DARWIN (Houghton Mifflin) and THROWING KNIVES (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored SATAN’S CHAMBER (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, THE CREATIVE PROCESS (St. Martin’s). Her more recent books are the memoir ENTERING THE BLUE STONE and another Victoria Pierce spy thriller, sequel to SATAN’S CHAMBER: BROKEN ANGELS.

Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her fiction has been widely published and her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Website: https://fuzepublishing.com/authors/fiction/molly-best-tinsley/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbtinsley

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Book Review & Giveaway: Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr

Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books, and I’m never disappointed. Although she writes several different series, most of the characters are related in some way. So, even when I start a new series, I usually know a little bit about one or more of the characters.

In Dead on Ice, a body is found in an old freezer in the basement of the cousin of Joshua Thornton. Cameron, Joshua’s girlfriend, is the investigating officer. She has to delve into the town’s past which some find awkward and uncomfortable. But Cameron is a strong woman and up to the task.

I not only like the murder mysteries in this book (yes, mysteries), but I like the relationship that is budding between Joshua and Cameron. And since there are kids involved, it can be complicated. Joshua and Cameron do a good job at making things work even if sometimes it takes them a little while to figure things out.

I definitely recommend Dead on Ice. Along with the mystery and drama there is a little suspense and humor. I’m looking forward to reading the next Lovers in Crime book.

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors.  

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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Audiobook Review: A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman

A collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from being targeted by annoying ads (“Nowhere to Hide”), to resorting to symbols when you’ve forgotten your words (“At a Loss for Words”), to figuring out what door that extra key opens (“My Extra Key”). Other essays examine how sitting is the new smoking (whatever that means), and why it is just so hard to focus when you have the attention span of a gnat. 

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books, and I always enjoy them. A Smidge of Crazy is one of my favorites. It contains 15 essays about things that are funny and that we can all relate to. Who doesn’t have that extra key that opens…something? Or how about getting sidetracked when you’re trying to accomplish a task and end up starting several tasks but finishing none of them?

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who’s just a little bit crazy and able to laugh at myself. I appreciate that the author has the talent to put it all on paper, and I hope she writes more essays of this type in the future.

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and three books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” and “A Smidge of Crazy”, from her series, “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July”. All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.