Audiobook Review: Steele Secrets by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd
Narrator: Aven Shore
Length: 4 hours and 37 minutes
Series: Steele Secrets, Book 1
Released: April 11, 2022
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Andilit
Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

Ghosts just don’t show up for anybody.

So when I meet the spirit of a former slave named Moses, I know he needs my help.But I didn’t expect to be taking on half of my town, or the powerful men who seem to run everything and have done so for years.

Secrets are being uncovered, and some people would do anything to keep them buried, no matter who gets hurt. I’ll need the help of history and friends I can trust if I want to save Moses’ graveyard and protect his legacy.

If only everyone believed it was one worth protecting…

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Mary suddenly shows up in a cemetery and doesn’t know how she got there, but she does know that the man she is talking to is a ghost named Moses who had been a slave. Mary wants to find a way to help Moses move on, and she ends up doing a school project about the people in the cemetery.

Mary realizes from her research that she didn’t realize how horrible life was for the slaves. The women were often raped by their owners, and their husbands had to just let it go.

Mary and her friends learn that racism is alive and well. Her group has to fight to keep the cemetery from being destroyed. She is even threatened because of sharing things that she learned. I liked that her friends were a mix of races.

The narrator did a good job. Her pace is good and the story flows well. Mary is the narrator of the story in the book, and Aven Shore’s voice fit the part well.

I found it interesting that Mary seeing ghosts wasn’t a big deal to anyone. This book is more about the horror of slavery and the continuing racism problem today. This is fiction that middle school readers or young adults will enjoy while learning about a terrible part of our history.

Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

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Book Review: Her Frozen Cry by Carolyn Arnold

The moon shines through the open window, bathing the woman in pale light. Blood-red wine from a shattered glass soaks into the cream blanket beside her, and her dull eyes stare vacantly at the framed photograph in her hand.

When beautiful wife and mother Alicia Gordon is found dead in a remote woodland cabin, Detective Amanda Steele is shocked to discover that she knows the husband. Amanda hasn’t spoken to Tony since she lost the love of her own life seven years ago and seeing tragedy tearing her old friend’s family apart brings back so many painful memories.

Alicia was alone when she died, but she was so young, and Amanda can’t help feeling suspicious. Then she discovers that Alicia’s sleep medication had been tampered with, slowly poisoning her over several days. Amanda wants to trust that the sorrow on Tony’s face is real, but the more she digs into his marriage, the more it seems that he had opportunity, and motive…

Interviewing one of Alicia’s old colleagues, Amanda is shaken to her core when the woman suddenly collapses in her arms, dying in seconds from a lethal dose of the same poison that killed Alicia. But what could link this woman to Tony?

With her partner blaming Amanda for not arresting Tony immediately, she needs to prove that he isn’t the killer, or accept that the second woman’s death could be on her hands. She’s running out of time and leads when she discovers threatening messages sent to both victims. It’s the final clue to unmasking the most twisted killer Amanda has ever come up against, and to stop them she’ll have to risk everything…

A heart-pounding crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

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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 all of the books in the Amanda Steele series. If you decide to read this series, don’t judge it on the first book, The Little Grave. After I read it, I wasn’t too sure how I’d like the series because that first book was more about Amanda’s grief than the mystery she was working on. I did try the next book, and she is dealing with her grief and has been able to move on – as much as you can move on from the loss of your family. She has become one of my favorite Carolyn Arnold characters.

Amanda and her partner, Trent, work well together and have gotten to know each other pretty well. Even though Amanda knows the husband of the victim in the current case they’re working on, she believes that she can be objective. Both Trent and their boss, Malone, decide to trust her judgment and although it’s difficult for her, she deals with it well.

I like how among all the drama that Amanda and Trent still follow procedure for the most part. There is a lot of drama, but the murder that they are investigating is still the main plot. It’s just not a good time for Amanda, Malone, Zoe, and especially Amanda’s former friend, Tony.

There are several suspects that Amanda and Trent need to investigate, and they even have two suspects in jail at the same time. Unfortunately, I figured out the killer quickly. I was hoping I was wrong, but I wasn’t

I definitely recommend Her Frozen Cry and although it stands on its own, you’ll get more out of the story if you read the whole series.

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

Book Title: A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 8)
Category: Adult fiction (18+), 275 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: September 13, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13 – Lauren Carr’s mysteries are murder mysteries. Sometimes, the murder does happen on-stage. There is no graphic violence or explicit sex. There is some very mild language (hell or damn, very few and far between) No F-Bombs!

Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married—along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a body in the church office.

In A Wedding and a Killing, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?

Then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?


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My Review

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

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books and Mac Faraday is the first character of hers that I read about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read all of the books in order, so now I’m catching up. This is the eighth book in the series.

Mac and Archie are getting married in a quiet ceremony but one of the church staff is found murdered by Gnarly, Mac’s German Shepherd, during the ceremony. Since it’s no longer the right time to get married, they start to investigate the murder. There are several twists, more murders, and an old murder that ends up needing investigation. One murderer was a surprise, the other wasn’t.

Even though the main plot is to solve the murders, there are some sweet romances that add a lot to the story.

There are quite a few characters but there is a list of characters at the front of the book in case it’s needed, which is nice. One thing I enjoy about reading a series is the ongoing character development of all of the regular characters which Lauren Carr does well.

I definitely recommend A Wedding and a Killing. It has a great ending! If you like mystery and intrigue along with romance and humor, this is the series for you.

My favorite part of this book is the short story The Gnarly Rehabilitation Program. Gnarly has always been my favorite character (and what a character he is!). Gnarly and dogknappers make a hilarious combination.

“Five Stars. A Wedding and a Killing has lots of action, suspense, murders, mysteries and humor.” – Review by Rhonda Laney, readalot

“There is actually a mystery within a mystery in Carr’s new book. It’s a tangled, twisting adventure that adds more dead bodies along the way. Carr’s characters are lively, her plots complex, there is always just enough humor to set a lighter tone.” – Review by Allene Reynolds, Mystery and Me

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five 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. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

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

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

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Book Review & Giveaway: Speakeasy by Elyse Douglas

Speakeasy: A Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (April 5, 2022)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction Romance
Tour Dates May 3-June 30
ISBN: 979-8423229016
Available in Print and ebook, 375 pages


In 2019, A West Village Nightclub Singer, Roxie Raines, stumbles through a basement doorway into the past and finds herself in Roaring Twenties New York, with all its dangers, secrets, excitement, and romance.

Roxie Raines lurches through a secret basement doorway in 2019, and time-slips back to New York’s raucous Roaring Twenties. While she dazzles the speakeasy crowds with her “modern sound,” she gets trapped in the dangerous web of Frankie Shay, an evil club owner. She struggles to escape his control and return to the basement doorway that sent her to 1925.

When she meets the handsome detective, Jake Kane, it’s love at first sight, but Jake has a secret past, and her own time travel secret makes him suspicious.

Roaring Twenties New York comes alive with flappers, gangsters, romance and speakeasies and Roxie’s stunning rise to stardom could come with the price of losing both the man she loves and her own life.

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Guest Review by Sal

‘Speakeasy’ is quite a novel, and one that I would recommend to anyone.

Elyse Douglas, the author, is actually two people—a wife and husband who share a pen name, which gives this book an interesting and full perspective on the world that it creates. And what a world that is!

‘Speakeasy’ centers around a modern girl named Roxie Raines, who accidentally gets sent back to the 1920’s by a time travel portal. The portal is in the basement of the bar where Roxie is working as a jazz singer, but, when she arrives in the 20’s, Roxie is in an alley outside a bar called ‘The Black Cat.’

Dizzy and confused by the sudden displacement, Roxie is taken in by a kind man named Mario, who unfortunately turns out to be working for a gangster named Frankie Shay. Frankie Shay is suspicious of Roxie, and he imprisons her in his hotel high above the streets of New York, until he feels that he can trust her.

Unsure what to do, Roxie eventually begins writing notes begging for help on postcards and dropping them out of the window. One such note is found by a local private detective named Jake Kade, who eventually decides to find and help Roxie (after some nudging from his partner, Charlie.)

This is an excellent read from beginning to end and one that I couldn’t put down. The tension is taut and the pacing is just right for a novel like this. I really enjoyed Roxie’s pluck and determination to save herself, but I loved how Jake eventually helped her. It all comes to a head in a particularly funny scene in the hotel.

‘Speakeasy’ has everything that a reader could want out of a time travel novel and more! Definitely add it to your TBR if you haven’t already!

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About the Authors

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.

She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed many novels, including The Other Side of SummerThe Summer LettersThe Christmas Eve Series, Time Visitor, Time Change, The Summer Diary, and The Christmas Diary Series.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
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Giveaway

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Book Review: Sleep, Merel, Sleep by Silke Stein

Who wants to be awake forever?

Life has changed for eight-year-old Merel. Since the birth of her sick baby brother, her parents seem to have forgotten she exists. But when she finds a tiny silver violin in her bedroom rug, things take a turn for the worse. Merel learns that her sleep has abandoned her and that she must embark on a perilous journey to recover it or stay awake forever. Together with her devoted toy sheep, Roger, tired Merel sets out in search of Lullaby Grove and, before long, is haunted by a scary stranger.

Follow Merel into a surreal world. Meet a sleepy king with an obsession for feathers and a transparent old man on a night train going nowhere. Discover why the moonfish cry, why you should never walk across the Great Yawns, and whether Merel can escape her pursuer, win back her sleep, and realize what matters most.

Sleep, Merel, Sleep is a sweet and wistful tale about treasuring those closest to us.

My Review

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

Merel is having a terrible time sleeping since her sick baby brother came home. She’s also feeling neglected because her parents are having to spend all of their time with him. Finally, her personal sleep gives up and quits, which means she’ll never be able to sleep again.

Merel ends up in another world. The descriptions are weird but they’re ones that middle grade readers will most likely enjoy. For example, there’s purple grass and a giant named Lollipo whose hair is cotton candy, and his freckles are different colors.

At the end of Merel’s journey, she has learned that maybe her baby brother isn’t so bad. The story did end quite abruptly, and a little more at the end would be helpful. Overall, though, I definitely recommend Sleep, Merel, Sleep for middle grade readers.

About the Author

Silke Stein is a graphic designer and author. Silke currently lives at the west coast of Canada, where she combs the shores of the Pacific Ocean and tends to her ever-growing sea glass collection. When she is not at the beach, or writing, she designs book covers for fellow authors.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Twelve to Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title: Twelve to Murder by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 7)
Category: Adult fiction (18+), 266 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: February 9, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13 – Lauren Carr’s mysteries are murder mysteries. Sometimes, the murder does happen on-stage. There is no graphic violence or explicit sex.There is some very mild language (hell or damn, very few and far between) No F-Bombs!

Mac Faraday’s plan to spend a quiet weekend home alone with his lady love, Archie Monday, is shattered by murder.

A middle-aged couple are brutally murdered in their summer place on Deep Creek Lake. To any other detective, the case would be considered open and shut when it appears as if one of the victims has written her killer’s name in her blood—not so for Mac Faraday, who believes there is more to this case than meets the eye.

In Lauren Carr’s latest Mac Faraday Mystery former child-star and teen-idol Lenny Frost steps into a pub in Deep Creek Lake to see his face on the television over the bar with the announcement that he’s wanted for the murder of his agent and her husband!

How does Lenny Frost react to this sudden comeback into the headlines? He takes everyone hostage and gives Mac Faraday twelve hours to find the real killer or he’s going to kill everyone in the bar.

Will it be a fatal last call at midnight?


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My Review

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

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books and Mac Faraday is the first character of hers that I read about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read all of the books in order, so now I’m catching up. This is the seventh book in the series.

All poor Mac wants to do is spend a quiet weekend with his girlfriend, Archie. Unfortunately, he has to put that on hold when two people are murdered. This case starts out bizarre and just gets crazier. There are many suspects that David and Mac have to sift through, and one of the strangest hostage situations anyone could imagine. By the end of the book, I actually felt sorry for most of the suspects.

There are quite a few characters as is usual for Lauren Carr’s books. She always has a list of characters at the front of the book in case it’s needed, which is nice. In fact, I did use it once or twice this time. I like how the relationship between Mac and Archie is developing.

I definitely recommend Twelve to Murder. It has a great ending! If you like mystery and intrigue along with a touch of sweet romance and humor, this is the series for you. This book does stand-alone though.

Twelve To Murder is a clever blend of comedy, mystery, and sappy love story. Lauren Carr does a good job of moving the quirky storyline along nicely with an abundance of witty dialogue.  And you have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are until the end.”– Review by Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

“This suspenseful book was filled with twists, turns, and lots of action! The Mac Faraday series is an amazing read for a mystery lover, but Twelve to Murder can stand alone if you have not read any other books in its series. Lauren definitely knows how to bring you into the story and leaves you wanting more!”– Review by Debbie Hill, Miss Book Lovers

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five 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. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

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

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

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Book Review: Blades & Bridesmaids by Trixie Silvertale

A simple canoe trip. A deadly eco-warrior. Will our psychic sleuth be up a creek without a paddle?

Mitzy Moon is a dry land kinda gal. Never in her life has she wanted to take an extended adventure in a tippy canoe. But when her newly engaged cousin calls for help, she’ll have to put her faith in a snippy rival or risk losing everyone…

With a militant environmentalist stalking the bride-to-be and her maids on a camping trip, Mitzy is stuck with only mean-girl Deputy Paulsen as backup. After last-minute advice from Ghost-ma and her feisty feline, she heads deep into the wilderness to find the missing girls—with nothing but a tent and a flimsy plan.

Will Mitzy chance spilling her secrets, or turn turtle and transform the pending nuptials into a funeral?

Blades and Bridesmaids is the nineteenth book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s cunning conundrum.

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My Review

This is book 19 in the series, and I hope there will be another 19 books (or more). There are so many great characters. Mitzy is hilarious and a klutz. Her boyfriend, Erick, is the sheriff and loves Mitzy, but he’s out of town for the first half of this book. Her caracal, Pyewacket, and her ghost grandma always lend a bit of humor.

Mitzy and Deputy Paulsen go to rescue Mitzy’s cousin and her bridesmaids out in the middle of nowhere. I know everyone Mitzy usually relies on is out of town, but I would think at the least that her grandpa would join them. However, I enjoyed getting to know Deputy Paulsen and seeing that there is another side to her. Mitzy even seems to have a new respect for her. Mitzy in the outdoors was also quite funny.

Mitzy and Erick’s relationship is still sweet, and I was happy to see that they’re making progress. And Erick has a big secret too! That was a surprise!

This is an excellent series for anyone who enjoys fun, quick reads with great characters. I’m looking forward to the next one!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: The Unsinkable Gus Davis by Laurie Trumble Davis

Gus Davis is a French bulldog who thinks he can do anything—even swim. Bean is Gus’s human best friend who thinks bulldogs aren’t designed for the water.

Who is right?

It turns out, they both are!

All it takes is a persistent bulldog and a creative human friend to prove that, with a little practice and adaptation, anything is possible. The Unsinkable Gus Davis is a playful story about figuring things out, staying safe around water, and laughing along the way! 

My Review

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

What a cute book! Gus is a French bulldog who thinks he can swim but every time he jumps in, he sinks. Luckily, his owner Bean is always there to save him. No matter how many times he sinks and how many times Bean tells him not to jump in, the result is the same every time. So, Bean gets creative, and she and Gus are able spend all afternoon in the water. At the end, Gus thinks, See? I knew it! I can do anything! What a great way to face life.

The illustrations by Paulette Bogan are a big part of this book. They’re vibrant and children will enjoy them as much as the story! My grandson loves this book!

About the Author

Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her family. They spend their summers on Cape Cod at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus, her French bulldog, believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was… especially when wearing his life jacket! Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media.

Book Review: Winning Streak by John-Michael Gariepy

Did you ever wonder:

♞ What makes Clue the best movie based on a game franchise?
♝ What does the doubling cube in backgammon do?
♜ How trains are even supposed to operate in Ticket to Ride: Antarctica?
♛ How the designer of the board game Pandemic feels now that he’s lived through an actual global pandemic?
♚ Whatever happened to the Monopoly game show from the 90s?

Based on Ranker’s poll of almost 400,000 votes, these games define us. From multiple-award winning masterpieces of the past decade, to indestructible classics still going strong after 5,000 years of play, these are the games you must play before you die. Well, except for Sorry!. That game is a blight upon this list and mankind as a whole.

Excuse me. What I’m trying to say is that I wrote this book about games, and I thought you might like it. 

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.

John-Michael Gariepy is a true gamer. His book reviews the top 40 games according to Ranker.com’s poll, The Best Board Games of all time, in 2015 when he started writing this book. That alone was interesting especially since I have never heard of many of the games and enjoyed others. But he also writes about history as well as movies based on some of the games.

I agree with many of his points. For example, we have played Catan a few times over the past couple of years and though I enjoy the game, if you don’t start in a good position, you’re sunk and there’s really no way to recover. I don’t agree that Sorry! is “a blight upon this list and mankind as a whole.” It’s not my favorite game, but it’s fun to play with kids.

I got a kick out of the author’s discussion about the movie Clue. The first time I watched it (not in a theater), I would have enjoyed it with just one ending. I was surprised and delighted when I realized the movie wasn’t over after the first ending.

I enjoy John-Michael Gariepy’s writing which is engaging and humorous. It’s obvious he’s done a lot of research along with playing many of the games. If you enjoy board games, you can’t miss with this book. It’s a good read and you might even find your next favorite board game!

About the Author

Hi! I’m John-Michael Gariepy. Over the past decade I played and reviewed over four hundred board games for three podcasts, as well as for my personal blog. I also produce the movie/media conversation show, Popcorn Roulette, edited Stephen Albair’s jewelry and tableau photography art book/memoir Spectacles, and direct and produce the medical audio drama Say Hello to Black Jack.

I have a wide range of interests, a tremendous love of learning, and a goofy sense of humor. It shows in my writing.

You can follow me on Twitter @JM_Gariepy or Instagram @johnmichaelgariepy, or check out my blog at jmgariepy.com.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title: The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 6)
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  January 2, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13 – Lauren Carr’s mysteries are murder mysteries. Sometimes, the murder does happen on-stage. There is no graphic violence or explicit sex. There is some very mild language (hell or damn, very few and far between) No F-Bombs!

Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction only to make a grand entrance in the midst of a press conference held by Spencer’s Police Chief David O’Callaghan.

Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer upon her mother’s sudden death and seemingly finds another weapon to propel her into the spotlight. Unfortunately, someone kills her before she can make this entrance.

In Lauren Carr’s sixth mystery, Mac Faraday and his friends come up against reality stars, politicians, has-beens, and wannabes. Mac also finds himself face-to-face with an old foe from his past who had managed to escape arrest during their last encounter. Now, Mac sees that his adversary has only become more powerful, and dangerous, with the passage of time.

Intent to not let this killer escape again, Mac and his friends need to put all of their talents together to put a stop to a cold-blooded lady killer. 


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My Review

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

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books and Mac Faraday is the first character of hers that I read about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read all of the books in order, so now I’m catching up. This is the sixth book in the series.

There are so many twists in this book it’ll make your head spin! Just when I thought I had something figured out, another bomb would drop. It starts with Khloe’s crazy antics and just gets crazier from there, but can you expect when dirty politicians and celebrity has-beens are in the picture?

There are quite a few characters as is usual for Lauren Carr’s books. She always has a list of characters at the front of the book in case it’s needed, which is nice. Gnarly remains my favorite character because he’s smarter and braver than many humans. Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates from the Lovers in Crime series make an appearance in this book. I like it when characters cross over between series.

I definitely recommend The Lady Who Cried Murder. I’m going to quit saying that the books are my favorite Lauren Carr book so far because it seems that each new one I read is better than the last. If you like mystery and intrigue along with a touch of romance and a lot of humor, this is the series for you. This book does stand-alone though.

“I recommend this book to all mystery lovers! The Lady Who Cried Murder was another heart-stopping thriller! While the mystery and the road to its solution was amazing, I truly enjoyed the cast and characters (they feel like family)! Another great hit and I look forward to reading the next installment of Mac Faraday and his gang and what kind of drama they end up in!” – review by Debbie Hill, Miss Book Lovers

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five 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. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

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

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

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