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Book Review & Giveaway: Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold

11 Dec

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One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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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.

This is the eighth book in the series but it’s the first one I’ve read and although I like to read series in order if I can, Power Struggle does stand on its own. When things from the past come up, enough backstory is given so that the story is easy to follow.

Detective Madison Knight is assigned to solve the murder of the man who killed her grandfather. Although she’s not sad to see that he’s dead, she is concerned because his murder looks the same as one by Constantine. He nearly killed her the last time he was in town and she’s afraid that he’s going to try to finish the job. And then she finds out that’s exactly why he’s back…

Power Struggle is full of suspense and action. Madison and her family are in danger and her situation seems impossible. I’ve read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books and have enjoyed them all and this one doesn’t disappoint.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM
THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI,
Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club,
and Hawaii Five-O.

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Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

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About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt 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 just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Book Review: Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura

6 Dec

Pete Fernandez has settled into an easy, if somewhat boring life as a P.I.. He takes pictures of cheating husbands. He tracks criminals who’ve skipped bail and he attends weekly AA meetings The days of chasing murderous killers are behind him. Or are they?

When his sometimes partner Kathy Bentley approaches him with a potential new client, Pete balks. Not because he doesn’t need the money, but because the case involves Gaspar Varela, a former Miami police officer serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife – one of the most infamous crimes in Miami history. The client? None other than Varela’s daughter, Maya, who’s doggedly supported her father’s claims of innocence.

As Pete and Kathy wade into a case that no one wants, they also find themselves in the crosshairs of Los Enfermos, a bloodthirsty gang of pro-Castro killers and drug dealers looking to wipe Pete off the Miami map. As if trying to exonerate Varela wasn’t enough, they find themselves entangled in something even older and more surprising—a bloody, political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself, that left a still-healing scar on Pete—and his dead father’s—past.

Fast-paced, hardboiled and surprising, Dangerous Ends pushes Pete Fernandez into a battle with a deadlier, more complex threat, as he tries to shake off the demons haunting Miami’s own, sordid past. 

Available on Amazon.

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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.

This is the third Pete Fernandez Mystery but it’s the first one I’ve read and it definitely stands on its own. Dangerous Ends is about PI Pete Fernandez who is starting to realize just how boring being a PI can be…until Kathy asks for his help. The daughter of a convicted killer wants Kathy to write a book and possibly find evidence to prove her father’s innocence. This starts a chain of events that put Pete and Kathy in danger and things quickly get out of control. How many cases can they work on at once? Or are they all connected somehow?

The characters are well developed and complex. Pete struggles to stay sober and to do the right thing. He’s a good man but has a lot on his plate.

I like Alex Segura’s writing style. It flows well and even though he goes back in time occasionally, it’s done well and I never got confused (which is easy to do). I definitely recommend Dangerous Ends and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

 

About the Author

Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, which includes SILENT CITY, DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, DANGEROUS ENDS, and BLACKOUT, all via Polis Books. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES and THE ARCHIES one-shot and monthly series. He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.

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Book Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

22 Feb

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Release date: 6/27/2017

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

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My Review 

I received an ARC of this novel. All opinions in this review are entirely my own and completely unbiased.

Detective Porter is called back to work after being off for 2 weeks. He’s been working for 5 years on solving the case of a serial killer dubbed 4MK and apparently, 4MK has just been hit by a bus. Porter’s colleagues welcome him back and ask how he’s doing but the reason for his time off isn’t revealed until about halfway through the book. Just one more little side mystery. I had my suspicions, of course, but it was well written and kept me wondering if I was right until the answer was confirmed.

4MK’s story is told through a diary that is found on the body. As Porter and his team work toward finding the last girl before she dies of dehydration or worse, the story of 4MK’s childhood unfolds.

This isn’t just your typical psychological thriller. It is complex with several twists that you won’t see coming. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t want to put it down. There was too much going on and I had to find out what was going to happen! Whether in the present or in the past (via the diary), I had to know!

I often don’t like when books go back and forth from the present to the past. It can be confusing but it was done so well, and both stories were so engrossing, that in this case, it was perfect.

I don’t want to reveal the plot of this book but it is amazing. It is dark and twisted and a must read.

 

About the Author

shapeimage_2Barker was born January 7, 1971 in Lombard, Illinois and spent the first fourteen years of his life in Crystal Lake, Illinois. A staunch introvert, he was rarely seen without a book in hand, devouring both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series by the age of six before moving on to classics such as the works of Dickens and Twain. The discovery of Shelley, Stoker and Poe fueled a fire and it wasn’t long before he was writing tales of his own which he shared with friends and family. These early stories centered around witches and ghosts thought to inhabit the woods surrounding their home.

At fourteen, Barker’s family relocated to Englewood, Florida, a climate better suited to his father’s profession as a contractor. He attended Lemon Bay High School and graduated in 1989. Knowing he wanted to pursue a career in the arts but unsure of a direction, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he later obtained a degree in business. While in college, one of his writing assignment found its way into the hands of Paul Gallotta of Circus Magazine. Gallotta reached out to Barker and asked him to join the staff of 25th Parallel Magazine where he worked alongside the man who would later become Marilyn Manson. Assignments dropped him into the center of pop culture and by 1991 Barker branched out, interviewing celebrities for the likes of Seventeen, TeenBeat, and other national and local publications. In 1992, Barker syndicated a small newspaper column called Revealed which centered around the investigation of haunted places and supernatural occurrences. While he often cites these early endeavors as a crash course in tightening prose, his heart remained with fiction. He began work as a book doctor and ghostwriter shortly thereafter, helping others fine tune their writing for publication. Barker has said this experience proved invaluable, teaching him what works and what doesn’t in today’s popular fiction. He would continue in this profession until 2012 when he wrote a novel of his own, titled Forsaken.

Stephen King read portions of Forsaken prior to publication and granted Barker permission to utilize the character of Leland Gaunt of King’s Needful Things in the novel. Indie-published in late 2014, the book went on to hit several major milestones – #2 on Audible (Harper Lee with Go Set a Watchman held #1), #44 on Amazon U.S., #2 on Amazon Canada, and #22 on Amazon UK. Forsaken was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award (Best Debut Novel) and won a handful of others including a New Apple Medalist Award. After reading Forsaken, Bram Stoker’s family reached out to Barker and asked him to co-author a prequel to Dracula utilizing Bram’s original notes and journals, much of which has never been made public.

Barker’s indie success drew the attention of traditional agents and publishers and in early 2016 his debut thriller, The Fourth Monkey, sold in a series of pre-empts and auctions worldwide with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt set to publish in the U.S. and HarperCollins in the UK. The book has also sold for both film and television.

Barker splits his time between Englewood, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Dayna.

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Book Review: A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer by Stan Schatt

13 Feb

About the Book

27666507When the CEO of Zynx, a high-tech startup company, is found dead at his desk, determined Detective “Frankie” Ryan is assigned the case. She learns that everyone entering and leaving the super-secure building is logged in and out automatically—it would take a ghost to get
through that kind of security. She enlists reluctant gossip columnist and ace reporter for the Midnight Whisperer, Josh Harrell, to help her solve the case. After all, he has his own ghostly assistant, a seductive spirit that only he can see. But can she save Josh and Frankie from the killer’s bullet?

A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer is a good old-fashioned police procedure mystery with a dollop of the paranormal. Sprinkle in a dose of high-tech intrigue, a pinch of Harry Bosch, and a touch of Faye Kellerman’s Rina and Peter novels and you have a fun read.

 

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer is a detective mystery with a twist. The main character, Frankie, is a homicide detective but in this case she uses the assistance of Josh, who is a reporter and columnist for a tabloid. Josh has a special talent and sometimes gets “vibes” about people so he is known as the psychic reporter.

Frankie is investigating several murders, two of which that she thinks could possibly be tied together. She’s good at her job and, with Josh’s assistance, it looks like they could possibly unravel the mystery.

A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer was a fast read and I liked the twists. I wasn’t able to engage with the characters, though. In other words, it was a good story but it didn’t tug at my heartstrings like it could have. I did enjoy it enough that I hope to find the time to read the first Frankie and Josh mystery and hope to read more in the future.

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