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Book Review & Giveaway: Ambushed in Paradise by Deborah Brown

11 Jan

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The Keys is a great place to hide a seashell bucket full of secrets.
Creole…shot…dead. Three words Madison Westin never thought she’d hear in the same sentence. Creole promised. He pinky swore on it.
But even through a blur of tears fed by prescription-strength margaritas, Madison can tell when things are shady. Sure, Creole was undercover, but she deserves more than sketchy non-answers, an urn of ashes, and a secret life crawling out of the woodwork.
Nothing’s adding up, nothing that remotely sounds like the Creole she knew and loved. Calling in every one of her IOU’s—only to find some of her most reliable information sources drying up—Madison sets out to dig up what really happened to Creole. She never thought the truth would wrap its arms around her and make her wonder if she’s chasing a ghost… or taking a vacation from sanity.
Ambushed in Paradise is book #12 in the action-packed Paradise series. Come along with Madison and Fab as they dig up the truth and share more than one hair raising adventure.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

Available to buy from…..
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Paperback 

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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.

Since I’ve read most of the Paradise books and feel like these characters are friends, I didn’t bother to read the book description before I read Ambushed in Paradise. Talk about ambushed! What a way to start a book! I felt Madison’s heartbreak right along with her when she was told that Creole was dead. I kept saying, “He can’t be dead. He can’t be dead.” But then there was a funeral and his ashes were buried…

It amazes me how Deborah Brown can keep these stories so alive and refreshing. You would think that at some point they would get repetitive or boring but she keeps coming up with surprises (even if it is a death) to keep things interesting. Madison’s best friend, Fab, and Fab’s boyfriend are great friends and try to help her through her grief. Fab is still pretty crazy. And Madison’s family is always interesting.

I read this book in one sitting (“He can’t be dead. He can’t be dead.”). It’s just January and I’m sure this will be one of my favorite books of 2018. Ambushed in Paradise can be read as a stand alone but I wouldn’t recommend it. I would read at least book #11 before this one in order to understand the love that Madison loses at the beginning of the story.

 

“I love the characters, Brown does an amazing job of creating complex and interesting characters!”

“This was one of the author’s strongest books yet”

“I have enjoyed this entire series, but this book is a standout.”

Above reviews from Amazon

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Book Excerpt

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Also available in the Paradise Series

    

    

    

    

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About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.
I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.
I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review: Money is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

20 Aug

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There’s no such thing as ‘no strings attached’… MONEY IS MURDER

“If you want a story with a touch of romance, humor, and more twists and turns than you can count, you’ll love this book…”
–Book Reviewer

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Book Overview

It’s in the fine print…

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions–he left him a murder to solve.

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instruction that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter–Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was.

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth. 

Available in e-book and paperback.
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo | Google

For more retailer links visit: http://carolynarnold.net/money-is-murder.

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From the Author

Ever since Sean struck it rich both in his financial arena and in love, life has been one adventure after another. But every one of these adventures revolve around solving murder with his beautiful wife Sara. In fact, murder investigations tend to find them wherever they go. Guess you could say they are unlucky in this way, but from the viewpoint of those who have lost a loved one, they are lucky to have Sean and Sara around.

In Money is Murder, the McKinleys are left with a death to investigate from Quinn, the man who willed Sean his fortune. The deceased was Quinn’s daughter and he never bought into the conclusion that she’d killed herself. Driven by gratitude for all the man had done for him and a drive for the truth, Sean and Sara set out to New York City for answers.

But Sean and Sara must sort through the lies and the rumors to find out what really happened. The investigation will take them from the back rooms of a corporation Sean inherited to the streets of the Big Apple.

My inspiration for this novella came from playing around with the thought of what if Quinn left Sean just one more thing: a secret to uncover and solve. And I wanted to make it personal for Quinn, something that he’d only entrust to Sean.

Carolyn Arnold

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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. I read the first two books in this series, The Day Job is Murder and Vacation is Murder,  through this book tour and requested the third to review because they’re quick and fun reads.

Sean and Sara McKinley are home from their honeymoon. They used to be detectives in New York but they were able to quit their jobs after Sean received a windfall and immediately proposed to Sara. Sean has a key that he received from Quinn, the man who left him everything, and he and Sara find where the key fits. What they find is a message that gives them their next mystery to solve. And it’s a murder mystery, just what they’re best at.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries, perfect to bring along on vacation. Money is Murder is a quick and fun read. It includes mystery, a little romance, a little suspense, and even a couple of twists. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sean and Sara’s adventures as well as other Carolyn Arnold series. So far, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers and I really like her writing style.

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About the McKinley Mysteries

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.

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About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. 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™.

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