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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr

21 May

Book Title: It’s Murder My Son by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book 1)
Category: Adult fiction, 288 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Lauren Carr
Release date: June 23, 2010
Tour dates: May 1 – June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

 

 

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executer.

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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 read several of Lauren Carr’s books about Mac Faraday and his family and they’re always a good read. I was thrilled to listen to the first Mac Faraday book. I knew his story from reading later books but it was nice reading how his life of wealth began as well as the start of his relationships with Gnarly, Archie, and his brother.

Mac started his new life in Deep Creek Lake helping to solve a murder mystery. He just thought he was going to be retired! There’s also a thief that the town is looking for…will he be able to figure out the murder and the thief? It almost seems like one of his mother’s novels come to life. There’s never a dull moment in Deep Creek Lake!

The characters are great, and I feel like I know most of them already. I also like the narrator. I’ve come to associate his voice with Lauren Carr’s books/characters. Now that I’ve finished this book, I’m going to listen to #13 in the Mac Faraday series.

 

 

 

Meet the Author

 

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s 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. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Book Review: Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold

17 May

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Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again. Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD.

 

 

 

 

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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 ninth book in the series but it’s the just the second one I’ve read. I read the eighth book, Power Struggle, so I already know the characters a little. Shades of Justice does stand on its own though. 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 double homicide of the wife of a wealthy businessman and a man that no one can identify. Of course her boss wants Madison to walk on egg shells when around the family because he doesn’t want the police department to lose the family’s contributions. This just adds to the conflict between the two because Madison is determined to do her job no matter what.

Madison is also having a journalist look into some cops who she thinks may be dirty. She can’t do it on her own because she can’t be found investigating these people, especially since they could be tied to the mafia.

On top of everything else that’s going on, Madison’s best friend is getting married in just a few days. She has a lot on her plate and even though she’s focusing on the case and doesn’t spend any time with her boyfriend, he’s still supportive when she needs him. And she needs support because even the wedding is a major source of stress for poor Madison.

Shades of Justice is a detective murder mystery with a lot of suspects, a cold case, a few twists, and a touch of romance. What else can you ask for? I look forward to reading the next Madison Knight book whether I go back and read the 1st one or go on to read #10.

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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, Power Struggle, 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: Overdose in Paradise by Deborah Brown

12 Apr

A woman’s been found dead in Dr. A’s beach house, facedown in enough cocaine to put him away for life. It’s going to take more than trading a couple of favors to help the doctor, who’s always been there for Madison, no questions asked, no blood left behind. 

Hard as Madison and Fab have tried to keep their promise to stop playing sneak-around-chick, prying up the evidence that could set their friend free requires a skillset from their shady past. When they open up this set of Pandora’s boxes, it’s too late to mind their own business. 

Plus being on the radar of a big-time drug dealer, shoots up the street value on their lives a million-fold. They could be in a felonious hot mess.Nice things about living in Tarpon Cove?
Favors are traded like cryptocurrency. 

If anybody asks, nobody saw anything. And even the worst day can end with a pitcher of margaritas–glass optional.

 

 

My Review

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

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I’ve fallen in love with the characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They are just trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases. Somehow, though, that doesn’t always work out.

Dr. A needs a good lawyer after his girlfriend is found dead of an overdose in his house. He’s accused of supplying her with the drugs that killed her. Madison promises to find him a lawyer but of course she and Fab can’t leave it there. Even though Creole and Didier (boyfriend and husband, respectively) keep reminding them that it’s not their case and they’ve done all that they promised, they continue to work the case, find leads that may exonerate the good Dr. A, and find themselves in danger once again.

As with all of the Paradise books, Overdose in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen, especially at Madison’s property The Cottages. I especially liked the ending, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 

 

 

About the Author

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!”

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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Guest Review & Giveaway: Moon Games by Shelly Frome

20 Mar

Moon Games by Shelly FromeMoon Games by Shelly Frome

Publisher:  Milford House Press (August 4, 2018)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Female Sleuth, Murder Mystery, Supernatural, Small-town Police Procedural
Tour dates: Mar-Apr, 2019
ISBN: 978-1620061848
Available in Print and ebook, 264 pages

Moon Games

 

 

 

Description 

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing coed, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible.  The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to unravel.

 

 

Guest Review by Katy

I’ve just recently discovered Shelly Frome and have been working my way through his back catalog of books so that I can read them all. I love his writing style, his attention to detail and his clever dialog and descriptions. What a talent this man has for story telling and plotting. I feel like all of his books pull me in from the first page and don’t let go till the last! And this one was no different, of course.

 ‘Moon Games’ begins with the exciting pretense that a young girl has gone missing in the Carolina mountains. Miranda Davis is probably not the first person you’d select to go on a search for a missing person. For one thing, she’s a realtor and for another, she’s funny and somewhat scattered. Hardly a seasoned detective who deals with these sorts of things all the time. But she gets pulled into the mystery in much the same way that the reader does, and eventually she agrees to go up to the mountain with her partner, Harry, to have a look. However, there are some suspicious clues about the missing girl that don’t add up. Why was a strange tarot card shoved under the door of a local church lady? Who is the huge, hulking man they see on the mountain, and is he carrying the body of a woman? These are the kinds of questions that had me guessing till the last page.

I love a good mystery and, once again, Shelly Frome delivers just that. I highly recommend this book to all mystery fans like myself or anyone who enjoys a compelling, quick read. I can’t wait to read what Shelly Frome has in store for his next book! I feel like I’m becoming a huge fan of his as I go! ‘Moon Games’ gets 5 stars from me!

 

 

Praise 

“’Moon Games’ is an exceptional novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the book, Miranda Davis who lives in a quaint town in Carolina, and it is here that she has a business. The reader will follow Miranda as she is approached by Cloris Raintree, a church leader who offers Miranda help in exchange for her help in finding a girl who went missing. As Miranda investigate the strange disappearance, more shocking truths are revealed and this book lovers is the premise of the sensational Moon Games.

The themes combined and laced throughout Moon Games perfectly compliment the atmosphere of the book and story.  As I read Moon Games, I found myself racing through it, turning the pages with haste thanks to the addictive nature. The story is unique and has the perfect combination of crime, suspense, and mystery which are all perfectly weaved together by the exceptional author.

Every event, character, and setting is well thought out and planned. Shelly Frome’s writing is detailed in the most immaculate of ways. It is beautifully written so that the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the story from beginning to end without difficulty.

Miranda is a character every reader will be able to root for, her grit and determination to not give up on the case is inspiring and will have many readers care about her. Being able to accompany Miranda on her journey was incredible, it was remarkable to witness her growth along the way and extraordinary to observe how she goes about solving the mystery and troubling situations she was faced with

Frome is an exceptional writer because he grabs his readers attention from the start very quickly and keeps them engrossed until the end. There are no long build-ups that drag in Moon Games; instead, the reader will be thrown into the thick of the story quickly, and the result of this is exciting (and slightly terrifying!).

Overall Moon Games is a superb novel that has everything a reader would want in a story; it has a thrilling narrative, magnificent plot development and excellent characterization that will thrill and excite its readers so of course, I have to award this impressive piece of literature five stars!”-  Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover

“’Moongames’, the eighth mystery by respected author, Shelly Frome, covers a week around Halloween where a coed from a local college goes missing during a hike along the historic Southern Railway tracks that climb the Blue Ridge Escarpment over the Eastern Continental Divide, and the only one who seems to care is a frustrated real estate saleswoman, who must become her own detective agency if this girl is to be found alive.
Frome creates a series of colorful characters who are drawn into this quest, most against their wills, but who, never-the-less, contribute their own special talents to what would ultimately prove to be a race to the finish, with more hairpin turns along the way than the drive along the Amalfi Coast. The famous “Malecon” drive along Havana’s Atlantic shore even plays an important role in the ultimate outcome of this complicated, yet gripping tale of revenge, regret, and greed, with a dash of the Zodiac (thus the Moon) thrown in for good measure.”-       R. V. Helms, Amazon Review

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett

22 Feb

 

 

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 7

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Released: Feb. 8, 2019

 

 

 

When a mummified body is found in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shock wave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.

Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. I have listened to all of the books in the Kay Hunter series so far and I enjoy them.

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a mummified body falls out of a ceiling in a building and lands on someone. Can you imagine? Once they identify the body, will they be able to track down the murderer after all this time? As the team investigates, they expose criminal activity of a local business that has a security contract with the business, but they’re not sure that they are responsible for the murder.

This series is about the same investigators, but each case is quite a bit different. I like Kay Hunter and the members of her team. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and her team members are supportive of her and each other, and they are close enough that they know each other well. 

 Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. Bridge to Burn is a detective mystery with an interesting and surprising end. Just when I thought I knew what had happened…surprise! If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to more Kay Hunter books.

 

 

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Book Review: Blue Baby by Carolyn Arnold

23 Jan

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series, Book 4
Genres: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2015
Length: 270 pages

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit are off to Grand Forks, North Dakota, when the body of a woman is found in her bathtub, dressed in a wedding gown with her ring finger severed.

It’s the first day of summer, and an exact year ago, another woman was discovered the same way. Her case went cold, but with the recent murder, the FBI believes they’re looking for a serial killer, so they reopen the case. Finding a connection between the women is proving elusive, and with a killer who starts to spiral out of control, that’s only making the trail more difficult to follow. And failure is not an option. If Brandon and his team don’t catch up to the killer, the bloodbath will continue to overflow.

Blue Baby is a creepy psychological thriller that will have readers turning the pages to unravel every twist. It will also have readers looking differently at how they define their own happiness. Buy this international bestselling book today and hunt a serial killer alongside the FBI!

 

 

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’ve read quite a few of Carolyn Arnold’s books including On the Count of Three, the latest in the Brandon Fisher series. I like Carolyn Arnold’s characters and Brandon Fisher is one of my favorites. I’ve been hoping to find the time to read the rest of the books in her series in order but since I received this one for free, I went ahead and read it. The more I read, the more I get to know the characters. Each book is a standalone, but I like to read a series in order when I can.

Brandon Fisher works for the BAU with the FBI and this is a tough case. Some of the team members are having personal issues as well. This serial killer wants to help women find “happiness” and he has decided that the way to happiness for some women is to murder them to release them from their sadness in this world. Will they be able to track him down before he kills again?

The team has a lot of clues to follow, especially since one of the murders was a year ago. They meet up often to keep each other up-to-date and to theorize about the killer as well as what circumstances may have occurred to make him/her a serial killer. There are a few suspects, a lot of twists, and a good ending.

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing whether it’s a cozy mystery or a grizzly FBI thriller or something in between. Her writing flows well and her characters are realistic. If you like murder mysteries and/or if you like the TV show Criminal Minds, you should like the Brandon Fisher 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 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 in London Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Short Story Review: The Naked Eye by Angela Kay

18 Jan

At an Aspen ski resort, vacation plans are drastically changed when the body of Lauren Crusher is found in her room. With the ongoing blizzard, everyone is shut in, including the killer.

Since backup is unable to come to Lieutenant Davis’s aid, he must utilize his deducting skills to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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My Review

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

The Naked Eye is a short story but it has all of the elements of a good murder mystery. It opens with the body of a girl found in a locked room at a ski resort. With a blizzard raging outside, it’s obvious that if her death wasn’t an accident, then one of the people in the cabin is a murderer…and no one can go anywhere any time soon!

There are many characters in this story, all of the people stranded in the cabin, but it’s pretty easy to keep them all straight. Lt. Davis is the main character. He’s the dad of one of the vacationers and is only staying there because of the weather. Little did he know he was going to try to find a murderer. He has to comb through all of the evidence on his own, and it seems that something new comes up at every turn.

Many secrets are revealed during Lt. Davis’s investigation but would any of them be cause for murder? A great read with a good twist at the end.

 

 

About the Author

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people. 

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company. 
 

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Murder in Keswick by William Todd

6 Dec

 

 

 

Author: William Todd

Narrator: Ben Werling

Length: 2 hours 38 muntes

Publisher: William Todd

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

Genre: Mystery

 

 

While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!

And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe.

Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.

 

 

 

I have been writing online since the early 2000’s, primarily writing horror stories in the style of Poe and Lovecraft. I was the 2nd most popular author on the website storiesbyemail.com for two years before moving on. I had my first book, a Victorian era horror compilation called Bumps in the Night, published by Mystic Moon Press just a week before they closed their website and never saw my hard work pay off. Afterwards I took publishing into my own hands, became an Indie author and haven’t looked back. My first self-published book was Dead of Night, another compilation of Victorian horror stories, published September 2016 by Createspace and on Kindle by KDP. After its publication I left my comfort zone for mystery and wrote a short story about Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle style. I loved it so much I then did a longer story A Reflection of Evil, both published in 2017 through Createspace and KDP. I have just released Beyond the Gossamer Veil, another compilation of both Victorian and modern supernatural/horror stories and am in the beginning stages of my third Sherlock Holmes installment.

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Narrator Bio

Ben is an award winning actor and voice over professional, who has performed all across the United States. From Shakespeare to Neil Simon, he has displayed a versatility and diversity in the characters and dialects he has portrayed. Ben received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Leading Actor as abusive talk show host Barry Champlain in Eric Bogosian’s TALK RADIO, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Prosecutor Villeforte in Alexander Dumas’ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, also in Chicago. He has worked with an extensive list of theaters in Chicago over the last three decades: Steppenwolf, Bailiwick, Famous Door, Next, A Red Orchid, Raven Theater, First Folio, Writer’s Theater, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, as well as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Madison Repertory, and Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He is an Ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theater in Chicago. For almost a decade he was the voice of the Adler Planetarium, hosting live shows and pointing out the stars, planets and constellations on the big dome. Ben has an eponymous weekly vlog on YouTube, that he films, produces, edits and narrates. He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy, two dogs and three cats.

 

 

 

 

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

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes are taking a well needed vacation. As soon as they get off the train, they notice a commotion and immediately get embroiled in a murder mystery. Their vacation is going to have to wait. A decapitated body has been found! The members of the community know who the body belongs to even without the head, but no one knows why he’d be murdered.  Leave it to Sherlock Holmes to put all of the pieces together, no matter how small, and come up with the answer and the murderer. 

William Todd does a good job of writing the story as Arthur Conan Doyle would. Ben Werling’s narration is spot on. He has one of those voices that I could listen to all day long, although Murder in Keswick is only a couple of hours long. There’s a lot of information in those 2 1/2 hours…enough to solve a mystery!

 

 

 

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Book Review: On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold

4 Dec

Author: Carolyn Arnold
SeriesBrandon Fisher FBI Series, Book 7
Genres: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2018
Length: 430 pages
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Drinking and driving may be deadly in more ways than one…

When a woman’s disappearance ticks off all the same boxes as two unsolved murders, Miami homicide detective Kelly Marsh is convinced there’s about to be a third. If she’s right and the killer sticks to their previous MO, she only has three days before Jenna Kelter’s decapitated head will show up somewhere in the city. With no time to waste, Kelly reaches out to the one person she knows can help: her former mentor and family friend Jack Harper, who just happens to lead a team with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

BAU special agent and profiler Brandon Fisher easily sees the similarities between Detective Marsh’s missing person case and the two cold cases: all three victims served time for DUI vehicular homicide and disappeared three days after being released from prison. But is that enough to assume Kelter has been abducted by a serial killer? Brandon’s not so sure and fears his boss may have let his personal connection to Marsh cloud his judgment. Surely there isn’t any other explanation for why they jumped into an investigation less than twenty-four hours after Kelter was reported missing. Then again, maybe Brandon is letting his own differences with the detective affect his perspective. He’ll need to move past it, though—and quickly.

After all, this killer has evaded capture for the past six years, and they may be looking at a lot more victims than originally suspected. This serial killer is calling the shots and pulling them into a macabre game of cat and mouse. While the team has no choice but to play, if they don’t make the right moves, one of them may not make it out of Miami alive.

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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’ve read quite a few of Carolyn Arnold’s books including Remnants, one of the books in the Brandon Fisher series. I like Carolyn Arnold’s characters but I think Brandon Fisher is one of my favorites and I’m hoping to find the time to read the rest of the books in her series in order. Each book is a standalone but I like to read a series in order when I can.

Brandon Fisher works for the BAU with the FBI and his team goes to Miami, Florida, to find a serial killer. Someone fitting the profile of the victims is missing, but will they be able to save her in time? Throughout the investigation, one of the members of the team is struggling with leaving the BAU for a desk job because he’s going to be a father. Not only would he be away from his child often, but he’s seen some horrific things.

The team has a lot of clues to follow and they meet up often to keep each other up-to-date and to theorize about the killer as well as what circumstances may have occurred to make him/her a serial killer. There are a few suspects, a lot of twists, and an exciting ending.

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing whether it’s a cozy mystery or a grizzly FBI thriller or something in between. Her writing flows well and her characters are realistic. If you like murder mysteries and/or if you like the TV show Criminal Minds, you should like On the Count of Three.

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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—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 in London Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

 

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Book Review: The Dark Divide by D.K. Stone

7 Nov

Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder.

The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.

As the risk of jail or death increases, Rich turns to Lou for guidance and she finds herself in an impossible position. Lou has her own secrets! Does she protect the border town where she grew up, or side with the man she loves… even if it means she can never tell him the truth about herself?

 

 

My Review

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

I read first book in the Waterton series, The Edge of Wild, and I enjoyed it so I was happy to read The Dark Divide. After a fire that burnt down the hotel Rich Evans was managing, he is staying with his girlfriend Lou. He’s jobless but he  couldn’t leave town if he wanted to because he’s been charged with arson of the hotel. He’s innocent but feels helpless. He has a good lawyer who thinks he can probably get Rich acquitted, but nothing is 100%.

Police officer Sadie Black Plume has a lot on her plate. She and her partner are trying to find the owner of a fingerprint that was found in the hotel’s basement shortly before the arson. This fingerprint matched one of someone who murdered a policeman in 1970. They believe if they find the person, they may also be the arsonist. Getting fingerprints of the locals who were old enough to commit murder back in 1970 won’t be easy because it seems that few of them will give them up without a warrant. 

So many of the people in this small town have big secrets. And when Alistair comes into town saying he’s working on a documentary, no one trusts him. Waterton is a small town and they only trust locals. Is Alistair’s documentary the only thing he’s after? He sure seems interested in finding out about everyone’s personal history. 

I like Danika Stone’s writing style. Her characters are complex and well developed. Although I didn’t care a lot for Rich in the last book, I liked him better in this one. I didn’t care for the fights between him and Lou though. I know there are people who blow up like that in reality but it has always made me uncomfortable. I just wanted them to settle down and talk! 

I liked the ending of The Dark Divide and learning secrets some of the townsfolk had kept for so many years.

Great quote from the book: 

“Looking at the pattern of yellow sticky notes, pictures, and photocopies, Sadie could see a shape emerging, though she couldn’t yet tell what it was. It reminded her of a black and white photography course she’d taken one summer, shadowy images in the developer appearing by degrees. Investigation worked much the same way: bits of information pulled into focus., shading in an image she’d never imagined.”

 

 

 

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