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Book Review & Giveaway: Murder in Malibu by Deborah Brown

16 Feb

NEW RELEASE….

A year ago, if anyone had told Zach Lazarro he’d settle anywhere other than the Florida Keys, he’d have laughed in their face. Yet here he is in SoCal, launching a private investigations firm with two ex-SEAL buddies, settling into a long-term relationship with L.A. county’s hottest assistant district attorney, Avalon Rossi.

Figures he’d be the one to flush ZSI’s make-or-break job down the toilet. Now his rich, powerful client’s allegedly unfaithful wife is dead. And the evidence isn’t the only thing with gaping holes in it. When it turns out one of ZSI’s own is a suspect, it’ll take more than fast talking to keep him from taking the fall. And another victim from landing in the morgue.

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

I’ve read several of Deborah Brown’s books. I love the Florida Keys Mystery Series! So I was looking forward to reading a book from a different series of hers. Although this was a quick read, it still has Deborah Brown’s writing style and her witty humor so how could I not like it?

The characters aren’t quite as developed as I’d like but I’m sure the characters will grow as the series grows. I do like Zach and his team and I look forward to reading more about them!

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About the Author


I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer… and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr

13 Feb
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Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Narrated by: Anita Alger / Mike Alger
Length: 13 hours 20 mins
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Jan 2018
Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence–though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”. Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing).

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Book Description

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

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

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books and this one brings together a lot of the characters from different series. They’re all related in one way or another and the men decide to go on a fishing trip while the women go to a mystery writers’ conference to accept an award for Mac Faraday’s deceased mother. It seems that a murder occurs wherever these characters go so it just seems natural that there would be a murder but in both places? That’s crazy (but fun for us readers).

As usual, there are murders to solve and the main characters are up to the task. They get along well and there are some interesting conversations that include humor and wit. I love the dogs! They have such great personalities and although they’re well behaved for the most part, Gnarly is a bit of a thief.

I like how Twofer is narrated. A man narrates during the fishing trip and a woman narrates during the mystery writers’ conference. Both do a great job with timing and pronunciation.

I definitely recommend Twofer and it does stand on its own. If you listen to the audiobook, I would recommend making a list of the characters. The books usually contain a cast of characters because there are so many. The list isn’t needed after reading several of Lauren Carr’s books, but someone listening or reading for the first time would probably need one to keep everyone straight.
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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!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, 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: The Mop & Bucket Murders by Pat Herbert

28 Dec

The year is 1961. Barney Carmichael is about to take on his toughest case yet when a mysterious and glamorous woman walks into his office unannounced. Her request is simple: find her son. It is soon clear that the task is far from simple, however. In fact, the more Barney and brother Jim delve into the mystery, the more confusing it becomes. Meanwhile, Barney’s friend, Inspector Tony Halliday of Scotland Yard, seeks his help in solving a series of baffling murders. Charwomen at a big London office block are being picked off, seemingly at random, by an unknown assailant. The Carmichael Private Investigation agency has also taken on a bright new secretary, but when she is determined to do some investigating of her own, she makes a devastating discovery that changes her life forever. This is the third in the Barney Carmichael Private Investigator series.

  

“The Mop & Bucket Murders” by Pat Herbert is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK. It is also available from Amazon US.

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

Barney Carmichael and his brother Jim have become private investigators and are beginning to realize that most of their cases are going to involve missing pets and spouses wanting information on cheating spouses.

Barney keeps waiting for that one mysterious woman to come looking for help like the woman in The Maltese Falcon. Unfortunately, she’s not what he was hoping for but he’s glad to take on the case of looking for her son, especially with the retainer she gives him. I liked the comparison to The Maltese Falcon and the let down because it is something that we all do at some point: fantasize about a moment to come that is less than what we’d hoped for.

Everyone in this book is so miserable! I know part of it’s the heat but this isn’t a “feel good” book until the very end when everything comes together.

I think the way the cases intertwined was creative and I enjoyed it. At first, I thought it was going to be two separate cases they would be working on and it was interesting to read how they came together. 

I haven’t read the first two books in this series but I’m going to have to read them when I have time. This book does stand on its own and I definitely recommend it if you enjoy a good murder mystery with some twists.

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About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked previously as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin.  Pat has written fourteen murder-mysteries to date, including:

 

Reverend Paltoquet Supernatural Mystery Series:

The Bockhampton Road Murders
Haunted Christmas
The Possession of November Jones
The Witches of Wandsworth
So Long at the Fair
The Man Who Was Death
The Dark Side of the Mirror
Sleeping with the Dead
The Corpse Wore Red
Seeing Double

Barney Carmichael Murder-Mystery Series:

Getting Away With Murder
The Murder in Weeping Lane

In her novels, Pat likes to include all the hallmarks of a traditionally British murder-mystery series including quirky characters, dark deeds, humorous misunderstandings, and at times, a touch of the supernatural, and cosy cups of tea.

 

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 Darin Jewell (Pat Herbert’s Literary Agent)
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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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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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New Release & Giveaway: Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

19 Oct

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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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What to expect from 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.

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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 & Giveaway: Gone Daddy Gone by Cheryl Bradshaw

9 Oct
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Gone Daddy Gone
Sloan Monroe Mysteries #7
by Cheryl Bradshaw
Genre: Crime Mystery, Thriller
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A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe’s life forever …
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On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the
quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance.
Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind,
whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and
runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Once I got into Gone Daddy Gone I could tell that there were previous books written about Sloane Monroe because other cases were mentioned. When a case was mentioned, enough was told so that this book does stand on its own.

Gone Daddy Gone starts out with a bang. When Shelby McCoy is shot and killed, her father and his girlfriend, Sloane, are determined to find out who the killer is. They both have enemies because of the type of work they do. He’s in law enforcement and she’s a PI. And they soon find out that Shelby had kept secrets from them. So many possibilities and they’re running out of time. Talk about keeping you on the edge of your seat!

I enjoyed this book and plan on reading the first 6 books in the series when I can find the time. Sloane is not perfect but she’s stubborn and independent and has a good head on her shoulders.

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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Bradshaw writes in
the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and supernatural
suspense. To date, she has published almost two dozen novels and
novellas, including her New York Times bestselling mystery series
based on a sassy, OCD challenged private eye named Sloane Monroe. In
2013, Bradshaw’s fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town, was
a finalist for a Shamus Award, and that same year,
book three in the series, I Have a Secret, won best thriller of the
year from eFestival of Words. She was raised in California and
currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Book Review & Giveaway: Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

4 Oct

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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

 You can buy Halloween is Murder wherever books are sold, including the following popular retailers:
 
To find out more about Halloween is Murder and the other installments in the McKinley Mysteries series, including box sets, visit CarolynArnold.net/Mckinley-Mysteries.
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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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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. 

I have read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books including the first three books in this series. Even though I’ve missed several of the books in the series (I’m planning on catching up at some point), I knew that all of these books are stand alone so I didn’t have a problem reading number 11. I like the author’s writing style so I was looking forward to reading Halloween is Murder.

Sean and Sara McKinley are private investigators. 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. After solving a couple of murders, they decided that opening a PI business would be a good idea. And all of the money they make goes to charity.

Another project for charity is a haunted house for Halloween. When the reporter who did a piece on the haunted house suddenly dies, Sara is sure that it’s murder but Sean isn’t so sure. After the reporter’s sister asks them to look into the death, Sean caves and agrees to investigate. What they find isn’t quite what I expected.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries. Halloween 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.

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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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Book Review & Giveaway: Lottery in Paradise by Deborah Brown

13 Sep

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Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, “It doesn’t pay to be a lottery winner.” It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don’t have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures — what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there’s a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you’ll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.

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!”

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I have read most of the Paradise books and I always look forward to reading the next one. They are full of action, humor, suspense, and mystery but are also quick, fun reads.

Madison Westin and her best friend, Fabiana (Fab), are always getting into trouble. Their boyfriends, Creole and Didier, are a perfect fit for the girls. Unfortunately, Didier has had enough of Fab risking her life for money that she doesn’t even need. They break up and Fab is grief stricken and keeps disappearing at night which worries poor Madison. She and her mom decide that they have to find a way to get them back together, but will it work? And will they lose their friendship?

There’s nonstop action in Lottery in Paradise. Not only is there the relationship problems between Fab and Didier but their next door neighbor was murdered after winning the lottery. His girlfriend moves in right after the murder. Suddenly, someone is attempting to break into Madison’s house. Could it be connected to the murder?

The characters in the Paradise series are great. Everyone in Madison’s family is just a little crazy and that extends to her friends too. I love reading about these crazy people!

I like Deborah Brown’s writing. It flows well and there’s always humor. I definitely recommend Lottery in Paradise.  It can be read as a stand alone but once you get a taste, you’ll probably want to read the other Paradise books as well.

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“Another FABULOUS book by one of my favorite authors. I love how there are always several different stories going on. I loved the ending…” 

“Another great story in the Paradise series! My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“An excellent story that is jammed packed with fun, happiness, anger, & a few stupid decisions. She captures the reader’s attention & keeps it from beginning to end. This is another winner in the Paradise series!”

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Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. “I’m going to run that jerk off the road.”

“No. You. Are. Not. And you’re not going to shoot out his tires either.” Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn’t steer and shoot at the same time. “We’ll act like normal people and call the police.” Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn’t heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard “weird” bandied about. An over-exaggeration – I’m familiar with weird, and that’s not me.

“You better come up with something better than that.” Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver’s side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he’d pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, “Change of plans.” I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. “The fancy tow truck is one of Brick’s.”

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab’s safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn’t include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends ,who’d had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick’s eye.
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Book Reviews & Giveaway: The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong by Angela Kay

28 Aug
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The Murder of Manny Grimes
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #1
By Angela Kay
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night
during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the
swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he
investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the
boys telling the truth?

 
With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator
Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive
or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the
closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling
apart.
 
Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong
begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he
spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons
and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?
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The Murder of Manny Grimes is a detective murder mystery with some twists as well as one of those detectives who is very good at his job but also has difficulty keeping his personal life together. Lieutenant Jim DeLong and his wife have not been in a good place for quite a while. 
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When three kids find a body and report it to the police, there’s no one there and if there was, all the evidence is gone. The boys know that it was their vice principal so at least they have that to go on. But is it really a murder or are the boys just making up stories? And why is DeLong hearing voices that no one else is hearing? Is it Manny Grimes from the grave or is DeLong going crazy?
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The characters are complicated and I never knew what they were going to do which made the book even more interesting.
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I’ve always enjoyed a good detective novel with a twist. 
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Blood Runs Cold
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #2
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A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and
Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the
most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into
the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to
forget.

 
The victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he’s fought to delete
will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his
brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no
clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Blood Runs Cold is the second book in The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong. I liked the first book but this one was even better. It starts with the murder of Jim DeLong’s sister-in-law and he’s allowed to be the lead in the case even though he’s related. 

DeLong and his brother, Sullivan aka Sully, are estranged because of guilt they feel from some things that happened when they were teens and ended up in juvie. Neither DeLong has been able to get over what happened to them and it’s been easier to just stay away from each other so they don’t have to face those feelings.

There are many possible suspects even though the victim was a good woman who tried to help troubled teens. It takes some serious investigating, but DeLong gets to the bottom of it. At the same time, he and his brother have a chance to make things right with their relationship…maybe?

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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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Book Review: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

14 Aug

New Release

Over the years, the Rizzoli and Isles series has sold millions of copies of books in print, won the acclaim of fans and critics alike, and was the basis for TNT’s long-running hit show which starred Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins says about I KNOW A SECRET: “Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places.”

Available on Amazon

 

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 enjoyed the Rizzoli and Isles show on TV but hadn’t had time to read the books so when one came up for tour, I was thrilled to read it. In I Know a Secret, someone is killing people and the symbolism is based on how martyred saints died. Not only is this a strange case but it takes some time for them to figure it out.

After some digging, Rizzoli and Frost figure out some things and they think they know who the killer is but do they? It just doesn’t sit well with Rizzoli. It didn’t sit well with me either. The killer was pretty predictable but it was still a good book.

It is kind of fun to read a book that I know the characters from a TV show. I usually like to read the book first but I like being able to picture the characters as they’re portrayed on TV. 

I liked I Know a Secret and I hope I can find the time to read all of the Rizzoli and Isles books.

 

About the Author

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine. 

 

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