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Book Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Changes by Joyce T. Strand

22 Nov

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A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?

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About Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities.  She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.

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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 have read several books by Joyce T. Strand so I was happy to read this one about Emily Lazzaro who was introduced in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries.

Emily wants to start a new life in Ramona even though her ex-fiancé also lives there. She prepares tax returns for people but she wants a job in the hospitality field which is what she has a degree in. When she is offered a job, it seems too good to be true and when a possible client is murdered she becomes even more concerned when she finds out his relationship to her new bosses. 

It seemed that every new chapter brought a new concern or even potential danger to Emily. In addition, she had no idea who she could trust. I didn’t like how Emily dealt with her ex, Ed. It made her seem weak which is ironic since he thought she was weak and that was one reason she broke up with him.

There was a twist or two but no big surprises. I still enjoyed the read. Emily Lazzaro is another character of Joyce T. Strand’s that I am looking forward to reading more about.  I can’t wait to see how her new life turns out.

 

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About the Author

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, or Ventura, California.

Her most recent novels, Hilltop Sunset and Landscape for Murder, feature protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s first three novels On Message, Open Meetings, and Fair Disclosure—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Her first historical mystery, The Judge’s Story, tells the story of a Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law who strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

She lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Catch me if You Can by Miss Mae

18 Nov

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Author: Miss Mae

Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker

Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Publisher: Miss Mae

Released: Nov. 11, 2016

Genre: Suspense

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On an island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a convention is planned for “Catch Me” game enthusiasts. The game, designed by Stuart Harrington, wealthy businessman, is the genius behind the hottest game craze. But only ten guests are able to arrive before Brian, a category four hurricane, makes landfall. Lois Steinberg washes ashore on the beach. Amongst strangers, she has no idea who to trust and when Paul, the cook, is found murdered, events happen too eerily reminiscent of any “Catch Me” game that Stuart Harrington could ever conceive.

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Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.

She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’

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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 Miss Mae. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Catch Me If You Can is an old-fashioned whodunit. There is supposed to be a convention in Jenna’s hotel but only 10 people show up before a hurricane hits the island off the coast of South Carolina. Lois washes up on shore and is taken into the hotel but quickly realizes that she’s not safe after someone is murdered.

The characters are all interesting and they all have secrets. No one is who they seem to be in this mystery with nonstop action and suspense. There is a twist at every turn including a surprise ending. There’s even a touch of romance.

This isn’t a typical audiobook. There’s not just a narrator. There are sound effects and a different person speaking for each character. It’s a fun book to listen to and is reminiscent of radio before the days of television (or so my parents have told me).  Continue reading

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: 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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My Review

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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 Excerpt

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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Fab made an outraged sound. “I don’t believe you.” Continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: Nomad’s Premonition by Georges Benay

8 Sep
 

Book Title: The Nomad’s Premonition (Book #2) by Georges Benay
Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tour dates: August 14 to Sept 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words – minimal)

 

Book Description:

Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.

Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank’s internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader’s uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there’s nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader’s success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.

Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric’s quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he’s not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.

Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?

 

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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. I had just finished Nomad on the Run, the first book in this series, and was happy to start this one right away. 

Eric Martin is just a little crazy! He’s obsessed with finding a trader he believes has found the algorithm that he risked his life to keep out of the wrong hands three years ago. He knows he went a little too far last time but did he learn his lesson? He still harbors guilt for the loss of innocent lives.

The characters are complex and more developed than in Nomad on the Run. While I enjoyed the first book, I liked this one even better. I especially liked that he was able to explain how the market works enough to understand the book but not so much that I felt bogged down in a bunch of financial mumbo jumbo. 

Nomad’s Premonition is full of mystery, suspense, action, and betrayal. Although it is the second book in the series, it does stand alone. I’m hoping there’s another Nomad book in the future, I’m ready to find out what happens to Eric next!

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Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

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Sept 5 – Literary Flits – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 6 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
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Book Review & Giveaway: Nomad on the Run by Georges Benay

4 Sep
Book Title: Nomad on the Run (Book #1) by Georges Benay
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Release date: April 15, 2011
Tour dates: August 14 to Sept 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)

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Book Description

Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?

 

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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.

Nomad on the Run is about Eric who is unhappy in his current job as a manager in a large bank in Canada so he quits his job and takes an offer from a small boutique financial firm in Morocco. It doesn’t take too long for things to go awry. Amidst a global financial crisis, the truth about the boutique comes to light.

Eric and Ivan, the genius he recruited from his old bank, realize that they need to get out while they can. But are they too late? And Eric needs to find out how much his lover knew when she recruited him. 

The first half of Nomad on the Run is good but a bit cumbersome at times when it goes into explaining financial markets, etc. The second half of the book, however, is so good that it’s difficult to put down. It’s full of action and suspense as Eric learns that he doesn’t know if he can trust anyone.

I recommend Nomad on the Run and I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Nomad’s Premonition, as soon as I finish this review.

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Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

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Aug 15 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Nomad on the Run / interview / giveaway
Aug 16 – Essentially Italian – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Aug 17 – Gabriel’s Wharf – review of Nomad on the Run
Aug 18 – Northernmsw – review of Nomad on the Run
Aug 21 – The All Night Library – review of Nomad on the Run / guest post
Aug 22 – Hall Ways – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Aug 24 – Gabriel’s Wharf – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Aug 25 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 28 – The All Night Library – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Aug 29 – Essentially Italian – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Aug 30 – #redhead.with.book – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Aug 31 – Olio by Marilyn – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 1 – Northernmsw – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Sept 4 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Sept 5 – Literary Flits – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 6 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 7 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Sept 8 – Bound 4 Escape – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
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Book Review: Vacation is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

5 Aug

Cancun is calling your name in VACATION IS MURDER…

This wasn’t in the travel brochure…

There’s only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they’re on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they’ve had just about enough lying around. 

When the husband of a couple they’ve befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer. 

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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 have read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books including the first book in this series, The Day Job is Murder. I like her writing style so I was looking forward to reading Vacation is Murder.

Sean and Sara McKinley are on 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. After a few days of sun in Cancun, Sean and Sara find that they’re bored and decide to find something to do. Unfortunately, they weren’t planning on investigating a kidnapping and murder when they were looking for a new pastime. 

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries, perfect to bring along on vacation. Vacation 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.

 

 

A Note from the Author

The white beaches, the smell of the sea mixed with suntan lotion, a cold drink in my hand. Yeah, now, we’re talking. I don’t even need to close my eyes to imagine the salty, warm breeze whispering over my face, the sun kissing my skin… Sign me up again, Señor!

Now, you may have guessed it, but I’m talking about Cancun, Mexico. I’ve been lucky enough to return and the weather and the kind people are two things you can count on! The first time we went we visited the Chichén Itzá ruins in the Yucatan. WOW! What an experience.

The Mayans were extremely intelligent, and I noted this specifically given the design and positioning of their structures. If you stand at the base of the pyramid’s stairs and clap your hands, it will echo back to you as the sound of the quetzal, a bird that was sacred to ancient Mayans. On the spring and fall equinox, the stairs cast shadows and create the appearance of a snake, where it joins a huge serpent’s head that’s set at the base of the stairway. We missed seeing this by one day!

But as spectacular as it was there, I would be remiss to not comment on how hot it was! And I’m not saying “oh, yeah, fan, me, please,” or “bring me a cold beer.” I’m talking passing-out hot, and it’s a miracle that I didn’t just collapse. I remember being lightheaded and woozy… Thankfully I was able to stay upright, but I must say that it’s a good thing I’m stubborn! In defense of the excursion, both hubby and I are pleased that we had the experience, but we would suggest that if you go, bring lots of water and wear a hat. It is in the middle of a jungle, after all.

It was this trip, though, that inspired me to set my cozy mystery novella, Vacation is Murder, in Mexico. You’ll even get to experience the above-noted—and more!—through my characters’ eyes when trouble leads them to the jungle.

Oh, and one more thing: remember the sunscreen.
Carolyn Arnold

 

“There’s action and romance… The story line is quick and light—perfect for beach reading! It was my first introduction to her work, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Sean and Sara continue in the next phase of their life… It’s definitely a book for those who love the cozy mystery set. I’ll be reading more!”
–Stephanie Pitcher, Bestselling author 

 

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.

 

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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Book Review & Giveaway: City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold

31 Jul

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Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

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Does treasure hunting excite you? 
What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? 
If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century. 

 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

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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 am a new Carolyn Arnold fan and I’m enjoying getting to know her different characters. I usually read one series at a time, but somehow it hasn’t worked that way this time. The first book of hers I read was Remnants, which was not the first in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but I plan on reading the rest of that series. The second one I read was The Day Job is Murder which is the first in the McKinley Mysteries and I’ll be reading the second book in that series soon. City of Gold is the first in the Matthew Connor Adventure series and it’s my favorite Carolyn Arnold book so far. 

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing style. The dialogue is enjoyable, witty, and her descriptions make things come alive. They can be a little lengthy occasionally but that’s just my personal preference. There are a couple of twists which make the book even more exciting. 

The characters are engaging and their relationships are complex. Matthew’s relationships seem to be the most complex, not only with his father but with the women in his life.

City of Gold is full of adventure and suspense. It definitely reminds me of Indiana Jones and I love those movies. Along with the adventure, though, back home is a detective doing solid police work. I hope he’ll be in future Matthew Connor books.

I definitely recommend City of Gold for anyone who enjoys adventure and suspense and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

 

 

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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: A Flair for Drama by Deborah Garner

7 Jun

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When a former schoolmate invites flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer to a theatre production, she jumps at the excuse to visit the Monterey Bay area for a weekend. With quaint Carmel shops a short drive away and luxurious linens in her hotel accommodations, the excursion promises to be both entertaining and relaxing.

Plenty of action is expected on stage, but when the show’s leading lady turns up dead, Sadie finds herself faced with more than one drama to follow. With both cast members and production crew as potential suspects, will Sadie and her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, be able to solve the case?

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My Review

I read A Flair for Chardonnay and enjoyed it so I was happy to read the next book in the Sadie Kramer Flair Mysteries.

A Flair for Drama is a murder mystery with a quirky main character who likes solving mysteries. Sadie often seems to be in the right place at the right time and she tends to discover clues that detectives overlook. This time, she has been invited by an old friend, Roxy, to see a play that Roxy has been working on as backstage manager. The night Sadie arrives, one of the stars of the play is murdered. She jumps right in and starts asking questions and trying to solve the murder.

The characters are pretty interesting in a way that only theater personnel can be. Sadie realizes that it might be even more difficult to solve a crime in which actors could be involved since an important part of solving a case is being able to read people. She knows it’d be hard to read a good actor. My favorite character is definitely Coco, Sadie’s dog. Coco is smart, a great companion, a ham, and unfortunately, a thief. 

A Flair for Drama is a quick, fun read even though it’s a murder mystery. It does stand on its own and they could easily be read out of order.

 

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“Deborah Garner is gifted at bringing each character to life. She adds details seamlessly, making it seem like you know these people. She presents scenarios that have you thinking you know who did it, and then in the next sentence you are second guessing yourself. And that is to say, this is a great “who done it” … it gets 2 thumbs up from me :)” – reviews Tracy Helps You

“I love the way Deborah Garner describes everything in this book, and I can’t wait to read more in this series! This book literally kept me guessing until the very end.” – reviews Sanity is for those without children

“Deborah Garner has created a unique and very flamboyant main character who seems to find trouble all by herself and turns into an amateur sleuth!” – reviews Miki’s Hope

Above reviews from A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)

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A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)
When flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer learns the owner of Cioccolato, her favorite chocolate shop, is in trouble, she heads for the California wine country with a tote-bagged Yorkie and a slew of questions. The fourth generation Tremiato Winery promises answers, but not before a dead body turns up at the vintners’ scheduled Harvest Festival.

All four Tremiato siblings have possible motives, as well as a few peripheral acquaintances, but only one could be the guilty party. As Sadie juggles truffles, tips and turmoil, she’ll need to sort the grapes from the wrath in order to find the identity of the killer.

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About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Book Review: Without a Doubt by L. J. Greatrex

29 May

Following the tragic disappearance of his parents and unborn sibling, Jimmy Giddion is torn from his life in the States to a solitary existence in Africa. During these formative years, he discovers a rare talent for computer hacking and decides to use his skills to find his family, but is soon thrown into a world of corruption embroiled in modern-day diamond mine claim jumping. With the reward for his deception intact and his newly-found ally Paul Max, he embarks on an expedition that fires his imagination as a more sinister element to his family’s last encounter is unearthed.

 

My Review

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

Jimmy Giddion is a world class hacker and has been hired to infiltrate a diamond company and set it up so that the Mafia can take over the company. Because Jimmy actually has to be an employee of the company, it’s suspenseful since he could be discovered at any time. 

Even though Jimmy breaks the law for a living, it’s hard not to like him especially since the money he earns is going to be used to help him find out what happened to his family. Everyone is sure that they were killed but he wants to find out how and why. He has met a new hacker friend who is impressed with Jimmy and vows to help him find answers.

Without a Doubt is full of mystery, adventure, and lots of suspense. Descriptions of Africa were very good. It’s always a plus to me when an author can describe mountains, landscapes, etc., without too much detail but with enough detail that I can picture it.

I definitely recommend Without a Doubt for anyone who likes suspense and adventure.

 

About the Author

J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel Industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years traveling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts), have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these three novels.

 

Excerpt

 ‘Got ya, you bastards’, I thought, as at last the whole plan seemed crystal clear. I was ecstatic, overwhelmed, sad, angry, but mostly relieved that after all of this time I finally had a clearer picture, one which I now knew not only involved my parents, but in a weird twist of fate myself. I had unwittingly become the perpetrator of their scam, helping these mongrels to continue to claim jump long after their involvement in my parents’ disappearance. I now saw how difficult this task would have been for my uncle, as without the technology and expertise of a hacker he would have had no chance of success. I suddenly became grateful to have been given the gift, one that at last had unravelled the whole sorry mess. It only left two things now to do, decide what to do about it and discover their resting place!

 

 

“Without A Doubt” by L. J. Greatrex is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

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