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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett

25 Apr

 

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Author: Rachel Amplett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 4

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

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When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

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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. This is the fourth Kay Hunter book that I’ve listened to and I’m enjoying the series.

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is discovered in the trunk of a car that was in a serious accident. When they find out that the car belongs to Kay’s nemesis, she’s hopeful that he’ll finally be caught and go to prison. As they investigate, they uncover more than they could ever have guessed.

Kay is strong although her husband’s on a business trip so she’s alone at night and that makes her jumpy which is understandable.

I’ve been waiting since the first book for this story line to end and it was worth the wait. Everything comes together and a few things that happened in the first 3 books are now clear. This book does stand on its own, but it’d be better to read the first 3 if you can.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. It’s a difficult book to put down. Hell to Pay is a good detective mystery with a couple of surprises.

 

 

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Book Review: The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold

17 Apr

Book Title: THE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Series: Matthew Connor Adventure series, Book 2

 

Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

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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. This is the second book in the Matthew Connor Adventure series. Since I’d read the first book, City of Gold, I was looking forward to reading this book.

Matthew Connor is a world-renowned explorer and when he is contacted by a former colleague about possibly finding an unknown pharaoh’s tomb, he’s ready to take a plane to Egypt the following day. Because of the intrigue of such a find, he’s able to talk his best friends, Robyn and Cal, into going with him even though their last adventure had been so dangerous. 

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh is full of adventure and with that adventure is, of course, danger. It also has murder, mystery, and suspense. The characters are unique and interesting but they irritated me a little at times. There’s a love triangle, kind of, that made me think of teenagers rather than adults. And although Cal has the right to be scared at times, his negativity doesn’t help things. They had their good points too, though. I like Cal’s sense of humor even though it isn’t appreciated by the others most of the time. 

I enjoy Carolyn Arnold’s writing and look forward to the next Matthew Connor book. If you like adventure and suspense, you’ll like these books.

 

 

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Excerpt from chapter 9 of The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure series)

 

Robyn had woken up in a hotel room in Cairo. The time difference had messed with her and disrupted her sleep, but she was infused with energy regardless. Or her mind was anyhow. One of her lifelong dreams had finally manifested. She was really in Egypt. At the moment, she was in the hotel restaurant with Cal and Matthew, their luggage beside their table. Matthew’s contact, Alex Leonard, was going to pick them up in the lobby about seven o’clock. They had about half an hour until then.

Robyn sucked back her coffee, hoping that the caffeine would jolt her body into submission.

“Are you going to make it?” Cal quirked an eyebrow, looking at her over his mug.

I’m in Egypt.

“Of course, I will.” She found herself smiling despite her exhaustion.

“Maybe we should have skipped the nightcap,” Matthew teased and smiled back at her. She envied how rested he looked. He was drinking coffee, too, but didn’t have a death grip on his mug like she and Cal did.

“No.” She shook her head. “Being here deserved a toast…or two.”

“I can’t believe I didn’t think of this until now, especially with everything going on with Sophie, but don’t pharaohs’ tombs have curses?” Cal asked out of nowhere. “I know there was one on King Tut’s tomb.” His words relayed more concern than his expression, but maybe that was just because he wasn’t awake enough to project it. He was prone to paranoia, though.

Maybe she could have some fun with this…

Robyn turned to Matthew. “Is now a good time to tell him that curses are standard for Egyptian tombs?”

Matthew frowned. “Probably not.”

“What?” Cal leaned across the table and threw his arms up in the air. “Are you guys being serious?”

Now he was waking up. It took all of Robyn’s self-control not to burst out laughing. What she had said was the truth, but reality had a way of invalidating the curses’ sway.

Cal scowled, and his shoulders sank. “You think I’m being crazy.”

Matthew pinched his fingers together, leaving a small space between them. “Just a little.”

Robyn glanced at Matthew. His belief that some ancient tablets had the power to destroy the world was about as far-fetched as any pharaoh’s curse. Not that she was going to voice her disbelief out loud at the risk of hurting him the way she had in her office.

 

 

 

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: I Can Kill by Angela Kay

5 Apr
I Can Kill
by Angela Kay
Genre: Crime Mystery, Thriller
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I Can Kill, and You Can’t Catch Me…
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These were the last words The Carnations Killer said to FBI Special Agent
Aidan O’Reilly ten years ago before he went into hiding. He has
tortured and murdered fifty women since then and managed to elude
capture. Now, he’s returned once again, and his new hunting ground is
Augusta, GA.
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O’Reilly teams up with Shaun Henderson, the special agent in charge of the
Augusta Resident Agency, to bring this ruthless killer to justice
once and for all. But as each second ticks by, tensions rise and
O’Reilly finds himself in a race against time before the killer slips
away again.
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Testimonial featured on the back of the book:
A gripping new thriller by Angela Kay that pits FBI Special Agent Aidan
O’Reilly against the Carnations Killer, a serial killer who enjoys
playing Cat and Mouse with this formidable agent.”
— Dana Ridenour, retired FBI Agent and award winning author of
Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin
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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 third novel I’ve read by Angela Kay. I really liked her first two novels but I Can Kill is my favorite so far. Aidan O’Reilly is an FBI agent who has been tracking a serial killer, The Carnations Killer, for 10 years. The killer shows up for a few months, killing blondes and taunting Aidan, and then disappears until he shows up somewhere else for a few months. He even asks for Aidan by name because he thinks Aidan is a competent opponent.

The characters are well developed. I could feel Aidan’s mounting tension as he tries to find The Carnations Killer before there’s another murder. I like that his girlfriend supports him and once he confides in her, she has faith in him.

I Can Kill is full of suspense and twists. The reader gets to get a glimpse into the mind of the serial killer while not knowing his identity, which I didn’t figure out. This is a real page turner and I definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for her next novel!

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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.
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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.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter Book 1) by Rachel Amphlett

2 Apr

 

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Author: Rachel Amplett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

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“If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realized.

With her career in jeopardy – desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun….

Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett’s new detective novels today.

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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.

Scared to Death begins with a horrific scene which ends up being what is thought to be a kidnapping gone bad. Detective Kay Hunter’s team is investigating the kidnapping and murder. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and I like her. Her boss is difficult to work for because he doesn’t have faith in her but she’s determined to prove that she knows what she’s doing. 

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. 

With what turns out to be a serial killer on the loose, Scared to Death is full of intrigue as well as some twists. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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Book Review: A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen

31 Mar

A Wolf in the Woods

by Nancy Allen

on Tour March 1-31, 2018

A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062438786 (ISBN13: 9780062438782)
Series: Ozarks Mysteries #4 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | HarperCollins

 

McCown County assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold is prepping an assault case when a girl is found beaten and bloodied at a roadside no-tell motel. Elsie tries to convince the teen to reveal who attacked her, but Mandy is too scared—and stubborn—to cooperate… and then she disappears. Elsie’s positive a predator is targeting the Ozark hills, yet the authorities refuse to believe their small town could be plagued by sex trafficking.

Then middle school student Desiree Wickham goes missing, but only Elsie suspects it could be connected to Mandy’s assault. As she digs deeper into the events leading up to Desiree’s disappearance, she stumbles upon an alarming discovery: local girls are falling prey to a dubious online modeling agency, and never seen again. Elsie shares her concerns with Detective Ashlock and the FBI, but they shut her out.

She takes matters into her own hands and lands an interview with the head of the modeling agency. But when she meets him face-to-face, she discovers the fate of Desiree and Mandy… and becomes his newest captive. Elsie’s desperate to free the girls—and save herself—before the unspeakable happens. And she’s in for the fight of her life.

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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 wanted to read A Wolf in the Woods when I saw that it takes place in southwest Missouri because I’ve lived there most of my life.

Desiree and Taylor are typical teens who don’t recognize danger signs when they have a goal in mind. When they have a chance to become models, they don’t think it’s strange that they’re meeting at Denny’s or even when they end up at a seedy motel, they’re nervous but don’t sense danger. Taylor is smart enough to realize something is wrong and doesn’t go back, but Desiree isn’t as lucky.

Elsie is convinced that Desiree’s disappearance is connected to another case. Mandy was found in a motel beaten up but she won’t talk to the police. Elsie gets enough information out of Mandy to put two and two together, but her boyfriend and cop, Ashlock, won’t listen to her. 

The characters are well developed. Elsie is smart as far as her job as an assistant prosecutor and would make a good detective. She’s not so smart when it comes to men. I didn’t care for Ashlock and the way handles confrontation, or lack of confrontation. 

I like Nancy Allen’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and flows well. A Wolf in the Woods is full of mystery, suspense, and a realistic view of small town America. I definitely recommend A Wolf in the Woods and look forward to reading more of Nancy Allen’s books.

 

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Prologue

A dark haired man lounged behind a battered desk in a second floor room at an EconoMo motel that sat on the highway in flyover country, Missouri. He pulled up Skype on his laptop and studied his own image on the computer screen, rubbing the tattoo that covered his neck. Behind him, the unmade bed was visible on the screen. A thin cotton sheet covered the form of a young girl.

He adjusted the angle to cut her from the shot. The bed disappeared, replaced by beige curtains at the window, hanging askew on the rod.

The place was a dump. He could afford better accommodations, without a doubt. It was business, and business was booming. His greatest challenge was procuring sufficient supply to meet the constant demand.

On the desktop, bottles were scattered near the computer. Alprazolam. Oxycodone. Rohypnol. Diazepam. Three value packs of Benadryl: cherry flavored. A plastic bottle of Aristocrat vodka sat beside a jumbo container of Hawaiian Punch.

As he pushed them aside, the bottle of roofies rolled off the desktop and onto the dirty carpet. He caught it just before it rolled under the dresser.

A ding notified him: his Skype appointment was ready. Right on time. He liked the girls to be punctual.

He hit the button on the mouse and fixed a smile on his face. “Lola! How you doing, baby!”

A giggling girl with a mane of curly blonde hair greeted him onscreen. “Tony, you’re so funny. I’m not Lola, I’ve told you a zillion times.”

“But you look like a Lola. If you want to make it in the modeling trade, you’ll have to project glamour. Drama.” He stretched his arms over his head, displaying muscled biceps covered in ink, and locked his hands behind his neck.

“Cool.” Her eyes shone.

“Leave that country girl persona behind in Podunk. Where are you from again?”

“Barton. Barton, Missouri. Where’s Podunk?”

He laughed, running his hand over his thick hair. “Podunk is where you’re sitting right now. What you’re itching to ditch. How’s life?”

Desiree shrugged, pulling a face.

“They still giving you shit at school, baby?”

She rolled her head back onto her neck. “All. The. Time.”

“And how’s living at home?”

“Lame.”

“Wish you could leave it all behind?”

“Totally.”

The girl turned her head; he heard a whisper from someone off-screen. Sharply, he asked: “Are you alone?”

A second head appeared over Lola’s shoulder. He saw a mixed race girl. She was taller than Lola, but he pegged her at the same age: an adolescent, around fourteen.

And she was a diamond in the rough—a black diamond. Unblemished skin, full lips, high cheekbones. Lola said, “You asked if I had any friends who wanted to meet you.”

He smiled, tapping his hand on the counter. “Who’s this?”

The tall girl looked at her friend, then into the computer. “I’m Taylor Johnson.”

“And you’re interested in modeling?”

She blinked. A nervous twitch. He shot a grin, to reassure her. “You’ve got the bone structure for it.”

The tall girl pinched her lips together. “Maybe. I think so.”

“We’ll need to conduct some auditions by video, maybe an interview, before you can qualify for a live shoot at the agency.”

She looked skittish. He wouldn’t get anything from her today.

“Let’s just get acquainted, okay?” He was about to launch into his patter: find out her story, gain her trust.

But a moan sounded from the bed behind him. The girl was coming around. He glanced over, fearful that she might raise a ruckus that could scare off his new prospects.

Tony picked up his phone. “Aw shit. Call’s coming in from one of our clients. I gotta take it.” He winked and shut off Skype just in time.

In a weak voice, she said, “Tony. Help me. Please, take off the cuffs.”

He sighed. Picking up a dirty plastic cup, he poured a measure of vodka and Benadryl, and topped it off with the red punch.

The girl spoke again, in a pleading tone. “Don’t make me do it, Tony. It hurts.”

He stirred the drink with his finger and walked toward the bed. “Mandy, Mandy. You look like you could use a magic drink, baby. This will fix you right up.”

The girl tried to sit up as he extended the red plastic cup. Tony stared down at her, shaking his head. “What’s that saying? ‘The customer is always right.’ You know what you got to do.”

The girl began to thrash against the mattress. But she was handcuffed to the metal bed frame.

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Excerpt from A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen. Copyright © 2018 by Nancy Allen. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.

 

 

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Nancy AllenNancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney

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Twitter – @TheNancyAllen
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Book Review: The Bockhampton Road Murders by Pat Herbert

12 Mar

 

Sometimes we’re not alone….

What is the dreadful secret hiding behind the front door of an insignificant South London terraced house? Following a triple killing in 1896, a series of murders occur sporadically in the same house, culminating in the murder of the new occupant’s girlfriend over a century later. But is there a connection or are they simply coincidences?

Rev. Bernard Paltoquet, the vicar of the local parish, is determined to find out. He gradually discovers what links the murders and, with the help of his friends Dr MacTavish and medium Dorothy Plunkett, finally unlocks the mystery that has kept 57 Bockhampton Road in the grip of an unidentifiable evil influence for so many years.

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My Review

I’ve read a couple of Pat Herbert’s books in the past so I was happy to review The Bockhampton Road Murders which is the best book of hers I’ve read so far.

The story of 57 Bockhampton Road is as much horror as it is mystery. Horrific murders occur in the house in the late 1800’s. The house is left empty for years, but once the Freemans move in, it’s apparent that there’s something evil in the house. Will Mr. Freeman end up killing his wife?

Rev. Paltoquet does some investigating into what could be happening with the house. Almost every time someone moves in, there’s a murder. He finally contacts a friend who is a medium to see if she can put an end to the murders.

The Bockhampton Road Murders is full of horror, suspense, and drama. This is a difficult book to put down. All the people who move into the house end up experiencing so much grief and horror but eventually I was surprised to learn about Rev. Paltoquet’s heartbreaking past. 

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About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England.  She worked as a typist for a publishing company, based in Blackfriars, then trained to become a Chartered Librarian before working for British Gypsum in London’s West End.  She was always interested in returning to publishing and took on the job of PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books, which owned publishers including Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph and Sphere at the time, before they were taken over by Penguin.

Since then, Pat worked in recruitment and she is currently working part-time for a private cardiac clinic, and writes during her spare time (with her boss’s permission, of course).

Pat loves reading modern crime novels mainly (Peter James, Peter Robinson, Ruth Rendell) and she has an extensive film library.  She was brought up in a cinema as her mother was an usherette, and many of her novel lend themselves to the big screen.

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OTHER NOVELS IN THE REVEREND PALTOQUET MYSTERY SERIES:

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

 

THE BARNEY CARMICHAEL CRIME SERIES:

Getting Away With Murder

The Murder in Weeping Lane

The Mop and Bucket Murders

 

Also by Pat Herbert:

Death Comes Gift Wrapped

 

 

Press/media Contact Details:

 Literary Agent: 

Darin Jewell, Managing Director, The Inspira Group Literary Agency, 5 Bradley Road, Enfield, England  EN3 6ES

Tel.  0208 292 5163

E-mail:  darin@theinspiragroup.com

 

Book Review & Giveaway: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey

7 Mar

Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date: February 2018
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)

 

Description

Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.

The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.

Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.

To read reviews, please visit Barbara Casey’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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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’ve read several books by Barbara Casey including the first 2 books in this series, The Wish Rider and The Cadence of Gypsies. These are my favorites by the author so far so I was happy to read the next book in the series.

The girls have graduated from high school and they’re all going their separate ways. They’re scared of course, like anyone starting college, but they’re so dependent on each other and Carolina that they don’t know how they’ll do. On the plane, they decide that if they can’t cope, they’ll figure out a way to be together. 

All three girls flourish in the different areas they’re gifted in and they even get to go to China over their winter break. Carolina goes with them not only because she was invited but because she needs to protect Mackenzie because she knows that Mackenzie is in some unknown danger.

Even though this is the third book in the series, it definitely stands on its own. In fact, there was so much backstory, that the current story seemed slow to me. They didn’t even make it to China until Chapter 21 out of 24 total chapters.  

Just as the last book focused on finding out about Dara’s birth mother, this book focuses on Mackenzie’s birth parents. She asks Larry to try to find out information about her birth parents. What he finds is intriguing but the final outcome is expected.

I liked The Clock Flower but not as much as the first 2 books. I’m looking forward to reading the next F.I.G. mystery.

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About the Author

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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Book Review & Giveaway: The Antelope Play by Boyd Taylor

14 Feb

 

Book #2 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: July 25, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some minor cursing)

 

Book Description

When Austin native Donnie Cuinn accepts a job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, his boredom and disdain for Velda, a sleepy Texas town, is forgotten when he gets caught up in a struggle over water rights, possible radioactive contamination of the nation’s largest underground fresh water supply, and the violence of an invading Mexican drug cartel. Along the way, Donnie learns to respect the local rancher, whose brother is at the center of the troubles, and to come to terms with the violent death of his young Mexican wife.

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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. This is the second book I’ve read in the Donnie Cuinn series. I read Hero, the first book in the series, about a week ago. The first book was pretty good but I liked The Antelope Play a lot more. 

 

Donnie got a law degree and is now living in the small town of Velda in the panhandle of Texas. He’s grieving after losing his wife, Cecilia, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. In some ways he’s easy to like but he can be a jerk sometimes. I’m hoping that his character will be a little nicer in the next book now that he might possibly be starting to get over losing Cecilia.

 

There is corruption and questionable things going on in the small town of Velda. Donnie ends up in the middle of companies vying to gain water rights in the area. He thinks something fishy is going on and is determined to find out why the water rights are suddenly so important.

 

There’s a lot going on in Velda and Donnie ends up with a lot on his plate but he has a lot of help from his new assistant Maye and some of his clients and new friends. It was difficult to put this book down once I started it. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series!

 

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Meet the Author

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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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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About 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!

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: Engaged in Danger by Barbara Venkataraman

16 Jan

Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn–her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy–but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn’t Jamie just leave well enough alone?

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My Review

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

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books including the Jamie Quinn mysteries. I like her sense of humor and enjoy listening to her books. Engaged in Danger was no exception although the narrator seemed to be really concentrating to get the different voices right, so she ended up just reading the story. The voices were easy to differentiate though.

The story flows well and there is more than one mystery to be solved. Jamie is working on two different mysteries at the same time and the way they twisted and were solved was interesting and unique.

Jamie’s boyfriend Kip isn’t in this book much. They’re still very much in love but he has to go out of the country for work. Duke is Jamie’s go to PI and is a good friend. I didn’t think I’d like him when he was introduced in the first book but he’s a good guy and a good friend.

I definitely recommend this book but I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it rather than listened to it. It’s one of those books that leaves you with a good feeling. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July.”  All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

 

 

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