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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell

17 Nov

 

 

Author: Kim Cresswell

Narrator: Robin Siegerman

Length: 6 hours and 17 minutes

Series: The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: Kim Cresswell

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

Genre: Thriller; Paranormal

 

 

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

 

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Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018/2019.

Her romantic thriller, Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

Lethal Jouney won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest.

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions, a feature film and TV production company located in Los Angeles, California. The TV series: THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural suspense thriller series: Deadly Shadow (published May 2018), Invisible Truth, Assassin’s Prophecy, and Vision of Fire.

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Narrator Bio

Robin Siegerman was trained as an actor by the acclaimed William Esper in New York, vocally trained by Albert Hague, a Tony award-winning, Broadway composer, and trained in speech and dialects by dialect coach to the stars, Timothy Monich.

Robin has a wide range of voices, accents, dialects and characters to give voice work color. Noteably, in the spring of 2018, she was nominated for the narration of the WWII documentary Harry’s Story in the Best International Performance category at the One Voice Awards in England.

Robin also has extensive on-camera experience as a spokes-person for a series of corporate training videos; a decor expert on various TV and radio broadcasts; a frequently requested keynote speaker at home and consumer trade shows, libraries and private industry events; has hosted her own internet radio show; wrote and voiced a daily home renovation information series for radio; and wrote and voiced a regular feature on green living radio.

Currently Robin writes & produce promo videos with VO for small to medium size businesses, along with narrating audiobooks from her broadcast-quality home studio.

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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 Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by Kim Cresswell before. Deadly Shadow is nonstop emotion and action. The FBI is dealing with two serial killers at once. Victory McClane is on both cases at the same time. One is The Shadow and the other The Wrapper (because he wraps his victims in bubble wrap). Poor Victory is still grieving over the loss of her husband and is throwing herself into her work. But two serial killers is a lot for any FBI agent to deal with!

I like the author’s writing style, it flows well and is easy to follow. The narrator had good timing and inflection. 

The characters are portrayed well. Victoria is a strong woman and is a good FBI agent. I haven’t quite decided how much I like her yet. The other agents seem to respect her and care for her. Although Derrick is an assassin for the government and has done his job well for decades, the more I got to know of him, the more I liked him. 

I was unable to stop listening to Deadly Shadow once I got into it which was chapter 2. 

 

 

 

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

7 Nov

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

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

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

 

 

My Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great quote from the book: 

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

 

 

 

Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun

4 Nov

 

 

 

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

 

 

 

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A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.

As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.

But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.

Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.

Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Let Her Go by D.J. Adamson

30 Oct

Murder. Betrayal. Love Gone Wrong.

With her ability to present clues without giving away the endings and offering surprising twists encouraging the reader to the next page, D. J. Adamson delves into a family tragedy ending up in murder and a teenage daughter missing. When Lillian Dove finds herself involved in the police investigation, she realizes the daughter holds the key to unravel who killed her mother.

It is three days before Christmas when Lillian Dove comes across Dr. Conrad standing out in front of his house, covered in blood. When going inside the house to help other members of his family, she finds his wife killed, his son seriously injured, and his teenage daughter, Peyton Clayton, missing. Even more shocking, the police suspect Dr. Conrad. Understanding how emotional dilemmas have strained the family emboldens Lillian to help Detective Jacque Leveque, Major Crimes Detective for the Frytown Police Department, find the prime witness to the Conrad truths.

Let Her Go is a nerve-wracking exploration into a family lost, and the extent love elicits both the good and the bad. In this Third Step in Personal Recovery Lillian works to find Peyton Clayton, while battling the worse arctic freeze in Frytown’s history, untangling human frailties, and confronting the ghosts of Christmas.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was happy to read Let Her Go because I’d already read Admit to Mayhem and Suppose, both books in the Lillian Dove series, and I enjoyed both of them. 

Lillian Dove has been battling an addiction to alcohol most of her life. She has been sober for over 5 years and has straightened out her life. She worked at the police department but was laid off. After the owner of the local liquor store died, he left Lillian the store and his house. Although it’s ironic that an alcoholic is running a liquor store, she handles it well.

What she hasn’t handled well in the past is relationships. She has slept with the Chief of Police a couple of times but she found out he’s married. His wife has been sick and in a facility for years, but Lillian doesn’t know if she wants to date a man who is technically married. There is also Detective Leveque, a player who she has a like/hate relationship with. Although Lillian is a bit confused at times about men, I think she is handling things better than she thinks. Even Lillian’s relationship with her verbally abusive mother is in the process of changing for the better.

When Lillian is driving by the home of the Conrads, Dr. Conrad is holding a knife and has been stabbed. Of course, Lillian stops and finds that his wife has been murdered, his son is badly injured, and his daughter is missing. It’s a murder mystery that Lillian says she’ll let the police investigate, but her curiosity gets the best of her. There are some good twists in Let Her Go and the big questions are will the murderer be found before someone else dies and where is Dr. Conrad’s daughter?

The author’s writing flows well and made this a quick read. Anyone who enjoys mysteries with twists, humor, and a touch of romance will enjoy Let Her Go.

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Outré, AWARD WINNER of MIDWEST BOOK FESTIVAL 2016 and CLUE AWARD, YA SUSPENSE.

D. J. Adamson is the author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and Outré, a science fiction-suspense YA. She is the editor of Le Coeur de l’Artiste, a newsletter which reviews authors and their work. She also teaches writing and literature at Los Angeles colleges. And to keep busy when she is not writing or teaching, she is the Membership Director of the Los Angeles Sisters in Crime, Vice President of Central Coast Sisters in Crime and an active member of the Southern California Mystery Writers. Her books can be found and purchased in bookstores and on Amazon. To find her, her blog L’Artiste, or newsletter go to http://www.djadamson.com. Make friends with her on Facebook or Goodreads.

Adamson “weaves this suspenseful tale that grabs the reader like the tornado at its core. It starts out slow, like a train leaving the station, then accelerates to a feverish pace, leaving you in a sweat.”

Book Review & Giveaway: The House Always Wins by Brian Rouff

26 Oct

 

House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian RouffThe House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Publisher:  Huntington Press (Oct 3, 2017)
Category: Paranormal Romance, Ghosts, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas Mystery
Tour dates:Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1944877064
Available in Print and ebook, 324 pages

House Always Wins

Anna Christiansen’s small-town life is about to go haywire. A young reporter stuck in a dead-end job, Anna falls head over heels for an interview subject, the bass player in an up-and-coming alt band. In short order, she pulls up stakes, moves to Las Vegas, gets married and pregnant, and buys a big fixer-upper haunted by the ghost of a Sin City racketeer.

That’s when Anna gets notice from a corrupt casino owner that he’s buying up all the properties on her street to make way for a parking lot. But Anna has poured her heart and soul into the house and digs in hard to fight the system — not the easiest of tasks in a city where bribery, mayhem, and murder are standard operating procedures.

Can Anna’s tough-guy ghost provide the help she needs to prevail in this dangerous cat-and-mouse game? Will Anna’s life be left in ruins? Or worse?

 

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

When I first saw this book I thought to myself, “Oh no not another Vegas themed book. That has been done to death.” However, after reading the description and a few reviews, I thought it sounded different.  After reading it, I can now say it is a fresh perspective.

Anna is a reporter in a small town and falls for a bass player, Aaron, who she interviews.  You can tell her ideas of love are that of many women who were raised in the “Cinderella complex.”  Fall in love and get saved by a man, live happily ever after.  However, as usually happens, it doesn’t work out this way.  In fact, Anna becomes a strong female protagonist and fights for what’s hers.

Anna and Aaron move to Las Vegas and buy a fixer upper house that is haunted.  Instead of running away, Anna befriends the ghost.  When a corrupt casino owner wants to buy the house, Anna gets ready for battle.  There is no way she is going to sell the house she poured her sweat into.  The ghost is able to help her in an unexpected way.

‘The House Always Wins’ is well written with great characters that jump off the page and draw the reader in.  It is filled with humor, mystery, coming of age, and a ghost.  There is also some romance.  There is really something for everyone, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a great story, both male and female.  I give it a solid 5 stars.  I definitely want to read more by Brian Rouff!

 

 

Praise for The House Always Wins

 

Finalist, American Fiction Awards, Romance: Paranormal category

 

“It’s pure Vegas, told from an insider’s perspective.”- Anthony Curtis, Huntington Press

“A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine―from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Rouff spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost’s personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn’s bris explained to her―which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too.”-Kirkus Reviews

“Paragraphs are replete with uproariously sarcastic similes, metaphors, and tongue-in-cheek comments. Narrative hooks, drama, unexpected openings, and cliffhanging chapter endings keep the story flowing. Complicated situations, including confrontations with neighbors and pressure from the casino, build to a significant and unanticipated climax. A fun read from beginning to end, The House Always Wins is an attractive romance with a unique ghostly touch.”-Clarion Foreword Reviews, 5 stars

“Author Brian Rouff has dreamed up a fun little tale, which he describes in a release as “part coming-of-age saga, part mystery and part ghost story.” When it comes to Nevada stories, Rouff knows his stuff. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than 35 years and has also written the Las Vegas-based novels Dice Angel and Money Shot.”- C. Moon Reed, Las Vegas Weekly

“Brian Rouff’s writing of The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story is impressive. It’s a charming, fast-paced story beautifully narrated by the main character, Anna. It contains wit, mystery, and a bit of nostalgia. Meyer reminisces about his racketeering life and how developed Las Vegas has become. Anna is a strong-minded person who possesses a sense of humour, even when her problems are serious. I thought the road trip was interesting, also the descriptions of the communities that had seen changes, for better or for worse. The author has shown the other side of Las Vegas in this must-read novel.”- Michelle Stanley, Readers’ Favorite

 

 

About the AuthorHouse Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Award winning author, Brian Rouff was born in Detroit, raised in Southern California, and has lived in Las Vegas since 1981, which makes him a long-timer by local standards. When he’s not writing articles, screenplays and Las Vegas-based novels such as “Dice Angel,” “Money Shot,” and “The House Always Wins,” he runs Imagine Communications, a marketing and public relations firm. He is also a regular contributor to Living-Las-Vegas.com.

On a personal note, Brian is married with two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys movies, playing guitar and the occasional trip to the casino buffet line.

Website: http://brianrouff.com/
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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrianRouffAuthor/

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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: Cash Kills by Nanci Rathbun

25 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Apr. 24, 2018

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A double murder. A mysterious inheritance. One PI is about to follow the money all the way into a den of thieves…

After surviving a bullet, Angelina Bonaparte was certain she could handle any case that came her way. But when her next client walks through the door with an unexplainable seven-figure inheritance after the death of her parents, the private investigator wonders if she’s in over her head. After all, when she visits her client’s family attorney, Angelina discovers yet another bloody crime scene.

With the help of her new flame, Angelina follows the clues into an underworld of war-plundered artifacts, stolen treasures, and deadly consequences. As their last lead grows colder, the PI must catch the killer before an endless cycle of murderous greed gets her client killed.

Cash Kills is the second book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like hard-as-painted-nails female detectives, historical mysteries, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s loaded crime thriller.

Buy Cash Kills to follow the money trail to a sassy, suspenseful mystery today!

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Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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Q&A With Narrator Kieren Calland Metts
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • No, I don’t think it’s essential. But then that might be because I don’t have a background in theatre, hah. I have had vocal training and sang for many years, so I understand how important it is to breathe properly and take care of my voice. All that aside, the most important thing is to be able to tell an engaging tale.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Oh yes! I’m edging toward 1,000 titles in my Audible account and I’ve even listened to most of them! I enjoy the freedom to do other things while listening to a book — gardening, cleaning and, especially, heading out on a road trip.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I was drawn immediately to the main character, Angelina Bonaparte. She’s feisty 50-something private investigator who has great taste in clothes and cars — and a sexy boyfriend, too. I kinda want to BE Angie.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • I love to work with authors — the book is their baby, after all, and I want to make sure my performance reflects their thinking when they wrote it.
  • Who are your “accent inspirations”?
    • I have a list of narrators who I think do great accents and sometimes I listen to excerpts of their work several times, absorbing the effect. Interestingly, the best accents to my ear are very light — mostly just a hint to highlight a character’s personality and distinguish them from other characters.
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • Angie is closest to my natural voice. I chose a low but slightly intense voice for Wukowski because he’s a taciturn, troubled guy. His partner tends to be a little hyper, so I went with a higher, faster tone for him. Angie’s aunt is a little older and pious, so I gave her softer, slightly shaky voice.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • I do read them. So far, I’ve found most of them very helpful and have made changes in my performances after reading criticisms of things such as my character voices or pacing.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • First, I tell them to think about folks who have limited or no sight. Are they cheating or not “really” reading? Besides, the performance simply adds another layer to the experience.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun

16 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller.

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

 

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Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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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 Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Truth Kills is a cozy mystery in which the lead character is not your typical one. Angelina Bonaparte is a in her fifties, is divorced, has grown children, and is a PI. She doesn’t need a man but doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life alone either. She has a “bozo” ex-husband and there’s a touch of romance with another man or two in this book that makes the story even more interesting.

The mystery in Truth Kills is pretty cut and dried and there aren’t any big surprises. It’s still an enjoyable read (or listen) because of the author’s humor and the character’s views on life. Being her age, I can identify with her well. The other characters are memorable and many of them aren’t what I’d consider “normal.” Her friends are quirky but the other people Angelina meets on the case have some warped views. 

The narrator has a nice voice to listen to and did a good job with flow and timing. I was also able to distinguish between the different people and enjoyed a couple of her accents.

I enjoyed listening to Truth Kills and I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the Angelina Bonaparte series, Cash Kills, hopefully tomorrow!

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

10 Oct

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Aug 28, 2018
Narrator: Mike Alger
Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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My Review

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

I have read several books by Lauren Carr including Kill and Run  and A Fine Year for Murder in which Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are the main characters so I was looking forward to listening to this book. Thorny Rose Mysteries contain some of the same characters as the  Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac Faraday is Jessica’s father so reading these mysteries are like a continuation of those. They all fit together and are fun to read.

I like Lauren Carr’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and she doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy descriptions. The dialogue is especially enjoyable. There are quite a few characters in this book, as in the other Thorny Rose Mysteries but they’re easy to keep track of because I know so many of them from previous books. If I were a new reader, I’d probably have to keep a list of them in order to not get confused.

Murphy and Jessica have only been married about a year but now that she’s in school, they’re having a rough time trying to find together time. When Murphy is picking up pizza for dinner one night, he runs into an old buddy and they decide to meet the next morning because his friend wants to talk to him about something. Just as Murphy gets to the park, his friend is shot and killed. Suddenly, he and Jessica are embroiled in mystery and murder. And then Murphy disappears. Will they find him in time?

The narrator does a good job narrating the story.  He has a good voice for narrating and does a good job with clarity and pace.

Murder by Perfection is a page turner and is another fine whodunit that will keep you guessing and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. It will also stand alone without reading the previous books, but I suggest reading the books in order.

 
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Meet the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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Book Review: The Possession of November Jones by Pat Herbert

5 Sep

Book 3 (Revised Edition) in the Rev. Paltoquet Supernatural Murder Mystery series

 

About the Book:

Towards the end of the 19th Century, two young mothers meet violent ends in a large South London house. Reverend Bernard Paltoquet and Dr Robbie MacTavish, together with their friend, clairvoyant Dorothy Plunkett, are drawn into these tragic events, when young November Jones walks into Robbie’s surgery in the late autumn of 1962. What is the mystery surrounding her and why is a restless spirit trying to communicate through her?

The disused cellar in the house she rents seems to hold the answer.

Meanwhile, two senior citizens are wandering in and out of Bernard’s vicarage trying to find answers of their own.

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My Review

I’m in the process of reading the Bernard Paltoquet books in order. I enjoy the stories and this one was no exception. I like seeing how the relationships evolve between Bernard and his friends Robbie and Dorothy as well as his housekeeper. And there’s always a mystery that includes the paranormal which makes it an interesting read. Even better, this book would also stand on its own.

The Possession of November Jones starts in the late 1880s with a couple of unsolved murders. Then it fast forwards to the 1960s with the possession of November (Nova) Jones who is living in the same house where the murders occurred. It takes Nova and Bernard and his friends as well as a couple of elderly women who have been living on the street to figure out who is possessing Nova and why.

The characters are interesting and well developed. The friendship between Bernie and Robbie is very close. They have gotten to the point that they can discuss just about anything. Robbie has accepted the fact that Dorothy just considers him a friend and encourages Bernie to step up and propose to her. Now that she’s back after 14 years, will they finally get together?

The characters in the 1880s aren’t complex like the characters in the 1960s. The girls are naïve which is ironic since they had been working on the streets. On the other hand, the men are evil.

I enjoyed The Possession of November Jones and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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OTHER NOVELS IN THE REVEREND PALTOQUET MYSTERY SERIES:

The Bockhampton Road Murders

Haunted Christmas

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

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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 novels lend themselves to the big screen.

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THE POSSESSION OF NOVEMBER JONES can be ordered in paperback from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Possession-November-Reverend-Paltoquet-supernatural/dp/1944156690

 

THE POSSESSION OF NOVEMBER JONES can also be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Possession-November-Reverend-Paltoquet-supernatural-ebook/dp/B07GPXP97R

 

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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: Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray

10 Aug

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When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Ribbon-theres-secrets-digging-ebook/dp/B07F9CC32X/

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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.

Brooke starts life moving from foster home to foster home. When she’s old enough to leave, she moves to a new town and is fortunate enough to find Nico who turns out to be like a father to her. With his help, she’s able to turn into a strong, independent woman and even starts attending college.

Then Brooke is attacked, and it starts a chain of events that will change her life. She wants to find out who attacked her, and she and PI Rod Morgan end up investigating not only her attack but murders that he thinks are related. There are several twists along the way, and the story is one difficult to put down. I had to find out what was going to happen next!

I definitely recommend this book especially if you enjoy a good murder mystery.

 

 

About Roger Bray

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

 

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