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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 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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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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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett

9 Sep

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Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 6

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Released: July 4, 2018

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While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.


When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

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

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

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

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

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

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a severed foot is found so not only do they have to find a murderer but they need to find the rest of the body. What starts out as one murder case quickly turns into possible serial murders. Kay is concerned they won’t catch the murderer in time before there’s another victim. Will they find the perp in time?

I enjoy these books. Although they’re about the same investigators, each case is quite a bit different. I like Kay Hunter. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and her team is cohesive, supportive of each other, and are close enough that they can joke around occasionally. 

 Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. Gone to Ground is a detective mystery with an interesting but surprising end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I hope there are more Kay Hunter books on the horizon.

 

 

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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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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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Book Review & Giveaway: Psycho in Paradise by Deborah Brown

3 Aug

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In the Florida Keys, you have to take the shady with the sunny. And Tarpon Cove has more than fifty shades of shady going on.

Shady No. 1: When Brad is caught with the dead body of his crazy ex-girlfriend—a body he swears was planted—the Westin family gathers to plan a strategy. That family now including Fab, Didier, and Creole by default.

Shady No. 2: Fab is having a hard time keeping her promise to go legit. It’s not her fault she tends to attract clients who want their problems solved without getting the cops involved. Trying to keep her reined in is a full-time job, and a thankless one, since Madison keeps getting roped in on “easy” jobs that wind up getting the kind of messy that require specialized cleanup.

Shady No. 3: Ferreting out the info needed to save Brad means using sources so deep in the friend-of-a-friend network they’re anonymous.

The only thing not shady is Creole’s love. Madison’s kept her promise never to lie to him. Mostly. But when the killer wafts like smoke through the cracks in the investigation, it reminds her she should’ve eaten dessert first more often.


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!”

Available to buy from…..

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

Brad, Madison’s brother, is caught with the body of his dead crazy ex-girlfriend in his new SUV. Although his family knows that he’s innocent, it’s going to be difficult to keep him out of prison unless they can figure out who killed her. The police are investigating, but Fab and Madison feel the need to get involved, which has both good and bad consequences.

Both Madison and Fab are engaged and I’ve been waiting for a wedding. It looks like one is finally on the horizon. And there a couple new family members! The Paradise books are fun to read but they also tend to tug at your heartstrings. What more could you want from a book when it can make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page?

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

 

 



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.

 

“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

 

“Deborah Brown has done it again. I don’t think I could ever get tired of Madison, Fab, and the rest of the gang. These books are always laugh out loud funny and this one is no different. Psycho in Paradise has plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning pages. It’s filled with adventure, suspense, thrills, and fun characters. It’s impossible to put down.”

Above reviews from Amazon

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Also available in the Paradise Series

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About the Author


I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

Find the author on the following sites…

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Audiobook Review: Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? by Celine Rose Mariotti

12 Jul

AUTHOR: Celine Rose Mariotti
NARRATOR: Victoria Phelps

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bobby MacAllister and Noel Simpson are cousins, who visit their Uncle Eb in Maine for the summer. There they embark on an adventure to discover the story of their ancestors and the secrets of the ghost, Olivia, who stays in the house. Together, with family friends and partners from the town, they uncover the truth of a long lost love story. 

Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? is a fun fiction chapter book for children aged 7 to 10. Will you be inspired to learn about your ancestors’ past like Bobby and Noel? 

 

Available on Amazon.

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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.

Bobby and Olivia are cousins who are visiting Uncle Eb for the summer. The house he lives in has been in the family for many years. When they meet the ghost Olivia, they’re intrigued rather than scared. They decide to learn more about her then decide that they want to help her. Will they succeed in helping Olivia to move on? What secrets will be revealed? How many more ghosts are in the old house?

Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? is a good ghost story for children to listen to or read. Even though ghosts are involved, they’re nice ghosts, so it’s not a story that will keep children up at night. There’s also part of the story that touches on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era. 

The narrator did a good job with pace and timing. There were a few times when she didn’t change voices. For example, once when a grownup was talking, the voice didn’t change when Bobby started talking.

I recommend Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? for children who enjoy stories that are mysteries or are about ghosts.

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown

6 Jul

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I’ve come a long way since inheriting my Aunt Elizabeth’s Tarpon Cove house and her beach cottages full of quirky residents. I strap a Glock to my thigh as easily as I slip into flip-flops.

Even Fab is going legit… mostly. When she’s hired to investigate some high-end boat thefts in Biscayne Bay, I go along to do what I do best. Chat up the help to get the real story.

Neither of us expected the case to explode—literally—and take out one of Miami’s richest men. And possibly a mistress, though no one’s found her body floating among the bits and pieces.

Somewhere in the Miami upper-crust’s phony smiles and even phonier alibis there’s someone who wanted to see Marshall Sacks dead. Someone willing to ruin Fab’s and my lives to keep their secret. It’ll take calling in every favor I’m owed to keep us out of trouble.


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!”

 

Available to buy from…..

Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Paperback  Barnes & Noble

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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 love these characters! They’ve become like old friends and I’m always looking forward to the next book in the series. It amazes me how Deborah Brown can continue to come up with new and exciting adventures for Madison and Fab. They’re always getting into scrapes but somehow seem to be able to get themselves out of trouble. I like how both girls have grown as individuals and also in their relationships.

It’s obvious from the title of this book that something blew up…it was a boat and Madison and Fab happened to witness it from afar when they were on another case. There was one fatality and they’re going to find out who killed the victim. And is someone trying to set them up? At the same time, a neighbor’s dog has gone missing and Fab promises that they will find the dog. Both of these cases end up being bigger and more complicated than they expected. There’s also a twist or two which makes things interesting.

As usual, Madison and Fab and their boyfriends and a wide cast of quirky characters make Blownup in Paradise a fun read. And I loved the ending! I’m getting ready to start reading the next book in the series which I just got yesterday!

 

 



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.


“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”


“This fabulous duo exudes so much sassiness and strong willed characteristics that I absolutely cannot get enough of.”

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Read an excerpt HERE

 

 

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Also available in the Paradise Series

 

Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)

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About the Author


I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

Find the author on the following sites…

Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+
Goodreads Amazon Author page

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Book Review & Giveaway: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

29 Jun

 

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Title: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
Author: R.J. Garcia
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 326
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

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Summary:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff. Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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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.

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced is about some kids in a small town in Indiana who find each other to get through some rough times and to figure out a mystery while they’re at it. In fact, the mystery makes a lot of things make more sense.

Tommy Walker has been through a lot in his short life. Now, he and his little sister have been taken away from their mom because she can’t stay off drugs. Luckily, their uncle is willing to take them in. Tommy’s mom has always told him that her parents are evil but when he meets them for the first time he thinks they seem like a couple of harmless old people. Could they really be so bad? He thinks she believed that but she was just a teen when she left. 

Tommy’s new neighbor is Finn and they become friends quickly. Tommy realizes that Finn has had a rough life as well and still has to deal with his abusive stepfather who happens to be the sheriff. 

These boys and their friend Silence didn’t really get to be kids. They’re all responsible for taking care of someone. So it’s an escape when they meet on Saturday nights in the woods. For that short time, they get to be kids and have a good time. And they’re at that age when puberty kicks in so now they’re also having to deal with new feelings. Poor Tommy doesn’t know how he feels about any of the girls who show interest in him.

R.J. Garcia does a great job of relating the thoughts and feelings of Tommy and Finn. The boys have been through so much and are so responsible for their age, yet immature when it comes to relationships. And, of course, they are teens so they do get into a little trouble.

Between the normal teenage turmoil, the dysfunctional families, and the town secrets, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced was difficult to put down. When a book makes you laugh, makes you cry, and has a good ending, what more could you ask for? I definitely recommend Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced.

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“This YA contemporary story opens with intrigue(like its cover!) and adds suspenseful layers all the way to the tumultuous end.” – Christina Dwivedi
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“This novel is not teen angst, but the excitement of young love—the madness and muddle of thinking the wrong thing, the shame and mortification of saying it. Words are analyzed before spoken, parsed and reconsidered and judged and considered again. The author’s brilliance is in hearing the thoughts of her characters so clearly.” – Amazon Reviewerx

“RJ Garcia’s twisting tale navigates the lives of a fringe group of teens who discover some of the most sinister secrets exist in the cracks of idyllic small-town life. Reminiscent of the mood and haunting tone of VC Andrews’ greatest novels, the plot toes a line between the eerie and the downright horrific with characters that jump off the page and into your heart.” – Amazon Reviewer

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R.J. Garcia is a wife, and proud mom of two smart kids. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Book Review & Giveaway: Bitten by Alan Moore

21 Jun

Book Title: Bitten by Alan Moore
Category: Adult Fiction, 430 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 4 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: R (Book contains profanities, intermittent sex and violence, incl. one violent sex episode, together with scenes of explicit disaster, distress and death)

 

Book Description:

In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.

In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.

All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.

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

This is a difficult book to review. It has two separate plots and the only way that they’re related is through some of the characters. Speaking of characters, there are a lot of them and it took me quite a while to keep them all straight. There wasn’t a lot of character development, I’m sure because there were so many and there was so much going on.

Claudia is an ecologist who specializes in mosquitoes. She works for an institute in Rome but is sent to Florence and Venice to collect specimens of mosquitoes because it seems that they’re growing in size. There have also been vicious attacks by mosquitoes and the attacks are growing in size and frequency. 

At the same time, a sixteenth century painting has surfaced and an art expert has been commissioned by the Mafia to authenticate the painting. The painting is part of a big arms deal and with all of the criminals involved, it’s questionable if the painting will even make it to Italy to be authenticated. Two undercover agents want to submit the highest bid for the painting so that they can take down some of the big players in the Mafia.

Bitten is a book that is difficult to put down because you want to find out what is going to happen. Unfortunately, while one of the plots had a lot of twists and a good result, the other one was horrifying but a bit lacking at the end. 

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Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.
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