Book Review: Tattoos & Clues by Trixie Silvertale

A beachside stroll. A deadly discovery. Will this psychic sleuth swim or sink?
Mitzy wishes she could turn a blind third-eye to her hit-or-miss powers. Instead, while taking her fiendish feline for a walk, they make a stomach-churning find on shore. Despite her loss of appetite, she can’t help but get a closer look at the unique ink etched into the corpse…

Before she can track down the killer, Mitzy must sweet-talk her way off the sexy sheriff’s suspect list. And once again her meddling Ghost-ma is dying to interfere with the case. But when the trail leads to dangerous smugglers who shoot first and don’t ask questions, she could end up in over her head…

Can Mitzy uncover the truth, or will hers be the next body to float to the surface?

Tattoos and Clues is the second book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunits.

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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 read Fries & Alibis, the first book in this series, and I really enjoyed it so I was happy to read this book when it was available.

Mitzy Moon had a rough life until her grandmother leaves her an inheritance. Funny thing is, she didn’t even know about her grandmother. Now, she’s getting to know her Grams in ghost form and has started a relationship with the father she never knew. Life couldn’t be any better.

Mitzy finds a body on the beach and immediately calls the sheriff. Even though she’s told to let the police handle the murder investigation, she can’t help herself, especially when she finds out who the victim is. Even after Mitzy’s life is in danger she continues to search for the killer.

These books are quick and fun reads. Mitzy is unique, funny, and determined. Her Grams and her inherited cat are strange but loveable. The people she meets in Pin Cherry Harbor are also quite interesting. Especially the sheriff (in Mitzy’s opinion, anyway).

I enjoyed Tattoos & Clues and definitely recommend it, especially if you like lighthearted murder mysteries. I can’t wait for the next Mitzy Moon mystery!

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About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: Fries & Alibis by Trixie Silvertale

A gift that’s too good to be true. A murder she didn’t commit. A barista in a latte trouble…

Mitzy Moon believes she’s an orphan, so she’s dumbstruck when a special delivery to her low-rent apartment reveals a family. But her shock turns to awe when she discovers her grandmother left her a fortune and a bookshop of rare tomes brimming with magic.

No sooner does she set foot in the quirky village of Pin Cherry Harbor to claim her inheritance, than the handsome sheriff catches her standing over a corpse. Desperate to prove her innocence, she’s forced to accept help from her granny’s entitled cat and a spirit from beyond the grave.

Can Mitzy and her otherworldly helpers uncover the real killer before the long, sexy arm of the law hauls her to jail?

Fries and Alibis is the first book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like amateur sleuths, small town intrigue, and a dash of the supernatural, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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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.

Trixie Silvertale has a great sense of humor that shines through in this first Mitzy Moon book. Mitzy’s antics and independence make Fries & Alibis a delight to read.

Poor Mitzy Moon has had a rough life. She’s an orphan after her mom died and after getting out of foster care, she goes from one job to another and one party to another…until the day she receives an inheritance from the grandmother she never knew she had!

Soon after Mitzy arrives in Pin Cherry Harbor, she realizes that she’s “home.” Not only does she own her own bookshop but she’s getting to know her Grams. So what if she’s a ghost? There are a few glitches: her grandfather was just murdered and her father was convicted of murder years ago. But Mitzy takes it upon herself to investigate these murders.

It seems odd to include humor and murder in the same sentence, but those two words definitely fit in this instance. Mitzy is unique, funny, and determined. The people she meets in Pin Cherry Harbor are also quite interesting. Especially the sheriff (in Mitzy’s opinion, anyway).

I enjoyed Fries & Alibis and definitely recommend it, especially if you like lighthearted murder mysteries. I can’t wait for the next Mitzy Moon mystery!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noises.

Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden.

Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

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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 sold a lot of Tess Gerritsen books when I owned a bookstore, and I enjoyed Rizzoli & Isles on TV, so I was looking forward to reading this book.

Shape of Night is a paranormal psychological thriller. It’s not what I expected, but after a few pages I was hooked.

Ava is full of guilt because of something that happened in Boston, so she moves into Brodie’s Watch for a few months to get away. It’s a big old house that was once owned by Captain Brody who died at sea many years ago. Because they’re doing some construction on it, the rent is affordable and she relishes the time alone to write her newest cookbook.

Ava drinks a lot to help ease the pain of her guilt, so when she sees the ghost of Captain Brody, she’s not sure if he’s real or a figment of her imagination. As she learns more about the house’s past, she realizes that Captain Brody isn’t only real, but that she may be in danger.

The characters in Shape of Night are realistic and flawed just like real people. Ava has a drinking problem, hasn’t had a decent relationship with a man, and is holding a big secret that is tearing her apart. Even though she’s a mess, I liked he. Just like in any small town, the townsfolk are gossips and there are secrets that are kept from outsiders. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to when I started it. It kept my interest throughout, I like Tess Gerritsen’s writing style, and there was more than one twist which is always great. It also has a good ending.

About the Author

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

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

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

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

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

Website http://www.tessgerritsen.com/

Book Review: The Long Shadow by Pat Herbert

The evil presence of Jack the Ripper crosses generations and casts its malevolent shadow over the lives of others

 

 

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When Fiona and James Brett move into their fashionable London home, they discover the attic room harbours a dark and deadly secret. James locks himself away inside, ostensibly to take up oil painting, but he soon becomes moody, even violent. Local prostitutes are being attacked, and then the Bretts’ Polish cleaner is murdered. Another murder soon follows and this time it is even more close to home. James’s former lover is found mutilated, mirroring the Whitechapel killings of over a century ago. Could James be responsible, or is the evil of Jack the Ripper’s crimes casting its shadow over him?

 

 “The Long Shadow” by Pat Herbert is available in paperback from Amazon at:

 

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My Review

 I’m always happy to read books by Pat Herbert. I have read quite a few and the mixture of mystery with a touch of paranormal intrigues me. 

The Long Shadow is about a haunted room in a big old house. People often see a shadow in the corner of the room and wonder if someone or something is there. I think we’ve all thought we saw something move in the shadows at some point and that made this story quite scary.

James and Fiona Brett feel lucky when they’re able to buy their house for well under market value. Ronnie was James’s father’s significant other and since his father was convicted of murdering a prostitute, Ronnie wants nothing to do with the house. In fact, she didn’t really want to sell it to James and Fiona because of the evil in one of the rooms that she believes changed her husband into a killer. She tells them never to enter the room and even takes the key so they can’t get in.

James finds another key and decides to make the room his study. He spends all of his spare time in it and becomes an angry and evil man. Fiona believes that he’s been possessed by evil because his personality has completely changed. He’s even changed in bed. He used to be a gentle and caring lover but now he’s rough and has even raped her. Could the same thing that happened to his father happening to him?

The characters are well developed for the most part. I felt like I got to know Fiona and James quite well. She puts up with a lot after they move into the house and some people might wonder why she stayed with James so long but many of us still believe in the sanctity of marriage, for better or for worse.

 

 

About the Author

 

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin. 

 

Pat has published fourteen murder-mysteries novels previously including:

Reverend Paltoquet Supernatural Mystery Series

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

 

Barney Carmichael Murder-Mystery Series

Getting Away With Murder
The Murder in Weeping Lane
The Mop & Bucket Murders

 

Also by Pat Herbert

Death Comes Gift Wrapped

 

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

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Pat Herbert’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review & Giveaway: Another Kind of Magic by Elizabeth Davies

 

“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

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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.

Another Kind of Magic is the third book in a trilogy and I didn’t read the first two books but I didn’t have any trouble with this one so it does stand on its own. 

Caitlyn is a familiar meaning she is a woman who turns into a cat and she has to do the bidding of her mistress. Her current mistress is Lady Joan who is married to Llewelyn, Prince of Wales. She is ruthless and when she decides that she’s in love with William, a married man, Caitlyn is expected to do all she can to help her get her man. 

Hugh is a warrior who is supposed to protect William so Caitlyn spends enough time with Hugh that she ends up falling in love. Will she be able to finally find a way to end the curse and be able to live as her own woman and be able to love Hugh like she wants?

I always enjoy historical fiction that is based on actual facts. The author notes at the end of this book that many of the characters were actual people who lived in the thirteenth century. Since I enjoyed the last book in this trilogy, I’m going to have to go back and read the first two books!

 

 

 

Author Bio –

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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Website – www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk

Twitter  – @bethsbooks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethDaviesAuthor/

Instagram – @elizabethdavies.author

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Book Review & Giveaway: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson

Book Title: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson
Category: Adult fiction, 268 pages
Genre: Thriller, Sci-fi
Publisher: Clean Reads
Release date: July 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 15 to Nov 9, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There’s a few graphic scenes with violence, alluded to adult situations as far as sex is concerned. But no real profanity and anything explicit)

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Trapped on Naples Island, Eddie Dees does everything he can to hold his family together. A supernatural storm is feeding on people’s fear and paranoia. The more people turn on each other, the stronger it becomes.

Believing there are small, systematic breaks in the storm, he plans to make his way off the island with as many residents as possible. But he must first deal with the crazed gunman roaming the streets as well as another growing threat: Klutch, a violent army vet suffering PTSD, has recruited a band of followers who believe the storm is a weaponized weather experiment gone awry. Klutch plans on stopping anyone from leaving the island, and one of his followers is Eddie’s own teenage son.

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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.

Storm Taken is about the people who live on Naples Island where there is a storm unlike any storm that has been witnessed before. It is contained to the island and it is deadly. If anyone tries to leave or enter the island, they are killed with lightning. 

Eddie Dees is a resident of Naples Island and notices that since the storm started, things are going missing everywhere. People are at each others’ throats thinking that their neighbors are stealing from them. With no electricity and no way off the island the residents are either going to kill each other or have to band together to figure out how to get off the island. And it seems that their time is running out because the dark clouds above the island are descending.

This story is a little slow to get started but about a third of the way through, it gets good. The characters are well developed and the author does a good job of portraying them as actual people might react. 

My favorite paragraph at the end of the book: “We have so little time here with those we love, and sometimes — for reasons we don’t know — they’re taken from us…I suppose the best we can do is love the time that we have with them and let them go when the time is right.”

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Meet the Author

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he’s not writing, he’s probably at the beach.

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

 

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/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrianRouff
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrianRouffAuthor/

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