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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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Book Review: The Mop & Bucket Murders by Pat Herbert

28 Dec

The year is 1961. Barney Carmichael is about to take on his toughest case yet when a mysterious and glamorous woman walks into his office unannounced. Her request is simple: find her son. It is soon clear that the task is far from simple, however. In fact, the more Barney and brother Jim delve into the mystery, the more confusing it becomes. Meanwhile, Barney’s friend, Inspector Tony Halliday of Scotland Yard, seeks his help in solving a series of baffling murders. Charwomen at a big London office block are being picked off, seemingly at random, by an unknown assailant. The Carmichael Private Investigation agency has also taken on a bright new secretary, but when she is determined to do some investigating of her own, she makes a devastating discovery that changes her life forever. This is the third in the Barney Carmichael Private Investigator series.

  

“The Mop & Bucket Murders” by Pat Herbert is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK. 

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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.

Barney Carmichael and his brother Jim have become private investigators and are beginning to realize that most of their cases are going to involve missing pets and spouses wanting information on cheating spouses.

Barney keeps waiting for that one mysterious woman to come looking for help like the woman in The Maltese Falcon. Unfortunately, she’s not what he was hoping for but he’s glad to take on the case of looking for her son, especially with the retainer she gives him. I liked the comparison to The Maltese Falcon and the let down because it is something that we all do at some point: fantasize about a moment to come that is less than what we’d hoped for.

Everyone in this book is so miserable! I know part of it’s the heat but this isn’t a “feel good” book until the very end when everything comes together.

I think the way the cases intertwined was creative and I enjoyed it. At first, I thought it was going to be two separate cases they would be working on and it was interesting to read how they came together. 

I haven’t read the first two books in this series but I’m going to have to read them when I have time. This book does stand on its own and I definitely recommend it if you enjoy a good murder mystery with some twists.

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About the Author

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

In her novels, Pat likes to include all the hallmarks of a traditionally British murder-mystery series including 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: Secrets? by Christer Tholin

22 Dec
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Secrets?
Stockholm Sleuth Series Book 2
by Christer Tholin
Genre: Mystery Crime Thriller
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“Dammit!
She’d made a huge mistake. She’d never make it out of here – they
were going to kill her.”

In the crime novella SECRETS?, fledgling private investigator Elin
Bohlander takes on what looks like an easy assignment — at first:
to determine if her client’s boyfriend is having an affair with
another woman. To do this, Elin follows him to a secluded cabin in
the woods, where she soon discovers that what’s actually
transpiring is stranger than anyone thought. Having ventured too far,
she’s stumbled upon a hornet’s nest and put her life at risk. But
it’s too late. Can Elin win the unequal fight against a gang of
brutal child molesters?
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SECRETS? is the second, standalone book from Christer Tholin’s
Stockholm Sleuth Series.
In the previous novel VANISHED?, Elin and her colleague Lars solve
their first case together.
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If you like fast-paced action and
surprising twists and turns, then you will love Christer Tholin’s
sleuth series.
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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.

Secrets? is a fast read full of action. Elin gets her first independent job as a PI and as would be expected, it’s a woman who suspects her boyfriend is having an affair. She determines that he isn’t and the client is satisfied but Elin’s curiosity gets the best of her. She returns to the cabin that she’d followed him to a couple times and what transpires is much worse than an affair. Not only that but she risks her life.

Although this is a short book, if you like suspense and action, this is a must read! Warning: graphic violence.

 

Vanished?
Stockholm Sleuth Series Book 1
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He could only hope he’d get out of here in one piece.”
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To come to terms with his recent divorce, Martin, an attorney in Berlin, plans a peaceful vacation – two weeks in a Swedish summer house seem to be the solution. It won’t be peaceful, however, and those two weeks will change his life forever. He takes a liking to Liv, a Swedish woman whom he meets in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, they don’t get to have their first date – Liv disappears under mysterious circumstances. Martin begins his search but soon realizes he can’t find Liv in a foreign country by himself. He hires two private investigators, and their discoveries make  everything seem even stranger.
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The complexities in this suspenseful criminal case lead to a hunt across Sweden. Martin comes close to finding answers, but his search lands him in very real danger, eventually leading to the first deaths. Soon he‘s wondering if he can get Liv and himself out of this situation alive.
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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.

Martin decides to take a vacation at a summer home in Sweden just to get away for a couple of weeks after his divorce is final. He runs into Liv a couple of times and she invites him over for coffee. When he arrives, she’s not home and things look a little suspicious. He’s afraid that something has happened to her but no one will listen to him so he takes it upon himself to find her. 

That’s when he hires Lars and Elin. Their investigation turns up some interesting information. But will they find Liv?

There are many twists in Vanished? as well as action and romance. I don’t usually care much for in depth descriptions of places but in this case I did because my grandma was Swedish. Martin is visiting Sweden and the author’s descriptions are good enough that it was almost like I was there. 

If you like a suspenseful crime mystery, you can’t go wrong with Vanished?

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The author grew up in the North of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. Today, he
lives together with his family in Stockholm, Sweden, where he works
as management consultant.


Already for ages he has been a great fan of crime stories and therefore, had
the desire to write his own crime story with the characters acting in
Sweden. This crime-fiction is now available under the title
“Vanished?”.
 
The crime novel starts at a slower pace – like Martin’s holidays, but the
tension goes up more and more. It comes to a number of surprising
turns giving new impulses to the story. Apart from that, the lovely
country Sweden is described with the view of a foreigner.
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Book Review: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder

21 Dec

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About the Book

BEAUTIFUL BILLIONAIRE SOCIALITE.
COLD-BLOODED CORPORATE ASSASSIN.
MCCALL & COMPANY BACK IN BUSINESS.Way-off Broadway actress and NYC PI Kate McCall had promised the police and the Assistant DA—her son—that she was all done investigating any damn thing in New York… Meaning beautiful billionaire socialite Brooke Barrington says someone has stolen her identity and the corporate assassin who murdered Kate’s father has shot the eyes out of the CEO of Superior Press…

Meaning McCall & Company is back in business…

Meaning Kate enlists the help of the eccentric tenants of her brownstone—the House of Emotional Tics—and her melodramatic acting troupe, the Schmidt and Parker Players…

Meaning things spiral hilariously and dangerously out of control…

Meaning she is confronted by Brooke’s demonic identical twin, Bailey, accosted by international counterfeiters, and arrested for impersonating a hooker.

Will Kate stop Bailey from murdering Brooke? Or will she stop Brooke from murdering Bailey? Or will she figure out how to tell one from the other in time to survive the wrath of the Bulgarian mob men hired to protect the counterfeit cash?

And will she finally find her father’s killer?

She might, but it’s going to be a fast, fun, and furious ride.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read Workman’s Complication, the first McCall & Company book, and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading Swollen Identity.

Kate McCall has promised her Assistant DA son that she’s done working as a PI. But when Brooke Barrington wants her to help figure who has stolen her identity and won’t take no for answer, Kate agrees to help her out.

What a ride! There are multiple plot twists and the same unique characters as in the first book. The people in Kate’s building aren’t only her friends, but they’re willing to help her on her cases. They’re all crazy in their own way, but you can’t help but like them all. 

I like Rich Leder’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and fun to read. Swollen Identity was very funny. This is a good book for anyone who likes mysteries and likes to laugh. 

 

About the Author

8304523Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

He has written five funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; Let There Be Linda; and McCall & Company: Emboozlement.

He founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for his funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

Rich loves to hear from writers and readers and replies every chance he gets. You can follow his blog at www.laughriotpress.com/blog

Book Review: Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder

30 Nov

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About the Book

WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Kate McCall’s PI father has been killed and she’s determined to find out what happened to him. Even though she’s an actress at heart, her father leaves her his business in hopes that she’ll keep it going. She reluctantly takes a case to prove insurance fraud and when she feels she’s done all she wants to do, she meets with the client and he brings along his wife and their triplets…how could she not continue to help? 

Kate ends up with three mysteries to solve and she didn’t even want to be a PI. She does do a good job even though she tends to leave a mess behind wherever she goes. I can usually guess what twists might be coming in a novel, but this one caught me off guard. 

I like Rich Leder’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and fun to read. Workman’s Complication was really funny at times. This is a good book for anyone who likes funny mysteries. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Swollen Identity.

 

About the Author

8304523Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

He has written five funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; Let There Be Linda; and McCall & Company: Emboozlement.

He founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for his funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

Rich loves to hear from writers and readers and replies every chance he gets. You can follow his blog atwww.laughriotpress.com/blog

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