Posts Tagged: mystery

May 07
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Whack Job

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Whack Job

Huzzuh! Elliott Lison is back and if you haven’t read the first book in the series, Board Stiff, don’t worry because it’s not necessary to have done so in order to enjoy Whack Job. While Kendel Lynn does touch upon some events from Board Stiff, it’s nothing I would consider a spoiler. Narrative is first person via Elliott and she’s a trustworthy narrator. You might feel a bit frustrated with the way Elliott is portrayed; some might even classify her as a bit clumsy and one might question what Lynn’s intentions are by portraying Elliott that way. Others might point out that Elliott’s actions are ridiculous and over the top, but I don’t see it that way. In all honesty, I see her more as your average woman who isn’t… Read more »

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Apr 01
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin

LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin is the third book in the Headlines in High Heels series. If you haven’t read the series before it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Small Town Spin. Walker does give us a bit of background information that occurs in the first two books, but nothing that I would consider a spoiler. What I really enjoyed about Small Town Spin was how different it read from the previous two full length novels. Walker gets personal with Nichelle and here we are given more than a passing glance at Nichelle’s life outside the newsroom. It’s no secret that I adore Joey and Joey fans will rejoice every time he makes an appearance. I just love how Walker makes us blush, laugh, and squeal… Read more »

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have someone special in your life, I hope you have a lovely day. If you don’t, never fear! It’s also International Book Giving Day and to celebrate both, I’m giving away books and chocolate! First up is Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire. I’ve made no secret of my love for Shane and this book is special to my heart because it was Valentine’s Day last year that I met Shane! So one lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Tempting and a box of chocolates. The next two books up for grabs are also by Jessica Lemmon: Can’t Let Go (prequel novella) and Hard to Handle and they’ll be gifted via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I’ll mail you a box of chocolates to… Read more »

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Jan 07
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Unemployed former police officer Davis Way is down on her luck when she gets a job too good to be true. Working undercover in a Biloxi casino Davis is given a set of instructions and that’s to figure out how a particular slot machine is won. At first Davis grudgingly takes on the job, but the further she digs the more she finds that some things just don’t make sense. For example, what does her ex-husband have to do with the slot machines? Suddenly Davis finds herself in too deep and when she’s arrested for attempted murder no one believes her story and to make matters worse, there’s questions surrounding her identity. Will Davis be able to prove her innocence before the real culprit skips town? We have good character… Read more »

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Dec 05
25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Nicholas Brisbane + Giveaway

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Nicholas Brisbane + Giveaway

Yay! I’m really excited to be part of the 25 Days of Book Boyfriends hosted by Lovin’ los libros, Readers Live a 1000 Lives, and Starbucks & Books Obsession. As several of you know, I have way too many fictional boyfriends and today I’m going to share with you someone I met over the summer. See, I’d seen him mentioned a few times, but I didn’t have the courage to meet him until I was called for jury duty. I complained and when I found out you could spend your free time in the waiting room doing what you wanted, I knew what I was going to do: I was going to finally crack open the first book in the Lady Julia Grey series. I was memorized from the moment… Read more »

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Nov 25
Book Review: Heartache Motel (Anthology)

Book Review: Heartache Motel (Anthology)

What do Elvis and drag queens have in common? Memphis! Welcome to the Heartache Motel where Elvis is immortalized and three amateur sleuths find themselves staying in a seedy motel and planning a visit to Graceland. Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Heartache Motel a little differently from my usual style and give you my overall impression because I don’t want to give spoilers. “Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers” by Terri L. Austin Synopsis: When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into… Read more »

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Nov 07
Book Review: Mark Capell’s Café Insomniac

Book Review: Mark Capell’s Café Insomniac

I first came across Mark Capell when I won a giveaway for his book, Vows to Kill, over at LibraryThing earlier this year. I really enjoyed it and I couldn’t wait to read more of his work. When he asked if I’d review Café Insomniac I couldn’t say no! Capell’s Café Insomniac is an intricate mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Justin Brooks is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Suffering from insomnia, he decides to open an all night café and serve people looking for a great cup of coffee. On opening night, he gets a visit by a man who tells him to call him should he need any help and Justin dismisses him from his mind. As the night… Read more »

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Nov 04
Book Review: Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black

Book Review: Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black

Imagine for a moment that a childhood incident defines rest of your life. How would you react? Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black is an eerie, macabre tale that will leave you looking at life and death a little differently. As children, we’ve all done stupid things and ten year old William Bellman is no different. Hanging out with friends, they see a rook and dare him to use a slingshot on it. Thinking he’ll miss, he’s surprised when doesn’t, and the outcome weighs heavily on him. He suppresses the memory and grows up to become a successful entrepreneur. Several years later, an illness sweeps through the town and everyone begins to die. Desperate to save his family William makes a pact with the unknown Mr. Black. He spends the rest… Read more »

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Nov 01
Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

I just love the cover for Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff! It’s a perfect fit for a book set in Hollywood and about a screenwriter trying to catch a break. The writing is solid and narration is in third person. At times, Tinseltown Riff does read more like a screenplay rather than a novel and it can frustrate a reader because a scene will cut to a different set of characters and you’re left wondering where it is all going. Though, I will admit Frome has a talent to write as if you’re seeing a movie rather than reading a book. One can only hope Tinseltown Riff will one day be adapted and can be seen on screen. He also intermixes a bit of Spanish among a few character conversations. If… Read more »

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Oct 21
Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

It’s always a treat to settle down with a Charles Finch novel and An Old Betrayal doesn’t disappoint. An Old Betrayal is the seventh book in the Charles Lenox series and if you haven’t read the series, you can delve right in since most books can be read as a standalone. Finch isn’t one to drown the reader in a character’s back story and therefore I do recommend you start from the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death, but it’s not necessary. Set in 1875, An Old Betrayal picks up a year after A Death in the Small Hours ends. Former gentleman detective turned Member of Parliament, Charles Lenox, finds himself busy in the House of Commons and as Junior Lord of the Treasury. When the opportunity arises to assist… Read more »

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Oct 12
One Liners: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

One Liners: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is LynDee Walker’s Front Page… Read more »

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Oct 09
Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract is the third book in her Cherry Tucker series. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, it is possible to delve right in; however, Reinhart addresses a few situations that occurred in previous books. If you don’t mind a few spoilers and backtracking, then proceed. Reinhart does a great job explaining relationships and situations without overwhelming new and established readers. When Cherry Tucker draws a composite sketch of a hijacker, she has no idea the secrets she’s about to uncover. She wants to assist in the investigation, but her involvement is put on hold when a local nemesis goes out of her way to besmirch Cherry’s reputation by labeling her art as perversion. Seeking assistance from a local Russian art collector,… Read more »

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