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Review: Death Falls by Todd Ritter

Posted March 31, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 2 Comments

Death FallsTitle:  Death Falls
Series:
Author:  Todd Ritter
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  February 9, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

When a young boy goes missing, it’s easier to believe the lies than to believe the truth… 

On the same night that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, nine-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him.

After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie’s bike caught up above a waterfall, he assumed the worse, and so did everyone else except Charlie’s mother. Years later, Eric Olmstead – and famous author and Charlie’s brother – has come back to bury his mother and fulfill her last request: find his brother.

To do so he goes to the current police chief and his former sweetheart Kat Campbell, and it isn’t long before they discover that finding Charlie was his mother’s secret obsession, and while she never found him she uncovered clues suggesting that he wasn’t the only victim.

Read on for my thoughts on Death Falls.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon

Posted February 27, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 2 Comments

Kittens Can KillTitle:  Kittens Can Kill
Series:  Pru Marlowe Pet Noir
Author:  Clea Simon
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  March 3, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

The dead don’t keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn’t expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies—and each other. And begin to feud over their father, his considerable estate, and that cute ball of fluff.

While the cause of death is pending, each sister has an axe to grind –with arguments that escalate when David’s partner reads out the will. Pru’s special sensory talents and sensitivity to animals that caused her to flee the cacophony of Manhattan for the quiet Berkshires add further problems. The local vet is overwhelmed with money running out. There’s that needy Sheltie and some invasive squirrels? But the dead man’s kitten, his former partner, and his troublesome family keep drawing “wild-girl” animal psychic Pru back in.

Despite the wry observations of her trusty tabby Wallis, now the wrongfully accused kitten’s guardian, and the grudging compliance of her cop lover, this may be one time when Pru can’t solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?

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Review: Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown

Posted February 22, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 0 Comments

Breath of ScandalTitle:  Breath of Scandal
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Author:  Sandra Brown
Genre:  Romance, Mystery
Published:  re-published February 26, 2013 (original 1991)
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman’s worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy “company town” where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family. And she never forgot their spoiled son, who, with his two friends, changed her life forever. Someday, somehow, she’d return, exact a just revenge — and free herself from fear, and the powerful family that could destroy her.

Read on for my thoughts on Breath of Scandal.  No true spoilers, promise.

**This novel describes a brutal rape.  If this might be a trigger for you – please read no further and click away now.**

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Review: Chasing Vito’s Ghosts by G. R. Benyue

Posted February 22, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 0 Comments

Chasing Vito's GhostsTitle:  Chasing Vito’s Ghosts
Series:
Author:  G. R. Benyue
Genre:  Paranormal, Mystery
Published:  February 3, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Becka Brandt’s ability to see the dead is pushing her farther from the living. When an explosion in Boston’s downtown district kills her fiancé and colleagues, Becka reluctantly leaves the city she loves to seek refuge from her heartbreak and the restless spirits of those she lost.

Moving to a small Massachusetts suburb, her life is further disrupted when she unknowingly leases a haunted house. Her new roommate is Vito, an ornery old ghost whose flashbacks to his recent murder draw Becka into the terrifying world of a serial killer who targets small children. When Vito was killed, his great-grandchildren were taken. Becka races against time to solve the mystery of their disappearance before an evil force, activated by Vito’s tangled past of hatred and revenge, invades the neighborhood and destroys the trail to the children.

Plagued by new ghosts and haunted by visions of her lost love, Becka struggles to connect clues from Vito’s past life to current events. She is aided in her investigation by her closest friends and a handsome FBI agent who understands her ability in a way that nobody ever has. Despite the pain of her broken heart, Becka will have to embrace the living to free the dead and start life over.

Read on for my thoughts on Chasing Vito’s Ghosts.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Rumors by A. C. Arthur

Posted February 19, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 0 Comments

RumorsTitle:  Rumors
Series: 1 of 2 parts (at least)
Author:  A. C. Arthur
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  December 30, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Her death tore them apart. Will solving her murder bring them back together?

Best friends Landy, Tenile, Nicole, Nathan, Justin, and Kareem were the golden children of Tanner University. Their paths were set: doctors, lawyers, business moguls, they were going to light the world on fire. Then, two weeks before graduation, Landy was murdered—and Nathan was blamed. Though he was never charged, vicious rumors drove him from town, and the circle of friends broke.

Ten years later, Nathan is back in Tanner, determined to clear his name. He’s asking questions no one wants answered, and soon rumors threaten to divide the community once more. Everyone in this small town is keeping big secrets—especially Landy’s old friends—and someone is willing to kill to keep their darkest deeds buried. . . .

This is a new edition of the previously self-published title Within The Shadows.

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Review: Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker

Posted February 19, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 0 Comments

Violets & ViolenceTitle:  Violets & Violence
Series:
Author:  Morgan Parker
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller
Published:  December 15, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Violet has magical talent. She can levitate, walk through glass, and be in two places at one time. What happens when Violet discovers true magic in the arms of a new man?

Luke Kemble enjoys the luxury of having Violet, all of her magic and all of her beauty, all to himself. What happens to Luke’s illusion of reality when he and the love of his life are threatened by another man, a dangerous one that holds grudges and anger?

Carter Borden never fully recovered from the heartbreak of his ex-wife leaving him. What happens to a damaged man who begins to believe in magic once again?

Follow two men — Luke and Carter — as they learn the one truth about Violet’s magic (that it’s an only an illusion) and the one truth about her love (that it’s not)

Read on for my thoughts on Violets & Violence.  No true spoilers, promise.

I’m not even going to send you to the next page.  I cannot truly review this one without giving away important (In My Opinion) spoilers.  So let’s cover the very basics.

Violet is an amazing magician.  She is magical on the stage.  One night during a show an audience member joins her on the stage.  The rest, as they say is history – or the story.  The story is told through the viewpoints of the two men in Violet’s life.  Luke, not only her manager, but her love, her only love for a long time.  Carter, still reeling from a divorce, he is broken but stating to mend as Violet’s love rushes through his life.  Was illusion only for the stage or did it flow over into Violet’s personal life as well?

Reading Violets & Violence was like peeling an onion, layer after layer until you finally reach the core.  I honestly cannot say more or I will give away key parts of their story.

If you love mysteries and thrillers – you won’t be disappointed.  If you love romance – there is plenty of steamy loving going on.  If you love trying to figure out a magician’s secrets – I dare you to figure out the finish.

It’s a 4 outta 5 rating for me.  I really enjoyed this one.  It was a slow, detailed builder of a story.  Even now, I’m still not sure I know all of Violet’s magic tricks.  Read it for yourself – I think you’ll find a wonderful love story at the middle of a mystery.

*I received an e-ARC of Violets & Violence from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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The Confessional by Reiny Pierson

Posted February 19, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 0 Comments

The ConfessionalTitle:  The Confessional
Series:
Author:  Reiny Pierson
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller
Published:  January 6, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Sarah Tazewell, a cerebral, highly intuitive woman, knew from an early age that she was psychic. When she and her husband David buy a confessional booth from The Governor’s Antiques in Mechanicsville, VA and convert it into a phone booth for their Queen Anne Victorian, Sarah senses a presence in the confessional. Later, the voices become only one voice: that of a murderer that rapes and strangles his victims. Though consumed with fear and anxiety, Sarah refuses to be a victim and sets out on a journey to learn more about the confessional. Sarah’s antagonist is a brilliant, charismatic sexual psychopath who conforms to a ritual of murder and confession. The confessional in the 100-year-old church where he confessed was an integral part of the ritual. When he comes to confess after another murder, he finds “his” confessional gone and begins a frantic search to find it.

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Review: Bridged by Kendra Elliot

Posted February 9, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Mystery / 0 Comments

Can two people who live, almost daily, with the results of the actions of crazed killers find the way to keep their own romantic relationship growing strong?  Let’s find out.

BridgedTitle:  Bridged
Series: a Callahan and McLane mystery
Author:  Kendra Elliot
Genre:  Romance, Mystery
Published:  February 10, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Cover Blurb:

After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.

But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…

In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.

*I received an e-ARC of Bridged from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange
for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

I have not read the previous novel Vanished.   In Bridged, the relationship between Mason and Ava has already been established.  I was a bit concerned as I started this novel, but it soon became apparent that I could fall into this story without having to read the previous one.

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Review: Never Smile At Strangers by Jennifer Jaynes

Posted February 7, 2015 by Marsha in Mystery / 2 Comments

Sleepy Southern towns hold secrets.  Long-past history secrets and deadly secrets.  But nothing stays buried forever, especially in small, sleepy Southern town.

Never Smile At StrangersTitle:  Never Smile at Strangers
Series:
Author:  Jennifer Jaynes
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  January 27, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes without a trace, the residents of rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, launch a desperate search to find her. But few clues are unearthed, and before long another young woman disappears.

As locals continue to vanish, residents begin to discover that they might not know those closest to them as well as they had thought. Lies and insecurities quickly surface, leading everyone to question one another…and their involvement in the disappearances.

Meanwhile, an unstable, twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her—and of women in general—and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them.

Before you go any further in reading this review.  Know right now that in this novel there is mention of implied sexual abuse from the “killer’s” memories.  If this type of content bothers you then don’t go any further.  This is the only mention of these parts of the novel you will read here – my review centers on the mystery.  But know what you may read before picking up this book.

Knowing that – Read on for my thoughts on Never Smile At Strangers.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

Posted February 5, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

A Lady Priscilla Flanders Mystery

Fool's ParadiseTitle:  Fool’s Paradise
Series:  A Lady Priscilla Flanders Mystery
Author:  Jo Ann Ferguson
Genre:  Historical
Published:  January 2, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Something is rotten in the Lake District . . . and the Prince Regent has asked Lord Neville Hathaway to investigate. But in order to ensure success, he asks his wife—and intrepid partner in crime-solving—Lady Priscilla, to join him.
When they learn that a young woman of the Beau Monde has vanished in the area, they can’t help wondering if that disappearance is connected to tales of a strange new settlement being created by a half-mad lord. Drawn into the madness against their wills, Priscilla and Neville go undercover as willing citizens in Novum Arce, the utopian recreation of Roman Britain, but it quickly becomes obvious that the person behind the kidnapping and insanity may have a very real ulterior motive—one that could change the future of the war against Napoleon.
Now they have to do more than save a missing lady—they have to stop an invasion! And there’s even more at stake! Priscilla has just discovered she’s going to have a child. And Neville has to decide: just how much is he willing to sacrifice for King and country?

*I received an e-ARC of Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

This was the first of the ongoing series “A Lady Priscilla Flanders Mystery” that I have read.  While it might have helped to have a bit more background – the opening chapters filled me in on the basics enough to dive right into the story with comfort.

Read on for my thoughts on Fool’s Paradise.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Waiting on Wednesday #1

Posted January 21, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 16 Comments

Waiting on WednesdayThis is my first Waiting on Wednesday post.  I’ve seen it before, but this time I’m going to jump right in.  🙂

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s wait is: Obsession In Death by J. D. Robb.  Release date:  February 10, 2015

I am such a Nora Roberts / J D Robb fan.  I think I’ve mentioned it before in posts and in comments that her new releases (under either name) are auto-buys for me.

Since her next release of an “…In Death” novel under the J D Robb name comes out next month, it was kinda a given in my mind what I was going to present as the book I’m waiting for this Wednesday.

I’m waiting for:

Obsession in Death

 

From Amazon:

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her billionaire husband—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…

 

 

 

If you aren’t familiar with the ___In Death world, here’s a quick overview.

Set in New York City, NY about 50 years in the future we are brought into the world of Lt. Eve Dallas, (a kickass, badass cop with issues that play out throughout the ongoing books) she’s a murder cop and once dead, that person belongs to her and she will do anything and everything to find the killer.

Meet Roarke.  Just Roarke.  Eve’s deliciously handsome husband – billionaire husband who probably owns half the universe.  He is a former thief, extraordinary computer expert and often civilian consultant on Eve’s cases (hard to put computer hacking and lockpicking on the official books, ya know?)  To Roarke the most important job in his world is pampering Eve (which she doesn’t understand), protecting Eve and teaching Eve that life is more than a murder board.

These are the two main characters of the  __In Death universe.  (if you can, think of the old Thin Man movies without the dog) 🙂   We also met and get to know Eve’s team, her partner – her world.  And Roarke’s world as well.

This ongoing book series is very much like a television show, like Law & Order for instance. Every new book is another murder, yet with each new novel we learn more about the world of Lt. Eve Dallas.  How she grows, the relationships around her get deeper, more personal.  So that with each new novel I, personally, feel like I am visiting with an old friend and catching up on her life… with a murder to solve tossed in.  🙂

Yes.  I love this ongoing series.  Which is why I’ll be at my local bookstore to pick up Obsession In Death on February 10, 2015.  Because I need an in my hand, hardback copy of every In Death novel.

If you’ve never heard of read any of the In Death series I would suggest that on your next library visit you look in the stacks for Naked In Death (or request it if there isn’t a copy there).  That is where it all begins.  If you have the least interest in mystery, suspense, thriller, a touch of sci-fi in the future gadgets aspect, oh and of course love, sex and romance.  If any of that appeals to you – you might be Waiting on Wednesday for her next release.  🙂

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