• Review: Death Among Rubies A Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery, #2

    “Death Among Rubies” by R. J. Koreto is set in Edwardian England and spotlights Frances Ffolkes, the sister of a Marquis. She is very active in civic organizations and a suffragette, which dismays her brother tremendously. She is very independent and...

  • Review: In the Shadow of Lakecrest

    I read an advanced review copy of “In the Shadow of Lakecrest” by Elizabeth Blackwell. The novel begins in 1928 as two passengers are returning amongst many to the United States from Europe by ship. One is a man from a purported wealthy family from Chicago....

  • Review: Stone Coffin Ann Lindell Mysteries

    This was an well plotted murder suspense story. A mother and her six year old daughter are run over by a hit and run driver. The husband turns up missing and there are a few things that lead Ann Lindell and her crew to assume that he is responsible for...

  • Review: The Housewife Assassin's Terrorist TV Guide The Housewife Assassin Series #14

    Woohoo!!! Donna Craig is back…with a vengeance! Author Josie Brown has created a fantastic tale in this, the 14th installment of her wildly popular Housewife Assassin series. The story itself is a wild ride with more twists and turns than ever! I fell...

  • Review: Glow of Death Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries

    “Glow of Death” by Jane K. Cleland is the latest entry in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Josie has been called to appraise and verify what could be a genuine Tiffany lamp. At the house of Edwin and Ava Belcher, she is excited to discover...

  • Review: Hold Your Breath Search and Rescue, #1

    I really liked “Hold Your Breath” so much that it has me hooked on the Search and Rescue series now. Lou Sparks left her old life and moved halfway across the country to a remote town in the Colorado Rockies and joined the Search and Rescue dive team....

  • Review: Everything You Want Me to Be

    "Everything You Want Me to Be", by Mindy Mejia, is a classic WhoDunIt? novel. The beginning starts off with Hattie who is a misunderstood teen, but aren't they all? She is a lovable yet realistic character who readers will identify with. The back and...

  • Review: A Perilous Undertaking A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, #2

    I know “A Perilous Undertaking” says that it can be read as a standalone. But if you don’t read book one you really miss out on the events of book one. This second book takes us deeper into Veronica Speedwell’s family life as well as the lives of the...

  • Review: The Devil Crept In

    "The Devil Crept In", by Ania Ahlborn, is told through the eyes of a child. I enjoy horror stories, but this one was unique in that the true horror didn't happen until the end. I didn't connect, or even like, one single character. Women who don't control...

  • Review: Killing Thyme A Spice Shop Mystery, #3

    Loved the story from the get-go! This is the third story in the Spice Shop series. There are recipes in the back which are the ones she discusses in the novel. It is the same wonderful setup with several mysteries to solve and one minor issue to resolve....

  • Review: Crime and Catnip A Nick and Nora Mystery, #3

    This is another great Nora and Nick read! The writing is fresh and the mysteries are different. While it wraps up nicely, there is evidence of another novel in the works, so if you enjoy this novel, don't despair! This is novel is part of a series, but...

  • Review: Darkness

    Karen Robards pulls us into a wonderful romantic suspense story. This one is a stand-alone. In this book she brings two very different people together. There is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your set and to keep you reading until the last...

  • Review: The Bazatov Conspiracy

    What you did in the past will certainly come back to haunt you. This is a true saying as Vladimir Slavancovic realized that especially with his line of work that the fatal mistake he made was coming to haunt him. A carefully planned assault by a terrorist...

  • Review: Ascension

    With a cool disposition about him, Alvise Marangon is hired to protect an attractive female client. However along the way, he encounters some hurdles that can possibly affect the "contract" that he agreed to. In the quiet city of Venice, Mr. Alvise has...

  • Review: Her Every Fear

    "Her Every Fear" by Peter Swanson is suspenseful but a little messy. This is one of those ‘buzz’ books all my friends were reading, so I had to see why it was so popular. Kate, and her cousin, Corbin, switch apartments for sixth months. Corbin moves into...

  • Review: As Red as Blood

    This book intrigued me from reading the synopsis but as soon as I got it in my hands and started reading, I was left confused with no understanding of what was happening and going on. Maybe because this was translated from a Finnish was the reasoning...

  • Review: She Stopped for Death A Little Library Mystery

    If you're a lover of cozy mysteries then this should be on your TBR list. The setting is northern Michigan. As with the first book, this is a curious mystery. The author gave characters that were fun and entertaining, and each character was somehow mixed...

  • Review: Brain Matters An Alie McCull Mystery

    From a journalist trying to protect her family falling prey to a wicked government experiment to a tangled maze of a prominent rouge attorney trying to protect his turf, Alie McGull has taken the mantle of a lone crusader in solving a mystery that eventually...

  • Article: Uncovering – Susan Wittig Albert - Dark Streets

    Another author I’ve recently stumbled across is Susan Wittig Albert . Susan has been a full-time novelist since she left her career as a university English professor and administrator in 1985. A New York Times bestselling author, her books include...

  • Review: A Death at the Yoga Café Keeley Carpenter

    "Death at the Yoga Café" by Michelle Kelly is a combination of engaging characters and enticing intrigue! This is the second book in the series, but it can easily read as a standalone. Keeley’s Yoga Café is doing much better than anticipated, plus she...

  • Review: Into the Firestorm BOSS, Inc., #3

    This story is full of action, adventure and attitude. And, then, the loving begins. This book is part of a series but can be read without having read previous books. Get ready to jump into the world of bounty hunting. This world can be dangerous, changes...

  • Review: Livia Lone

    Livia Lone is about a woman, Livia Lone, who was sold into human trafficking as a child with her sister. Years later, Livia now works as a sex crimes detective, where she gets a fresh lead on finding her sister and the men who trafficked them as children....

  • Review: Dragonfly Nightmare Once Upon A Secret Book 1

    "Dragonfly Nightmare" is about Allie, a girl with a traumatic past and overprotective parents, who decides to go to summer camp with her best friend and her best friend’s brother. Once they arrive, things feel “off.” With some sleuthing, Allie and her...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Brian Cohn

    Hello Brian. It's great to have you over to chat about "The Last Detective" and your life. What is "The Last Detective" about? It's a sci-fi mystery, a real alien noir detective story set two years after Earth has been invaded and conquered by an alien...

  • Review: The Paris Librarian A Hugo Marston Novel

    “The Paris Librarian” is a Hugh Marston crime fiction book by Mark Pryor. I had not read his books before and so found this novel to be appealing. I enjoy crime fiction and found that this setting in Paris with all the accompanying Parisian sights and...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews E. Michael Helms

    Hi Michael - Thanks for joining us today and sharing your work with us. Please tell us what your latest book, Deadly Spirits: A Mac McClellan Mystery (#4), is about. Private eye Mac McClellan is drawn into a case of "whooodunnit" when girlfriend Kate...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Cynthia Roberts

    Hi Cynthia! It's a pleasure to have you on to chat with us. What is your book "A Pawn For Malice" about? A thrilling, passionate, and suspenseful romance that entails, self-discovery, survival and a love that is so strong, it conquers the evil trappings...

  • Review: Cheddar Off Dead An Undercover Dish Mystery, #2

    “Cheddar Off Dead” is a great cozy mystery Christmas read! It not only gives the reader a good story but some good food too! The plot simmered around the death of a part time Santa Claus, Brad Whitefield, and an undercover chef, Lilah Drake, in Pine Haven....

  • Review: Lost in Shadows Lost Series, #2

    Private security specialist Jeb McCormick is tasked with helping an old army buddy’s cry for help. His sister Caroline Walker thinks she’s in danger. But can he keep his hands off this beautiful intelligent women and find out if she has a real problem...

  • Review: The River at Night

    The narrator is Wini who has just an average life, but as you read, you get the feeling there is something amiss. Her friends as planning a trip into the wild and she gains the courage to go along. Was this a mistake on her part? Things go from bad to...

  • Review: The Guests on South Battery Tradd Series, #5

    I fell in love with this series at first sight and I’ve never looked back. This fifth installment in the Tradd Street series opens with Melanie returning to work after giving birth to twins, adjusting to motherhood and marriage, and coping with weight...

  • Review: Where I Can See You

    A mystery that takes place in a small town. The author gives you so many surprises that you don't know what will happen when you turn that page. The main character, Hud Matthews is quite the man, he is intelligent, stick to your guns, good looking and...

  • Review: Deadly Silence Blood Brothers, #1

    “Deadly Silence” by Rebecca Zanetti is chock full of testosterone and adventure, and provides an action-packed roller-coaster ride with plenty of sizzling interludes. I love the way it starts off with the formation of the bonds that unite Ryker, Heath,...

  • Review: Absolute Trust True Heroes, #3

    “Absolute Trust” by Piper J. Drake is another story about the fascinating military service dogs and those who work with them. I loved reading about Haydn, who is adapting to a prosthetic leg, and learning about the way his hard-won skills can still be...

  • Review: Time of Death A Stillwater General Mystery

    As much as I tried, I could not get into this book . What really caught my attention was the cover and then the title. It’s a great concept but the book was a slow read for me. Frankie was a person who was really just trying to start over and reconnect...

  • Review: Going Deep An Alpha Ops Novel, #5

    In "Going Deep" the sex scenes were great and the characters were well developed. Cady and Conn are two people who are independent and don’t like to rely on people but Cady has no choice in the matter. When Conn is hired to be her bodyguard she has to...

  • Review: Black Diamond Wilds of the Bayou, #2

    Dealing with people who take drugs is not easy and sometimes it can even be frightening. Jena and Cole run into that and a lot more in "Black Diamond". Secrets are a big part of anybody and to a certain extent they both have them. Cole more so than Jena....

  • Review: Woman in the Shadows Clara Vine, #2

    “Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne is the third book in the Clara Vine Series that I have read. Jane Thynne has become one of my very favorite authors. Not only is her subject matter one that I love to read about, but her style of writing keeps me...

  • Review: When She's Gone

    The title was the first thing that caught my attention and then I read the cover and was hooked. "When She’s Gone" is a fast paced book that kept me on my toes. Right when you think you know what’s going on it changes. Ara is awesome but she has some...

  • Review: In the Bag A Celeste Eagan Mystery, #2

    Emery Harper once again delights readers with the adventures and antics of Celeste Eagan in the second book in this cozy mystery series. Celeste is an engaging character. I love her mixture of confidence and awkwardness. Watching her practically bulldoze...

  • Review: Captcha Thief Amy Lane Mysteries

    A security guard assigned to secure the priceless paintings at the National Museum of Wales is brutally murdered. The murderer's goal was to gain ownership of the museum's most cherished painting. What was the interest in this painting? Was it to be sold...

  • Review: Prose and Cons A Magical Bookshop Mystery, #2

    Amanda Flower brings us the second entry in her Magical Bookshop series. This time we find Violet and her Grandma Daisy getting ready for the annual Food and Wine Festival. they plan on having the local writing group, the Red Inkers, present a reading...

  • Review: Black Dawn Dark Light Book 1

    Short and sweet, if a bit under-fleshed. I would have liked to see a bit more of what led Darr to love Isolde, how his feelings changed from his initial thoughts of simply staying away from his previous master, to loving Isolde. After all, he's a demon,...

  • Review: Notes And Roses Stanford Creek Book 1

    “Notes & Roses” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is an entertaining introduction to a delightful small town family and the members of a music group that they form a relationship with. I was a little disconcerted to discover that this was the first in the series,...

  • Review: The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Ghost of Granny Apples, #6

    The Setting: Massachusetts This is the sixth book in the Granny Apples Mystery Series As Gino Costello works in a historic farmhouse writing his next book he thinks about a medium the family knows, Emma. The book he's writing is about the paranormal....

  • Review: Telling Tails Second Chance Cat Mystery, #4

    Sofie Ryan brings us the fourth entry in her popular Second Chance mystery series. Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered...

  • Review: Custom Baked Murder A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, #5

    Custom Baked Murder is the fifth book in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. Kristan “Stan” Connor is working hard on getting everything ready for the opening of her shop, Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café, when her sister, Christine shows...

  • Review: An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock A Samuel Craddock Mystery

    The author deals with some real life issues, some real hard issues, drugs. murder and racism. A mystery of a small town that has corruption spewing all over. It even spills over into the police department. Samuel Craddock, takes on the job of Police Chief,...

  • Review: No Living Soul A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, #9

    If you think geeks never get away from their computers, you’ve never met Lexi Carmichael and her friends. They have action packed adventures while solving mysteries that require all of their knowledge. In this story, a pandemic has the chance of breaking...

  • Review: Hope's Peak

    Detective Jane Harper, from San Francisco expects sinister murders back there, but not in Hope's Peak, North Carolina. The author gives you vivid images of the murders, such as a young woman found with a crown of vines on her head, like a princess. Once...

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Beyond Reason by Kat Martin


New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises chills as danger stalks a woman determined to make it in a man’s world . . .

Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain.

Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm.

But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.

Death in the Abstract by Emily Barnes


Retired police chief Katherine Sullivan moved away from Edina, Minnesota to feed her artistic soul in New Mexico. But when she receives an urgent call, her serenity is shattered. Nathan Walker, her best friend and former colleague from her days on the police force, is missing and his crew of security experts hasn’t seen him in days. Now it’s up to Katherine to fly home and track him down.

Meanwhile, Edina is reeling from the murder of a local woman, which looks more and more like it could have a connection to Nathan's disappearance. And as Katherine digs deeper into the investigation, locating Nathan’s abandoned car and compiling a list of potential kidnappers, another body is found--and Katherine fears time is running out for her friend.

Finding herself reluctantly pulled into a new case, Katherine must set aside her artistic pursuits and tear herself away from her darling grandchildren in order to save her best friend in Death in the Abstract, the compelling sequel to Emily Barnes' The Fine Art of Murder.

Honor Among Thieves by Wayne Zurl


What does a good cop do when his name and phone number is found in the pocket of a dead mobster from his past? Does he cooperate with the Internal Affairs investigator who wants to charge him with murder, but appears to have an ulterior motive?

Does he launch his own investigation into this murder from another jurisdiction to clear his name and find the real killer? Does learning that two former enemies have put a contract on his life complicate matters?

Last Oracle

In Washington, D.C., a homeless man takes an assassin's bullet and dies in Commander Gray Pierce's arms. A bloody coin clutched in the dead man's hand--an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi...

Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout


In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

 

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

 

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

Unconditional Surrender by Desiree Holt


FROM BESTSELLING ROMANCE AUTHOR DESIREE HOLT

Book one in the Strike Force series - newly edited and expanded version!

Had he found her again only to lose her to a stalker?

Slade Donovan and Kari Malone shared one anonymous night of hot sex. Five years later unexpected circumstances throw them together again and what’s between them burns hotter than ever. But as a member of Delta Force, Slade is wary of relationships, drawn to Kari on the one hand and hesitant on the other.

Kari has her own demons, the stalker she moved to escape who seems to track her everywhere. As the unknown stalker ramps up his game, it will take the Delta Force team to rescue her, and the danger to show them both that what they have is electric, erotic and real.

Darkness by Karen Robards


New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for “fantastic storytelling” (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life—and that of a handsome stranger—before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever.

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

The Murder of Grace Bryant by Suzanne Rossi


Callie Bryant, a young woman with partial amnesia, returns to her childhood home with hopes of restoring the memories that are slowly coming back. She may have been a witness to her mother's murder twenty-five years before. Instead of being welcomed, Callie finds some people just want her to leave town. Anonymous letters show up, followed by threatening phone calls. Intruders invade the house. The ante is upped when someone shoots out her front window.

The only person she trusts is reporter, Josh Hendricks. He is new in town and not a suspect at the time of her mother's death. Intrigued, he agrees to help discover why certain city officials are refusing to answer her questions. Never tell a reporter, “No.” Josh asks questions of his own throwing himself into the mystery. As time passes, their relationship deepens.

Falling in love was not part of the plan. The more they investigate, the more nervous the killer becomes. Callie and Josh are not safe. Callie is remembering, and the clock is ticking down on the killer's freedom.

Abduction by Cynthia Eden


New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden has killer instincts when it comes to breathtaking suspense! 

Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now the ex-SEAL and the burned-out FBI agent have reunited in their Florida hometown and rediscovered their powerful attraction. But as they hunt down a long-forgotten killer, will they get a second chance at happiness? When a series of accidents begins to plague Jill, Hayden won't let her fall victim again. There's too much history between them…and too much desire.

Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake


Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?

Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!