• Review: Blown Away A Kite Shop Mystery, #1

    "Blown Away" is the first book in the new Kite Mystery series. It’s about Emmy Adler, a twenty something kite shop owner, who stumbles upon a dead body on her morning walk. The dead body turns out to be her best friend’s ex-boyfriend and she must find...

  • Review: A Measure of Murder A Sally Solari Mystery

    "A Measure of Murder" is the second book in the Sally Solari Mystery series. Sally, now juggling her time between two restaurants, decides to join her ex-boyfriend’s choir. While at rehearsal, a mean tenor drops dead and his girlfriend thinks it was murder...

  • Review: Pop Goes the Murder A Popcorn Shop Mystery, #2

    "Pop Goes the Murder" is a cozy mystery about Rebecca Anderson, a gourmet popcorn entrepreneur, whose ex-husband, Antoine, asks her to be on his popular cooking show. Things take a dark turn when Antoine’s assistant is found murdered and the police think...

  • Review: Till Death

    Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers a spectacular suspense story with this fabulous contemporary. Sasha is such a deep and well developed heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed how we found out about her past little by little there wasn't just a huge information dump...

  • Review: King's Captive

    Well this was a mind freak of a read. The incident that leads to the current circumstances is meted out in memory flashes that are out of sequence and paint a bloody picture of Julius King, Sarah Mercedes “host” and captor. Three years she’s been on his...

  • Review: The Devil's Country

    “The Devil’s Country” by Harry Hunsicker is a murder mystery, thriller, crime novel about a former Texas Ranger. Arlo Baines is roaming Texas by bus, or by hitchhiking. All he wants to do is be in peace and read his books. Trouble seems to find him wherever...

  • Review: Elementary, She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #1

    “Elementary, She Read” is a great first addition in a promising new series by Vicki Delany. Gemma Doyle has moved to the Cape Cod town, West London, to run the bookstore started by her uncle. The store is located at 222 Baker Street and is a Sherlock...

  • Review: Cruel Winter A County Cork Mystery, #5

    Maura Donovan inherited Sullivan's, a local pub in County Cork. She's been in Ireland for nine months and this is home to her. Maura never had any friends nor family and now she feels that she's finally got both. Just a small Irish village but home it...

  • Review: Cat Got Your Diamonds A Kitty Couture Mystery, #1

    Cat Got Your Diamonds is a cozy mystery about Lacy Crocker, a pet boutique and organic treat bakery owner who stumbles upon a murder in her own store and must solve it before her store loses funding. This was a very cute and fun read! I truly enjoyed...

  • Review: Purr M for Murder A Cat Rescue Mystery, #1

    "Purr M for Murder" is about Sydney McCall, a woman who found her ex-fiancée cheating on her with her secretary. For a fresh start after the break up, she decides to move back to her hometown of Deer Park, North Carolina from NYC to help her sister run...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Carolyn Rae

    Hi Carolyn! Thanks for stopping over today to chat about your latest book, "Pretend Princess". What's it based on? It's like the Prince and the Pauper, only she's a missionary's daughter hired to step in for a missing princess. Getting the public to accept...

  • Review: Imperial Valley Jimmy Veeder Fiasco, #3

    This novel is different from the get go. While there is a lot of language spread out through the story, it makes the characters believable. Mr. Shaw does a wonderful job showing the story for what it is: a crazy time in some crazy places where some people...

  • Review: Stormchaser Cutter Cay, #4

    “Stormchaser” has a unique blend of adventure, romance, and suspense. This fourth installment in the Cutter Cay series is a little different from what I was expecting. The discovery of treasure and a lost city which could be Atlantis, draws Jonah and...

  • Review: Roux the Day A Dinner Club Mystery, #2

    In the second outing of the “Dinner Club Mysteries” event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner is planning a cruise ship casino night—and she’s really going overboard. She even arranged for radio DJ Connor Mac and TV personality Miranda Myers to help the good...

  • Review: Pekoe Most Poison A Tea Shop Mystery, #18

    In the latest outing from author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves...

  • Review: Love You Dead Roy Grace, #12

    This was a very entertaining murder/suspense story. Jodie Bentley grew up poor and she's determined that she will be beautiful and rich. She's accomplished the beautiful part by plastic surgery and she's currently working on the rich part by seducing...

  • Review: Fatal

    This complicated murder/suspense story opens with a married woman, Kate Jameson meeting Peter Ash(also married) at a dinner with mutual friends. Kate leaves that evening thinking non-stop about Peter. She ends up calling him and setting up a sexual dalliance....

  • Review: Where the Lost Girls Go A Laura Mori Mystery

    The author gives the reader, families with loads of problems, violence and scandal. That about covers it. That is everyday life, isn't it. Dysfunctional families, they're everywhere these days.It brings you into a possible reality situation from the first...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Richard Paolinelli

    Hi Richard. Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews. Please tell us a bit about your book "Escaping Infinity". It is about a traveler who gets lost on the way to Phoenix and comes across the Infinity Hotel just as night begins to fall and the car is...

  • Review: Arsenic with Austen Crime with the Classics

    “Arsenic with Austen” drew me in. I loved the setting and reading the snippets from Jane Austen at the beginning of each chapter. However the idea of an heiress trying to be killed off is not new, the bad guys were too apparent and there was no real mystery....

  • Review: The Night Bird

    This was a great new murder/suspense series. Homicide detective Frost Easton begins investigating a series of suicides by women who have psychotic breaks. They all have one thing in common. They have all been treated by controversial therapist Francesca...

  • Review: Under Pressure Body Armor, #1

    I've been on a romantic suspense kick lately and I find that this author never disappoints. This is the first in a new series but if you've read her other works you may recognize some of the characters. Leese is working for Body Armor security and his...

  • Review: Law and Disorder The Finnegan Connection

    In this new series from Heather Graham, Kody has left her job in New York and gone home to help out her family. She's shocked when she is brought into the middle of a crime and kidnapped at gun point. She ends up held by a gang of men in the Everglades....

  • Review: Kneaded to Death A Bread Shop Mystery, #1

    "Kneaded to Death" is the first book in the Bread Shop mystery series about Ivy Culpepper, a thirtysomething struggling photographer who moves back to her hometown following the tragic death of her mother. Six months later, she’s still grieving the loss...

  • Review: Radioactive

    A terrorist attack that could wiped out an entire civilization is being planned and it involves an intricate array of skilled terrorists and most importantly equipment to carry out the attacks. “Radioactive” is a story composed mainly of timelines and...

  • Review: In Farleigh Field A Novel of World War II

    Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors. She wrote the Royal Spyness Myusteries, the Constable Evans Mysteries, and the Molly Murphy Mysteries. I have read most of these and you will fine reviews on my blog. I have just read “In Farleigh Field”, which...

  • Article: Q & A with author Christine Husom! - Dark Streets

    A long-time mystery lover, Christine Husom served with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and trained with the St. Paul Police Department where she gained firsthand knowledge of law enforcement policies and procedures. She is the author of the...

  • Review: Death by Chocolate Lab Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, #1

    "Death by Chocolate Lab" is about Daphne, a free-spirited pet sitter, who stumbles across the dead body of her sister's ex-boyfriend. With her sister being the prime suspect, Daphne must find the real murderer before her sister goes down for it. I had...

  • Review: At Close Range Tracers, #11

    I really liked this exciting romantic suspense story. Dani Harper is a police detective who catches the case of a double homicide. When facts from the crime scene don't add up, Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab to help her make sense of it. Scott...

  • Review: Sky is Over

    Can you envision the world as you know it coming to an end? Gone are the people, the places, sounds, and life's events which formed your vibrant personality. Those memories gone forever! Eric M. Bosarge is the author of a compelling and often mind-bending...

  • Review: Ill Met by Murder A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery, #2

    “Ill Met by Murder” is the second book in the Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery series. During the production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a murder is committed and Charlotte Fairfax once again finds herself entangled in a murder case. I didn’t...

  • Review: Bronx Requiem

    "Bronx Requiem" by John Clarkson is a gritty but stylish crime story! If, like me, you enjoy a good crime drama, you will want to check out “Bronx Requiem” by John Clarkson. James Beck and Paco ‘Packy’ Johnson formed a bond during their respective stints...

  • Review: Chain Reaction Bodyguard, #3

    "Chain Reaction," undeniably gave me mixed emotions as I was reading the novel. It was a fun, heart-pulsing action packed book that I would not recommend for the more timid readers. In other words if you are easily offended by explicit content that involves...

  • Review: Right Behind You

    This was another great installment in the Quincy and Rainie series. If you've been reading this series over the years then you know that they are both ex FBI agents and they now have their own consulting business. They are settled down and are in the...

  • Review: Mission Impawsible A Paws & Claws Mystery

    Krista Davis’ latest entry in her Paws and Claws mysteries is a real winner! Holly and her grandmother, Oma are gearing up for a matchmaker event at the Sugar Maple Inn. To make the event even more interesting, it’s geared specifically toward pet Owners!...

  • Review: Anatomy of Innocence Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted

    Times have changed from the gods deciding who was guilty or innocent to present day of humans making the decision. It is almost always uncertain if someone is guilty or innocent. But a decision must be made and in doing so, sometimes mistakes are made....

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Cathy Skendrovich

    Hi Cathy! Great to have you over to our little bookish world. Today we want to hear about your latest book, "The Pirate's Bride"! What's it about? Following a disastrous Coming Out season, Sophie Bellard vows never to become intimate with any man, preferring...

  • 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...

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    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...

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    "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...

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    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...

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Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson


Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her. 

When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn't sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far too alluring protector tempting her to let loose. 

Though Striker's now living on the right side of the law, he's convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction—or finally prove that he's the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.

Man Down by Tracy Tappan


After being shot down by the Taliban on a Special Operations mission, a Navy pilot and Navy SEAL rescue a beautiful humanitarian doctor. While the three of them evade capture in a race for their lives across northern Pakistan, the two former boyhood friends heal a 10-year breach, and the pilot and doctor find a way to let go of their painful pasts to find love.

The only two survivors of a helicopter crash on Pakistani soil, Lieutenant Commander Jason “Casanova” Vanderby and Petty Officer Shane “Mad Dog” Madden barely escape the smoking wreckage of their helo and hike to a nearby aid station for help. The head doctor, Farrin Barr, has recently evacuated all staff from the facility, leaving her alone to deal with the two military men…and the terrorist horde hunting them.

Chased across northern Pakistan in a race for their lives, Jason and Farrin end up running from their own personal demons as much as from the enemy pursuing them. For Jason, being around his childhood friend, Shane, awakens unwelcome memories of an abusive past, while Farrin is haunted by a decision she made that forever changed her life.

In the midst of the chaos, both mental and physical, no one is more surprised by the attraction forming between Jason and Farrin than they are. Both have lived their lives closed off to relationships, unable to let go of the memories that haunt them. But just when they find the courage to move forward together, people from both of their pasts come back and threaten to destroy the new foundations of their love.

Content guidelines: Contains profanity, violence, and adult situations. This is a standalone novel.

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle


He lost his mentor.

He lost his K9 partner.

He almost lost his will to live.

But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

Low Tide by Leslie Tentler


REVISIT THE ST. CLAIR FAMILY IN RARITY COVE BOOK TWO!

Hollywood leading man Carter St. Clair had it all—until a brutal stalker attack nearly takes his life. Seriously injured, he returns to his hometown of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to recover in private, his outlook on fame forever changed by someone claiming to be his “number-one fan.”

Physical therapist Quinn Reese fled San Francisco to be free of her soon-to-be ex-husband, professional football player Jake Medero. Staying at her mother’s house in Rarity Cove seems like her only option until she can get back on her feet financially. When the St. Clair family makes her a lucrative offer of employment, Quinn sees the potential for starting over, even if it means working with Carter, who broke her heart years ago.

As Carter heals under Quinn’s care, a fragile bond forms between them. Carter also recognizes a parallel between his own stalker and the possessive pro baller who considers Quinn his property. But even as Carter steps into the role of Quinn’s protector, another dangerous storm is brewing…one for which neither of them is prepared.

Where Danger Hides by Desiree Holt


FROM AWARD WINNING ROMANCE AUTHOR DESIREE HOLT

Book one in the Corporate Heat series - newly edited version!

Taylor’s suddenly thrown into the dangers of the corporate world and her only protector is her hot, anonymous one-night stand.

Taylor Scott thought she had it all—a good life and a great job. No relationship? No problem. But her world is turned upside down when the father she never knew she had first refuses to acknowledge her, then makes her the sole heir to the major conglomerate he owned. It’s the last thing she wants, but circumstances leave her no choice. She steps into a world of corporate greed and treachery where no one is what they seem.

And the only person to guide her through the treacherous waters? The man with whom she had the hottest one-night stand ever, Noah Cantrell. Noah isn’t what he seemed at first, either, but now he’s the only one Taylor can trust.

As danger stalks her at every turn, she must rely on him for everything. The man who makes her scream with pleasure is the only one who can tell her where the danger hides.

Originally published with Ellora's Cave

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann


The Troubleshooters return in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann! Some Kind of Hero showcases Brockmann’s signature white-knuckle suspense, romantic twists, and sexy Navy SEALs.

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart


In this Honor Bound romance, a perilous change of heart looms for two former lovers...

 

Exactly why should P.I. Vince Sutton take his ex-wife's case? Because she, assistant district attorney Simone Armstrong, put his brother in jail? Because the ambitious spitfire still drives him crazy? No, he'll take it because "The Avenging Angel" makes him a deal he can't refuse. Sparks fly when Vince works all-too-closely with Simone to locate her missing key witness...but in the process, they are drawn into a cold case. As much as he tries, Vince can't deny that he's never gotten over beautiful Simone, but can he admit his feelings to her--and himself? And can he save her from the danger that's heading their way?

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White


He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared.

But Detective Angie Pallorino hasn’t forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victims’ foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, floats up in the Gorge, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met just the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies, so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake loose some unsettling secrets about her own past. How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

Up In The Pines by Katie Jennings


Deep in the mountains of Montana, Deputy Lark Galloway discovers a body. Despite being nothing more than bones, she connects the remains to a resident who disappeared twenty years earlier. As she unravels the dead man’s history to solve his murder, someone tries desperately to throw her off the scent. Meanwhile, famed Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Matheson returns to town to escape his cheating fiancé, only to find himself at the heart of Lark’s investigation. Sparks fly as things heat up between Lark and Sawyer, but nothing can prepare her for the earth-shattering truth behind the body in the pines.