• Article: A New Face for suspense….Gerry Schmitt - Dark Streets

    Although the name of Gerry Schmitt is relatively new to suspense lovers, her alter ego, Laura Childs, is a staple in the world of cozy mysteries. Writing as Laura Childs, she is the NYT bestselling author of more than thirty-eight mysteries which span...

  • Review: Murder, Handcrafted Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, #5

    I loved the puns in this book! The author does a great job describing the Amish. She also does a great job of explaining the relationships between the Amish and the English. I liked hoe there were true friends that helped each other no matter what, even...

  • Review: The Raven A Coffey & Hill Novel, #2

    "The Raven" by author Mike Nappa is full of suspense and thrills. An actor who performs by using the name The Raven, loves to steal whatever he can from people in his audience while they are watching his show. It is all going well when he gets more than...

  • Review: Good Behavior

    Letty Dobesh is one of my favorite characters of all time. She is so complex that, as a reader, you want more, more, more. Why does she do the things she does? Who hurt her in the past? So many questions and this book didn't answer nearly enough of them....

  • Review: Troublemaker

    This was very different that what I was expecting. I went into this thinking it would be a classic Linda Howard romantic suspense. That's how it is tagged. Unfortunately that's not really how it came across. The plot is that Morgan has been seriously...

  • Review: At Risk

    The book starts out very slow and about the time you're ready to give up on the book, it takes a turn. The main character has been in a relationship with a husband that was terribly abusive but no she is with a man that really loves her. Maybe it's because...

  • Review: Inherit the Bones Detective Gemma Monroe Novels

    The author opens her novel with an account of skeletons of two boys that weren't found until years after their going missing. Deputy Gemma Monroe found the skeletons. To this day she is still haunted by what she found. Now, she is in search of answers...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Michelle Diener

    Hi Michelle. It's great to have you on for an interview. Over the years I've seen so many of your wonderful books come across my desk. Please tell us about your latest. SKY RAIDERS - "Sky Raiders" is a romantic space opera. It's about a planet that's...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Robb T. White

    Hi Robb, Thanks for joining us and sharing your latest book with us. What is "Dangerous Women: Stories of Crime, Mystery, and Mayhem" about? My collection features women as criminals, not victims. From Regina "Baby" Frontanetta, boxer and fledgling private...

  • Review: An Unhappy Medium A Family Fortune Mystery, #4

    I really like the covers in this book series. The covers draw me into read them. I previously read "Be Careful What You Witch For". I loved it! In this fourth installment in the series we learn more about Clyde's family, especially her sister Grace. The...

  • Review: A Bull by the Horns A Coffman Country Art Colony Cozy, #1

    Deb Donahue delights readers with this fantastic first in a cozy mystery series. Honestly I finished reading this days ago and haven't stopped talking about it. I've mentioned it to friends and family and even a stranger in a doctor's office. I found...

  • Review: Bang B-Squad, #2

    “Bang” is another good story in the B Squad series. This is book two. This story is definitely an attention grabber. I do really suggest that you read B Squad # 1 “Bazen” to really understand what has happened earlier for some of these characters. I loved...

  • Review: Unforgettable

    Cindy Skaggs takes readers on a gritty adventure with this romantic suspense. I found myself pulled right into this story and taken along for the adventure along with the heroine and I loved how I struggled along with her to figure out just what it was...

  • Review: Picture Imperfect A Sassy Suspense

    Cindy Procter-King presents readers with a suspenseful snapshot of a romantic comedy. Ursula Scott is a strong-minded heroine. She has ambition and a set of goals she is determined to attain. I loved watching her handle the spanner tossed into her plans....

  • Review: A Second Chance at Murder A Love or Money Mystery, #2

    “A Second Chance at Murder” by Diana Orgain is a fun twist on the challenges of a reality show and provides a combination of exotic travelogue and mystery. I had not read the first story in this series but had no problem becoming familiar with these characters...

  • Review: Above the Paw A Paw Enforcement Novel, #5

    Above the Paw by Diane Kelly is the 5th book in the wonderful Paw Enforcement series. There is no doubt that I read any book with adorable dogs on the covers and this series is top on my list of favorites. The Paw Enforcement series follows a female K9...

  • Review: Claimed by a SEAL Cancun Series Book #2.5

    KaLyn Cooper takes readers on a fast-paced, heart-racing yet heartwarming adventure with this military romance. The suspense begins basically from the first word and doesn't let up as Stacie Vandercoy and Jeff Lennon go undercover and under the covers....

  • Review: A Most Curious Murder A Little Library Mystery

    Little Free Libraries have been popping up not just in America but all over the world. With their increase in popularity, it was only a matter of time before one was featured in a mystery novel. “A Most Curious Murder” by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli opens...

  • Review: At What Cost A Detective Penley Mystery, #1

    Three gruesome murders and the only thing tying them together is each of the victims were affiliated with a gang, but all is not as it appears. All of the victims were cut with precision by someone who knew what he was doing. The question is why. How...

  • Review: Death at First Sight A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, #1

    A good beginning to a new series. Death at First Sight is the first book in Lena Gregory's Bay island Psychic Mystery series. This cozy mystery with paranormal elements took me a little while to connect to. At first I didn't mesh with the characters but...

  • Review: A Soldier's Revenge A Will Cochrane Novel

    A soldier mysteriously killed his own sister and is now on the run. He is receiving secret codes from an unknown source that may hopefully have the answer to his problems. The question is what could have driven Will Cochrane to this gruesome situation?...

  • Review: Frosty the Dead Man A Snow Globe Shop Mystery, #3

    Another snow globe mystery with a great ending seems impossible, but is true. This is a wonderful series and Ms. Husom does an excellent job from the get-go! The writing is fresh, the style is neat but complex, and the mysteries keep this story humming...

  • Review: Night Watch

    Iris Johansen has always been one of my favorite authors. I love her Kendra Michaels series just as much as Even Duncan. I also enjoy the fact that she finds some way to do a crossover in the series. In Night Watch Kendra tries to track down the doctor...

  • Review: Shift Hot Rides, #2

    It took me a little to get into “Shift”. It was slow paced in the beginning, but it did pick up. Emery is an interesting character and his name is pretty unique for a guy. He’s got a lot of secrets, but he does his job well. Tori cracks me up. You can...

  • Review: Sun, Sand, Murder

    Life can become “run of the mill” and boring when you have a routine, even when living on an island located in the British Virgin Islands. It’s become that way for the lone police officer on the island of Anegada. He submits the same reports every month,...

  • Review: Eggnog Murder

    "Eggnog Murder" by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross is a collection of three holiday-themed murder mysteries featuring deadly eggnog. The first entry is "Eggnog Murder" featuring Lucy Stone at the center of a mystery with Santas galore, a bottle...

  • Review: A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

    I love historical mysteries. With such a colorful cover, I couldn’t help but feel intrigued. When the Duke of Olympia dies his longtime secretary Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove is commissioned to seek out his heir, Maximillian Haywood. Max has apparently...

  • Review: Superfluous Women Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, #22

    The Daisy Dalrymple mystery series by Carola Dunn has been a favorite of mine ever since I was introduced to it because of the re-release of Death at Wentwater Court. So when offered the chance to read the newest release, Superfluous Women, I jumped at...

  • Review: Come Hell or Highball Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries, #1

    Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance is an intriguing first entry in what will hopefully be a long series. Society matron Lola Woodby has just buried her unfaithful husband, and is looking forward to a life after a distinctly loveless marriage. But she...

  • Review: Damien's Christmas The Night Stalkers White House Book 6

    “Damien’s Christmas” by M.L. Buchman blends romance and suspense in a compelling seasonal tale that provides plenty of ‘aw’ moments along with exciting action scenes even as it gives a unique glimpse of some of the complicated maneuvering accompanying...

  • Article: Great Cozy's For the December - Dark Streets

    December is an excellent month for cozy mysteries to be released! After all, with all the hustle bustle of the holidays, sometimes it’s good to just sit down with a good cozy and take your mind off things! Here are a few of the December cozies you...

  • Review: The Da Vinci Code - The Young Adult Adaptation

    I decided to read part of this book alongside its adult counterpart. And what I found was the adult version reads as a book two to “Angels and Demons”, The YA version reads as a book one. Other differences were we get a letter to the reader in the YA...

  • Review: Dying for Strawberries A Berry Basket Mystery, #1

    "Dying for Strawberries" is the first book in the Berry Basket mystery series. Marlee Jacob owns a store called Berry Basket in Oriole Point, Michigan, where she sells berries like strawberries, along with other berry related items like jams, smoothies,...

  • Review: Victim Without a Face Fabian Risk Series, #1

    "Victim Without a Face" is the first book in the Fabian Risk series. Risk moves back to his hometown with his family and he’s only in his new home for a few hours before he must investigate a brutal murder of a classmate. Then, another classmate winds...

  • Review: No Farm, No Foul Farmer's Daughter Mystery, #1

    "No Farm, No Foul" is the first book in the Farmer’s Daughter mystery series. It’s about Shelby McDonald, who owns Love Blossom Farm, where she is a single mother of two and blogs about her daily life on the farm. Her local church needs a new roof and...

  • Review: The Witch and the Dead Wishcraft Mystery, #7

    The Wishcraft Mystery Series is one of my favorites, great characters, well written stories...and the touch of the paranormal I adore in my cozies. Darcy and Nick's relationship has progressed throughout the series and now they are taking the next step...

  • Review: Putting on the Witch Retired Witches Mysteries, #3

    I love this series and I am sad to acknowledge this is probably the last. I don't know if Jim completed any others before passing away earlier this year, just six months after Joyce passed in 2015. If it is the final book in the series, it ended well...

  • Review: By Familiar Means A Witch's Cat Mystery, #2

    I've fallen under the spell of The Witch's Cat Mystery Series. I have not yet read the first book, but when offered a chance to review book two I jumped on it. Cozy mystery with witches? Yes, please. Now I have to go back and read book one and I am definitely...

  • Review: Courting Death The Clarkeston Chronicles

    "Courting Death" is a very unique legal mystery featuring three young people working as law clerks for a famous federal judge. Melanie, who apparently made an appearance in a previous installment, became obsessed by an accident that occurred several years...

  • Review: When All The Girls Have Gone

    Jayne Ann Krentz is set to thrill her fans with her latest novel "When All The Girls Have Gone". Filled with Krentz's trademark mixture of romance and intrigue her latest book is sure to be a satisfying read for her fans. It's also stand alone so anyone...

  • Review: A Clue in the Stew A Soup Lover's Mystery, #5

    “A Clue in the Stew” by Connie Archer is a story that reminds one of the joys and challenges of living in a town small enough that everyone knows everyone else. I enjoyed the interaction between those who are faithful friends, and sympathized with the...

  • Review: Better Late Than Never A Library Lover's Mystery, #7

    A sweet read from start to finish. Ms. McKinlay knows how to write a thoroughly enjoyable novel in Better Late Than Never. Great plot development as this plot is full of tight moments, intense emotions, and lots of humor. I loved the recipes in the back...

  • Review: First Degree Mudder A Pacific Northwest Mystery, #4

    A great murder mystery from the Pacific Northwest (PNW) comes packed with information about Portland-Vancouver area in particular. This read is full of humor, weird moments, and other typical PNW behavior which clearly illustrates how weird Portland is....

  • Article: Writing the fifth Jana Lane mystery, RAG DOLL by Joe Cosentino + Excerpt

    I leap out of bed at 3am with an idea for a shocking ending nobody will guess, not even the mystery mavens. After fumbling for the pencil and pad on my night table, I jot down a few notes then fall back to sleep. The next day I can read my notes, so I...

  • Review: Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene Cardwell Cousins, #5

    “Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene” is the latest in B.J. Daniel’s Cardwell family series, and the first I’ve read in this series. There is an abundance of characters, and the story follows multiple perspectives. Because of all the perspectives, it took...

  • Review: A Frenzied Bid for Murder

    Ellie Oberth uncovers a cold-case with this interesting suspense. Venice Sinclair is a heroine with a multitude of layers and she’s at once easy to relate to and in turns unbelievably out of touch for a woman under the age of 40. I love how genuinely...

  • Review: A Portrait to Die For

    Radine Trees Nehring delivers a delightfully detailed masterpiece with this mystery. Although Carrie has had previous adventures this was my first introduction to her and I didn’t feel as if I couldn’t follow what was happening by missing out on her earlier...

  • Review: Hook, Line, and Murder Murder, She Wrote

    This is another outstanding installment in the Murder, She Wrote series!!! Jessica has entered the annual fly fishing competition, but finds Mort’s wife, Maureen tagging along with her. However, once on the second day of their stay, Maureen mysteriously...

  • Review: Death on the Sapphire A Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery, #1

    R. J. Koreto has been a financial journalist and some of his work has appeared in mystery magazines. “Death on the Sapphire” is his first novel and highlights Frances Ffolkes, the sister of a Marquis. She is very active in civic organizations and a suffragette,...

  • Review: Storm Crashers

    Imagine you are being faced by an approaching fierce storm and on top of that you have to deal with "Aliens" invading your home! This story is a telling tale that involves a property owner. What these "Aliens" wanted was very valuable, something that...

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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!

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?

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.