• 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...

  • Review: A Deadly Thaw Inspector Francis Sadler, #2

    This second book in the Inspector Francis Sadler mysteries is intricate and intriguing. Lena Fisher was convicted of killing her husband, Andrew, back in 2004. But, now, in 2016, the discovery of a man’s body, eventually identified as Andrew's, beyond...

  • Review: The Cartel 6: The Demise

    My jaw started dropping as I read page after page. There aren't words to describe a book like this. This book is kind of like Clint Eastwood's, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. You get it all, not necessarily in that order but it's there. I kept wondering...

  • Review: Waking Up Dead

    If you love murder mysteries, then here's one for you What makes it unique is it is told from the outlook of one of the victims. On top of that, the victim ends up solving the mystery. Now that is different. In another way, the author makes this mystery...

  • Review: House of Homicide

    This is a book you won't be able to figure out until the very end. The author gives you a young mother who has recently been widowed. She has two children and on top of that, she is the takes care of her elderly aunt who has dementia. She decides to buy...

  • Review: The Hanging Club Max Wolfe Novels

    SENTENCED TO DEATH BUT NOT BY THE LEGAL SYSTEM! The setting as a hot summer night. You as the reader can feel the heat and the stillness of the air. This is the perfect time for a group of killers out on a vigilante revenge against their idea of evil,...

  • Review: This House Is Mine

    Living in the same old farmhouse from the age of 5 Vera is still feeling alone and like she doesn't belong after 60 years. Then the author brings family together. Readers get a niece with her little boy. Vera and Anne don't know each other but as they...

  • Review: Someone Must Die

    “Someone Must Die” is a very interesting book that kept me on my toes. Aubrey is a fascinating character who not only wanted to do what she could for her nephew but sped ahead even when pain was on the horizon. Family is always a tough thing to deal with...

  • Review: Moral Defense Samantha Brinkman, #2

    I had heard about Marcia Clark’s books, but had never read them, so I was excited to do a review of “Moral Defense”. As a former prosecutor, I was interested in her writing style in this genre. The beginning of the novel vividly describes a crime scene...

  • Review: The Jealous Kind A Holland Family Novel

    Set in Houston in the 1950’s, “The Jealous Kind” is about Aaron Holland and how one event changes his whole life. When he intervenes between beautiful Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend Grady Harrelson, who is the son of one of the richest families...

  • Review: Clean Break

    “Clean Break” is an engaging, page turning suspense story. I was turning the pages till the end as I wanted to know what would happen next. This protagonist, Lane Haviland was really quite an interesting person. She is able to make life work in almost...

  • Review: Waiting for the Laird

    Willa Blair spins a beautiful romance set in the Scottish Highlands full of suspense, history and mystery. Lara MacLaren is a complicated heroine an American transplant to Scotland she and her children came to make her husband’s dream come true. She is...

  • Review: Honeybun on the Run Honeybun Heat, #7

    Sam Cheever brings on more ginger love with this instalment of the Honeybun adventures. Clovis Honeybun is a sexy, smart and brave hero, the type of gentleman we all dream of. I admit that this clan of gorgeous redheads have all been darn near perfect...

  • Review: Cinnamon Toasted Spice Shop Mystery Series, #3

    “Cinnamon Toasted” by Gail Oust evokes the delightful aromas that can be created with spices and demonstrates the combination of science and magic that goes into making a palatable dish. The requisite murder that sets wheels in motion and the quirky cast...

  • Review: Off the Books A Novel Idea Mystery, #5

    “Off the Books” by Lucy Arlington is a fun look at the hard work involved in the journey from an idea in an author’s mind to a book being purchased by a reader. I enjoyed getting a chance to see behind the scenes of a literary agency and the myriad of...

  • Review: Cupcakes, Butterflies & Dead Guys Gianna Mancini Mysteries #3

    "Cupcakes, Butterflies & Dead Guys" is the third book in the Gianna Mancini mysteries series. Gianna, a ghost whisperer and a shoeista, stumbles upon the dead body of her favorite celebrity in this latest installment. The police rule the death an accident,...

  • Review: Pumpkin Picking with Murder An Otter Lake Mystery, #2

    I guess reviewers pick books for many reasons- the cover is pretty, they have read something else by the author, or maybe the blurb sounds interesting. None of those were the reason I chose this book, or so I thought. I saw a pumpkin, and thought, oh...

  • Review: Delta Rogue SEAL Team Phantom

    This is the third book in Ms. Boon’s Seal Team Phantom Series. It continues with the story line of a member of the team turning and no one is sure if he was the only one. The story is totally action packed with chases, gun fire and some really hot sex....

  • Review: The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole A Taste of Texas Mystery, #2

    We’re back in Broken Boot again, this time getting ready for the annual Homestead Day celebration. The opening festivities are hosted by country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s friend Patti. Josie fears her friend will fall for Clark’s...

  • Review: We Wish You a Murderous Christmas A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #2

    We’re back in Rudolph NY where Christmas themed shop owner Merry Wilkinson is preparing for the holidays. She’s enjoying an evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she discovers that the one of the owners health is failing. With his son primed to take over,...

  • Review: Twice Told Tail A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #6

    Hamlet the cat returns to Pettistone’s Fine Books for his sixth and final adventure. As Thanksgiving approaches, Darla Pettistone is preparing for the busiest shopping season of the year. They’ve recently launched their online store, where thanks to some...

  • Article: Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett! - Dark Streets

    Lorraine / Lorna is an author who does double duty! As Lorraine Bartlett she writes the Victoria Square Mystery series and Lotus Bay Mysteries, as Lorna Barrett she writes the Booktown Mysteries. She also pulls in triple duty as LL Bartlett with her Jeff...

  • Review: The Damascus Threat A Dominic Verrazzano Thriller / An ICE Thriller

    Working for a law enforcement agency like Immigration and Customs Enforcement is no job for the faint hearted. This book is about dealing with terrorist threats of all kinds. The reader knows that these threats are not only real but the people charged...

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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...