• 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...

  • 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...

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    “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,...

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    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...

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    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,...

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    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...

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.