Tense, gritty, and thrilling! Continue reading Review: Kiss & Tell
I dare you to read this and tell me that you saw the end coming. Go on! I dare you! Continue reading Review: A Killer Kebab
Sarah Fox has written another yummy Pancake House mystery guaranteed to keep cozy fans coming back for seconds. Continue reading Review: For Whom the Bread Rolls
Arrivals and Arrests is an excellent debut to a promising new series and I look forward to more of Fenella’s adventures. I definitely recommend this to readers looking for a fun cozy mystery to curl up with for an afternoon. Continue reading Review: Arrivals and Arrests
Darkscope skillfully weaves mystery, suspense, thrills, chills and horror into an exquisitely tense story of family secrets, lies and deception. Continue reading Review: Darkscope
Southern Spirits is a a real page-turner; fun, exciting and addicting. I definitely recommend this series as a must read for fans of paranormal and/or cozy mysteries. Continue reading Review: Southern Spirits
The Swap is an excellent 5 star thriller that will keep you turning pages – and looking over your shoulder – right to the very last page. Continue reading The Swap
A Deadly Thaw is a tense thrill ride through twisted justice and family secrets that wil keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless. Continue reading Review: A Deadly Thaw
An exceptional mystery and I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this book as a must read! Charley Carpenter, owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, is a member of the Agatha Book Club (named after the Dame herself) with a clique of high society ladies. After two local women are found dead, Charley and BFF Frankie find clues that link the murders to their book club. Charley reluctantly takes the information to Detective Marcus Trenault. Despite their rocky past, Charley and Marcus must team up to stop a murderer. Continue reading Review: The Book Club Murders
The Healing Art of Essential Oils: A Guide to 50 Oils for Remedy, Ritual, and Everyday Use is a great reference as an introduction to essential oils and aromatherapy. Continue reading Review: The Healing Art of Essential Oils
Humorous, entertaining and witty, Quirky Essays for Quirky People has 24 essays/short stories about life, family, and the perfection of life as an imperfect person. Continue reading Review: Quirky Essays for Quirky People: The Complete Collection
Captivating, exciting and thrilling romp through history, Daufuskie Island will appeal to history buffs of all ages, from kids to adults. Continue reading Review: Daufuskie Island
Who killed Vivian Morse? A killer, of course. But which one? Continue reading Review: Who Killed Vivien Morse
Dead & Buried by Helen H. Durrant Dead & Buried is the fifth book Calladine and Bayless series, and I was really impressed by how quickly I was able to sink into the story, despite having not read the first four books in the series. Great characters and a fantastic plot combined to create a gripping story, fast paced and impossible to put down. The plot moved swiftly and played out so smoothly that I read most of it in one afternoon. I enjoyed watching how the investigation moved seamlessly, connecting all the deaths to a single event 40 years … Continue reading Review: Dead & Buried
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths An ethereal vision of a woman in blue in a graveyard one night leads to the body of a beautiful young model found dead in a ditch. DI Nelson and his crew find themselves in a new investigation to find who is strangling blonde women in the medieval pilgrimage town of Little Walsingham. At the same time, Ruth is contacted by an old university friend who requests Ruth’s help in tracking down the author of several threatening letters. I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Ruth Galloway series. The main plot, the … Continue reading Review: The Woman in Blue
Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman Entertaining and amusing, the Jamie Quinn series has intriguing plots, lots of laughs, great characters, and packed with action. Jamie Quinn, a South Florida divorce attorney with a knack for finding herself in trouble, has her hands full in Engaged in Danger. After Jamie is contacted by a woman wanting to divorce her husband, a well-connected lawyer, Jamie enlists the help of BFF Grace and PI Duke in what will be a difficult court battle. As they work to build their case, they uncover evidence of financial crimes, Russian mobsters … Continue reading Review: Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Ordeal by Jørn Lier Horst Jørn Lier Horst never fails to impress me, his William Wisting series draws you in with their intense and thrilling plots. A former police detective in Norway, his experience shows with how well crafted and realistic the story’s investigation plays out. In Ordeal, the cold case of a taxi driver missing for over 6 months has Wisting stumped, that is until a close friend tells him about a strange customer at her cafe who makes several comments that could be clues to the case. That starts Wisting on a journey encompassing illicit activities going back … Continue reading Review: Jørn Lier Horst – Ordeal
Missing: A Gripping Crime Thriller by Ed James Thrilling, compelling and gritty, Missing delves into the difficult subject of of child sexual abuse and its impact; not only for the victim, but also the family and the police officers assigned to investigate the case. This will definitely be high on my favorite books of the year list, the finely woven plot unwound bit by bit, with lots of plot twists and red herrings that kept me guessing as the book raced towards the shocking finale. The main character, Craig Hunter is a likeable guy. I mean, who wouldn’t love a … Continue reading Review: Missing by Ed James
Divining Murder by GM Cameron
A woman is found murdered in a ritualistic way, and the police have very information to go on. The victim, a middle aged woman who left her husband to start a mysterious new life is found in an alley in Glasgow with multiple stab wounds. Shortly after the murder, Andromeda (Annie to her friends) spies a man at a Glasgow train station whose aura is clearly evil. After leaving an anonymous tip for the police, they trace the tip back to her, and with no other information to go on, begin to investigate what she saw. It soon becomes apparent that Annie is the key to unraveling the mystery and stopping a man bent on evil.
I’m a sucker for paranormal mysteries, and I’m a sucker for Scottish mysteries, so I had pretty high expectations just from reading the blurb. And it was (for the most part) an excellent mystery, with a taut plot, great characters and lots of magic.
The plot was really well done; a great premise that grew and spiraled as the book went on, wth an action packed ending. I liked that there were actually 3 teams working on the mystery separately, it was a great way to integrate new information. So there was Annie and her friends, the victim’s ex-husband, friend and her sister (who is a nun) plus the police. And – you won’t believe this – every time the amateurs found out new information they – get ready for this – called the police and told them of their findings! Amazing, right?
I really enjoyed all the characters, from bohemian Annie to angsty punker Doll to soft-hearted thug Mick, they were a likable crew. I have to say, out of all the characters, the cops were the most confusing to me. I lost track of who was who, outside of Angela and Donnelly.
What kept me from rating this 5 stars (because it really was a great book) was a couple of things. For one, it was predictable. I knew what was going to happen at the end before I was a third of the way through the book. I kept reading, hoping I was wrong but no, it’s like I’m psychic or something. Also, this book went on way too long, a little editing would’ve tightened up the story and made it a lean, mean, mystery machine.
Overall, a great mystery and perfect for anyone who loves Tartan Noir or witches or magic.
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The Ghost in Mr. Pepper’s Bed by Sigrid Vansandt Sonya Curuthers is a medium who specializes in ghost therapy (in other words, seances). Early one morning at the Whispering Pines RV Park, Mr. Pepper wakes to a ghostly woman snuggling up to him and the resulting kerfuffle between the ghost of his dead wife and the spooning specter sends him running to the woman in charge of the RV park, who calls Sonya for help. When bones are discovered in a pit soon after, Sonya (along with her wee terrier and the ghost of a 19th century Scottish laird) has … Continue reading Review: The Ghost in Mr. Pepper’s Bed
Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower Crime and Poetry . the first book in the new Magical Bookshop series, has Violet Waverly rushing home after an urgent call that her grandmother is dying and needs her to return home to Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls, NY. When she arrives, she finds her grandmother, Daisy, is just fine and lured her back home to take over the family business, a bookshop called Charming Books. Haunted by the death of a friend 12 years ago, Violet intends to return to Chicago to continue getting her degree, but when Daisy’s friend Benedict Raisin … Continue reading Review: Crime and Poetry
Death at a Fixer Upper by Sarah T. Hobart Laugh-out-loud funny, with a riveting plot, gorgeous locale and charming characters, Death at a Fixer Upper will appeal to cozy mystery fans looking for a fun, light read. Death at a Fixer Upper is the first in the Home Sweet Home mystery series. Sam Turner is a fledgling real estate agent with three offers on a decrepit mansion. One by one, the prospective buyers turn up dead. Can she solve the mystery before she turns up dead? Fantastic book! It grabbed hold of me from the very first page. I made … Continue reading Review: Death at a Fixer-Upper