Publication Day: 1 November 2018
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: B07JGM35N4 (Kindle book)
Category: Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural
ABOUT THE BOOK
Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he’s sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy.
Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own.
Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa, and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll. Out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, the detectives find themselves pitched as much against one another as the mob. As the tension rises, it’s clear the operation is not going to plan. Is Nic Costa getting too close to the enemy for comfort – and is there a traitor among them …? Continue reading “#BookReview: The Savage Shore (A Nic Costa Mystery Book 10) by David Hewson @david_hewson @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroup”
Publication Day: 08 May 2018
ISBN: B076H4X9D4 (Kindle book)
Category: Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Obsession, Mental Illness
I decided to read another book from my TBR pile and remembered that I selected this book because of the author’s acknowledgments page. She notes, “The first draft of this book was written in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society”. Though it was published in May of this year, the injustices continue to this day and I couldn’t wait to begin.
When I lived with my mother there were monsters only I could see in the corner of my room, hidden by the cobwebs and filth that clung to our walls. I came to an agreement with those monsters. If I agreed never to look straight at them, they agreed not to eat me. It lessened the terror a bit.
Continue reading “#Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall @aramintahall @mcdbooks #psychological thriller #obsession”
Publication Day: 25 June 2018
Publisher: Brent Jones
ISBN: B07CBRX77Q (Kindle book)
Category: Fiction, Suspense Thriller, Serial Killer, Series
Being plain on the outside was a good aesthetic for a woman planning to commit homicide. It was a style that I liked to call thrift-shop fabulous. It made me a bit of an odd duck, sure, but it kept the human race at a distance, which is just how I liked it.
Afton Morrison’s alter ego, “Animus”, describes her as “a female psychopathic vegetarian librarian with a pet goldfish”. Afton sees herself as doing good by killing evil, but she hasn’t killed yet, she has only dreamed it.
She is stalking a local man who was accused of sexually assaulting women in her town, but no charges were filed. She is going to make him pay, but she has a stalker herself, “The Man in the Shadows”, a person from “the incident” in her past.
I picked up this book because of the female librarian serial killer perspective, but I found Afton’s snarky quips extremely engaging and couldn’t wait to see how she pulled off the murder. The suspense is enthralling not only for what Afton is planning but what is happening to her against her will. The only “bad” thing I can say is that the first book in the series is way too short at 116 pages. Yet another series that I plan to continue. Highly recommend. Continue reading “#BookReview: Go Home, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series #1) by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ #serialkiller #suspense”
He loved being him… he got away with murder.
She loved being her… until she met him.
The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humor and pulsating sex scenes.
With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally, Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead. Continue reading “#Spotlight Unfinished Business (David Trilogy #2) by S.C. Cunningham @sccunningham8 @rararesources”
Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.
Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.
Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.
They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.
When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.
Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away? Continue reading “#BlogTour #BlogReview: Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #giveaway”
A HAUNTED MAN.
A BURIED PAST.
A JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS.
The title of Wright’s third book in the Detective J.T. Ellington series, caught my eye as I was browsing NetGalley one day, so after debating if I should read the third book in a series I had never read, I downloaded it and the rest is history.
Set in the tumultuous 1960s among the Vietnam War, ghetto rioting, and the rise of a militant antiwar movement, Joseph Ellington is swept from Bristol to Harlem, to New Orleans, and finally to Barbados inside of just a few days. The telegram he receives from his cousin Vic (a man with questionable business practices) is short and to the point “Joseph Stop I sincerely regret to inform you of the death of your sister Bernice May Ellington Stop Request you make arrangements to return to Barbados to settle affairs Stop.” Joseph’s journey to Barbados is laden with violence, death and family secrets that will change his life forever. Continue reading “#BookReview: Restless Coffins (Detective J.T. Ellington #3) by M.P. Wright @EllingtonWright @bwpublishing”
Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.
Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming… Continue reading “#BookTour #BookReview: Visions (Same Face Different Place Book 2) by Helen Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources”
A natural-born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.
But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure. Continue reading “#BookReview: The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury @JameyBradbury @weiss_squad @harpercollins”
“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.
With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”
Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons. She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil. When she was contacted by the missing girls’ family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn’t work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max “Cap” Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms. But will this cool-headed man and “goofy” dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets? Will she be able to find the girls in time? Continue reading “#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks”
“My father created Mister Tender, and Mister Tender nearly killed me.”
How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?
At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.
Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…
Continue reading “#BookReview: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson @iamcarterwilson”
“He wonders if other people look at their partners at night, peacefully dozing, and imagine killing them…when he finally falls asleep, it’s to the image of cutting her open and bathing his face with her blood.”
A serial killer is chopping up bodies and has a vendetta against sarcastic Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, highest ranking female cop in the Violent Crimes Unit in Chicago. Battling with her mother who is furious that Jack wants her to move from Florida to Chicago to live with her due to a near fatal fall, a partner who is on a hopeless diet and having a mid-life crisis, and a diaper-wearing, sadistic cat named Mr. Friskers, how does she find the time to find a killer? No problem. He’ll find her.
Continue reading “#Book Review: Bloody Mary (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, Book 2) by J.A. Konrath @jakonrath”
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Romance, Series
Release Date: February 2012
Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Continue reading “#BookReview: Beginnings (Same Face Different Place Book 1) by Helen Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources”
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Series
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters? In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.
In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.
Continue reading “Book Review: Triple Cross Killer (State Detective Special Forces #1) by Rosemarie Aquilina (9781946143389)”
“The definition of insanity, Fox,” Wesley used to remind me, paraphrasing Einstein, “is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.”
Dr. Anna Fox is agoraphobic and has been holed up in her home for ten months after her tragic accident. She spends her days drinking and medicating herself watching her neighbors through her window. When her new neighbors, the Russell’s, move in, her life will never be the same. She witnesses a murder and no one believes her. Will her persistence put her life in danger?
Continue reading “#BookReview: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks”
It seems as though all hell has broken loose in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the administration is more than a little perplexed about how best to proceed.
Lucas Martin is a retired U.S. government agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help prove that the Serbian militia is murdering Croatians and Muslim people in Bosnia. His Croatian family ties and contacts from earlier government assignments in the Balkans help him infiltrate the country. However, the task is nearly impossible with dire consequences for anyone being caught by the militia. Will he get the intel in time for the U.S. government and the United Nations to step in and help the people in Croatia?
Continue reading “#BookReview: Into Hell’s Fire by Douglas Cavanaugh (9780985468415)”
“You’re dead already…. They’ll all know about you in the whispering room.”
Jane Hawk is a rogue agent fighting for her and her son’s life and avenging her late husband’s murder. Silicon Valley billionaire David James Michael and owner of the biotech company, Far Horizons, is her target. His company is making nanomachines injected into the bloodstream to be used as a control mechanism “eliminating people who will push civilization in the wrong direction”. Her husband was a product of the experiment and as she delves deeper into the peculiar town of Iron Furnace, Kentucky, she finds a “menace of place as felt in Dachau or Auschwitz, or in the Soviet gulags”.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (9780345546807)”
“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.
When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”. The one what? It took several years to find out what the man meant.
Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide. Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?
Continue reading “Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)”
A random rookie attorney, an infamous German assassin, a political reporter, and the CIA. What was the thread that tied the puzzle all together? Sam Callahan is the only one that can solve the puzzle, but he has to get out of Mexico with no passport or money, go to New Orleans to find a man who may be tied to his past, and save his kidnapped girlfriend in D.C., all while trying to escape an assassin’s bullet.
Continue reading “Book Review: Shadow Shepherd by Chad Zunker (9781542045544)”
This story has as many twists and turns as Lombard Street in San Francisco.
Nick and Amy Dunn were the golden couple; the couple everyone wanted to know, but after losing both of their jobs in New York the marriage started to wane. Nick finds out that his mother dies which prompts them to move to Missouri to run the family bar. To Nick’s surprise Amy disappears and the investigation uncovers all kinds of secrets that point to Nick as the abductor and killer.
Written from Nick and Amy’s points of view this is a sociopathic tale revealed right before your eyes. This is an incredible read and your emotions will be ripped apart and thrown in your face. A must read for those who like a disturbing mystery.
In reading the second installment of the Gretchen Lowell series, I was interested to find out what happened with the unusual relationship of Archie Sheridan (Portland police detective) and Gretchen Lowell (serial killer). Ms. Cain did not disappoint me.
Archie Sheridan is trying to mend his relationship with his wife and children. He has kept away from Gretchen Lowell, but his thoughts are always with her and the pills he takes for the pain caused by being Gretchen’s last torture victim, are taking their toll. Archie wants to die and Gretchen’s escape from prison has given him a plan to make his wish come true.
Susan Ward wants to expose Senator Castle’s past “affair” with a 14-year old, but there is a cover up that involves murder. Who killed her mentor, what have the bodies in the park have to do with the Castle story and who is trying to kill her?
Again, a great suspense thriller with two nail-biting mysteries to keep you reading until the ultimate climax. On to book 3.