Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: Nova Episodes: Survivalism

Nova Episodes: Survivalism Nova Episodes: Survivalism by Shaawen E. Thunderbird
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this doomsday scenario, the earth breaks up, and the survivors face rebuilding a world where individuals have telekinetic powers and can heal their bodies. This SyFy series is off to a great start with its unique characters. Loved the humor and I look forward to seeing what is in the future for this crew of fighters.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Battle of the Soul

Battle of the Soul Battle of the Soul by Carl Alves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being different has many drawbacks, but when you can enter the soul of a possessed person to battle demons, you are a Godsend to those individuals and their families. In this horror tale in the city of Philadelphia, we meet Andy Lorenzo a loner, junk food addict and demon fighter who is sent to exercise the demons in a young girl from south New Jersey who is not only possessed by one demon but four. How will Andy overcome the odds and eliminate the demons? With the aid of Andy's guardian Monsignor Curran and Lucus an experienced mercenary for the church, they fight the demons only to find out that Lucifer himself resides in the young girl. But why is Lucifer so interested in Andy? Could Andy be Lucifers, son? You are just going to have to read this book to find the answer. I hope that this author brings Andy back for more of his adventures while fighting demons in your soul.

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Review: Flood: The Story of Noah and the Family Who Raised Him

Flood: The Story of Noah and the Family Who Raised Him Flood: The Story of Noah and the Family Who Raised Him by Brennan S. McPherson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story brings us the tale of the biblical Noah and the great flood. Having read several books on the subject, I found it an enjoyable tale of how God chooses his leaders. In a previous book I read called "The Buried Book," you are introduced to Gilgamesh and the library that was discovered by several archeologists and their quest to unearth the meanings on the clay tablets. One of the tablets talked about Noah and the flood. While this book is fiction, the story revolves around Noah, his father, and grandfather who God speaks to. The bible has many tales of how to reach heaven, and this one is of those stories of how God can change your life when you follow his teachings.

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Review: Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus Sarcophagus by Ben Hammott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this story, you are transported back to the early 1900's when everyone was into being a budding archeologist. When a fellow scientist finds a lost Mayan civilization, he requests the assistance of his fellow scientist to come and arrange transportation of the artifacts back to London for the new exhibit that the museum is curating for a big public exhibition. One of the many objects is a sealed sarcophagus that has ancient writings that forwarn of an ancient alien that the Mayans trapped inside. While transporting the sarcophagus by ship, an unwelcome stowaway seeks to burglarize the shipment and undoubtedly unleashes the alien that runs around eating and growing in size after each large meal. With the help of a gold woven net, they capture the creature and reseal the sarcophagus. But is the beast dead for good? Or will he come back during the main exhibits event? You will just have to read the book to find out. If your an Indiana Jones or a Mummy fan than this is your book. There was plenty of blood and villains who fell prey to the beast in the sarcophagus.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Mud Puddlers

Mud Puddlers Mud Puddlers by Shaun Bailey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When the Hoover or Boulder Dam was being built in the thirties many individuals were still fighting for the few jobs that were being offered. On weekends many of the workers headed out to Las Vegas and William is no exception but William is constantly hawking his numbers game all to the consternation of his bosses at the Big Six company. Another of Williams downfalls is his big mouth always spouting off about work conditions and how he and his fellow workers should picket for better working conditions by involving a Union. With so many people wanting to see Willaim disappear never to be seen again I was surprised how he kept just one small step form that happening.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The World Itself Departed

The World Itself Departed The World Itself Departed by J.B. Beatty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another zombie apocalypse that has similar characteristics to the movie Zombieland where there this uber cool, sexy AK-47 toting high school female teenager teaming up with a dorky male counterpart from her high school in this satirical look at what happens when the sheet hits the fan when everyone starts dying from a strain of Flu. As a major fan of horror flicks, I enjoyed the way the characters interacted and found that having a sense of humor can help keep your sanity. If this were a Horror movie, I would have had my brains eaten by now...... sign me up for the next book in this series, I'm hooked!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Night Moves

Night Moves Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a Hollywood suburbanite family returns home from their routinely scheduled dinner out the husband finds an unexpected dead body of a male in his study with the face blown clean off along with their hands sawed off. Lieutenant Milo and Dr. Alex Deleware team up in this the thirty-third novel in that series to unravel all the clues that will lead eventually to the killer or killers. Having just finished a true crime novel that outlined the psychopath checklist, my first thoughts were that one of these quirky characters has got to be a devious psychopath. But is there just one? The story speeds along at a rapid clip almost like we are in the car with Lieutenant Milo at the wheel, LOL. Thank you for sending me this ARC copy in exchange for my honest review, I am passing it along to another who enjoys the Alex Deleware series as much as I do. Keep them coming! Mr. J. Kellerman, eventually I will get to read all the rest of these great stories. Its a wonder Milo a big man with all the food he puts away.

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Review: With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice

With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice by Dorothy Marcic
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Closer is a glorious feeling when you're left with a hole where a devastating event has torn your world apart when someone you love was violently murdered, and justice is unserved. When a family is left with few answers and the murderer gets off on a flimsy insanity plea the author seeks to find the facts that lead to her Uncles death when she was a young teenager. Can she piece the clues back together after so long? In her quest to unravel and locate witnesses and all the official reports taking several years she finally knows most of the truth surrounding her veteran police officer Uncle's brutal death and the cover-up by a first-class psychopath. A gripping tale of insanity, coercion, and death on a one-woman roller coaster ride through murder. Thank you for sending an ARC copy for reading pleasure in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: Ice Wolves

Ice Wolves Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone in Vallen knows that Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons are enemies. When 12-year-old Anders and his twin sister Rayna who were orphaned after the last Wolf and Dragon war find themselves torn apart they each try to find a way to find each other. But how can they explain to their new friends that their sibling is an enemy? While Anders is welcomed into the Wolf Academy his thoughts are constantly on finding his sister a scorch dragon. But how is this possible? How could there be a wolf and a dragon from the same family? In this harrowing tale of family and a country divided we learn that everyone has their own problems and that by helping each other we inevitably help ourselves. I am looking forward to the next installment in the Elementals series. Will the Wolves and Dragons learn to work together or destroy each other? I think with the help of Anders and Rayans new friends the country of Vallen is going to go through some drastic changes, hopefully for the better for everyone. I really liked how this story looks at how it feels to be different and to have secrets and that finding the right friends can bring out the best of your abilities. I was sent an ARC copy from entering a Giveaway from @Goodreads in exchange for an "honest" review. Thank you, Harper Collins, for mailing the book, Amie Kaufman for her insight into making this story worth reading again and again and Goodreads for their webpage offering giveaway books.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided

Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided by Catherine Pelonero
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

True crime author Catherine Pelonero presents the facts in what has become an all too typical occurrence in our society when individuals have fallen through the mental health wormhole of our nation to become serial killers or mass murderers. From page one I was intrigued by how the story unfolded from the first murders in Buffalo where the suspect used a .22 caliber gun and on into New York City where he stabbed several unarmed men to death. It was like a puzzle unfolding how the Police were able to piece together who the suspect might be even though he did not resemble his wanted posters in any way. While the killer targeted blacks, he felt that he was not a racist while many believed he was. If Joesph Christopher had received treatment when he asked for it would his victims still be alive? Why are we still having these problems of individuals in our society not receiving help? Get your copy today!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aiden must inhabit eight of the other guests at the party to solve the mystery or be forced to repeat history over and over again. His mind jumps from person to person trying to solve the mystery of who kills Evelyn Hardcastle in her old home by the lake where her brother died 19 years before with dark and dangerous consequences. Her parents have arranged a wedding that ensures their families financial future, but Evelyn has other plans.
The Footman will kill you if you do not answer the riddle of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle by eleven pm each night while you are trust into eight different guests. Loved how they were able to piece all the clues together all the while having to watch over your shoulder at all time, so the Footman does not kill you with his sharp knife. It was an exciting challenge for Aiden when he woke up in different bodies since they ranged in age, with health issues, so was limited to what he could accomplish in the allotted time. My first impression was that it was like the movie Ground Hog day with a dark, murderous mystery theme. Hope to see more from Stuart Turton I thought his descriptions of the scenes were enlightening I could almost smell the decay or the forest.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review: Blood Demons

Blood Demons Blood Demons by Richard Jeffries
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gruesome, disgusting life force eating Hindu blood demons team up with an Afganistan terrorist who tries to trap some elite soldiers in a cat and mouse game. But these demons have met their match in this high tech world where a group of ex-military with unlimited resources and brilliant scientists has launched a scheme to rid the world of these evil entities. Author, Richard Jefferies Blood Demon book, is not for the faint of heart with its eye-popping details of bodies ripped apart in minute details that will make your stomach queasy. The only thing I thought that could be done better was the sexual overtones on females. I could see this as a significant cult classic film with beautiful sexpots, rugged men, and devilish demons. This book was sent to me in Kindle format in return for an honest review from #NetGalley.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: The Mystery of Julia Episcopa

The Mystery of Julia Episcopa The Mystery of Julia Episcopa by John I. Rigoli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

History seems to have a way of being rewritten to fit what those seeking it wishes us to read for there own gains. In this historical fiction surrounding one of the biggest taboo's still to this day is the history of women and their roles as religious leaders in the Catholic religion. In this story we find two women archeologist tasked with finding any reference to females in the Church hierarchy. When they discover a corrected scroll mislabeled in the Vatican archives, they find themselves on the trail of a young roman woman who could be the first women bishop in the Catholic faith. Can they share their findings with the world without being labeled a man-hating feminist or have their careers destroyed by those who refuse to believe their conclusions? In this fantastic tale of Julia, we follow her life from pampered daughter in Rome to her unfulfilling marriage and her desire to spread the word of Jesus. #Netgalley #Goodreads

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Murder on Union Square

Murder on Union Square Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fascinating historical mystery set in New York City during the Victorian age of the early 1900's where Sarah a midwife and her new husband, ex-patrolman Malloy try to solve the murder of a young actor whom they have an acquaintance with through their ward Catherine. Murder on Union Square is the twenty-first in the Gaslight series by author Victoria Thompson and is just as exciting as the first one. I have grown very fond of the main characters, who want to fight for justice in an unjust world of money and greed. It is like coming home again in a good way with all your family and friends working together for a common good.

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Review: Bed of Bones

Bed of Bones Bed of Bones by Cheryl Bradshaw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Missionary murders are those in which the killer feels that they are on a mission that does not have to have a biblical theme. When a small boy falls to his death in Park City Utah, the police stumble upon seven dead women placed deep within the mine shaft in the late 50's. When a movie producer goes missing from the Sundance Movie festival after an explosion kills several prominent persons in the audience at the premiere of a movie based on the history of the kills. Sloane Monore PI must team up with her mafia boyfriends FBI brother to uncover the real killer before they can relive all those deaths. A thrilling crew of characters who work to bring the killer to justice.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: The Hostage

The Hostage The Hostage by Kathryn Berck
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It took me a good portion of the book to understand what the heck was going on within the pages. Unfortunately, this one was not one that I could follow with clear characters or an unraveling plot with any heartbeat, so I am a little disappointed in the presentation of the tale of an outlaw outcast who is jailed, reunited with his brother and set upon some unknown quest of sorts. This was the first in the Peryton series so possibly in the next book it will become more clear as to what the future holds for this clearly intelligent outlaw in rags with his one eye will encounter.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: Only Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The white man has destroyed more lives in history on the presumption that they are ridding the world of inferior races. Why are men so afraid of whom they do not understand? In this historical fictional story by Paul Howarth who lived sometime in Australia has brought to life a tale of two young boys that are faced with the killings of his parents and sister. The year is 1885 in Queensland Australia, while out hunting the boys happen upon a posse of the Native Patrol Police where they witness the enslavement, torture, and killing of aboriginal people. Lead into the outback to seek revenge on the culprits that killed their parents both boys must come to terms with their thoughts on racism in the world. History, what have we learned? Nothing! We are still killing each other. Only Killers and Thieves is a well tied together book that brought the brutality of the harsh environment and the deadly deeds done by ruthless individuals to light in this coming of age novel; I recommend it highly.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: A Treacherous Curse

A Treacherous Curse A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this English fictional Sherlockian crime-solving story that deals with murder, some stolen Egyptian property and a slew of lies and deceit. Our Victorian heroine Veronica Speedwell, the young illegitimate daughter of the Prince of Wales, has teamed up with her partner Revelstoke Templeton - Vane at the museum, they are working on establishing to solve the mystery of his ex-wife's missing husband and the theft of a priceless Egyptian headpiece. Can't wait to read the other stories by Deanna Raybourn in this series!

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Review: Caroline Eversole and the Gilded Gauntlet

Caroline Eversole and the Gilded Gauntlet Caroline Eversole and the Gilded Gauntlet by B.B. Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A steampunk action adventure with the main heroine Caroline Eversole pitted against the evilest of Pirates whom she must defeat to be able to live with the one she loves. If you're a fan of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kira Knightley in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies then you're in for another great adventure between the pages of this story by author B.B. Morgan. With its tall ships, grungy pirates, mermaids, gossiping whores, a flying machine and horses made from metal we travel from a quiet town to the open sea on an adventure to last a lifetime. #Goodreads #BBMorgan

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Review: Jubilee: The Heist to Erase Debt

Jubilee: The Heist to Erase Debt Jubilee: The Heist to Erase Debt by Joseph Preacher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

According to Leviticus, slaves and prisoners would be freed, and debts would be forgiven in a Jubilee event. Can these cyber hackers pull off the ultimate heist into Experfax and the other debt reporting agencies? Will the FBI's task force stop them before it happens? IT stands to reason that this story is a roller coaster of a ride from beginning to end with the crew first robbing ATM's of a substantial amount of loot, to them launching a protest to gain access to the key to unlocking their masterpiece software. If you're a cyber hacker or you just like a do-good story about how young Americans are changing our world, then this book is for you. Thanks, Goodreads and author Joseph Preacher for giving me this story to read at my leisure for an "honest" review. I will look forward to seeing more from this writer, with his clear writing on how the internet has changed everyone's lives. #Goodreads

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: The Search for Diego

The Search for Diego The Search for Diego by Edmond Bergeron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In my mind, I see a young Clint Eastwood playing the role of William MacLeod, a member of an American fur trapping party who falls for beautiful young women in need of recusing very nicely in this wholly adventurous packed historical fiction in the newly formed Alta Califonia under the control of the Republic of Mexico. With the loss of Maria, the mother of his young son Diego whom he has been torn away from. MacLeod must traverse his way back and forth across these desolate lands in search of his son, only to find himself blocked by bureaucratic paperwork, murders, lecherous soldiers, poor Indians indentured to the Missionary priests and evil money hungry foreigners bent on exploiting anyone they come in contact with. This book was won through the Goodreads giveaway and sent to me for an honest opinion. Thank you, both, and I look forward to reading more of authors E. Paul Bergeron's stories about the birth of California in his "A Land of Turmoil" series. I have already downloaded and added to my "to read" list the first in this series "In the Shadow of Vargas" which I have access to through my Amazon Unlimited Kindle account.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Review: The War Planners Series: Books 1-3

The War Planners Series: Books 1-3 The War Planners Series: Books 1-3 by Andrew Watts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! I spent four years living in the Norfolk area while my husband was stationed on the USS Independence Carrier while serving his country in the US Navy. Author Andrew Watts hit the nail dead-on with these three novels, that flow right from one to the next. While each book is a stand-alone story that kept me on the edge of my emotions through the whole ordeal of how those with an unexhausted wealth of money can become despots hell-bent on ruling the world in their image. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered, and that is what makes this series a must-read for any fans of espionage war thrillers of fiction.

Book 1: The War Planners with David Manning as a kidnapped computer analyst who was previously in the Navy and is held captive on a secluded island with other American's who have been lied to by their US bosses to participate in a think tank to find ways to breach the USA's defense system. David comes from a family of Navy personnel that include his Admiral father, brother an ex-Navy Seal, and sister who is an ace helicopter pilot.

Book 2: The War Stage with Chase Manning ex-Navy Seal is sent to Dubai on a CIA secret mission, betrayed by another and rescuing his brother are his main concerns.

Book 3: Pawns of the Pacific with Victoria Manning a Helicopter Boss in the US Navy on the USS Farragut Destroyer extracts her brother Chase from the jungles of Equador in an all-out race to get to Panama before being sunk by an enemy and avoiding World War III from breaking out.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review: The King of Bones and Ashes

The King of Bones and Ashes The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fascinating first book in the Witches of New Orleans paranormal fiction series by author J.D. Horn that I read through Kindle on Amazon. The King of Bones and Ash is a stand-alone book, but since it delves deep into the history of the witches and their families, it would probably be good to start at the beginning of this series. The overall story of a witches family being torn apart with the youngest daughter Alice institutionalized by her father at a young age but is sent home to attend her Grandfather funeral. There she is thrust back into a world of magic, death and family secrets. I found some passages hard to follow the train of thought, and the tempo of the book did not flow as smoothly as it could. All in all, it had some strong characters, and I hope to read the next in this series.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Dark Lava

Dark Lava Dark Lava by Toby Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lei and Michael work for the Maui Police Department, recently married and thinking of starting a family has Lei wondering if her new assignment in the Bomb Squad is a good idea. When Michaels ex-wifes dies from a stab wound all suspicion lands on Michael. In a past case, both Michael and Lei have been under threat of a criminal who is hell-bent on their demise. Toby Neal author has continued with his series of Lei Crime with this being number seven and it is just as tantalizing as the first. If you love a good crime novel, then look no further.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Bury the Past

Bury the Past Bury the Past by James L'Etoile
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stayed up till five in the morning so I could finish reading this thrilling novel by James L'Etoile from Crooked Lane publishing that I received by entering a Goodreads giveaway. With Sacramento Police Detective John Penley and his partner, Detective Paula Newberry are called to a murder scene that has evidence that trails back to when Newberry was once an IA (internal affairs) officer all leads arrive at a cop who has been in prison. How can the DA really release this prisoner and how is so much evidence pointing to Newberry as the culprit? Crooked cops, millions in drugs and money and witnesses being slowly eliminated one by one having Penley and Newberry racing the clock to apprehend the real murderers. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a good plot with lifelike crime-fighting characters who find the villains at every turn.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Grace Lost

Grace Lost Grace Lost by M. Lauryl Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They are coming to get you! These new zombies do not seem to be following all of the zombie conceptions that Geroge Romero made famous in his Dawn of the Dead series of movies. "Grace Lost" is the first in author M. Lauryl Lewis Grace series featuring Zoe Kate and Adam Boggs who realize that both the undead and the living can kill you that first published in 2012 by Larson Falls Publishing. Meeting up with other survivors they head into the mountains, but how safe are they? Can these zombies think and how does Zoe tune into their gruesome, ugly thoughts of murderous desperation to eat your flesh so well? I would like to try the next one in this series and see where the story takes our lost lambs next. You can find this book on Amazon Kindle as I did.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Review: Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hot, Hot, Hot and erupting with funny gags in author Angela Roquet first story in the Lana Harvey; Reaper Inc. series that will have you chuckling along at the comic adventure's the main heroine whose boss is none other than the head Grim, the transporter of souls to their final resting place. When Lana and her friends are up for a new promotion, they find themselves in direct battle with demons and double-dealing deities that have other plans for the souls she is gathering. I found the many characters to be entertaining in many ways each with a new, unexpected twist to their personalities that make this a unique theme on deaths Inferno.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: The Christmas Card Murders: A Gripping Christmas Crime Thriller

The Christmas Card Murders: A Gripping Christmas Crime Thriller The Christmas Card Murders: A Gripping Christmas Crime Thriller by Anthony Litton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Egads, Christmas time is supposed to be one of wonder, joy, and excitement, not in this story that finds us on the trail of a deranged murderer. Could the death of a young woman who was brutally left on the side of the road to die while out delivering her late Christmas Cards in the rural countryside of Beldon Magma be the reason for all the present day deaths? With a cast of a production company gathering for the holidays, the British police have quite a few suspects to research. Author Anthony Little's book is the first one that I have read by him, but it won't be my last. I felt the story was both well structured, with engrossing characters and some quite gruesome methods of murder made this a win-win in my book.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Still Me

Still Me Still Me by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleased to say that I really liked reading this book. It is a little out of my normal genre but I read some good reviews about it and said: "what the hell, go for it". In this fictional novel by Jojo Moyes, we find Louisa Clark our main character moving from England and taking a job in NYC (New York City) to be the assistant to a young woman who has recently been married to an uber-wealthy older gentleman. Louisa takes her task in stride, with many major setbacks but in the end, finds the courage and determination to make it in the Big City. To keep one's values above all that life can throw at you truly show a person of integrity. Lousia is a complex woman who finds new friends and loses some friends over secrets that Lousia must keep hidden from her employer. Loved it and have added author Jojo Moyes to my follow list. Thank you, Goodreads and publisher Pamela Dorman Books for giving me the chance to read an ARC addition to this stand-alone book in the "Me Before You Series".

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere

Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere by Jan Chozen Bays
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book sits in my pocketbook so I can re-read over some of the new skills I have learned from using this small book packed with everyday exercises in Mindful Meditation practices that I have incorporated into my life. Just being able to make my body relax has been a big achievement. Each chapter sets you on an exercise to complete with encouraging words to enhance the learning experience. Just today I used some breathing exercises while I waited for my blood to be drawn and it made the time I spent there that much more enjoyable and isn't that what we all want, a more enjoyable life.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: The Sherlock Effect

The Sherlock Effect The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this fictional crime-fighting mystery, we find a man whose Pastor father chose to give his son the middle name of Sherlock after his favorite author Sir Conan Doyle famous London private detective. With the help of a close friend, the two open a private detective agency called Baskerville's where they furnish the interior to resemble one in which Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson would find to their liking, with a violin in the corner of a fully equipped room straight from an antique store. To further the marketing of the Sherlockian theme, Christopher Sherlock Webster wears clothes similar to the original Holmes would have worn. I admire the way the author Raymond Kay Lyon and his publishing co. Thistle Publishing followed the same format that put each case into its own short story again similar to the way the original canons was published. Each story was a walk back into the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson that both the characters start to emulate wonderfully. I highly recommend this novel to any mystery book lover plus I can see this becoming a series in the future. This story was lent to me to read through NetGalley in exchange for an "honest" opinion of my thoughts on the book. Thank you, #NetGalley, #TheSherlockEffect, #RaymondKayLyon #BookReview

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: The Templar Salvation

The Templar Salvation The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, I understand the whole concept of "The Church/Vatican" having documents that portray the religion in a bad light and that we the little people of the world with our minimal intellect must be kept from reading these ancient records and stories. But that is just what everything that is written is: a story. Benjamin Franklin said. "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. While the action was commendable I kept wondering why these two individuals learned nothing from their past experiences in the book "The Last Templar". As a mother, I wanted to reach out and slap Alex and say you have a daughter, stop putting your life in danger needlessly and of course, she gets nabbed by the bad guy, ugh.

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Review: The Hangman's Daughter

The Hangman's Daughter The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stupendous, I so enjoyed this art illustrated ebook version of this novel that was translated from German by Lee Chadeayne and first published by AmazonCrossing in 2010. The author Oliver Potzsch genealogy played an important role in the making of this book since his family can trace their lineage to the famous Kuisls, one of Bavaria's infamous families of executioners. It was intriguing to find that people have not changed in the manner they treat each other even to this day when people are different from themselves and produce what I like to think of as moments of complete insanity of reasoning. In this tale of malice, we find the Hangman not a cold-blooded killer but one who takes great care in studying the art of healing and the injustice of those who may be wrongly accused of a crime. When faced with the torture of an innocent midwife accused of witchcraft, the Hangman along with his headstrong daughter and her besotted physician admirer must follow the clues that will lead to the true criminals in the town before they can burn the midwife. From beginning to end I was enthralled with the way the story flowed and the true to life characters that graced the pages. I found this book on Amazon prime and was able to download a free version. Thank you, I have added this writer to my Follow list and look forward to reading more of these phenomenal glimpses into the past.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: Meditation: Meditation for Beginners - How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness

Meditation: Meditation for Beginners - How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness Meditation: Meditation for Beginners - How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness by Yesenia Chavan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My doctors suggested that I try to meditate for my health. This book has helped me do just that. I found this book to be very informative with an easy to follow guide to attain my goals.

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Review: Scribes

Scribes Scribes by James Wolanyk
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Humph, not sure why I could not really get my teeth into this book. There are some good qualities to the novel by author James Wolanyk that include the overall story of a young girl who has the gift of using magical cuts upon the skin that bring health and healing upon the person. This was the first in the Scribe series so hopefully, in the next one, the action can be ramped up a few notches. At every turn, Anna is subjected to violence and cruelty but she finds real peace when she helps the foundling children that have lost everything. Can she break away from the individuals that want to use her power to back their side of the war? I was given a chance to read this book through the Goodreads giveaways for my honest opinion in a book review. Thank you, James Wolanyk, Goodreads and publisher Rebel Base Books.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Review: The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery

The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery by Jean-Luc Bannalec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who knew there were so many different brands of salt? In this crime mystery, we find Commissaire Dupin teaming up with Commissaire Rose to solve the mystery of the blue barrels and the murder of his journalist friend. What would cause someone to murder her? Did she find evidence of wrongdoing in the salt flats of Brittany in France? I really enjoyed learning about salt and look forward to reading more of Commissaire Dupin's escapades. And where might that escaped Kangaroo next make an appearance?

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: Arachnosaur

Arachnosaur Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As much as I loathe spiders they have a weird fascination for me. Two of my favorite movies are Eight Legged Freaks and Arachnophobia and if this book was made into a movie it will also be added to the list of movies to watch time and again. The military acronyms were a little hard to follow but since I got it as a kindle version through Netgally I was able to quickly get the information quickly. There was lots of action, unique characters, creepy ancient spiders and some really bad ass villains you really hope get what is coming to them in the end.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Super Con

Super Con Super Con by James Swain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Las Vegas where even the gambling establishments are crooked. If you enjoyed the movie's Ocean's 11 or the Italian Job you are in for a treat. Billy Cunningham is the leader of a crew of grifters whose life revolves around pulling cons on the big casinos. With the super bowl just around the corner, Billy and his crew are forced into setting up a super con for a ruthless Asian criminal named Broken Tooth who kidnaps Billy's limo driver. With the aid of his past flame actress Maggie Flynn, a Gambling agent named Grimes, another crime family and of course some not so squeaky clean football players, the con is on but will he win millions or end up in jail for a long time?

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Review: Animal Farm and 1984

Animal Farm and 1984 Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is the year 2017 and this book rings true to what is happening in the country of North Korea at the present moment in history. The North Koreans have had their rations cut and their leader uses all the money to build weapons of mass destruction. Too bad we could not drop copies of this book into the North Korean hands. Having been born a free American I see certain aspects that concern me here in my own country and around the world. Why does power so change people? So far in all of history, we have dealt with individuals who have become despots whose only aim is to take take take. When will we all learn that power to one or just a few people will change them mostly for the worst? Such a sad tale but one that is important to learn.

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Review: Nightblade

Nightblade Nightblade by Garrett Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loren of the family Nelda has had enough of being beaten by her parents, so when she spies a stranger traveling through her forest homelands she bids him to take her with him. From the moment Loren leaves home she finds herself involved with the King's Law, thieves but also finds friends that she becomes attached to. The dagger she carries from her home has strange markings and jewels attached, she has named it Nightblade. But what do others know about this blade and its secrets? I am hooked on finding out what happens in this series and have added this author to the list of "follow author". I was able to read this book on Amazon Prime which I downloaded to my kindle app. This book reminded me of novels by J.R. Tolkien and the Game of Thrones series which are two of my favorites.

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Review: The Judas Hoard

The Judas Hoard The Judas Hoard by Barbara Erlichman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful, I really liked the plot and characters in this story about several coins that go missing after the death of the owner that once belonged to Judas Iscariot making them immensely valuable. All leads so far lead to his niece Linden who has gone missing but of course, we all know that the most likely suspect is not going to be the most obvious one who committed the crime. Linden teams up with Alex who was hired to find Linden, together they set out to locate the coins so she can clear her name. I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways, thank you.

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