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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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The Christmas Card Murders

The Christmas Card Murders The Christmas Card Murders 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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Leaves of Fire

Leaves of Fire Leaves of Fire by Michael B. Koep
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this fantastical story, we are introduced to a world that's been influenced by two men, brothers, one a poet and another artist. What makes these men unique is their writing and art opens doors into heaven. I found the first part of the book somewhat hard to follow but once I became familiar with all the characters I was drawn into their adventures and look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: The Backup Asset

The Backup Asset The Backup Asset by Leslie Wolfe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An intriguing fictional story delving into the world of American and Russian espionage by placing spies that will coerce scientists into stealing top-secret documents. With the help of a team of private experts, the CIA uncovers the trail of the thief and their Russian trainers. With so much going in the world today, you have to stop and think about how true life the storyline of this book really is. I am looking forward to the next installment of America's never-ending fight against the power-hungry individual despots the world has created. Why does power so change people for the worst? #BookReview #TheBackupAsset

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: What Hides Beneath

What Hides Beneath What Hides Beneath by J.L. Canfield
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Crazy people do crazy things, in this whodunit that centers around a museum's stolen art, while detectives try to find not only the missing stolen object but also the insurance agent who has disappeared along with the stolen items. From the beginning, you have many suspects that could have committed the crime but as the pages unfold we are able to eliminate suspects to come to the real devious criminal insane mind behind the murders and thefts. Who will it be? Will they catch the killer in time to save lives? #BookReview #WhatHidesBeneath

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Review: Gods of Howl Mountain

Gods of Howl Mountain Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this historical fiction, we meet a slew of unique characters that have been traumatized by war, violence, and poverty. Rory a Korean war veteran who has returned to Grannie Mae's home in rural Wilkes Couty of North Carolina missing a leg drives some souped-up race cars through the nights delivering moonshine and along the way become infatuated with the local serpent preachers daughter. Will Rory find and enact vengeance on the man who left his mother so traumatized that she resides in the local insane asylum? Are the men who drive and build these suped-up cars destined to start a national trend? I am always pleased with a book if I come away with some knowledge or wisdom that will stay with me, this book has done that and more. Will there be a sequel? I do hope so, I think this would make a great movie. Justin Beil as Rory? #BookReview #GodsofHowlMountain

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth

Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth by Tamara Laporte
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just love the ideas of melding art with self awareness while making a lifelong journal.

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Review: Look for Me

Look for Me Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Detective D.D. Warren has big plans this weekend with her son and husband to choose a dog from the local shelter but she dragged away when she gets a call concerning the murder of four family members. Tasked with solving this brutal murder she must also search the city for the last remaining member of the city. Could the missing teenage daughter be the murderer? or is she a victim? Was this murder related to possible child abuse allegations when the children had been briefly put in foster care with the state? or was one of the teenage girl involved with gangs? And how can some local survivors of violent crimes be able to assist the police? I like the characters and the fact that unfortunately, all the scenarios were believable in the present. Keep them coming, Lisa Gardner, I really enjoy your writing.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Beast of Dracula

Beast of Dracula Beast of Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bisexual Princess Ruxandra Dracula's daughter has been dragged away from NYC in 1927 and coerced into finding what is killing humans in California where another Vampire Elizabeth and Dorotyas live. So much blood dripping, splattering, and spilling from those caught in the teeth and talons of the creatures that feed on human blood will send goosebumps over your entire body. Will Ruxandra win the fight or die trying? Has the German Vampire Kade come to help her or someone else?

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Review: Richard the Lionheart: A Life From Beginning to End

Richard the Lionheart: A Life From Beginning to End Richard the Lionheart: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

King Richard is best known for his role in the tale of Robin Hood. But do you know anything else about King Richard? One of my favorite subjects is history and these short novels by Hourly History are perfect as a starting point into the lives of historical figures that have shaped our world. Has our society learned anything from history? In my own opinion, we have not. Power changes people and not always in a good manner. But we all have to start somewhere and reading about history is a good start to learning how to live today.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Year One

Year One Year One by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nora Roberts is a first-class writer who delivers an outstanding performance consistently with her writing. My first encounter with this author was with her J.D. Robb crime series, but I have read many of her other novels as well, and each and everyone one has been a first-class novel. In this apocalyptic thriller, we find the world plunged into chaos after a family unleashes a supernatural power that spreads a disease that will decimate the earth leaving those who have survived to overcome the violence to start a better life with their new magical abilities. Who will survive and who will perish? An exciting page turner with many characters you will love or hate so don't wait to get your copy of this riveting book.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: The Widening Gyre

The Widening Gyre The Widening Gyre by Chuck Grossart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you believe in God then you must believe that there is also the Devil. In the war between God and the Devil, there are those on earth that have been chosen to fulfill certain destinies in the fight for world domination. With the help of ghosts who were brutally murdered two young adults find themselves fighting for their lives from people controlled by demons hell-bent on killing them. Will they win in the end? or not? Good character development and an interesting twist on the fight between good and evil.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: Death of an Honest Man

Death of an Honest Man Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scottish Detective Hamish Macbeth with his bright ginger hair is content to solve crimes but shies away from any type of promotion. In this, the thirty-third in Hamish Macbeth series by author M.C. Beaton we find Hamish knee-deep in suspects after a local newcomer who seemed to have insulted just about everyone he came in contact with is found dead in a peat bog. Not only is Hamish inundated with possible murder suspects but he also finds himself having to train or replace several new police recruits, along with trying to stay one step ahead of his boss who has it out to discredit Hamish at every chance and save his once pet wildcat. So many fun quirky loveable characters that blended together to set a tale that only the English can weave. This writer has earned a spot on my must-read shelf.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Review: They All Fall Down

They All Fall Down They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Your fellow residents of a physiatrist clinic start committing suicide and you insist that they have been murdered but when your crazy nobody believes you. A good look at how many mental health patients are misunderstood by those who think they are the sane ones.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: Celtic Viking

Celtic Viking Celtic Viking by Lexy Timms
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A historical tale of adventure that will have you traveling back to a magical time filled with cruelty and honor.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: Mehndi for the Inspired Artist: 50 contemporary patterns & projects inspired by traditional henna art

Mehndi for the Inspired Artist: 50 contemporary patterns & projects inspired by traditional henna art Mehndi for the Inspired Artist: 50 contemporary patterns & projects inspired by traditional henna art by Morgan Alex
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This well-structured book has high-quality images along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions that will have you creating and crafting some uniques designs on yourself, family and friends in henna or incorporating the same designs on objects such as a glass jar and just about any surface artists use as a canvas. I myself have incorporated some of the designs into Mandalas for coloring. My next project I want to try on some Mason Jars as shown in the book for gift giving this holiday season.

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Review: A Christmas Return

A Christmas Return A Christmas Return by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When aging Mariah Ellison receives an ominous package, with a murder weapon hidden within some Chrismas pudding she is drawn into the solving a twenty-year-old mystery that involved her dear friends. Chilling describes the subject matter when the rape of two young girls floods back memories of past cruelties inflicted upon her by her husband. With exceptional style, Anne Perry weaves a woeful tale of how one devious evil man preyed on all he came in contact with for his own sexual desires. Can Mariah along with the help of her nephew find enough evidence to put this monster away for good? This is a perfect book to curl up with anywhere you have a few short hours, being one hundred and seventy-seven pages long this makes a great travel companion or stocking stuffer. Thank you, Anne Perry, Ballantine Books of Random House Books and Goodreads for allowing me to receive an ARC copy of this book.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: THE MARKER

THE MARKER THE MARKER by Diana Savastano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The US Civil War caused brothers to fight brothers. When a Confederate Doctor is killed and buried in an unknown grave in a Union cemetery his ghost comes back to right some wrongs when his grave marker is stolen. In this investigative reporter mystery, we travel from New York to the deep south and find love and some unscrupulous individuals. I just reviewed The Marker by Diana Savastano. #TheMarker #NetGalley

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Review: Next of Kin

Next of Kin Next of Kin by James Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Riveting, I could not put this book down. It moved at a good pace from one atrocity to another in this thriller. The sins of the fathers who became wealthy by stealing and killing the Jews will come back to enact vengeance upon future generations. He kills with a hatchet then leaves his victims chopped in mutilated lumps and you'll never know who the killer is until the very end. Looking forward to what this author has to offer in the future.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder Eye of the Beholder by Elizabeth Cooke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a lover of art, I was familiar with all the painters that were selected for this book. But as a woman, I was appalled at the treatment of those young women who modeled for paintings and found themselves in a sexual relationship with the artist. Not all the artists in the book took advantage of their models. My disillusion with the book was because still today we shrug off the fact that some men are predators feeding on the young and innocent. When will stop sweeping sexual inequality as a trivial crime?




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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: The Kill Society

The Kill Society The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He is called "the Abomination" who is a monster killing monsters who are on a first name basis with Lucifer, in fact, Jim who goes by several names held the Lucifer position in Hell for a brief time. This book was funny and really sick in so many disturbing ways. Jim/Slim our hero? murderer? finds that he has been killed for good this time around and is back in Hell. He teams up with a bunch of misfits and a few Angels who are on a quest to end the war between Heaven and Hell. It was a rip-roaring time through the lands of Hell with its bogs of blood and sewage or the brutal deserts and mountains with no water. I really enjoyed this book and will be picking up, in the beginning, I am a fan for life.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Review: The Judas Flower

The Judas Flower The Judas Flower by Douglas Lindsay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Glasglow, Scotland murders seem to have a way of happening when least convenient. DI Aliya Pereira's life is in turmoil, the weather sucks and to boot; she now has not one murder but several that her partner DS Blaine must solve. What is the common thread that ties all the victims together? The first victim is found dead tied to a gravestone with a crucifix rammed into his head. Was he killed for a long past secret, the millions he just won in a lottery or for some unknown reason not yet ascertained? A riveting crime detective mystery with a sharp pair of partners with some highly suspicious culprits from author Douglas Lindsey from be-ebooks was a first-rate thriller.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Review: The Shadow of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery

The Shadow of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery The Shadow of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery by Jane Willan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan
A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery #1
by Jane Willan
Crooked Lane Books

This murder mystery finds us having a Gouda time in a Welsh town who's local Convent has been slated for destruction if the Nuns can not increase their enrollment status. Amongst this obstacle, Sister Agatha the resident mystery novelist in the making must unravel the mystery of the young Jacob death who was found murdered in their cheese curing room since the authorities believe it a simple accident. With the help of her longtime friend and Priest, Father Selwyn begin a quest to uncover the person or persons who lead young Jacob to his death and to devise a plan on how to save the Abbey from being torn down to make room for a new upscale health spa. This novel is the first in author Jane Willan's, "Sister Agatha & Father Selwyn Mystery" series. In the small community of the Abbey, we find many likable, fun lives that coexist with the changing world while retaining their old world charm, you have found a follower of more Sister Agatha adventures.

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Review: Searcher of the Dead

Searcher of the Dead Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Searcher Of The Dead
by Nancy Herriman
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A Recent widow and herbalist Bess Ellycott are one step away from finding the actual killer of her brother-in-law, who was found hanging from a tree. If her brother-in-law's death is ruled to be a suicide, then all his possessions will become the property of the Duke, leaving her sister and her two children penniless and without a home. Bess searches for clues in all the wrong and right places. Upon meeting the elected Constable, where there seems to be some mutual attraction between them, but she has her doubts as to whether he can complete the task at hand without her continued help. This book was fun, witty, a dash of good historical subject matter, substantial characters to relate with encouragement or hostility in a land where men are considered superior to women.

In 1593 Queen Elizabeth enacted a new bill named the "Act Against Puritans. In this bill, she requires that all individuals over the age of sixteen be responsible in attending church services on a weekly basis or face fines, imprisonment, and other such judicial penalties that were popular at that time.

Repression, no freedom of religion.

Act Against Puritans By Queen Elizabeth in 1593; "conform themselves to the obedience of the laws and statutes of this realm, in coming to the church to hear divine service," https://history.hanover.edu/texts/ENG...



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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Carmilla

Carmilla Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not as horrific as I was lead to believe. It was set in a time and place where strangers became friends due to the mear isolation of their lives. This was my first chance to read anything from author Joesph Sheridan Le Fanu who wrote this Vampire themed novel in 1871. He will be a most welcome addition to my to "follow" list of authors. The undead vampires have been and will be a subject of fear and nightmare for many years to come. A good thriller is always a good way to spend an evening alone.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: Buried

Buried Buried by C.J. Carmichael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Buried (Twisted Cedar Mysteries Book 1)
by C. J. Carmichael

Some intriguing dysfunctional families in a small town on the coast of Oregon must unearth the mysteries behind the death of not only the local mother of two who's prime suspect is her handsome husband Kyle but the murders of several others in and around Oregon. When Dougal first received the email concerning the deaths of four small-town librarians in the state of Oregon, he was tempted to delete the message, but he did not. Now he is knee deep back on his home turf of Twisted Cedars with not only the four librarian murders from the seventies, his sister's wedding to the wrong man, a dead body in the vegetable garden, losing his heart to the local librarian, cryptic messages from his murderous father and a possible suicide that may shed light on all that is happening in Oregon. No wonder it will take three books to come to the final conclusion of this tale.

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Forgotten (Twisted Cedar Mysteries Book 2)
Exposed (Twisted Cedar Mysteries Book 3)

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review: Salem's Vengeance

Salem's Vengeance Salem's Vengeance by Aaron Galvin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Salem's Vengeance
Vengeance Trilogy: Book 1
By Aaron Galvin

Evil dwells just beyond the cornfield hidden from prying eyes. Young Sarah a puritan girl living in the wilds of the new America with her family comes in direct contact with those who were involved a mere nineteen years prior too the bloodiest witch trials of Salem, Massachuttes and they seek vengeance. At present most individuals have heard of the Salem Witch Trails in their reading and have now been bombarded with several theories as to the mysterious behavior of the children and their parents. Did the parents willingly instruct their children to point the finger at those in their community whom in the past had wronged them or owed them some debt? What did those labeled as "Witch" own that others cherished? Moreover, was the ergot bacteria or some other drug to blame for their psychotic manifestations? In this thrilling fictional look back at a historical blood-soaked time in history, we are again reminded of the evils that dwell within the heart of even the most pious religious believers.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: The Darkling Bride

The Darkling Bride The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deeprath castle sits uninhabited in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, that has been the home of the Gallagher family for well over seven hundred years. With the possible transfer of the building and lands to a public trust all the remaining Gallagher family members converge on the grounds for the final days. But when new evidence is unearthed in an old well, more questions are raised concerning the deaths of several past residents, the ghosts and police become more adamant in their struggles to solve the mysteries that plague this ancestral home. An excellent cast of characters spanning several generations to construct a tangled web of love & lies with a smattering of local history for an ever-present backdrop for the ghosts to roam undeterred in their mourning.

By Laura Andersen
2018 Ballantine Books
Genere: Mystery, Thriller, Crime-Detective, Women, Murder,
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