Review: Thomas Haftmann, Private Eye

Synopsis:

Ex-cop Thomas Haftmann, formerly of Cleveland Homicide, works as a private investigator in the resort town of Jefferson-on-the-Lake. You will follow his cases in these 15 short neo-noirs. Among them are “The Kneeling Woman,” “No Escape, No Turning Back,” “The Riding Boy,” “The Slave Master’s Dungeon,” “Archangel’s Daughter,” “A Woman With Tea-Colored Eyes,” and “The Dog Returneth to His Vomit.” These have been collected from a variety of outstanding publications and blog sites, ranging from Powder Burn Flash through A Twist of Noir to Sex and Murder Magazine. Be warned: Thomas Haftmann’s dark world of murder and madness is not for the reader of cozy mysteries. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Thomas Haftmann, Private Eye by Robb White is a great collection of detective stories. Each one featuring the famous, Thomas Haftmann. He is a private investigator that goes on a variety of cases. Every case is different and entertained me from the start to end. Love detectives and murder mysteries, than this is highly recommend to be added as a to-be-read book. Great pieces of fiction. Thrilling characters and intriguing plot lines. Robb White’s writing is enjoyable to follow. 

Review: Doughnuts and Deception





Synopsis:

The 3rd book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! 
Julia never expected to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when she discovers that homeless people are dying suspiciously and the police aren’t investigating, she can’t sit back and do nothing. After promising her young lodger, Jessie, that she will do everything she can to help, Julia finds herself diving headfirst into the case, aided by her new Detective Inspector boyfriend, Barker. Sure there is a serial killer preying on the vulnerable residents of an old burnout warehouse, Julia must act quickly to get to the bottom of the mystery, but can she crack the case before more bodies turn up? 
Book 3 in the Peridale Cafe Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe owning female amateur sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Doughnuts and Deception by Agatha Frost is another brilliant masterpiece. Julia is a baker but also one of the best ameature sleuths ever. She practically does the entire police force’s work for them. And not a single officer believes her when she’s informing them about a new case and why they should investigate it. However, there’s one investigator on her side…Barker. He’s completely fallen in love with the stubborn, brace, and smart Julia. Julia also likes Barker just as much. Julia’s gran is crazy but hilarious as well. She ‘spies’ on Julia and Barker as they do things and speaks her mind like no one else I know. Caring, sweet, but crazy older lady. Then, there’s the adoptive teenager, Jessie. Jessie was homeless until Julia took her under her own roof. Both Jessie and Julia are good bakers. 

In this latest piece, the main characters are taken into a string of murders deemed as ‘not murdered’ and the police won’t take interest. These murders involve mostly homeless men. Men that Jessie knew when she was homeless. Jessie takes the murders to heart….and Julia can’t help but to dig into the mystery. Then, there’s Barker who will have to stick with Julia if he wants her to be safe…but his career and everything else might be jeopardized…overall, Doughnuts and Deception is another highly engaging and well-told story. Agatha Frost has once more caught my full attention and my heart with her new book. I highly recommend this read to all. 

Book Review: A Question of Devotion





Synopsis:

Then she saw it – a sheet of paper in the mailbox, underneath the mail. It was white with large black letters and said LEAVE IT ALONE. 
Mrs. B has a quiet life, and she likes it that way. Morning pinochle games at St. Mary’s Senior Center. Afternoon lunches with Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Peaceful evenings with a cup of coffee and the classic movie channel. 
But one day she wakes to a phone call, which leads to consequences she could never have foreseen. Secrets snowball and threaten to change the neighborhood of Burchfield forever. Someone has to make things right. It’s up to Mrs. B.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

A Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina is one novel that zeroed in on my full attention. An older Polish woman takes it upon herself to solve a case. One that involves her neighborhood. Changes are coming…as well as danger and threats. 

A debut novel, A Question of Devotion, is indeed an interesting mystery. Secrets come to light. Notes with threats are left and phone calls, too. Mrs. B. has a lot to juggle as the heroine of this book. Computer technology is one thing. I found it captivating and funny how one elderly lady’s typical life changes from doing games at a senior center to investigating a crime. 

The characters including Mrs. B are beleivable. For fans of The Murder She Wrote, Piriot, and Columbo, readers will love this book. I was engaged, entertained, and can’t wait for the next installment. Mrs. B is my new favorite lady detective. Smart, brave, and funny. Overall, I recommend A Question of Devotion to all. 

Author Interview with Anita Kulina




Interview With Anita Kulina 

ULM: How would you describe your main character, Mrs. B?

Mrs. B has lived in Burchfield since she and her late husband Albert bought their little house when they first got married. She has two children, but both of them livethousands of miles away. Every morning Mrs. B plays pinochle at the Senior Center in the basement of St. Mary’s Church, where she gets to see her closest friends, Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Dinner used to be a quiet meal watching the classic movie channel, but Mrs. B sometimes has company now that her new neighbors moved in across the street. Burchfield is a city neighborhood that feels like a small town. It’s a very rooted neighborhood, where people live in the same house for generations. Mrs. B and herfriends sometimes struggle to get by, but they have each other and, to them, that’s the most important thing.

ULM: What inspired you to write, A Question of Devotion?

I write what I know. The character of Mrs. B came first, based on the strong women I knew growing up. Then I developed the town of Burchfield, which I based on the world I knew as a child. Most of the characters in A Question of Devotion are based on people I knew, or are composites of people I knew. After I had the characters and the town, I knew right away it would be a series. Theidea for the plot of A Question of Devotion was based on a newspaper article I ran across a long time ago. I had set it aside, thinking, “I might want to do something with this someday.” When Mrs. B was born, that someday had come.

ULM: What other hobbies do you have besides writing?

I love writing, it’s lots of fun for me. Other than being with family and friends, it’s really the way I like to spend my time. I do have to take a break once in a while, though! When I do, you can usually find me walking through my city neighborhood, or in my kitchen baking scones.

ULM: Will there be another Mrs. B novel?

I’m halfway through the second novel and have an outline for the third. So the answer is yes!

ULM: How would you describe your writing?

If you’re looking for a serious, dark book full of dead bodies and mayhem, you need to look elsewhere. But if you want to curl up in a comfortable chair on a cold afternoon with a cup of cocoa and a cozy read, A Question of Devotion might be just what you’re looking for.

ULM: What other books have you written, if any?

A Question of Devotion is my first mystery. I also have a nonfiction book, a historyof Western Pennsylvania. Now that may sound dull, but I assure you Millhunks and Renegades is not a typical history book. It’s told through the lives of the residents of Greenfield, which was once part of Squirrel Hill, home of the notorious Girty family. There are lots of scandals and the book is chock full of tidbits of fascinating information. Did you know Andrew Carnegie once belonged to a street gang, and that he dated Stephen Foster’s wife? 

You can read excerpts of Millhunks and Renegades at: http://www.brandtstreetpress.com/millhunks.html. 

ULM: Where can readers find you and your book online?

A Question of Devotion is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or you can ask for it at your local bookstore. 

I probably should learn more about social media, but the truth is I’d rather be writing. If you’d like to contact me, I’d be happy to hear from you. 

Send me an old-fashioned email at: anita@brandtstreetpress.com

Brandt Street Press is my publishing company. http://www.brandtstreetpress.com/ 

Review: Blood and Circuses



Synopsis:

Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. 

Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon’s irreproachable boarding house and Miss Parkes, an ex-performer, is charged with his murder. Phryne must go undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort, and even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phryne uncover the truth without losing her life?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood presents yet another fabulous Phryne Fisher adventure. This book holds a darker and rawer version of my favorite detective. Sure plenty of gruesome stuff happens where Miss Fisher is bound to be found. I think trouble finds her everywhere. In this particular case, Miss Fisher goes alone to help another friend of hers. With her personality and intellect, I can see how the woman detective can indeed have so many friends. A friend in a Circus calls for her help in solving a murder. But to do so, Miss Fisher will go undercover, leaving behind her luxurious life. The fact that our main character has not always lived a perfect life, helps her when put in this crazy circus lifestyle. Kerry Greenwood took everyone’s favorite sleuth and put her in a sitatuion that tests every skill she has. Entertaining as always… Phyrne Fisher remains my favorite heroine.

Blood and Circuses is bold, dramatic, and worldly. Vulgarity and the ugly side of life shows up…but Miss Fisher is tough enough to handle it all…overall, I highly recommend this fast-paced thrilling journey to readers everywhere. 

Review: Dream State


Synopsis:

August Chase is an ordinary man plagued by extraordinary precognitive dreams. When he foresees the brutal murder of a young woman, he tracks her down to warn her. His warnings go unheeded, and the dreamed murder becomes a reality. The victim’s sister, frustrated by slow police work, enlists August’s help, and he is launched into his first case as a private investigator. Delving deep into the victim’s life, he soon discovers a common thread in the shadowy world that may have claimed her. This is book One of the August Chase Mystery Series.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dream State by Charles R. Hinckley is an interesting read. This new title is the start to The Sleeping Detective Series. Inside, readers will find a detective who has visions. These visions are new to him and he has to learn how to use them. What is even more intriguing is that the main character is an man who has yet to learn how to be a great detective. He has a skill that would come in handy…but first he has to master it. Once he does, there are more than just his visions he needs to learn…solving mysteries isn’t easy. Like all detectives, August has help. A cop who also has hacking skills was a twist to the tale. I enjoyed the combination of skills set forth. August has a lot to handle and he has the determination to get through each obstacle. I loved following him as the story unfolded. He makes for an entertaining character. The plot was suspenseful. Charles R. Hinckley has captured my attention with his writing. I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. I have to know what August deals with next and how he does. Overall, I highly recommend this thriller mystery to all. 

Review: Rag Doll 


Synopsis

America’s most famous ex-child star Jana Lane is starring in The Detective’s Wife, a murder mystery television show in 1985. Guest starring on the show is Christa Bianca, a rags-to-riches ingénue who has flooded the entertainment press. Life imitates television as cast members are murdered, and once again it’s up to Jana, along with sexy ex-detective Chris Bove, to save the day before the lights fade to black.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Once more, Joe Cosentino has created the perfect masterpiece. This book, the 5th Jana Lane Mystery novel, is superb. Five major issues are discussed and well-written. Issues ranging from gay rights to Christian beliefs to AIDS. The entire plot takes readers deep into the trouble ahead. Murder, mayhem, and romance. Jana Lane is an older actress that is clever, beautiful, and sweet. She is a happy mother of three boys and a wife to a great husband. Her youngest son is featured on the same TV program as Jana. By now, readers know that wherever Jana Lane goes to act, there’s always a murder case to solve. Rag Doll is the best story in this series so far…

I love Joe Cosentino’s writing. He incorporates major themes that readers can easily relate to such as bullying. Humor is found within these pages as well. I loved watching Jana Lane struggle with the new on and off screen attraction towards a co-star. Definitely keeps readers guessing. Plus, the troubles ahead on studio cause wide panic and fear among the group of actors. So many suspects…and so little time to catch a killer. Plus, Jana’s nightmares and a personal issue keep the suspense building. Readers will be excited, intrigued, and fascinated with this new title. Joe Cosentino has out done himself when he wrote Rag Doll. I was amazed how he brought up evmerything, keep readers in the dark, and made it entertaining as always. I loved it. This is a definite must read for readers worldwide. A bit of everything for All to enjoy. Overall, I high.y recommend it and look for the next grand adventure. 

Review: The Body on The Lido Deck 


 

Synopsis:

Twin Falls pathologist Toni Day is on a Caribbean cruise with her husband and parents when she is jerked out of a peaceful slumber by a horrific scream. After several unsuccessful attempts to reclaim sleep, Toni heads to the ship’s deck to read. But shortly after the sun rises, everything changes when a mangled body plummets from the roof into the pool next to her.

Rather than flee in horror, Toni teams up with her stepfather, Nigel, and Scotland Yard to investigate the murder, despite resistance from the captain and the Royal Barbados Police. With just three days left in the cruise, Toni and Nigel must work fast, especially when two more bodies are discovered and a crew member is fatally injured. As Toni delves into the histories of crew members, she uncovers mysterious connections that lead back nearly three decades. Finally, with only one night remaining, Toni and Nigel must set a trap in a last ditch attempt to find the killer before one of them becomes the final victim.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Body on The Lido Deck is a dazzling mystery that lures readers to its depth. For fans of CSI this is definitely up your alley. There’s a lot of dead body language that some might not like but goes with the territory when dealing with dead bodies. The main character, Toni Day, is very blunt. Straight forward kind of person. Her habit it to say or question things…and it may come of as rude. However, in her line of work, she has to be that way. In this particular novel, Toni was traveling on vacation with her husband and parents. As usual she finds a murder case. Except this one almost lands directly into her lap. There are plenty of suspects and as they case builds it’s still hard to guess who done it. I loved the suspense and intrigue created perfectly by this writer. I have never before today, read a book by Jane Bennett Munro. After reading this tale, I have to say that I am super happy I did read it. It will keep readers questing and entertained. So many possibilities and few leads. Evidence goes missing and the main character gets into more dangerous situations as the book unfolds. Overall, I loved it. Highly recommend The Body on The Lido Deck to readers everywhere.

Review: The Blood Waltz

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Synopsis:

Selena D’Agostino needed a vacation. So when she received a mysterious invitation from England to meet long-lost relations at their family castle, it seemed just the ticket.

But nothing could have prepared her for what she would find there. Not only were her newfound relatives not what they seemed . . . it soon became clear that they were not about to let her leave.

And perhaps the most frightening of all was her overwhelming attraction to the seductive, enigmatic Kieran Ramsey, who bore an eerie resemblance to a 400-year-old portrait that hung in the castle . . . a man of dark secrets, with an insatiable thirst for blood and a lust for Selena’s soul that would not be denied.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Blood Waltz by Rita Dimitra is quite an interesting tale. This isn’t the norm for a detective mystery nor for a vampire story. Yet this book combines both in just the right amounts. Rita Dimitra’s novel is the perfect one to read for this Halloween. It’s dark, edgy, and sends chills down my spine. There’s is a romance inside…everything about it is unusual. Secrets, family, and a Gothic spun tale. Readers will be intrigued from the first page to the last. A vacation to visit family turns out to be a major life changer for the heroine. Her life as she knows it was simple and easy. Now, attending a castle the relatives she finds are much more than the normal way. So much history and mystery surround them all. Yet Selena, the main character, feels a draw to find out more. Curiosity is a weakness or in this case could it be a strength? The Blood Waltz is absolutely enchanting. I loved it. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: Broken Roots by Michelle Diana Lowe

SBroken Roots by [Lowe,Michelle Diana]

 

Synopsis:

After her father’s invention earns her family millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida. Uprooted from the place she loves, Teisha now lives in a broken home full of secrets and lies.

Following the death of Teisha’s grandmother, her fractured family is replanted in rural England, where a kingpin and his clan are laying in wait. What ensues is a dangerous game that brings their house to its knees, as the family’s wealth begins to disappear.

When Teisha’s father develops a mysterious illness, Teisha turns detective to unravel the truth. Escaping onto the streets and stumbling into the foster care system may be her only hope of survival.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Broken Roots by Michelle Diana Lowe is an intriguing read. From the beginning to end Michelle Diana Lowe captures readers’ attention with this suspenseful yet dysfunctional tale. A young girl’s home and life immediately change when they move to a new place. Upon moving, there’s a mystery and threat that hangs in the air. Keeping readers wondering what next will happen. Young Teisha, takes it upon herself to survive. Her family is in great danger from a deadly group. Secrets and lies may just destroy everything Teisha had or ever knew. Michelle Diana Lowe is a talented writer. Her novel brings forth strong issues that readers everywhere can easily relate to. Family life and life’s struggles are real issues. This brilliant story brings to life characters and issues that we all struggle with…I enjoyed following the main character as the story developed. Truly, a must read for all. Overall, I highly recommend Broken Roots to readers everywhere.

Review: A Priestly Affair


Synopsis:

A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a lively and humorous murder mystery. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator, is hired by Monsignor Francis O’Reilly to find his three-year-old daughter, Evelyn, who was conceived during a one-time sexual encounter. DNA testing, requested by the mother, Nicole Levesque, concluded that he is the biological father, but Nicole has never allowed him to see her. He has been paying $15,000 a year in child support, beginning shortly after “Evelyn” was born. 

On January 1st, Father O’Reilly meets Nicole in Deering Oaks Park, in Portland, Maine to make his annual payment. Jesse and two of his colleagues secretly film the meeting and follow her as she leaves, hoping to discover where she and Evelyn live. However, Nicole proves to be an elusive adversary. She drives away with her money and gives Jesse the slip in a Boston suburb. 

Within a week, Xavier LaGrange, a second paternity “victim,” comes knocking at Jesse’s door, but this time the mother has been murdered, minutes after Xavier makes his support payment. 

This second novel in the Jesse Thorpe Mystery Series is every bit as inventive, exciting and hilarious as the first. Jesse is a charmer, and his girlfriend, Angele Boucher, lends a spicy feminine touch to the narrative. A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a page-turner that will leave you in stitches.
Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Priestly Affair by Carl Schmidt is an extraordinary read. It combines danger, suspense and mystery as well as humor into one marvelous book. The plot is full of action. The intrigue will leave readers on the edge of their seats as the scenes roll on by. A Priestly Affair is the second Jesse Thrope Mystery novel. I was fascinated. From beginning to end, Carl Schimdt knows how to hold onto my attention. I loved reading the page turning tale. Jesse Thrope is hired on a mission to follow a priest’s daughter whom the priest has not once meet due to the mother. The mother having been a seductove parishioner…but soon Jesse as before, found himself in a bigger and more deadly investigation. Money, blackmail, and a deadly case. Jesse Thorpe will once again drag readers into his world of mystery. I loved the humor throughout the story. It made the tale more interesting. Well-written and well-developed, A Priestly Affair is a must read for all. I highly recommend this new book to readers everywhere. 

Review: Decoherence

Synopsis:

Samantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

Rating: 5 stars
Review:

Decoherence is the third installment to this stunning new series. Liana Brooks has been added to my favorite author list. Her stories are well-written, gripping, and highly entertaining. I found myself pulled into her story. The main character, Sam Rose, is one that readers everywhere will like. Her intelligence, determination, and do good attitude makes her likable. Danger, intrigue, and suspense are once again brought to new levels of intensity. Edgy, fast-paced, and traveling in time has just gotten more exciting. Decoherence is about Sam Rose going after to save her husband Mac, save the world and solve the intriguing mystery that she can’t let go…until she solves it. I enjoyed following Sam Rose through the this series. I loved each book. Liana Brooks has a talent of whirling her reader into her characters’ lives.  Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.  

Review: Dead Down East

Dead Down East (Jesse Thorpe Mysteries Book 1) by [Schmidt, Carl]

 

Synopsis:

Dead Down East, a fictional murder mystery, is both detective noir and smart screwball comedy rolled into one. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator operating out of Augusta, Maine, receives a mysterious phone call from a former client, Cynthia Dumais. She begs to be rescued from an island south of Brunswick, within a mile of where William Lavoilette, the governor of Maine, was assassinated the night before. She insists that her life is in danger, but is unwilling to provide any further information. Reluctantly, he goes to fetch her.

Fresh, witty and loaded with eccentric characters, this first novel in the series is both clever and stylish. It’s an old-school private eye tale with inventive twists and local color. If you enjoy a well-crafted and zesty narrative, lively banter, or take pleasure in the company of Mainers, you’ll love Dead Down East.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Dead Down East by Carl Schmidt is a mystery readers everywhere won’t be able to get enough of…especially of the man character, Jesse Thorpe. I am hoping there’s going to be more books out soon. Otherwise, I will go bat crazy trying to come up with new adventures this new detective will engage. Absolutely, the most charming, hilarious, and intriguing detective noir that I have read. This is a new series, I would recommend to all.

Carl Schmidt’s writing is that of a seasoned writers. Words that make me want to dig further and solve the case as well as find out more about Jesse Thorpe. Dead Down East holds murder, humor, and a mystery unlike any other. The danger is real. Plus, there’s some steamy scenes. The characters will blow away readers’ minds. Jesse Thorpe goes on a mission to rescue a woman who is in danger. She happens to be in the same area that someone else was recently assassinated. Jesse Thorpe goes about finding the murdering weapon, theft, has the DNA of an accomplice for the murder. If the accomplice can be found and interrogated the murder might just be within reach…but it all depends on if, when, and how. Every page is filled with action of some kind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.

 

Book Review: Onyx Webb Book 6

Onyx Webb: Book Six: Episodes 16, 17 & 18 by [Fenton, Richard, Waltz, Andrea]

 

Synopsis:

Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb! This is Book Six. (Episodes 16, 17 & 18)

Haven’t Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.

More questions get answered in Book Six and NEW characters are introduced, several others return.

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.

The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Six:

  1. The serial killer has taken his ultimate prize.
  2. In 2010, Koda attempts to find the girl in the mirror by crossing over to the other side.
  3. Onyx Webb finally has a new person in her life but like most things, it does not last.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Onyx Webb (book 6) by both Andera Waltz and Richard Fenton is a continuation of the most amazing series on the planet. Once more readers are taken into this multi-genre suspenseful journey. A journey that swallows up readers and drags them into the action-filled scenes. Death, murder, and paranormal activity followed every page. Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton have brought another masterfully woven tale to all. The characters are three-dimensional and will have readers hanging onto the edge of their seats trying to piece it all together. Characters like Onyx, Koda, Catfish, and Declan are also inside this 6th book. I loved following each episode with each group of characters. I felt like I was actually there going through it all instead of just reading along. The talent the writers have goes up and beyond. The anticipation of each new book is absolutely worth the wait. Onyx Webb Series (book 6) continues being held as my favorite drama adventure read. Overall, I highly recommend this compelling fictional world to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Fifth Column

Fifth Column (The Blitz detective) by [Hollow, Mike]

 

Synopsis:

The neat row of small, late-Victorian terraced houses was punctuated by a gaping space: homes reduced to rubble in the night raid. Among the debris the body of a young, red-headed woman is found. But she has no connection to the houses or the street, nor can her identity be established. Nor was it the bomb that killed her. When the post-mortem reveals death by strangling, D.I. Jago is called on to investigate. He quickly establishes that the body is that of Mary Watkins, a seemingly respectable employee of a local engineering company. But the company is missing important chemicals, and few seem to really care about the death of Mary – not even her family. Was the young woman all she appeared to be? As Jago digs deeper he starts to uncover a trail of deception, betrayal, and romantic entanglements…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Mike Hollow’s novel, Fifth Column, is an intriguing mystery with tons of suspense. The story wraps readers into a murder mystery. This highly entertaining yet suspenseful read reminds me of two detective shows of mine that I love. It reminds me of Miss Fisher’s Mysteries and Detective Murdoch. The tale takes readers deep into London during WWII. a frightening and chaotic time for a crime to happen. Here, there will be bombing and then a murder case that detective Jago must solve. Mike Hollow’s writing is engaging. I found myself piqued about the characters and cases at hand. I wondered who and why and how. Fifth Column reads like old crime fiction novels that instantly become ones favorite and never go out of style. The danger, suspense, and the suspects were fun to follow along. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this detective mystery. Detective Jago has officially been added to my favorite detectives. There are a lot of themes combined within this read. A bit of romance, secrets, lies and much more.  Overall, I highly recommend this well-developed tale to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: When Death Draws Near

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Synopsis:

Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.

Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks is a fascinating read. There’s major politics involved. Murders and one determined woman set on solving the murder cases. The only issues at hand are the facts that her cancer has come back…and nobody believes her “theories”. A serial rapist is out there and witnesses are disappearing…a sketch artist won’t stop until the cases are solved. But will she end of dead before solving them or will she make it through it all alive and solved? Carrie Stuart Parks novel is brilliantly well-written. Every page is full of action, suspense and danger. With the leading heroine being a single mother of a teenage daughter there are plenty of laugh out loud moments that readers will enjoy. Fast-paced and one exciting adventure mystery waiting for all to read. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. When Death Draws Near is a definite must read.

 

 

Review: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 1) by [Reading, Iain]

 

Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climactic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service, and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold by Ian Reading is fun, exciting, and full of adventure. This novel is highly engaging from the first moment to the last. There’s never a dull moment with the main character, Kitty Hawk. Right away she’s experiencing trouble. Flying a plane…can be scary especially when it runs out of fuel. Imagine being up high in the air…your fuel tank empty when it says it still has fuel. Then your radio is fried….and you’re trying not to panic. Ian Reading inserts a lot of mystery, intrigue and humor into this tale. Kitty Hawk is someone I would not want to travel with for it seems she is always having the case of bad luck. Not only is the novel highly entertaining but also, like a travel and historical guide. Exploring, surviving, and theft of gold will keep readers on the edge of their seats filled with anticipation of what’s happening next. This was the first novel I have read by Ian Reading and love it. I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the last page. Overall, this is one fictional world I highly recommend to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Dying To Be Beautiful

 

Synopsis:

“Dying To Be Beautiful is a fascinating look into the multimillion dollar world of beauty and the things people will do to attain it. [Rosen is] a fun and engaging storyteller who clearly knows her way around a plot twist or two. Jenna manages to be both tough and glamorous in her role as a private investigator.” New York Publishing Agent The second book in the “Dying to be Beautiful” mystery series, “Fashion Queen,” begins with another murder on Eastern Long Island: The mystery series takes place in The Hamptons, where the murdered and suspected murderers are often arrogant and obnoxious with a sense of entitlement. Private Investigator Jenna Preston and her longtime friend, Detective Troy Johnson, work together to solve these murders and other crimes. Apparently, in the billion dollar world of beauty especially on the East End of Long Island, there are those who are literally…dying to be beautiful.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Dying To Be Beautiful (Fashion Queen) by M. Glenda Rosen is intriguing…like a gossip magazine featuring celebrities. In this murder mystery novel, that’s exactly what is used to help find clues about those being murdered and who is connected to everyone involved. A famous top fashion designer has been found murdered. He was left dead in a small gown that he designed with a cheap blonde wig and black nail polish. Soon, a friend and possible lover of his is found dead in another gown designed by the dead fashion designer and left in a cheap blonde wig and black nail polish. There are many people involved as suspects but who the murderer is and why is something that leaves not only the police and female detective stunned but also the readers. This gritty tale and highly entertaining read kept me hooked from the beginning to end. I was instantly taken into the crime scenes and the lives of the rich and famous inside The Hamptons.  A place where everyone dies trying to be beautiful…the only question is can the private investigator and detective solve these crimes before it’s too late?

Dying To Be Beautiful (Fashion Queen) was fast-paced, exciting, and extremely suspenseful. Every page contained tons of action, drama, and left readers with many what ifs. More questions then, answers build up…until the finale. M. Glenda Rosen has brilliantly brought together realistic situations and threats that our society continues to face and puts into one riveting fictional piece for all to enjoy. The characters make the story believable. I enjoyed following the private investigator and her friends in solving each crime scene.Sexuality, fashion, and murder are masterfully woven into a story that keeps readers fascinated. Overall, I highly recommend Dying To Be Beautiful to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Walleye Junction

 

Synopsis:

When outspoken radio talk show host Philip Long is kidnapped and murdered, Detective Macy Greeley leaves her young son in the care of her mother and heads up to remote Walleye Junction, Montana to take charge of the investigation. It is initially believed that Long’s murder is the result of a controversial radio show he’s done on the rise of far-right militias in the state. Within days, the two kidnappers are found dead following a massive heroin overdose, and the authorities are hopeful the investigation is finished. But there are too many discrepancies for Macy to settle for obvious answers. The kidnapper’s bodies have been moved, their son is on the run and a series of anonymous emails point investigators toward the murky world of prescription painkiller abuse. Macy soon finds herself immersed in small town intrigues as she races to find who’s really responsible for Philip Long’s murder.

Meanwhile, Philip Long’s daughter Emma is dealing with her own problems. It’s been twelve years since she left Walleye Junction after her best friend died from a drug overdose. Emma finds that little in Walleye Junction has changed in her absence. She is also becoming increasingly uneasy as the familiar surroundings stir up memories that are best forgotten.

With Walleye Junction, a taut, propulsive mystery, Karin Salvalaggio will once again grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Walleye Junction by Karin Salvalaggio has everything that readers look forward to within a thrilling mystery. This is Karin’s third novel and it automatically plunges readers deep into the dark plot that has past events tied to the danger at hand. Murder, suspicion, and danger compel readers forward in the exciting tale. Fast-paced and well-written, Walleye Junction was the first novel I have read by the talented writer, Karin Salvalaggio.

Walleye Junction is a small town, where four murders take place. A controversial radio talk show man is found dead. Then two kidnappers are also found dead. A woman dies from being overdosed. What starts off to be something related to the talk show turns out to be much more deadly and more serious than authorities would like. Kidnapping, murder, and drugs. There is enough action to keep readers interested from the beginning to the end. Karin Salvalaggio creates an emotional journey that is easy to connect with on every level. Her characters’ stories within this one are quite impressive. Somehow they all connect and make for an explosive yet haunting read.  As I read Walleye Junction, I was constantly on the edge of my chair wondering what happens next. The words created a shadow…where readers could feel and experience everything first hand yet not know what to expect. The dialogue is just as great as the non-dialogue parts. The characters’ personalities and dramas pop off the pages. The ending…left me hanging. I can’t wait to see what happens next in another masterpiece by Karin Salvalaggio. Overall, I highly recommend this crime fiction to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Written Off

 

Synopsis:

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working, on her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing person’s case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.

Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E.J. Copperman’s imaginative series debut Written Off is sure to be a new fan favorite for readers of Donna Andrews.

Rating: 5

Review:

Written Off by E.J. Copperman is definitely a must read for all readers as well as writers. Inside this hilarious yet serious novel, there is a serial killer out to kidnap and murder all mystery writers…this tale is highly intriguing and sucks readers in whole. The main character of this story so happens to be a mystery writer. Once she receives a call about a missing person’s case, Rachel has little time to waste before she’s next on the killer’s list. The storytelling is stunning…I couldn’t stop reading once I cracked open the book.

Written Off by E.J. Copperman has adventure, suspense, and laugh-out-loud moments that will keep readers hooked. The plot is all about the publishing industry and how one person didn’t hit it big…and because of that all hell breaks loose. People do crazy things when life doesn’t go their way. The serial killer within this novel usually takes the time to plan the kidnapping and the murder before, hand. But with the last kidnapped writer being a sleuth…the mistakes are bound to be made. A killer that poses under another identity that won’t be questioned…is the perfect disguise until details that were not released accidently slip out…but just as the main character, Rachel, is being used as bait, is slowly dying…will the killer get away with everything or will it finally be over? Every page was intense, funny, and well-done. I loved reading this title by E.J. Copperman and can’t wait to read the next exciting and mysterious adventure in this series! Overall, I highly recommend Written Off to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Red Flags (A Kate Reilly Racing Mystery)

 

Synopsis:

When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, California, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she’s immediately plunged into a new social scene―as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate’s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers―anxious to keep racing’s image clean―want Kate to investigate. Doubting she can solve another murder, especially that of a relative she despised, Kate reluctantly agrees.

At the same time, coaching a gorgeous and talented actress for a celebrity race brings Kate into the orbit of Hollywood’s hottest bachelor. And then a local FBI agent takes notice of more than her driving and sleuthing skills. She goes from Sony Studios to Venice Beach and from Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills, attending parties, power-shopping, and dodging unwelcome paparazzi. Kate’s ballooning media exposure generates national commentary, testing her composure and forcing her to get ahead of the stories―whether critical or flattering.

Kate’s professional dreams are also coming true. The upcoming Grand Prix is her first race with a new sponsor that’s also funding an Indy Car test drive and a ride in next year’s Indy 500―along with future possibilities in NASCAR. The downside? New sponsor Frame Savings is owned by her family, and its management, outside of her long-estranged father, is unfriendly to her…even rivalrous.

Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She’s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two racecars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father’s family than she wanted to know, and juggling questions and suspects. On the track, red flags fly to warn her, of danger. Off the track, Kate struggles, to interpret warning signs and stay out of a killer’s grasp.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Red Flags by Tammy Kaehler is absolutely thrilling! I finally found a novel that brings the popular event such as race racing to life. The way this tale is written, it’s exciting and the most intriguing one I have read yet. Tammy Kaehler brilliantly brings readers car racing, murder, and a mystery. One young woman is tested on her dream career, family, and relationships. I found this tale super exciting, heated, and dangerous. The danger never stops when one is being targeted by everyone especially the sleuth…

Inside Red Flags, readers get to meet Kate Reilly. She’s the one woman sleuth that will become everyone’s new favorite. She loves car racing and solving mysteries. When Kate arrives to enter in for car racing…her least favorite cousin is found dead. Next thing she know…she’s driving multiple cars and trying to solve a case. But the danger is real and just getting started. The press is not helping Kate Reilly’s case or the load that she’s already carrying on her shoulders. She finds out more things than she expected that involves her family and the world of racing. Then there are men who want her attention. Can Kate Reilly solve the case, juggle everything, and come out alive? Tammy Kaehler is talented in writing the best detective mystery ever. I was instantly taken into her world of fiction and never wanted to leave…Overall, I highly recommend Red Flags to readers everywhere.

Review: Murder in Morningside Heights

 

Synopsis:

After spending his first few weeks as a private detective by investigating infidelities of the wealthy, Frank has a more serious case at hand.

Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents’ pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women’s college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a life without a husband in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that.

When the police declare the incident a random attack and refuse to investigate further, Abigail’s parents request Frank’s help. Of course, he’ll need Sarah’s assistance as she’s more familiar with the world of academia, and it will be far easier for her to interview the lady professors. Yet difficulties arise as they learn that although Miss Northrup may have been an exemplary student and teacher, she lived in a world of secrets and lies…

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson is the first novel I have read by this talented writer. This mystery thriller suspense tale took me deep into the heart of New York City. There I got to meet an amazing couple. Known as Frank Malloy and his wife Sarah. Together these two make an irresistible pair that works well for this story. Frank Malloy was with the police but now is a detective with his own agency. His wife Sarah helped him pick the name of the agency. It’s this agency that suddenly gets a case that will intrigue the couple and readers like myself.  Victoria Thompson took me on a case that involved a woman of high academia and one that supposedly announced that women don’t need a husband to be successful. But as with all cases the person being investigated is usually far from what they actually are.

Victoria Thompson’s latest novel brought a high scandalous read that intrigued me from the beginning. I was instantly hooked.  Murder in Morningside Heights lured me back in time when women thought they need not a husband and can make their own decisions. One such woman who believed in this was found murdered. Suspense from this plot created so many what ifs and lead me on a chase to find the killer. Both Frank and his wife are an interesting couple. Their personalities make them suited for one another and for working together on such cases as this one. Imagine being in New York city surround by a society that is high maintenance, secrets, and lies. I loved reading this…I felt sucked into a whole new society where adventure and danger come hand in hand. Powerful themes and intricate scenes that dragged me into the great mystery. Overall, I would highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Other Widow

 

Synopsis:

The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time, it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Other Widow by Susan Crawford is an enticing thriller that sucked me right into the novel. Three different women are introduced to readers. One is an actress who is married and was with her other lover when both of them were sent off the icy road. Then, there’s Karen…her husband died and she’s struggling with the nagging feeling that someone is watching her from afar. Karens knows her husband was unfaithful…but does that give her a motive…and last there’s the female officer with PTSD who lands the case of Joe’s car accident that looks a lot more like a murder. This story kept me turning the pages in a rush to find out who was the killer and why. So many lives are brilliantly tangled up in this exciting thriller.

The Other Widow made me feel like I was there experiencing the whole thing from beginning to end. The car accident to theft, to spying and even more danger had me sitting on the edge of my chair waiting in anticipation. Wondered who was next and when…Danger, death, and suspicion hang thickly in the air. I never knew what to fully expect until it happened. The story brought me in deep into the affairs, marriage, and details of the characters. I felt chills going down my spine with every page.Susan Crawford is a talented writer. Intense and deeply satisfying read I have ever read. One never knows who a person really is until something bad happens and then everything one knew is up in the air for debate. Suspenseful, entertaining, and absolutely frightening…The Other Widow is definitely a must read for readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Death at Breakfast

 

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed New York Times, bestselling author of Still Missing, More Than You Know, and Gossip comes the first entry in a stylish and witty mystery series featuring a pair of unlikely investigators—a shrewd novel of manners with a dark heart of murder at its center, set in small-town New England.

Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. The trip—to attend a weeklong master cooking class at the picturesque Victorian-era Oquossoc Mountain Inn—is an experiment to test their compatibility for future expeditions.

Hope and Maggie have barely finished their first aperitifs when the inn’s tranquility is shattered by the arrival of Alexander and Lisa Antippas and Lisa’s actress sister, Glory. Imperious and rude, these Hollywood one-percenters quickly turn the inn upside-down with their demanding behavior, igniting a flurry of speculation and gossip among staff and guests alike.

But the disruption soon turns deadly. After a suspicious late-night fire is brought under control, Alex’s charred body is found in the ashes. Enter the town’s deputy sheriff, Buster Babbin, Hope’s long-estranged son and Maggie’s former student. A man who’s finally found his footing in life, Buster needs a win. But he’s quickly pushed aside by the “big boys,” senior law enforcement and high-powered state’s attorneys who swoop in to make a quick arrest.

Maggie knows that Buster has his deficits and his strengths. She also knows that justice does not always prevail—and that the difference between conviction and exoneration too often depends on lazy police work and the ambitions of prosecutors. She knows too, after a lifetime of observing human nature, that you have a great advantage in doing the right thing if you don’t care who gets the credit or whom you annoy.

Feeling that justice could use a helping hand–as could the deputy sheriff—Maggie and Hope decide that two women of experience equipped with a healthy curiosity, plenty of common sense, and a cheerfully cynical sense of humor have a useful role to play in uncovering the truth.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon is a highly entertaining murder mystery that delighted me from the beginning. When two women arrive at an inn to take a cooking class together their stay turns into an unexpected adventure. What was meant to test how well the two companions travel together turned into an experiment of solving a murder…first there are the celebrities who like always act like they are bigger than life and charge through places like it’s their right. The make the lives of others serving them totally chaotic…and unsettles the rest of the people at the inn. Soon, there is a room that catches fire and it’s not long until a dead body is found. The two companions both Maggie and Hope decide that it’s up to them to solve the case before the wrong person is charged. They know with high profile people involved that the pressure on the police, as well as the deputy sheriff, will prove to be a struggle. All want the case closed and solved asap. Can the two women solve it before it’s too late?

Beth Gutheon’s latest novel, Death at Breakfast, provides us readers with a pair of sleuth women and a cozy atmosphere that turns into a deadly mysterious setting. The women pair with the deputy sheriff and it’s a race against time to solve the death. The masterfully woven tale brings a lot of humor, wit, and suspense to every page. The plot moved by fast creating an urge to read faster…then there’s the intrigue of who done it and why that lured me deeper into the heart of this novel. I loved the variety of characters…their personalities, as well as careers, varied and that, too made this one highly entertaining read. Both Maggie and Hope reminded me of Miss Fletcher and Miss Marple. I can definitely see this novel becoming a big TV hit with fans everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend this thriller and crime title to readers worldwide.

 

Rveview: Onyx Webb Series (Book 5)

 

Synopsis:

Readers of the series will see the web tighten in this book, the past and present are slowly starting to catch up to each other and shocking connections continue to be made.

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.

The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Five:

  1. It’s the 1980’s and Bruce Mulvaney starts his own family while a killer watches from afar.
  2. It’s 2010, and the Mulvaney’s are dealing with Koda’s accident.
  3. Onyx Webb fights to keep her way of life.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Onyx Webb Series (Book 5) by both Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz continues to have it all. Suspense, intrigue, and murder as well as romance, ghosts, and revenge…are all inside each and every book. I have fallen in love with the Onyx Webb Series. It’s addictive. Characters such as Onyx, Declan, Koda and many others bring a variety and freshness that readers like myself don’t get when reading any other fictional series. There are a serial killer…tons of money involved, and a whole lot of drama that kept me deeply lured on every page. The plot as always is fast-paced and full of action. Never a dull moment inside this series. The characters are always doing something that releases a chain of events that affect others in the tale. Greed, love, and an emotional journey that has once again blown me away. Both Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz are the best writers when it comes to hooking readers’ attention and entertaining them throughout every page as well as every book. I can’t get enough of what happens next…I loved reading this latest title and look forward to reading more by these writers in the future. Overall, I highly recommend Onyx Webb (book 5) to readers worldwide. Once you pick this up to read, you will be begging to read more.

 

 

Review: Resort Isle

 

Synopsis:

San Diego Detective Frank Dugan has just become a victim of ruthless criminals, who have passed in and out of prison and continue to perform their grisly acts, in a free society. Dugan wants them put someplace where they can never return and never harm innocents again, and presents an innovative solution to this revolving door crime dilemma to the government. The result is Resort Isle, a lonely tropical dot in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by the most vicious sharks known to man, a place from which there is no escape and virtually no supervision. This resort is the last vacation the worse of the bad will ever get.

But Detective Dugan never figured that one day he’d be the guest of his own invention, a permanent resident, on this island, where many that he sent there can’t wait to kill him.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Resort Isle by Paul Sekulich is one of the most fascinating, crime thrillers I have read. I couldn’t believe the odds of a man, who created the idea of an island for the worst criminals to be placed upon to be set on there as well. The main character, detective Frank Dugan, is by far the best fictional character ever. He lives quite a normal life like the rest of us. He and his wife are paying a mortgage on their home and have kids. Soon danger comes knocking on the door, and right on the day of Dugan and his wife’s anniversary…bad men come to take jewelry…only to find that they got the wrong Duggan and what happens next tore apart my heart…I could feel detective Frank Dugan’s anger and hurt. The plot is well-developed and one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept expecting far worse to happen to detective Frank Dugan…and the talented writer, Paul Sekulich kept me guessing all the way to the last page. Absolutely remarkable…I was instantly hooked by the story from page one. Not many authors can do that…Resort Isle is a place no good person ever wants to go…it’s a dangerous place that even the criminals fear of being sent. Overall, this is definitely a must-read thriller, for readers everywhere. I look forward to reading more of Paul Sekulich’s novels and hope the next  Overall, this is definitely a must read thriller for readers everywhere. I look forward to reading more of Paul Sekulich’s novels and hope the next one features my new favorite detective Frank Dugan.

Review: Ripe for Murder

 

Synopsis:
Penny Lively loves running her family’s winery, but to keep the business growing, she needs to find a way to attract more guests. When she’s approached to invest in a new train line through wine country, Penny and her intoxicating winery manager, Connor, hightail it to a lavish resort to hear the details. Unfortunately, her neighbor’s daughter, Chantal, is also there, swirling up trouble by flirting with the married investors—and with Connor too.

When one of the investors’ wives is murdered, Chantal, who was seen fighting with the woman, is the prime suspect. Chantal may be a sour grape, but she’s no killer. So Penny, who’s become a sleuthing connoisseur, starts sniffing out the real suspect—and discovers that her fellow potential investors have been savoring more than their share of deadly secrets…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ripe for Murder by Carlene O’Neil is a delightful yet highly suspenseful read. Instantly readers are taken deep into a mysterious plot. The characters are entertaining and realistic. Carlene O’Neil has a way of enticing her readers into her story and dragging them further into a race in finding the real murderer.

Ripe for Murder takes readers on a journey of keeping a family winery. We all know it’s not easy, but when someone steps in to make it harder for your family winery to survive the fight becomes harder…until that person is being framed for murder. Carlene O’Neil writes a well-written story that keeps reader guessing…did Chantal commit it the murder or not…and if she didn’t who did it? The motives are there…and Penny is determined to find out before it’s too late. I loved reading this brilliant mystery novel. Readers who love Agatha Christie’s novels then this is definitely for you. Suspense, intrigue, and danger are filled on every page. Once you begin reading this title, you won’t be able to stop reading it until you reached the end. I highly recommend Ripe for Murder to readers worldwide.

Book Review: A Passion for Henrietta

Synopsis:

Henrietta Dexter wasn’t devastated over her broken engagement but she was unsure of what to do next. That changes when her handsome lawyer cousin Ralf offers to get her away from the gossip and drama of Maybrook. She agrees to go back with him to the city of D.C. only to learn the man isn’t really her cousin!

Her budding attraction to Ralf makes things complicated but it also forces her to confront the parts of herself she doesn’t like. Her selfish and spoiled upbringing has made her into someone Ralf could never see himself with. She makes a point to learn more about the world around her meanwhile his handsome friend is sporting for her heart.
Matters of the heart must wait; however when Henrietta ends up preoccupied with a murder case surrounding a local Jewelry shop, that she hopes will wipe her slate clean if she solves it. She’s a long way from her little town of Maybrook and that distance is giving her the courage to break society’s rules, romantic limits and even test family honor when her unfolding romance challenges everything. Finding her passion and herself may be her greatest adventure yet in the Nation’s Capitol.

Matters of the heart must wait; however when Henrietta ends up preoccupied with a murder case surrounding a local Jewelry shop, that she hopes will wipe her slate clean if she solves it. She’s a long way from her little town of Maybrook and that distance is giving her the courage to break society’s rules, romantic limits and even test family honor when her unfolding romance challenges everything. Finding her passion and herself may be her greatest adventure yet in the Nation’s Capitol.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Readers beware, Nicole Strycharz is one amazing writer. Her world of fiction grabs readers instantly. Luring them deep into her juicy plot and sending them hot on the mystery trail. A Passion for Henrietta is a mystery suspense novel that readers will love. A brewing romance, surprises, and a case to solve will attract readers like moths to a flame.

Nicole Strycharz has beautifully spun together a tale the is full of intrigue, drama, and suspense. A Passion for Henrietta is book 2 in Nicole Strycharz’s thrilling Maybrook Trilogy. I can’t believe the raw talent that shines through her writing. The characters make readers wish they can just vaporize straight into her magnificent novel…and help a strong independent woman like Henrietta solve a mystery. Two men are after her heart, a murder case open, and trying to figure out what one wants is a huge plate to balance yet it’s highly entertaining reading about…This is definitely one romantic historical novel that I highly recommend to readers everywhere. I loved reading this title…and I can promise that Nicole Strycharz’s latest book won’t disappoint readers.

Review: Death Unmasked

 

Synopsis:

A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s reason d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik is a novel that will blow readers away…This is not one’s everyday typical mystery/thriller. It’s so much more than readers think before reading it. There’s poetry within…romance, reincarnation, suspense all perfectly wrapped into one marvelous story. Readers won’t want to miss reading this title.

Death Unmasked is beautifully told, well-written, and highly entertaining. There is so much going on, readers will soon find themselves finishing this great book within one sitting. I found it hard to put this novel down…the suspense keeps readers turning the pages. Readers won’t know what to expect until after it happens. Rick Sulik is a master at creating the best paranormal thrillers. Murder cases….past lives…and redemption are all a part of the masterfully woven story. I loved it. Rick Sulik’s novel can definitely be turned into a big motion picture…I would love to see his characters in live action. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Little Girl Dead

 

Synopsis:

Daughter, friend, classmate, victim.

The gruesome murder of sixteen-year-old Cassie Grace will leave you haunted, clamouring for justice and asking ‘Who killed Cassie Grace?’

Lila Grace’s sense of justice knows no bounds. She will stop at nothing to find out who killed her daughter. Is her dark past as a member of a religious cult the reason for her murder or is the man she once called a friend?

Lila and Detective Dan Williams work closely on the case to piece together the details of Cassie’s murder while fighting their growing attraction to each other.

Will their relationship bring them closer to the killer and each other or will it tear them apart?

As her life comes to a standstill, a piece of Lila’s past will find her. How will Lila cope with the arrival of a person from her past and will it prove their innocence or expose them as the killer?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Little Girl Dead by Kristy Ferguson is a thriller mystery that will spin readers deep into a fast-paced plot. A plot full of action, decisions, and danger. Suspense hangs thickly in the air….it keeps readers turning the pages and staying up all night to read. This is one novel that gives a refreshing side to the murder of a child. A mother is going after the murderer of her daughter with everything she has. But she’s not alone…There’s a detective keeping her safe throughout the procedure. Both are soon fighting their desires of attraction and both will have their relationship tested. Can they find the murderer and still be together or will everything fall out of control?

Kristy Ferguson’s writing is sensational. Absolutely, a stunning and chilling read. Her characters are believable. Lila, the mother of the dead girl, handles the whole thing in a way that will leave readers questioning everything, until the very end. That’s where readers will be left surprised and understand how everything fits in together. Little Girl Dead is Kristy Ferguson’s debut novel. It’s highly entertaining…brilliantly well-written and one that I couldn’t stop reading. Kristy Ferguson has a talent that will draw many readers worldwide to her writing. Overall, I highly recommend her novel, Little Girl Dead to readers everywhere.

Review: Recipes for Love & Murder

 

Synopsis:

A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first entry in a delicious crime set in rural South Africa—a flavorful blend of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency and Goldie Schulz series, full of humor, romance, and recipes and featuring a charming cast of characters.

Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner.

Tannie Maria doesn’t like the change but soon discovers she has a knack—and a passion—for helping people. Of course, she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape her abusive husband.

When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of one striking detective determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe . . .

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew is an intriguing mystery that readers will love. Sally Andrew has created a brilliant masterpiece for readers everywhere to enjoy. If you love food, writing, and solving a murder, then this is indeed the novel for you. Tannie Maria goes for what she loves to do…sharing her recipes with others…then she has to go a little out of her comfort zone and finds herself loving every minute of her new job. However, trouble soon starts brewing…and before readers know it, they are taken high into a murder case along with Tannie Maria. Recipes for Love and Murder is a laugh-out-loud read that readers will be coming back to every time. Humor, intrigue, red herrings, and much more can be found inside of this exciting fast-paced plot. There’s a stocky man who abuses his wife. This wife has written to Tannie Maria about help. But then the wife ends up dead. After the death of the woman, Tannie Maria finds herself entangled into one big melting pot. So many suspects, an amateur detective, an investigative journalist, and 2 policemen keep Tannie Maria on her toes.

Recipes for Love and Murder is a laugh-out-loud read that readers will be coming back to every time. Humor, intrigue, red herrings, and much more can be found inside of this exciting fast-paced plot. There’s a stocky man who abuses his wife. This wife has written to Tannie Maria about help. But then the wife ends up dead. After the death of the woman, Tannie Maria finds herself entangled into one big melting pot. So many suspects, along with an amateur detective, a hard-boiled journalist, and two 2 policemen keep Tannie Maria on her toes. Secrets are kept and Tannie Maria is determined to solve the case of who dun it. Readers won’t figure it out until the very end. Sally Andrew has beautifully woven a variety of  interesting characters most who have may have a motive for the murder that keep readers guessing. This is one mystery readers everywhere will enjoy reading and not want to pass. I love reading this story. The plot is well-written and the characters are well-developed. The race to find a murderer is on….and Tannie Maria is one character that readers will fall in love with over and over again. Overall, I highly recommend this cultural detective fiction to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Message of the Pendant

Synopsis: 

William Darmon and wife Elizabeth were powerful figures, who in 1818 set society’s pace, from expansive grounds known as Mayfair Hall. When a family member is murdered, a mysterious pendant is found containing a long lost request, by Napoleon Bonaparte, for an American mission to burn down Parliament buildings. The couple sets out on an action filled pursuit of the killer. While interviewing Henry Clay in post-war Maryland about the failed mission, they uncover evidence of a conspiracy to free the Emperor from exile. The Darmon’s infiltrate the cadre, but a shipwreck off the coast of Scotland, a firestorm at the Darmon’s Manor and a harrowing assault on the Island of St. Helena loom before the mystery can be unraveled.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Message of the Pendant by Thomas Thorpe is the first exciting adventure that will lead readers on an unforgettable journey. Inside this first novel of the Darmon Mysteries, readers will follow a couple one of the most eventful mystery solving reads ever. One thing happens and from there the couple takes it into their own hands to settle the dispute. However, that just leads them further into a more daring and bold adventure of a lifetime. Mystery, suspense, and danger all perfectly bound into one incredible novel.

Thomas Thorpe’s talent is one to behold. His writings are interesting and highly entertaining. Never a boring moment with William Darmon and his wife Elizabeth. One case takes them to solving four different cases. A historical fiction novel that will lure readers instantly from page one until the very end. For fans of Nancy Drew,  Miss Fisher, and Detective Murdoch this novel is for you. I loved reading the Message of the Pendant. Readers get to travel the world and solve cases all from one novel. Thomas Thorpe’s a Message of the Pendant is a must read for all. Overall, I highly recommend his novel to readers worldwide.

Review: Dark Secrets

 

Synopsis:

Misty’s family, hid a dark secret from her. Until the coven came to claim what they believe belongs to them. Their chosen ones, to lead the coven to become the most powerful. It is written the twins, who they separated at birth are to reign together as one to keep the bloodline pure. When Misty refuses to stand with them, hell will break loose.

My Rating:

My Review: 

Dark Secrets by Mikki Smith is an interesting read. A novel, where pararnormal clashes with the normal world that we all know. Mikki Smith has stunnignly created an a world full of darkness and leaves characters questioning themselves to a breaking point. Does God exist and is there a such thing as evil lurking in our world? Not just evil as in bad people, but evil as in something deadly, that you just can’t explain until you experience it yourself. Readers will follow a young girl’s journey as she runs from danger, pleads for help for her friends, and then begs to be taken as far away from the evil lurking deep, in the forest. Friends of hers may or may not be alive. Soon the girl gets help from a couple, and then mysteriously they both die separately. A detective called to the case, who spoke with the couple and then finds them dead. This then leads him to believe there is indeed a connection to all the cases concerning the woods and the injured girl. But what is the connection and can they solve it before it’s too late?

Dark Secrets is addictive to read. A dark thriller, that will leave readers on the edge of their seats waiting for what happens next. I found the plot to be fast-paced and well-written. The characters were well developed and so realistic. It felt like this story was more real than fiction. Mikki Smith definitely has a talent with words and in creating a fictional world, that will drag you instantly into the characters’ shoes. I loved how the emotions, thoughts, fears of the characters became the reader’s. That is what makes a novel stand out for me. I loved reading this paranormal story. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

 

Book Reviews Coming Up

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Book Reviews Coming Up: 

Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson

The Living Miracle by Donna Dee Vaal

Block 10 by Stacy Childs

Boys of Dixie Pig by Stacy Childs

Hard Case by Marc Hirsch

Smart But Dead by Nancy G. West

Burned Deep by Calista Fox

Nivana by J.R. Stewart

The Fetus by Danielle Urban – Chapter 1

It was a night that started a chain of similar nights just as horrific as the one happening now. Up high, in a cold sterilized room, a woman was giving up her baby for “medical science research”. That’s what they told to every woman who decided to follow the path of death without choice.

The young woman had her fetus removed. She watched as the baby was taken out. Her baby. The baby she no longer wanted. She was free at last. Until, she saw it move. It’s heart started to beat. She couldn’t believe it was alive..

The surgeon took a pair of scissors and was talking with its assistant about cutting the head. But that wasn’t the worst part. She heard him tell, no force, his assistant to take a pair of scissors and cut the face in half so that they can properly remove the brain.

The woman’s instincts finally kicked in.. she got up and pushed the surgeon into his assistant. Taking her fetus and rushing out into the night. Someone near by saw the woman running out, in the rain, with a tiny white bundle wrapped up. She came up to the stranger and asked to be taken to a hospital.

The stranger took her afraid the woman was nuts. Not knowing that she had a fetus to save. Upon arriving at the hospital, the woman and her fetus made news everywhere. The fetus was saved due to her choice to stop the brutal yet murderous attempt of her baby. The woman never again thought of having another abortion. She grew up raising her baby to the best she could. The abortion clinic was thoroughly investigated and successfully shut down.

But the surgeon and his assistant made it out before the police arrived. Setting the clinic ablaze, they ran out leaving the police to think that they died in the fire.

Now, twenty years later the fetus that was saved grew up to be a detective. He knew about his mother’s choice about having him gone but then once she saw him alive … she risked saving him and did her best to love and care for him. Her friends say that she was never the same, after the abortion clinic. His mother never dated nor married. He saw fear and regret in her eyes whenever they story came up. He loved her even though he almost died. She almost let him die.

As a detective, Kyle Weston took on cold cases. Missing people. People who were thought dead but still alive. It was a rainy day, when Kyle received a call.

There was a naked woman lying out in the street with a dead fetus. All torn up. The sight was hideous. Whoever the bastard was had to be the sickest person in the world. Kyle identified the dead woman from one of his cold cases.

“Hey, you okay?” Forensic specialist Loren Fern was worried about what effect this finding might have on the detective. Everyone knew about his life story. Then to see something like this is like a slap to one’s face.

“Yeah, I’m fine. So, any witnesses?”

After watching him for a few more moments, Loren informed him on all she knew.

“No, witnesses. No DNA. The woman’s eye’s look glazed. I’m figuring she was drugged during he whole thing. Dirt was found under her nails. Maybe, we can get a trace on where she’s been. The fetus skull is cut open and the face sliced perfectly in half. The fetus brain is missing.”

“The fetus brain is missing?”

“Yes, it is.”

“Damn it!”

“Kyle there’s no proof that the surgeon made it out of the fire alive.”

“Yeah, and there’s no way to prove that he and his son died in that fire twenty years ago, now is there?”

Loren stayed silent. She saw his jaw muscles working, his hands raking over his face. There was a chance that the same surgeon and his son who were going to kill him are still alive. But so far, no one has seen or heard about any cases like Kyle’s. Until now. Was it possible? Or just a coincidence?

Book Review: Spiraled by Kendra Elliot

Spiraled by Kendra Elliot is exactly that. For FBI agent Ava McLane, her world goes spiraling out of control fast when her troubled twin sister reappears within her life and then fate traps her in as a witness to a crime happening within a mall. Ava is trapped without her gun as the shooters begin shooting random targets within the mall. But that is just the beginning of all the chaos. These shooters are brothers who have committed random murders all over Oregon making everyone afraid of them. Why they randomly kill others before taking their own lives is a mystery that Ava’s boyfriend Mason Callahan can’t figure out. Plus, he has to figure out a way to save innocent lives and the Ava, the workaholic, before she spirals off the edge. But will he make it in time or lose her completely?

Kendra Elliot has a well written mysterious thriller that plunges readers deep into the action and murder. Why are the crimes random or do they just appear so? And why has Ava’s sister come back now when there’s so much danger? Can Ava’s troubled sister be the key to it all? These many more questions are left swirling into the minds of readers as they continue to read. Suspense hanging high on every page. Readers will love the fast-pace and heart wrenching moments that will leave your heart pounding with what ifs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Spiraled and looked forward to reading more novels in the future by this author. Overall, I highly recommend it and rate it a five out of five stars.

Mystery Writing Prompt!

Sam is an undercover agent trying to put the master criminal behind the robbery away forever. Sam needs to solve the robbery case or else risk losing his career. Not only is the department over staffed but no one can solve the case of the multi-million dollar robbery case. With no physical evidence to point them in the right direction they case keeps getting colder. The chief of police announced that the department will be dismissing a lot of people. But to ensure that they keep their jobs they need to find the culprit and the money or else the department will layoff those who haven’t solved any cases lately. And detective Sam is one who hasn’t solved a case in awhile. Not only is Sam going through major pressure of solving the case, but a recent death has occurred at the local bank. And what’s even more strange is the note let behind, telling Sam he better start solving the crimes soon or else another disaster will occur. Now the chief of police is required to keep Sam on until the crimes stop and or he has solved the cases. But who is behind it all? And why was Sam targeted in the note? What will happen next if both cases aren’t solved in time?

Write a response to this prompt. Be sure to include the prompt within your response and answer all the questions. Add 500-700 words to the prompt answering the who, what, when, why, and where.

Book Review: Mirror Images by Laurie Norlander

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Mirror Images is an exciting thriller murder mystery novel! I feel in love with it instantly! The conflicts are surprising and leave you guessing as to what will be happening next! The novel’s theme was believing in your faith. The main female character would keep placing more focus in her doubts than in her faith. The characters around her try helping her find her way back to faith. Little by little she slowly changes and sees things with a new set of eyes. The man she loves and cares for left her in New York and has been going through many troubles such as a major uncover investigation in which she gets herself entangled into. She goes about trying to solve the big murder case that involves the man she loves dead brother. Who killed him and why? All the town people give her different stories half of what they say is truth. All through the novel she is warned to go back home, where she lives in Chicago. But despite all the warnings and scary events that take place she manages to hold her own and stays on until the murderer is found. As the events unfold she struggles with trusting the man she loved. Is he quilt or innocent? Did he kill his brother for the three million dollars? To find out, I highly recommend picking this book up and reading the story! A fabulous read that will hook readers in a heart beat! I rate the book a 5 out of 5 stars!

The Runaway Part 4

James dropped Amy at her place after the long day. They both agreed to meet at the station at 7am sharp. Walking through her house after unlocking her door then to relock it, Amy went to her bathroom. Stripped down and stepped into her shower.The hot water felt good on her body after today’s work. Wrapping a towel around her,Amy walked into her bedroom.  After dropping the towel to put clothes on, Amy her a door open…
What the hell, she thought. Grabbing her pistol, Amy walked out to investigate the sound. After seeing that the screen door was locked. But the wooden door was open …
Did I leave that open, Amy thought. Walking through each room quietly searching for any signs of an intruder. Having found none..Amy placed her gun down. Turning her back against a shadow.. Amy was knocked unconscious. Her pistol falling to the white tile floor with a loud thud. Everything went black for Amy as her body fell downward.

The next morning at the station, James waited for Amy to arrive. He had more bad news to tell her. The person they suspected was found dead in in he same way as the women. Except he was shot multiple times in the head and chest. And bleed to death. Now with their lead suspect dead..they didn’t know who else to add to the murder suspect list. Sipping his coffee, the clock went off. Alerting him that it was 7am. Where was Amy Reid. She was famous for her punctuality. This wasn’t like her. Maybe she slept in late. Calling her cell phone number, James got her voicemail. Amy wasn’t on time, and her cell was off. Damn this was not good. Getting up, he and another officer head to Amy’s place to check it out.

Meanwhile, Amy found herself tied naked to a fourposter bed. A gag inside her mouth. The stench of the room made her want to gag..where the hell am I, Amy thought. First, she needed to get the restraints off. Twisting her wrists, the tightness of the ropes left red marks on both her wrists. Taking the gag out and covering herself with her tee that was tossed across the room, Amy tries the door. No use. Locked. Turning around she searches for something to use. She had to get out of here before she too died.