Review: The Catalina Cabal





Synopsis:

A peaceful sail around Catalina Island takes an ugly turn as a professional bodyguard gets dragged into the middle of a violent human smuggling ring.

Badger Thompson finds the body of a young Chinese woman floating in the ocean. Stuffed in her life jacket is a large wad of cash, a fake ID, and the body goes unclaimed. He knows he should just walk away and leave it to the authorities, but it’s not in his nature, and when he keeps digging deeper at the mystery it sets off a chain reaction that brings him to the center of the storm, and a conspiracy that should have stayed secret. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Catalina Cabal by Bill Thesken is a thrilling crime mystery. Dark, deadly, and entertaining. A mystery comes afloat, and one man will keep digging no matter what. Bill Thesken has a novel full of danger. Every turn the protagonist takes, the danger closes in, around him. Risks are involved. I was intrigued. Hooked into it from the beginning. So many things to follow and my curiosity got the better of me. The Catalina Cabal is an enjoyable read. The writer knows how to keep readers like me entertained. I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

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Review: Fireworks in Paradise 







Synopsis:

“Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author of Southern Fried





While on vacation in South Carolina, Tj Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, Tj learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn’t an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting Tj anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, Tj enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

Author Bio: USA Today bestselling author Kathi Daley lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband, Ken. When she isn’t writing, she likes spending time hiking the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home. She has authored more than seventy-five books in eight series including: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries, Writer’s Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries, Rescue Alaska Paranormal Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Mysteries. Find out more about her books at http://www.kathidaley.com.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Fireworks in Paradise by Kathi Daley is an intriguing mystery. From the start, it grabbed my full attention. I was instantly feeling sympathy for the main protagonist. Her father was ill and his chances of recovering were fifty-fifty. It didn’t sound that good. Then, there was a murder case. I also liked the romance interest of Tj Jensen. Her guy seems to be perfect. I want him! There was humor, good family relationships, supportive friends, and some danger. I enjoyed following the characters both big and small. Each one had an important role. Overall, the plot was steady, exciting, and realistic. I loved it. I will definitely be watching out for more books by Kathi Daley.

Review: Expresso and Evil 






Synopsis:

The 6th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series!

When a coffee shop opens in the village, Julia is surprised when her customers flock to the new business, leaving her café almost empty. A failed protest against the corporate chain store leaves Julia wondering if her café can survive, but she suddenly has bigger fish to fry when the owner of the coffee shop is poisoned, and she is framed for his murder.

As Julia attempts to clear her name, she is stopped in her tracks when an unwanted familiar face arrives in Peridale. Her past and present crash together, threatening to jeopardise her blossoming relationship with Barker. Julia’s history is back to haunt her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions before it is too late. Somebody is trying to frame Julia for her rival’s murder, but can she juggle her most challenging case yet with her complicated love life before she loses more than just her café?

Book 6 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy 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 amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English and 48,000 words long. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! 



Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Expresso and Evil: A Peridale Cafe Mystery by Agatha Frost is another brilliant mystery! I was hooked instantly. This, is the sixth book in the A Peridale Cafe Mystery series. I don’t know how Agatha Frost manages it, but she delivers a clean, hilarious, and intriguing tale every time. I haven’t found a bad book by her yet…

Inside Expresso and Evil, I followed the main character and her close knit group as another mystery tumbles literally into their own territory. In fact, it happens inside of Julia South’s bakery. Her well-know enemy is found dead in her cafe. As the facts pour forth, it looks like someone has been going to a lot of trouble to frame Julia. Her bakery is also suffering a major loss due to her customers going to her enemy’s cafe. Then, to add to the drama, mystery, and trouble, her ex husband has a surprise for her…then, there’s the technical issue with their divorce that puts Julia and Barker at a distance. So much action, mayhem, and sparks flying everywhere. Julia is my favorite sleuth. She’s kind, caring, and smart. Plus, her baking is out of this world….

Agatha Frost combines a lot of genres into one marvelous read. Her series of cozy mysteries are addictive. Once, I start a new book of hers, I can’t stop reading. Then, I wait in anticipation for the next novel to be released. Fun, charming, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. This book was also heartfelt in many ways. Expresso and Evil suits this novel well. Coffee and murder…overall, I recommend this book to readers everywhere. 

Review: Chihuahua Confidential 




Synopsis:

“If I say so myself, I am muy foxy!”

When novice P.I. Geri Sullivan first heard her adopted Chihuahua talk, she thought she’d gone barking mad. But it turns out Pepe is a savvy sleuth—and if he has his way, he’ll soon be a bone-a-fido celebrity, too, as Pepe and Geri are Hollywood-bound to star in the reality show Dancing With Dogs. So far, so bueno. 

Then Nigel St. Nigel, the judge everyone loves to hate, becomes the judge someone wanted dead. Pepe and Geri are hot on a killer’s heels but between perfecting the paso doble and protecting Pepe’s Pomeranian lady love, both have their paws full. If Pepe’s new status as a Beverly Hills Chihuahua goes to his head, it may be the last waltz for Geri’s crime-biting compadre…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Chihuahua Confidential by Waverly Curtis is another exciting adventure. In this new mystery, Pepe and his owner, Geri, are headed for stardom. Pepe and Geri will be featured on Dan omg with the Dogs. It is there that they find a new case. A judge most disliked is found dead. Many suspects are found making finding the killer harder to catch. Danger, risks, and mayhem are everywhere. The pages are filled with humor. Pepe the talking Chihuahua is my favorite character. Then, there’s Geri an average female who is needing a job to pay bills and feed both her and Pepe. Geri is learning to be a detective and Pepe is helping her learn. And it’s not long before another case finds the pair. Hilarious, well-developed, and a perfect read for animal lovers worldwide. I enjoyed reading the first novel in this series. This second book, was just as good. Overall, I recommend it to all. 

Review: Cat Got Your Secrets 






Synopsis:

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

Time’s running out in this deadly cat-and-mouse game in Cat Got Your Secrets, the delightfully funny third novel in Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture mystery series, perfect for “all those feline fanciers who love to read Rita Mae Brown” (Suspense Magazine).



Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase is an exciting new murder mystery. A young woman finds out that her dad is anything but fine. His whole body language says he’s not okay. Just as Lacey goes to a client, she soon finds that he’s dead. And the last person who saw him alive was her dad. From there things become more complicated and messy. A blackmailer insists she stays quiet. But Lacey keeps digging away for the truth. 

Cat Got Your Secrets is full of danger, risks, and humor. I was intrigued. Julie Chase created characters that were easy to relate to and like them. Lacey is close to my age and her life felt believable. Her parents were real in their behavior. A pushy but caring mother and a good dad whose hiding secrets….but I also learned that he wasn’t the only one keeping them. Interesting, entertaining, and a feel good read. I enjoyed following this mystery. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Murder in Little Shendon







Synopsis:

MURDER IN LITTLE SHENDON 

Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens – not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with delightful twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper. Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From the murdered man’s housekeeper to Lady Armstrong, her staff and her nephew. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? 

Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion. Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. 

A.H. Richardson, noted author, places in your trembling hands a mystery murder that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon. 

Scratch your head with them over the strange clues that turn up. Follow them as they tread carefully among the landmines that appear innocent as they lie hidden beneath the surface of mystery. Something evil skulks in this tiny country village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community? You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead – it’s the journey that proves the most enticing. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Murder in Little Sheldon by A.H. Richardson is an interesting mystery. This book, left me wondering and guessing who could have murdered the shop keeper. Every character had some tie to the investigation. Each one looked just as guilty as the other. Motive was in high demand. I loved that I couldn’t figure it out until the ending. I don’t like reading mysteries where I already know who committed the crime. As a reader, I appreciated the suspense, intrigue, and the twists. Murder in Little Sheldon made me think of two movies with this kind of who dunnit theme. Especially, The Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I found the writing entertaining and refreshing. It’s a challenge worth reading. Overall, A.H. Richardson is an a writer I would keep on my watch out list. 

Review: Dial C for Chihuahua 




Synopsis:

“I am Pepe. But you can call me el Jefe.”

Pepe may have soft white fur, big brown eyes, and mucho attitude–but he’s no furry fashion fad. Pepe can talk–even if his new owner, Geri Sullivan, seems to be the only person who can understand him. 

When Geri takes on her first assignment for a quirky investigator named Jimmy G and stumbles over a Seattle millionaire’s corpse, Pepe proves to be worth his weight in liver treats. Suspicion falls on the not-so-grieving widow, who wants to finance a reality TV show, Dancing With Dogs. 

Normally, Pepe wouldn’t be caught muerte in a sparkly costume. However, he has to sniff out the real killer and keep Geri safe. Lesser dogs might flinch. But Pepe isn’t the kind to turn tail and run. . .

“Pepe is one cool sleuth. I really loved this book.” –Leslie Meier, author of the Lucy Stone mysteries

“Readers will sit up and beg for more.” –Sushi the Shih Tzu, canine star of the Trash ‘n’ Treasures mysteries by Barbara Allan

“A fun and breezy mystery.” –Jennie Bentley

Waverly Curtis is the joint byline for the mystery writing team Waverly Fitzgerald and Curtis Colbert.

Waverly Fitzgerald is the author of four historical romances under the name Nancy Fitzgerald. She has taught writing classes at the UCLA Writers Program, the University of Washington Extension, and regional conferences. She currently teaches at Richard Hugo House, the literary arts center in Seattle. She lives in Seattle with her daughter, Shaw, and Shaw’s Chihuahua, Pepe.

Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter and Miss Jenkins mysteries. A Seattle native, Curt is also a poet and an avid history buff. Curt and his wife, Stephanie, live in a Seattle suburb under the thrall of their cat, Esmeralda. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dial C for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis is a laugh-out-loud mystery. A cozy mystery that pulls readers into the book. I was hooked. Intriguing from the first page to the last. I can’t remember laughing so much….Pepe is the dog to go to for solving mysteries. He’s a Chihuahua that while tiny is a brilliant companion for his human, Geri. Geri is dumped by her husband who already has another woman in his life. Her original job as a stager is coming to an end. She needs another job fast. She finds Pepe in a shelter and takes him home with her. From there, she finds he can talk. But only she can hear him. To everyone else, he’s just another dog barking. Pepe is funny, cute, and all male. He makes this tale sweet, engaging, and exciting. I love animals. Dial C for Chihuahua is indeed a perfect cozy mystery. Danger, risks, and murder inside…

Review: Murder Is No Accident




Synopsis:

Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she’ll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor’s body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor’s death is a tragic accident–until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies.

Cozy mystery fans will love this third installment in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series from an author who knows how to make small-town America sweet, sentimental–and a little sinister.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Murder is No Accident by A. H. Gabhart is a cozy mystery readers everywhere don’t want to miss reading. A small-town that is slowly growing is hiding some secrets. Secrets that involve one or more murders. Between a young girl being inside the mansion when a murder is occurring to an elderly lady whose memory is neither here or there…the sheriff has a lot to figure out…one of the deaths looked accidental but after further digging the investigation leads to murder. The question of who done it and why are hanging in the air as the pages fly by…I loved the suspense and the variety of characters. There are some characters that based on their personalities one would think did it. But then, A. H. Gabhart leaves a surprise just when readers think they have it figured out…

Murder is No Accident is an exciting read. Mystery, mayhem, and murder all in one stunning tale.  I haven’t read the previous books in this series, but I plan on doing so after having read this one. The writing was well-done as well as the character development. I felt like I was there watching the scenes unfold. The ending was just as good as the beginning. Overall, I recommend reading A. H. Gabhart’s latest book. 

Review: House of Curds (5)

 

Synopsis:

The leaked, unauthorized, complete, original, first-draft script plans, treatments, and dialogue for season five of “House of Curds”.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The House of Curds season five brings danger, clandestine activities, and a whole lot of humor. Another great political satire by Richard M. Fleegle. Readers will be dragged once more into the drama filled episodes. The plot is fast-paced. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, and quirky stuff. Politicians are dangerous, dirty, and crazy. That’s exactly what readers will find in this latest book. Then’s there’s unpredictable stuff like characters skinny dipping in a shark tank! Murder, mayhem, manipulative and dirty…House of Curds is richly entertaining. I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Murder at the 42nd Street Library

 

Synopsis:

This first book in an irresistible new series introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library.

Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

In their search for the reasons behind the murder, Ambler and his crew uncover sinister, and profoundly disturbing, relationships among the scholars studying in the iconic library. Included among the players are a celebrated mystery writer who has donated his papers to the library’s crime fiction collection; that writer’s long-missing daughter, a prominent New York society woman with a hidden past, and more than one of Ambler’s colleagues at the library. Shocking revelations lead inexorably to the traumatic events that follow—the reading room will never be the same.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane is one that readers can’t miss. Librarians as sleuths…takes on an interesting role in a crime mystery novel. This is the first novel in a new series that makes tracking down a killer intriguing.

Con Lehane’s new crime mystery, Murder at the 42nd Street Library, will lead readers to a string of murders, a woman wanting revenge, and three generations of criminals. Readers will be kept guessing as the clues are pieced together and the truth starts to unravel. The scenes are intense with action, drama, and danger on every page. A woman abused my several men wants revenge, but then she is killed by a man whom she also had information on…and now, trying to piece together the whole mystery before another murder happens will be like racing against time itself. Internal conflict, criminals with too much to lose, and jealousy will keep readers turning the pages in a rush to find out what happens next. The writing is full of mayhem even on the last page. Murder at 42nd Street Library is a rare and complex crime mystery that once readers dig into it, it becomes addictive. Overall, I would recommend this novel to readers worldwide.