Review: Remnants 

Synopsis:

“If you are a fan of murder mysteries, tense crimes, and a great team, then this series is perfect for you.” 

—The Reading Café on Violated (Brandon Fisher FBI series) 
All that remains are whispers of the past…
When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.
With no quick means of identifying the deceased, building a profile of this serial killer is more challenging than usual. How are these targets being selected? Why are their limbs being severed and their bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this person to murder?
The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

After reading Remnants by Carolyn Arnold, I can definitely see how she is an international bestselling writer. Her writing is impressive. This latest novel of hers, is the sixth book within the FBI series. I haven’t read any of her previous books, yet I was able to connect easily with her charcaters. Plus, The plot had me deeply engrossed. 

Remnants is a thrilling yet suspenseful crime novel. Similar to popular programs like Criminal Minds and NCIS. Police procedurals, hard-boiled mystery, and tons of action. Every page left me guessing as to who was behind the murders. Dead body parts start popping up everywhere and then a full body. Police and the FBI profiler, Brandon Fisher, are puzzled. The count climbs, the intensity of the situation can be felt throughout the book. I loved the dark and edgy vibe as I dug further into the novel. The scenes felt real. It was like I was there investigating with Brandon Fisher. Carolyn Arnold is a mastermind in creating this stunning, clever, and engaging tale. 

Remnants is a suspenseful journey that will keep readers frightened once they finished reading. For those who love solving crime and chasing serial killers, this edge of your seat title is just for you. Overall, I highly recommend it. Looking forward to reading more, by Carolyn Arnold. 

Review: Don’t Trust A Stranger

Synopsis:

Have you ever wanted to date someone online? Do you trust people easily? Sometimes that can be a deadly thing. Never be too careful. Never settle for less than what you deserve.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Don’t Trust A Stranger by Jacquelyn Wiles is a must read for all. Her memoir brings to life the issues many live with and are not aware of or may not have someone there to help them. It was quite frightening to read. I wanted to stop reading only because I thought it was going to get super worse with each page. Yes, the domestic violence upgraded; however, so did the help that the young woman received. I believe that without a supporting family behind her or the evidence and the timing of the police call, that things wouldn’t have ended as well as they did. I was then left with an ending that placed a relief within me for the writer but also a new fear emerged. What was going to happen next?

Don’t Trust A Stranger takes bravery to write and talk about it. I am happy that Jacquelyn Wiles has written this book. She has shared her experience with others who may be in that position right now…and need this to give them the help and motivation they seek. Inspiring and horrifying at the same. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: Yukon Audit

 

Synopsis:

The Yukon. Land of the midnight sun and the Klondike gold rush. Wilderness and wildlife, rivers and lakes, mountains and glaciers. As mystical a place as there is on earth. The Yukon’s also a great place to launder illicit cash with a gold mine. And organized crime knows it.

C.E. Brody is a man of the world but prefers life in a cabin on the Yukon River. For a living, he flies an ancient float plane and runs a highway repair shop. Single, fiercely independent, a champion for the little guy, Brody loves his dogs and plane, hates cops and phones, and cooks a great meal for two.

After repairing her car, Brody is hired by a beautiful and mysterious woman to fly her over a gold mine. The two spot a missing plane. They land and find two men inside. He knows the pilot, she knows the passenger.
Within hours, Brody realizes he’s suddenly become the center of attention for the RCMP, the FBI, and two underworld gangs. His beautiful passenger is making romantic advances. He’s beaten up, his plane is hijacked, a friend’s child is kidnapped. With no idea what’s going on, he’s bound and determined to get answers. And get even.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Yukon Audit by Ken Baird is an excellent story to read. Here, there is action, adventure, and romance all rolled into one entertaining tale. Brody is a car mechanic…and soon he is plunged into an adventure of a lifetime. Little does he know that one woman’s job request will send him straight into danger. Plus, the woman happens to be very attractive. There is only so much that a man can through…will Brody survive the journey all in one piece?

Ken Baird lured readers in by the wilderness of the Yukon and the danger it presents. There is a beauty to behold about the place. I have never been but once, I have read this book, I felt like I was there. The characters were enticing. The woman is confident and bold.  Brody is courageous and a little less confident than the attractive beauty beside him.Yukon Audit was told in a way that was played realistically. I could actually see all of these scenes coming alive. They could actually happen. Crime is everywhere. Ken Baird writes it in a way that brought out excitement. Suspense and intrigue were heavily upon every page. I didn’t know what to expect. Truly a page turning thriller that will hold all to its plot. Fast-paced and masterfully written. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Kill All Cats

 

Synopsis:

Ron Black is a 35-year-old night security guard living a moribund existence. Past deeds need to stay buried for him to remain a free man. When the elderly cat lady next-door dies along with her thirty-eight cats, Ron feels the investigative heat from Detectives Moore and Porter. His alibi: “I was at work.”

The police disrupt Ron’s life, which he shares with Brisbane, his cockatiel. He squawks surprisingly relevant quotes learned from watching crime show reruns 24/7—some of which don’t help Ron’s situation. Ron picks up clues about what happened next-door from conflicting comments by his odd neighbors: “She was popped.” “Poisoned.” “Chopped up.” The neighbors include Ron’s estranged great-uncle Kirk, a disgruntled scientist, who had worked at the pharmaceutical company where Ron is the night guard.

When Ron’s only friend, Jean, disappears, the police double-down on him as a suspect for this crime, too. The next day, the police infer his arrest in twenty-four hours for the crime at his neighbor’s house. Despite the pressure to save himself, he is compelled to find his friend.

Sprinkle a bit of an Agatha Christie closed-room mystery with the situational humor of Evanovich for a high-level concept as Ron tries to “…control what he can control.” And just when you think it’s all over, another layer of horror reveals itself, and Ron didn’t even see it coming.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

Kill All Cats by Rick Bylina is an intriguing novel. This crazy tale about an elderly lady owning thirty-eight cats has been found dead. But that’s not all. So were her cats. All were found dead. Who did it and how are left unknown, until the ending where all it all became known. I found the beginning dragging behind a bit until more suspicious events occur like his friend gone missing. The writer has brilliantly incorporated humor into his writing. The bird inside this story will keep you turning the pages….but so does Ron’s troubles. Ron seems like the average guy. A guy who happens to pull himself deeper into hot water with the police than pulling himself out of it. Every page kept me wondering if and when they police would arrest Ron or if something horrendous would happen to Ron. Kill All Cats is similar to a cozy mystery that keeps readers held in suspense as the plot unfolds. Steady paced, and packed with crime and mystery, and a peculiar set of characters. I enjoyed reading this novel. Overall, I recommend Kill All Cats by Rick Bylina to readers everywhere.

Review: Marked for Life

 

Synopsis:

When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-size fingerprints in this childless home.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won’t be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, impenetrable. That is, until the boy…

A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy’s autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.

Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders before the police do.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp is one mind-blowing thriller. It rushes readers through a dark journey that goes deep into a character’s past. A killer is loose and one woman is determined to find the killer before the police do. Readers will be brought into one female prosecutor’s life and digging through demons in order to find clues on the murders at hand. Marked for Life is a chilling and edgy read that will keep readers up all night long.  This debut brings out realistic issues like child trafficking, drugs, and high levels of danger. A team of three forms and the deeper they investigate, the more memories are unleashed.

Emelie Schepp’s novel has wowed me from the beginning to end. I felt my heart pounding and the sweat, build up as the plot continued to unfold. A strong female leading role is evident, inside, this thriller. Having grown-up in a home that lacked the normal emotional journey that families share…leading prosecutor, Jana Berzelius, takes the lead on the murders. A murder weapon… and a container with people inside are found. A murderer thinks that Jana will never piece together the entire mystery…but when she does will it be too late for her and will the killer escape? Jana’s past childhood is darker than she thought…her father isn’t her real father….and her whole life has been dark. Living in the nightmares isn’t something that one wants to live in…and Jana ends up with more questions than answers. I felt sympathy for all the victims and the families that were found in the containers. Not many ended up in a good life like Jana. Marked for Life is a thriller that I would highly recommend to all. It will keep readers guessing…

 

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.

 

Review: Blue Bath

 

Synopsis:

Kat Lind, an American expatriate living in London with her entrepreneur husband and their young son, attends an opening at a prestigious Mayfair art gallery and is astonished to find her own face on the walls. The portraits are evidence of a long-ago love affair with the artist, Daniel Blake. Unbeknownst to her, he has continued to paint her ever since. Kat is seduced by her reflection on canvas and when Daniel appears in London, she finds herself drawn back into the sins and solace of a past that suddenly no longer seems so far away.

When the portraits catch the attention of the public, threatening to reveal not only her identity but all that lies beyond the edges of the canvases, Kat comes face to face with the true price of their beauty and with all that she now could lose.

Moving between the glamour of the London art world and the sensuous days of a love affair in a dusty Paris studio, life and art bleed together as Daniel and Kat’s lives spin out of control, leading to a conclusion that is anything but inevitable.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer is a sensational women’s fictional piece. Here, readers are introduced to interesting characters…a married woman with a son…a piece of her past comes tumbling into her present life and the stakes are higher than she realizes. An old flame she once left in Paris is now at an art gallery near her. Kate’s curiosity kills her and she must see…Daniel Blake.  An artist that painted her and still continues to do so…Kate realizes that there is much to lose if people found out that the paintings were of her. The Blue Bath title ties in perfectly with the beautifully woven tale. Mary Waters-Sayer’s readers will fall deeply in love with the characters, scenes, and the emotional journey that unfolds.

The Blue Bath is Mary Waters-Sayer’s debut novel. A brilliant and stunning way to light one’s path into the world of fictional writing. This story is about love, regret, and betrayal. A woman’s secrets haunt her…what her life will be like with her husband once she tells him…is something readers have to read. Life is never easy and our pasts never stay hidden they are bound to chase us no matter how far away we run. Kate is a wife who had an affair with a painter…who is now dead. She knows how he died yet she has lied to the police. Her future is an enormous mess. An entanglement that no one would have foreseen until it happened. Sad, heartbreaking, and well-written. I highly recommend this contemporary novel to readers everywhere. I can’t wait to read more my Mary Waters-Sayer in the future.

 

Review: The Letter Writer

 

Synopsis:

The first thing Woodrow Cain sees when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street is that it was burned by German saboteurs. “Ten lousy minutes in New York and already his new life felt as full of loss and betrayal as the one he’d left behind.”

What he left behind in a small North Carolina town was a wife who’d left him, a daughter in the care of his sister, and a career as a police officer marred by questions surrounding his partner’s murder. When he gets a job with the NYPD, he wants to believe it’s the beginning of a new life, though he suspects that the past is as tenacious as “a parasite in the bloodstream.”

It’s on the job that Cain comes in contact with a man who calls himself Danziger. He has the appearance of a “crackpot,” but he speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means and education—and he appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify a body just found floating in the Hudson River. But who exactly is Danziger? He’s a writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—“a steadfast practitioner of concealing and forgetting” for his clients, and perhaps for himself: he hints at a much more worldly past. What and whoever he really is or has been, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he knows much more than the mere identity of the floating corpse. For one thing, he knows how the dead man was involved in New York City’s “Little Deutschland,” where swastikas were proudly displayed just months before. And he also seems to know how the investigation will put Cain—and perhaps his daughter and the woman he’s fallen for—in harm’s way. But even Danziger can’t know that the more he and Cain investigate, the nearer they come to the center of a citywide web of possibly traitorous corruption from which neither of them may get out alive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman is a political thriller that will automatically entice its readers to it plot’s depth. Danger, intrigue, politics, and spies all masterfully woven for readers entertainment. I loved the sense of excitement and fear on every page. Readers don’t know what to expect until it happens.  Dan Fesperman’s writing has a way of sucking its readers into its tale. The way the novel is told, it creates a sense of actually being there and experiencing it all with one’s own eyes and ears. The scenes have a way of popping, to life, and sends readers on a race for truth.

Dan Fesperman takes readers on a journey that involves a city full of corruption, danger, and murder. The Letter Writer is fantastic…tons of action, suspense, and keeps readers guessing. One man witnesses an ocean liner go up in flames, his past life is a mess and now he’s an NYPD officer in New York and his partner is murdered. This alone will leave readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what’s to come. The title of this novel comes into play when this police office, Cain, meets a man who is a writer. Together these two unlikely characters pair up to investigate the city’s crimes that involve a group using swastikas. When one wearing a swastika pops up dead the danger heats up…and as with all investigators, Cain’s life isn’t the only life that may be placed into danger…his daughter and a woman whom he’s falling for might just be pulled into this intricate and highly intense investigation. Stakes are high but so are the possibilities of surviving it all. This was the first time that I have read any work by Dan Fesperman and I loved it. A novel worthy of every readers’ attention…addictive, fast-paced, and thrilling. Overall, I highly recommend this stunning novel, The Letter Writer, to readers everywhere.

Review: Mean Sisters

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Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Mean Girls.
A sassy, hilariously funny murder mystery where the closest bonds of friendship might just kill you…!

Margot Blythe is a twenty-something year old who can’t seem to let her college glory days go. After all, everyone deserves a family of ‘sisters’ like she had. When she’s invited to speak at her alma mater, her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. Tragedy strikes and Margot has to step up, especially when foul play is suspected.

She’s going to save her fifty frazzled ‘sisters’, keep the suspicious (but dangerously cute) police officer at bay and find out the truth – could a sister have committed such an unimaginable sin as murder?

Margot is going to learn the real bond of sisterhood and maybe, just maybe, discover where she truly belongs.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Wow! The Mean Sisters is a novel women cannot pass up on…this read is everything readers want. Humor, friendships, mystery and a bit of hot sparks flying around…Lindsay Emory is a talented writer. Her novel reminds me of Legally Blonde in a way of the whole soroity house thing. Readers will get an insider’s view to the going ons within a very top close knit soroity house. The girls seem like the super sweet women but not all of them are nice…espeically like the campus cop, Ty Hartfield who was teased badly for his weight. It takes until the end for Margot to remember who Ty was…but then again there was a lot going on within her soroity group. Things she didn’t think would happen but did.

The Mean Sisters is an absolute must read for all. The laughter, tears, and dedication is amazing. Lindsay Emory shows readers a realistic side to sorioties. They can be both good and bad…like say blackmail, sex ring, and murder all wrapped up inside of one house. A house full of many suspects…and as the plot unfolds…Margot and Ty find themselves trying to find a murder…and it’s hard for Margot to think one of her sisters can be anything but good. However, she starts to find things suspicious after several incidents inside the house happen. Readers will be hooked from the beginning. This read is addictive and well-written. The characters are super believable and intriguing…I hope Lindsay Emory writes another book featuring the soroity sister, Margot and her new friend Ty Hartfield and what lies in wait for them next. Overall, I highly recommend this delightful novel to readers everywhere. I loved reading and can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Trouble Part 1

Mandy didn’t know that after rooming with her best friend, she was in trouble. Her best friend took to partying and chasing guys and being bossy to just about every other girl on campus. She didn’t expect trouble to come. Nor did she expect it to come knocking on her apartment door. Mandy moved off campus to a more quiet peaceful place that was decent and affordable. An elderly woman who was kind and sweet and loved to bake offered her an apartment for a real low price. The elderly lady needed company. And she found that in Mandy. Mandy loved the older woman. Reminding her of her grandma whom passed away five years ago. Answering the door, there stood three police officers.
The police introduced themselves and asked Mandy many questions about her best friend, Rose McGuire. After answering all their questions, Mandy asked them why they were questioning her about her friend. The older police officer turned around to look at her and said, “She was found dead, inside her college dorm.” Then turned and walked away with the others.

How did Rose die? Alcohol? Drugs? No..Rose can definitely hold in her liquor. Drugs, no. Rose and her were extremely against them. The only difference between the girls was that Rose wanted to be wild once free from her family back home. She went boy crazy like a crazed teenage girl. She became super bossy towards all females except for her friend Mandy. Would someone kill Rose because she was bossy? Or was it because Rose took away a guy from another girl? Rose was known as the breaker up. She would flirt with guys who already had a girl just to see if she could make them like her. Rose was both weird and crazy like that. But how did the other girls feel about Rose? Resentment..anger…and hatred..yes. Those would be a motive to kill. But who? And how? And were those really the reasons why?

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.

Writing Challenge #10-10 Thriller Supense Novel

Write about how someone is copying off a notorious murderer and leading police and FBI on a while goose chase. How are all the victims killed? How does the copycat killer leave behind his own signature? Who is the copycat killer and why? Write how this copycat killer  mail corresponded with the notorious killer. Is the notorious killer aware of who his copycat killer is? Write this novel’s setting in Louisiana. How easy is it to get away with murder there? Who does the copy cat killer go after from the FBI? And why? Does this FBI agent survive or will the agent just be another helpless victim? Write all this in 2500 words!