A Review of “Fishbowl,” by Bradley Somer

A Captivating Novel from Bradley Somer Fishbowl is a very unusual story that weaves together the ordinary lives of many during a short moment of time.  Bradley Somer’s skill at bringing us along is phenomenal.  Quirky characters? Without a doubt.  Strange circumstances?  Definitely.  Making us want answers?  Yes! The Story First there is Ian.  A goldfish.  A thoughtful yet adventurous fish who may not have a long memory, but who does...

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Disruption, by Chuck Barrett

A Book Review Jake Pendleton is back with urgent mission in book four of Chuck Barrett’s popular series. It’s a treat to be back with him too! In Disruption, we are pulled into the world of hacking—about as current a topic as you could choose. The Story A global disaster is ‘scheduled,’ dependent on just a few men. Jake and his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, must stop it. Off on an international hunt that leads them to far more...

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Who is Travis McGee?

Who is Travis McGee? Living down in the Venice of America, you can still feel the unmistakeable live-aboard vibe if you look hard enough. There’s a characterful crowd of folks who choose to live on docked boats and yachts; idling away the hours for the rest of us. If you’re really lucky, you can still find the Friday night Marguaritatimers sitting around on dock chairs putting the goddam world to rights. As wave upon wave...

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Access to Power, by Robert Ellis, A Review

Definite Suspense Thriller! Frank Miles, a top Washington DC “Image Maker, ” is one of the best at leading a campaign to a successful election. Manipulating the media to that end is a skill he knows well, but getting Melvin Murdoch may prove costlier than he could have imagined. With days left before the election, both sides are pulling all the tricks possible to destroy the other. Still, there are lines not to be crossed,...

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Right to Kill, by Andrew Peterson

Nathan McBride is Back “Excellent” is the correct word to describe Right to Kill from the very beginning. Author, Andrew Peterson, drops us right in the midst of an attack on Linda Genneken’s isolated home. His descriptions are so effective, you will clearly see each room, feel and sense what both Linda and Nathan feel as they respond to the attack. It pulls you in immediately and keeps you there, holding on, until...

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Bitter Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

A Review of “Bitter Moon” The Huntress Series Continues! Much to the delight of her growing number of fans. Take a young child, Cara Lindstrom, the only survivor in her family after a horrific attack, and give her time to grow up. Victim though she is, she now feels no choice but to hunt the evil that nearly killed her. Her skills bring in the FBI, specifically Special Agent Matthew Roarke. As he investigates and learns...

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Corporate Citizen, By Gabriel Valjan

A Book Review Gabriel Valjan returns this month with book five of his international “Roma” series. He has been touring with Italy Book Tours since October, so you can find lots of articles, reviews, and interviews with this popular author. The Story Alabaster Black, AKA Bianca Nerini, still appears to be on the run from her former association with Rendition in the latest book in the series. The previous books have seen our heroes...

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Book Review: ‘The Lie’, by Helen Dunmore

The year is 1920 and Daniel returns to his Cornish village after his wartime discharge from the army. He is badly traumatised by the loss of his best friend, Frederick, blown to bits in No-Man’s Land in France. Daniel’s mother, a widowed cleaner, has died during his absence, and her rented cottage has been reclaimed by the landlord. Daniel, rootless and unemployed, is drawn back to the memories of his childhood friendship with...

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Book Review: Body of Evidence, by Rachel Grant

Book Two in The Evidence Series Archaeologist Mara Garrett has a particular specialty. Her calling is discovering and retrieving bodies of people, soldiers, who lost their lives and went missing in foreign nations. Unfortunately, that is how she finds herself facing a firing squad in North Korea. Rescued at the very last minute, she finds herself aboard a flight with the United States Prosecutor Curt Dominick. The very same attorney...

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A Life for a Life, by Lynda McDaniel, A Review

Mystery in Appalachia Laurel Falls, North Carolina, set in the Appalachian Mountains is a long way from Washington DC, in so many ways. A huge change for reporter Della Kinkaid, who goes from big city reporter to owner of a small town market. Step right into the past, where you expect simplicity in a small town. Small markets dot the streets within local communities across the country. Each of us has our own picture when we think of...

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Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, by Denise Swanson

A Scumble River Mystery, Book 19 Denise Swanson is a wonderful cozy author. Her stories are light, but provide an intriguing mystery that engages you. You’ll find plenty of clues and suspects, but in cozy fashion, you don’t find the explicit violence or sex. Still, the required tension is there within the mystery, and the author is good at showing the attraction and love between the two newlyweds while retaining a PG rating. It would...

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Killer in The Band, by Lauren Carr, A Review

Lovers in Crime, Book 3 Another captivating mystery from bestselling author, Lauren Carr, has arrived on the scene.  If you haven’t read one of Lauren’s novels, do start as soon as you can.  Mystery, suspense, and humor are all spun together into a complex plot that will keep you guessing. Homicide detective, Cameron Gates, and husband, County Prosecutor , Joshua Thornton,  return in their Lovers in Crime series. The...

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The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard: Review  A James Maxted Thriller I was lucky in having a review copy of this book so that I could alert you to it so that you could pre-order. I highly recommend it. The story will intrigue you from the first page. Set in 1919, the book opens with James Maxted, a World War 1 flyer, sizing up a couple of planes that he intends to buy to start a flying school. But his negotiations are interrupted...

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman A Clever Author and a Clever Novel. What a wonderful and unique story. This was my first Neil Gaiman book, but it won’t be my last. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a beautifully written by an author who is clearly a master of the craft. It’s hard to put this book into a category, just as it is hard to describe the events in the book. I wouldn’t consider it...

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From An Idea To A Book, by Lisa de Nikolits

On Tour With “The Nearly Girl” Today we are delighted to share an article written by the author of The Nearly Girl.  The award winning author will be touring with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours during the entire month of November.  There is a link below that will show you the various sites she will visit. Do stop by to learn more about Lisa and her novels.  You will find reviews, articles, interviews, and more. Her...

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The Magus: John Fowles

The Magus: John Fowles. The Magus is one of my desert island books -one I can read again and again.I’ve probably read it half a dozen times – at least. My reading of this book has spanned many years. It’s a book that has been largely misunderstood, in my opinion. Many reviewers get this book completely wrong – especially the amateur reviewers at Amazon. I’d truly recommend that you don’t read them...

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Lafayette’s Sword, by Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, Anne Trager

Book Review: The Lafayette Sword The Knights of Templar, The Freemasons… What does that bring to mind to you? Good, bad or both? A secret society, formed for good to protect. Yet, as often is the case, something intended for good can be manipulated for bad. Whatever we know about secret societies, their history holds dark mysteries unknown to many.  The Lafayette Sword reveals a part of that. The novel was written by Eric...

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Balancing Books and Briefs and Broadcasting, by Lis Wiehl

Presenting Lis Wiehl After reviewing The Candidate, the latest book written by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart, we asked Ms. Wiehl if she would tell us more about how one career has led to another.  As a prosecutor, Fox News Analyst, and a bestselling author (just to name a few), she balances several full time careers.  So, how did she get here from there? We are grateful to have her response below.  As a fan of hers for years,  it was...

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The Judas Game, by Ethan Cross

On Tour With Ethan Cross The Judas Game takes a twisted path right from the beginning. A serial killer who is remorseful, looking to make amends. A man working for a discreet company known as the Shepherd Organization with a young son who is violent. A badly scarred soul who sees strange people asks to be arrested. Finally, add in a new killer, the Judas killer, who comes on the scene with his own complex plan. One that he will detail...

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Book Review: Black Ice, by Greg Enslen

Greg Enslen’s New Release:  Black Ice Frank Harper isn’t your typical hero. He hasn’t really been the same since Katrina struck New Orleans. Nor have assignments since helped him. Drinking for courage and calm, his days often blur. His wife left him years ago. He can’t blame her. Then after getting shot, he can no longer be out in the world as a cop. Yet he is trying. He has reconnected with his daughter and her son—his...

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A Day in the Life of a Mystery Writer, by Lauren Carr

On Tour with “The Murders At Astaire Castle” Here at Jaquo and Mystery Suspense Reviews, we’ve been fans of Lauren Carr ever since reading the first book in her Mac Faraday series.  You can’t help but grow attached to Mac, Archie, and of course, German shepherd Gnarly. Reading the series in order was great fun.  That included The Murders at Astaire Castle, which I reviewed here on Jaquo as soon as I finished....

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A Grave Prediction, by Victoria Laurie

A Review of Book 14 in The Bestselling Series Is it possible for one to identify a sociopath before that person is even a teen? Abby Cooper could, and that is without using her psychic skills. How is that? You’ll enjoy reading the book to see. Book fourteen in her series is a delightful listen (or read if you prefer). A dramatic mystery that is lightened up by the author theough the featured character and her friends and family. Abby...

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Do-It-Yourself Publishing: Step-By-Step, By Lauren Carr

Book Spotlight:  Killer in The Band We are thrilled to spotlight Lauren Carr’s latest entry in the Lovers in Crime mystery series.  This newest release is going on tour!  Today we are spotlighting the book, to wet your appetite.  We will also be reviewing the book on November 16th. Don’t miss it! This time around, Ms. Carr has provided an excerpt to tempt you.  You will find it at the very end of this post.  Enjoy!  I know I will. As...

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The Candidate, by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart are back with the second in the Newsmakers series.   A presidential election struck by terror. A candidate, a hero, reliant on his wife. A personal assistant who seems a bit too personal. The top cable news host, on the scene, in the middle of it all. The ratings are dropping, and stardom is starting to fade since Erica uncovered and stopped a deadly plan in The Newsmakers, the first book in this...

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Never Cry Mercy, by L. T. Ryan

An Unfriendly Town…Why? Jack Noble returns once again, this time in a story that reminds me of Jack Reacher. A wandering man who ends up in an unfriendly town, only to find himself in the middle of trouble. In an exciting fast paced story, Jack Noble will need his creative and efficient skills to figure out what is happening in the small Texas town. After four weeks exploring the country, trying to remove himself from the...

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Who Is Detective Sergeant John Byron?

Among the Shadows, by Bruce Robert Coffin We are pleased to feature today an article written by author, Bruce Coffin. This former detective sergeant spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement, giving him knowledge and insight not often found in crime novels. Currently on a virtual book tour with Partners In Crime Book Tours, Mr. Coffin can be found about the web with articles, reviews and interviews.  We hope you will take a look at...

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Infamy, by Robert K. Tanenbaum, A Review

Book Review:  Infamy Infamy:  The state of being well known for a criminal, reproachful, or outrageous act. Another impressive author back with his 28th book in his bestselling series. Robert K. Tanenbaum is a master of the genre.  Legal thriller, mystery, and plenty of suspense combine in Infamy for an exciting novel. Books contains tension of so many varieties. Sometimes it is terror, sometimes angst, sometimes it is simply fear of...

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Emerald Buddha, by Russell Blake

Book Two in the Drake Ramsey Adventure Series Russell Blake has written another entertaining adventure with Emerald Buddha. This time a new treasure thought to be only a rumor draws Drake, Ally and Spencer. The treasure is the bait. The real reason is less clear than you would expect. They are to find a missing plane that crashed carrying the daughter of a senator. Is there really s treasure at all or is the whole thing a manipulation...

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The Clifton Chronicles: By Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer: A bit of a villain? The first book I read by Jeffrey Archer made me think that the man must be a bit of a villain. That book was Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less and like many others, I decided that if the author had the sort of mind that could create a book like that, he could also do well as an master criminal. Over the years, history has shown that yes, Mr Archer is certainly a bit of a lad. He has been involved...

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Everlasting Lies by Barbara Warren: Review

Everlasting Lies: An intriguing novel. Author Barbara Warren has created a novel that will captivate you — and leave you wanting to hear more from her. Set in the early part of the twentieth century, the book takes us through the life of one man and his family as events take him from the north of England, to the horrors of France in the First World War and eventually to an exotic lifestyle in India. Charles disowns his parents...

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Writing: Good for Your Health? by Author June Gillam

June Gillam’s “House of Erie” on Tour Our article today comes to you courtesy of June Gillam, author of the Hillary Broome Novels series. Book three continues an entertaining mystery series, this time set in lovely Ireland. The location itself is enough to draw many readers, myself included.  You can read our review of the novel here on Mystery Suspense Reviews. As part of her book tour, Ms. Gillam has written a...

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The Cat, The Collector and The Killer, by Leann Sweeney

Book Review: A Cat’s in Trouble Series is Back LeAnn Sweeney’s eighth book  in the “A Cats in Trouble” Series was a pleasure to listen to. The author has her characters mastered by now.   If you are following the series, you will feel like you are back with good friends.  If this is your first in the series, you will want to hear more. Jillian Hart, now married to acting Police Chief, Tom Stewart, surrounded by cats,...

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Book Review: Ramsey’s Gold, by Russell Blake

Russell Blake’s ‘Drake Ramsey’ Series If you enjoy an adventure Ramsey’s Gold will be hard to resist! The Incas, a lost city, and a long hidden journal start Ramsey’s Gold off to an exciting start. Go on a treasure hunt into the jungle, not knowing what is ahead or where it will lead. The Story When Drake Simmons is called to an attorney’s office, he has no clue where it will lead. A mysterious inheritance that...

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An Interview with Barbara Casey, Author of “The Wish Rider”

Book Spotlight:  The Wish Rider Barbara Casey is back on tour with her newest book in the F.I.G. mystery series.  Once again, we are excited to share the book with you.  The captivating series continues with The Wish Rider. Touring throughout the month of August, you will find Ms. Casey at a variety of sites with articles, interviews and reviews included.  The tour is hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Her full schedule is listed below, but...

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Rudolph Valentino

The Death of a Heartthrob. Rudolph Valentino was only thirty one when he died in 1926 and the world – well, the female theatre-going world – was distraught. He was one ofthe most popular silent movies stars of the day notably for the film The Sheik. This film told of a young woman- a British aristocrat – who was kidnapped in North Africa by the supposedly brutal, but undeniably sexy and smouldering,Valentino in the...

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Candidate For Murder, by Lauren Carr, A Review

Best one yet! Lauren Carr has once again surprised and delighted readers with Candidate For Murder, the newest addition to the Mac Faraday series.  Well written, hugely entertaining, it is a book you won’t want to stop reading–even when you have reached the end. Because it isn’t just about politics. It is about murder.  Murders, actually.  Way more than one, and not all are recent. The Story It starts off with action...

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The Kill Switch by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, A Book Review

A New Series From Two Excellent Authors. What an exciting start to a new series, this time with James Rollins teaming up with Grant Blackwood. The Kill Switch is a winner in my opinion, and hopefully the beginning of many more stories about Tucker Wayne, and Kane. James Rollins currently has the Sigma Force series in progress, up to book ten now, I believe. In addition, he’s written novels like Subterranean, Amazonia, and Ice Hunt....

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Where the Wild Things Bite, by Molly Harper

Return to Half Moon Hollow… Molly Harper’s newest book in the Half Moon Hollow series is a so entertaining. Of course, every book in Molly Harper’s various series reflect her humor and imagination. If you have the chance to listen to any of them, you’ll be hooked. Listening to the audiobook is highly suggested. Narrator, Amanda Ronconi, has the writer’s words and tone mastered. Molly Harper and Ms. Ronconi have worked...

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The House of Kane: By Barbara Casey

The House of Kane: A fine read. In this novel, Barbara Casey takes us inside the world of book publishing and who knew it could be such a cut-throat industry? This book combines intrigue, mystery and relationships, and features some of the most interesting characters that you’re likely to meet. Few of us can imagine that intrigue plays a part in the book publishing industry but this novel shows just how fragile the system can be...

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The Veritas Deception, by Lynne Constantine

A Book Review Have you ever wondered how much of your life has been manipulated?   You will, after reading The Veritas Deception with its multi-layered plot.  Good vs evil is at the core of it, but evil never plays fair. The Story The Veritas Deception starts off at a full run as Jack Logan tries to protect a senator’s wife.  The two must learn why. The Present After a last minute change of vote on a bill in Congress, Senator Malcolm...

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An Interview with Author, Pamela Ford

Spotlight on: The Continental Breakfast Club And Author Pamela Ford Pamela Ford has an entertaining, popular new series on her hands with The Continental Breakfast Club.  The first book, Over Easy, was released in May of 2010, the second, Freshly Brewed, is scheduled for release late July or early August.  Which is why she is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. Our Interview Thank you, Pamela, for the...

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The Killing Game, by Nancy Bush: A Review

From Bestselling Author, Nancy Bush… In a complicated plot that first seems like three separate stories, author Nancy Bush has written a complex and entertaining mystery. You will need to pay attention to this one. From the beginning murder by an apparent serial killer to old skeletons found in a basement, the suspense grows. At the same time Andi Wren is finding her way forward after her husband’s death. The Story Andi Wren...

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Book Review: Over Easy, by Pamela Ford

Introducing The Continental Breakfast Club If you are looking for a light summer read that will keep you smiling you might enjoy over easy.  Book one in the Continental Breakfast Club series has an unusual premise for its series name. Three girlfriends want to meet guys. When you’ve tried singles groups, church groups, the other usual choices,  where do you look next?  The story is a little romance, a little mystery, a lot...

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Book Review: Blue Moon, by Wendy Corsi Staub

On Tour with Wendy Corsi Staub Wendy Corsi Staub is back with the second in her newest series located in Mundy’s Landing.  With the release of her book, she is on a book tour this month, hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  The bestselling author can be found at a number of sites during the tour. We hope you will enjoy our review and drop to several sites to find more reviews, guest articles and interviews with this...

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Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”

Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”. If author Dennis Lehane is unfamiliar to you, I bet you will still know of his work. Have you seen Mystic River? How about Shutter Island? Those two recent hits were authored by Mr. Lahane. Years before that, Mr. Lahane published his very first book, A Drink before The War. Escape back to the 50’s, to a gentler time in many ways, but a harsher time in others. In the...

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The Invoice: By Jonas Karlsson

The Invoice: A fabulous novel. Are you happy? This is the major theme that the author explores in this very funny, yet thought-provoking novel. It’s great fun to read and certainly gave me a wonderful warm glow after finishing the book. And in and among the story is a rather sinister ‘big brother’ element. The hero of this novel is a single guy living in Stockholm. He’s never made much out of his life but...

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Book Review: Fortune Hunter, by Jana DeLeon

The Latest in the “Miss Fortune” Mystery Series Fortune Hunter is another engaging novel from Jana DeLeon. After reading Louisiana Longshot, the first in the series, I looked forward to another tale from Ms. Deleon. What a fun series to read. Number 8 in the “Miss Fortune” series, features the same familiar characters. Fortune Redding, police sergeant Carter LeBlanc, Gertie, Ida Belle, and more. In book one, we saw Fortune...

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Crooked Heart: By Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart: A review. A review copy of book recently landed at JAQUO HQ and I was captivated from the very first page. Dinner remained uncooked  (‘can’t you make do with a bowl of cornflakes?’), laundry was ignored and writing took second place to reading as I was instantly drawn into this fascinating story. It’s set in the Second World War – always a great period of history to read about – but...

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Game Changer, by Douglas E. Richards

  The New Bestseller from Douglas E Richards A complicated plot, likable characters, and fast paced action combine into an exciting new novel from author, Douglas E Richards. Talk about a brain twister. As you read Game Changer you will understand why it is an Amazon bestseller already.  It’s definitely an appropriate title. An operative, Kevin Quinn, who attempts to assassinate his employer. That employer happens to be the...

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Book Review: The Lost Key, by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison

“A Brit in the FBI” returns The Lost Key was—is—an unexpected surprise. Thinking it would be more a police procedural,  it was that and more.  A murder investigation that soon advances into a suspenseful thriller, it is filled with a variety of adventure and ultimately a terror threat. It’s fast paced in every setting with lives endangered at each stop. The Story Book two in the “A Brit in the FBI ” series brings...

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Interview with Anjenique Hughes, Author of “Sovereignty”

Sovereignty:  An All Too Plausible Dystopia Author Anjenique Hughes is off to a terrific start with her debut novel, Sovereignty. A dystopian novel, it paints a frightening future for our nation and the world. Written for young adults, any age teen really, adults too will enjoy it. The premise of the story and the characteristics of the teens are uplifting at the same time they are scary. Since Ms. Hughes is currently on a virtual...

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Friendly Fire, by John Gilstrap, A Review

Book 8 in The Jonathan Graves Series Jonathan Graves has been a favorite character of mine since I ran across No Mercy on Audible. A hostage rescuer with all the talent and skills needed to stealthily find and retrieve the missing, he is a fun and fascinating character. The 8th book in the series increases that fondness. What do you do when a child you rescued is arrested for murdering the monster who hurt him? Friendly Fire is a...

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Lunch in Paris: By Elizabeth Baud

Subtitle: A Love Story with Recipes. As a European who has lived in the USA for many years, it was fascinating to read the culture shock experiences of someone who did exactly the same but the other way around. This is a fun book to read on the beach or on a short flight – easy to read, light and entertaining. Featuring the memoirs of an American woman who married a Frenchman, it tells of her life during the time she was getting...

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Favorite Books by Dean Koontz

Favorite Books by Dean Koontz Dean Koontz – Prolific Writer of tales of horror, mystery and suspense Dean Koontz has been called a “horror” writer, a “mystery” writer and a “suspense” writer. He is all these things and more. Reading a Dean Koontz novel is like stepping into a strange universe, where the ordinary laws of nature do not apply. Just when you think you’ve figured out where...

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The Virgin of The Wind Rose, by Glen Craney, A Review

Don’t Miss This Adventure Thriller from Glen Craney The Virgin of the Wind Rose is an excellent novel that crosses time and continents,  If you enjoy a good adventure, you will enjoy this engrossing tale filled with clues that may lead to secrets and a treasure without price. Jaqueline Quartermane is a newly hired lawyer with the State Department. A respected position that comes with some power. Will that status be enough to...

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Spotlight on “Candidate For Murder,” by Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is back this month with her twelfth entry to the Mac Faraday series. Candidate For Murder is sure to be another bestseller for the popular author. All the more so because it features Gnarly. Who would have thought he might run for office. I’d vote for him in a minute. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. From June 20th through July 29th, she will be around and about with doing...

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Book Review: Independence Day, by Ben Coes

Ben Coes’ is Back With Dewey Andreas Ever since the release of Power Down, the debut novel written by Ben Coes, I have been a huge fan.  That book became—and still is—one of my all time favorite suspense thrillers. So there could be a slight bias, a leaning toward enjoying any new novel from Mr. Coes.  Still, if you read Independence Day, you will understand why it is now a favorite too.  With skill similar to the late Vince...

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The Trial by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka: The Mystery of “The Trial” The Trial by Franz Kafka. In reviewing Franz Kafka”s “The Trial,” I was reminded that my Professor some years ago had suggested that the class should read this book. I had tucked that away in the back of my mind, and went on my way to the next class never thinking more of it. Looking through a review list recently, I found “The Trial,” among them, and...

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Promise of the Black Monks: Robert E Hirsch

Promise of the Black Monks: An excellent read. Asta from Scandinavia was only twelve when she was married off to a French nobleman. In those days (the eleventh century) this was quite normal. By the time she was twenty she had presented her husband with two sons, Tristan and Guillaume. She was trapped in a loveless marriage but was living well, despite the wars that were taking place throughout Europe. And at least she was sure that...

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Book Review: “Written Off,” by E J Copperman

The First in the “Mysterious Detective” Series A mystery author who writes about an author writing a mystery grabs a reader’s attention, don’t you think?  As much as we enjoy books, the process is fascinating to us as well. When we get a chance to see both, what’s not to like? Which is only part of why I enjoyed Written Off from the first page, as author and featured character Rachel Goldman finishes writing the latest...

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm: A Political Fable

George Orwell’s Animal Farm means a great deal to me and this short tale will explain why. It is about when I was a teacher in London. First of all I highly recommend ‘Animal Farm’ and I rather envy you if you haven’t read it yet because you are in for a real treat. It is a brilliantly told, very clever, political fable. Orwell wrote it just after World War II (first published 1945), and it is a satirical story about totalitarianism....

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Book Review: The Burglar who Counted the Spoons, by Lawrence Block

The Latest in the Bernie Rhodenbarr, Burglar Series. The “Burglar who…..” book series by Lawrence Block has been one of my favorites for years. The books are such fun! It’s been quite a while since I read the first one, but I still smile fondly thinking of the characters. Bernie Rodenbarr is a very likable character, in spite of–or because of– the fact that he is a burglar. I wouldn’t have...

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The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review

The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review. It’s always a treat to get back to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, the featured characters in many of Robert Crais’ novels. You grow so fond of both of them during the series, you get anxious to see what they will get into next. Usually in the series, Elvis is the lead, outgoing and witty, working at their detective agency. In this book, Joe Pike takes the lead. He is not so outgoing, or so...

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An Interview with Author John Lansing

Author of ‘Dead is Dead’. John Lansing, author, actor, screenwriter, is currently on a virtual book tour for his newest release, Dead is Dead.  We have enjoyed being part of that tour, hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  The tour runs from May 16th through June 30th, so you will lot many opportunities to learn more about the author and his books. We we invited to review book as well. You will find our review...

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A Review of “The Dubai Betrayal,” by Jeremy Burns

Available Now! Jeremy Burns Anticipated New Release It is always a delight to find a new author of suspense thrillers that I can follow.  So I am quite happy to say that Jeremy Burns is now on that list.  Especially if the book features Wayne Wilkins. The Dubai Betrayal is a fascinating story you won’t want to miss. The Story Wayne Wilkins, first a Ranger, then a CIA Assassin, has an urgent new assignment.  After all the years...

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Book Review: Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor

Scot Harvath Returns in “Code of Conduct” “Fast paced” isn’t quite sufficient to describe the excitement in Brad Thor’s novel, Code of Conduct. Constant action throughout is more like it. Time is short for Scot and his team, even shorter than they realize. The scenario developed here by the author is as scary as it is possible. Since Mr. Thor is known to write fiction that sometimes becomes reality, it makes it...

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The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah. Book review.

The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah. Book review. Some books you can easily forget. You read them, enjoy them, but after  while they slip from your mind. The characters and the events in The Nightingale however will stay with you. We’ve all read or heard stories about the Second World War. We’ve seen television documentaries and fictional movies. But mostly, these have been seen from an American or British perspective and...

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Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review

Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review   The Mephisto Club is another intriguing story from Tess Gerritsen. I just finished it yesterday, making me feel a little like I am reading her books in reverse. When I read Ice Cold, written by Ms. Gerritsen and first published in 2006, I was so impressed. A winter tale always draws my interest, but the mystery and suspense in Ice Cold was wonderful. It...

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The Avignon Legacy: By Daniel C. Lorti

A fascinating tale – from the 14th century to present day. If you enjoy books that capture your attention from page one and keep you reading until well after your bedtime – and who doesn’t – then The Avignon Legacy will be right up your street. It combines history, suspense, modern day crime, mystery and more as the author takes us from fourteenth century France to present day America and Europe. This is a...

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The CleanSweep Conspiracy, by Chuck Waldron, A Review

Could it Happen Today? A simple text message received by Matt Tremain begins this fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. An intriguing way to begin a frightening story. Frightening because it is so possible–because it could be happening already. Matt Tremain is a blogger. He writes about scams, always looking to expose the hidden. That includes CleanSweep since the rumors started. When an employee of...

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Murder at Lambswool Farm, by Sally Goldenbaum, A Review

A Seaside Knitters Cozy Mystery Take an enjoyable trip to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, courtesy of Sally Goldenbaum. Many of you may have traveled there before, since Murder at Lambswool Farm is the eleventh book in the popular series. This was my first visit, but I do plan on returning. The Seaside Knitters series is a sweet and accurate description of the series. A small town where everyone knows one another, a group of women meeting...

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Cat out of Hell, by Lynne Truss

Cat out of Hell, by Lynne Truss. This is a wonderful laugh-out-loud mystery and suspense novel that is intriguing, funny and thought-provoking all at the same time. It’s also  horror story – of sorts. It’s been described by the Sunday Telegraph as a ‘masterpiece of comic writing’ and is definitely the sort of book that you’ll want to read in one sitting. I admit to taking time from my working day...

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Giving History Life, by Rich DiSilvio

From the Author of “My Nazi Nemesis” After reading and reviewing Rich DiSilvio’s latest novel, My Nazi Nemesis, we were pleased when the author wrote an article for us as well.  My review of his book can be found here, on Mystery Suspense Reviews. It is always a pleasure to learn more about a writer and his process.  My Nazi Nemesis includes a wealth of history centered around the Auschwitz concentration camp,...

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Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer

Yuri Shakirov of Soft Target John R Beyer, author, has recently released his novel, Soft Target. He was gracious to provide the guest article below discussing how he got to know the character he created for the entertaining book. You will enjoy hearing about the process. Be sure to get a copy of his fast paced suspense thriller! You can find my review on Mystery Suspense Reviews. Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer Writing...

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United States of Apocalypse, by Authors Mark Tufo and  Armand Rosamilia

A Book Review The End or a Beginning? It begins with how it happened. How the United States—and perhaps the world—was brought to its knees.  Even the prologue of this exciting book pulls you immediately into the story. Listening to the audiobook from Audible, I could feel the tension, the fear, the determination in the story.  Narrated by Sean Runnette and Julia Whelan, the male/female adds to the book immensely.  Both are...

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Book Review: Carry Me Home, by Rosalind James

Romantic Suspense in Paradise, Idaho Rosalind James is back in a romantic suspense novel that is indeed a thriller. A man, recently divorced, uncertain if he can trust again. A teacher with goals to reach the Ivy league.  Is there any chance the two of them can overcome all that separates them?  First goal is to stay alive. On a college campus a newly hired professor, Zoey Santangelo, discovers a small town isn’t always safer...

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An Interview with Author, Andrea Kane

Bestselling Author, Andrea Kane When Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine was invited to be a part of Andrea Kane’s virtual book tour for The Murder That Never Was, we couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Kane for many years. Her novels are intense, well designed mysteries that literally do keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Her newest maintains that standard. It is terrific.  You’ll find my review here on...

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The Promise, by Robert Crais, A Review

Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Scott James, and Maggie. What could be better than that? The new long awaited novel from Robert Crais was well worth the wait. After waiting anxiously for months for The Promise to be released, i couldn’t read/listen to it right away. For some reason I had to save it a while, know it was there, perhaps to listen as a reward for some accomplishment. Do you ever do that? There are several favorite authors...

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What’s The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Do? by Carey Nachenberg

On Tour with “The Florentine Deception” If you haven’t yet read The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, do pick up a copy soon. It’s a fascinating story, one of those tales where parts are all too plausible.  We have enjoyed being part of the virtual book tour currently underway with iRead Book Tours. Today, as part of that tour, we are very pleased to feature an article written by Mr. Nachenberg.  If...

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Book Review : Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

Book Review : Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart Anyone who has read or seen the movie My Sister’s Keeper, will remember the author Jodi Picoult. She has a way of making you look at things from a different perspective. Just when you thought all things that had two choices were simply Black and White choices, along come Jodi to shake you up. Just as she did with My Sister’s Keeper, she has done so again with Change of Heart! I started to...

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Book review: Eloise by Judy Finnegan

Book review: Eloise by Judy Finnegan. I have to tell you that I really didn’t want to read this book. I was so wrong and I recommend it wholeheartedly. It’s a fascinating book with twists and turns in the plot and features beautifully crafted characters. Not only that, it’s set in the wild and beautiful county of Cornwall, an area as mystical and threatening as it is picturesque. Cathy is a middle-aged married woman....

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Surrounded by Enemies: Bryce Zabel

‘JFK was not killed at Dallas’. This is the premise of the fascinating novel, Surrounded by Enemies. Author Bryce Zabel has woven a plausible and thoroughly-imagined fictional series of events that might have taken place had Kennedy suirvived. Maybe you have your own theory about how America would have developed over the years if Kennedy had lived? It’s a subject that many people – the general public and expert...

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The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, A Review

  It was just an old computer, one his father picked up at an estate sale. It should have taken a few hours to clean so his dad could donate it. But how could Alex Fife resist taking a peek at what it held. After all, the owner was dead. Along with his friend Stephen, he looks to see the last entries the owner had made. What he finds sends him on a treasure hunt that soon becomes a race to stop an attack that could bring down...

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Who Are We, Really? by Peter Riva

An Article from Author, Peter Riva We first learned of Peter Riva when we were asked to be a part of a book tour for his terrific book, The Path. We enjoyed the book so much, we were delighted to hear part two of the trilogy was ready for release. Mr. Riva is on another virtual book tour with host, iRead Book Tours, for Reaching Angelica.  We are so pleased that he was able to write a post of Jaquo along his tour.  Please check of the...

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The Cavendon Women: Review

The Cavendon Women: Barbara Taylor Bradford This is exactly the sort of book to choose when you need a little light, but dramatic reading. It’s set in the nineteen twenties and features the lives of the members of an aristocratic family in England. You’ll certainly see how the other half lived. But the characters in the book are strangely appealing and you’ll be drawn in by the trials and complexities of their lives...

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Reaching Angelica, by Peter Riva

Book Two in “The Tag” Series is Here! Peter Riva is back once again with a novel science fiction story that will have you tilting your head, wondering, “Did I read that right?” In this amazing continuation of The Path, Simon Banks will once again need all of his vast computer skills, this time to save Earth. Part of the pleasure in science fiction is in giving your imagination free rein. Another part is how an author...

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett: Review. This is a wonderful fictional account of what happened when Queen Elizabeth II decided to take up reading.The queen reads – of course she does – but in this novella,her reading activities are confined to state papers,official documents and the more serious daily newspapers. She’s a busy lady. In Alan Bennett’s book though, she starts to read fiction.It’s all...

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I Take You: By Eliza Kennedy

I Take You: A laugh-out-loud novel. This is the most wonderful, funny and crazy book. Lily is about to get married – but before I go any further I have to let you know that this is not one of those cutesy Father-Of-The-Bride type pre-wedding stories. Let me give you an example. She is enjoying her bachelorette party when she gets a message that there’s an emergency at work. Lily is a lawyer so has to respond. At the...

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A Review of “The Berlin Package,” by Peter Riva

Peter Riva’s Latest Suspense Thriller is Out If you want a book to grab you from the first page, I suggest you read this one. On a flight over Iceland in a twin engine plane, one engine fails. Then the next. What a great beginning to The Berlin Package. Author Peter Riva has another hit! A sequel to Murder on Safari (review link below), Pero Baltazar and Mbuno are back. This time the well known film producer heads to Berlin. The...

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Book Spotlight: The War of Words, by Amy Neftzger

Spotlight On:  ‘The War of Words” Popular author, Amy Neftzger, returns with her latest book, The War on Words.  iRead Book Tours is currently hosting the virtual book tour for her latest addition. We hope you will take a minute to stop by her tour page to see the full schedule she has planned from April 18th through May 13th.  She will be answering questions, sharing articles and reviews.  You can find the details here at...

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Interview:  Radine Nehring, Author of “A Portrait to Die For”

We were only recently introduced to Radine Nehring, author of A Portrait to Die For.   So when we had the opportunity to interview her we were very pleased. It is always a delight to learn more about an author while reading their books.  Not only how they came to write, but also the process.  Anyone who has written a book–or tried to write one–knows it requires an above average imagination and a ton of discipline.  We...

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Review: The Advocate’s Daughter, by Anthony Franze

What a great book! The Advocate’s Daughter grabbed me from the beginning—always a good thing–and wouldn’t let go until I reached the last page. A typical family, very well portrayed, likable, with the trials a family faces. Then tragedy strikes. The complications involved make for a very intriguing mystery. The Story Sean Serrat, highly respected Supreme Court attorney in DC, learns he is on the short list to be a Supreme...

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An Interview with Author, Ryan Quinn

After reading and reviewing Ryan Quinn’s novel, The Good Traitor, we were delighted to chat with him on his virtual book tour.  He’s established himself as a solid thriller writer, one we will look forward to following.  The second in a potential series featuring Kera Mersal, it can surely be read as a stand alone.  If you want to start at the beginning you might choose to get End of Secrets first.  It’s in my cart...

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A Tapping At My Door, by David Jackson, A Review

Nevermore Get read for a suspenseful mystery with A Tapping at The Door. It will pull you right in and have your mind on alert as the Liverpool Police hunt for a killer. Author David Jackson has received acclaim for his Callum Doyle series. A description of “nerve shredding” was used in his last novel. That is an apt description for the building suspense you will find in his novels.  In this one, even the police have reason to be...

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An Interview with Glenn Shepard

On Tour with Author Glenn Shepard Today we are back once more with Mr Glenn Shepard, author.  He is now on tour with the newest book in his Dr. Scott James series that includes The Missile Game, the Zombie Game, and now, the latest, The Ebola Game.  You may have already read our review of  The Zombie Game. We were very pleased when Mr Shepard agreed to an interview with us for his virtual book tour. The Interview It is remarkable that...

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The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey: A Review

A Search for Identity An undecipherable manuscript, centuries old, a teacher determined to learn how it connects to her past, and three spirited high school girls who happen to be geniuses. Bring them together and you have a very intriguing mystery that reads almost like a treasure hunt. What an enjoyable mystery this was. It may have been written for middle school and up, but there is much to appreciate for adults as well. At the end...

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Book Review: Veil of Deception, by Michael Byars Lewis

Michael Byars Lewis’ Latest Veil of Deception is a well written, complex novel, filled with pieces of a puzzle to sort and arrange. Described as a military thriller by many, I’d say it qualifies as a political thriller as well. It’s exciting, fast paced, and clever, involving strong characters, political posturing and international intrigue. Author Michael Byars Lewis, award winning author for his first book, Surly Bonds, will...

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Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby Funny is quite right – laugh out loud funny, in fact. The book is set in the nineteen sixties – what an era of change that was – and features Barbara, a young woman from Blackpool in the north of England whose heroine is Lucille Ball. Barbara wants to be on television too, to make people laugh. And Barbara certainly has several assets that make her look great on television. At the...

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Comparing ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ & ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

Can we really compare Carlos Ruiz Zafon to Gabriel Garcia Marquez? I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude a long, long time ago and I’ve re-read it many times since then. In April 2014, I read The Shadow of the Wind. One of the things that attracted me to the book is that the blurb on the back cover compared these two books. I enjoyed Shadow and, on the evening I finished the book, was determined to read more of Carlos Ruiz...

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Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin: Review.

Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin: Review. This was the latest review copy to land on the editorial desk at JAQUO HQ and I’m so glad it did. It’s very funny, it moves along at a hare-brained pace and you’ll love the quirky characters as they stumble through the strange world of Hollywood in present day. But this is not all glamour and ‘swimming pools, movie stars’ – this is the reality of a...

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The Girl From Home: Adam Mitzner’s New Release

Adam Mitzner’s newest release, The Girl From Home, is a thought provoking, suspenseful novel. It may not contain as much courtroom drama as his prior books, but it is still a dramatic legal thriller that first draws you into the hight powered world of Wall Street then suddenly sets you down into small town America. Jonathan Caine, a money manager flying high with success, would seem to be an accurate representation of a financier on...

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Book Review: Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel

Book Review:  Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel The late Vince Flynn was and is still a favorite author for me in the suspense thriller genre.  Each of his books has kept me up late reading or listening, wide awake from all the suspense and action in every book. His series character, Mitch Rapp, sets the standard for a hero in political thrillers.  Each book seems so plausible at what could happen–at home and...

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Uneven Exchange, by S K Derban

On Tour with “Uneven Exchange” When two men eye a woman vacationing in Mexico, your first expectation might be that they are admiring what they see. Not this time. While this particular woman is lovely, the men are looking beyond that.  She has retreated there, attempting to refocus her life off a man she loves. Unfortunately for Alexandra Callet, she just happens to look identical to the sister of a deadly assassin know...

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Trust No One, by Clare Donoghue: A Review

Bennett and Lockyer Return Trust No One is third release in this popular series from Clare Donoghue. The series features Detectives Jane Bennett and Mike Lockyer. A well done British police procedural, the story takes the reader down a twisting, intricate path into a family filled with secrets. There is something so appealing about a British mystery. There is often less violence and more subtlety, done with the reserve you might...

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, A Book Review

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, A Book Review. A Virtual Classroom? Would send your children to virtual school?  Can you picture it?  It sounds intriguing when you first think of it.  No more bullying, less distractions, right?  Yet in a virtual world would it be too isolating?  Could there be a balance?  Would class size matter then?  Would teachers like it better? That is one of the considerations you will find as you read Ready...

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Never Go Back, by Lee Child; A Review

Jack Reacher #18 Why is it that no sooner does Jack Reacher arrive in a town to find he is in trouble? It happens once again in Never Go Back, entry number eighteen in Jack Reacher’s most excellent series. Lee Child has done it again too. It was a pleasure to read (or listen) of his latest problems. If you have followed Jack you will know why he is heading to Virginia. A couple of books ago he got some help from a woman on another...

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The Ninth Step, by Mark Dawson: A Review

Terrific Story! The Ninth Step may be the hardest in the twelve step program that is part of Alcoholics Anonymous. Number nine is to make amends to those one has wronged. If any of us think into our past, it would be difficult to admit some of wrongs, let alone make amends. How much harder, if that includes murder? The series itself is a unique twist for a former killer. John Milton, former assassin for Britain, is now living a quiet...

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

 The Museum of Extraordinary Things: Review This book, written by Alice Hoffman, is an exceptional fiction, bracketed at the beginning and the end with real events. It’s hard to know which are the more horrifying sections – the fact or the fiction. Set in the early years of the twentieth century. the book tells of a strange character indeed – a man who makes his living at Coney Island running a sideshow of...

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A dark and Lonely Place: Edna Buchanan

A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan: Review. This is a fabulous novel with a concept that could only succeed in the most capable hands of Ms Buchanan. For this novel is two mysteries stories in one. The writer has taken the true life story of John Ashley and Laura Upthegrove who were known as outlaws in the early twentieth century and entwined it with a murder mystery set in today’s Miami. Like many of us in Florida, Ms...

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

The Past and Present Long Connected In the mood for a multi-generational story told by a master? Kate Morton has certainly done it again in The Forgotten Garden. Mystery, suspense, and plenty of intrigue, weave throughout the story. A book of fairy tales penned by an unusual woman called The Authoress, gifted to a child, passed through generations, now offers clues within each tale to choices made so long ago. Yet their meanings are...

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Book Review: Eyeshine, by Cy Wyss

Cy Wyss’ Latest Novel:  Eyeshine Try to imagine what you might do if YOU turned into a cat every night. Your adventures would be limitless. Of course those adventures could be fraught with danger and frustration when you are trying to live your life. And when you happen to be investigating crime and murder. After all, how much attention does one pay to a howling cat in the night, when it might be trying to get a human’s...

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A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, A Review

Lee Child’s Terrific Series It is always a treat to pass several hours with Jack Reacher.  A Wanted Man, the seventeenth in the series it is no exception.  Since I’ve read and listened to the books in order,  I’ve become quite attached. Jack is innocently hitching a ride, heading to Virginia. Most cars that slow down, quickly speed up when they get close.  Sporting a broken nose, he looks scarier than he usually does with his...

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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, by K N Smith

A Review of ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” K. N. Smith’s debut novel, Urban Boys, is now on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. The novel is receiving some terrific reviews. Do stop by the link above to see the full schedule and learn more about the author and the book. As part of the tour, we were pleased to review this entertaining book.  Ms. Smith definitely has a way with words. The Story A group...

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A Visit With Lauren Carr, Author of Cancelled Vows

Our Interview with Lauren Carr Bestselling author, Lauren Carr,  has a new mystery in the Mac Faraday series.  We’ve been following his story for a few years now, catching up, one by one.  Cancelled Vows is the eleventh in the series. With each book, it is easy to grow more and more attached to the characters, especially since several now appear in their own series. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour for Cancelled...

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Book Review: Louisiana Longshot, by Jana Deleon

The Miss Fortune Mystery Series, Book One Once you’ve read one book written by Jana Deleon, you can’t help but smile when starting another. After reading Trouble in Mud Bug, I looked forward to Louisiana Longshot, newly available at Audible. Published in 2012, it introduces Fortune Redding in the “Miss Fortune Mystery series. Book one draws you right in. CIA agent Fortune returns from assignment in hot water after blowing her...

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Showcase: Uncommon Stock, by Eliot Peper

  Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 by Eliot Peper on Tour February 15 – March 31, 2016 Book 1 of The Uncommon Series – Continued in Book 2, Uncommon Stock: Power Play. Mara Winkel is rock climbing, mountain biking, and ‘studying’ her way through school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. But when her best friend James asks her to partner with him to start a disruptive new software company she discovers that...

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Cold Moon, by Alexandra Sokolff, A Review

The Huntress Series Continues I just finished reading book three in the excellent “Huntress” series, written by Alexandra Sokoloff. Cold Moon is the most intense of the series so far. The world of underage prostitution is the subject of the story. The abduction of young girls, some barely teens, who are forced and threatened into obedience. The Story Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Matthew Roarke, has been part of the hunt...

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Unscrupulous, by M. E. May

The Circle City Mystery Series The fifth entry in M E May’s “Circle City Mystery” series is an intense, fast moving story suspense lovers are certain to enjoy. It begins when a woman is found murdered, her five year old daughter, Maricella, missing. Revenge, random, or something even worse? Then the investigation discovers the little girl is not the only child missing. Children are being taken, often right from their homes...

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Back Blast, by Mark Greaney: A Review

Court Gentry, The Gray Man The Gray Man is back. And truly back this time–to the United States. After five years eluding his own government, working on his own, Court Gentry has come home. Still hunted, he has finally returned to find out why. Back Blast, released February 16th, 2016, is the fifth in the Gray Man series. Mark Greaney has created a terrific character in Court Gentry. Each book has been an exciting thrill ride....

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The Greatest Prospector in the World: Ken Dunn

Fascinating story: Lessons for life. This is an unusual but definite can’t-put-it-down book. And I mean that. Once I started reading it I had to finish it in one sitting. It’s an enthralling story of a young girl who, in 1910, is orphaned. Her life and the way it is transformed is sure to captivate you. But the book is much more than that. As you are enjoying the story, you’ll also learn six vital secrets for...

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Top New Suspense Thrillers, Part 3: Mark Greaney

Mark Greaney, Author Bringing us Court Gentry Continuing the search for still more authors of thrillers, Mark Greaney’s Gray Man had to be on the list. You may be familiar with the author’s name.  He has co-authored several books with Tom Clancy, including Command Authority, Threat Vector, and Locked On. Gray Man was Mr. Greaney’s first solo novel, and what a beginning.  Court Gentry, the star of the series, is often...

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An Interview With Author Steven Gossington

Steven Gossington, author of Fractured Eden, chatted with us about his recently released debut novel.  Dr. Gossington, a practicing emergency room doctor, brings his years of knowledge and experience into the complicated thriller. A doctor starting over in a new town.  The town filled with dangerous, deranged residents.  One of those residents is a serial killer who has his eye on the doctor for his next victim. Sounds like an intense...

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A Review of “Dark Money,” by Larry D Thompson

Dark Money, On A Virtual Book Tour We are pleased to be a part of the book tour for Larry D Thompson’s latest book, Dark Money. During the tour that will continue through the month of February, Mr. Thompson will be found at numerous sites for interviews, guest articles and reviews. You can find his full schedule here on the sponsor’s site, Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. The Story Jackson Bryant worked at a high...

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Sycamore Gap, by L.J. Ross, A Review

The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2 Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Ryan is back in Sycamore Gap, book two of his series. Following the first, Holy island, L J Ross has a new murder case for the Inspector. Or is it new? While the first is mentioned often, Sycamore Gap is a great read as a stand alone novel. There is something unique about British mysteries. They so often delight the reader, even in the midst of violence and murder....

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Book Review: The Testament, by John Grisham.

One of Grisham’s Best The Testament is one of my favorite books by John Grisham. He’s so well know for his legal thrillers, like The Firm, The Client, or A Time to Kill. This story has an unusual twist to it though. Less time in the court room, and plenty of adventure in the Pantanal area of the Brazilian wetlands. Not what you might expect. I loved it! A billionaire announces his last will and testament to his money...

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A Review of “In The Dark,” by Chris Patchell

On Virtual Tour with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours… Author, Chris Patchell, has woven together an exciting suspense thriller in her latest book, In The Dark. It is fast paced and very suspenseful with complicated twists and a number of scary prospects for suspects. A young woman goes missing from a bar. After only two days her mother frantic. Her daughter, Brooke, is a diabetic. She will die in days without insulin. Yet...

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Cancelled Vows, by Lauren Carr, A Review

The Mac Faraday Series, Book 11 With the release of the eleventh book in her popular mystery series, Lauren Carr has begun a new virtual book tour as well.  The tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours, runs throughout the month of February.  If you head over to her page at the link above you will see her full and busy schedule. You can read additional reviews, articles by the author, interviews and more. You will be glad you checked it...

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The Zombie Game, by Glenn Shepard, A Review

Dr. Scott James Returns The title of this suspense thriller may or may not influence your decision to read this novel. But having finished, I hope you won’t let that stop you. I almost didn’t read The Zombie Game because of the title—I tend to avoid zombies, vampires, etc. It is not about zombies. At least not the science fiction, fantasy zombies. It is actually a fast paced, quick reading thriller that was very...

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The God’s Eye View: By Barry Eisler

Read this recommended and fascinating thriller! When a review copy of this book landed on my desk at JAQUO HQ, I admit that I didn’t start reading it right away. You see, thrillers aren’t really my favourite genre. But what a great book this is. And extremely timely. It’s the sort of story that would have sounded far fetched only a few years ago. Today, it is totally believable. And I must say that Barry Eisler now...

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Blood Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book Two in the Huntress/FBI Thriller Series Blood Moon, the second in the Huntress, FBI Thrillers series, caught my attention from the first page. I couldn’t wait to read it after finishing Huntress Moon.  The first book stayed in my mind. The unique plot left me curious to know how the series would proceed. The Story It gets off to a fast start when the FBI rescues teens and preteens from several sites where children are being...

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A Review of “Destroyer,” by Brett Battles

Traveling through History After reading Rewinder, I was anxious to see what would happen next in this unique series from Brett Battles. In Rewinder, Denny Younger is removed from his lower level in society to become a rewinder, a ‘historian’ who checks family histories—in an unusual manner. Rather than research, a rewinder travels back in time to see the actual event. When a few seconds of change occurs during one of his excursions,...

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Book Review: Huntress Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

An Intriguing Thriller from Alexandra Sokoloff The supposed accidental death of an undercover agent sparks a multi-state hunt for one woman. FBI agent Matthew Roarke, watched as it happened, there on the scene to meet with his now dead agent. He saw the unusual–and somehow familiar—woman right before the accident, and she saw him. But who is she? Witness? Lover? Friend? Or is she a killer? When Roarke uncovers more murders where...

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A Review of “Rewinder,” by Brett Battles

Another World or Another Time? Since Brett Battles wrote this entertaining sci-fi novel, I should have known it would be a great read. It was very intriguing to consider. It is a different time–or perhaps a different world– when life on earth is dramatically different. In this world, people are assigned or born into levels. Levels for work, education, the ability to advance. Few ever move out of their level, remaining to...

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An Interview with Author, N. R. Bates

N. R. Bates, Author of At The Sharp End of Lightning As part of the virtual book tour for Mr. Bates’ latest book, At The Sharp End of Lightning, we were pleased to have a chat with the author.  As an Oceanographer, his love of the ocean shines through in all that he writes. With this book, his love and knowledge of the oceans combine into a fantasy novel that young adults and adults will enjoy.  Grounding the fantasy within...

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Book Spotlight: At The Sharp End of Lightning

Spotlighting “At The Sharp End of Lightning,” by N. R. Bates Today’s book is written by well published scientist and oceanographer, N. R. Bates. His latest book is now on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.  The tour runs through the month of January, and features interviews, reviews, and articles written by the author. Please do stop by the link above to see the full schedule.  It is always fascinating...

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Book Review: Death Without Company, by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is Back Author Craig Johnson has a way of writing that drew me right into the plot of this novel, Death without Company. He makes you feel like you are with friends, even as you are reading about murder. His lead character, Walter Longmire, is a likable, ordinary man, as are most of the characters in his series. The Wyoming setting—temperatures and terrain–give it a Western flare, though it is written in...

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The Nightwalker, by Sebastian Fitzek, A Review

New Release from Sebastian Fitzek Don’t miss this mind bending thriller! The Nightwalker hooks you right from the beginning and does not let go until you reach the end. Actually it still has a hold on me, days later. The novel, written by German author, Sebastian Fitzek, was released January 7th, 2016.  A great start to the new year. A psychological thriller that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat, you will find thoughtful...

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An Interview with D. M. Annechino, Author of “A Piece Of You”

We were very pleased to have the chance to talk with Daniel Annechino, author of A Piece of You, book three in his Sami Rizzo series.  You can read our review of this most enjoyable book. Mr Annechino is currently on a two month long virtual book tour that runs from December 2015 through January 2016.  If you have a chance, be sure to check out the full tour schedule here at iRead Book Tours, to see the variety of reviews and articles...

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The Bone Clocks: David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell: Review. The danger of picking up this book – delightfully – is that you’ll be tempted to put your life on hold until you’ve read every word. You’ll take the day off work, you’ll eat only food that you can grab from the fridge (no time to make a sandwich), you’ll turn off your phone. You might not even realise it at first. Oh, you’ll be interested when...

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Balancing World Building with Writing the Story

An Article by J. J. Sherwood, Author of Kings Or Pawns Today we are pleased to share a post written by author J. J. Sherwood. Ms. Sherwood is currently on a virtual book tour that runs January 4th through January 29th, 2016.  We hope you will check out her full schedule here at iRead Book Tours, the host of this exciting tour. Fans of fantasy and science fiction will be delighted with Kings Or Pawns, the first in a series of four...

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Spotlight On: Kings or Pawns, by J. J. Sherwood

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A Piece of You, by Author D. M. Annechino, A Review

Book Review:  A Piece of You The man doesn’t want to hurt them. He just wants to kill them. Rather a strange M.O. for a serial killer stalking San Diego, wouldn’t you say? Book three in the Sami Rizzo series gets off to a fast and suspenseful start in A Piece of You. Released September 7th, 2015, Detective Rizzo faces still another serial murderer, but this one isn’t as predictable. Except perhaps for one thing: He seems intent...

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The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

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Departure, by A. G. Riddle, A Review

A. G. Riddle’s New Bestseller It’s being described as mind bending, speculative, inventive, imaginative, futuristic, science fiction, and fantasy, just to give you a name a few. I found all the descriptions true. What an entertaining story! Departure is a well written exciting novel that starts with a current day plane crash. There are survivors. Right there you have enough for a fascinating work of fiction that would...

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The Reason Behind “The Question”

The Question, by R. Breuer Stearns If you could ask one question, what would it be?  Would you have one ready, even as you read this or would you have to carefully consider before answering? That is one of the paths R. Breuer Stearns takes in his debut novel released October 13th, 2015.  A weighty beginning, don’t you think? When I first read about this book I assumed it was non-fiction. The subject matter seemed like it would...

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Book Review: Daemon, by Daniel Suarez

A Book Review: Daemon by Daniel Suarez Let me start this review by stating that this book is fantastic. What a debut for Mr. Suarez. Any time I read a book like Daemon, classified as science fiction, I get a little nervous. That genre covers a host of ideas these days, some that are of interest, others too far out of my comfort zone. I always have a need to add, “This is not what I would normally read,” to any review I do. Yet some of...

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The Question: Book Review

The Question: R. Breuer Stearns. When I first received a review copy of this book, I was intrigued by the quote on the front cover. This is ‘if you could have the answer to only one question, what would you ask?’ This in itself made me want to read this book (after pondering the question posed for a while) and I’m so pleased that I did. I know it’s a well-worn phrase that has been done to death, but I truly did...

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The Windsor Faction: If Edward VIII hadn’t Abdicated

What would have happened if Edward VIII hadn’t abdicated for Wallis Simpson? When King Edward VIII renounced the throne of England to marry his twice-divorced American mistress it undoubtedly had a bearing on world history. This is particularly true in the case of the early stages of the Second World War. This novel explores that very possibility. Ever since he abdicated in 1935, historians have been wondering just how  –...

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Book Review: Deadly Deception, by Alexa Grace

Alexa Grace’s “Deadly” Series Continues Book two in the “Deadly” series by Alexa Grace, brings back two popular characters we met in Deadly Offerings, the first book in the series.  Frankie Douglas, Private detective, and Lane Hansen Police detective.  Both are very effective and quite likable. The story has an intriguing premise.  Young pregnant girls, unable to keep their babies, consider themselves lucky...

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Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore, by Rose Pressey

A Book Review Today’s review is a charming cozy mystery for your enjoyment. Book Three in the Haunted Vintage Mysteries is certain to be a hit with cozy lovers. The Story Cookie Channel is the owner of a vintage clothing store in Sugar Creek, Georgia. Keeping her company, whether she likes it or not, is a ghost named Charlotte and a cat who appears to be psychic. With those two around you wouldn’t think she’d be surprised when Sam...

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The Crossing, by Michael Connelly, A Review

Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller Together Again Michael Connelly’s latest novel, The Crossing, has to be a bestseller already. It’s easy to see why. What an intricate story Michael Connelly once again weaves. A complicated plot with twists and surprises that seem completely disconnected early on, yet eventually become part of the same fabric. Part of the pleasure with this novel is having Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller united again. This...

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A Review of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller is The Lincoln Lawyer. If you know the name Harry Bosch, you are probably familiar with the works of Michael Connelly. Harry (and Mr. Connelly) has a slew of loyal fans—deservedly so—who will follow him anywhere. That includes his series of novels as well as his current television series from Amazon Studios. I’ve long been a fan. The quiet, thoughtful detective is very hard to resist. Because of that, I don’t know why it...

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Twilight – Why the Book is Better than the Movie

Hands Down – Twilight the Book is Better than the Movie. First and foremost, I find it important to tell you that I am not a fan of vampires. I don’t like the TV shows, such as True Blood, and before reading Twilight (Book 1) I had never enjoyed a vampire book. However, I was a big fan of the Harry Potter series and some supernatural books by authors such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz. My Mom introduced me to Twilight...

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An Interview With Author, Anne Perry

After reading Anne Perry’s short story, Shutter Speed, in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded, I was delighted to interview her.  It was remarkable to me how much the story managed to fit in, and how well. Many of you will know Ms. Perry from her bestselling series featuring William Monk in one, and  Thomas Pitt in the other.  Her historical mysteries will engage you and leave you thoughtful as well. While this was the first...

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Anne Perry’s Shutter Speed, from Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded

Shutter Speed, by Anne Perry, A Review The short story, Shutter Speed, written by Anne Perry, is one of the well done short stories found in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded. The book is a collection of stories from nineteen different authors who were in attendance this year at the tenth conference known as Killer Nashville Noir. The selections include shorts from popular and established authors like Anne Perry and Jeffrey Deaver...

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Book Review: Sold Out, by Stan R. Mitchell

First in the Nick Woods Series If you are a fan of suspense thrillers, you should enjoy this author and his series.  With his background as both a Marine and a journalist, the author knows how to weave both into this complex, fast moving novel. Mr. Mitchell has five books published to date, so is a fairly new author,  but one you shouldn’t miss.  I found it a terrific story. The Characters When a journalist, Allen Green, hungry...

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New Mystery Suspense for December

Whats’s New in December? December holds another lovely variety of books to choose from.  Many long running series characters will be back.  Names like Pike Logan, Cotton Malone, and the Sigma Force team.  The ever popular Jack Ryan of Tom Clancy fame will appear the first of the month. Dean Koontz introduces a new character as well this month as well. Suspenseful mysteries, equally engaging thrillers, romantic suspense and...

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Angels Sing To Rest, by Chrinda Jones

Book Review: Angels Sing To Rest Today’s book is reviewed as part of the Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tour for Chrinda Jones’ engrossing novel.  You can visit the author at a variety of sites during the month of November.  The complete schedule is listed below.  We hope you will drop in on a few. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know both the author and the book. Chrinda Jones’ newest release, Angels Sing to...

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Diamodacious by D.A. Belmont. Free for a limited period

Diamondacious by D.A.Belmont. Free for your Kindle Starting on November 13th, and for only five days, this fabulous book is available for free download for your Kindle. (November 13th – 17th inclusive). You’ll love this story of the life of Debbie DeVore. Born on the wrong side of the tracks in Fort Lauderdale, as  little girl she looked longingly at the wealth that surrounded her in the city. She watched as her mother...

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The Cozy Mystery Collection

Small Town Murders Abound Since we’ve published articles here on favorite new thrillers and their authors, recent romantic suspense writers, and even some location centered reviews, such as Florida and the Pacific Northwest, it seems quite appropriate to showcase “The Cozy” on its own as well. If you love a good mystery, but want a break from the darker, more violent novels out there, I hope you have discovered these kinder,...

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I’ll Never Let You Go, by Mary Burton

Book Review:  I’ll Never Let You Go Mary Burton’s latest book, I’ll Never Let you Go, is a fast paced thriller that I listened to in one day.  Filled with tension, the story that had me expecting the worst to happen at any time. That makes for a fast, exciting read! The book is the third in the Morgans of Nashville series, the stories of a family of law enforcement officers in one form or another.  I enjoyed this one so much...

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It’s Here! Robert Crais’ New Book “The Promise”

The Promise, by Robert Crais It’s finally here!  After a very long wait for Robert Crais and Suspect fans, the second book featuring Scott and Maggie, The Promise, has been released. It is actually considered part of the Joe Pike series, but this one features all four. If you have read one of Robert Crais’ novels, you’ve probably read several. There is something very endearing about his characters. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike...

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Act of War, by Brad Thor, A Review

The Scot Harvath Series, Book 13 The excitement doesn’t stop in Brad Thor’s Act of War. After finishing Hidden Order just last week, I couldn’t wait to start Act of War.  I am trying to catch up in the series faster than planned because of the author’s latest and already bestselling, Code of Conduct.  That is supposed to be the best yet.  Of course, every addition to the series seems to warrant that title. Every one of Mr....

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Book Spotlight: The Searcher, by Simon Toyne

Today we are very pleased to spotlight The Searcher, by Simon Toyne.  He is currently on a book tour with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  This exciting book is the first in a new series, published October 6th, 2015.  We hope you will stop in at each of his stops on the tour to learn more about the book and the author.   The Searcher by Simon Toyne on Tour November 1-30, 2015   Synopsis: The author of the acclaimed...

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An Interview with George Chronis, Author of “Dead Letter File”

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A Review of “Hidden Order,” by Brad Thor

Book 12 in The Scot Harvath Series The Federal Reserve is in the spotlight in Brad Thor’s exciting novel, Hidden Order.  The twelfth in the Scot Harvath series is a heart pounding thriller while at the same time being a thoughtful examination of how power can be exerted over a nation. In an interview with Lou Dobbs, Brad said this particular book was a twelve year process.  As the author says, when he began learning about the Federal...

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Book Review: Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen

Book Review: Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen This fast paced mystery may be my favorite by Tess Gerritsen. From the very beginning it pulled me right in. An impromptu ski trip, an accident in a snow storm leads to an unexpected find. A small group of houses that have been totally abandoned, and quite suddenly. That only begins the mystery within this great story. Missing people, an attempted rescue, someone watching them—or are they...

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An Interview With Author, Austin Williams

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The Making of A Character, by John Enright

John Enright, author of New Jerusalem News, is currently on his virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  We are happy to feature an article here today from Mr. Enright. You can find the full schedule of his stops at iRead Book Tours.  Drop in on the tour to learn still more about the book and the author. The Characters in New Jerusalem News I had been absent from the U.S. mainland for more than a quarter of a century, living among,...

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Book Spotlight: New Jerusalem News, by John Enright

Spotlight We are so pleased to present New Jerusalem News as our spotlight book today.  As part of the virtual book tour now underway with iRead Book Tours you will find this spotlight and a wonderful article here, contributed by author, John Enright. His tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th.  We hope you will check out his schedule here on iRead Book Tours, so you can learn more about the book and the author....

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Blind Shuffle, by Austin Williams, A Book Review

Meet Rusty Diamond Jaquo is pleased to be participating in the virtual book tour for Blind Shuffle, by Austin Williams.  Mr. Williams is touring from November 2nd through November 13th with Partners In Crime Tours.  Blind Shuffle is the second book in a trilogy, though we personally we hope Rusty will be part of a continuing series. Rusty Diamond, the featured character of the series, is a magician.  That surely offers a unique...

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The Influence of The Past, by Ronald L. Ruiz, Author of Jesusita

Today we are featuring an article written by  Ronald L. Ruiz, the author of Jesusita. Currently Mr Ruiz is on a virtual book tour sponsored by iRead Book Tours. The tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th.  You can check out the full schedule here.  We hope you will stop by to learn more about this book and the author. The Influence of The Past There were two things from my childhood that influenced me most in writing...

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Jesusita: Ronald L. Ruiz

Jesusita: A novel. The circumstances in which the characters in this novel live seem to be light years away from today’s reality. Yet the story of Jesusita and the other people you will meet in this novel tell us something about what life was like for immigrants in the years following the Second World War — yes, in America. These characters will stay with you for a long time. This is unlikely to be a book you will quickly...

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The Real Mbuno from “Murder on Safari,” by Peter Riva

Author Peter Riva has another hit with his latest novel of Africa, entitled Murder on Safari. We were delighted to join his virtual book tour to share news of his book. You can see his entire tour schedule here on iRead Book Tours. In Murder on Safari, his character, Mbuno, enriched the story greatly, with his love and knowledge of the land.  When we learned he was an actual guide, we asked Mr. Riva to share more about the man. The...

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Book Spotlight: Murder on Safari

An African Adventure Today we are pleased to feature a terrific book by Peter Riva, as part of his virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. You are sure to enjoy journeying to Africa in this mystery thriller. If you click on the link above, you can see the full schedule Mr Riva has for the tour.  Stop by any day, past or future to learn more about the author and the book.  Don’t miss the wonderful article that Peter shared with...

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Top Authors of Romantic Suspense

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Book Review: Noble Beginnings, by L. T. Ryan

Noble Beginnings The Jack Noble series of book is one you may have seen often on social media.  Jack sounded like an intriguing character in the suspense thriller genre.  When it became available on Audible it was time for a listen to see what it was all about. A fine listen it was too.  Narrated by Dennis Holland, it was a great listen.  He handled the voices and the pacing very well. The book went so fast, but that was partly...

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Book Review: 61 Hours, by Lee Child

 Book Review: 61 Hours, by Lee Child. Give a book or movie a countdown and the pressure is on.  That is exactly what happens in this edition of the Jack Reacher series, 61 Hours.  Lee Childs created a very suspenseful tale here with enough intrigue that you lose sight of how short a time the whole story covers.  Only two and a half days, give or take a few minutes. Reacher catches a ride on a tourist bus filled with senior citizens....

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The Girl on the Train: Book Review

The Girl on the Train: A novel by Paula Hawkins. Oh, what a fabulous story Ms Hawkins has in store for us here. This is an incredibly suspenseful novel, it’s so mysterious and its twists and turns will keep you reading long after you intended to. It’s without doubt a one-sitting book. The girl of the title is Rachel. She’s divorced, overweight, unhappy and she drinks too much. Her life is a mess. Every morning she...

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Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House by David Mitchell: Book review. I challenge you to be able to put this book down once you’ve started reading it. You’ll be tempted to stay up all night, cancel your appointments and hide your cellphone. It’s likely that you won’t realise it at first.  But before long you’ll want to learn more about the secrets of the mysterious Slade House as they are gradually revealed. The first person we...

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The British Lion by Tony Schumacher

Book review: The British Lion. One of the latest books to arrive on the review desk at JAQUO HQ is, without doubt, a can’t-put-it-down historical novel with a twist. Several twists. Along with many other readers, I find that the ‘what-if’ novels of the twenty first century can provide rollicking good stories along with a generous dose of thought provoking  ideas along the way. Mr Schumacher has certainly provided us...

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November New Releases for Mystery Suspense

Connelly, Crais, and Cussler, Just to Start… It’s already time for the new Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers that will be released in November of 2015. The months go so quickly.  Exciting for readers, but still starting to think 2015 is nearing year end. This month features some wonderful authors.  Every month does actually, doesn’t it?  It’s nice the publishers or authors spread them out so we always have excellent books to watch for....

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Behind “Birds of Passage”, by Joe Giordano

We are pleased to present an article written by Joe Giordano, author of the book, Birds of Passage. Mr. Giordano is currently on a virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours.  We are happy to be participating in the tour with this article and our review of Birds of Passage. The tour runs October 19th through November 6th.  Stop in and see the full schedule, past and future, here at Italy Book Tours. We asked Mr. Giordano how he developed...

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Birds of Passage: Book Review

Birds of Passage: A Novel by Joe Giordano. I do hope that Mr Giordano has many more active writing years in front of him because after reading Birds of Passage, I’m left wanting to read much more from this author – in particular about this fascinating subject. Mr Giordano, who is from an Italian immigrant family himself, has created a wonderfully rich narrative detailing life in the early 1900s for those who had moved from...

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Book Review: The Path, by Peter Riva

An Appealing Techno Thriller Anything to do with technology, and where it may one day lead, fascinates me.   As fast as it is improving, you have to wonder where it will take us in another decade. That is probably why I enjoyed The Path so much. Peter Riva has created a very entertaining—and possible—view into that future. When iRead Book Tours asked us to join the virtual book tour for The Path, it sounded like fun. I admit it is one...

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Travels With My Aunt: Graham Greene

A great read: Travels With My Aunt. Henry Pulling was a retired bank manager. He had enjoyed a good but rather dull life. He’d never married, but he had a comfortable home, his books and his increasing interest in cultivating dahlias in his garden. It was a boring life but he had no complaints. He rather imagined that he would spend his retirement peacefully, enjoying his quiet little lifestyle, until the day he drew his last...

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A Review of High Crimes, the Movie and the Book

A Review of High Crimes, the Movie and the Book If you could enjoy watching Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel all in the same movie, would you pass it up? I wouldn’t. When High Crimes came out in 2002, I was anxious to see it. First, there was Morgan Freeman. I’ve been a fan of his as long as I can remember, but since his role in Shawshank Redemption, he’s become a favorite. His voice alone makes his movies worthwhile,...

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Book Review: Named of The Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley

The Past and The Future Susanna Kearsley has a wonderful way of weaving the present with the past.  Her novels seamlessly flow back and forth, taking the reader on an adventure that may cover centuries. Named of the Dragon does the same. This time we are led to Wales, to the Pembrokeshire coast, to the small town of Angle, and to Castle House.  The beautiful setting comes to life in Ms. Kearsley’ words, even more  listening to the...

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An Exciting Suspense Thriller called Enraged

An Exciting Suspense Thriller called Enraged Each book in this page turning series by Brett Battles gets better and better. Isn’t that a credit to an excellent author? Enraged is the seventh in the Jonathan Quinn series. It was so good, I’ve already purchased number eight by Mr. Battles. When several members of his team are captured and tortured, the Cleaner plans their rescue. You could say the rescue was a success—he...

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Who Let The Dog Out? A Book by David Rosenfelt

Andy Carpenter had me laughing from the first chapter of David Rosenfelt’s latest mystery.  He has a way of making even youth softball funny. Who Let The Dog Out, released in July, 2015, is the thirteenth book in this fabulous series. I am smiling in expectation with the first page.  Like his many fans, I know I can look forward to Andy’s amusing humor.  This entry in the series may be the funniest yet. It is an intriguing...

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Look Who’s Back: By Timur Vermes

Hitler in the twenty first century: Hilarious satirical novel. I know, it just seems so wrong, doesn’t it? But this very clever fictional account of the fuhrer is just so very funny and I recommend it wholeheartedly; it’s sure to tickle your funny bone. The book has been a best seller in Germany (yes, in Germany) and has been translated into twenty seven (yes, twenty seven) languages including English (and yes, reviews...

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Book Review: The Toymaker, by Chuck Barrett

Book Review: The Toymaker by Chuck Barrett I just finished an entertaining novel by an author new to me, Chuck Barrett. This second novel in the Jake Pendleton series was published in 2012. I didn’t realize it was a series when I got The Toymaker or I would have read them in order, but this one is definitely a stand alone. It has a beginning that will draw you in, and an satisfactory ending. That is to say, it doesn’t...

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Book Review: Never Die Alone, by Lisa Jackson

The Bentz and Montoya Series Returns Bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, has a hit with her new romantic suspense thriller, Never Die Alone. A chilling story right from the first chapter, it rates high on the thriller scale.  I was unable to stop listening until I finished the book. Much more suspense this time than romance, with what appears to be multiple killers stalking New Orleans. Next, it appears the serial killer known as...

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Book Review: Chasing Fire, by Nora Roberts

The Best Book by Nora Roberts. Chasing Fire is my favorite book by Nora Roberts and one of my top five favorite audiobooks. This romantic suspense mystery is about the ‘Zulies,’ the elite team of smokejumpers out of Missoula, Montana, who parachute in to remote locations to fight wildfires. What caught my interest? First, it takes place in Montana. I love to read most anything about Montana. The unspoiled beauty of the...

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Book Review: A Case of Redemption

Book Review: A Case of Redemption A Case of Redemption, the second novel written by Adam Mitzner, has received rave reviews.  The author was new to me, but I finally had to read it to see what all the talk was about. It was very good! Mr. Mitzner is being compared to Scott Turow and John Grisham–so you can see he is already quite popular. In this story, a young woman approaches Dan Sorenson to defend a rapper accused of killing...

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A Book Review of Two Vince Flynn Bestsellers: Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor

Normally a book review features one book.  This time I had to combine these two amazing books by the late Vince Flynn.  Sadly Mr. Flynn died June 19th 2013.  Partly because of that, I’ve tried to spread the books in his series over months.  All but his very first book (Term Limits) features Mitch Rapp as the leading and recurring character. As soon as I finished Extreme Measures I had to start Pursuit on Honor.  The two novels take...

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The Atlantis Ship, by A. C. Hadfield

The Story Picture our world a few hundred years in the future.  What do you see?  Will it be as dramatic a change as Mr.Hadfield has presented here, in The Atlantis Ship?  The first in a very entertaining series is sure to be a hit inside and out of the Sci-Fi genre. In his future the planet earth has been used up, pretty much a wasteland now. Human, and non human actually, coexist in space on various stations or the odd planet here...

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Dead on Ice, by Lauren Carr, A Review

The Lovers In Crime Dead on Ice is the beginning of the new “Lovers In Crime Mystery” series that found it’s footing in the Mac Faraday series. Fans of the Mac’s series will recognize the characters we get to know in this fun mystery.  State police detective Cameron Gates from Pennsylvania and Prosecutor Joshua Thornton, of Hancock County are the lovers in crime. The two both showed up on a case involving Mac...

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Authors of the Pacific Northwest

The Northwest Series Begins Today starts a new and continuing series about authors of the Pacific Northwest.  Some have lived in these northern states, some still do, and a few may live elsewhere but enjoy setting their stories amidst the beauty found here. Since we did our Author series on Florida, as far south and east as you can get in the United States, it seems appropriate to go to the opposite end of the continuous States, to...

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Fishbowl: By Bradley Somer

Review: Fishbowl by Bradley Somer. Ian is an adventurous goldfish and one day he leaps out of his bowl ……. wait! Don’t click away. I don’t read novels about goldfish either (as a general rule) but if you stop reading now, you could miss finding out about a novel that is without doubt one of the best I’ve read this year. Ian belongs to Connor and lives in a bowl on the balcony of the Seville. The Seville...

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