Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Book Review: Honolulu Cold Homicide (Hawaii CI #3) by R. Barri Flowers

 


Title: Honolulu Cold Homicide (Hawaii CI #3) 

Author:  R. Barri Flowers

Stars: 3

Review: 

Honolulu Cold Homicide is pretty much your traditional Harlequinn Intrigue. Nothing stands out that would make these readers keep reading the Hawaii CI series.  The characters are a little flat making it difficult to connect with the characters.  

To be honest this is your airplane read that you read because there is nothing else and you leave behind because it wasn't memorable.

The writing, characters and even the killer is what readers expect from Harlequinn Intrigue series.

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of R. Berri Flowers Honolulu Cold Homicide.  

Synposis:

When a new case carries echoes of his sister’s cold case murder, Detective Sergeant Lance Warner is visited by another ghost from the past. Caroline Yashima isn’t only the CJD specialist assigned to work alongside him, she’s also the ex he regrets walking away from. He’s not sure if he can expect a second chance—or just a chance for closure. But when Caroline becomes a target, he knows that he doesn’t want to live without her.

About The Author:

R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of crime and thriller fiction, crime nonfiction and true crime, relationship novels, and young adult mysteries.

Recent adult mysteries include FRACTURED TRUST, MURDERED IN THE MAN CAVE, BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN, SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI, MURDER IN HONOLULU: A Skye Delaney Mystery, MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY, JUSTICE SERVED, STATE'S EVIDENCE, and DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL: A Jack the Ripper Mystery.

Young adult mystery fiction include SUMMER AT PARADISE RANCH, OUT FOR BLOOD, TEEN GHOST AT DEAD LAKE, COUNT DRACULA'S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME.

Book Review: Don't Open the Door (Regan Merritt #2) by Allison Brennan

 


Title: Don't Open the Door (Regan Merritt #2)

Author:  Allison Brennan

Star: 5

Review:

Allison Brennan hands down is one of the best mystery writers I have ever read. Her ability to pull readers in from page one and keep them readers until they have read every single book she has written. This is book 2 in the Regan Merritt series which can be read as a stand-alone novel or read part of the series.  The author catches up readers quickly so you will know the major characters right off the bat. 

The characters are well developed, and each have a purpose and a reason for being in the story. The story written as readers are given answered to all their question not leaving any plot holes. 

This story will not disappoint Allison Brennan fans and those seek a new mystery thriller writer. 

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Don't Open the Door by Allison Brennan

Synposis: 

After their ten-year-old son, Chase, was senselessly murdered, Regan's life unraveled. Her corporate lawyer husband, Grant, blamed the death on Regan’s work as a US marshal. Unable to reconcile their grief, they divorced, and Regan quit her job and moved away.

Now she's back after a voice mail from her former boss Tommy said he had important news to share about Chase’s killing. Regan is stunned to learn Tommy is dead too. When she reaches out to Grant, his panicked reaction raises her suspicions. Then a lawyer with ties to her ex also turns up murdered, and the police make Grant their top suspect.

Unsure of his guilt or innocence, Regan risks everything to find Grant before the police do so she can finally get the answers to all that has haunted her since losing Chase. But the truth is not even close to what she imagines—and now she fears she has no one to trust.

About The Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

40 books and numerous short stories later, Allison relocated in 2019 from Northern California to Arizona with her husband and two youngest children.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Sorry I have been MIA

 I am sorry for the lack of book reviews!


Between the Holidays, school, kids and just life with an Autoimmune disease that doesn't take vacations.  Life has been full of ups, downs and things going sideways.



As things are starting to go "Back to Normal" honestly what is normal really? 

I have found myself helping with my daughters elementary schools 1st play. Frozen musical for kids. I am really exited to help the kids find their voice and a chance to show off their talents.



My first play was 6 years old Annie.  I was just in the cast.  As time went on I was in several community plays, children's theaters and school musicals and plays.  I was in the background, leads and everything in between.  I loved being apart of the theater and at times miss it. 

Being given the chance to teach kids what I have learned, create costumes and just have fun with my daughter.  Who is the lead dancer because "I do not like to stand out.  Lets face it I love to dance more than sing."

Hoping to catch up on reviews and if you are looking to see what we have been up to head over to tictok or Instagram to see everything we have been up to.

Book Review: Lie To Her (Bree Taggert #6) by Melinda Leigh

 


Title: Lie To Her (Bree Taggert #6)

Author: Melinda Leigh 

Star: 5

Review:

Melinda Leigh is hands done one of my top 10 authors of all times.  The mysteries are interesting keeping wondering what will happen next. What I think Melinda Leigh excels at is her ability create characters readers are able to connect and cheer for.  Lie to me is a can't miss addition to the Bree Taggert series.  

Thank you to Netgalley and the Author for a advance copy of Lie to Me!

Synopsis:

When a digital marketer is found murdered in his backyard—hands bound and face smothered by plastic wrap—Sheriff Bree Taggert and criminal investigator Matt Flynn respond to the call. Their investigation focuses on the man’s dating-app profile and the word liar carved into his forehead.

One day later, the killer strikes again.

Both victims are players in the internet dating scene. In their wake, they leave a trail of hurt—and angry—women. But Bree and Matt aren’t convinced the motive is as simple as it appears. Everyone they interview seems to be lying or hiding something.

As the list of suspects grows, the killer’s rage escalates, and he leaves a personal and deadly warning for Bree. They must act fast. Because someone Bree loves is targeted as the next to die.

About The Author:

#1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker who learned that writing books is way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades, including two RITA® Award nominations and an induction into the NJ Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have sold more than 10 million copies across the world. Melinda loves martial arts, rescue dogs, and sea turtles

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Book Review: Drawn to Death by Kat Shehata

 


Title: Drawn to Death 

Author: Kat Shehata

Star: 4 

Review:

This is the first book I have read by Kat Shehata. The author created an interesting story where a woman medium who has ghost who use her to solve her murder. Leo is pretty much a typical cop in a romantic suspense story.  He is skeptical but is willing to listen to Evelyn to solve the murders. 

Yes the two characters are also romantic interest for each other so yup sexy time happens. If you don't not want graphic sex scenes just skip this book.  That being said the story is interesting and reader will find it difficult to put down the mystery needing it to be solved. 

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Drawn to Death. 

Synopsis:

Ghosts visit Evelyn in her dreams. The secrets of the dead could get her killed.

The city is ripe with crime, and the freshly dead need help solving their murders. Evelyn is a reluctant medium who channels the dead through her art.

Leo is a skeptical homicide detective who believes in evidence, facts, and witness testimonies—when the information comes from the living, not the dead.

When a ghost feeds Evelyn clues about a string of unsolved murders, she teams up with Leo to track down the serial killer.

The romantic tension sizzles when Evelyn and Leo go undercover as a couple to lure the killer into a trap.

But when Evelyn gets too close to the case, and the handsome detective, her life is in danger when she becomes the latest obsession of the Windy City Stalker.

About The Author:

Kat is a New York Times Bestselling author—with the help of a psychic.

After teaming up with world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne, Kat co-wrote and published Animals on the Other Side. The book was a hit and landed on the New York Times Bestseller list. Kat and Sylvia went on to publish and promote three more successful titles, and the books were all featured on The Montel Williams Show.

Kat’s writing career took a romantic turn when a love story about a mob boss and a troubled young woman wouldn’t get out of her head. After spending years writing The Russian Tattoos Trilogy, a new couple, Evelyn and Leo, the main characters of Drawn to Death, demanded her attention.

When Kat is not reading or writing romantic suspense, ghost thrillers, or murder mysteries, she enjoys long walks and traveling with her husband. She splits her time between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Boca Raton, Florida.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University. She has won two Benjamin Franklin Awards and Killer’s Nashville’s Claymore Award for Best Suspense.

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