Friday, March 30, 2018
Title: A Question of Love (Questions for a Highlander #1)
Author: Angeline Fortin
A novel of star crossed lovers who are torn apart after a very brief meeting. He is married and she is wed to an Earl by her parents who are seeking a title for her. Fast forward 8 years and change locales to Scotland. She is just finishing up a year of mourning, her very controlling husband was lost at sea and had been declared dead, and she is very pleased. Enter the man who was married and is also an Earl. After a bitter divorce he has rarely been seen public and does not socialize. It is by chance he again encounters the now Countess and sparks begin to ignite their long dormant love. This is a love story that will keep your interest from beginning to be,
The earl of Shaftesbury's countess must be refined. Cultured. Perfect. It was a lesson that proper Evelyn Ashley-Cooper had learned flawlessly over six oppressive years of marriage. Even when widowhood freed her from the prison her life had become, Eve still floundered under the veneer of perfection that her domineering husband demanded, unable to unleash the lively girl she once was from the confines of her prim exterior.
But when her long-lost first love Francis MacKintosh, earl Glenrothes reappears in her life, Eve is tempted by the desire to escape her proper façade and the longing to truly live once again. Discovering that enticement alone cannot overrule years of tyranny, Eve struggles between her old self and the new, between yearning to be with him and a determination never to put herself under the thumb of another man - even one she discovers she still loves as much as her Glenrothes.
Since meeting a vivacious, young Eve many years before, Francis MacKintosh has become a man embittered by life, by a wife who has made him a cuckold to the whole of Scotland and by a humiliating divorce that has rained scandal down upon the heads of himself and his family for years. Never had he thought that he would find Eve, his Eden, once again or that he would dare push aside his disdain of the fairer sex, to trust and love once more. But for Eve, for the love and happiness he is suddenly certain they can find only in each other, he finds himself willing to take a chance.
If only he might convince his true love to do the same!
Francis' seduction and ability to blend her proper side with the spirited Eve of years past lure the countess back to him but just when happiness seems but a step away, their mutual pasts will come crashing down around them attempting to tear them apart and Eve and Francis will have to risk their lives for a future together.
The question remains, will their rediscovered love be enough to conquer all?
About The Author:
Angeline Fortin is the author of historical and time-travel romance offering her readers a fun, sexy and often touching tales of romance.
Her most recent release, Taken: A Laird for All Time Novel, was recently awarded the Virginia Romance Writers 2015 Holt Medallion Award for Paranormal Romance. Her first release in May of 2011, the Highland time travel novel A Laird for All Time, has steadily ranked in Amazon's Top 100 in Time Travel for the past four years with more than 100 five-star reviews so far.
A Question of Love, the first of her Victorian historical romance series Questions for a Highlander, was released later that year and quickly followed by series additions A Question of Trust and A Question of Lust. The series primarily follows the siblings of the MacKintosh clan. Ten brothers and their lone sister who end up looking for love in all the right places.
While the series continues on with familiar characters well known to those who have read the entire series, each single title is also a stand-alone tale of highland romance.
With a degree in US History from UNLV and having previously worked as a historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, Angeline brings her love of history and Great Britain to the forefront in settings such as Victorian London and Edinburgh.
As a former military wife, Angeline has lived from the west coast to the east, from the north and to the south and uses those experiences along with her favorite places to tie into her time travel novels as well.
Angeline is a native Minnesotan who recently relocated back to the land of her birth and braved the worst winter recorded since before she initially moved away. She lives in Apple Valley outside the Twin Cities with her husband, two children and three dogs.
She is a wine enthusiast, DIY addict (much to her husband's chagrin) and sports fanatic who roots for the Twins and Vikings faithfully through their highs and lows.
Most of all she loves what she does everyday - writing. She does it for you the reader, to bring a smile or a tear and loves to hear from her fans.
You can follow Angeline on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Pinterest or you can check out her website for information on new releases and other news.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Title: Superior Collision (Crossing Forces #5)
Author: C.A. Szarek
Stars: 4 stars
I wasn't sure about reading book 5 in a series. I wondered if the author would rest of the same story line or change things around suprising readers with something new and different.
I have to say this might be the best in the series. The story moves effortlessly from the previous novel. C.A. Szarek is able to writes action scenes where readers feel they are riding front and center as the story moves forward.
The basic story is one of self reflection from the "Control Freak" FBI Taylor. What she sees as weakness ended ups being her strength which the male lead Shannon helps her discover.
The story is simple but the author is able to create a character that is able to see though her emotional heartache to grow and develop.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher Totally Bound Publishing for a Copy of C.A. Szarek Superior Collision (Crossing Forces #5)
Special Agent Taylor Carrigan takes ‘control freak’ to the extreme. Her need for structured rigidity rules her life—and her job at the FBI. She doesn’t do emotion, so when her fiancé is murdered, she doesn’t know how to deal with the internal fallout.
Antioch Police Sergeant Shannon Crowley has been intrigued with the uptight FBI agent for months. When he looks at Taylor, he sees more than the mask she hides behind.
She doesn’t have time for the cop who won’t quit chasing her—she’s got chasing of her own to do. Taylor admits he calms her, but he’s a distraction she can’t afford. She’s playing a dangerous game, riding the line between revenge and justice.
Keeping Shannon close could give Taylor the balance she desperately needs, but it would put something more than her case in jeopardy—her heart. With so much on the line, is she capable of handling it?
About The Author:
USA Today Bestselling, award
She's a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by!
C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She's happily married and has a bachelor's
She works with kids when she's not writing.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Title: Murder Notes (Lilah Love #1)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Stars: 3 1/2 stars
The story feels like there is more to it but somewhere it falls flat. It could be because she mention Cujo her shotgun in almost every single chapter or the endless monologue Lisa Renee Jones uses though out the story. The more Lisa Renee Jones uses the inner working of the lead characters mind the slower the story becomes until it stops the flow of the story and leaves readers trying to decide if they should finish the book or more on to something with a little more bite. Lilah is suppose to be a expert profiler but seems lost to many times and readers will lose hope in Lilah.
The story has lots of promise but falls flat many times.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Montlake Romance for the advance copy
s an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.
Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 264 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Montlake Romance
About The Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with.
In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Title: What Are You Afraid Of? (The Agency #2)
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Stars: 5 stars
This is the second book in the Agency Series it is a stand alone novel but once you read it you will go back to read the first in the series because it is just that good.
Alexandra Ivy is able to pull readers in from the beginning to the end finding the little twist that will hook readers and pull them willing into this series. The wild ride that will take readers across the United States will have readers guessing who could be the killer or killers?
Carmen Jacobs doesn't seem like she would be a writer of serial killer or that those killers would have a following that is willing to kill her. Griffin is a Software millionaire that will keep Carmen safe. The story will pull at readers hearts strings as Carmen comes face to face with family who have secrets.
I think most readers will see what every twist that are in the story but its the romance between Carmen and Griffin that will keep readers hooked wanting a happy ending.
I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Zebra, for the advance copy
They aren’t the kind of women anyone misses. Truck-stop hookers, runaways . . . no one would even notice they’d disappeared if the killer didn’t photograph their lifeless bodies, posed in the back of a
semi-trailer. Exactly like the infamous Trucker murders. But this isn’t just a copycat. It’s a vendetta.
NOW HE’LL TEACH HERCarmen Jacobs interviewed the world’s most terrifying serial killers for her bestselling book, The Heart of a Predator. The police might not believe her, but she knows there’s a monster out there, paying homage to other murderers. The only person who can predict where he’ll strike next is Griffin Archer—a reclusive software millionaire with ample reason not to help her.
HOW TO DIE . . .Carmen has charmed her way past Griffin’s defenses before. He didn’t intend to let it happen again. But with a psycho sending her trophies of his kills, he has no choice but to get involved. The clues point to a killer obsessed with Carmen—someone who knows her work, her past, her secrets. Someone who won’t be satisfied until he has made all her deepest fears come true .
About The Author:
I'm not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother's knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I'm not admitting how many) I'm still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Title: Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London #1)
Author: Lana Williams
Stars: 5 stars
A well crafted love you that will keep your attention until the final page. The heroine, who is in her fifth season and a blue stocking wallflower, meets the hero, who is a medically retired Royal Navy Captain, in an unexpected encounter while both are engaged in doing social reform work for young girls. When they unite to accompany their social work, albeit by different means, they develop a mutual attraction for each other. The story is well told and will keep the reader's interest until the final paragraph.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Title: Lie Close To Me (Lazarus Rising #5
Author: Cynthia Eden
Stars: 3 1/2
If you know me I have read everything by Cynthia Eden but this book seem to fall a little flat for this reader.
I felt like I was reading the same story as the other 4 in this series. While the characters are different something just seem to drag this story out a little to long for me. There was more sex than story which bought the story many times to a stop.
The characters are super humans that are able to do everything at the basic human level but are able to come back to life making them the perfect fighting machines.
This story didn't stand out from the crowd but more or less faded from my memory as soon as I put the book down.
Not all books can be perfect.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy
He’s Lazarus, and so is she. What happens when their worlds collide?
He’s hunting her. Maddox Kane has one goal—track Luna Ashton. He’s the best hunter on his team, finely honed and designed by Uncle Sam to be an unstoppable killing machine. He’s a super solider—faster, stronger, and deadlier than anyone else. Maddox keeps his emotions under careful lock and key because he can’t afford to feel. Feeling is too dangerous, and the attraction Maddox feels for Luna is positively lethal.
Luna has no memory of being in the labs with Maddox. She doesn’t remember the connection they shared when they were trapped in hell. She doesn’t remember escaping the facility. She doesn’t remember him. So when Maddox hunts her down, she’s terrified of him…and of the strange psychic and sensual connection they seem to share. Surely she shouldn’t want him so much?
Luna is different from the other Lazarus subjects, and Maddox isn’t the only one hunting her. She’s a dangerous threat to Project Lazarus, and Luna isn’t going to be allowed to just slip away from the U.S. government…or from the other super soldiers who are also desperate to find her. Every Lazarus subject has incredible psychic gifts. Some Lazarus subjects can make people see their worst fears, some can control minds…but Luna’s gift—she can show people their memories. Luna has the ability to restore memories to all of the other Lazarus subjects, yet she can’t see her own past.
And if you can’t see your past…then you never know what danger is coming, what killer is standing right next to you, touching you, lying to you…not until it is too late.
About The Author
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels,
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Title: Worth Killing For (Julia Gooden Mystery #3)
Author: Jane Haseldine
Stars: 4 stars
This is the first in the series and while it is number 3 it can be read as a stand alone novel as well.
The Author has the ability to keep readers engaged with a mystery that keeps readers wondering who is the con man and what happened to her brother.
Jane Haseldine has the ability to write a story that pulls at readers heart string while keeping them on their toes as the Julia digs deeper into her past.
Readers will not want to put this book down.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Publisher for the advance copy of Worth Killing For By Jane Haseldine for my honest review.
The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent parent, early abandonment--any one of them can seal a person's fate as either a villain or victim. Julia, who experienced all three, seems to have beaten the odds, finding happiness raising her two sons and a blossoming relationship with detective Raymond Navarro.
But now, after three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins.
When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders . . . and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if she's willing to risk everything in her present .
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
About The Author:
Jane Haseldine writes the Julia Gooden mystery series for Kensington Publishing, including The Last Time She Saw Him, Duplicity, and Worth Killing For, which will be published in March 2018. Jane is a journalist, former crime reporter and also worked as a deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Title: Capital Kill (Jeff Trask Crime Drama #1)
Author: Marc Rainer
Stars: 5 stars
A well told crime/legal drama that takes the reader thru the entire story from the initial crime to the courtroom finale. It is a gripping tale where both good and bad guys end up dead. It will leave you, the reader, on tender hooks as you await the courtroom verdict. Even the most jaded reader may find themselves asea at the end.
A few short blocks from the safety of the museums and monuments on the National Mall, a ruthless killer prowls the streets of Washington DC. Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask joins a team of FBI agents and police detectives as they try and solve the series of brutal murders. As the body count rises, the investigation leads to a chilling confrontation with the leader of an international drug smuggling ring, and no one is safe, not even the police.
Written by former Washington prosecutor Marc Rainer, Capital Kill is a swirling thrill ride through the labyrinth of a major federal investigation and trial, with a gripping conclusion that no one will see coming.
About The Author:
Marc Rainer is a former prosecutor in the federal and local courts of the District of Columbia and the Western District of Missouri (Kansas City), and a former circuit prosecutor for the US Air Force's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, he has more than thirty years eperience in the prosecution of major cases. He is married to a former Air Force OSI Special Agent, and lives in a suburb of a major American city. The first book in his Jeff Trask crime drama series, Capital Kill, has been ranked #1 in Amazon’s kindle store’s mystery series sales rankings.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Title: Ninja School Mum
Author: Lizzie Chantree
Stars: 5 Stars
Ninja School Mum is as funny as the title. The story is over the funny with action, romance and mystery readers will enjoy as they shut the door of reality. The story is fun, imaginative and while the story isn't perfect and sometimes left this reader a little confused.
Ninja School Mum is worth a few hours of fun. Not to mention if you are a parent who has dealt with schools yards, playground and play dates this story will make you laugh out loud.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Crooked Cat Books for my Copy.
Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.
Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.
Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?
When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is
Paperback, 1, 310 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Crooked Cat Books
About the Author:
Lizzie writes sizzling beach reads, for people who love a good romance story. She is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since!
Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators.
Lizzie lives near London, with her gorgeous husband, two bouncy children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them), she sits in her rooftop studio writing romance stories about sexy entrepreneurs and the quirky businesses they run.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Title: Trusting Danger (The Danger Series #2)
Author(s): Caila Jaynes and Allyson Simonian
Stars: 3 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars
Trusting Danger is a romance right off the bat while there is suspense it is a romance as the two leads Grayson and Claire refuse to accept that they have feeling for each other.
The authors are able to create a picture with remorse, sadness, romance and action. While it wasn't perfect and I was lost even though I was told it was a stand alone novel I think readers would benefit from reading the first in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and Altapoint Publishing for the copy of Trusting Danger.
While investigating a drug ring, Grayson Matthews learns of a kidnapping threat and is tasked with safeguarding the daughter of a US senator. In the close quarters of a safe house, he fights his attraction to his protectee as he strives to learn who’s intent on kidnapping her.
Although born to a life of wealth and privilege, Claire Parker is tired of being told what to do. Normally a people-pleaser, she chafes against the rules of the man sent to protect her. He’s infuriating and bossy, and evokes a visceral response she’s never experienced before.
When a violent death links them in grief, Grayson and Claire must overcome their differences and trust in each other to unmask the kidnapper before it’s too late.
Trusting Danger is written as a standalone and is the second book planned for the Danger Series.
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published January 4th 2018 by Altapoint Publishing, LLC
Allyson Simonian lives in California with her husband and children. She credits the Fifty Shades trilogy for not only bringing her back to reading the romance genre, but for inspiring her to write. Allyson is at work on The Danger Series with Caila Jaynes. You can learn more at www.allysonsimonian.com and www.cailajaynes.com.
Caila Jaynes is a romance author who prefers a little suspense before her happily-ever-after. She and her husband live in the Inland Northwest, sharing their mountain home with their feline fur-babies. When she’s not writing, she loves to curl up with a quilt and watch Hallmark movies, dreaming about writing one someday.
Caila is best known for her romantic-suspense collaboration with Allyson Simonian, the Danger Series. To keep up with the latest releases, visit www.cailajaynes.com.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Title: Federal Agent Under Fire
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Stars: 5 stars
I am a fan of Julie Anne Lindsey and her writing style. She has an ability to bring readers to the point of nail biting suspense as well as make them swoon for the characters hoping for the Happily Ever After readers love.
This story off face pace pulling reader happily along as Blake and Marissa try to find a killer who wants to see her dead.
The characters stay true to who they are from beginning to the end of the story. Read will fall in love with smart tough as nails Marissa who has a soft side for her family and Blake who can't seem to understand how he could fall in love with someone who fast.
The story is well written and a must read by the pool during spring break. it is a quick fast read that will sastify mystery and romance readers.
I can't wait to read what Julie Anne Lindsey has up her sleeve next.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harlequin Intrigue for the advance copy
She'd fought for her life but the terror continues. For five years FBI agent Blake Garrett has fixated on a serial-killer case. Now the madman has attacked Marissa Lane. She escaped with her life...and some clues that could help Blake. Yet she is still the object of the killer's obsession. And Blake is torn between the unquenching need to catch his prey and a deep desire to protect the woman he can't possibly keep.
About The Author:
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America), and Sisters in Crime. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monday, March 19, 2018
Title: Watching You (Hollywood Heat #1)
Author: Leslie A. Kelly
Stars: 3 stars
While writing the first book in the series set up to the rest of the book the Author will be writing it keeps to be done well to keep readers hooked for the next book. This book falls flat from the male and female points of view that readers will guess who is who at first to the cliffhanger that isn't needed. Many loose end that could have been tied up in this book are left up in the air. The part that kept me wanting to put the book down and not finish it was the little stalker manipulatively controlling romance.
First books in the series need to establish a backstory that can have understanding motive as well as character development but it can also have hidden gems. This Story has no of that.
I do not think I will be reading the next in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy Leslie A. Kelly Watching You (Hollywood Heat #1)
Aspiring screenwriter Jessica Jensen grew up on movies starring heartthrob Reece Winchester, the eldest brother of a Hollywood dynasty. She never thought she'd meet the man in person, though. Actor, director, millionaire, and gorgeous mystery man-he's every woman's fantasy.
Reece wants Jessica the moment he sees her, and he's a man who always gets what he wants. At first he was only after a night in her bed, but as he comes to know the smart, confident woman beneath the stunning exterior, he realizes once will never be enough.
Unfortunately, Jessica's real-life Cinderella story is about to take a deadly turn...
Reece's world is filled with fierce ambition and dark family secrets the Winchesters desperately want to hide. But he and his brothers aren't the only ones who know those secrets. Someone else is out there, waiting to strike. Waiting-and always watching.
When danger finally steps out of the shadows, Reece will have to face his past. And Jessica will have to decide just how far she can trust the man she loves with her heart...and her life.
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Forever Yours
Leslie A. Kelly is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than fifty novels in various genres. She writes contemporary romances--usually funny and sexy--as Leslie Kelly. The middle initial--A.--means a thrilling, dark suspense novel, like one of her Black CATs or Veronica Sloan titles.
She lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughters.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Title: Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery #19)
Author: Laura Childs
Star: 4 out of 5
A very cozy mystery set in the beautiful locale of Charleston SC. The author is able to build a word picture of the area that made this reader feel he was there last week and not 40 years ago. The story unfolds quite nicely and will keep the reader engaged. The author gives a hint to solving the mystery if the reader is astute and able to grasp it's value. Overall a clean cut story with minimal violence.
While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.
At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Berkley Books
About The Author:
Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She's also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries - a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans' spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe's undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
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