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Book Review: An Invisible Murder by Joyce Cato (@MaxineBbooks)

Starting a new job is never easy. It is just as well Jenny knew she’d be perfect 51j01GA7EaLfor the live in position at Avonsleigh Castle. Everything was going smoothly, the interview went off with just a small bout of nerves and she slipped into the role like a hand in to a well fitted glove. The food earned compliments, as well it should when prepared by a woman whose passion is cooking. But this incredible start came with a complication, someone in the house had a murderous agenda, Jenny has barely had time to unpack when they struck, and more concerning issue that she is forced by her new employer to help the police get to the bottom of this tragedy.

Hints and clues threaded amidst an involved plot ensure you’ll be contemplating events alongside Jenny as the investigation occurs. Well written in the appropriate tone for the setting which adds authenticity to what proves to be an enjoyable read. This is certainly the kind of book you can play whodunit while reading. If you pay attention as events unfold you’ll certianly work it out.

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Book review: The Trojan Project by Eileen Thornton

Sarah was born and raised in London, she had her pick from men of fine standing, so 51LzAofuvpLwhen Pete, a farmer, swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance, some people were less than impressed. And some of Pete’s friends were less than pleased with his choice of wife. But none of that matters now. Strange lights and mist heralded a danger never imagined. With her husband is missing, and the terrible aftereffects witnessed, she has no choice but to take her children and flee, praying her husband is safe, but fearing the worst.  Someone wants to cover up the truth. Sarah and her children are forced to flee in fear of their lives. The military are closing in,with one simple instructions, the truth cannot get out. No one can know what happened.

A thrilling and suspenseful tale written in an engrossing narrative. If you’re looking for conspiracy, twists, and dark themes then this book will be sure to grab your attention​ while developing a cast  of interesting characters.
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Book review: Sam’s Song by Hannah Howe

Enquiry Agent Samantha Smith was just scraping by, her office, like her life, refurbished 51sg5s9ebeland in desperate need of some TLC. Then along came Milton Vaughan-Urquhart who worked for multi-millionaire Derwena de Caro, a pop-star and diva with more than her own share of baggage. The most recent addition to the list, a stalker. Derwena demanded a female private eye, with a shortage of those meeting the description, and the brilliant reputation Sam has been working to secure, she was the logical choice. But the case is not the only problem she has to contend with. Dan, her abusive ex-husband returns to the scene, and then there was the interest shown in her by Dr Alan Storey, her client’s psychiatrist, but is his interest anything more than professional, or can he see the deep rooted trauma from her life?

Sam’s Song follows a week in the life of Enquiry Agent Samantha Smith, and what a week it was, murder, mayhem, and the return of an abusive spouse. From the first page I couldn’t help drawing some parallels to the old Dick Tracy books, not so much in the style of narrative, but the vibe was certainly there. This book is character driven, and as such you will find an array of interesting people, all with distinctive personalities, but strongest of all is our mild mannered protagonist, who seems to be the only one unable to see her own value.
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Some amazing 5 star reviews from Readers’ Favorite for The Severaine

The Severaine has received some amazing five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite.I was blown away to see what people have thought.
Here’s a taste of what’s being said;
Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
“There are books you pick up, read, savor, and put aside; you forget them and move on to the next. But there are some you read, put down, and they continue to haunt you for a very long time. K.J. Simmill’s The Severaine is the kind that you will read and find it very painful to put down,
The Severaine is beautifully written, fast-paced, with very compelling characters. You’ll find intrigue and betrayal, and a powerful and plot-driven conflict. There is a lot of action to hasten the pulse of the reader’s heart, a lot of beautifully crafted scenes that leave the reader looking forward, anticipating more surprises. I enjoyed the hints of Norse and Greek mythology. This book combines different genres — thriller, dystopian, and fantasy — to weave a spell that will have readers entranced as they leaf rapidly through the pages. This is one of the stories I would love to watch on screen, a very entertaining read.”
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
“It is in dire times that heroes are made and Daniel is one such hero, a character that readers will fall in love and suffer with. He is a man with his own woes, but very keen on the sense of good and justice. Once again, here is a monumental struggle between the forces of good and evil and K.J. Simmill demonstrates a great skill in characterization and plot, with each page laced with surprising twists to arrest the attention of readers and have them turning the pages. As one reads this beautiful and impassioned, gritty story, it becomes even harder not to imagine it being played out on the big screen. The prose is elegant and highly descriptive, conjuring up images that will stay in readers’ minds for a very long time. It was a delight reading The Severaine.”
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
“The Severaine features many powerful themes and the most dominant one is the clash of evil against good and the author explores how the human mind can be twisted to want to use a dark power for very personal and egotistical ends. The author demonstrates great knowledge of ancient mythology, featuring entities like Zeus and creating a universe where evil and God co-exist. The evil power in this narrative will remind some readers of the magical Ring in the Lord of the Rings. Besides creating a very powerful conflict, the author also creates heroes who are so human, flawed, but guided by something beyond themselves — a deep sense of justice and the will to fight for what they believe in. K.J. Simmill’s book is the kind that you read and then pick up again to read.”
Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
“K.J. Simmill starts the narrative with powerful descriptions, drawing the reader in by introducing the conflict, first in the minds of the characters and, not so long from there, the reader is swept off their feet and pulled into a world of intense action. The story is well paced and the author has the uncanny skill of building tension in readers with well-crafted scenes that leave them longing to know what follows after. The language is impeccably good. What I enjoyed about the writing is that the author doesn’t shy away from telling and, although this is book two in the series, readers are not bogged down with unnecessary backstory. The Severaine is a masterpiece and I won’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a great read. Great writing, plot, and characters.”
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
“There is a lot I loved about K.J. Simmill’s writing. The first is the powerful cast of characters. Then there is the great writing with descriptions that are compelling and that draw the reader in irresistibly. It is interesting to see how the author pays attention to details without sacrificing the pace. The reader is introduced to the conflict right at the start, and the hook comes across forcefully when the author presents the monster and its thirst. Then there is also the personality of Daniel, a man plagued with dreams and visions of a bleak future. I enjoyed that K.J. Simmill’s characters are very human, that they know fear, that each has something to worry about. For instance, Daniel “feared the night more than his death. Death was an end, a release, and through it he would find peace. But to sleep was to invite dreams.” The Severaine is huge entertainment.”
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“It’s not just a book, it’s the gift of magic.” ~ K.J. Simmill