Years had passed since Alex had removed himself from Lily’s life. She had made something of herself. She was a hot-shot lawyer, and one of the partners in the firm was actively seeking her hand in marriage. He had proposed, but she had been unable to give an answer. When a body was uncovered back in her hometown it opened a lot of doors to the past, and gave her just the excuse she needed to get away. On the night she and Alex had broken up, her sister had gone missing, and was presumed dead. Her mother refused to believe it, in hope to get closure Lily returns to her childhood home to find it in ruins, but she is determined to salvage what she can. It seems Alex too has his own restoration in mind. He has never forgotten her. He wants to rebuild his life, but a secret from Lily’s past refuses to let her trust him. Continue reading “Book review: Borrego Moon – Kat Drennan (@KatDrennan )”
Truly has been having a run of bad luck. Each month is a struggle to make rent and pay for her psychiatrist. Her childhood memories have been forgotten, but within there lies a dark secret. One her psychiatrist is determined to reveal. When people around Truly start dying in mysterious ways Jeff and Miranda are called to action. Whilst they seem to be nothing more than accidents, Jeff’s gut tells him there are more to these deaths than there seems. Each of the victims had been told their fortune before meeting their end. Jeff had seen something like this before. Little did he know that starting down this path would change his future forever.
Truly Unfortunate is the first book in CA King’s Welcome to Knollville. I have read a few books by this author, and intend to continue to do so in the future. CA King never fails to keep the reader entertained. Great scene setting, character development, and attention to detail will drive the reader forward, rooting for the characters and hoping to see if and how Truly can turn her life around without giving in to the horrific demands being made of her. Discovery, hardship, and perseverance fill this supernatural tale and marks the start of what promises to be a gripping and engaging series.
Valor McRaven had a destiny. He had heard whispers of great deeds, being the Knight of Night, during his latest poison recovery. But no one said anything to him, not that they were given the chance. His parent tried their best to keep him separate, and distant from other children by hiding in the shadows. But this choice was taken from him when his family were found guilty and sent to the sanatorium. Things soon turn from bad to worse when evidence against Valor himself is found at the scene of a crime, and whispers about him being the Grim Warlock begin to spread. Will Valor be able to prove his innocence, find the truth behind the death of his twin, and uncover the truth behind the Great Deception. It is a lot of pressure for a young man to bear, but perhaps his unique abilities will allow him to rise to the challenge. One thing is for certain, if he doesn’t discover the truth a fate worse than death awaits him.
Candlewicke 13 Curse of the McRavens is the first book in Milan Sergent’s Candlewicke 13 fantasy series. This is a highly detailed book with attention paid to not only world and character building, but to providing a vast history, complete with myths, legends, fables, and bestiaries. There are different types and understandings of magic, and the views on them are varied. Vivid characters and a constant sense of foreboding drive the reader forward, searching the text for hints and clues as to who is behind the horrendous acts Victor is being accused of. The insertion of images really enhanced the chapters, and I thought the addition of the maps at the end were a great touch. Humour, drama, questions, uncertainty, and tension erupt in a world of magic where anything seems possible. Follow the trail of clues, and discover more hidden truths than you would dare imagine could be concealed.
Harriet’s life was anything but normal. Since her mum’s diagnosis, life had changed. Her home, her responsibilities, and her school, everything was different. She was a student, a carer, and now, it seemed, a time traveller. It happened early one morning, a ghost appeared and beseeched her aid. Back in the 1900s her father had been accused of murder, and whilst their family had no concerns for money, a guilty verdict would ruin them, driving them into poverty and shame. Of course, they were born at different times, so how was Harriet supposed to clear the name of someone already long dead, and change events already dictated by time’s hand? Time travel of course.
I have read a large number of Joey Paul’s books. There is just something about her first-person narrative I find captivating. Destination Unknown is my most recent acquisition and there are a lot of things about this book to love. There is an attention to detail in regards to how a carer feel, the toll on them, their fears, concerns, and the worries that shape every thought, every day. I found this added a lot of depth to the characters and plot, and easily built up an understanding and empathy that those not having been in a situation like Harriet’s would not even consider. The same focus has been applied in reflecting the 1900s, even down to mannerisms. I enjoyed watching the pieces fit together as the plot goes on, and the formation of bonds, friendships, and understanding.
Lynn hadn’t had an easy life, but a failed suicide attempt left her able to hear the voices of angels, or more specifically the voices of those who watched over her, Thomas and Zelina. Long ago Thomas had made a mistake, one that had consequences on Lynn’s life, and he was determined to set things back on track, but they could only guide her, it was up to her if she listened. When Lynn wakes next to a dead body with no idea how she got there she begins to panic. There was a reason Lynn’s life had been difficult, she was firmly in the sights of Dian, an evildwel, a being that lives of fear and anger, and it has attached itself to someone in her life, but something bigger is in the works, a hidden quest, the kidnapping of her friend Stacy, and the strange shooting of ‘good cops’. Is it all connected, or is this just another unlucky run in the tragedy that became Lynn’s life?
The Button is a thrilling and tense paranormal mystery / romance by D.L. Finn. It focuses around Lynn, the two angels watching over her, and the evildwel and alternates between their point of view whilst remaining in a gripping third-person narrative. Lynn is a good protagonist for this story, and you’ll spend the first half of the book wondering who she should put her trust in Kent, the handsome bartender met the same night she was drugged to wake up next to a dead drug dealer, or her step-brother Warren, who has returned into her life. I enjoyed the guessing and air of mystery, as well as the tense and escalating plot. Action, terror, adventure, and tragedy combine to make a tense tale of trust, betrayal, and a little dose of divine intervention.
Clara was one of only two women practising law in San Francisco, as such she had a lot to prove, but she also had good instincts. Instincts that saw her befriend Adeline, a young woman she found in distress. When finally she returned to her senses, Adeline confesses to witnessing a murder, in fact, of the witnesses called she was the only who witnessed it happen, and yet she was refused the right to testify, why? Because she not only witnessed the murder, she heard the thoughts of the one committing it. The killer was set free, and Clara is determined to use Adeline and her perfect recall along with her ability to channel other people’s thoughts and memories to get to the bottom of what happened. But how can you prove something when your evidence is only the word of someone who could be called crazy? You search for evidence of course, but Clara must be careful, the killer believes he can control anyone, but why commit these acts in the first place, is it to show their power, or is there something else afoot?
Written in a style suitable for the era James Musgrave’s The Spiritualist Murders: Portia of the Pacific Historical Mysteries book 2 delivers an intense and vivid scene of San Francisco in the 1880s. While I can’t speak to historical accuracy due to unfamiliarity, the feel of the work if very authentic to the time. Musgrave possesses an enjoyable narrative that will appeal to a mature audience, as well as those who enjoy a well-worded and conceived plot. As a murder mystery, you are of course asking yourself the how and why, and the spiritual twists gives this book a little something extra. Controversy, challenges, sexism, manipulation, and agendas both concealed and visible drive the mysteries and the characters forward in a novel that is bound to please lovers of the genre who are looking for something just a little bit different.
Jill Anderson had already spent three years serving the people of Baltimore, it had allowed her to build up a tolerance to crime scenes, but it took every ounce of her restraint not to react to this one. If her peers knew she had known the victim she would be off the case. But she knew her special insight would help to find the people responsible. The victim of the brutal murder was Trent Roberts. He was a recognised scientist, best known for his work in prosthetics and cybernetics. There was, however, another thing, something spoken of only as hushed rumours, and that was Project Fusion. Jill had first-hand knowledge of this secret undertaking, in fact, unbeknown to anyone, Trent had made her into the woman she was, and his dabbling could very well be the reason he lay there now. She wanted nothing more than to solve this case, but to do so must risk exposing a secret she has fought endlessly to conceal.
With a great strong female lead bursting with personality you’ll find it easy to be swept up in a kick ass cybernetic mystery. J.D. Cunegan‘s Bounty is filled with suspense, action, and development. Police by day, vigilante superhero by night. A diverse plot with subplots carefully ingrained builds a brilliant setting and gives the world a fleshed out feel. A definite must read for Marvel/DC fans. It’s an enjoyable and engrossing read, with enough twists and intrigue for mystery fans, and enough sci-fi for lovers of the genre. A perfect combination in a dazzling read.
It had always been Sara’s dream to own a Victorian mansion and, although Talbot House was in need of some renovations, her dream had finally come true. Strange noises in the night left her on edge, but when she and her friend Daphine found fresh marks in the concrete where someone had tried to pry open the window Sara had to finally accept there was more to the noises than just her imagination. At her friend’s suggestion they went to visit Mrs Talbot, to learn more about the legend of the ghost walking the halls, if only to discover if these rumours had any truth. Sara, however, was less concerned about a ghost and more worried about a serial killer. She is obsessed with thoughts about this murderer at large, worse still, new evidence seems to suggest they came from Delta, a fact made more unnerving by the feeling that someone has their eye on her. Events that could once be dismissed as an over active imagination begin to escalate until there is no longer any room for doubt, Sara is not safe. Join the mystery and see if you can discover the killer’s identity in Mary Deal’s, River Bones: Sara Mason Mysteries Book One.
Mary Deal seamlessly integrates Sara’s history and character building into the plot, by the time you each the end you know everything you could want to. Friendships are built and developed, whilst all the time a budding air of tension keeps the reader wondering what is happening, and dreading what is to come. There is a brilliant attention to detail, from describing the surroundings, to providing sensory images so you can almost feel the thick blanket of the fog, or the scent of the surroundings. This book really is a descriptive treasure and builds a fantastic image of Delta, its surroundings, and even the community. Fans of mystery will love how subtle clues are woven within the plot, and as with any good story the red herrings and twists will keep you guessing. River Bones is a great read, filled with intrigue, suspense, mystery and even romance, it is well written and easily one of the best mystery/suspense books I have read this year. Mary Deal clearly has a talent for this style of writing, and I look forward to seeing more books from her in the future.
Enquiry Agent Samantha Smith was just scraping by, her office, like her life, refurbished and 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?
It all started with the murder of investigative reporter Terry Reynolds. The local police wanted to chalk it down to a mugging, but Stan Novak isn’t convinced. He thinks there is more to this than it was made to appear, but pressure from the mayor sees the investigation ruled a mugging gone wrong. It is election year after all. Nick Borman investigates industrial espionage for a living, but after a conversation with Bill Piermont, an old friend of his and the father of Terry’s wife, he willingly accepts the case. He expected to investigate a simple murder, his gut had warned him it wouldn’t be a fun ride, and boy was it right. Borman uncovers a trail of bribes and underhanded deals, and now must follow the money to uncover the truth behind Terry’s murder.
Robert Lalonde’s The Borman Factor is an action packed, investigative thriller filled with deceit and corruption. The scene is well set, and the alternating narrative between third and first person flows really well. Being well-paced, this book is sure to appeal to lovers of the genre, and written in such an accessible manner that people reading out of their genre will find themselves following along effortlessly. A strong debut novel for the character of Nick Borman.