Reviews

“Hidden Riches” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, this lovely Sunday. Today I bring you a review of my first book by this author.

Hidden Riches“, written by Nora Roberts, is a Romantic Suspense novel, first published on July 13th 1994. I read the Portuguese edition published on October 2010 by Chá das Cinco – Edições Saída de Emergência.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1434203140l/6307168._SX318_.jpg#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where an independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire—and the schemes of an obsessed killer…

Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at an auction—and unknowingly brings home a priceless cache that makes her the target of an international criminal. Entwined in a reckless chase, Dora turns to her new neighbor, Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge—and whose desire for lovely Dora puts him back in the line of fire. Fighting their attraction while falling in love, they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary façade. And that possession can be a lethal obsession…

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About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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My Review

There are authors whose names we easily recognize even without having read one of their books. Nora Roberts is one of those authors. With “Hidden Riches”, I finally entered the world of Nora Roberts and I can say that I’m now even more curious to read her other novels.

20200515_153417In this book we follow Dora and Jed, an antiques store owner and a former police officer. A story that follows the world of antiques, from the first moment that it is presented to us by Dora at an art auction. With each page read we meet an interesting group of characters, including those we know are the villains. Now, the ‘why’ is something that we discover with each chapter and each information revealed.

Personally, I loved the story. Very captivating, not only for the element of art and antiques that I find fascinating, but also for all the romance and interaction between characters.

The story has a paced rhythm, sometimes slow, creating tension and drama. Another aspect that I also liked, as it establishes a firm basis for the story and creates interest in what will happen next. Furthermore, with the passion simmering between Dora and Jed, the fact that there is this type of slower but intense rhythm, leads to pressure, a sexual tension, that even when released, remains alive in all moments of interaction between the characters.

20200515_153452Although I didn’t think there was any intense suspense, the amount that it did have balanced well with the romance and the peculiar characters. So, I think it was a very balanced book, which let my curiosity increase with each chapter and each revelation and moment of action.

In general, “Hidden Riches” had all the elements I like in a story. I’m glad it was with this book that I finally started my journey through the world of Nora Roberts’ imaginary.

If you like art, antiques, a good dose of mystery and crime, and romance… and have never read a book by this author… this is a good story to venture out on. Extra: it happens during Christmas and New Year! And who doesn’t like parties and eccentricity?


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Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“The Perfect Couple” Review

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Today I bring you a review of a thriller I recently read and loved. If you are the kind of reader that loves thrillers, then you may be interested in knowing more about this book.

The Perfect Couple“, written by Jackie Kabler, is a Psychological thriller published on April 17th 2020 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jackie Kabler and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Perfect Couple


Synopsis

The Perfect Couple CoverThe perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Kobo | BookDepository


About the Author

Jackie Kabler PhotoJackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Once in a while I love to get fully surprised with a story and linger at the edge of my seat not knowing if my thought process and theories are right or not, and what the hell is going to happen next. Most of the time, when I feel the need to go on that kind of rollercoaster ride, I look for Thrillers. This time, I didn’t look for it, I just joined a blog tour, and… oh boy!… was it an exciting one.

In this book we get to follow two POV, Gemma’s up close and personal view, and the detectives view. Personally I loved that concept, because partly it was what made me wonder if my instincts were right or not.

P1070880As we follow the disappearance of Gemma’s husband, Danny, side by side with the murders of various men, victims of a serial killer, we are taken on an adventure, trying to discover the truth.

The characters were absolutely amazing, complex and well developed. And the fact that they felt real, made me believe even more in the storytelling and the events that were happening. Kind of like I was transported into the pages of the book, and was living beside Gemma.

It was the kind of story that I couldn’t put down, I was even reading it while eating. It was such an exciting and mind blowing story, that grabbed my attention from page one. Although I had lot of suspicions and theories, and I was right about some of the things I thought, I was so wrong in others, and right until the last page I was not expecting what happened.

It was definitely one of the more thrilling books I read this month, one that made me jump, doubt and think about all the little details that were introduced. I absolutely love when a story makes my mind turn and be confused and exhilarated, and this novel truly did that for me.

Overall, if you like Psychological Thriller, you probably are going to like this one. It was the kind of book that had surprises until the very end. And who doesn’t like that?


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Jess

Reviews

“The Ice Star” Review

Hello Friends!

So, I just realized this post I had schedule a while back didn’t post. So first of all, I want to apologize to the author for the late review. And to you guys, I hope this review makes you curious.

The Ice Star“, written by Christoffer Petersen, is book one of the Konstabel Fenna Brongaard Series,  and it’s a mystery/crime novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Christoffer Petersen. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

34315210. sy475 Fenna stretched her legs, one eye on the Nepali man with the brutal backhand, the other on a glass of water on the floor. She jerked her head backward as the second man stepped into view, and his large military boot connected with the glass, kicking it against the wooden wall where it smashed, showering her in shards and splinters.
“Konstabel Fenna Brongaard, my name is Burwardsley. We met on the ice.”

She’s the first of her kind – the first woman to join the ranks of the elite Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol, and the first Sirius patroller to be investigated for murder.

In the wake of a hurricane-force piteraq, fog isolates the village of Ittoqqortoormiit and Fenna from the outside world. As the investigation takes a vicious turn, Fenna must trust a Greenlandic policeman and a local hunter if she is to root out the infection at the heart of the Danish military.

Looking for new Danish Noir? It doesn’t get much darker than this.

The Ice Star is a Scandinavian Crime Thriller set in Greenland – coming soon!

The Ice Star – Run with Dogs – Fight like Wolves

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Christoffer has a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. He lived and worked in Greenland for 7 years before moving back to the west coast of Denmark.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Medium | Amazon


My Review

I had the pleasure of reading this book a while back and I found it absolutely exciting and interesting. I always look forward to read crime/mystery novel, but I don’t think I have read that many that were described as noir novels, and to be honest, I didn’t know much about it.

P1070035It was a rollercoaster and I love when a mystery novel gets me so focus that I almost feel like I’m there. The descriptions and the characters are the main reason that happens, because the plot could be fascinating but if the characters didn’t make the uncovering feel real and exciting, then what’s the point?… In this book, I had those elements I love, I had the emotions and connection, I had a good plot and was quite unusual and I loved that, and of course the characters that just painted the all book with fantastic personalities and grabbed my attention.

Another thing that made me very intrigued was the location. I haven’t traveled much, I have been to Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland, so I’m always intrigued to learn more about other countries and see through the characters eyes, and the author’s words, the world they live in.

I have to say, I do like that the main character is a woman, because I’m always looking forwards a good crime/mystery novel when it’s a woman revealing the secrets and finding out the trust, because I feel connected to her and her work. Then again, I was named after Jessica Fletcher and I used to watch (still do) the TV show with my mom, so maybe that’s why I get very excited when it’s a female main character.

It was a great start of a series, because it gave us an amazing introduction to Fenna and it gives us some initial understanding about the procedures. Since I don’t know a lot about other countries police procedures, it’s always interesting to learn. Plus, we are learning about Fenna and her way of working and what are her core believes.

P1070012Also, since it is the beginning we learn about the world, about the society, politics and cultural aspects, not just about the police and the investigation elements. And that was something I liked because, let’s be honest, if you don’t know about what moves the characters, and what their society is like, you need those information. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fantasy novel or a crime novel that happens in planet Earth. We need to learn about the context of the story, and when a book has that, it gives the all story a lot more complexity and opens up world to the reader.

Overall, I can’t wait to read more about this novel because I know there are still a lot of things I could learn about Fenna. She was such an interesting and well written character, I just loved her.  I’m not going to give you notes and comments about the story itself because could ruin the mystery, but be sure to check out this book and go on a mysterious and ice adventure with Fenna.


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Promo Post: “Texas Style Justice” by Susan P. Baker

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post that talks about a legal thriller, a mystery novel.

Texas Style Justice“, written by Susan P. Baker, a Domestic Thriller was published on June 4th 2018.


Synopsis

perf5.500x8.500.inddDevastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the justices.

Not until she realizes what her backers demand of her does she understand what an exorbitant price she must pay to reach her dream. Will she risk everything, come to terms with her priorities, or does she even have a choice?

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR: Texas Style Justice

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About the Author

Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the award-winning author of eight novels and two nonfiction books, all related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with a wide range of cases from murder to divorce regarding adults and children. Prior thereto, she practiced law for nine years and, while in law school, worked as a probation officer. Her experience in the justice system is apparent in her writings. Currently, she has three novels in progress.

Susan is a member of Texas Authors, Inc., Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, Writers League of Texas, and Galveston Novel and Short Story Writers.

She has two children, eight grandchildren, and a rescue cat named Tudi. She loves dark chocolate, raspberries, and traveling on every mode of transportation. An Anglophile, she likes to visit cousins in England and Australia. On her bucket list are a trip to New Zealand, a long trip back to Australia, living in England for several months, visiting all the presidential libraries and authors’ homes in the U.S., and driving Route 66.

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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Beyond the Yew Tree” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this morning or afternoon. as you may have seen I have already posted a review, and because it’s never enough to have just one, you all need more books to your TBR, I bring you another one.

Beyond the Yew Tree“, written by Rachel Walkley, is a Women’s Fiction Mystery and Contemporary novel, with a ghost story in the mix, published on March 27th 2020 by Spare Time Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Beyond the Yew Tree


Synopsi

Beyond The Yew Tree CoverWhispers in the courtroom.

Only one juror hears them.

Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?

In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.

Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.

The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.

Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?

Ordinary women.

Extraordinary experiences.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Author Bio

Aspiring writer who pens Women’s Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

Rachel Walkley PhotoWhat else?

An East Anglian turned Northerner – almost.

Information professional, always.

Biologist, in my memories.

Archivist, when required.

Amateur pianist and flautist.

Reluctant gardener.

Scribbler of pictures.

And forever…. a mother and wife.

Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!

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My Review

This is the first novel I have read written by Rachel Walkley and what a great introduction to an author’s work.

I have found out recently that I quite enjoy books that this dual timeline, because I love historical fictions as much as I love contemporary ones, so this kind of genre ends up being perfect to me. When I read the blurb and saw that element of the story, I got really excited. Truth be told, as I was reading, it was one of the things I loved the most about the story.

P1070894We follow Laura in her journey to uncover a mystery, while still being conscious about her role as a juror. I loved getting to know the characters, present and past, and see the changes in Laura through out the book.

Chapter after chapter, I felt as if I was truly involved in the story. Getting to know the setting and the characters, getting to go after the truth and sometimes finding more questions than answers, and getting to see another time period and learning the history of that moment and place.

Overall, it was a beautiful and well developed plot, that took us on a paced adventure that grabbed my attention to the fullest. I will keep my eyes open for more books this author my write, and I will definitely check out her other works. This novel, like I said previously, is a good start if you don’t know this dual timeline plot, and a fantastic way to met an author, since it left me curious about her books.


Giveaway

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Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Queen of Bones” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a relaxing day at home. With the virus and all the chaos attached, I’m staying home, reading and writing. And today I have a review to share with you guys.

Queen of Bones“, written by Teresa Dovalpage, is a mystery novel the second novel in the Havana Mystery Series, published on November 12th 2019 by Soho Crime.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Teresa Dovalpage for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Queen of Bones


Synopsis

Queen of Bones high res coverJuan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in Albuquerque, returns to Havana for the first time since fleeing Cuba by raft twenty years ago. He is traveling with his American wife, Sharon, and hopes to reconnect with Victor, his best friend from college—and, unbeknownst to Sharon, he also hopes to discover what has become of two ex-girlfriends, Elsa and Rosita.

Juan is surprised to learn that Victor has become Victoria and runs a popular drag show at the local hot spot Café Arabia. Elsa has married a wealthy foreigner, and Rosita, still single, works at the Havana cemetery. When one of these women turns up dead, it will cost Padrino, a Santería priest and former detective on the Havana police force, more than he expects to untangle the group’s lies and hunt down the killer.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Soho Press


Author Bio

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in Hobbs, where she is a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College. She has published ten novels and three collections of short stories.

Her first culinary mystery Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018) is set in Havana and features Padrino, a santero-detective. It is loaded with authentic Cuban recipes like arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and caldosa (a yummy stew). Her second mystery, Queen of Bones, was also published by Soho Crime in November 2019 and includes elements of Santería and, again, food—clearly, the author loves to eat! Both novels are rich in details about life in the island, the kind only an insider can provide.

They are the first two books of Soho Crime’s Havana Mystery series. Upcoming are Death of a Telenovela Star (June 2020) and Death under the Perseids.

She also wrote A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010).

In her native Spanish she has authored six novels, among them Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain) and El difunto Fidel (The Late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, which won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009).

Once in a while she delves into theater. Her plays La Hija de La Llorona and Hasta que el mortgage nos separe (published in Teatro Latino, 2019) has been staged by Aguijón Theater in Chicago.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

This is the second novel I have read of Teresa Dovalpage, since I have read book one in the series and I enjoyed it a lot, so getting the opportunity of reading the second novel was exciting. I always have fun with mystery books for various reasons that I will tell you in a second.

P1070720First of all, I loved that this book happened in Cuba, since it’s a place I have never been to, and that I honestly don’t know enough about. I liked that by reading this book I was transported to that place and that time, thanks to Teresa Dovalpage’s descriptions and writing style. With the first novel she had me already curious about Cuba and it’s culture, with this one she made me want to read more books happening in Cuba.

Has I was taken into a journey to uncover a murder mystery, I was also on an adventure to learn more about the scenery and the people, and the author did a brilliant job in opening our eyes and making us curious. The amazing thing is that by following the characters and by having this intriguing plot that took us on a interesting journey, I felt as if I was getting involved in the plot in some sense. That’s one of the more amazing things about a mystery novel, the feeling of being a part of the story to the point were we are trying to figure things out along side the characters, an that’s something the novel had.

Then there were the characters. The diversity and the well written characters were what truly made the story much more interesting, for me at least. I won’t say much about them because I hope you guys go read the book and uncover the secrets and have fun getting to know the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed quite a bit and it was just what I needed. Mystery novel have always been the kind of book that gets my mind working, since I was a kid and I would watch all the true crime shows and even the tv shows like CSI and even some oldies like Murder She Wrote, that I have been fascinated in those stories. So when I get a book like “Queen of Bones” that makes me think and try to figure out who the culprit is, I get excited and can’t stop reading. That been said, if you like mystery novels and would like to adventure in a new country, you should definitely check out this series.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Reviews

“Death Comes to Dartmoor” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Tuesday. I’m working today on some reviews that I will be posting this week, so I will be freer to working on some writing.

And I do have reviews to share with you all today, including this one.

Death Comes to Dartmoor“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a Historical Mystery novel, the second book in the A Merriweather and Royston Mystery series. Published August 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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The mist-shrouded moors of Devon proffer a trove of delights for two vacationing zoologists–but also conceal a hoard of dark secrets reaching down to the fathomless depths of the ocean.
Miss Merula Merriweather barely saved her uncle from the gallows after he was wrongly accused of murder–and now, she’s left the bustle of Victorian London to recuperate in the fresh air of Dartmoor with her fellow zoologist, Lord Raven Royston. The trip offers a unique treat, as they’ll be staying with a friend of Raven’s, who owns a collection of rare zoological specimens–including a kraken, a sea monster of myth and legend.

But all is not right in the land of tors, heaths, and mist. Their host’s maid has vanished without a trace, and the townspeople hold him responsible, claiming that his specimens are alive and roam the moors at night, bringing death to anyone who crosses their path. Merula and Raven are skeptical–but the accusations become more ominous when they find several specimen jars empty.

As the two hunt for clues across a desolate and beautiful landscape, a stranger appears bearing a shadowy secret from Merula’s past. Could there be a connection between her family history, the missing girl, and a fearsome monster that could be on the loose? The race is on to find the truth.

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My Review

This is the second book in the series and I had the opportunity of reading book one a while back and I was quite interested in knowing what else would happen to Merula Merriweather in this new novel.

Merula was quite a brilliantly written character from the very beginning, I loved her attitude and defiance. And following her in this new mystery was an intriguing adventure. I do wish there were some more development in terms of the relationships with other characters, but I assume in the future that may happen. Who knows?

Nevertheless, despite a couple of “Come on!” moments, she’s still a fun character. And the new characters that are introduced are interesting as well, and I did wonder a couple of times about some of them and the interactions with Merula.

Another point I like in this series is the connection with nature, that was something I liked in the previous story and I’m glad it continue to exist in this one, because it’s part of the main character’s essence, and something I found unique.

The storyline was a bit different from book one because of course it had new secrets and questions for us to find out about, but still the plot was fun to read about and uncovering the truth is not always easy. I was asking and theorizing while reading, which is always good because it means I’m very curious about what’s going on.

Overall, I enjoyed it and the murder mystery, with enough drama, but comparing this one with the previous one, I enjoyed “The Butterfly Conspiracy” a lot more. Than been said, that doesn’t mean I didn’t liked “Death Comes to Dartmoor”, I did and I am curious to see what other mysteries is Merula going to end up in, because I know there is lot of potential for more novels.


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Hunter’s Blood” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing better than I am, and let’s all take a deep breath and relax because tomorrow is Friday and then it’s the weekend.

Now, I have a review of a book that you guys may recognize.

Hunter’s Blood“, written by Val Penny, is the forth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, a crime novel published on 1st January 2020 by Crooked Cat (Darkstroke).

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Hunters Blood


Synopsis

Hunters Blood CoverDI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

Purchase Links:  Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

Let me start by say that if you don’t know by now this author and this series, then I have no idea what you guys have been doing so far because I really recommend this entire series.

Now, about Hunter’s Blood, this is book four in the series and of course by now I already feel like I know the main character and companions pretty well, D.I. Hunter Wilson is such a well developed character and the relationships and connections between him and other characters are so dynamic that no matter what, the possibilities are almost endless, so I’m always surprised by the story and the events that take Hunter on the trick path to save the city.

P1070733Besides, that surprise feeling was thanks to the descriptions of what’s happening as well as the interactions the characters have. It opens our eyes and curiosity to try and figure out that’s going on as if we were part of the team, and I love feeling as if I was transported to the story and am part of the story along side the characters.

I often wonder how Val Penny comes up with her ideas for the stories, because each book is a rollercoaster and so entertaining that it blows my mind. It’s like a tv show for me, so visual and a page turner that I can’t stop myself from reading the next page just to know what will happen next. That’s something I have to say yet again because with each book I read I get reminded of how good the books in this series are.

In this novel we get to solve no only murders, by also a missing case, and so many other mysteries that will come along the way, because let’s be honest a mystery never comes alone. And with D.I. Hunter Wilson involved, things always get exciting.

Overall it was another amazing book in the series and it can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you to check the books in order so you can fully get what motivates Hunter as well as what his background is. Anyway, you won’t get disappointed with any novel in this exciting, captivating and thrilling mystery series.


Giveaway

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(Open Internationally)

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Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“A Country Gift Shop Collection” Review

Hello Friends!

I didn’t review all the books I wanted and needed to review last year, so I’m going to use the free time I now have in between writing my novel, to do those post. Today I have a review of a book I read a while back.

A Country Gift Shop Collection“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a mystery novel published October 3rd 2018 by HQ Digital.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and HQ Digital via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

40243012Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With

Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning—having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever.

All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!

Grand Prize: Murder!

Inviting the bestselling cosy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.

Written into the Grave

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.

That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

Purchase Link: Amazon

Author’s Social Media Links – Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This wasn’t the first novel I have read from this author, but I was as excited as the first book. This novel has three mysteries in it, because one is never enough and this is a collection novel.

Each story has a quick and entertaining read with a mystery that was fun and interesting, and has we follow Vicky Simmons I couldn’t help but feel as if I was her assistant in a way. I was trying to figure out things, I was learn about the other characters and I was enjoying the scenery in this novel.

With Vicky returning to her hometown and an old unsolved murder resurfaces with another crime, I knew things would be interesting. And the next mystery was just as good! I can’t really say which story was my favourite, because since I couldn’t stop reading the novel, I just went to one mystery to the other, to the other… And I liked it quite a lot!

Of course it’s very important that I got intrigued by the murders and the mystery surrounding them, but it was really important to me as well, seeing the characters’ relationships and interactions, because of all the information there, and that also made me connect with the characters involved as if I was part of the town and the storyline.

Overall, it was an amazing novel. each story had its positive points, and was unique and funny in it’s own way. And I liked that, because that made each mystery unique and I didn’t felt like I was reading a repeat story after the other.

I was already excited about Vivian Conroy’s storytelling and books, and this one just solidified that thought.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“A Murder of Crows” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m still trying to update my reviews, since there are some reviewing copies and ARCs that I got this year and last year that I have read, but unfortunately haven’t posted my review yet. So you may keep seeing posts this month, more than one post a day, hopefully, if I can make it.

Nevertheless, this is one of those reviews whose book I read in 2018.

A Murder of Crows“, written by A. Kirke, is a Victorian fantasy, murder-mystery, the first novel in the The Ravenscourt Tragedies Series, published by Dying Arts Press on November 1st 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to A. Kirke and Dying Arts Press. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

42036409.jpgA dead father.

A missing Spirit.

An ancient manor with way too many locked doors.

But Abigail Crowe won’t let locked doors, corsets, or the straight-laced rules of Victorian society get in the way of finding the truth behind her father’s death. Of course, where illegal magic is involved, things are rarely as simple as they appear. Screams in the night, an insane gardener, and a murder blamed on her late father are only the beginning. Could her father actually be a murderer? What is Uncle Edward hiding in the attic? And perhaps most importantly—which family secrets are worth keeping locked up?

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Anastasia Kirke is a middle-grade and teen fantasy writer.

She lived a significant portion of her life in a distant mountain valley between cloud-wreathed peaks, where she graduated from a school that is not nearly as cool as Hogwarts (though at times it came close). Her current travels have brought her to an island where the hot is too hot and the cold is too cold and there’s nowhere inbetween.

A Literary Omnivore, she is a fan all things bookish and strange. Her favorite things include: cats, tea, classical music of the Romantic Era, and that feeling you get when a story gives you goosebumps.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This is the first novel in a series, and I always expect to be some information that is yet to be revealed, and I wasn’t surprised to have that interest to read the next one as soon as I finished up this book.

I read the story back in 2018, and even a year later I could remember the plot, the characters and the feel to this novel, even without checking out my review notes. That happens because it was different and it had a spooky feeling that reminded me of something that I can’t put my finger on, but that made me curious to turn each page and read more.

I liked the characters and their interactions, and I’m quite curious to know what will happen next in the series and where will the author take this world and it’s people, because the ambiance of the story and the descriptions made me question some things while I was reading and I want more.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fantasy/paranormal element in the novel. I feel that it added that spookiness to the story and I love a good book that is dark, has secrets and that has it’s characters looking for the truth and the answers to all their questions. And this book had that, even though I had some theories, I felt determined to uncover the mysteries.

I loved the title of the book, it was quite cleaver, and although the cover isn’t my favorite cover, I appreciate the elements that it has and the darkness. Overall, I enjoyed the storyline and Abigail and all the other characters with whom she interact and has a relationship.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess