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“The Girl In The Tunnel” Review

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I know I’m late in terms of my time zone, the thing is, life takes unexpected turns, specially with you are celebrating something. Nevertheless, I am here now, posting this review.

The Girl In The Tunnel“, written by Deirdre Palmer, is a Psychological Suspense, published on 11st October 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Deirdre Palmer for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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London. A January night. Commuters surge into the Underground. Ellen Randall recognises a man standing close to the platform edge: Matt Leyton, her sister Rosanna’s married lover. The man who’s playing a game as old as time. A red-hot flash of uncontrollable anger propels Ellen to his side. The train approaches. Seconds later, Matt has gone.

Carl Teviot is convinced Ellen isn’t a killer, even though he’s only just met her – or rather, found her, huddled in a sleeping bag in an abandoned Tube station: a ghost station. He can’t leave her there, alone, and in danger.

But rescuing her from the tunnel is only the beginning…

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction under her own name, and as Zara Thorne. Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality. She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice. So there was the incentive to complete her first novel, Remarkable Things, which was published by Crooked Cat and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. The Girl in the Tunnel is Deirdre’s 14th book.

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My Review

Psychological Thriller or Suspense novel is a genre I have been reading more and more. I love movies or TV shows that have that vibe, but I never read many books that had those characteristics. ‘The Girl In The Tunnel’ was very interesting and if it were a movie of tv show, it would be my jam years ago, now it’s the perfect book for a cozy weekend reading and jumping into the story.

Set in London this book follows Ellen and a mystery. We met Carl and connect with him as he and Ellen begin to know one another. There is a sister and her married lover, Matt. There is an underground scenery. All perfect to set the mood for a thriller.

Because of the genre of the book I won’t go in details. But, what I can say is that it was very intriguing. The tone of the book caught my attention from the beginning. It made curious sometimes, then other times I was wondering about the new information and all the “what if’s”.

Overall, it was enjoyable and had a good amount of mystery, suspense and social interactions.


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Jess

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“Stolen” Review

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Here I am, back with a review. This one is a book that got me very curious since I read the synopsis.

Stolen“, written by Tess Stimson, is a Thriller / Suspense novel, published on 5th August 2021 by Avon, HarperCollins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Tess Stimson for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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You thought she was safe. You were wrong…

Alex knows her daughter would never wander off in a strange place. So when her three-year-old vanishes from an idyllic beach wedding, Alex immediately believes the worst.

The hunt for Lottie quickly becomes a world-wide search, but it’s not long before suspicion falls on her mother. Why wasn’t she watching Lottie? 

Alex knows she’s not perfect, but she loves her child. And with all eyes on her, Alex fears they’ll never uncover the truth unless she takes matters into her own hands.

Who took Lottie Martini? And will she ever come home?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warning: Kidnapped/Missing child


About the Author

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Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.

Her first “proper” job after graduating from St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News). She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.

In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.

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My Review

Thriller and suspense is a genre I have been exploring, reading and loving. And from beginning to end, “Stolen” was an amazing story, filled with intense emotions. The disappearance of a child is always hard to read about. Although I don’t have children just yet, I have a lot of cousins and I am a big sister, so thinking about it calls strong emotions and I can’t even imagine what parents would feel. The fact that Tess Stimson gave us realism in this story by comparing the real life case of Madeleine McCann (that disappeared in Portugal, and I’m from Portugal) was brilliant.

By now you may already know that this story is about a kidnapping. Alex’s three-year-old child, Lottie, vanishes from a beach wedding, and lots of questions just had to the mystery and fear. It’s like with so many other cases that have happened around the world. Not just Maddie McCann, but other – old and new, solved and unsolved – cases of missing kids in Portugal that I have followed in the news.

The brilliance of the novel is not just how realistic the characters and circumstances of the case were. The amazing thing was how the storyline developed. How the author gave us some information and yet opened so many possibilities in terms of the suspects and what happened, that I didn’t know what to think. I was curious and I had theories but wasn’t entire certain if I was right.

Overall, I loved the story. I’m trying to not give out spoilers. I can say I loved the story and how things went from the beginning to the resolution in the end. I was surprised, I was so focus, and I hope I can reread the book in the future so that I can see if there are any details along the book that I missed. I love this genre because of that, and because of how it left me wondering from start to finish.


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Jess

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“The Devil’s Shadow” Review

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I have been reading suspense and thriller novels this past few months and it’s quite amazing all the possibilities in the genre.

The Devil’s Shadow“, written by BJ Edwards, is a Supernatural/Suspense/Thriller Novel, published on 31st March 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and BJ Edwards for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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In a vault beneath the Mediterranean Sea, a creature from myth and folklore sleeps. Government agents David Coswell and Hannah Martin join forces to find and study the creature with the hopes of harnessing its power for their country’s good. Accidentally, they release the creature and London is plunged into chaos. Lawlessness and hedonism spread as Lord of the Flies regains his strength and uses violence and fear to build his new kingdom.

David Coswell, along with his ‘handler’ Sentinel Nutbeam, retired soldier Nigel Carter, and Spanish matriarch Maria Perez help the Prime Minister confront the beast and take back control of a fractured country.

The Devil’s Shadow is a fast-paced supernatural thriller. Sometimes scary, sometimes sexy and always exciting, it is an absorbing tale of friendship, loyalty, faith and belief.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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BJ is a writer of novels, plays and short stories. He also writes screenplays – one of which is currently in development. To date he has published four books, including a collection of poetry. With a passion for history, anthropology and archaeology, he is a former English teacher and theatre director. BJ is totally blind and lives with his partner, his collection of swords and their dogs, Oliver and Sallie. In his spare time, BJ enjoys films, books, training, martial arts and rowing.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Facebook | Website


My Review

From the appealing cover that already catches our attention, to the interesting plot and characters, “The Devil’s Shadow” is a fascinating story that gives us some supernatural mixed with the suspense and thriller.

It was an unusual story, because of the supernatural that I don’t think I have read joined with the thriller genre. It got my heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing, it also was so curious to see uncover the background and the truth behind the mysteries.

Filled with twists and turns, we are taken in a rollercoaster of emotions. Unexpected and surprisingly engaging. My mind was fully focus on the story, the characters and their actions.

Overall, it was an exciting story and quite different from what have read in the past.


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Promo Post: “Midsummer Man”, Zelah Roberts

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Ready for a promo post? This book is going to be out tomorrow and it’s a romantic suspense so I’m very curious about it.

Midsummer Man“ written by Zelah Roberts, is a Sweet Romantic Suspense, published 15th June 2021 by Totally Bound.


Synopsis

Hostages of fate…rescued by love.

Holly Mason’s past has left her with many things—a powerful need for independence and self-reliance, enduring memories of pain and fear…and an intense dislike of alpha males.

Billionaire Sir Mac Sinclair has been wounded by the betrayal of his fiancée and overpowered by his own ultra-protective alpha-male instincts after his sister is kidnapped. He has no time for romance.

But when Mac meets Holly at the beautiful Midsummer Ball, fate intervenes. The irresistible, timeless magic of midsummer seduces them into stealing one stunning, secret night of passion together.

But one night is not enough… When danger threatens, Mac and Holly are forced back together. Can they confront the traumas of the past and learn to trust each other to overcome the dangers of the present?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Zelah Roberts can usually be found with her head in a book, and more often than not, that book will be a romance. Writing a novel was always her number 1 ambition, and eventually, with Midsummer Man (released on 15 June, 2021) it became a reality.

When not absorbed in the latest enthralling page turner, Zelah enjoys cooking for family and friends and taking long walks in the beautiful English countryside. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and is working towards an MA in Creative Writing.

Zelah lives in Durham, UK, with her partner and son.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


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“Death of a Texan” Review

Hello Friends!

Today, I bring you a cozy mystery. What best way to enjoy your Sunday? It definitely is for me, read a mystery ad get my brain working, in anticipation for the new week coming up.

Anyway, if you like mystery and suspense, I hope this book makes you curious.

Death of a Texan“, written by Cat Hickey, is a Mystery and Suspense novel, the second book in The Chloe Parsons Mysteries series published on 30th April 2021 by Darkstroke Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Cat Hickey for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A grieving widow. A sketchy admirer. An adoring boyfriend.

But one of them is up to no good.

Chloe’s new life in Costa Rica seems perfect: her relationship with Mateo is heating up, and her career as a private investigator is off to a good start. She only wishes that her cases were more interesting than the lost dogs or cheating husbands she’s been hired for so far…

She gets her wish when a dead body lands, almost literally, at her feet. Hired by the highly strung Elena Vargas to follow her husband, Victor, Chloe discovers that not only was he cheating on his wife – he’s been murdered.

As Chloe delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Victor’s death, she uncovers secret after secret. The danger becomes all too real when she narrows in on the killer’s identity. Someone is following her everywhere, and threatening notes arrive on her doorstep.

As if that’s not bad enough, her relationship with Mateo begins to unravel, and his coworker, Jaime, seems intent on convincing her that Mateo is a cheater.

Desperately trying to figure out what’s going on, Chloe becomes more and more enmeshed in a sordid world of lies, sex, and murder.

Who can Chloe really trust? And can she catch the killer before she becomes the next victim?

Purchase Links: Amazon

Potential Trigger Warnings: Non-gory murder


About the Author

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Cat Hickey has a Master’s degree in Biology, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Baltimore, MD, USA. She writes light-hearted mysteries and thrillers that are based, partly, on her extensive travels around the world. She is also an avid yogi who teaches aerial yoga and practices aerial circus arts, and spends the rest of her time with her three rescue animals, which consist of three cats and a horse.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Although I haven’t read the first book of this series, I felt as this one was standalone-ish. I didn’t really have much problem with the timeline and the character, and I didn’t feel as there was a lot missing. Yet, I do want to read the first one in the future and see what happened to Chloe’s life before.

In “Death of a Texan” we follow Chloe. Our amazing private detective is in Costa Rica, living her life to the best, with an amazing guy, Mateo, and with a career she likes, yet she would like some exciting jobs. And, yes, she got it!

Chloe realizes that the cheating husband that she was hired by Ellen Vargas to watch ends up dead. And with a murder comes great… mysteries. As we are taken with Chloe in the dangerous path of uncovering the truth, I couldn’t help myself wondering what happened, who done it, what secrets are hidden and how will Chloe find out everything.

I liked Chloe, she was believable and realist, and reading her journey through the depth of murder and mystery made me imagine a tv series episode. Actually, I would have loved to have a clearer picture of everything around her, because… Costa Rica! I never been there so reading is the only escape.

Speaking of escapes… This book had a fast pace and it got me going, very focus and almost afraid I was going to miss a clue. It was entertaining and curious.

Overall, I liked it and like I said previously, I’m now interested in reading the first book, just to have more information about Chloe and go on another adventure with her.


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“Wild Justice” Review

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Today I bring you a review of the third book I have read for the Four Nations Readathon. If you don’t know what it is, check out their Instagram account to learn more. Yet another book I absolutely loved.

Wild Justice“, written by Linda Hebert Todd, is a mystery novel, published on April 4th 2016 by Bald Cypress Publishing.

This book was gifted to me by my dear auntie Debra, and I’m so glad she send it to me because otherwise I may have not met this brilliant book and author.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blurb

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He’s the police chief’s son. Her best friend is his girlfriend. He killed her family.

“Vengeance is mine,” sayeth the Lord, but sometimes it hurts too much to wait.

Keeley Chesson decides to give the Lord some assistance. She knows who the killer is, but can’t go to the police because of his connections to law enforcement.

She vows to secure justice for her loved ones on her own.

Wild Justice is a journey of revenge and redemption through the rivers and bayous of south Louisiana.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

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Linda Hebert Todd writes fiction and poetry, and since she enjoys reading mysteries, much of her fiction is about mayhem and murder. Nearly all her fiction is set in the bayou country of south Louisiana, where she came of age swimming in the river and listening to tales of LaFitte the Pirate and the loup-garou.

Linda has a short story in Journeys: Bayou Writers Group Anthology Volume 1 (Bayou Writers Group, 2014). Several of her short stories and poems have won prizes in various contests, and have appeared in the Jambalaya Writers’ Conference anthologies.

She has one novel completed—Wild Justice, a crime story with a revenge theme, and has started another one set in Labrador and Louisiana.

Linda is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime on the national level. She is a charter member of the Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a member of Writer’s League of Texas based in Austin. She is past Secretary of Bayou Writers Group and is currently serving on the board as Member-at-Large.

Social Media Link: Website


My Review

The first time I learn something about this book besides that it was set in Louisiana, was when I read the synopsis before diving into the story. Still, even with having read the synopsis, I had no idea what I was going to find in terms of the plotting. How everything would develop. How the things that the synopsis said, were going to happen.

I was captivated from the first chapter. The brilliant story telling, the suspense in each scene, each question and each revelation. It was a while ride, and I loved ever single second of reading this novel.

First, the characters. The very first moment of introduction of the characters and realizing some of their reasons for acting that way, was immediately a positive point. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other, the way their true reasons for the events and the acts and responses they had, kept being revealed as we kept reading.

Secondly, there is this amazing feeling about being transported to a moment in time and space. To truly submerge into the story and follow the characters life, peeling the pages and letters go of my control and just go for a ride. That’s what reading this book felt like. I couldn’t stop reading because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next.

The suspense lasted until the very last page. It kept me going and going, wondering what would happen, what new information I was going to learn, when were the characters find out the truth. That was the perfect element for a mystery, crime and suspense novel.

A book about Revenge and Redemption. A book with secrets. A book that has fantastic characters, good guys and bad guys. And a book I full heartily recommend if you want to go on a journey that will make you excited and definitely intriguing by each question, each theory, each surprising moments. It will all be worth wild.


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“Trust In You” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing fine this fun Saturday. To does that like me are staying home and are looking for books to read, I bring you a review of a novel you maybe be interested in.

Trust In You“, written by Julia Firlotte, is a Romantic Suspense novel, the first book in the Falling For You Series, published on April 6th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julia Firlotte 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.

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Synopsis

Trust In You Cover.jpgFrom the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask.

Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her?

Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated.

When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future.

It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warnings: There are scenes of abduction and mild/attempted sexual assault in the novel, but no graphic violence. 


Author Bio

Julia Firlotte PhotoJulia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.

Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group: Romance Chit Chat | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

If there is something I absolutely love is romance, and I do find romantic suspense books so exciting. This is one is in that genre and after reading the synopsis I was intrigued.

We follow Ella Peterson in this interesting and thrilling journey as she meets Adam Brook, and all the dangerous moment that happen along the way. I love Ella and seeing her develop throughout the book was good. Then there was Adam that I still don’t know what to say beside “Love him!”. I did enjoy their interactions because of all the sparks I could see between them, as well as the fact they were different but still really complemented each other.

P1070719I loved meeting the characters and getting to know what makes them tick, and what kind of mysteries they have. It wasn’t just the main characters, it was all of them. The interaction were brilliant and fun to read, the relationships dynamics, the family craziness, the bad guys… For me a good book has to have substance and characters I can connect with, and have some realism, and I felt that in this book.

As I venture into the story, reading page after page, going deeper into the danger and mystery that surrounds the plot, I was very focus and couldn’t put down the book. That’s something I like in a suspense novel, the ability to grab my attention. And the way the story was being told, the flow it had, helped with maintaining the emotions and the “sitting at the edge of my seat” feeling, of uncertainty, curiosity and excitement.

Overall, it was a good start of a series and I can’t wait for more books to come, in the series. If you like romantic suspense, you may want to give this book a try.


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“Queen of Bones” Review

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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.

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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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Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“Watch Over” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Wednesday. Today I bring you a review that I read last year.

Watch Over“, written by Amy Reece, is the first novel in The DeLuca Family series, published on July 11th 2017 by Limitless Publishing LLC.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Amy Reece, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

cover151260-medium.pngMelanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man.

But she isn’t the only one who’s noticed the gorgeous cop down the street. When her faithless cat prances home from the cop’s house with a note tucked in his collar, it might be the beginning of something beautiful…or it might be Melanie’s death warrant.

Detective Finn DeLuca is stuck at home recovering from a hit-and-run accident, and has plenty of time to wonder about the woman two doors down. There’s something mysterious about the beautiful brunette, and he’s determined to get to know her.

But someone else has other plans.

As the two grow closer, someone is watching—and waiting. Sooner or later, their chance will come.

And the two lovebirds will never see it coming.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine, coffee, and chocolate are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration or possible great delusion. She is the author of The Seeker Series and The Way to Her Heart. Stay tuned for her newest book, Watch Over, a contemporary romantic suspense novel coming Summer 2017.

Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Wattpad


My Review

This is the first book I have read of Amy Reece’s, so it was a discovering of a new-to-me author and since it’s just the start of a series, I’m curious to know what else is going to happen next in this world and with the characters that are going to follow.

Nevertheless, this novel was quite entertaining. I read it during my trip to France, and it was a fun book and story to read while passing my time at the airport and the flight. It made me curious, sometimes laugh even, other times I was like “Hum, what is going on?” or “Why is this happening?”, as in, I wanted to know more about the story and the characters, and I wanted to know the storyline process and even if I was right or wrong in my thoughts.

I loved Finn more than I loved Mel. Still I could understand her and relate a bit with her, which was good because that made me keep my attention on what was going on and trying to uncover the secrets and being more open to keep learning about the characters life, past and aspirations and wishes.

Anyway, Finn was amazing with is patience and kindness, and I want to keep him, unfortunately he’s taken, by Mel… Oh well… There still is more to come. Speaking of “more to come”, I’m curious about the DeLuca family, because this introduction was good and made me interested in keep reading more of the series, when a get to read the next book. Their interaction reminded me of my family, because it felt real.

Overall, I enjoyed the plot and that it had that suspense as well as the romance, because that makes me think and I feel that adds an element of drama and unknowing that is fun for me when I’m reading a book, especially one that is the start of a new-to-me series. Although, I had many suspicions and ideas about the mystery, it was still fun to see if I was right and where the author would take the story.

That been said, I’ll be waiting to see what more is Amy Reece going to write about and I have added the other books to my TBR because I need to know what will happen next with the DeLuca family.


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Reviews

“The Last Straw” Review

Hello Friends!

I have been meaning to post my review of this book for a while now. But I’m very happy that I’ve finally took time to write all the reviews possible, and this is one of them.

The Last Straw“, written by Ed Duncan, is the second book in the Pigeon-Blood Red Series, a Crime and Mystery novel, published on November 25th 2017.

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


Synopsis

The Last StrawWhen a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an agenda of his own.

After they find out that the crime boss is the father of the black teenage carjacker, Paul Elliott – lawyer and close friend of the witness’s family – begins counseling them.

As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled “Ohio Insurance Coverage,” for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012.

Ed currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH. The Last Straw, the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy, is now available exclusively on Amazon. Ed is at work on the third book, Rico Stays. Meanwhile, he has also written screenplays adapted from each installment in the trilogy.

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My Review

I most say, first of all, I haven’t read the first book in this series, but that didn’t made this book lack. I enjoyed it, and it made me want to check out book one. Crime and mystery are always exciting for me and this one definitely made things interesting from page one.

It was such an unique book with so many elements that made the book realistic and page turning. That was what I did once I finally put my eyes on page one. Honestly, if you think I’m lying, go get the book and see for yourself. The book starts with a carjacking, as you can see from the synopsis, but you will not expecting what happens in the rest of the book.

P1070065We follow the characters, meet lost of people and see them interact. Rico, an enforcer, and Paul, a lawyer… Very different characters with different personalities… What could be better than that!? Honestly it was surprising to read about Rico. Because even thought I already know he was a enforcer, I find myself liking him, for some reasons I’m not telling you, because you have to discover and think/feel for yourself.

Rico and Paul form an alliance to try and protect the teenage girl that witness the carjacking. That right there just made things epic. I never read a book like that before, and I just want to read more books. In a way, that was one of the reasons why I didn’t review before, I just don’t want the all experience to end, but I knew the author and my fellow readers deserved to know my thoughts, and I needed to put them on “paper”.

Also… Besides the interactions between the characters and all the suspense, there was something else in this book that made me enjoy it so much. The descriptions!… I’m the kind of girl that loves descriptions and the author made such a vivid picture in my mind that looked like a movie.

It was so much fun, and that’s really what I love in a crime and mystery novel. I love when books make things not only intriguing that I’m trying to figure out all the connections and mysteries, or so into the book that it almost look like a movie that I’m watching at the edge of my seat. And this book had that!

I so recommend this book! I’m not even saying more.


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