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Book Review: Officer Elvis

Author: Gary Cusik Publisher: Alibi, April 2015 Genre: Mystery Tommy Reylander is a police officer, but in his spare time he loves performing as — Elvis! Yes, this part-time job gives him great pleasure. But alas, one night, after performing for a group of senior citizens, he is killed. The detective assigned to the case […]

Book Review and Tour: The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

Greg Iles fans: Good News! The Bone Tree begins exactly where Natchez Burning left off. That’s a big hoo-ray! The first book in this series was so intense that it was very difficult to wait this long for the second book. But, finally, it is now here. The Bone Tree is just as good as […]

Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

Book Review: Kill Shot by Nicole Christoff

Published by Alibi, March 17, 2015 Jamie Sinclair is 38, single, the owner of her own security firm, and the daughter of a very powerful senator. The senator is not the best of fathers but, when he asks her to do him a favor, she just says yes. What the senator wants is for Jamie […]

A Tour Book: A Dangerous Place

Author: Jacqueline Winspear Publisher: Harpers, March 17, 2015 Genre: Historical Mystery I’m not sure why I have never read any of the books in the Maisie Dobbs series before, but here I am with the eleventh book. Several of my reading friends have told me I really should give the books a try. I know […]

Book Review: In Flames: A Thriller

Author: Richard Hilary Weber Publisher: Alibi, February 2015 Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle e-reader Dan Shedrick has just graduated from Princeton with a degree in architecture. The economy is so bad that he can’t find a decent paying job in his field. It seems his only option is a job on San Inigo, an island in […]

Book Review: Ryder: American Treasure by Nick Pengelley

Author Nick Pengelley has created a set of very smart mysteries. I’m telling you this right up front because I want you to pay attention. I say smart because these Ayesha Ryder mysteries will make various parts of your brain hum. And — they are new so I want you to read them now before […]

Book Review and Tour: The Language of Hoffbeats

. Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Jackie and Paula, a same-sex couple have three foster children – two teenagers, Star and Mando, and a young boy, Quinn, who they have adopted. The five of them, along with numerous cats and dogs, move to a small town. An unconventional family moving to a […]

Book Review: Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray

Publisher: Barking Rain Press April, 2014 Denying the past proves deadly for BK Hartshaw and Trevor Mayhew in this gripping noir novel where nothing is as it seems. BK is a rising star at a public relations firm, and tonight’s charity ball should be a high point in her career. But a closely guarded secret […]

Book Review: Certainty by Victor Bevine

 Published by Lake Union Publising, October 21, 2014 I read Certainty as part of a TLC Book tour. I read the following summary of the book and knew I had to read it and participate in the tour: Inspired by the scandalous true story that shocked a nation at the close of WWI. With America’s entry into […]