The Fifth To Die (4MK Thriller, #2)

From the author of The Fourth Monkey comes the newest thriller from J.D.Barker.

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

Oh my yes! I have been waiting on this since I finished The Fourth Monkey.

Sam is still trying to find Bishop, the 4MK. And people are still being killed. Parents, children, it would seem this killer has no intention of stopping until he is caught.

As Sam sets out to find Bishop’s mother, he sees just how far Bishop’s reach is. And if you thought Bishop was bad, just wait until you try to wrap your head around his parents! These were some seriously disturbed characters. With all of the horror you could ask for. The book is full of twists, subplots and just down right delicious horror!

That ending though! Talk about a cliff hanger. If you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one. But be warned, this is a very descriptive book. And I loved it!

Netgalley/July 10th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

Suicide Club

In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.

Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

Even after reading the book, I don’t know much more than what is in the blurb. I felt the characters were stilted and there wasn’t enough back story on any of them or the time period.

None of the characters were enjoyable or relatable and I could not find a plot, so for me this was a no starter.

Netgalley/HenryHolt July 31,2018


The Battered Body (Supper Club Mysteries Book 5)

Book Five in the harrowing and heartwarming Supper Club Mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams! 

Librarian James Henry and the supper club will have more than enough food for thought trying to count calories and catch a killer . . . 

Back to Quincy Gap! This time with a celebrity chef who definitely is not as sweet as her cakes!

It’s no surprise when she turns up dead and quite a few people aren’t too sad about that. But James and his friends, The Flab Five, are determined to find out who cut the cake lady out of the picture. With not a lot of clues or suspects, the members of the group are really having to work this one. 

And when another body turns up, well, they may be running out of time!

The friendships among this group are so well done. All of the characters are well drawn and are just lovable. Add in some recipes and you have one sweet cozy mystery.

One of my favorites.

Netgalley/Beyond The Page


The Love Letter

With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

A story of four people told across time. Rachel’s stories always make me feel so much. And this one is no different. After I stopped crying it took me a day before I could write a review even!

Dual timelines across generations linking real life with the movies. From the Revolutionary War that divided many families and loves, to the big screen following the story of Esther and Hamilton.

Esther is in love with Hamilton and Hamilton is in love with Esther. But living in upper South Carolina, her father is working for the British. Will Esther have to choose between love and family?

In another time, Chloe is trying to change the direction of her acting career by accepting a role in a Revolutionary War movie being made by Jesse, who has moved to LA to try some acting and screen writing. When he finds a love letter left behind by an ancestor, he writes a screenplay based on the lost love. When Jesse and Chloe meet as she is cast in the role of Esther things begin to happen. That love letter may have a lot more power than one would think.

Rachel is such a wonderful story-teller. She is the only Christian Romance writer that I read.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Netgalley/ June 12, 2018   Thomas Nelson




from the corner of the oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by [Dorey-Stein, Beck]

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world. (Blurb)

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.

As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal.

Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart-broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.

I wanted to read this book because of the behind the scenes look at Obama and what goes on during all of that travel.

While it began strongly, Beck gets caught up in the trap of drinking with and sleeping with her co-workers. I’m not sure how she got anything done as drunk as she always is and not really picky about who she is sleeping with.

We got a few interesting glimpses of Obama and other staff members, but it was all overshadowed by her almost teen-aged angst and sleeping with men already in relationships. It could have been something with some heavy editing.

So no, I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Netgalley/Spiegal and Grau  July 10, 2018


The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.

The fourth in a series, this one is also perfect as a stand alone read. I have been reading more and more Scandi Noir and this one does not disappoint.

It is terrifying. Disturbing. Dark and intense and I loved every horrible minute of it. The pace is fast with very short chapters. The characters are well written and the plot is scary as heck!

The portions in the asylum were gruesome and straight up terrifying. One of the best bad guys ever. Seriously sick. But I personally enjoy that and will be going back and reading the others in the series.

I belong to a crime writers group and had asked for recommendations in the Nordic Noir genre and this was one of the authors that kept coming up. So thanks y’all!

Available for sale or at your library!

AVAILABLE TOMORROW! Happy Book Birthday!

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison] A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime

Social Creature: A Novel by [Burton, Tara Isabella] They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon. 

Visible Empire by [Pittard, Hannah]

An epic novel—based on true events—of love, grief, race, and wealth, charting a single sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged

We Are Gathered by [Weisman, Jamie] Humor and sorrow join together in Jamie Weisman’s captivating debut novel—the story of an interfaith wedding from the perspectives of its (adoring, envious, resentful, hilarious) guests

These are four of the books on my list that are debuting tomorrow. If I could only by one, it would have to be the Literary Tea Party.

What do you have coming out tomorrow?

She Was the Quiet One by Michelle Campbell


She Was the Quiet One: A Novel by [Campbell, Michele]

From the author of It’s Always The Husband comes a new thriller set on a boarding school campus.

With the death of their parents, twins Rose and Bel Enright are sent to live with their father’s mother. Their Grandmother they barely know. The wealthy woman outfits them with the latest clothes and send them off to her old alma mater, The Odell School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire.

At the school they are separated and put in different floors with new roommates. Rose is the smart one. Plain Jane and not at all popular she is just trying to fit in and get along. She loves the school and her advisor Sarah Donovan.

Bel, not know for hard work or studies falls in with an older, popular and vicious crowd. She even turns her anger to Rose. She hates school but loves her advisor, Heath Donovan. See where I’m going with this? The girls couldn’t be more different.

Wanting so badly to be accepted, Bel does anything the older, wealthy and seemingly untouchable girls demand of her. And they are vicious. Even when it comes to her sister, Bel can’t stop.

Mr. Donovan has a secret. He plagiarized a book and got caught. They are lucky to have found this teaching position and to have been named Dorm Heads. But Heath has loftier goals. He has his sights on the Headmaster’s job.

But he has a very dark side, which all of the girls will discover. When there is a murder on campus, questions begin and we see the ugly side of what money can do to a person. But who killed who and who was in on it? The answers will having you pulling your children out of boarding school and questioning a lot of things.

Well Done!

Netgalley/July 31st 2018 by St. Martin’s Press