SLAY IN CHARACTER by LYNN CAHOON

Slay in Character (Cat Latimer Mystery, #4)

A Cat Latimer Mystery #4

Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . . 

This is the fourth book in the Cat Latimer series. Cat and her band of characters are getting better with each book.

This was my favorite so far. There were so many interesting twists and turns and shady people that at one point I wasn’t sure they weren’t all guilty. Even though I had my suspicions early on, the interaction with the writers at the retreat and the underlying stories of Shauna and Seth were so good.

I always wind up learning something from Lynn’s books and that is a big plus for me. Whether it’s a writing tip, a baking or cooking tip or some good historical knowledge about Colorado, it’s just that she goes that little bit of extra to give us the feeling that we know these guys, we like them or hate them, but we know them.

This one is set in a ghost town. A tourist attraction ghost town now but an actual ghost town for a long time, along with some suspicious goings on and unsolved murders of young women. And now another one is found. But is this one a case of mistaken identity?

Just enough mystery and laughter for me! Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO MURDER by J.R.RIPLEY

A Bird Lover’s Mystery #8

Amy and her gaggle of bird loving friends have unexpectedly been invited to participate in the American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. A last-minute invite and a trip with the entire gang, including Esther the Pester. This could be a very bad thing for Amy but a good thing for her shop Birds and Bees.

Things begin going badly as soon as they check in to the motel. Esther is acting oddly even for her. Frank, Karl and Derek must share a room which means Esther and Amy are bunking together. Oh Joy!

Amy manages to insult a famous bird photographer who is also the guest of honor. And Esther is disappearing every few minutes. When she drags Amy into a bathroom where said guest of honor is no longer in the land of the living, Amy is beginning to think she should have run a background check on her tenant a long time ago. Through cemeteries, Zombie Conventions and a whole lot of shady people, this story is the best so far. We found out a lot about Miss Esther and there may be some love in the air as well.

This series is one of my favorites. By now I am so invested in each of these wonderful characters I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 13th 2018 by Lyrical Underground

 

 

 

 

A THOUSAND DOORS, AN ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY J.T.ELLISON

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.

Mia Jensen is not having a good day. Her life hasn’t turned out the way she thought and now she is lying on her kitchen floor, dying. Stabbed by her husband.

But in those moments she is allowed to see her own What if? moment. And to do that Ellison has brought in a group of authors that are nothing short of brilliant! What if she had chosen to be a mother? A politician’s wife? Would she have chosen a different path?

This is one of those pieces of work that come along and leaves you thinking about every life choice you have ever made. And what would you do if you had the chance for a do over?

Each story tells a different path and outcome. I have no idea how all of these authors come together and speak with the same voice. I have never read anything like this and it is just a brilliant idea and body of work. And yes I’ve used the word brilliant more than once. I find myself wandering around my house thinking, ” That was bloody brilliant!” and this is not something I normally do. I’m jaded. I’ve read it all. Except this.

Very Well Done All Of You!

Netgalley/ November 5th 2018 by Two Tales Press

RED HARVEST by PATRICK GREENE

Red Harvest (The Haunted Hollow Chronicles)

Ember Hollow takes Halloween to a whole other level! Parades, music, and this year something even more sinister.

The premise of this book was good. The execution was not. I spent most of the book filling in missing words and trying to decide who was speaking. I almost gave up half-way in because it was more work than pleasure.

I would have liked more background on the characters. Unfortunately this was more of a guess what the next word could/should be.

  • An update on this. Most of the errors have been fixed in the second download, but the plot just needed more. There still wasn’t enough backstory before we are thrown into bedlam.

Netgalley/ September 4th 2018 by Lyrical Underground

 

 

 

 

Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1)

A Hester Thursby Mystery

Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.

Harvard Librarian Hester Thursby is sidelined when her boyfriend’s sister Daphne, leaves her 3-year-old daughter on their doorstep and disappears. Hester has no idea what to do with a toddler and doesn’t think this is something she would want to do full-time.

Her specialty is finding people. And an unexpected call from a woman in New Hampshire has her intrigued. With nothing but a name, Sam Blaine and his friend Gabe, along with a stack of postcards that seem to make no sense at all.

Hester has no problem popping little Kate in the car and trying to figure out where Sam and his friend are based on the postcards. It takes her just a few days to find them and make contact. But why are they so threatened by her? And why do they keep changing their names?

Sam was a very charismatic character and Gabe follows his instructions to the letter, he is so afraid of being alone. But when Sam finds out that his sister has hired Hester just to find him, he decides that Hester is a threat to his life of scamming rich people and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, but for the first time Gabe just may stand up to Sam for Hester.

This was a story of really awful child sexual abuse and the events that were set in motion one late night years ago and that only  now are coming to light.

Sam had sociopath written all over him and Gabe is just so emotionally damaged it was sad. The sister, Lila, is no angel either.

Hester is a tiny package of dynamite! She may be impulsive and brave but now she has a child and it has definitely changed her outlook after she and Kate almost lose their lives.

Good Job, Mr. Hill!

Netgalley/ Kensington August 28, 2018

The Lucifer Chord by F.G.Cottam

The Lucifer Chord

Ruthie Gillespie’s efforts to find out the truth about a mysterious missing rock star lead her on a terrifying journey into the past. 

Researcher Ruthie Gillespie has undertaken a commission to write an essay on Martin Mear, lead singer and guitarist with Ghost Legion, the biggest, most decadent rock band on the planet, before he disappeared without trace in 1975. Her mission is to separate man from myth – but it’s proving difficult, as a series of increasingly disturbing and macabre incidents threatens to derail Ruthie’s efforts to uncover the truth about the mysterious rock star.

Just what did happen to Martin Mear back in 1975? Is he really set to return from the dead, as the band’s die-hard fans, the Legionaries, believe? It’s when Ruthie’s enquiries lead her to the derelict mansion on the Isle of Wight where Martin wrote the band’s breakthrough album that events take a truly terrifying turn …

It is so nice to have Ruthie and company back for a visit. Ruthie has been commissioned to do an essay on Martin Mear and his band, Ghost Legion, as part of a new boxed set and a tour of his music and memorabilia. But something isn’t right about any of this, she discovers as supernatural events force a medium to run for her life and more me she knows to end up dead.

Ruthie is no stranger to the supernatural or the occult forces in the world. She has come up against them before and lived to tell the tale, but will the third time be her last?

Ruthie is one of my favorite characters and I hope we will see more of her! Cottam’s writing draws you into the story and the characters and before you know it you are almost finished, so you slow down to make it last and still end up hurtling towards the end to find out what happens! As a great coincidence I had a text from a friend who is at this minute on the Isle of Wight so this seemed a sign of sorts, but by then I had devoured the entire book!

If you like secret societies, the occult, fact with fiction mixed in and a spooky setting,then you should read the books before this one as well.

Netgalley/SevernHouse September 01, 2018

F.G. Cottam

Reading is a cheap and totally effective way of being transported to another world. The same is true of writing. Mundane concerns only afflict your characters if you decide you want them to.
University was where I first thought seriously about fiction; hearing about Hemingway’s iceberg theory and Eliot’s objective correlative and having the luxury of time to ponder on the mechanics of the novel.
My first writing was journalism and pieces for I-D, Arena and The Face brought me to the attention of mainstream magazine publishers. In the ’90’s I edited FHM when it still majored on sport and fashion rather than Hollyoaks starlets and weather girls. Then I launch-edited the UK edition of Men’s Health magazine and then came to the conclusion that if I didn’t try to write some fiction it was never going to happen.
I read all kinds of fiction, but write stories with a paranormal element I think really because history fascinates me and ghosts allow the past to resonate shockingly, scarily and I hope convincingly, into the present.
I got off to an encouraging start but have suffered a few disappointments since then. I wouldn’t in honesty want to do anything else, though. If I write a terrible novel it’s my fault entirely. If I write a good novel, it’s entirely my achievement.