Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…
It’s 1991 and Heather, her best friend Becca and their two other friends are obsessed with serial killers, and all things macabre.
Becca is the storyteller of the group and comes up with some seriously scary tales. But the one keeps coming back. The Red Lady. Once a witch murdered by her own town while not one of her friends speaks up for her. Revenge quickly follows with the entire town dying.
Becca believes the story and even makes a believer out of Rachel and Gia, the other girls in the Dead Girls Club. But Heather is sure there is no such thing. Until something happens and she begins to doubt herself and Becca.
With Becca believing all she needs is her best friends help her to prove the Red Lady is real, Heather swears to help her. And then Becca is dead and Heather will never be the same.
Fast forward 30 years and strange things are happening. Heather is sure she is being followed. When half of a BFF necklace shows up in the mail, Heather is sure of one thing. Someone knows what she did. Someone knows she killed her best friend and now they are coming for her.
This was a ghost story in the best way! A group of young girls, obsessed with Stephen King and Ted Bundy equally, mess with magic and a long-dead witch when the real horror is much closer and alive than they know.
I love a good ghost tale! And this one I read in 3 hours even eating dinner while reading. I had to know what was real and what wasn’t. And I never saw that ending coming at all! I suspected everyone and all for good reasons, but wow, that ending!
NetGalley/December 10th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Tourist Trap Mystery #11
Fall has come to South Cove, the lovely town that is home to Coffee, Books, and More, owned by our coffee making, crime-solving Jill Gardner.
While we are all still reeling from Aunt Jackie’s abrupt break up with the man who worships her. Aunt Jackie isn’t talking about it. She is, however, acting very odd!
Love is in the air all over South Cove and Amy has Jill helping her with her wedding. The mayor is doing his best to get information on Greg running for mayor this year and is being very persistent.
When Jill hosts a talk at the shop on elder abuse, given by Paula, from the Senior Project, she isn’t really listening. But when she finds out Aunt Jackie is receiving strange phone calls from a man claiming to be her dead husband, Jill is suspicious. Is he a con man?
While Jill chases down leads on the mystery man, Greg is busy with murder. Paula’s boyfriend is dead, and she is looking good for murder. But Jill doesn’t believe it. Proving it may get her killed!
I have been with this series since the beginning. Jill has grown into a confident and strong woman. That is one thing I love about Lynn’s books, you can see the growth in each character and that is a hard thing to do.
This author has proven once again that she is one of the best in the Cozy Genre.
NetGalley/ November 12th, 2019 by Lyrical Underground
The Edisto Island Mysteries #6
Police Chief Callie Morgan is back with another mystery to solve. It’s almost Christmas and Callie is busy getting ready for her son to come home and making sure the Island is safe. The tourists have gone home and things are pretty quiet with just the residents and a few families coming in for a holiday at the beach.
It’s also Callie’s birthday and her surprise party is just that! A surprise party at the new restaurant in town whose owner is quite hunky and mysterious and her former boss and friend, Stan isn’t filling her in on anything. Before she can even enjoy her own party, a body is found on a plot owned by local pain in the bum, Brice! And the dead man is Ben, his attorney and Callie’s kind of step-dad.
When renters begin reporting thefts of Christmas gifts, the town seems to want to ignore it. Turns out it is kind of a tradition. Edisto Santa, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. And when Callie demands the gifts be returned, she is suddenly the bad guy.
So what do the thefts and a dead man have in common? You will never guess!
I love this series. Mainly because my Momma is from Charleston and was born in Walterboro and my family still has property on Edisto. But the writing is so good. From the first page, we kick into high gear and never let up! There is no page after page of backstory, just my need to know who this Santa fellow is!!!
NetGalley/BellBooks October 21, 2019
We’ve made it to the halfway point! Wednesday. What is on everyone’s NetGalley radar?
This week I am reading a good mix of genres.
A Farm – to – Fork Novella from Lynn Cahoon. I love her novellas and updates on this series!
Some very good Historical Fiction from M.J. Rose
Have to toss some serious stuff in there as well. Rachel Maddow is my girl crush!
And of course, we can’t leave out the twisty, spooky, thriller by Erica Spindler.
This is what I’m reading this week, how about you?
Lighthouse Library Mystery #6
When we last left Lucy and The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, Lucy and Bertie were thinking of ways to raise money to repair the foundation. Now the work is not far from completion. The Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Quite apt with the huge equipment digging all around the library and way down.
Things are humming along when the foreman comes running in demanding Bertie and Lucy follow him to the dig site. They have found something and no one is touching it until they see it. Buried treasure? Civil War relics? They find a box. Inside, a small diary with nothing inside but the tides and the weather for each day. Oh! And 2 pages that have fallen out. One is a marked map with numbers on it and one sheet looks like something written in code.
Everyone from Louise Jane to Diane and Curtis are fighting to see the papers and Bertie is even fending off the other historians who are planning a Settler’s Day soon on the grounds. One in particular. One who wants what he wants now. And when he is found dead in Bertie’s office and the map and coded paper are missing, everyone is intent on cracking the code and finding treasure.
There was a really nice subplot concerning The Freedman’s Colony and the new development the city is fighting. I really enjoyed the history lesson.
Lucy tried so hard not to stick her pert little nose in things but we all know her better than that. But this time she may end up on the wrong side of history! Unless her arch-nemesis can save the day!
I love this series. A lighthouse and a library? And Charles the library cat? Cuteness overload.
NetGalley/ October 8th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Kate Hamilton Mystery #2
Kate Hamilton is back in the UK. This time our intrepid antique dealer from America is here to visit her daughter, the headstrong Christine, where she is serving an internship at Finchley Hall located in Long Barston.
With an empty room in the converted stables, Kate is happy to be here spending time with her daughter and with her boyfriend, DI Tom Mallory, whom we met in the first mystery.
Touring the rather neglected home and grounds, they find a young woman’s body at the edge of the lake. Dead. And this isn’t the first time a body has been found there. This particular body, however, is heading up the enormous task of inventorying the large collections that have been part of the family for generations. Including the rare ruby ring.
An odd household, to be sure, Mugg, the butler/everything else and one cook/maid/housekeeper, along with Lady Barbara. Elderly and with very poor vision, she depends on Mugg for everything.
There were several other plotlines and the bodies are still falling, when Kate’s own daughter is hauled into the station and questioned about the latest one.
I really don’t want to spoil any of the fun in this book. The characters are great fun and I can’t wait for Kate to be back in the UK!
Netgalley/ October 8th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Elm Hollow Academy is an all-girls school in a boring town by the coast with a rather dark past. Witch trials in the 17th century and one supposedly hung from a tree on campus. Theories abound about the school and the odd things that happen there.
Violet is sixteen and has already had her fair share of tragedy and loss. She is that character on the fringe. Even she isn’t sure she belongs here. Or anywhere.
The talk of the school when Violet arrives is the mysterious disappearance of Emily Frost. Said disappearance means there is an opening in a study group with their instructor, Annabelle. Mysterious Annabelle. She teaches the girls about the Furies and how they took revenge on the men who wronged them.
Only these girls aren’t taking notes, they are taking action and Violet is drawn into something deadly and it could get her killed. Not knowing who to trust, she trusts herself.
There are plenty of books dealing with angst-ridden teenaged girls at schools. This had less to do with popularity and boys and more to do with witchcraft.
It was really wordy and the middle got a bit old quickly. The end was unexpected and rather disappointing I thought.
NetGalley/ October 8th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press