A Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11
Our favorite Geek, Lexi Carmichael is back along with her new fiancée, Slash, who has put a huge rock on her finger. Yes, she is engaged. And before you can say Congratulations, Slash is gone and Lexi is frustrated.
Feeling left out and worried she takes her hacking skills to the next level and finds out she may not know Slash and his past at all. She has questions. And she will stand by her man and fight the people threatening their lives with all she has. Typical Lexi.
From The Vatican, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and back again, this fast-paced novel has everything a good thriller should have. Conspiracy theories, the Catholic Church, a rogue and power-hungry priest who will let nothing stand in his way of becoming the next Pope. Only the current one has his own plans and his own secret weapon in Slash.
This was a non-stop action mystery thriller! Every other chapter I was saying, “What???” which is a good thing. These two may be my favorite book couple.
Netgalley/ January 14th 2019 by Carina Press
Susannah and Max, along with her son are living the dream in a Vermont university town. Max is a well-known ‘artist’ and has secured a position at the university while Susannah is a stay at home mom to a her teen son. She has a lot of very odd behaviors.
They seem perfectly matched and are still in love and passionate. Life is good. Until it isn’t. Finding notes on their front door with cryptic messages has them both shaken. For Max the notes could destroy his career and his marriage. Max has secrets. Lots of secrets.
When the person Max suspected of leaving the notes turns up dead, Susannah tries to run with her son, but her son it turns out is not on her side. Why? Because she has secrets too. And someone knows them. And only when they come out will we find out who the perfect liar is.
The story was told from both points of view as well as past and present. The premise of the story was good. It was a twisty, nasty tale! But I didn’t know or understand the characters well enough to care if any of them got caught or disappeared. They just had no depth to any of them.
Give it a read and see what you think.
Netgalley/ January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
This is Book 10 in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series
Alison is running the guesthouse having made it clear she is no longer assisting Paul Harrison, in any more murder investigations. Paul is her resident ghost detective.
But when a simple excavation in her backyard to help shore up the beach uncovers an old Lincoln Continental with a dead passenger.
Alison’s backyard may be off-limits but she is still hosting guests and trying to repair the bullet damage done to her beam in the kitchen when the crew finds a treasure. Now her kitchen is a crime scene. Things are quickly getting out of hand and it doesn’t help that now Maxie wants to redecorate the room.
Even Josh is getting in on the investigating having learned how to text to speak to Paul.
It doesn’t take long for Alison to put her detective hat back on. But this one may be too much for her, even with her resident ghosts.
These ghosts make the series. They are always evolving and now Maxie is determined to start designing again. And a ghost puppy? Who could resist this colorful and funny group of characters. All living together under one roof. You can read it alone but I warn you you’ll go back and read the rest. I am very fond of the way the writer tells the story. It’s not traditional, more conversational. Very nice.
Netgalley/Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Introducing thief-taker Simon Westow in the first in a new historical mystery series set in Regency Leeds.
This story begins with our main character Simon Westow giving testimony in the investigation into child labor and poor houses. It’s 1820 in Leeds. A dark and dangerous time. Simon may have started life in brutal conditions of a poor house, but he is a self-made man now with a wife and children and a home of his own.
He is also a thief-taker. I had to look that one up. What Simon does is returns stolen items to their rightful owner for a fee.
When one of Leeds businessman comes to him for help in returning his daughter Simon isn’t quite sure, but the money is good. Soon he and his helper Jane are trying to find the girl and wondering if this is all tied in with something else. Something more sinister.
Someone is watching them. Someone who shouldn’t even be here. And as the bodies pile up the danger for Simon, his family and the intriguing Jane increases. This is personal. Someone wants revenge. Someone wants Simon dead.
Nothing I like better than a good historical mystery! Especially in the Regency period. I’m happy to have gotten in on the first book because the ending left me wanting more.
Netgalley/ January 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers
Reverend Mother Mystery #6
A rare shopping trip for the Reverend Mother ends in brutal murder in this absorbing historical mystery.
While the castle is no longer a castle, it is still in use. As a very low-end department store in Cork. The goods are shabby at best and the place itself is in deplorable condition. It is not a place we would normally find our good Reverend Mother. And yet due to a recent flood she is offered whatever she would like from the damaged goods. With money always in short supply she ventures out to the old place.
In all these years she has had no reason to go there and very little has changed since she has been there. With an apprentice who was a former student carrying her basket she sets about finding what she can for the girls at school and the other nuns.
At about the same time she smells gas, the owner comes out of his office and falls to his death at her feet. Putting her right in the thick of what looks like murder.
All of our favorite characters are here. Eileen, Patrick and the good Doctor, who is acting rather odd and solicitous to the man’s wife. Mr. Fitzwilliams was not a popular man, even within his own family, but could someone have finally had enough of him?
I enjoyed this one. I have enjoyed them all. The Reverend Mother is a wonderful character and this series keeps getting better.
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/Severn House January 01,2019
From the author of The Thirteenth Tale comes this offering from Setterfield.
In a small village on the Thames folks gather at the local pub to tell stories. And what storytellers they are. As they are warming themselves and having a drink or two the doors burst open and a monstrous looking fellow with a drowned child in his arms falls into the room.
The little girl is obviously dead. The poor man has had some type of accident leaving his face banged up and his eyes swollen. As nurse Rita tends to his wounds and leaves him to rest she checks on the child.
After hours, the little girl is obviously dead. No pulse. No breath. Until suddenly she breathes. And is alive. Or is she?
There is so much wonderful folklore and storytelling going on in this tale!
Storytelling is a gift. And this was a really good one. Part fable, part fantasy and pure enjoyment from beginning to end!
Netgalley/ December 4th 2018 by Atria/Simon and Schuster
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