Another Kathy Ryan Novel!
Kathy is back and this time she is sent to evaluate the strange behavior of an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Henry, the patient/inmate believes he can open doors to another dimension. A dimension of dark and evil things called Tulpas.
Kathy knows how serious this is. Some of the people she works for would love to have the ability that Henry has. To use as a weapon. She believes that Henry has not only created these things but has unleashed them already. Henry had a lot of reasons to want to crawl into his head and let the Tulpas handle the bad stuff, but now that they have had a taste of freedom and know what they are capable of, they want to be real. In any shape or form and they are deadly.
Kathy will have to work with the only person she knows who is an occult expert. Her brother. Oh, and yes he lives next to Henry in the Insane Asylum.
This was a fast-paced, edge of your seat, bite your fingernails down to nothing thrill ride of gore! And as soon as it was over I wanted more.
NetGalley/ May 7th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Set in the 50’s in the French Quarter, the Fayette sisters have never lived anywhere else. While their parents come off as aloof and not very parental. The youngest sister, 13-year-old Bonavere or Bonnie is very close to both of her sisters, especially Connie.
There are hints of insanity in the family and this being New Orleans, anything is possible. Ghosts, voodoo, swamps and crazy eyed girls found lost in the woods. When Connie asks Bonnie to hold on to a special necklace for her, it is the last time anyone sees her. While no one seems overly concerned, Bonnie is determined to find out what happened to her sister.
Racism was going strong and it helped no one that Bonnie’s best friend, Saul is black. When Bonnie asks for his help he can’t say no. Even if it means putting his own family in danger. The police aren’t helping and the adults aren’t helping so off they go to the swamp for answers.
The descriptions of the city were spot on. As was the racism. It seemed unfinished however. There were things that happened with other characters but little information on their motives and parts of it at the end didn’t seem believable.
NetGalley/May 1st 2019 by Guernica Editions
A multi-generational ghost story?? Yes, please!
The chills started early in this wickedly clever ghost story. The woods of Vermont are where Helen and Nate have decided to build their dream home. Leaving behind their teaching positions in Connecticut and taking a giant leap of faith in their own abilities and knowledge. Helen’s father was in building and she is no stranger to building sites. There is even an abandoned trailer on the property next to a bog where they can live while they build a home.
But not everyone wants them there. The last woman who built her home here was hung as a witch and her daughter never found. As a history teacher, Helen is intrigued and soon obsessed with Hattie Breckenridge and her story. And when she begins scouting supplies for their home, she finds a beam made from the tree they hung Hattie from and brings it home. Along with Hattie. And she needs help. But will helping her endanger Helen and Nate?
Is Hattie’s family cursed to all die violent deaths? Maybe a twelve-year-old girl holds the key to this mystery or maybe she will be the next to die.
This author never disappoints me. I was prepared to be scared out of my mind by the cover. And I was not disappointed. I also will not be taking walks in the woods anytime soon!
Netgalley/April 30th 2019 by Doubleday
A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery
Maddie is back with her paranormal museum getting ready for the town’s Wine and Chocolate Days. She has a brand new haunted Mexican chocolate whisk called a molinillo and if you tell a lie, it rattles! Along with her Magic of Chocolate exhibit and lot of chocolate from the new artisanal chocolate shop,she’s hoping things go well.
With Adele all a twitter over wedding plans, Maddie gives her one less thing to worry about by picking up their joint chocolate order. She finds the shop empty and one of the owners dead,covered in chocolate!
While hunky boyfriend Jason is off this case Maddie will have to hope Laurell won’t lock her up just for being on the scene! And of course she is going to do what she does best. Investigate. It’s just a hobby. Until someone tries drowning her, and not in chocolate!
Everyone at the chocolate company was sketchy so there were plenty of people to be suspicious of but Maddie needs a motive to find the killer before more bodies are found. And by the way her molinillo is rattling lies are plentiful.
I love the characters in this series. They are fun and quirky and just very relatable! And this one was extra good because of the chocolate and the fact I learned what a molinillo was!
Smart, quirky, and just plain fun is what this series is!
Netgalley/March 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
It begins, they say, with a woman screaming…
Zoe Adams has Scottish roots, so when she needs some time apart from her husband she heads to a remote island in Scotland. Responding to an advert for a recently restored Victorian on the beach. No cell service or internet is just the thing to help her reignite her passion. Painting landscapes.
An island so small there isn’t even a real policeman. The McBride house stands alone against the forces of nature and man. A beautiful place in a beautiful setting. The owner and his family operate the pub and live above it, which Zoe is curious about. Such a gorgeous place, why wouldn’t you live in it?
The people of the island are not exactly welcoming and Zoe knows they are hiding something from her and her first night in the house she finds out firsthand what that might be. The house may look shiny and new but it has a dark and dangerous past. One full of ancient practices, buried bodies, ghosts and murders. Stories of a widow and her son dying there and most recently a boy disappearing there. But Zoe thinks the bad guys are very human. But can she figure it all out before she becomes one of the horror stories?
This book had it all. Horror, Thriller, Ghost Story, Gothic, Mystery and more. And that is all I’m telling you. I started it and finished it in one day. This is not your average haunted house, it comes with some special benefits that had me reading some chapters again just to be sure I understood what was going on! And that is good! The ending was perfect for this tale and I’m sure I will read it again.
Netgalley/ Pegasus Books March 05, 2019
A Lighthouse Mystery #5
Back in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson, our resident library dweller and worker, is trying to keep her cousin Josie calm and plan Josie’s wedding to Jake.
Everyone loves Josie and her Cozy Bakery and also her fiance’ who is a chef with his own restaurant. They know they want simple and small. But there is still a dress to buy, flowers to arrange and showers to host.
To everyone’s horror, the New Orleans branch of Josie’s family shows up and apparently left their manners at home. Between Grandma Gloria pushing everyone around and insisting on changing every detail of the wedding, as well as aunts and cousins who are more interested in making a buck off the affair. They truly were a horrible lot.
When one of the more obnoxious cousins ends up dead at the bridal shower, even the cousins are pointing fingers at Josie! Lucy of course is diving right into this case to save her friends reputation, at the same time that the lighthouse seems to be about to crumble down.
You need a few things for a really fine cozy mystery and no matter what name she is writing under, this author has a knack for creating characters that are relateable to most of us. The location? Well a lighthouse library! In the Outer Banks? There should be a murder, but not too gory, and more than a few sketchy characters to keep you guessing. This one hit every mark as usual!
Netgalley/ March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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A Blue Ridge Mystery #4
Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.
Library Director Amy Webber is back with another mystery to solve.
It’s Spring in Taylorsford and Amy is helping local students and their professor research the local folklore.
First up a bonfire with a gifted storyteller. There have long been talk of bobbing lights and fairies, missing gold and missing girls. When one of the girls at the bonfire disappears, things get a bit tense.
Mountain people aren’t know for their openness and the good professor has been poking in some very sensitive areas that some residents want to keep closed forever.
Even Amy’s boyfriend, Richard becomes a suspect for a minute. Not to mention her ex Charles is living with his newest girlfriend in the same town.
Amy stumbles on a clue cleaning up after the researchers and is determined to see this through and have it all cleared up before the Mayor’s May Dance celebration. But everyone is acting squirrelly and when the missing girl turns up beside a dead body and a severe head injury that turns into a coma, the killer starts making mistakes.
Will Amy be able to live through this one?
I love how these books have grown. The characters are hitting their strides and I really enjoyed this one!
Netgalley/February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books