THE LIES WE TELL BY DEBRA WEBB

The Lies We Tell (The Undertaker's Daughter #2)

THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER #2  Sometimes the truth will get you killed.

The first book in this series is a novella titled ” The Undertaker’s Daughter”, followed by ” The Secrets We Bury”. Both books are important to the third.

Dr. Rowan Dupont knows death. Living above her family funeral home she shared her home with it. She knew how to embalm a body before most of us had kissed a boy.

Her story begins as she is working with the Nashville police as a psychiatric consultant. She has a nose for killers and in return, they are very interested in her. But when she fails to recognize that someone very close to her is one, she runs home to Winchester, Tennessee. She is still haunted by dreams of her twin sister’s death, her mother’s suicide and the serial killer who followed her home.

Along with her life long pal Chief Billy, who I love, she is trying her best to stay out of the crosshairs of Julian Addington, a prolific serial killer who wants her more than anything. But why? When a body comes into the funeral home with a tattoo of her mother’s name on his back, Rowan knows this means something, she just isn’t sure what. Then the body disappears and the Feds are back to following her around.

This is the main story. Rowan’s fight to find the truth about her sister’s death and her mother’s suicide. Her mothers’ journals are cryptic and full of death. Was she obsessed with serial killers or was she one herself?  As the bodies continue to stack up, nothing makes any sense. And of course, it doesn’t because there is another story inside of the main one.

I would suggest you read the first two books first. Just so you know who all of the players are.  I absolutely love this series and Rowan and Billy need to quit dancing around each other and get together. IMHO.

Very Well Done!

NetGalley/Expected publication: September 17th, 2019 by MIRA

Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

Buried in the Stacks (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #3)

A Haunted Library Mystery #3

Carrie and Smokey Joe are back for another adventure in the Haunted Library. And their resident ghost, Evelyn, isn’t the only one taking refuge in the library. The homeless population has grown in their small town and many are using the library to stay warm during the day. Good people who through no fault of their own are now homeless.

Carrie gets involved with a group trying to establish a daytime place for the homeless. Haven House sounds like a wonderful place with help in all areas of their lives. But from the beginning, there is gossip that the place will be used as a gambling house at night. That the buyers are shady and the entire deal sketchy.

When Dorothy has a slip on some black ice, Carrie, as the newly appointed Sunshine Delegate for the library, goes to visit her in the hospital where a drugged up Dorothy tells her that her own husband is trying to kill her and may have killed her Aunt Evelyn.

Dorothy is not a well-liked person. If you have read the first two books, you already know that. And while Carrie doesn’t want to get involved, she can’t say no to Evelyn.

Carrie has really grown as a character and I am quite impressed by this cast of interesting people. And what is better than a library? A haunted library!

Well Done!

NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD by J.D.Barker

The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3)

A 4MK Thriller

In this last of the 4MK thriller trilogy, Barker ramps up the suspense and twists better than Houdini!

If you haven’t read the first two books, I would suggest you read them. Reading Barker is like trying to solve a Rubick’s Cube blindfolded.

Poor Sam is coming undone. He’s having lapses in his memory. He’s obsessed with the man who killed his wife. Only now Bishop is turning himself in and telling an elaborate tale putting the blame squarely on Sam. It looks convincing to everyone, including his bosses.

With a hospital full of people with a mystery illness that Bishop says is SARS, with Sam and Bishop, accounted for people are still dying. There is no way Bishop is running this alone.

As the FBI and local Metro team up, you really can’t believe a single person in this book. Everyone has dirty little secrets and someone is out to even the score for the awful things that happened in childhood.

This has been one of my favorite horror reads. Gory, full of morally bankrupt adults and torture, I did not do anything until I was finished. And that ending was perfect for the trilogy. I loved every twisty, gory moment!

Job well done!  What’s Next???

NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Hampton Creek Press

 

 

 

THE LONG CALL by ANN CLEEVES

The Long Call (Two Rivers, #1)

(Two Rivers, #1)

Blurb:

For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

My Take:

Ann Cleeves is a favorite of mine. I love the Vera and Shetland series! And I can tell this one is going to be good.

The story opens with Detective Matthew Venn standing outside of a chapel where his father’s funeral is taking place. He doesn’t go in. He would not be welcome. He left the Brethren and married his love, Jonothan.

As he is leaving he receives word of a body found on a nearby beach. A man no one knows has been stabbed. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck of an albatross.

The more Matthews team investigates, the more frustrated they become. Someone is lying and when girls from the Woodyard Day Centre for people with special needs start to go missing, Matthew is afraid he will have to hand over the case as his husband runs Woodyard.

He is also about to have his past return with a shocking twist!

I really enjoyed all of the little subplots in this story. The subject matter was handled so well. I look forward to more of this series!

NetGalley/September 3rd, 2019 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER by AMY PATRICIA MEADE

The Garden Club Murder

A Tish Tarragon Mystery Book Two

Tish and friends are back at Cookin’ The Books Cafe’ and Catering. This time Tish has been hired to cater an awards luncheon with an English Secret Garden theme at the annual garden club awards ceremony.

Jules is helping out and wishing he could live in the Coleton Creeks over sixty community with all of its amenities and lovely ladies fawning all over him. But it’s all business this time. As Tish tours the gardens for a bit of inspiration she instead finds a dead body. The body of a retired insurance salesman who has been the winner of the last five best garden awards. Add to that his womanizing, his harassment of women and downright hatefulness and you have a lot of motives.

Tish isn’t getting involved. Right. But this time her other bestie, Mary Jo, is going through her own crisis and isn’t much help in the sleuthing department. Tish doesn’t even really have to work that hard at this one. People are coming out of the woodwork at this community with gossip, motives and a What??? at the end. My, the things that go on in the retirement community. Who knew life after 60 could be so interesting!?

I love this new series. The characters are so well done and so likable that you can’t help but fall in love with them. This is a smart, well written new series that I can not wait to see more of!

NetGalley Reviews/ September 1st, 2019 by Severn House Publishers

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARK IF IT’S MURDER by V.M.BURNS

Bark If It’s Murder (Dog Club Mystery #3)

Dog Club Mystery #2

Lilly Echosby and her baby, toy poodle Aggie, are settling down and maybe even buying a house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She loves working as a CPA at a small museum.

Helping out a friend at the dog show Lilly meets the owner of Posh Pet Haven.
This upscale puppy boarding and daycare with better amenities than Lilly’s hotel!

When she is invited by her boss at the last minute to attend an art auction in Atlanta, she jumps at the chance. And she has the perfect place to leave her baby, Aggie. With puppy cams in all rooms, she can check in on her baby anytime.

The first night she pulls up the feed and watches as a man strangles a woman in the outdoor area. Only when the police arrive there is not a body to be found.

Is Lilly seeing things? And where is the lovely owner of the posh pet hotel? Although the police don’t see a crime, Lilly does and with the help of her friends, she is diving headfirst into this mystery!

These are such fun and smart characters! I can not wait to find out what happens next with Lilly and Aggie.

NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Lyrical Press

 

 

 

 

And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery

A Little Library Mystery #4

Little Person author Zoe Zola believes that one of the unluckiest things in life is to receive an invitation—in the form of a letter edged in black—to an Agatha Christie symposium at an old Upper Peninsula hunting lodge. Her reluctance dissipates when she learns that the organizer is named Emily Brent—the name of a character poisoned by cyanide in Christie’s And Then There Were None.

As much as I love the idea of this type of story, it was difficult to get through. There wasn’t a single character that I liked or thought believable.

The ending was very quick and unsatisfying.

NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books  August 13th, 2019