THE INVITED BY JENNIFER McMAHON

The Invited

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!

Well Done!

Netgalley/April 30th 2019 by Doubleday

 

 

 

 

Bones Behind the Wheel by E.J. Copperman

Bones Behind the Wheel: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

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

THE LUCIFER CHORD BY Francis Cottam is out NOW!

The Lucifer Chord by F.G. Cottam

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

Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart

A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel

Ghost Times Two (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel) by [Hart, Carolyn]

Bailey Ruth Raeburn, is dead. As an Emissary with the Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, a job that requires she visit earth to help people in trouble.

This time the trouble is James/Jimmy. A  young, cocky former newspaper reporter who was also deeply in love with Megan, a young and upcoming attorney in a law firm that she can’t wait to leave. And speaking of leaving, her late boyfriend Jimmy is not leaving.

Bailey’s mission is to get Jimmy to climb those golden stairs to heaven and leave the living alone.But Jimmy is stubborn and when one of the law firm partners is found dead, with Megan on the scene and covered in blood, Jimmy refuses to leave until Megan is cleared and safe.

Wiggins, Bailey’s boss, is a lovely fellow who just wants her to follow the precepts laid out and get the job done. He also knows that sometimes Bailey Ruth has to break a few rules to get the job done. In this case, help Megan and Jimmy solve this case.

Bailey Ruth and her adventures are pure enjoyment. She loves coming back to her old haunts and has even made some new friends who can hear and see her.

Paranormal Cosy Mystery and very likable characters make this a quick and fun read!

Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Heartborn

Book Blurb:

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

Review

The book blurb tells you quite a bit about the story to come. This YA/Fantasy book by Terry Maggert is without a doubt the best YA book I have read. Just when I had resolved never to read YA books, due to the usual triangle of odd boyfriend/girlfriend and some type of paranormal activity, Mr. Maggert gave me Heartborn.

In case any of you are wondering what a good YA book looks like, this is it. The story is fresh and full of characters that are interesting and that I wanted to know more about. There are surprises around every corner! The writing is so fluid and easy to read that before you know it you are at the end.

A book about love, sacrifice, and family in this world and the one above.

On Earth, Livvy was born with half of a heart. Above, her guardian angel, Keiron, is about to have his wings cut off and get tossed below by his own brother. He has a mission and Livvy is it.

While his family above is getting ready to defend themselves for allowing Keiron to leave, Keiron and Livvy enter a relationship that will change both of their lives forever. Will he save her? Is anyone and anything what Livvy thought? You will just have to read it and see!

This book was hard to review. Really all I wanted to say was ” You have got to read this book!”  Release Date is September 1, 2016

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

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On My List For October

New book releases are plentiful this Fall. Here are the ones I’ll be reading. Take a peek and see if one of your favorite authors is here!

The Orphan Mother: A Novel by [Hicks, Robert] An epic account of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock–the “Widow of the South”–has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah–no stranger to loss–finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people–including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own–and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle). Release Date: 9/13/16
The Trespasser: A Novel by [French, Tana] A brilliant new novel from the New York Times bestselling author, whom Gillian Flynn calls “mesmerizing” and Stephen King calls “incandescent.”

Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.

And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette’s road. Aislinn’s friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?  Release Date 10/04/16

Today Will Be Different by [Semple, Maria]  A brilliant novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.  Release Date: 10/04/16

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by [Hamilton, Laurell K.] In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder…
 
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from…a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.

Ireland.  Release Date: 10/11/16

All the Little Liars: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) by [Harris, Charlaine]

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.  Release Date:10/04/16

A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller #14 by John Connolloy

2016 NetGalley Challenge

A Time of Torment (Charlie Parker, #14)

Book Blurb:

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.

But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.

Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.

All in the name of the being they serve.

All in the name of the Dead King.

This is the 14th book in the Charlie Parker Thriller series. Charlie’s wife and daughter were killed by a serial killer. His dead daughter and his living one are both with him.  Charlie has died and been re-born and is now dealing with The Dead King. 

 When Charlie hears a strange story from a man, things begin heating up. Charlie and his two loyal but lethal buddies must go to The Cut. A place of evil, and a lot of inbred people who rule the place through fear and intimidation. What are these people hiding?

This a great Detective Thriller as well as quite a bit of the paranormal. There are multiple points of view, but if you have read the other books, you should catch on pretty fast. I liked the steady, but not boring, pace.

I think this one was even better than the last one! If you have never tried one of the Charlie Parker books, I suggest you do so!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher. It will be released on August 2, 2016.

About the Author:

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

 

The Witch’s List by Andrew Cairnes

Sandy Beech doesn’t believe in witches and the supernatural. However, certain strange events occur which put his skepticism to the test: a burning book, a falling crucifix, a mysterious illness, and a fire in a convent which kills all twelve nuns. On her death bed, Bernadette, the last surviving nun, warns him to control his lusts and avoid African women. Sandy finds this difficult, since he is attracted to exotic, dark-skinned women and after his hedonistic university exchange year in Paris, marries Rocky from the Ivory Coast. Five years later, childless and with the marriage souring, they decide to visit Rocky’s home country. Sandy is drawn into a world of strange beliefs and practices: he finds out about the Witch’s List – a list of people destined to die, and is attacked by various animals starting with a ferocious dog in Abidjan. He delves further and further into the realm of African witchcraft, but the horrific truth remains obscure… The Witch’s List is the first of a trilogy.
The description of the book and the cover hooked me when I was asked to read and review this book.
“Once you’re on the Witch’s List, you are as good as dead.” That was the best hook for me!

Sandy is living and going to school as a normal Scottish lad. Not so popular, but good at hiding from the bullies. This is where he discovers an old book about witches and black magic. He and his friend are really more interested in the sexy pictures but one day decide to test the book against the Bible. When the book catches fire, Sandy is not quite sure what to think.

As he goes off to school in France, he falls hard for a beautiful African girl. Even though he has been warned by the nun, Bernadette and others to stay far away from African women, he just can’t. He falls in love and marries what he thinks is the love of his life.

Until a trip back to the Ivory Coast to visit her relatives. From here things took a strange turn and I am really glad to hear this is a trilogy as I had a lot more questions!

One of the things I liked best about Mr. Cairn’s writing was the use of the every day Scottish language. Sandy and his friends talk exactly the way they would in their part of the world and I enjoyed that.

What a really good book for us history buffs too. We wait impatiently for the next one!

 

About the Author:

Andrew Cairns wrote “The Witch’s List” in 2014-2015 – about fifteen years after a memorable one-month visit to the Ivory Coast in 1999. The book is inspired by some of the experiences and stories which he heard out there, and also by his experiences of growing up in Scotland and moving to France where he has lived/worked most of his adult life.
Keep up to date with information/events on “The Witch’s List” and the next two books in the trilogy, by following his blog/facebook page:
https://thewitchslist.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/thewitchslist

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Remembrance: A Mediator Novel

It’s the return of Meg Cabot’s Mediator Series with the lovely Suze Simon.

Suze is a ghost whisperer, a mediator between the living and the dead who haven’t passed on yet.

She is out of college and working at her old high school as a guidance counselor, working on her wedding to her hot and formerly dead fiance’, Dr. Jesse de Silva while trying to handle a particularly nasty little ghost who would just as soon see her dead.

And it’s not just the new ghosts getting under her skin, her ex Paul has popped up causing her trouble.
Then there are the secrets. Everyone here has a secret whether they know it or not.

Will she get to walk down the aisle with her love? Or will Paul put an end to Jesse once and for all?
It’s enough to give a girl a headache!

Meg Cabot just has that gift. The gift of storytelling. And I am very glad that she does!

Cries in the Night: A Lowcountry Ghost Story by Lori Roberts

 

Cries in the Night: a Lowcountry Ghost Story

Dr. Austin Tabor and wife Carly have moved from Denver to Charleston. Austin is working long hours as the newest doctor at the hospital and Carly is looking for work in her field of investigative journalism.

Thinking they have really hit the jackpot by being able to afford one of the historic homes on King Street, it is only later they begin to wonder if the reason they got such a good deal is because the house may be haunted.

Strange things start happening during renovations and only get worse after the couple moves in. Soon no one is sleeping due to the nightly noises and crying that seems to come from the walls and the cellar. After several terrifying events, Carly teams up with Delaney, who leads one of the many ghost tours in the city and is also a Sensitive, someone who can communicate and see the dead. Together they are determined to find out what happened to the people who built and lived in the house and try and set them free.

This is a great ghost story! The pace was steady, the writing great, the descriptions of the city and it’s landmarks was spot on.

I’m really hoping there will be another one. I feel certain we will be hearing a lot more about Ms. Roberts!

I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I honestly loved it!