A Julia Gooden Mystery
Julia is back! Crime writer Julia Gooden has finished her book on her brother’s abduction and murder when he was a child. And she has helped put his killer behind bars. It’s a good story, but her editor wants more emotion and Julia isn’t sure she wants to do that.
She’s not letting that get in the way of investigating other crimes. Someone is abducting women joggers and leaving them dead in empty churches with cryptic drawings in their hands. And all wearing the same dress. The exact dress Julia wore at a police function with her boyfriend Ray Navarro once.
As Julia digs into the case she gets a call from the killer himself. He wants to be famous and he wants her to make him famous by writing his story. He’ll even give her little clues to the next murder. As the case evolves Julia and the police come to understand that this one is personal. That Julia is the intended last victim. But why? And who is this person?
This is one of my favorite series. Julia is no one’s victim and Ray has no intentions of her being one.
There were some really good new characters in this one and a lot of misdirection which had me over thinking everyone.
Well Done! A big thank you to Kensington and the author for a copy.
March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing
From the author of The Echo Killing comes a new Harper McClain thriller!!
Harper is still covering the crime beat and getting the cold shoulder from Savannah’s police department after last year trying to solve her mothers murder and getting shot by a cop.
Historic Savannah is old families that wield a lot of influence and power and lots of tourists. And both are shaken to their core when a young woman Harper knew is found dead in the middle of a busy tourist section of town.
Shocked to find the young woman who worked at the same bar Harper had just left, Naomi Scott was a beautiful and determined young woman in law school. Now she is lying in a pool of blood with fatal gunshot wounds. Nothing makes sense.
No witnesses. Three suspects. Her father is adamant it was not her boyfriend. Her friend is adamant it wasn’t the bar owner. Harper is adamant it is the old money family bad boy.
There is really a story within a story here. Harper is working overtime to find Naomi’s killer while also dealing with a familiar feeling that someone is stalking her. Inside and outside of her home. Apparently last years burglar is back and not happy she didn’t heed his last message to her. RUN.
This is a fast-paced thrill ride! Ms. Daugherty knows all the right buttons to push and the tension and suspense are high in this one. I can’t wait for the next one!
Netgalley/Minotaur/St.Martin’s Press March 12, 2019
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 secret. A promise made by three 14-year-old girls at boarding school. Buried, but never forgotten. Carol, Beth and Sally have lived with this terrible secret well into their adult lives.
Beth and Sally are still very close but Carol seemed to disappear off the face of the earth after she left school. While saddened by this, Carol seems to want nothing to do with them.
And then the cream-colored envelope appears. The school is being sold and torn down, the nuns reassigned and a long-buried secret is in danger of being dug up.
They set out to find Carol and decide what they should do. And that sets in motion a horrible threat to their very lives and their loved ones lives. But who? Who else knew what happened?
This was told through multiple points of view. There were maybe too many subplots here. In the end, even I was shocked by the biggest secret of all that had been kept!
Throughout the book I kept thinking how things we see at 14 seem so big and life shattering, when just telling the truth would have led them all down very different paths and spared a lot of pain in the end.
Netgalley/February 7th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
An emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain-dead. And pregnant.
A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.
Phone calls in the middle of the night are never a good thing. And for Abi Knight the phone call turns out to be the news every parent dreads receiving. Her daughter, Olivia, has been in an accident. She was found at the bottom of a bridge, bruised and broken.
The doctors say she is brain-dead and must remain on life support until her baby is further along. Baby? How could she not know her daughter was pregnant? And why are there bruises on her wrists?
The police may have ruled this an accident but Abi will go to hell and back to find out who did this to her daughter. And in doing so secrets are exposed, lives will never be the same.
Told with Olivia’s voice from the months leading up to her supposed accident and Abi’s voice in current time with some bad past secrets coming to light as well. And when you start spilling secrets, not everyone is on board.
This was one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful books I’ve read in a while. I kept going back and forth with the characters. None of them were all bad or all good. They were your neighbors and their teenagers, people you’ve known all your life and yet how much do you really know your own family? We think we are protecting them but the secrets and lies always come to light and it always is painful.
This story will grab your heart and won’t let go until the last page. And even then, I still had hope.
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/February 5th 2019 by Gallery Books
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
This is the fourth in this series by Kelley Armstrong.
I’m quite sure you won’t find the town of Rockton on any map. And that is by design.
Deep in the Yukon inside Canada, this is a place with secrets. A lot of them. Only one person knows everyone’s back story and that is the Sheriff, who also happens to be the boyfriend of the only detective in town. In the tiny town of 200, there is also a time limit for staying. And rules. Lots of rules. The people who come here are running away from something or someone or they are just straight up criminals who need to disappear for a bit. Governed by the mysterious Council, who decides which people get in and which people need to get out.
In the short year Casey Duncan has been detective here she has seen it all. Murder, arson, love and a place to call home.
When a man claiming to be a US Marshall appears in town wanting one of their residents, but not saying who that is, Casey and the Sheriff are skeptical to say the least. First, he isn’t in the US and second how did he know about this town? It’s not like there are any modern conveniences. No cell phones, no internet, and they aren’t exactly advertising. When the Marshall is killed everyone in town is a suspect. And all they know is that there is a killer among them. But since no one uses their real name it is going to be difficult to narrow the field.
This is such an interesting series. You think you know something, but you are probably wrong. I was. Many times. This book gives us a new character and things could get very interesting with him. I can’t wait to find out how this plays out!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/ February 05th 2019 by Doubleday Canada