Title: Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross
Genre: Currently #30 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: To be released December 26 2017
Source: Kensington Books and NetGalley
Title and Cover: Stowed Away – Cover promises cute cozy mystery
I love it when the cute and compelling book cover delivers on its promise to be a fun, sweet little ride. This sixth book in the series also makes you envy what appear to be a gorgeous Maine, Atlantic Coast blue skies, fair winds location and seaward lifestyle. And you know I’m all over that!
This little romp in the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross features versatile and capable Julia Snowden as protagonist and amateur sleuth. She is low-key, perceptive, and quick to catch any nuance. She is part of the Snowden family that offers an annual sail and clambake to their little tourist retreat on Morrow Island twice a day for the summer season. During the off-season, she is part owner of a little diner with Quentin Tupper in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Continue reading “Stowed Away – a Book Review”
Title: The Tell All (Locust Point Mystery Book #1) by Libby Howard
Genre: Currently #281 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Supernatural, Ghosts, and #968 in Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Cozy
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Date: July 24, 2017
Source: Direct request from Erin Zarro, Assistant for Libby Howard
Title and Cover: The Tell All – Cute, obvious cozy mystery
Kay Carrera is sixty and a recent widow with no support network of children or grand-children. Facing a silent home, she stops at a local shelter and picks out what appears to be an independent adult cat (aren’t they all) that shouldn’t require a lot of exercise or attention, but will be a warm body. A journalist prior to being a caregiver for her husband, she has managed to wrangle a position with a local PI as a skip-tracer. It still won’t be enough to forestall foreclosure on her beloved Victorian, so she accepts a suggestion from the realtor/friend to take on a boarder (a judge in the midst of a contentious divorce with two children). Also, she recently had cataract surgery and decides it’s time to learn to knit.
But the eye surgery leaves her with a small, but interesting side effect. Continue reading “The Tell-All – a Book Review”
Title: Robert B Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet (Jessie Stone #16) by Reed Farrel Coleman
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: To be published September 12, 2017
Source: G. P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley
Title and Cover: Robert B Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet
Oh duh! Yes, of course, THAT Jessie Stone! I did recognize that name, but not having read any of Robert B. Parker’s books, nor recognizing the name of this author, Reed Farrel Coleman (sorry, Mr. Coleman!), I just didn’t connect the two until I went looking for a reason that Mr. Coleman was writing Parker’s books. This release will constitute his fourth Robert B. Parker Jessie Stone series, which he began writing in 2014. (Mr. Parker passed away January, 2010.) Continue reading “Robert B Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet – a Book Review”
Title: Close to Home – (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) by Robert Dugoni
Genre: Currently #1 on Amazon Authors Rank for Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Police Procedurals
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Source: Publisher and NetGalley
Title and Cover: Close to Home – Boat, nautical theme suggests coastal location
Congratulations to Robert Dugoni today on his book launch of my first (but won’t be my last) Tracy Crosswhite novel, Close to Home, his fifth for this exclusive series.
Close to Home hits a home run with me! The novel employs a complicated cross-plot tying Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite with Navy JAG attorney Lieutenant Leah Battles after it is discovered that the 12 year old killed in a hit and run was hit by Navy Petty Officer Lazlo Trejo from the local naval base. Continue reading “Close to Home – The Tracy Crosswhite Series – a Book Review”
Title: An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry
Genre: Currently # 62 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Books, Literature & Fiction, British & Irish, Historical
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: To be released September 19, 2017
Source: Ballantine Books and NetGalley
Title and Cover: An Echo of Murder – Attractive cover creates slight hint of historical quality
Having come into An Echo of Murder: A William Monk Novel by well-established author Anne Perry, I knew I’d missed something important when there were references to Mr. Monk’s amnesia. This being the 23rd of the series, the back story of Monk’s amnesia was obviously the plot of a previous book. This installment gets bits and snatches of it and I was left wondering how in the world then did he ever get to be Commander of the Thames River Police.
In this offering, there is an appalling series of murders of London’s Hungarian citizens. Yes, it is an historical fiction novel set in London. Hester Monk, his wife, certainly his equal and perhaps then some, has a strong history with the Crimean War in which she attended to front line casualties as a nurse. The end of the war precipitated an influx of alien citizens to the area. Continue reading “An Echo of Murder – a Book Review”
Title: Law and Vengeance by Mike Papantonio
Genre: Currently #4460 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Political
Publisher: Select Books
Publication Date: To be published September 26, 2017
Source: Select Books and NetGalley
Title and Cover: Law and Vengeance – Attractive cover conveys genre
Mike Papantonio features Gina Romano in the author’s soon to be released sophomore “law” books in Law and Vengeance. (He previously wrote Law and Disorder featuring the same characters.) Gina Romano is a hard-hitting and extremely successful trial lawyer with Bergman/Deketomis, a law firm who has a history of exposing corporate crooks. Jersey girl Gina is savvy and smart, but as I’ve mentioned before, another damaged female protagonist. She is considering her possible future with available, attractive and equally successful veterinarian Bryan Penn.
Continue reading “Law and Vengeance – a Book Review”
Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk“ to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! My TT posts will not come from current ARCs or new releases. Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies from this blog as well as my older reviews posted on Goodreads and/or Amazon. I gleaned many of these books from BookBub, including the one highlighted today, Torch Ginger. Hopefully, you’ll either find a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
Originally reviewed November 15, 2014
The Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal began in December 2011 with Blood Orchids and bloomed into twelve titles ending with Bitter Feast in May 2016. The series is set in the Hawaiian Islands and features smart, independent female protagonist Detective Lei (Leilani) Texeira. Through the series, we follow a romance with Lieutenant Michael Stevens, transfers to adjacent islands, to the FBI, and back to Maui where she is most comfortable. In the meantime, we see the rise of Sophie Ang, ITT expert, which will spin off into a separate, equally successful series. For now, let me introduce you to Torch Ginger, #2 of the series.
The island of Kaua`i is remote jungle, golden beaches and ancient culture–but transients are disappearing in paradise, and only Detective Lei Texeira notices. Fleeing a failed engagement, Detective Lei Texeira transfers to the island of Kaua`i, where she uncovers a pattern of disappearances that may be related to a bizarre cult–or is it just one madman at work? In Lei’s world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In Blood Orchids Lei battled her personal demons and won–but now they’ve come roaring back with reinforcements, including charming real estate magnate Alika Wolcott and former fiancé Michael Stevens. In the midst of the biggest case sleepy Kaua`i has ever seen, Lei must also discover who she loves. “Lei Texeira is both tough detective and a vulnerable woman in a winning Hawaii crime series created by novelist Toby Neal.” –David Bishop, mystery author Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday – The Lei Crime Series – Book Review – Torch Ginger”
Title: An American Cage by Ted Galdi
Publisher: Precipice Books
Publication Date: To be released September 15, 2017
Source: Request from author and ARC from NetGalley
Title and Cover: An American Cage – Disturbing cover, Texas in red
Good grief, why isn’t this thing a subscription TV serial because there is NO WAY you could not go back each week to watch the explosive scenes from An American Cage, a sophomore release by Ted Galdi scheduled for September . Continue reading “An American Cage – a Book Review”
Title: Missing Persons- a Buddy Steel Mystery by Michael Brandman
Genre: Currently # 9721 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Books, Mystery, Thriller Suspense, Mystery, Police Procedurals
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: To be released September 5, 2017
Source: Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley
Title and Cover: Missing Persons – Beautiful cover – conveys book location
Missing Persons is the first in the Buddy Steel Mystery series by Michael Brandman.
Steel is an independent bachelor; aggressive, smart, and has been working homicide at the LAPD, on track for advancement and content with his life. His father, a sheriff in Freedom (a small upscale coastal community north of Los Angeles) discovers his health is going south and asks his son to come home prepared to step into his shoes. Buddy grudgingly agrees, after argument with himself, not happy to return under his father’s counsel. Unfortunately, all hell breaks loose shortly after he returns when he lands in the middle of a missing persons case. She is the wife of a world-renowned television minister. Of course, nothing is simple–that’s the rule–and the investigation leads to con artists, violent gangs, drugs, and murder. Continue reading “Missing Persons-a Buddy Steel Mystery – a Book Review”
Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk” to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! My TT posts will not come from current ARCs or new releases. Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
Originally posted December 4, 2013
Just the Pits – Hetta Coffey Mystery, Book 5
Book Blurb: As a self-employed engineering consultant with a penchant for oddball—read: shady—projects, Hetta Coffey has a history of inviting trouble. But now that she’s been hired for a legitimate mining project in Mexico’s Baja, it looks like smooth sailing ahead…until she discovers that people and pesos are disappearing faster than you can say, “This job is the pits!” And Hetta Coffey as a sleuth? Goodness knows she’s nosy enough, but her detective skills leave a lot to be desired. Luckily for her she gets help from her best friend, Jan, and a mysterious Velveeta thief. Continue reading “#Throwback Thursday – Just The Pits – Hetta Coffey Mystery, Book 5 – Book Review”
I’ve written about them before, including those trailers I published for my grandfather’s books, as well as one I created for Jean Grainger, an Irish author. Ms. Grainger published “So Much Owed – An Irish World War 2 Story” on December 1, 2013. I enjoyed the book so much that I felt compelled to create a short book trailer, which I uploaded to YouTube on March 6, 2017.
Given that I’m a member of the Book Trailer Group on Goodreads, I keep bumping up against book trailers; fascinated with most. Some amateur trailers are amazing good, some professionally produced piss-poor. But everyone sees a trailer, whether movie or book, in their own eyes. So I got to wondering about the 2016 Goodreads Choice Book Awards. How many winners had book trailers? Continue reading “2016 Goodreads Choice Book Awards-Did You See the Book Trailers?”
Title: Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima
Genre: Currently # 701 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank for Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Cozy, Animals
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: To be released August 8, 2017
Source: Submitted by NetGalley
Title and Cover: Hunting Hour – Cover suggests a canine companion
Okay, I think I’ve just found my new favorite mystery series! Author Margaret Mizushima does a heck of a job with her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Hunting Hour, which is actually #3 in the series. (The author is new to me; I have not read either of the previous two in the series.) The Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series involves Deputy Mattie Cobb who handles K-9 drug sniffing German shepherd, Robo. Mattie assists the Colorado small town Sheriff’s office in any investigations in which a canine would be of help. This book being #3 in the series generally has sufficient back story information that it could be a stand-alone, but does not bog the story down with history. (If you need more, consult #’s 1 and 2.)
Continue reading “Hunting Hour – a Book Review”