Thursday, 31 December 2015

All Good Deeds (Lucy Kendall #1)All Good Deeds by Stacy Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lucy Kendall kills but only child predators. As she stalks the latest a child goes missing. What connections are there to a previous case of hers? Who is the man who thinks he knows her secret?
First in a series - wondering where the series will lead to.

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Rose Hill (Rose Hill Mysteries #1)Rose Hill by Pamela Grandstaff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The small town of Rose Hill has a killer in its midst. Theo Eldridge is found dead at the town's veterinary clinic.The police chief, Scott Gordon, and the county investigator Sarah Albright are 'helped by his friends Maggie Fitzpatrick and Hannah to find the killer before they strike again.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Seized (The Profiler #3)Seized by Elizabeth Heiter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book for free from via Goodreads.
FBI profiler Evelyn Baine meets up with another FBI Agent Jen Martinez, who asks for her help. By visiting a compound which she suspects is harbouring a cult, when they are both kidnapped my these survivalists. But is all what it seems.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Twelve to Murder (Mac Farady Mystery #7)Twelve to Murder by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a couple are killed at Deep Creek Lake suspects of the murder include a former child star Lenny Frost . When he finds out that he is a suspect he takes hostages and gives Mac until midnight to find the real killer

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Hushabye (Kate Redman Mysteries, #1)Hushabye by Celina Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

D.S. Kate Redman first day working in the West Country finds her and the rest of the team investigating the disappearance of Charlie Fullman, a three month boy.
Look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Death at the Manor (The Asharton Manor Mysteries, #1)Death at the Manor by Celina Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1929 and Joan Hart joins the cooking staff at Asharton Manor. With a feeling of foreboding a death does occur. Can Joan and her friend Verity find out who did kill Delphine Denford.

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The Case of the Hidden Flame (An Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery Book 2)The Case of the Hidden Flame by Alison Golden
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As Detective Inspector David Graham arrives for his first day on Jersey, a body is found on the beach.

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

SWAMPED (Lola Polenta Mystery Book 1)SWAMPED by Sandy Gingras
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Lola Polenta decides to leave her husband and travel to Florida to meet up with her father, an ex-cop, now P.I. because she decides that is what she wants to do now. Her first night she discovers a body at the trailer park she is staying.

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Every Breath You Take (Kristen Conner Mystery #2)Every Breath You Take by M.K. Gilroy
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The eldest son of a Chicago billionaire is murdered and the only clue lead to an exclusive dating service.
For me too much description of Connor's workouts and fighting strategy.

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Cuts Like a Knife (Kristen Conner Mystery #1)Cuts Like a Knife by M.K. Gilroy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A serial killer, kills under the radar of everyone or so he believes , arrives in Chicago. Detective Kristen Conner is part of the team that have to find him/her before they kill again.
Probably too much family and church scenes for me to give it more than 3 stars.

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Revenge: No Statute of Limitations (The Jake Littleton Series #1)Revenge: No Statute of Limitations by Whit Gentry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Four women are kidnapped and are kept captive for seven months. Why is discovered over the telling of the tale.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Three Silver Doves (Paige MacKenzie Mysteries #3)Three Silver Doves by Deborah Garner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reporter Paige MacKenzie heads to Tres Palomas, New Mexico, for a mixture of a vacation and to write a story about the area.
A lot of description about the area but not really much of a mystery.

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The Lady Who Cried Murder (Mac Farady Mystery #6)The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Khloe Everest is determined to be a star, at any cost including faking her own kidnapping. But three years later she is still waiting until she announces she has a shattering reveal, the countdown is on.
But why has she been find dead and in similiar circumstances to other females.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cranberry BluffCranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Molly Elliott moves to Cranberry Bluff to run her aunt bed and breakfast Inn. Leaving behind being accused but cleared of her involvement with a bank robbery. But who has the money and who is looking for it at the B&B.

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1)Fatal Affair by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Senator John O'Connor is found died Sergeant Sam Holland needs to find the killer quickly to salvage her career. Taking needed help from ex-one night stand Nick Cappuano, who was O'Connor's friend and chief of staff.
Contains somes sex scenes

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Ice on the Grapevine (A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery, #2)Ice on the Grapevine by R.E. Donald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When two fellow truckers are accused of murder , a frozen corpse at a brake check just south of the Grapevine Pass in L.A. is discovered in their truck, and both refuse to talk, Hunter Rayne tried to find the truth.


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Dead Wrong (Blackmoore Sisters Mystery, #1)Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The four Blackmoore sisters aim to solve the case of the murder of Prudence Littlefield when one of the sisters, Morgan, is accused of the murder.

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Dying For Danish (A Lexy Baker Bakery Mystery, #2)Dying For Danish by Leighann Dobbs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While Lexy Baker is delivering her food at a home she discovers the body of the bride-to-be. With the aid of her grand-mother and her friends she must find the killer before she can get paid.

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Killer Cupcakes (A Lexy Baker Bakery Mystery, #1)Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Lexy Baker finally opens her dream bakery only for her ex-boyfriend to be killed with her cup cake topping. With the help of her grand-mother and her friends she hopes to solve the case.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

The Murders at Astaire Castle (Mac Faraday Mystery #5)The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mac Faraday learns that he owns a castle but chief of police O’Callaghan warns him away. Not heeding the warning Mac and David become trapped in the castle (one of the most haunted in the U.S.A.) where there have been multiple murders and suicides and supernatural happenings!!!!. Can they solve all these cases.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

To the Bone (David Wolf, #7)To the Bone by Jeff Carson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Chief Detective David Wolf investigates the murder of his son's girlfriend's father. Who he finds out runs a successful buying and selling fossil business.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Second Daniel (In the Den of the English Lion Volume 1)A Second Daniel by Neal Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1558 and a orphan acquires the patronage of Elizabeth I. Over thirty years later 'Noah Ames' is a barrister. He becomes embroiled in a murder and unfortunately comes to the attention of the Earl of Essex. What is the Earl plotting and can Ames uncover it.
Although an interesting tale, I did not like that the story was written in the present tense.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Blast from the Past (Mac Farady Mystery #4)Blast from the Past by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

12 years previously there is a witness to a murder who is put into the witness protection scheme.
Back to the present, and mobster Tommy Cruze is out of jail determined to kill the witness.
Mix that were a few more murders and we have Farady back investigating the killings.

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Dead Red Miracle (A Dead Red #5)A Dead Red Miracle by R.P. Dahlke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Several years later cousins Lalla and Pearlie Bains have settled in Wishbone, Arizona, and bought into a P.I. business. Then their partner is found dead.

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A Dead Red Alibi (A Dead Red #4)A Dead Red Alibi by R.P. Dahlke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After Lalla is stood up at the altar she and her dad go and visit her newly acquired property in Arizona. Where in an abandoned mine pit her father finds a body. Is he being framed for the murder.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Killing TimeKilling Time by Joanne Clancy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Georgina Martin wakes up during the night to find her husband brutally murdered and herself having been attacked, while her son sleeps in the next bedroom.
Suspicions are raised by the investigating detectives, but no real suspects at first.

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane NovelSteps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As Army Detective Sgt Major Tom Crane concludes the investigation of a murder/suicide of a soldier, another murder/suicide occurs. But why?

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Shades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery #3)Shades of Murder by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ilysa Ramsay was murdered but the case goes cold. Then her last painting is gifted to Mac Faraday and he decides to look into the case.
In the meantime lawyer Joshua Thornton is asked my a convicted serial killer of 6 women to find out the identity of the what most people believe is his fourth victim, but he says that he is innocent of her murder and he was never convicted.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Cars, Cats and Crooks (Kimble Detective Agency, #1)Cars, Cats and Crooks by R.H. Carter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Peyton Kimble has always dreamed of being a detective and when he is made redundant from the garage job in Chester he decides to open up a detective agency with his nephew. Their first case involves a finding a cat, but the next is a suspicious suicide.
Too lightweight a story for me

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Old Loves Die Hard (Mac Faraday Mystery #2)Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mac Faraday ex detective is coming to terms with his inheritance when his ex-wife Christine turns up. An old case surfaces when Christine and her ex-lover are found dead in the Inn that Faraday owns.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Random Acts of Murder (Holly Anna Paladin Mysteries  #1)Random Acts of Murder by Christy Barritt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holly Anna Paladin has cancer and given one year to live. She decides to carry out 'acts of kindness'. She decides to clean the kitchen and bathroom of families in need. At her next location she finds a body. As she has entered the house illegally she runs, but did someone see her, and are they now trying to frame her.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Goldilocks Planet (Hannah Kline Mysteries, #4)The Goldilocks Planet by Paula Bernstein
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

LAPD Detective Daniel Ross investigates the death of Dr. Edwin Larramore with the help of Dr. Hannah Kline.

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Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost PlacesProfessor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places by Charles Prepolec
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Professor George Edward Challenger, the more I read stories about him the more I get to like the character.
Enjoyed them to various degrees but not really sure I liked "King of the Moon", for me the story felt too rushed.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Thorns of RosewoodThorns of Rosewood by G.M. Barlean
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Gloria Larsen knows that she is adopted and is happy when she is offered a job as a newspaper editor in Rosewood because she knows has been told that her birth mother lived there and was of murder in 1974. It can only be one of four women and they retell their life story to her.


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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI Series, #1)Eleven by Carolyn Arnold
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Brandon Fisher, a new FBI agent is assigned to a case in a rural town where 10 bodies have been found in an underground system, with one grave left empty.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Ties That Bind (Madison Knight, #1)Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Detectives Knight and Grant are assigned the case of a strangled women found in her own home, which they deem to be an isolated killing, until then next strangled woman is found - is there any connection and what.

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Monday, 30 November 2015

An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey, #1)An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1934 and Josephine Tey is travelling from her home in Scotland and on the train she meets a fan of her new play.
But not long after the train arrives in London a murder occurs on the train. D.I. Penrose must decide if this has any connection to the play, or just a coincidence.

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Fifth HeartThe Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1893 and Sherlock Holmes meets Henry James in Paris. Then travel together to the United States to solve the possible mystery of the death in 1885 of Clover Adams, one of the five hearts, and friend to James.
Very enjoyable read.
Received as a free copy from Goodreads

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12)Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With Christmas in 1814 Jane Austen and her family are invited to join other visitors to stay at the The Vyne, the home of the political family Chute.
But one of the visitors is found dead.
Is it an accident or murder and why, and with the household snow-bound the suspect must be one of the guests.
Unfortunately I loved this book (received this 12th in series as a competition win) so now I am going to have to start buying them beginning with Book 1.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

One Murder More (Maren Kane Mysteries, #1)One Murder More by Kris Calvin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received a free copy in Goodreads giveaway.
A legislative aide is found dead by Maren Kanea, lobbyist, but when a working associate and friend is arrested she decides to investigate.
Found it at time too slow moving, with unnecessary descriptions of people clothes etc
Believe this is a first book so some tighter editing may appear in the next book. Look forward to reading the next one in the series.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Gods of HP LovecraftThe Gods of HP Lovecraft by Martha Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bit of a curate's egg, as anthologies often are, several of these tales feel as if the Lovecraft element was shoehorned in to make them fit the theme, and those stories feel less complete, and a bit out of place here as a result.

That said, there's a few gems to be had - Moore and Golden's pulpy Mi-Go story hit the spot perfectly, as did Maberry's Nightgaunts meet weird PI modern noir. Lansdale and Barron show off their own particular tics and flourishes to great effect too.

But the highlight for me was Adam Nevill's CALL THE NAME, which manages to be both epic in scale in time and space, yet claustrophobic in the horrors growing inside a woman's mind. The way it unfolds will stick with me for a while, and for me, that's what Lovecaft's monsters are all about.

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A Chance Meeting: A Pride and Prejudice VariationA Chance Meeting: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by E.A. Batten
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With this Pride and Prejudice variation, Darcy and Elizabeth briefly meet in London when she is staying at the Gardiners. During a conversation with Darcy she urges him to act on his feelings and visit his sister in Ramsgate. Will this chance meeting change their future.

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Some Degree of Murder (River City Crime #5)Some Degree of Murder by Frank Zafiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Police Detective John Tower is assigned to investigate the death of a young woman, but there are very few clues. But is there a similarity to another death a few weeks previously.
While Virgil Kelly emerges from the criminal world to find the killer of his daughter.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Aunt Bessie Believes (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery, #2)Aunt Bessie Believes by Diana Xarissa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Cubbon or Aunt Bessie as she is known is not too upset when Moirrey Teare is found dead, until the death is deemed to be murder. Although many people disliked her what could be the motive.
Fairly easy to work out the murderer.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Mid-Century Mayhem (Retro Romance Presents: Time Travel By Design, #1)Mid-Century Mayhem by Bella Street
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Because of various incidents Olivia Haugen and Kyle Daniels find themselves back in 1954

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Blackstone and the Heart of Darkness (Inspector Sam Blackstone #6)Blackstone and the Heart of Darkness by Sally Spencer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Inspector Blackstone is sent north away from London to caught the sadistic killer of young girls who's mutilated bodies are found in several different counties.
Shall look for others in the series starting with the first tale.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Time ReleaseTime Release by Martin J. Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Pittsburgh, 1986, products in a pharmacy have been tampered with resulting in several deaths.
Ten years later it starts again and Detective Downing knows that the guilty person is Ron Corbett. But how to prove it.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Killing Me Softly (Previously published as Live and Let Die)Killing Me Softly by Bianca Sloane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On a cold Chicago January night Tracy Ellis went for a jog and her body was found several days later. But her sister Sondra can't find closure and seeks out what happened.

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