Friday, August 28, 2020

IN THE DARK - A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE BY BRIDGITTE LESLEY - SOMETIMES THE DARK CAN BE A BLESSING

 

Going without power can put a dampener on the way you live. An ordeal Grace had to endure. For Trevor, changing his status overnight was a rash decision. You never know what you are missing when you haven’t had it before. Being in the dark might be beneficial after all.

Grace arrived at her new property prepared to take on the challenge of turning her house in to a home.

Things didn’t go as planned. Having paid her deposit, the power wasn’t connected. Delaying everything. She endured being in the dark for a week. Grace took matters into her own hands and the entire town bore the brunt.

Trevor watched Grace day in and day out. He could not make head or tail of her and the two children who called her Gran Grace. She looked far too young to be their gran. The day he pulled over and spoke to her his outlook on life took a dramatic turn.



AN INTRIGUING SOUTHERN GOTHIC PARANORMAL MYSTERY - SHADOW'S WAY BY BARBARA FRANCIS

 

Archbishop Figurant gazed down the extended maple table, luminous from layer upon layer of bee’s wax. Soon they would be arriving. It was going to be a hard hitting but necessary meeting, long overdue. Abandoning protocol, he would be going against the Church’s hierarchy to expose a long-lived charade of denial and hypocrisy. No longer was he going to ram his head up his self-righteous ass. He was going to act.

 

Lanita entered the room with a large tray of chicken sandwiches and fruit pastries. “Oh, ‘cuse me, your Excellency. I didn’t know you were already here. I’ll be out of your way in no time.” Her words hummed with the rhythmic cadence of a Caribbean island. Neat as a pin in a freshly starched uniform and hair tucked away in a plain white turban, she slipped from point to point, smooth and efficient.

 

“You’re fine, Lanita. I’m trying to get my thoughts in order. You’d best put out some ashtrays. I anticipate Monsignors Flannigan and Murphy will burn up a field of tobacco when they hear what I’ve got to say.” She laughed out loud. “Maybe I should put out the whiskey, too, yes?

 

“No, they’ll have to survive on coffee or water today.” He smiled at her. “Be good for them.”

 

He and Lanita had a comfortable relationship. She had been his housekeeper for six years. He knew some of her secrets and she knew some of his. Late afternoons he often watched her from the upstairs window as she rode her bicycle home, hair fanning out in an Afro halo and a colorful skirt billowing in the wind.


Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Shadow’s Way is a work of gothic intrigue and Southern mystery penned by author Barbara Frances. In this sweeping narrative of interpersonal drama, intended for mature readers, we meet Elaine Chauvier at the novel’s titular home, where she runs a bed and breakfast. Elaine is keen to hang on to Shadow’s Way, so when her half-sister Ophelia and cousin Rudy show up to visit, trouble ensues. Combining this with a mysterious Archbishop, his housekeeper and obscure identical twin, the novel progresses swiftly into a creepy and intriguing mystery as a massive hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast. A superbly haunted time awaits its readers.

Fans of Agatha Christie and her enormous ensemble casts will find many enjoyable parallels in the work and structure of author Barbara Frances. I particularly enjoyed the setting for this tale, playing on the traditional tropes of the Southern gothic genre, but also adding many flairs and twists from ghost stories, fables and psychological horror works. Both the characters and plot are multi-faceted, giving readers a lot to follow, but also a lot to gain from paying close attention to each clue and motivation. The mystery itself sometimes takes a back seat when the (often literal) ghosts and shadows take over, playing with the characters’ sensibilities and forcing them to ask much deeper questions of themselves and others. What results is an emotive but also thoughtful, spooky mystery novel. I would highly recommend Shadow’s Way to mystery and gothic fiction fans looking for something new, unique and really well crafted.


CHRISTMAS OWL BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA - WILL THEY SURVIVE TILL HELP COMES?

 

Visit World War II Germany, but this won’t be a pleasant holiday when two brave soldiers face dire circumstances against heavy odds – can a mystical owl lead them to safety before it’s too late?

Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020
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I enjoyed this story which not only shares how war touches not only those in the military, but the families that love them. Tom Roberts and his family were shocked when Tom was called to service. This story follows Tom and an owl who has special gifts to share. The author writes a touching story.

TEGEN CAVE BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS - GIVES THE PHRASE "A BLOOD CURDLING ADVENTURE" A NEW MEANING

 

Have You Ever Made A Mistake That Keeps Coming Back To Haunt You?

On the run from her ex-boyfriend’s powerful criminal family, Sara Jones hides in Billings, Montana. When she receives a mysterious package containing a hidden spider, people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites and she fears that the family has found her. Is it possible to escape their reach?

˃˃˃ From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion, Goss’s debut story gives new meaning to the phrase “a blood-curdling adventure.”

Life takes an even more bizarre turn when Sara seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Who can she trust?

To make matters worse Sara's twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.

˃˃˃ An Imaginative Fantasy-Thriller That Will Stimulate Your Senses

Goss immerses the reader in a gripping tale in which spiders are trained to kill. To some, the story may seem far-fetched, and cult members eating the flesh of cadavers may seem abhorrent, but Dracula set that table long ago. Tegen Cave is sure to thrill anyone predisposed to the fantasy genre.


Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017

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I can honestly say, I have read a lot of books throughout the years and I gotta say, I have not read one yet where a person is murdered via spider. The Tegen Cave contains several of my favorite genres rolled up into one. I found myself flipping through pages and finishing the book pretty quickly.

The main character Sara seems to have a bunch of interesting things happen to her. She decides to start over as anyone would if they even dealt with half the crap she has been dealt with in life. Of course she meets a cute guy and after a series of weird events starts wondering who can actually be trusted. We have mystery, suspense and some paranormal all rolled into one.

If you are scared of spiders though you should probably skip this one as myself and several other reviewers have warned. They don’t bother me but even I couldn’t help but feel creeped out.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A MANIAC BEHIND THE WHEEL WHO IS DRIVEN TO KILL - DAYTONA DEAD - BOOK 3 IN THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN


 
The honeymoon of Laura and Gerry Fitz is off to a fast-paced yet deadly start when they arrive in Florida. There is a maniac behind the wheel who needs to win at all costs. When he wins, life is great but when he loses he is DRIVEN TO KILL!
The first victim off the starting line is Laura's ex-husband Lou, and she is taking it personally. Mix in a creepy cop and some unexpected surprises and you have a race for your life. Who will win and who will wipe out?...


Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
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Laura and Gerry Fitz have tied the knot and are in Florida for their honeymoon. If you haven't read a novel with these two in it yet, you are going to love the characters, and should know that Laura has a tendency to get caught up in a mystery, usually with a murder linked to it. This time the first dead body just happens to be Laura's ex-husband Lou. When Laura is given Lou;s belongings she finds herself stuck in the center of the mystery and the danger, This book, like the others in the series is written with a humorous slant that makes the read enjoyable and of course, the mystery is to die for.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

A ROMANCE FOR TODAY - A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT BY BRIDGITTE LESLEY

 

When you meet your match, temporary has the knack of becoming permanent!

Rae set eyes on Phillip and knew she was in danger. But his secretary had warned her that he was off-limits. Rae wasn’t there for love and affection. She was there to do a job. A three-month temporary assignment. In the first week, they hardly spoke. She shadowed his secretary. A woman wearing a tight bun and glasses was not his cup of tea. And her frumpish dress code did not appeal.

Phillip had spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. She was beauty personified. And he was smitten. The first week that Phillip worked with Rae he felt the chemistry. But he was drawn to the woman at the pub. He made sure to be at the pub so that he could get to talk to her. He was in for such a surprise.

Once Phillip realized who Rae was it was as if he had met his other half. From their first date, his life seemed to change. Rae did what she was good at. Making changes. And Phillip was in for a change



WHO WOULD KILL ETHEL? OVER HER DEAD BODY - BOOK 2 OF THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN

 
Take one beautiful vindictive woman....she's 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84 year old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting them selves knocked off in the process!

Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
I love the way Vaughan has her characters interact with each other. They are well developed and believable. Her scenes are described in such a way you can easily picture them.
Moreover, let’s not forget the humor she added! Murder and humor are her trademark, and the humor is woven into the story at the appropriate time and adds the perfect comedy relief.
I highly recommend “Over Her Dead Body” to anyone who loves a good murder mystery and some good laughs!

Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019

A GRIPPING TALE OF SURVIVAL DOWN THE AMAZON RIVER IN THE ANGLER AND THE OWL BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA

 For 25 years France Hunter has been studying owls, and has discovered five new species around the world. Her work has kept her busy and she never had time for a relationship. She travels with Jason “Doc” Bradley, a former paramedic, and his cousins Tony and Andy Bradley. Now, on her last outing she is joined by a magazine writer, Cathy Birch, and a world famous angler, John Sinclair, who has also dedicated his life to his field. As the small caravan travels to the Amazon river France falls and severely injures her left arm. Against Doc's recommendation to turn back, she pushes on. This is her last trip and she wants to go to the place where she found her first new owl. While fishing a blue-ringed owl lands on John's canoe and looks down the river to where France's group is, and then looks back at him. This alerts John. He gets the satellite phone and tries to reach her to no avail. He decides the fishing can wait and, with Mark in another canoe, begin the journey back to France. At France's camp two jaguars attack one of the boatmen severing his left leg. The other two boatmen, they all have rifles, shoot at the jaguars killing one. The other escapes with the boatman's leg. Doc and the others wake to the noise and he and Tony go to where the boatmen are camping. In the ruckus the canoes become untied and go eastward down the shore and the sat phone is destroyed. Now they have no way to get help and will have to wait for John's team to come back, which could take three or four more days. Will help get there in enough time?


Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016

France Hunter was excited about her first trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Her family planned camping trips here in the past and she just loved it. Now that she graduated from the University of Michigan, with a degree in ornithology, she was more than ready to study her favorite bird: owls. That is until the black bear decided to show up making her trip short in the wilderness and a bit longer in the hospital.

27 years later she finds herself in the Amazon where she is in search of her first new species of owl - the blue-ringed owl. What she didn't expect were the feelings she soon started to feel after meeting John Sinclair who was the host of the television show 'Sinclair's Adventures'. Rounding out the group was Cathy Birch who was gathering information for her latest magazine article.

Author Viv Drewa brings the search for the blue-ringed owl, the dangers of the Amazon and two people who have just met and their feelings for each other. This was a page turner which I actually finished in 2 nights. Very enjoyable.

Friday, August 21, 2020

AN INTRIGUING, WITH ASTONISHING TWISTS - HISTORICAL MURDER MYSTERY - SHADOW'S WAY- BY BARBARA FRANCIS



Her timing was perfect. As she rounded the corner, daily Mass had ended, and the Archbishop was standing outside the ornately carved doors of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
His followers were tiered below him on the steps. He turned and allowed his eyes to trace the contours of her body and she felt the thrill of power. A sheer white muslin shift clung to her black swim suit, still wet from morning exercise at the community pool. Despite the heat and the humidity from the Gulf of Mexico, she strolled by as if it were a cool spring day in Vermont.
 
Elaine Chauvier was a stately woman, aware of her long legs and enticing figure. Some said she was a snob and she would have agreed with them. After all, she was from aristocracy. Her great grandfather and General Robert E. Lee had been close friends, and her family had owned sections of plantation land and nearly a hundred slaves. No one could give this woman a passing glance without being momentarily transfixed. Soft black hair, always a bit ruffled to give a false impression of casualness, framed a face of classic perfection. Piercing dark eyes conveyed the superiority she felt over everyone.
 
Archbishop Andre Figurant gave hardly a thought to the man who knelt to kiss his ring or the mother holding up her baby for a blessing. His focus was across the street, beyond the wrought-iron fence surrounding the Cathedral’s property. The gliding presence hypnotized as well as beguiled him.

Lee Broom
 
5.0 out of 5 starsSouthern suspense at its finest! 
June 18, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Very intense book! Shadow's Way is a suspenseful, amazing story that centers around an antebellum home on the Gulf Coast that is the life's blood of Elaine Chauvier, a woman of aristocracy that boasts of ties to Robert E. Lee. It's a multi-layered story that seems to be a history of the house and its inhabitants, who have many secrets and obsessions. It turns it to be a horror story of a crazy woman who is out to kill anyone who gets in her way or who tries to take her precious home, Shadow's Way. It's a story of ghosts and sordid pasts, and a shameful history of the local catholic church. The people in the town who are related to Elaine or acquaintances are unaware at first of all the twisted plans and goings-on of the main lady of the house, but they soon find out when unexpected things start happening. It's a vivid, startling tale that I highly recommend, because I just couldn't stop reading this one until the very last word. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FOUND A DEAD BODY ON YOUR FLOOR? DEAD ON ARRIVAL BOOK 1 OF THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN IS A FUN, WITTY, AND DELICIOUSLY EVIL MURDER MYSTERY.


The mystery starts here and so does murder, mayhem, and a little romance. Someone went to the trouble of dumping a body in Laura's living room. She knew the victim from work but who killed him and gift wrapped him? Is someone trying to tell her something? Enter the hunky building manager, an attractive detective and some unscrupulous parties and you have a mystery with some comical twists and sexy interludes

Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
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Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She's a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that's for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I'm not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself.


Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2013
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TO SEE THE SIGHTS BY BRIDGITTE LESLEY - HAS IT ALL - SURPRISE, EXCITEMENT, BREATHTAKING SUSPENSE - AND ROMANCE

 

Tina’s wishes came true when she accepted the offer as an au pair for three weeks. She would be able to take her vacation and see all the sights. The only worry was their father who posed a threat.

Tina decided to take her vacation but needed a companion. Living in a coastal town the sightseeing options were endless.

Phillip needed an au pair to look after his two daughters for the duration of the holidays. Tina immediately responded but was rejected.

Tina changed her mind about her vacation until Phillip phoned her out of desperation. She accepted the assignment and the threesome had an action-packed holiday. But Tina had to be careful. Their father had her head and heart reeling.


Bridgitte Lesley has done it again - This is one author, who never lets you down…
I was reading this book on a train and nearly missed my destination stop, as I was so enthralled.

I won’t give much away, as I do not want to spoil it for other readers, however, this is I will say …. your emotions will get a workout! The story has it all, surprises, excitement and breathtaking suspense.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A HARROWING TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL & ESCAPE RUSSIAN OCCUPIED POLAND IN 1913 BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA - FROM THE PAGES OF GRANDFATHER'S LIFE


 Short, Suspenseful, Sweet and oh so Harrowing.

Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2015
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In 1913, Lucjan Czepirski is a man trapped in Russian occupied Poland. This short story concentrates on his escape and is suspenseful until the very end. Viv Drewa paints a story about a desperate man determined to have a better life. 
5.0 out of 5 stars True story of adversity and courage
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2015
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Viv Drewa’s “From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” presents us with the harrowing escape of the author’s grandfather, Lucjan, from Russian-occupied Poland. Lucjan is not alone and fortunately can rely on his friends, Franciszek and Andrzej. But their dangers are very real and the reader is held in suspense until the end. “From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” is an excellent encounter of what many immigrants may have experienced, making it a gem not to be missed.


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