#BookReview “Inside Passage (Corey Logan Trilogy Book 1)” by Burt Weissbourd

November 1-30, 2020 Tour

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Corey Logan has a criminal record, a son in foster care, and a court-appointed shrink she can’t connect with. But the recently paroled woman will do whatever it takes to regain custody of her teenage son and live a quiet life.

However, the man who framed her and is responsible for her doing twenty-two months in prison for drug trafficking now has political aspirations and considers Corey a loose end. What she knows about his dark past and crimes wouldn’t just end his political career before it’s begun, but also send him to prison.  Pulling the strings behind the scenes, he controls every aspect of Corey’s life, determined to see her back in prison… or dead.

Realizing Corey is indeed a victim, her psychiatrist, Abe, agrees to help her outwit a narcissistic sociopath, get her son back, and live the life of peace she craves.

A tough as nails heroine drives this fast-paced thriller. Corey is caught between a rock and a hard place, but she doesn’t plan to stay there. Even on the run with Billy and Abe, struggling with bouts of fear and doubt, Corey Logan is still a likable, relatable character you can get behind and cheer on.

Using several themes that mirror current society, this thriller is a wild ride right up to its noir crime ending.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

Inside Passage by Burt Weissbourd

“A stunning, fast paced thriller that took me on an intense ride and kept me on the edge of myseat the entire way through … If you love beautifully executed thrillers that will play with your mind as well as your heart, this is the book for you.” ~ Midwest Book Review

Corey Logan Trilogy by Burt Weissbourd

Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan Trilogy.

Click here to find out more about the Corey Logan Trilogy.

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Blue City Press
Publication Date: October 20th 2020
Number of Pages: 290
ISBN: 1733438246 (ISBN13: 9781733438247)
Series:A Corey Logan Thriller, #1 || STAND ALONE MYSTERY
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#BookReview “Bird in Hand” by Nikki Stern

on Tour November 1-14, 2020

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5/5 Stars!

When a body is found near a protected sea-life sanctuary, garroted and with burned hands, a notorious drug cartel is suspected of carrying out its ultimate punishment.

But even law enforcement can jump to the wrong conclusions.

After the death of her aunt—and solving the Wedding Crasher case—Samantha Tate gave up her position as sheriff in Tennessee and now resides in a small Maryland community on the eastern shore. A lieutenant in the local sheriff’s department, she tries not to consider the position a step down but knows it was necessary to be near her mother, who’s still a resident in a long-term care facility.

Still new to the area, Sam doesn’t know the murder victim, Arley Fitchett, but everyone else seems well-acquainted with the local treasure hunter. While drugs and cash are found in Fitchett’s home, Sam finds things not connected to drug-dealing, including sketches of a bird in a human hand. Working with a boss caught in political crosshairs and a high-handed state police detective, she has her work cut out for her to convince them their case might be connected to the infamous pirate, Blackbeard himself if she is to solve the case and catch a serial killer.

A great follow-up to The Wedding Crasher, Sam Tate is still on her game as a top-notch investigator. However, she’s still plagued with nightmares from the childhood tragedy that took her father and brother and left her mom disabled. She also mourns the lives lost of people she knew in the Wedding Crasher case. With the support of former-partner-now-boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Terry Sloan, Sam returns to counseling to work through her trauma. It doesn’t help that even though the gunman is now dead, someone is looking into the twenty-six-year-old case. Is Sam in danger?

With a slam-bang ending, Bird in Hand delivers a well-layered plot that successfully masks a killer right up to the reveal. Nikki Stern has me on the hook though, anxious for the next book!

Though a continuation, Bird in Hand does stand on its own as a complete story, but I recommend reading The Wedding Crasher first. Why settle for one five-star read when you can have two?

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Synopsis:

“The stuff of dreams for mystery lovers.” ~Kirkus Reviews

In the sequel to the award-winning THE WEDDING CRASHER, Sam Tate faces off against a vengeful killer, a mistrustful boss, a shadowy nemesis, and a 300-year-old pirate.

When Arley Fitchett’s body washes up onto Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Lieutenant Sam Tate, just two months into her new job, is charged with finding out who murdered the popular guide and treasure hunter. Fitchett, she discovers, was hunting a rare carving he believed had been stolen by Chesapeake Bay pirates in 1718 and hidden nearby. No one knows if the story is true, but several locals seem to share Fitchett’s interest in the wooden bird with the sapphire eye. Any one of them could be the next victim. One of them is definitely the killer.

“Stern excels at creating a satisfyingly complex, emotional undercurrent that runs through the greater murder mystery.” D. Donovan, Sn Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Book Details

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Ruthenia Press

Publication Date: September 3, 2020

Number of Pages: 289

ISBN: 0999548743 (ISBN-13: 978-0999548745)

Series: Sam Tate Mystery, #2

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#BookReview “Consuming Fire (The Reprobation Series Book 2)” by Catherine Fearns

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5/5 Stars!

When the opening scene includes spontaneous human combustion, you know you’re in for a wild ride.

And that’s exactly what Consuming Fire is.

As law enforcement and first responders (shadowed by bureaucrats) investigate first the burning of animals… and then humans, DI Darren Swift can’t ignore his gut feeling there’s something else in play and contacts former Calvinist nun, Helen Hope.

Scarred by his cultish, religious upbringing, Darren is still surprised at the peace and comfort he finds in Helen’s presence, and the willingness with which he believes in the supernatural and occult implications connected to his investigation.

Unfortunately, he can’t share his supernatural theory with his team, lest they think him insane, or with fiancé, Matt, who believes in nothing connected to religion.

Consuming Fire weaves the biblical and mythological story of Adramalech, servant of Satan, who plotted to raise himself above Satan… and God into the mysterious deaths by fire at the center of the story.

Is he real or mythology? Is he the god of fire, demanding those who serve him to sacrifice all to fire?

If he isn’t real why does someone appear to be trying to bring about his prophecy? Where are those voices on the phone coming from?

Darren’s job is hindered by his life crisis—does he want to continue in law enforcement, and crisis of conscious—is he rushing into marriage?

Helen Hope, still teaching, is re-discovering life and the things she missed the last ten years she spent behind the doors of the convent.

She also has thoughts—okay, lots of thoughts—about Mikko, but alas, our favorite death metal musician doesn’t appear in this story.

There is more character development of Darren’s team—Collette, Dave, and Baz, and maybe… just maybe, Cantor (Darren’s boss) isn’t the witchy bureaucrat she seems to be.

After finishing this read, I sat for nearly an hour thinking about all I’d read.

Wow. Just… wow. Mind blown.

Detailed and well-written, Consuming Fire may make you consider the possibilities of the supernatural and occult, regardless of which side of the theological line you fall on, but it will definitely scare the hell out of you.

But you won’t stop reading.

Don’t expect this read to end in justice with a neatly tied bow. There is frustration and sadness as someone won’t make it to book 3, but you will… in search of the reason behind the Lumina 2 fire, and the ritual Justine performs.

There has to be a logical explanation, right?

Get ready for book 3 and download this smart read today.

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Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

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#BookReview “Saving Grace: A Psychological Thriller” by D.M. Barr

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on Tour October 12 – November 13, 2020

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Middle-aged Grace Rendell has spent a lifetime medicated and controlled.  Suffering from paranoia since childhood, she has married, has two now-teenage sons, and become a CPA, in between stays in mental hospitals. But her life isn’t one of triumph. Any show of defiance or emotion leads to disrespect from her sons, condescension from her husband, and verbal reprimands delivered in soft tones from her lifelong therapist… and an increase in medication or another stay in a mental hospital. Grace’s only other living relative, her ninety-year-old father, billionaire Barrington Pierrepoint, treats her even worse and foots the bills for her therapy. Grace is trapped in her world with no escape.

When her fears of her husband’s infidelity are confirmed, and he continues to prod her to find out the contents of her father’s will, a defiant Grace secretly stops taking her medication. Clear-headed and focused, Grace believes her husband, Eliot, intends to murder her and still her inheritance after her father’s demise. With no one to turn to, she believes her only recourse is to write about Eliot’s plans under the guise of fiction.

Joining a writing group under a pseudonym, Grace is befriended by a bestselling author who agrees to help her hone her writing skills. But when the author is murdered, everything goes sideways and Grace goes into hiding.

Befriended by a researcher, the dead author’s brother, and a group of young people trying to live life on their own terms, Grace must find out who murdered the author, and gain her independence before something happens to her father… and then to her.

Grace is a sympathetic character, and it’s easy to see what’s being done to her early on. Grace has suspicions, but the cocktail of pills she’s on make her question herself and easy to manipulate. However, her strength is obvious with each step she takes toward publicizing Eliot’s plot.

Computer hacking and snooping reveal the bad actors and confirm Grace’s suspicions, but it isn’t until she’s hypnotized by another doctor that she finds the reason for her forty-year mental imprisonment and how true it is that the love of money is the root of all evil.

Loved this one! Family and friends become enemies, and enemies become friends as this mystery is unwound one twist at a time. I highly recommend it.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

Saving Grace by D.M. Barr

Grace Pierrepoint Rendell, the only child of an ailing billionaire, has been treated for paranoia since childhood. When she secretly quits her meds, she begins to suspect that once her father passes, her husband will murder her for her inheritance. Realizing that no one will believe the ravings of a supposed psychotic, she devises a creative way to save herself – she will write herself out of danger, authoring a novel with the heroine in exactly the same circumstances, thus subtly exposing her husband’s scheme to the world. She hires acclaimed author Lynn Andrews to help edit her literary insurance policy, but when Lynn is murdered, Grace is discovered standing over the bloody remains. The clock is ticking: can she write and publish her manuscript before she is strapped into a straitjacket, accused of homicide, or lowered six feet under?

With a cast of secondary characters whose challenges mirror Grace’s own, Saving Grace is, at it’s core, an allegory for the struggle of the marginalized to be heard and live life on their own terms.

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Domestic Suspense

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: October 15th 2020

Number of Pages: 255

ISBN: 978-1684335565

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#BookReview “Third Degree” by Ross Klavan, Tim O’Mara, Charles Salzberg

on Tour October 1 – November 30, 2020

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I enjoyed all three of the novellas of Third Degree.

In The Fifth Column, there is Jake, a tenacious young reporter with an Ivy League education who wants to do his part during WWII. While he doesn’t get to enlist, Jake stumbles upon an Aryan group plotting to commit crimes on U.S. soil.

Jake was a wise antagonist for someone so young, and though he had high aspirations, Jake had no problem putting patriotism ahead of personal gain. The guy had a “Captain America” feel to me.

In Beaned, I found out there is a hierarchy even among criminals. Some have absolutely no issues with “appropriating” goods and reselling them for a living. However, human trafficking is a hard line many will not cross. They also won’t turn a blind eye to it either.

My favorite in the trilogy was Cut Loose Those Who Drag You Down. The frenetic, dysfunctional friendship between Dick, a never-up-and-coming reporter and Solly, a disbarred psychiatrist, made me laugh. Understand me, this is not a humorous story, but these two men couldn’t get out of their own way.

Dick’s answer for any problem is to get married… eight times. Okay, seven—twice to Amy. He also has a girlfriend he’s been with through at least three of his marriages.

Solly sleeps with his patients—which is what got him disbarred—and ALL of Dick’s ex-wives! Come on! HA! He even married the last one, Mage, and they had a child, Silent Adam, who refused to speak. Of course, the marriage went sour and things didn’t end well for Mage.

But even with this Mount Everest of poor decisions between them, things are complicated even more because they’re both involved with women from mob families, Tanya and Lisa. OMG, those two!

Dick is irritating, a bit arrogant, and unapologetic. Solly is a basket case. I cannot say either held the other back, but I’m almost sure both could have been so much more if they’d never met. Dick introduces Solly in the story as his oldest friend. But they were more like Cain and Abel.

When push comes to shove, Dick is… Dick (and Cain) and the title of the story comes into play. The story ended the only way it could, but it left me with concerns for Silent Adam who didn’t ask for such selfish parents.

The original plots and interesting characters of these three very different stories will take you to different places readers of noir crime and historical fiction are sure to be entertained by.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

“Cut Loose All Those Who Drag You Down”:

 

A crooked reporter who fronts for the mob and who’s been married eight times gets a visit from his oldest friend, a disgraced and defrocked shrink. The man is in deep trouble and it’s clear somebody is going to pay with his life.

“Beaned”:

After smuggling cigarettes, maple syrup, and coffee, Aggie discovers a much more sinister plot to exploit what some consider a precious commodity: the trafficking of under-aged children for the purposes of sex.

“The Fifth Column”:

Months after America’s entry into World War II, a young reporter uncovers that the recently disbanded German-American Bund might still be active and is planning a number of dangerous actions on American soil.

Book Details:

Genre: Crime

Published by: Down & Out Books

Publication Date: October 5, 2020

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-1-64396-162-0

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#BookReview “Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper of Whitechapel” by M. K. Wiseman


Being a lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I couldn’t pass up the chance to dig into this story. And I wasn’t disappointed.

In this retelling, the infamous Holmes is called into the case of the Ripper of Whitechapel, aka Jack the Ripper. While his investigation gleans more than that of Lestrade and Scotland Yard, they also lead him to an unlikely suspect, his friend and partner, Dr. John Watson.

His investigation becomes three-fold: to exonerate his friend or find him guilty… which he cannot allow himself to believe to be true; to find the real killer committing the heinous murders; and to find out why Watson has been acting so out of character, lying to him, and his wife, Mary.

This fast-moving quick read delivers a more personable Holmes, with less of the arrogance and disdain for everyone around him. He is more honest with and about himself, admitting his own failings and shortcomings. Told entirely from his point of view, there is more compassion for those he encounters and less judgment. Okay, except for Lestrade and the Yard. He realizes their job is not an easy one but still disapproves of their shoddy and sometimes, less than professional investigating.

Before Sherlock can prove Watson’s innocence to himself, the police put him under surveillance, promising to arrest the doctor. Working alone, Holmes tries to beat the clock, losing hope not only when all the evidence points to his friend, but when he’s also involved in a life and death struggle with the notorious Jack the Ripper.

A stellar read weaving the great fictional detective with the real-life unsolved crimes of serial killer Jack the Ripper. I highly recommend!

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I am afraid that I, Sherlock Holmes, must act as my own chronicler in this singular case, that of the Whitechapel murders of 1888. For the way in which the affair was dropped upon my doorstep left me with little choice as to the contrary. Not twelve months prior, the siren’s call of quiet domesticity and married life had robbed me of Watson’s assistance as both partner and recorder of my cases. Thus, when detective inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard required a lead—any lead—I found myself forced to pursue Jack the Ripper alone and without the aid of my faithful friend. And all for the most damnedable of reasons:

Early on in my investigations, Dr. John H. Watson, formerly of 221b Baker Street, emerged as my prime suspect.

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##BookReview “The Murder Club” by Nikki Crutchley

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If reading crime fiction and suspense has taught me nothing else, it’s to avoid small towns! 😀 They all have serial killers, and so many odd, quirky residents, it’s nearly impossible to identify the killer.

Welcome to Lentford, New Zealand!

I didn’t read book one in this series, but it’s obvious Miller Hatcher is in Lentford for closure… and redemption. She’s avoided dealing with the home of her late mother for two years, and she’s trying to regroup from too many bad decisions and too much alcohol.

Trying not to see her job at the local newspaper as a step down in her career, it shakes Miller when she realizes letters she’s received could be from the killer of a local woman. Her worst fears are realized when the letters… and the killings continue by the man dubbed the Scarf Killer. He wants Miller to make him famous by writing about him in the paper. But he’s looking for more than notoriety, and Miller finds herself in danger. Again.

We also meet Cassie whose mother disappeared years ago but her remains were only recently found, and Logan, whose sister was murdered, and their paths and lives will intersect with Miller’s before a killer is exposed.

Kudos to Nikki Crutchley! She laced this one up nice and tight, making it impossible for me to guess the killer’s identity!  I read the last three chapters saying, “Whaaaaat?” a lot!

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‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’

When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.

Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.

Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.

The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.

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#BookReview “Little Falls” by Elizabeth Lewes

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Finding a tortured dead body hanging in a barn rattles county assessor Camille Waresch, but it doesn’t shock her. Struggling with PTSD, she thinks back to the other body she found. Her soldier. Her responsibility.

When she’s tapped by the medical examiner to help with the initial crime scene examination, Camille realizes though separated by years and thousands of miles, there are too many similarities in both deaths.

Though she’s warned several times, Camille continues with her own investigation. In her mind, she believes finding out what happened to the second victim will bring the justice the first victim never received, and bring her peace of mind. Her search for answers takes on new meaning when Camille learns her rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter, Sophie, knew the young man and is still involved with the acquaintances he left behind.

Told entirely from Camille’s point of view, Little Falls is an emotional read. Her mental anguish leaps off the page not just because of her military service, but guilt over the soldier she feels she didn’t do enough for; anger and frustration at the way the military treated her for wanting to do the right thing; and her own self-loathing for what she considers her personal failures, like motherhood.

Many around her think Camille is crazy… and sometimes even she believes she’s losing it. Her PTSD is extreme, but she’s not crazy. She could benefit from some long-term counseling, but she’s not crazy. And she’d probably refuse the counseling, anyway.

When Sophie goes missing, Camille isn’t just a mother looking for her child, but a soldier on a mission, and it is something to behold! The ending is good, with resolutions, but I feel bad for this fictional character who to me represents the veterans who never get the help they need.

A solid read with good writing and strong characters, Little Falls will appeal to readers of multiple genres, especially mystery and suspense.

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Synopsis

She tried to forget the horrors of war–but her quiet hometown conceals a litany of new evils.

Sergeant Camille Waresch did everything she could to forget Iraq. She went home to Eastern Washington and got a quiet job. She connected with her daughter, Sophie, whom she had left as a baby. She got sober. But the ghosts of her past were never far behind.

While conducting a routine property tax inspection on an isolated ranch, Camille discovers a teenager’s tortured corpse hanging in a dilapidated outbuilding. In a flash, her combat-related PTSD resurges–and in her dreams, the hanging boy merges with a young soldier whose eerily similar death still haunts her. The case hits home when Sophie reveals that the victim was her ex-boyfriend–and as Camille investigates, she uncovers a tangled trail that leads to his jealous younger brother and her own daughter, wild, defiant, and ensnared.

The closer Camille gets to the truth, the closer she is driven to the edge. Her home is broken into. Her truck is blown up. Evidence and witnesses she remembers clearly are erased. And when Sophie disappears, Camille’s hunt for justice becomes a hunt for her child. At a remote compound where the terrifying truth is finally revealed, Camille has one last chance to save her daughter–and redeem her own shattered soul.

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#BookReview “Unbound Ties” by Liz Mistry

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5/5 Stars!

I’ve read dozens of books and watched as many television shows and movies where police officers and detectives have personal connections to horrific cases their departments are investigating.

Unbound Ties wins the prize for the most connections! Eat your heart out, Kevin Bacon!

When a young pregnant woman is found hanging at the top of the stairs in her home, the ritualistic scene displayed at her feet not only rule out suicide but also fills DI Angus McGuire with dread that the killer is just beginning. And he’s right. There will be more murders. Some will follow the pattern and some won’t. But with each death, Gus and his team are sure there’s a connection they’re missing. However, he’s gobsmacked when he learns the killer… and the murders could be directly connected to his mother’s childhood.

This was such a good read told from multiple points of view… and one of them belongs to the killer. An arrogant piece of work, he enjoys choosing victims and planning the murders as much as he does taking lives. He also enjoys taunting the police, knowing they won’t catch him before his endgame.

Though the methodical killer stumps Gus’ team at first, they dig in their heels, determined to close the case before he strikes again. When Gus is removed as lead investigator because he’s too close to the case, there are a few stumbles, but first Alice and later Nancy take the lead and Gus might even learn a thing or two from them.

He is a moody manimal! Of course, after everything Gus has been through in his adult years alone, moody is not a condemnation. He has a loving relationship with his parents but too many lies and secrets over the years have left Gus wondering whom he can trust, and the last lie guts him.

Several themes run through Unbound Ties, but for me, it was racism that stood out. Not because it was loud and preachy, accusatory, or timely, but more so because it wasn’t. While the thirty-five-year-old mixed-race Gus had his share of discrimination growing up, he never considered what his mother went through. But his mother also never talked about it. Born to a woman who didn’t want her, blamed her for her desolate life, and abused her mentally and physically, half Jamaican Corrine Cameron didn’t fare any better when she was thrust into the foster care system. Gus has to reconcile the strong, professional woman who raised him and his sister with the child scapegoated and traumatized simply because of her dark skin and the ignorance of others.

Infidelity, betrayal, mental health, and the coronavirus pandemic are also key themes, but also not in-your-face. Liz Mistry does an excellent job of weaving them not just through the story but through the lives of its characters and how they were affected as they worked together to catch a serial killer.

I have a knack for jumping into a series anywhere except the beginning, and in this case, it was book seven… of a seven-book series. Only me, right? But I LIKE these characters with all their quirks… and unwavering support of each other even when they don’t agree, so I’ve added six books to my already towering TBR. Make sure you add this one to yours.

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SYNOPSIS

When the past unravels, all that’s left is death.

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,

When DI Gus McGuire is called out to the murder of a pregnant woman, the crime scene tells him that this killer is not only taunting them … he’s also just getting started.

Lavender’s green,

With ritualistic precision, the killer has placed a series of clues beneath the victim’s feet. Gus soon realises that these clues link back to his mother’s past as a child in foster care in Scotland.

When I am king, dilly dilly,

Troubled by his mum’s secrets, Gus is in a dark place. Side-lined from the main investigation, Gus works another murder, not realising that the two are linked and that the killer is closer than he realises … Dangerously close.

You shall be queen.

Then the killer begins to target people near to Gus. Angry and determined Gus races to unravel the past and catch this sadist before the loss is too much for him to bear.

The seventh gripping thriller in the DI Gus McGuire series, for fans of Angela MarsonsVal McDermid and LJ Ross.

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#BookReview “Two Reasons to Run” by Colleen Coble

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As if Police Chief Jane Hardy didn’t have enough to deal with getting to know her fifteen-year-old son, Will, coming to grips with the betrayal by his father… and hers, working through the aftermath of an attempt on her father’s life, and searching for the mother who abandoned her as a child, now she’s added a murder and possible terrorist plot to her plate.

When Keith McDonald doesn’t arrive home on schedule, his mother, Ruby, follows his cryptic instructions and contacts Jane. After overhearing a conversation, Keith fears something bad is planned for the oil rig where he works. He also knows if something happens to him, a Pelican Harbor resident, the young police chief won’t rest until justice is served.

Before even determining Keith’s whereabouts, Jane learns the young oil rigger also shared his suspicions with investigative journalist Reid Dixon… Will’s father. Now she must put her personal feelings aside to find a killer and stop a terrorist plot that could devastate the southern coasts that haven’t fully recovered from the last oil rig explosion.

I liked all the characters in this suspenseful page-turner, even if I didn’t care for all of their actions. I’m looking at you, Will.

When Will’s life is threatened to force Jane to stop her investigation, she and Reid pull together, with the help of her father to protect their son until she can solve the case. Just as Jane lets her guard down, betrayal rears its ugly head again and Jane doesn’t think she can ever trust anyone again.

The shared pasts and cult-life of Jane and Reid is a strong sub-plot and the reason for so much anger and animosity. I liked the way the author worked to resolve issues in a realistic manner.  It didn’t feel forced or fake. Jane has every right to her hurt and pain, but for how long and at what cost? The inspirational theme is also nicely woven through the story and realistic. Not over-the-top preachy or hypocritical.

While I didn’t read the first book in the Pelican Harbor Series (yet), I didn’t feel lost in Two Reasons to Run. Just enough details were woven through the story for me to understand the relationships of all the characters without info dumps. A good ending brings resolutions and character growth… and enough unease for the upcoming book three.

Enjoy!


Synopsis:

Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. 

A lie changed her world.

Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol. 

A crisis looms.

When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.

A killer targets her son.

Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good.

She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays?


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