Death in the Family (A Shana Merchant Novel Book 1)

This crime mystery will keep you wondering all through the book. It has everything; a gathering at a private island on a dark, dreary, rainy weekend, a missing grandson who may or may not be dead, his girlfriend, greedy siblings, the rich grandmother and a butler.

To top it off the lead detective has some serious problems of her own and goes off the rails at times. One grandson learns all about that. Her partner seems to be the only sane one on the island.

The author was able to make all the characters suspects and keep you on your toes. The book was well written and easy to read. I enjoyed reading it. There were no checking how much I had to still read.

I want to thank Tessa Wegert and Berkley Publishing Group for this book in exchange for a honest review.





I See You

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I See You is a very good read. The only problem I had with the book was keeping up with the people and their names. That could very well be my problem.

The book is the second in a series but it can stand alone.

The story of the book is about a woman who’s sister disappeared years ago and her remains have been found lately. Now the woman, who has been stabbed in her bedroom, and her daughter are missing. The husband is the only suspect and a local detective and a FBI agent are on the case and each other.

Did her husband kill her or did her daughter? Maybe it was the murderer of all those other women. You will have to read the book to find out.

I would like to thank Mary Burton, Montlake Romance and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.





Third Party

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This book kept me wondering for a long time. At first I didn’t think I would like it. The paragraphs shifted between the three main characters and I thought it would be hard to read. It turned out to be very easy to keep it straight. Having said that, it is not for everyone. The book is based on abusive relationships, BDSM, consensual and non consensual encounters, child abuse and suicide.

The book is about the death of Margaux Stritch and the people around her, her life and her job. It is also about abuse. At first everyone thought she committed suicide but Decker, a detective, thinks she was murdered and is determined to prove it.

The end was somewhat of a surprise. The third party who was mentioned several times forward the end was a let down and really didn’t fit in with the story line.

I would like to thank Brandi Reeds, Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.





The Secrets of Lost Stones

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I was surprised that The Secrets of Lost Stones was Melissa Payne’s first book. It was great. The kind that keeps you up all night reading just one more chapter. It has everything; mystery, drama and spirits to keep you awake. You would never think this is the authors first book.

Jess and Star are both damaged from the past and trying to heal. Lucy, a little old lady who is known as “the witch of Pine Lake”, takes them into her home. None of them know how they are connected.

The book was well written. The characters were believable and the end was a total surprise. I never saw it coming.

I also want the thank Netgalley, Lake Union and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review. All opinions are my own.





Three, Four … Better Lock Your Door

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Three, Four … Better Lock Your Door is a very good book. It is not a book that you can’t put down but it is good. It will hold your attention.

Rebekka is a news reporter out to find a killer, along with her friend/photographer, Sune. She gathers as many facts as she can on the murders and the victims trying to solve the mystery. Even though there were hints to who the murderer was it was still a surprise when the identity was revealed.

The location of the book was in Denmark but it could have been in any city or town in the United States. That was no problem reading the book. There were several murders but they were not disturbing.

I liked the book and recommend it.

I also want the thank the publisher and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.





All Eyes on Me (A Miranda and Parker Mystery Book 1)

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I would like to thank the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

While I enjoyed the book and it was a good story there were parts that did not seem to be believable. There was too much that would never happen in the real world. The police would never hire PI’s to investigate a murder, especially a high profile case or allow the PI’s to conduct a press briefing on their behalf. There were some places that I was thinking they should just get on with it. The scene in the casino was a complete waste of time and no way believable. If the author had stuck to the murder and who did it the story would have been better. The idea was great.

The end was good. I never saw that coming and it was a surprise. However, it could have been a little shorter. The walk around the neighborhood could have been cut in half.

At the end, I was glad I read the book.





Absolution

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I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publishers for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

When I started this book I was not aware it was the second book in a series. After a few chapters I was ready to put the book down. That is something I never do. It was obvious that there was another book before this one and the first book, Twist of Faith, had to be read if you wanted to understand the second one. A short look in my Kindle and that problem was solved. I didn’t even remember buying the first one.

The second trip to Absolution was much easier to read. However, you still have to stay on your toes. There are lots of twists and turns, names, and characters along with several murders. This is not an easy read. The author also chose to give most of the main people a name that is similar and starts with an “A” and the two main women in Russell’s life are Juliette and Joanne. 

Most of the characters had some serious mental problems or was just straight out evil. Russell seemed to be into porn and poor Joanne was just a good friend and busy body who got caught up in the mayhem. 

The book is good and I am glad I read it. I will also buy the next one. I couldn’t give it a 5 star simply because it was hard to read at times. 





Twist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1)

I was given a copy of Absolution (Ava Saunders #2) for a review. From the first it was hard to read and it was plain that the first book would have to be read. The second book was not a stand alone. A trip to Amazon reminded me that I had bought #1 awhile back. 

The book was good, not great. There were places that were hard to understand and a few that were not believable. However, it will keep you on your toes. It was easy to read and I did like it enough to want to finish it. There are characters that are likable and I was hoping that things would turn out good for them. Then I got to the end. It was a complete surprise. I didn’t see it coming. Maybe some have figured it out before the end but I did not.

If you like mysteries and who did it books you will like this book. Now I can’t wait to start #2 over again.