Mystery-Suspense

Coming January 10th: The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Coming in January: The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

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A young bride accused of murder must fend for herself and her farm during the Civil War.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like letter format novels,
  • and if you like romantic and historical suspense, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess, including violence

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Inspired by a true event, The Second Mrs. Hockaday uses the convention of letters, court inquests, and journal entries to tell the story of a woman accused by her husband of murdering a child conceived while he was away at war. This unusual format grabbed and held my attention from the start, as I tried to determine through perspectives of multiple characters what really happened. A stunning debut.

Available on Amazon January 10th:  The Second Mrs. Hockaday

October 18th: The Girl from Venice

Coming October 18th: The Girl From Venice 

****4/5 stars- loved it!

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From thriller series writer Martin Cruz Smith , a standalone action-adventure-romance about a Venetian fisherman who decides to help the Jewish girl he encounters in his lagoon at the very close of World War II.

Recommended readers:

  • fans of historical fiction
  • fans of mystery and suspense
  • fans of action-adventure romance…this one’s got it all!

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a World War II story at least partially about Jews on the run that I would classify as an action adventure romance, and I have to say while taking on a serious topic, this one was quite a bit of… fun.  Somehow Martin Cruz Smith manages to successfully impart historical information in a compelling, plot driven thriller not unlike the modern political sort. Doesn’t make any sense?  Try it yourself.

Available on Amazon on October 18th: The Girl From Venice

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

***3/5 stars-liked it

28700178When a Civil War reenactor is found dead at  Old World Wisconsin, veteran historic site employee and sleuth Chloe Ellefson suspects murder.

Recommended readers:

  • history nerds
  • Civil War buffs
  • historic sites enthusiasts

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A Memory of Muskets follows the popular parallel storyline convention of  historical mystery plus present-day mystery solvers, but this steps it up a notch with an extra present-day murder mystery.  Muskets is seventh in a mystery series about historic sites curator Chloe Ellefson and her cop-boyfriend Roelke McKenna, who navigate their relationship and their own jobs as very different people. As a history buff and historic sites person myself, I enjoyed the attention to the details of historic sites problems and Civil War reenacting, but would have enjoyed it much more had I read the previous books.

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

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Get immersed in this eerie Civil War town – and Heather Graham’s Darkest Journey, part of the Krewe of Hunters Series.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Heather Graham
  • If you like mystery-thrillers with some romance
  • If you want a quick-reading mystery

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

When Charlene (Charlie) returns to her Louisiana hometown to film a movie, she immediately stumbles upon a body, a recently murdered Civil War reenactor. She immediately calls on an sort-of old flame, Ethan Delaney, who happens to be part of an elite FBI team. In the third Krewe of Hunters novel, you’ll enjoy a quick-reading mystery – with great characters. And  charthe best character of all is the small Southern town, with an eery, fascinating Civil War history and deep, deep roots. I’m not usually a fan of supernatural, but Graham weaves in some interesting “characters” who don’t feel hokey and instead add more drama and interest to the mystery. With three Krew of Hunters series books out just this year, Graham entertains completely with this series – and I can’t wait for the next!

Shop all Graham novels here (tip: You’ll save a buck if you get the paperback vs the kindle.)

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

Open Season by CJ Box

Available today: Open Season

****4/5 starsOpen Season by CJ Box

C.J. Box kicks off the Joe Pickett Series with a perfect blend of outdoors, mystery and politics.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a good mystery thriller
  • If you’re a fan of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, etc
  • If you’re from Wyoming

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

CJ Box has made a niche for himself as the king of the true modern-day western thriller. And Open Season fits perfectly into his niche with his trademark: Wyoming-set, outdoorsmen-style people in small towns. As a Wyoming native myself, he clearly understands the people – who love and appreciate the outdoors – hunting, fishing and more. As the first novel of the Joe Pickett series, Open Season is intense, bringing together the outdoors, small town politics and even the game warden’s family. It’s an amazing thriller – unique in its setting and plot. Enjoy!

Available today: Open Season

 

Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

Available now: Into Dust

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The first of the Montana Hamiltons Series just could get you hooked for the whole series.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Western Romantic Suspense
  • If you like B.J. Daniels and the Montana Hamiltons Series
  • and if you like a fast-reading romantic suspense

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

B.J. Daniels continues the Montana Hamiltons series as Cassidy Hamilton, the daughter of a presidential candidate, nearly gets kidnapped but cowboy Jack Durand stops it. Neither has any idea how entangled their story actually is. In a thrilling adventure that takes them across states, the two uncover something of their parents’ past and maybe something else. And if you like Into Dust, you’ll be happy to know it’s the first in the Montana Hamiltons Series – so more suspense is to come from the many characters.

Available now: Into Dust

Love’s Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

Available September 6: Love’s Sweet Revenge

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Now trying to build a ranch and a simplier life, Jake, Miranda and their children face old and new enemies in Love’s Sweet Revenge.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Laurie McBain or Rosanne Bittner
  • If you like Western Historical Romances and family sagas
  • and if you enjoy historical romance from the true Wild West, these are for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

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The Harkner saga continues in Love’s Sweet Revenge, as Jake and Miranda and both children start to build the foundation of their family and ranch in the hills of Colorado. The families are hoping to build something safe, solid and great for children to come – but with so many enemies gained through the years with the desire for revenge, Jake must save himself, his son and their families.

I definitely recommend reading the previous Outlaw Hearts Series, as this book will spoil the plot in most of the previous books.

Available September 6: Love’s Sweet Revenge

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

****4.5/5 stars

A scary-good psychological thriller, All the Missing Girls will rock your mind with haunted characters and a  reverse chronological plot.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train
  • If you like psychological thrillers
  • If you want a brain-busting, page-turner

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A small town in North Carolina is rocked when a teenage girl disappears – and friends and family are left with scars that still haven’t healed 10 years later. Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge right after the tragedy and hardly returned until now, 10 years later, as she’s starting to pack up her family home after her dad moves to assisted living. Only another young girl disappears, and the tragedy brings back old suspects and new ones, haunting the town and it’s people all over again. Who’s to blame for the latest disappearance – and the one from 10 years ago?

All the Missing Girls is scary good: Cleverly written and intricately plotted. The story begins on Day 15 of when Nic returns home and works its way backwards to Day 1, when it all comes together for the reader. And the way it comes together is unpredictable and completely shocking if a little ironinc too. The group of friends are so haunted – and the town of Cooley Ridge and specific locations like the Ferris Wheel and the woods behind the Farrell home take on a personality of their own as events come to life as Nic traverses her 15 days in Cooley Ridge.

Previously a young adult writer, All the Missing Girls is Megan Miranda’s first adult novel – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

Review: Into the Whirlwind by Kat Martin

Available May 31: Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc)

****3.5/5 stars

Into the Whirlwind is a quick paced read with action and passion.

Recommended readers:

  • Looking for a page-turner romance
  • Want a book that both you and your guy will like?
  • Fans of Kat Martin

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Into the Whirlwind gets going so fast, you’ll check your electronic page number for fear of it ending too soon. But not to fear, Kat Martin, as she does so well in her contemporary action-romance, doesn’t leave off the pedal for long. Part of the Boss, Inc Series, this book brings in characters met in previous novels – lingerie model Megan O’Brien, a single mom, and her former body guard, Dirk Reynolds. When Megan’s son gets kidnapped, she has no where else to turn but to Dirk, who’s already been burned by Megan once. Into the Whirlwind is a quick paced read with action and passion.

Available May 31: Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc)

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R King

Available now: The Murder of Mary Russell, a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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We dare you to try to get ahead of this Laurie R King mystery.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a steady-paced historical mystery
  • If you’re a fan of Laurie R. King or Anne Perry
  • And if you like intricate plots.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

If you’re a fan or have read Laurie R. King before, you’ll know what I mean when I say: The Murder of Mary Russell is an intellectual mystery as you would expect from fictional work featuring Sherlock Holmes. With strong characters driving a dual plotline, The Murder of Mary Russell keeps you guessing throughout – as a good mystery should do. It’s a fun journey, trying to get ahead of the words you read, guessing the next step (and I doubt you will). Different from other novels in the Mary Russell series, Mary Russell isn’t the main character in the novel – and it’s a nice departure from King’s other successful mysteries. Whether you’ve read other Mary Russell-Laurie R King novels or not, this one is a intricate web of mystery and misdirection.

Available now: The Murder of Mary Russell, a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes