Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Her Darkest Nightmare (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels)



I've finished "Her Darkest Nightmare" the 1st book in her Dr. Evelyn Talbot Series by Brenda Novak.

Product Description

Her Darkest Nightmare, first in an electrifying new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER


Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her ― and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.

BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST

Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her ― the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same.

About the Author

BRENDA NOVAK and her husband live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children - three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research. Brenda's novels have made The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Product Details
Series: Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250076560
ISBN-13: 978-1250076564


My Review:

3/5

Rosie Genova's The Seven-Course Christmas Killer Blog Tour with a Spotlight

I am so excited to have Rosie Genova here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight.

Thanks Rosie and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to join The Seven-Course Christmas Killer  Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Rosie!






Rosie Genova, author of the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, serves up a new dish this week with the release of her e-book holiday novella, The Seven Course Christmas Killer: A Holiday Novella from the Italian Kitchen. Priced at .99, the e-book will be available on Amazon and most other retailers.

The story takes place on Christmas Eve, as Vic and the gang prepare the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes for their annual holiday party. But before you can say “shrimp scampi,” Mayor Anne McCrae takes a nasty fall that may not be an accident. Add a nosy reporter, guests with grudges, and a missing kitchen knife — and Vic suddenly has all the ingredients for murder! 

SYNOPSIS

On Christmas Eve, someone might be sleeping with the fishes


It’s December at the Casa Lido, which means only one thing: the Rienzi family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration, including wine, song, and seven Italian seafood courses. As Victoria and Tim prep scungilli and calamari, Nonna directs the cooking until all is in readiness for the big night.

But the holiday cheer is interrupted by the attempted murder of Mayor Anne McCrae, who asks Vic to investigate. Trouble is, there are as many suspects as there are fishes on the Christmas Eve menu.

“The tastiest item on the menu with colorful characters, a sharp plot, and a fabulous Jersey setting. I enjoyed every bite.” —New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay on Murder and Marinara






About the Author

A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. Her series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a 2013 Best Pick by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. The proud mama of three grown sons, Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.

November 30 - Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews

December 1 - Jane Reads

December 1 - Moonlight Rendezvous

December 2 - Queen of All She Reads

December 2 - Turning the Pages

December 2 - Island Confidential

December 2 - Brooke Blogs

December 2 - T's Stuff

December 3- Melina's Book Blog

December 3 - Christa Reads and Writes

December 4 - A Holland Reads

December 4 - The Power of Words

December 5 - A Blue Million Books

December 5 - Celticlady's Reviews

December 6 - Classy Cheapskate

December 7 - Books,Dreams,Life

December 9 - Cozy Up With Kathy

December 9 - Valerie's Musings

December 10 - StoreyBook Reviews

December 10 - Mystery Playground

December 11 - Bibliophile Reviews

December 11 - Laura's Interests

December 12 - Socrates' Book Reviews

December 14 - Traci Andrighetti's blog

December 14 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

December 14 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

December 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

December 15 - Author Annette Drake's blog

December 16 - Varietats

December 17 - Author Michele Lynn Seigfried's blog

December 18 - Community Bookstop

December 19 - The Girl with Book Lungs

December 19 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

December 23 - Pulp and Mystery Shelf









Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books Wish List

 
Please list the books from your wishlist that you are hoping to add to your shelves in a comment, thanks.

Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books, I'm Waiting For:   







In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni — co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café — are back to track down another bad egg.

Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight — the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer — but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them.

RECIPES INCLUDED!








Although still not quite a dog lover, Maggie Patterson meets with her new group of dog-loving friends for “Yappy Hour” every Friday night in the sleepy seaside town of Pacific Cove, CA. Both she and her sister Rachel have put the past murderous summer behind them, with Rachel even securing a headline feature for the Wine & Bark in the famous Doggie Day magazine. But when her sister comes down with a case of salmonella poisoning, Maggie is left to run the business in her absence. Even worse, Maggie overhears an argument between her friend Yolanda and Bonnie, who runs the Chic Chickie shop. Then poor Bonnie turns up dead.

With evidence pilling up against Yolanda, the Roundup Crew is desperate to find the real killer and convince Maggie to investigate. With the help of charming detective Officer Brad Brooks, Maggie finds that everyone has a motive, even some of her beloved Roundup Crew friends. Maggie must put her new job as a purser on hold while she tracks down a murderer. Will Maggie’s investigation kill her budding romance with Officer Brooks? Sometimes getting to the truth is not for the faint of bark…er…heart. Between running the bar, managing her love life, and solving a murder in time for the editorial spread, things are about to get a little hairy in this laugh-out-loud cozy mystery.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Release 2016 (Nov 29)











In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel, the Last Option Search Team (LOST) returns — and for one agent, the hunt for a serial killer just got very personal.

HE SWORE TO PROTECT HER

Bailey Jones somehow survived her harrowing abduction by the infamous Death Angel. But while her physical scars have healed, she can’t stop wondering about a woman she helped to escape, who simply disappeared. When LOST agent Asher Young is assigned to her case, Bailey instantly feels an attraction to the intense ex-SEAL who seems to be carrying dark secrets of his own.

BUT KEEPING HIS PROMISE

Asher can’t afford to let his growing feelings for Bailey distract him from his job. Only she can soothe his horrific nightmares, but the last thing he wants is for the demons from his past to ever hurt her. Bailey has gotten past his guard, and the emotions he feels for her — they’re as dark and dangerous as the past he doesn’t want to face.

COULD COST BOTH THEIR LIVES


When corpses begin surfacing — all marked with the same tattoo depicting the Death Angel’s calling card — Asher must race to stop a twisted killer who wants nothing more than to claim his next prize: Bailey.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads (Nov 28)




 Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads


Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books you read last week and books being read this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Crossing the Line - James Patterson
2.  Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

Weekly Read:

1.  Night Watch - Iris Johansen

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers) Paperback

 


I've finished "Deadly Silence" the 1st book in her Blood Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti.

Product Description

The first book in a breathtaking new romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.

**THE PRINT EDITION CONTAINS EXTRA BONUS SCENES NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!

DON'T LOOK BACK


Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first.

Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.

A Blood Brothers Novel


About the Author 


Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccazanetti.com

Product Details
Series: Blood Brothers (Book 1)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Forever (October 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455594253
ISBN-13: 978-1455594252


My Review:

3.5/5

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover

 

I've finished "Debt to Pay" the 15th book in his Jesse Stone series by Robert B. Parker.

Product Description

The brilliant new novel in Robert B. Parker’s New York Times–bestselling series featuring police chief Jesse Stone.


All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn’t too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it’s the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.

Peepers has long promised revenge against the Mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits — and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon’s security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he’ll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there’s a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the Jesse Stone series, and the Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Westerns. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.

Reed Farrel Coleman has been called a “hard-boiled poet” by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in The Huffington Post. He has published twenty-three novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and most recently, Where It Hurts. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, a winner of the Barry and Anthony Awards, and is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. Coleman lives with his family on Long Island.

Product Details
Series: A Jesse Stone Novel (Book 15)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (September 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399171436
ISBN-13: 978-0399171437


My Review:

3.5/5

Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books Wish List

 
Please list the books from your wishlist that you are hoping to add to your shelves in a comment, thanks.

Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books, I'm Waiting For:  






In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel, the Last Option Search Team (LOST) returns — and for one agent, the hunt for a serial killer just got very personal.

HE SWORE TO PROTECT HER

Bailey Jones somehow survived her harrowing abduction by the infamous Death Angel. But while her physical scars have healed, she can’t stop wondering about a woman she helped to escape, who simply disappeared. When LOST agent Asher Young is assigned to her case, Bailey instantly feels an attraction to the intense ex-SEAL who seems to be carrying dark secrets of his own.

BUT KEEPING HIS PROMISE

Asher can’t afford to let his growing feelings for Bailey distract him from his job. Only she can soothe his horrific nightmares, but the last thing he wants is for the demons from his past to ever hurt her. Bailey has gotten past his guard, and the emotions he feels for her — they’re as dark and dangerous as the past he doesn’t want to face.

COULD COST BOTH THEIR LIVES

When corpses begin surfacing — all marked with the same tattoo depicting the Death Angel’s calling card — Asher must race to stop a twisted killer who wants nothing more than to claim his next prize: Bailey.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Release 2016 (Nov 22)










There's a pub in New York City that's been in the Finnegan family for generations. Now Kieran and her three brothers own it. Kieran Finnegan is also a criminal psychologist — a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful teenage past.

New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed — until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her youngest brother as an act of vengeance. Craig's there to stop the gang.

But the police and FBI begin to wonder if there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers — who seem to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal.

Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig are both assigned to the case. But there's more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan's.

Includes the story Everyone Goes to Finnegan's, the fascinating origins of the infamous pub.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads (Nov 21)




 Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads


Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books you read last week and books being read this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Debt to Pay - Robert B. Parker
2.  Deadly Silence - Rebecca Zanetti
3.  Her Darkest Nightmare - Brenda Novak

Weekly Read:

1.  Crossing the Line - James Patterson
2.  Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Insidious (An FBI Thriller) Hardcover

 


I've finished "Insidious" the 20th book in her FBI series by Catherine Coulter.

Product Description

Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.


Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over seventy-five novels, including the FBI Thriller series and the Brit in the FBI series, which she co-writes with J.T. Ellison. Coulter lives in Marin County, California.

Product Details
Series: An FBI Thriller (Book 20)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (August 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501150294
ISBN-13: 978-1501150296


My Review:

3/5

Library Haul 2016 (Nov 20 - 26)


Here's the list of books I picked up from the library this week:

Hardcover:

1.  Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail (Nov 19)


Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail is hosted every Saturday at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received this in the mail this week.






Sometimes, what you can’t see will kill you

Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight through a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England's Night Watch Project. All is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears the very night he visits her, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing and unearth the shocking secret of Night Watch.





Danger is heating up

When Carly Reese’s beloved fashion boutique catches fire, she sees her dreams go up in smoke. The good news is that Carly was saved from the flames by a barking dog nearby. She soon discovers the heroic pooch is a trained K-9 who’s guarding his unconscious partner a gorgeous firefighter who ends up in Carly’s arms.

Noah Glover and his K-9 are a fearless duo, and Noah has clearly met his match with the brave, beautiful Carly. Soon they team up to track down the arsonist behind the blast – a psychotic criminal who’s intent on framing Noah. Meanwhile, the sparks between Noah and and Carly could ignite a five-alarm fire. Should they smother their feelings in the name of justice or fan the flames of passion?

Find out in Explosive Forces!






LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALL

After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie.

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger - and the sparks between them - could consume them both. 






TROPICAL HEAT

Penny Kline didn't come to Honduras on a pleasure trip. She's here to rescue her kidnapped niece, the only family she's got left. What she didn't plan on was walking into a covert ops mission --- or being wrapped up in the hard-muscled arms of Rafe Ortega. The cool-as-ice operative's touch may get her all hot and bothered, but no man can have a hold on her heart until her niece is home where she belongs.

Even in the tropics, Alpha Security operative Rafe can take down the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Hostage extractions. Clandestine missions. Those are the things he's been trained to handle. Relationships? Not so much. But one look at this strong, sexy redhead and he's seized by a fierce urge to protect her at all costs. Now Penny and Rafe will have to up their game because they're about to go into a master criminal's lair without backup, and the danger --- and passion --- is about to explode.

The Alpha Security Series

Book 1 - Heated Pursuit (Rafe and Penny)
Book 2 - Holding Fire (Trey and Elle)
Book 3 - Hard Justice (Vince and Charlie) 







Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot is as tough as they come, and not everyone loves her for it. Newly promoted Felony Division Chief, Claire has about as many jealous detractors as she does supporters. Some colleagues are openly skeptical about her youth, her abilities, and even her gender. When a highway project construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Claire reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born. While researching the file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation-and into Claire's life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire's habits, and she begins to realize that not all is as it seems. The detective urges Claire on, mysteriously convinced that only she can solve the case. Together, they unearth more graves. But then, disaster strikes and Claire finally discovers what Hastings knew all along. It's a secret almost too shocking for a sane mind to grasp. The key to the killings may lie deep in Claire's own past. But what if Claire's past lies in her future?

Full of spellbinding twists, Douglas Schofield's Time of Departure will appeal not only to thriller aficionados, but to readers who appreciate a strong female lead and a compelling love story. A page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, Time of Departure heralds the arrival of an immensely talented new crime novelist.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Liar's Key (Sharpe and Donovan) Hardcover

 
 
I've finished "Liar's Key" the 7th book in her Sharpe and Donovan series by Carla Neggers.

Product Description

An FBI legend, a mysterious antiquities specialist and a brazen art thief draw top FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan into a complex web of blackmail, greed and murder in the eagerly awaited new novel in the highly acclaimed Sharpe and Donovan series

Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops by her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he's heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics. Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won't discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma's grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn't give him everything he had on the thief. Even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.

When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma's fiancé, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can't stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma's role and where her loyalties lie.

From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma's brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.

No one creates exciting, action-packed romantic suspense and international intrigue like New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.

About the Author

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including her popular Sharpe & Donovan and Swift River Valley series. Her books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in over 35 countries. A frequent traveler to Ireland, Carla lives with her family in New England. To learn more and to sign up for her newsletter, visit CarlaNeggers.com.

Product Details
Series: Sharpe & Donovan (Book 7)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: MIRA (August 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778319113
ISBN-13: 978-0778319115


My Review:

3/5

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books Wish List

 
Please list the books from your wishlist that you are hoping to add to your shelves in a comment, thanks.

Cozy, Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Books, I'm Waiting For: 






There's a pub in New York City that's been in the Finnegan family for generations. Now Kieran and her three brothers own it. Kieran Finnegan is also a criminal psychologist — a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful teenage past.

New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed — until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her youngest brother as an act of vengeance. Craig's there to stop the gang.

But the police and FBI begin to wonder if there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers — who seem to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal.

Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig are both assigned to the case. But there's more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan's.

Includes the story Everyone Goes to Finnegan's, the fascinating origins of the infamous pub.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Releases 2016 (Nov 16)










Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case — even if that agent is her estranged husband.

Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together — and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before — they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own.

She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?







#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning — except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."






Detectives Micki Dare and Zach Harris are back in TRIPLE SIX, their second adventure in Erica Spindler’s supernatural thriller series The Lightkeepers.

It's been three months since that night - the night that Micki almost died. Physically, she's healed but the nightmares remain, and she can't shake the feeling that more happened that night than Zach is telling her. The only thing she can do is try to carry on as normal and solve the latest case she and Zach have been assigned to.

A string of brutal home invasions are rocking New Orleans and the families targeted seemingly have nothing in common. Why were these victims chosen? The deeper Micki and Zach go into the case, the more they realize something isn't right. There's something familiar about the person doing this - and it's a familiarity Micki has been trying to forget. Suddenly, this case is hitting too close to home and Micki has to decide if she really wants to learn the truth about that night.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Pearl R. Meaker's The Devil's Flood Blog Tour with a Spotlight, Excerpt, Giveaway and Guest Post

 


I am so excited to have Pearl R. Meaker here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway.

Thanks Pearl and Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me to join The Devil's Flood Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Pearl!





THE DEVIL'S FLOOD
by Pearl R. Meaker
GENRE: Cozy Mystery

BLURB

Can a house vanish without a trace? What is the "super booze" that's available at clandestine drinking parties in Golden County? When mummified bodies show up at an archeological dig and a young man gets shot in a duel at a party, can Emory and Madison find the answers in the midst of a flood year?

Excerpt

“Okay.” Kate said, pulling her phone out of a pocket as Jairus and the crew gathered around me where I stood watching the rescue team go in after my husband. “Here’s a shot of Dr. Crawford.” She held the phone in front of me. “He’s still conscious and managed a little wave, but I’m glad the rescue team is heading in.”

I glanced at the photo. Jebbin lay in a pool of light on what looked like a pile of bedding heaped on a rough wooden floor. His glasses had fallen off. He never looks quite right without them, and
I could tell he was hurting. Probably feeling a bit nauseous as well. In spite of it all he wore a wan grin and had lifted a hand in greeting.

Kate swiped the screen.

In the sharp glare of her phone’s flash a mummified man sat on the floor, his back against a wall. There was a dark stain spilling down his chest from a hole near where his heart would be.

“There’s one part of the company Dr. Crawford mentioned he had.”

She swiped again. “Here’s the other.”

This mummy lay on its back. The flash showed a stain that flowed from his chest and down his side to form a hardened puddle on the floor.

“Which one’s my Grandpa?” Melva gasped.






AUTHOR Bio and Links

Slightly quirky, always creative, Pearl R. Meaker has been an artist, singer and craftsperson her whole life. Although she's always had stories in her head, they didn't come out to play with others until the advent of home computers with their ease of making corrections and moving bits around.

After several years of writing fanfiction in the world of Tolkien's Middle-Earth, she took a couple of writing courses and dove into writing original works of fiction, and The Emory Crawford Mysteries were born.

When not playing with story ideas you can find Pearl playing with yarn either knitting or crocheting, doing other arts and crafts, bird watching and photographing nature, playing bluegrass fiddle (her husband plays banjo) or relaxing with her hubby on the sofa watching mystery shows on Netflix.

Oh - and reading all sorts of books, but especially cozy and other types of mysteries!

The books in The Emory Crawford Mysteries Series are reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries, which is why Pearl has chosen to characterize her stories as "murder genteel."

Links

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Buy Links

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Guest Post

5 Recipes I Wish I Hadn’t Tried and Other Kitchen Disasters

Emory’s cooking and food in general, are an important part of The Emory Crawford Mysteries Series. Sometimes, the dishes in the stories are ones I have made over the years for my family and still make now that it’s just my hubby and me at home. And some of the recipes in the books, I’ll confess, I’ve never made and am hesitant to even try making them – like the Indian dishes that Deepti Chatterjee makes in The Devil’s Flood.

At this point in my journey with Emory and Jebbin, I don’t know about any of Emory’s culinary catastrophes. I’ll have to ask her about them, but for now I invite you to come with me to revisit some of the low spots in my own cooking experience.

1) Instant Vanilla Pudding with Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

This one should have been awesome, but it tasted horrible. I was still a newly wed and thought this would be a great new dessert for my sweets loving man. I had no recipe, I mean really – who needs a recipe for adding chocolate chips to vanilla pudding! And yet, whether it was because it was instant pudding or because it was a generic brand, or that the chips should have been added just before eating, it tasted icky. I’ve never had the courage to try the idea again.

2) Bacon Goulash

I make a dish called Spam Goulash that my mom’s side of the family ate often during WWII. It’s incredibly simple – Spam, elbow macaroni, chopped onions and a couple cans of tomato soup.

Again during our first year of marriage, I thought since I usually fried the chunks of Spam in a little bacon grease, why not just fry some bacon up really crisp and use it instead. It sounded yummy – except the bacon absorbed enough of the tomato soup to end up mushy.

Not nice.

3) This recipe disaster happened later in our marriage when we had two children

who had both been strongly admonished to not complain about the new dish I was trying.

The moussaka was the soggiest, most disgusting thing we’d eaten in ages. I finally asked everyone if it tasted as bad to them as it did to me and they enthusiastically agreed. We went to Burger King for dinner.

4) Within the last couple of years there was this fish dish.

I got the recipe from a healthy diet cookbook and everyone on the company’s online site said it was fantastic. I made it just for myself first, and it didn’t taste all that well, but I’d fiddled a bit with the recipe so it didn’t make as much, since it was only me eating it. So I made it again when my hubby would be home and made it exactly to the recipe.

It was still horrible and got run down the garbage disposal.

5) There’s one kitchen disaster I recall.

I was taking a 8x8 glass baking dish of Chicken Enchiladas out of the oven and had one of those premonition things happen – kind of a déjà vu vision but of something yet to come. Just for a flash of a second before it happened, I knew I was going to drop it all.

And I did.

Gooey, cheesy enchilada and glass were all over the floor just when everything was ready to pop out of the oven to serve. (There was another 13x9 lasagna pan full, so we wouldn’t go hungry). I had a huge mess to clean up – and keep the cats out of.

So there you have it, five of my kitchen failures and messes.

Can you come up with five of your own?

Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads (Nov 14)




 Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads


Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books you read last week and books being read this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Insidious - Catherine Coulter
2. A Most Curious Case of Murder - Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

Weekly Read:

1.  Debt to Pay - Robert B. Parker
2.  Deadly Silence - Rebecca Zanetti
3.  Her Darkest Nightmare - Brenda Novak

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail (Nov 12)


Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail is hosted every Saturday at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received this in the mail this week.






Photojournalist Siobhan Walsh has been searching for two sisters who disappeared two years ago in Mexico, so when she receives a call from a priest in Texas about an abandoned baby holding a locket with her name, she calls her friends in the FBI for help. The infant obviously belongs to one of the sisters, but how did she end up in Texas? And why did she abandon her newborn?

Lucy Kincaid and her mentor, Supervisory Special Agent Noah Armstrong, track the missing girls and uncover a human-trafficking organization that leads to a seedy underworld in which nothing is as it seems. The bad guys seem to stay two steps ahead of them, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and Lucy with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile Lucy’s fiance Sean Rogan has a crisis of his own. An old girlfriend returns with shocking news: not only does Sean have a son, but Jesse and his step-father have disappeared. The last thing Sean wants to do is leave Lucy when she’s investigating a horrific case, but his son is in grave danger. Torn between an impossible choice, he makes a decision that has far-reaching consequences for Sean, Lucy, and everything they hold dear.