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Driven by Dane Cobain – book review and giveaway

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Driven by Dane Cobain to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Driven by Dane Cobain

Here is the book blurb.

Meet private detective James Leipfold, computer whizzkid Maile O’Hara and good-natured cop Jack Cholmondeley in the first book of the Leipfold series. A car strikes in the middle of the night and a young actress lies dead in the road. The police force thinks it’s an accident, but Maile and Leipfold aren’t so sure. Putting their differences aside, and brought together by a shared love of crosswords and busting bad guys, Maile and Leipfold investigate. But not all is as it seems, as they soon find out to their peril…

The story starts by introducing us to Donna Thompson but by the end of chapter 1, she is dead, killed in a hit and run. Then chapter 2 feels slow with random snapshots as we meet private investigator James Leipfold, play director Tom Townsend and computer whizz Maile O’Hara. Chapter 3 was equally slow, this time meeting Detective Inspector Jack Cholmondeley, Sergeant Gary Mogford, Constable Groves and informing Donna’s next of kin, her mother Eleanor, who hasn’t seen Donna in years.

Then with the highlight of chapter 4 initially seeming to be skint Leipfold advertising for an intern and reading the newspaper, which mentions the hit and run, I was about ready to give up on this book. It was just way too slow, however I persevered. Leipfold decides to visit the scene where he bumps into Cholmondely who he knows from way back. From his investigative methods, I started to get the feeling that Leipfold may be the one who can find the mystery driver rather than the police, as he quickly finds a house nearby with CCTV. And by the end of the chapter, we have linked in another of the main characters, Maile is waiting outside Leipfold’s office. She wants to be his intern.

As things start to hot up, I’m glad I kept going with this book, but I would suggest to the author that he needs to hook the reader in sooner. The CCTV appears to indicate that the car has no driver. How can this be? Is the driver hiding out of view? Is the vehicle being controlled remotely? Could it be pre-meditated murder rather than an accidental hit and run?

So in true whodunnit style, potential suspects start to stack up for the crime. And so do alibis.

I loved the way Leipfold shares little clues to the police, then relying on them to do the necessary graft.

Driven is available on Amazon in paperback, audiobook and kindle formats. A modern detective mystery to get you thinking whodunnit. It is the first book in a series, so I’m looking forward to reading more and hoping that now we have been introduced to the sleuths, that the next title will unfold faster.

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Her Frozen Cry by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Her Frozen Cry by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Her Frozen Cry by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The moon shines through the open window, bathing the woman in pale light. Blood-red wine from a shattered glass soaks into the cream blanket beside her, and her dull eyes stare vacantly at the framed photograph in her hand.

When beautiful wife and mother Alicia Gordon is found dead in a remote woodland cabin, Detective Amanda Steele is shocked to discover that she knows the husband. Amanda hasn’t spoken to Tony since she lost the love of her own life seven years ago, and seeing tragedy tearing her old friend’s family apart brings back so many painful memories.

Alicia was alone when she died, but she was so young, and Amanda can’t help feeling suspicious. Then she discovers that Alicia’s sleep medication had been tampered with, slowly poisoning her over several days. Amanda wants to trust that the sorrow on Tony’s face is real, but the more she digs into his marriage, the more it seems that he had opportunity, and motive…

Interviewing one of Alicia’s old colleagues, Amanda is shaken to her core when the woman suddenly collapses in her arms, dying in seconds from a lethal dose of the same poison that killed Alicia. But what could link this woman to Tony?

With her partner blaming Amanda for not arresting Tony immediately, she needs to prove that he isn’t the killer, or accept that the second woman’s death could be on her hands. She’s running out of time and leads when she discovers threatening messages sent to both victims. It’s the final clue to unmasking the most twisted killer Amanda has ever come up against, and to stop them she’ll have to risk everything…

This is the fifth title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous titles.
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness
Black Orchid Girls

The prologue features a suspicious death alone in a locked remote cabin, but how did she die? Murder? Suicide? Accident?

Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are investigating the death of Alicia Gordon, a successful entrepreneur business woman in her 30’s, who founded New Belle cosmetic company. But Amanda recognises a face in a family photo found under the victim. It is Tony Bishop, an old friend who she hasn’t seen in years. Or even an old flame?

She discovers that Tony recently married Alicia. Can she continue on the case? Is there a conflict of interest? When will she tell Sergeant Malone?

Family, colleagues, competitors, nanny, ex’s all come under suspicion, although Amanda can’t believe Tony could possibly be guilty.

Hate mail, lies, poison? what else will they unearth?

And then there is another death. What is the connection? Could they have prevented this?

Her Frozen Cry is available on Amazon. An excellent thrilling page turner full of twists and turns. Highly recommended. Some continuity references to earlier stories for those who enjoy reading the whole series but perfect as a stand-alone read too.

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
One More Kill
Girl on the Run


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O’Neill – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O’Neill to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O'Neill

Here is the book blurb.

Lena Farnham has it all: a job she loves, a wonderful husband, a huge house, and a baby about to arrive. She’s the happiest she’s ever been, and she can’t believe how lucky she is.

Unfortunately, Lena’s luck is about to run out.

Someone is following her, and not only that – they’re leaving frightening messages, and threatening her perfect life. Even worse? Her husband Sean doesn’t believe any of it.

When the baby finally arrives, however, Lena’s follower is the least of her worries. Everything in her life is about to change, but why? What did she do to deserve this? And what isn’t Sean telling her?

Lena embarks on a journey to uncover the lies, deceit, and betrayal from the one person she loves and trusts the most… her husband.

Even the most perfect people can have dark pasts – and even darker secrets.

Different chapters are told from the perspective of different characters with some overlap, so the story set in Portsmouth, starts with Lena, the main protagonist. Lena, a teacher is married to doting Sean and expecting her first child. But she is upset by an incident at school when one of the students threatens and hurts her, which results in him being expelled.

Then chapter 2 is from Sean’s view and although he is a caring husband, we discover he has a dark secretive past, which is rearing its head again.

Meanwhile in chapter 3, Lena is getting paranoid by a shadow following and watching her. Is there someone there? More things continue to scare her, but they always disappear before Sean sees, so he doesn’t believe her.

And so the story progresses. We also get chapters from the mysterious stalker. Lena tries to be proactive about the situation setting up a Neighbourhood Watch group, making a new friend with her neighbour Tracy. But we soon discover Tracy isn’t quite as she seems. And nor is the midwife.

Events continue to spiral in this psychological thriller after baby Charlie is born, as all the strands of the story are woven together. Who to trust? What to believe? Why are certain people behaving the way they are? What does a photo reveal? It was easy to guess who the stalker was but not why.

Circle of Betrayal is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats. A very intense read with plenty of twists.

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Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End by David Ahern – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have read and loved all of the Madam Tulip mysteries, so I was very pleased to receive a free e-copy of the fifth book in the series “Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End” by David Ahern to review.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End by David Ahern

Here is the book blurb.

On the private island of a rich banker, a young and talented stone-mason falls from a cliff. A tragic accident? Or murder?

After the collapse of their theatrical tour, actress Derry O’Donnell and sidekick Bruce must work to pay their way in a West of Ireland village. As Madam Tulip, Derry tells fortunes for a local charity only to be drawn into a maze of mystery and intrigue.

The dead man’s sister obsessed with justice and who will stop at nothing. A daughter bequeathed an island mansion beyond her means. A glamorous French widow and her heart-throb son certain they have been cheated of their legacy. Add an enigmatic letter hinting at a hidden fortune, and the reader is in for a gripping and humourous mystery adventure.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End is the fifth in the series of mystery-adventures in which out-of-luck actress Derry O’Donnell finds the End of the Rainbow may not be what it seems.

Madam Tulip is the sideline fortune-telling persona of actress Derry and each book is filled with mystery and intrigue, but all work perfectly as stand-alone reads.

So this story begins with Derry and friend Bruce discovering that the rest of their touring theatre group have skipped from the hotel, leaving them to foot the bill, but they have no funds. A deal is done with hotel manager James Boyle, that Derry as Madam Tulip will tell fortunes at the festival to help raise funds for the local lifeboat, whilst Bruce will be bar doorman.

After doing a fortune telling for Mary Jo, she is stunned when Mary Jo announces that the cards have backed up her belief that her brother Michael was murdered. Derry didn’t see that in the cards!

Another surprise was seeing one of her father, Jacko’s paintings hanging in James Boyle’s office, and discovering they were old friends. Cue – Jacko turning up later in the book. Coincidences abound as there are more of Jacko’s paintings at the nearby Baron mansion, a family Derry has just been introduced to, chasing mysteries of their own, which Derry gets drawn into.

So many strands woven into this great story. Intrigue, mystery, action, danger and a cryptic puzzle., which taught me about topics I knew nothing of.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End is available on Amazon in kindle format. An excellent thrilling action-packed mystery which I certainly recommend.

Here are the links to my reviews of the previous Madam Tulip titles.
Madam Tulip
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts
Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance
Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree


About the author

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland. He become a research psychologist in Scotland and the Netherlands, before inevitably his genes kicked in and he absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

After stints playing in great bands, all doomed to obscurity, and writing equally obscure plays, he took to novel-writing. He now creates the Madam Tulip mysteries, in part as a tribute to the way actors never give up dreaming, but mostly to make himself laugh and scratch his head. David Ahern loves pretending this is actual work.

David lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, a cat, a tame pheasant, a clan of badgers and a vegetable garden.

You can learn more about David Ahern and the Madam Tulip mysteries from his website www.davidahern.info

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter
and Twitter: www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter
and Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/davidahern

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Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Girl on the Run by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

College student Courtney Middleton disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone presumed she was dead…

Detective Madison Knight shows up at the local train station in the aftermath of a fatal shooting, and finds two women killed on scene. One was expecting her first child. The other was a wife and mother of two children and has Madison seeing a ghost from her past. She’s convinced the woman is her missing college friend, but why would she change her identity? And where has she been all this time?

There’s no lead on the gunman, but eyewitnesses tell of a mysterious young woman who may have triggered him. There’s no sign of her either—or another man who is said to watch over her all the time.

As the investigation continues, a drug-trafficking ring is exposed with connections to the Russian Mafia. The girl is one of their runners, and the man shadowing her is one of their handlers. When he’s found murdered in his apartment, shot with bullets of the same caliber used in the train station shooting, Madison knows the Russians will retaliate. She also realizes the women weren’t killed in some random incident.

As Madison works to figure out that piece of the puzzle, she’ll need to stay one step ahead of the mob to beat them to the elusive gunman and the girl. But when saving them puts her life and that of a loved one in danger, Madison finds out too late that the cost for justice comes at too high a price.

This is book 11 in the Detective Madison Knight series but works fine as a stand-alone read. I joined late to this series at book 8, but now that I have read 4 titles, I’m well into the continuity between titles plus seeing what makes Madison tick and her relationships with other regular characters. I’m still planning to go back to read the earlier titles in this series.

A little different to usual but this book has an enticing prologue in the near future, so as I continued reading, I kept wondering when I would reach that point in the tale.

The main story begins with a shooting at the railway station. Two women are dead and a third is taken to hospital, seriously injured. Madison is quickly on the scene having just been queueing nearby for her early morning coffee.

Madison and partner Terry try to piece together whether this is a random killing or if there is a connection between the victims. Witness statements indicate the gunman started yelling after a young woman shoplifted in front of everyone before vanishing.

Who is this girl? Was she a diversion? Can they find her as well as the shooter? Further investigation is pointing at the girl being a drugs runner for the Russian mafia. Then another body turns up in the docks. It is the girl’s usual handler. Will the mafia retaliate? The urgency is on, the girl has run but can they reach her before the mafia do?

But when they go to inform the victims’ husbands, a photo stops Madison in her tracks. Morgan, one of the victims is the spitting image of Courtney, a friend of Madison’s who mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago. Could Morgan be Courtney? Is it relevant to the case?

So many intertwined threads to unravel in this thrilling book. A gripping page turner which had me on the edge of my seat.

Girl on the Run is available on Amazon. Once again a fantastic story from best-selling author Carolyn Arnold.

This is the 15th book I’ve read by this excellent author and here are the links to my reviews of other titles by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness
One More Kill
Black Orchid Girls


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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If She Wakes by Erik Therme – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book If She Wakes by Erik Therme to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

If She Wakes by Erik Therme

Here is the book blurb.

Who do you trust when everyone is lying?

My name is Tess Parker.

Two days ago, I was in a car accident with my sister-in-law, Torrie. Before she slipped into a coma, she asked my husband and me to care for her four-month-old son, Levi.

Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Torrie’s estranged sister knocked on our door. But Torrie has no siblings . . . or so she said. She and my brother were only together a short time before he left, and Torrie has clearly been keeping secrets.

Today, another of Torrie’s “sisters” has come to town. Both say the other is lying about who they are.

Neither of them is telling the truth.

Both of them want Levi.

If She Wakes is the sequel to If She Dies which I reviewed last year.

The story begins with a prologue to link the two stories together followed by a car accident in chapter 1. Tess just has superficial injuries but her sister-in-law Torrie suffers a head injury and is kept in the hospital over night. Meanwhile Tess and husband Josh look after 4-month old Levi for Torrie.

But when she pops round to Torrie’s house to collect nappies etc for Levi, a visitor arrives, Jessie, who claims to be Torrie’s sister. Tess is surprised as Torrie had previously said she had no family, but she recognises the name Jessie. Last night after the accident Torrie had been upset by a voicemail and had been talking incoherently including mentioning the name Jessie.

Back at the hospital, Torrie has slipped into a coma. And Jessie wants to meet Levi.

Things get even more complicated the next day when Tess gets a phone call from Mia, another sister, who warns her about Jessie. And then Jessie says the same about Mia.

Who should Tess believe? Is Levi safe? Will Torrie recover? And other strange things are happening too. Where is this heading? Things are not as they seem.

If She Wakes is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback, audiobook and kindle format. A suspenseful read, with twists and turns.

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Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Black Orchid Girls by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The first rays of sun filter through the tall trees, casting a faint light on the girl lying at the water’s edge. Her tears have frozen on her pale face, a black orchid rests against her cold white skin.

When hikers find the body of a beautiful young girl on the banks of the Potomac River, Detective Amanda Steele is shaken and confused. What is the significance of the delicate flower resting on the girl’s torso? A sign of affection, or a twisted killer’s calling card?

The girl is Chloe Somner, a local nineteen-year-old ecology student well-known to the park rangers and loved by all her classmates. Searching Chloe’s home, Amanda can’t work out who could have tempted her to the water in the early hours of the morning, but a long night hunting through cold cases gives her a possible lead: twenty years ago another local girl was murdered, a red rose left on her body. But why would this killer strike again now?

Focused on the past, the last thing Amanda expects is the news that Chloe’s roommate has been found dead, another black orchid left. Terrified that more innocent victims will follow, can Amanda uncover the significance of the flowers and stop this cold-hearted killer before he returns for the next orchid girl…?

This is the fourth title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous titles.
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness

The story begins with a murder of a young girl in the park, left naked by the Potomac river with a black orchid on her chest. Who is the victim and could the flower signify a serial killer?

We learn that a black orchid can symbolise bad luck, death, black magic, strength, virility, sexual desires or success. Does one of these present a message?

The park rangers recognise her as a regular vistitor but don’t know her name. Soon she is identified as 19 year old Chloe Somner, a student at Geoffrey Michaels University.

Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent try to unravel the mystery, interviewing Chloe’s classmates and friends. A number of potential suspects are considered, and they also review a 20 year old cold case, where another murdered girl was left with a red rose. Could there be a link?

But then there is a second murder, this time it is one of Chloe’s housemates Jayne and again she has been left naked with a black orchid. Can they identify the killer before there are more deaths?

Meanwhile a sub-story runs through the book based on Amanda’s personal life, featuring 6 year old Zoe whom Amanda is fostering and hoping to adopt. This links it to the previous title in the series when Zoe’s parents were murdered, but this book works perfectly as a stand-alone read too.

Black Orchid Girls is available on Amazon. A brilliant book with plenty of twists and turns. Highly recommended. Although I have loved all the titles I have read by Carolyn Arnold, I think the Amanda Steele series are my favourites, possibly because it is the only series I have read from the start. And this one certainly lived up to my expectation.

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
One More Kill


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado

Here is the book blurb.

After a Sweet Sixteen ceremony, Reyna Clifton – the mother of the birthday girl – is found severely injured at the bottom of the grand staircase of the Regal Phoenix Resort and Spa.

The Clifton family blames the resort for Reyna’s fall, and sues for negligence. Daniel Mendoza and his firm are called in to defend the lawsuit, but when Mrs. Clifton is found dead in her hospital room, Daniel’s suspicions arise.

With the help of his legal team and a private investigator, Daniel is determined to find out what really happened to Mrs. Clifton. But who would have wanted to murder her, and is there some other foul play involved?

The book is mainly set in the US, but with a strong Puerto Rican culture running through it. The story starts at a “Sweet Sixteen” party held at the Regal Phoenix hotel for Alejandra, daughter of Reyna and Anthony Clifton with lots of family and friends there. However I found this party to be so unrealistic that it put me off the book before I had even got into it. I have never come across anyone who spends a fortune on such a glitzy affair which is more choreographed than most people’s weddings. And when I was that age, there would have been no way I would have wanted my friends to meet my immediate family, let alone my other relatives.

But to give it the benefit of doubt, perhaps this type of party is typical of Puerto Rican customs, as the author goes into a lot of descriptive detail on the dances and cuisine. Or maybe it is a US thing which hasn’t made it over to this side of the pond.

The second chapter didn’t help to put me in the mood for this book when the reader is introduced to Dana, Anthony’s old girl friend from years ago, who wants him back. I would have been siding with the strangers who didn’t believe Dana needed her dog to be categorised as an “emotional support” dog.

Plenty going on at the party from stolen kisses to outrage to tears to secrets. And then disaster as Reyna falls down the stairs and is badly injured.

Weeks in hospital. Can things get worse? In a word yes!

We’re already about a quarter of the way through the book before we get introduced to Daniel Mendoza who you would assume to be the main character, being named on the cover. Daniel has been hired by the hotel chain to defend against a negligence claim.

So was the hotel at fault or was it something more sinister?

May It Please The Court is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback, ausiobook and kindle formats. A legal thriller which sadly did not hit the spot for me.

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Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen

Here is the book blurb.

Sheriff Lance Tallbear’s half-blood Apache heritage leaves him struggling to find his place in a world where neither white nor Indian wants or readily accepts him. He faces the world his shaman father turned away from and acknowledges the one his shaman grandfather prays he’ll return to.

Tallbear’s new case uncovers a mysterious plane wreck discovered in the Superstition Mountains that turns out to stir both his life decisions and ultimate direction. Along with his troubled FBI partner, Brad Hanley, they face a myriad of obstacles in their journey to the truth.

The skeletons at the site hold the clues to not only who the killers were but also why the people died. Tallbear quickly find the crash site hides a deadly secret that reaches out of the distant past to threaten the lives of all who seek it. He will need to use all his skills and experience to discover the answers and stay alive.

The story set in Arizona starts at Hawk’s cleansing ceremony by introducing us to Sheriff Lance Tallbear who is torn between his police career and family duty as the heir-apparent to his Apache shaman grandfather Gray Eagle.

But not long after Hawk discovers a hidden plane containing corpses, in the Superstition Mountains, which has crashed long ago. The case ends up with Tallbear who discovers that the crash victims have been shot.

The story then jumps to California. Meanwhile Thomas Kane from the CIA and FBI Agent Brad Hanley want in on the investigation. Who has jurisdiction? Why are they interested in deaths over 50 years ago? Tallbear refuses to hand over the case to Kane but finds an ally in Hanley.

Plenty of twists and turns in this page turner as the victims are identified and we get introduced to more characters. Secrets abound. More deaths follow. Culture is woven in.

Regardless of the Consequences is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats. A compelling read indeed..

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One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book One More Kill by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

He told her to run. And she did. As fast as her legs would take her, but it wasn’t fast enough…

The bodies of a husband and wife are found in a patch of woods in small-town, rural Arkansas by a neighboring farmer. They were shot with an arrow, gutted, and left to bleed out. The killer also removed their eyes and replaced them with large cat’s-eye marbles. The murder method and signature are too bizarre to point toward an isolated incident, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher recognizes this right away. His boss with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, confirms that he’s crossed paths with this killer several years ago, and he has a voracious appetite for blood. In fact, Jack’s seen his work firsthand—six times, three couples, in three states.

Brandon, Jack, and the rest of the team head to Arkansas for one purpose: to bring down the ruthless and elusive serial killer who calls himself “the Leopard.” Versatile and adaptive, this madman hunts his prey like a wild, hungry cat—tracking them, then striking with swift viciousness. But just as the FBI think they might finally be getting closer to the Leopard’s true identity, he adapts his method and starts killing people faster than ever before.

Racing to catch up, and struggling to get one step ahead, the FBI comes to uncover buried family secrets that aid the investigation—while at the same time, flipping it on its head. Suddenly, the hunters are now the hunted. And while this case has haunted Jack since he joined the Bureau, things are about get more personal and dangerous than he ever would have imagined. If he and his team aren’t careful, one of them—or someone they love—may become the Leopard’s next victim.

This is book 9 in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but also works well as a stand-alone read. I’ve been following this series since book 6 but haven’t read the earlier titles yet.

The story starts with the gruesome killing of a couple Mark and Stephanie Duran in rural Arkansas. The FBI team from the Behavioural Anaylsis Unit of Brandon, Jack, Paige and Kelly are called in to investigate. Jack recognises this as being the work of an elusive serial killer, nicknamed the Leopard, who seems to have been dormant for 15 years. Why?

Plus this time the killer has deviated from his usual patterns? Again why?

And then things get even more personal as the killer changes tactics and leaves them a note.

One More Kill is newly published on Amazon today. Wow. This gripping page turner had me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommended.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness


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One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

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