Category Archives: Mystery/Detective Reviews

The Curse of Arundel Hall – Book Review

 

The Curse of Arundel Hall

(A Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery Book 2)

 

Synopsis:

One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected? Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die? Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace. But suddenly things take a nasty turn for the worse. Ella Bridges has been living on Linhay Island for several months but still hasn’t discovered the identity of her ghostly guest.

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Sleep Like a Baby – Book Review

 

Robin and Roe are new parents. Their newborn daughter, Sophie is proving to be a handful, Roe’s mother helps by paying for Virginia Mitchell, to come to their rescue for the first few weeks. Virginia is accommodating and steps in when Robin has to go out of town for work. Too bad she goes missing, and a dead body is found in the backyard.

Roe doesn’t want to worry Robin, so she keeps the fact that she is suffering from a severe case of the flu. A couple of nights after Robin leaves Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying, and Virginia is nowhere to be found. Roe and her brother. Philip searches the house and the backyard. What they find is a dead woman, but it isn’t Virginia. She doesn’t recognize the mystery woman and doesn’t know what happened to Virginia.  Is she alive, or like the unknown woman in the backyard, is her body out there waiting to be found?

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Origin – Book Review

 

Dan Brown’s latest offering follows the continuing adventures of Harvard Professor and Symbologist Robert Langdon. Seeming not to run out of connections that enable him to attend exclusive museum events (that inevitably land him in trouble), he finds himself at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, where his ex-student Edmund Kirsch is about to launch a multi-media presentation of a discovery that he promises will shock the world.

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Blood Moon – Book Review

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Title – Blood Moon
Author – John David Bethel
Genre – Crime Thriller
Length – 451 Pages
Publication – December 2016
My Rating – 4/5 Stars

 

Synopsis

On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. Handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded, he has no idea why he has been targeted. What he discovers is heart-stopping. What he endures during almost a month of captivity compares only to the most horrendous stories of prisoners of war. He is tortured, and under the threat of death, and worse – the rape of his wife and torture of his children – Suarez is forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors.

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Editorial Review – With Eyes Wide Open

 

Title: With Eyes Wide Open

Author: Kelly J. McMullin

Genre: Mystery

With Eyes Wide Open by Kelly J. McMullin is an exciting and thrilling mystery. The story focuses on the main character, Sam Brodie. She is the Police Chief of Cherokee Falls. During a ground-breaking ceremony, she plunks her shovel into a buried skull. This launches into an investigation into the death.

Sam solves that mystery quickly and it turns out there was actually no foul play. It could seem like the story ends there, but this was just a prelude to the real excitement. Sam quickly interrupts an armed robbery and in doing so solves a case she has been working on. Sam carries out her Police Chief duties and solves several other problems around town.

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Broken Branches – Book Review

 

Author name: Brenda Spalding

Name of the book: Broken Branches

Genre of the book: paranormal romance/suspense

 

Book synopsis: 

Visions of the past help a young artist and gallery owner from New York solve the riddles of a lost family treasurer and lead her to her future. Her grandmothers death in Salem Ma. brings Megan into the middle of a desperate attempt to find and steal the mysterious treasurer lost over 150 years before.

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Editorial Review – Ramonst

 

Title: Ramonst

Author: Anthony Knott

Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime

This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.

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Book Review – Oil and Water

 

Name of the book: Oil and Water

Genre of the book: Eco thriller; murder mystery; suspense;

Book synopsis: When inventor Martin Tirabi builds a machine that converts trash into oil it sends shockwaves through the corporate halls of the oil cognoscenti. Weeks later, Marty and his wife, Ruth are killed in a mysterious car accident.

Their son, Gil, a 10-year old physics prodigy is the only one capable of finishing the machine that could solve the world’s energy problems.  Plagued with epilepsy from birth, Gil is also psychic, and through dreams and the occasional missive from his dead father he gets the push he needs to finish the job.

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Harm – Book Review

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Name: Harm
Author: Hugh Fraser
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Star Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

About the book:

Acapulco 1974: Rina Walker is on assignment. Just another another quick, clean kill.
She wakes to discover her employer’s severed head on her bedside table, and a man with an AK 47 coming through the door of her hotel room. She needs all her skills to neutralise her attacker and escape. After a car chase, she is captured by a Mexican drug boss who needs her radiant beauty and ruthless expertise to eliminate an inconvenient member of the government.

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The Couple Next Door – Book Review

COUPLE NEXT DOOR

 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Book Description:

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

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