Category Archives: Mystery/Detective Reviews

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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Throwback Thursday – Heat Wave

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1) by Richard Castle

Based on the books in the TV show Castle. Yes, they are real. Yes, I was also excited to discover this fact!

 

Summary

NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat feels sparks from ride-along, journalist Jameson Rook. A real estate tycoon plunges to his death. A trophy wife with a past survives a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with motives all have alibis. Dirty little secrets of the wealthy hide until Nikki shines a light.

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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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Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short Review: Ng provides new depth to the hackneyed “murder in a small town” plot line. The result is an insightful look into an Asian-American family in the aftermath of an extreme loss.

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Soulmates – Book Review

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Soulmates by Jessica Grose

“For anyone who has ever suspected something sinister lurking behind the craze of new-age spirituality, Jessica Grose has crafted just the tale for you. With the delicious bite of satire and the page-turning satisfaction of a thriller, Soulmates is a deeply compelling, funny and sharply observed look at just how far we will go to achieve inner peace.”—Lena Dunham

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Executive Actions – Book Review

 

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke gets an assignment that turns his world upside down. His investigation uncovers a plot so monstrous it can change the course of America’s future and world politics. Roarke discovers that presidency is about to fall into the hands of a hostile foreign power.

The power play is so well-conceived that even the U.S. Constitution itself is a tool designed to guarantee the plot’s success. With the election clock ticking, Roarke and Boston attorney Katie Kessler race at breakneck speed to prevent the unthinkable. But they also know that it will take a miracle to stop the takeover from happening.

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Winchester’s Bargain – Book Review

 

Winchester’s Bargain by Murray Lee Eiland Jr.

What is it they say about a Chinese meal? They’re great, but an hour later you’re hungry again?

Chinese is definitely on the menu in this richly layered romp through the shadowy subculture of international stock manipulation. And there’s plenty for previous Bart Northcote, P.I., fans to devour as Bart and his eclectic Greek chorus of investigative team members try to penetrate the veil surrounding the Golden Dragon banking cartel.

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