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White Lady--a ghost not only seeking bloody revenge but demanding assistance to get it.

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Alliances with the dead could be all that keeps her alive.

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Moving on has never been harder—or so perfectly unpredictable…

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Can they end the feud between the MacInnes and Glendenning Clans that has persisted since the Battle of Culloden?

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Romance about enemies-to-lovers who fall for each other in a small Massachusetts coastal town.

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Feuding families, a legacy to prove and redemption...

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What do you do when you are forgotten by the man you’ve loved for twenty years? What do you do if you are the one who is remembered?


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Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel
by Emily Brightwell
"A clever and charming Victorian Christmas Murder Mystery"
Posted October 5, 2019

Unbeknownst to Inspector Gerald Witherspoon of the Metropolitan Police in London, the staff at his home in Upper Edmonton Gardens enjoy nothing more than a good murder before Christmas. Even his cook, Mrs. Goodge, likes to plan the evening meals around food that would best help the Inspector as Read more...

The Long Call
by Ann Cleeves
"A suspenseful and captivating hunt for a ruthless murderer!"
Posted September 19, 2019

The sight of the windswept marsh, the sound of the surf, and the long plaintive call of the herring gull slowly lift the spirits of Detective Inspector Mathew as he scans the familiar territory. Returning from his trip to his father's funeral, Venn is called to investigate a Read more...

Ardnish Was Home
by Angus MacDonald
"An amazing WWI tale of love, loss, and longing!"
Posted July 14, 2019

When the call for soldiers came, the Highland boys signed up for the Lovat Scouts and so did the young and handsome Donald Peter (DP) Gillies. He is a Piper and carries with him a family treasure, his father's pipes that had been played when Bonnie Prince Charlie Read more...

We Fought For Ardnish
by Angus MacDonald
"A WWII story of perilous adventures while finding true love!"
Posted July 14, 2019

Masquerading as a married couple, complete with a wedding ring, escaping from France in 1943, Donald and Francoise are on an extremely dangerous mission that, if caught, they are certain to be executed. Unknown to each other before connecting in the Italian Alps, they are both highly trained Special Read more...

A Dangerous Duet
by Karen Odden
"By day a lady; at night, a disguised pianist in an entertainment hall!"
Posted July 14, 2019

Marceline, the trapeze artist knows, but Nell believes her secret is safe with her. Now Stephen, the new fiddle player at The Octavian, has guessed. Will her secret be safe with him? Is he to be trusted?

With the death of their parents, it is now just Read more...

A Better Man
by Louise Penny
"Penny at her brilliant best with this enthralling and suspenseful mystery!"
Posted July 14, 2019

The raging rivers, already heavily swollen with the spring breakup of ice, now angrily threaten to burst their banks and destroy all in their path. Yet, they pale in comparison to the hostile undercurrents awaiting the newly demoted Gamache in the Homicide conference room. Despite the tension and impending Read more...

Santa Fe Mourning
by Amanda Allen
"A 1920s mystery involving speakeasy drinking, drugs and murder!"
Posted July 5, 2019

Maddie Alwin is thrilled to be back at her new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico with its brilliant morning sunshine that makes the sky so blue. Now, refreshed after her long train trip, and away from the stifling social "duty" her mother and wealthy New York family expected Read more...

The Sky Above Us
by Sarah Sundin
"An engaging WWII story involving guilty secrets, hope, and forgiveness!"
Posted May 28, 2019

For most of her life growing up in Kansas, Violet Lindstrom believes her life's mission is to be a missionary in Africa, but that dream gets badly shattered when her fiancé no longer feels it is his calling and they had split up. Determined to find a new mission Read more...

Neon Prey
by John Sandford
"Captivating action, unusual plot twists, and a killer with unusual tastes!"
Posted May 16, 2019

Clayton Deese loves his barbeques and his killing jobs. They are easy things to do and the money is good. As a small thin man, Deese finds hurting jobs harder to do; still his boss Roger Smith, a former lawyer, and now Louisiana's top loan shark, pays well, so Read more...

The Charmer in Chaps
by Julia London
"A contemporary western romance with some unexpected twists!"
Posted May 2, 2019

If any man is worthy of being called the Playboy Cowboy, it is none other than the unbelievably handsome Luca Prince whose family owns one of the wealthiest and oldest ranches in Texas. Even the nearby town of Three Rivers is way smaller than the huge ranch from which it Read more...

Murder on Trinity Place
by Victoria Thompson
"A perplexing mystery involving family secrets and murder!"
Posted April 23, 2019

Frank and Sarah Malloy had been enjoying a lovely day at their home in New York City on the first day of 1900 when their their neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth, rushed in with very distressing news. Her new daughter-in- law, Theda's father, Clarence Pritchard, a well-respected owner of Read more...

The Heart of a King
by Jill Eileen Smith
"An intriguing account of the desires and devotions in Solomon's court!"
Posted April 23, 2019

King David is nearing the end of his life and yet delays in making the announcement about who will be he next King of Jerusalem. Solomon, his youngest son, frets over the delay despite his father's assurances. Bathsheba, his mother, with a twinkle in her eye, suggests he gives Read more...

Highland Crown
by May McGoldrick
"An enchanting and exciting Highland romance that leaves your heart panting for more!"
Posted April 19, 2019

As the wind and rain rattle John Gordon's Auld Aunt Jean's wee house in Duff Head in northeastern Scotland, Isabella listens to Jean's dire predictions about how unsafe the small village is for her. After being forced to flee from her Edinburgh home where her husband was Read more...

Bones of the Earth
by Eliot Pattison
"A shocking story of high-level corruption and murders in Tibet!"
Posted April 16, 2019

Shan Tao Yun, a former police investigator officer and former inmate of China's infamous prisons, is now working as a Constable in the remote small village of Yangkar in Tibet. He had been called by his boss, Col. Tan, to meet him at the new Public Security Bureau office Read more...

by David Swinson
"Riveting! A timely story of drugs, crime and other dark dealings..."
Posted April 4, 2019

Frank Marr, an involuntarily retired police detective for a cocaine habit, is now clean and works as a Private Investigator when not indulging in a little Robin Hood-like wealth redistribution. He is surprised to see the missed call on his cell. His ex-girlfriend, Leslie Costello, hadn't called Read more...

Who Slays the Wicked
by C.S. Harris
"A perplexing tale of vicious murders and many possible perpetuators!"
Posted March 21, 2019

Called to the scene of a vicious crime by Bow Street Magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy, Sebastian St. Cyr (Lord Devlin) is not surprised that someone would want to murder the vile Viscount Ashworth. In fact, he often desired to murder him himself, but Sebastian is perplexed by the few clues Read more...

The Man With No Face
by Peter May
"Rotten politics, police coverups and a suspenseful search for a ruthless killer!"
Posted March 21, 2019

It is a bleak looking day in Scotland, like every other winter day in 1979, to 35-year-old investigative reporter Neil Bannerman. Journalists are quietly being dropped one after another like flies as newspapers lose their circulation and profits. Even the Edinburgh Post is no exception to the trend Read more...

Little Faith
by Nickolas Butler
"A story of the love and faith of ordinary people being challenged to their core!"
Posted February 28, 2019

Life has not been easy for Lyle Hovde. Now in his senior years,  Lyle has worked hard and now has enough to be comfortable. Along with his wife Peg, he is content with his life in his small Wisconsin home town. Years ago, Lyle and Peg had lost their only Read more...

The Patient One
by Shelley Shepard Gray
"Can friends stay connected when their circle is broken?"
Posted February 15, 2019

When a close friend commits suicide, it is very hard to find the right thing to say to the family or to other friends. There is no real right way and many wrong ways. Hugs and tears help, but it is in the sharing of stories where the true strength Read more...

Dead as a Door Knocker
by Diane Kelly
"How could a real estate dream spiral so quickly into a nightmare?"
Posted January 24, 2019

Whitney Whitaker has a job to do and knows how to do it. For the past few years, she has been developing her skills and abilities while working as a property manager and carpenter and studying for her real estate license. Now, knocking on the beautifully made iron Celtic Green Read more...

Audrey Lawrence

Ever since I taught myself to read at age two, I have been an avid reader and collector of books. I am seldom without a book in my hand, stacks by my bedside and more waiting on my Kindle, so I am very happy to be a book reviewer for FreshFiction and have been so since the last century. How can you tell I love historical fiction? Other book genres I love are regency romances, suspense thrillers, contemporary fiction, more romance books and anything I can get my hands on! Having a background in education and organizational development, I also love to read kids’ books and YA and books on business. I currently live in the National Capital Region of Canada (aka Ottawa) where Tinkerbelle, my beautiful Siamese cat, rules the roost and reminds us every day of her regal heritage, especially when she wants treats! As the saying goes: dogs may have owners, but cats have staff!

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