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Lock 13
by Peter Helton
"Up the Somerset canal without a paddle"
Posted May 6, 2018

I had not encountered the Chris Honeysett crime books previously. He's a painter, art teacher, and private eye with no occupation paying all the bills. He lives in Bath, in the southwest of England, and Read more...

Pawprints & Predicaments
by Bethany Blake
"Wintry crime and a canine caper"
Posted May 6, 2018

Third in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series is a fun tale of a Winterfest in the town of Sylvan Creek. PAWPRINTS & PREDICAMENTS are about to ensue. The setting is between mountains, woods, and a lake Read more...

From Governess to Countess
by Marguerite Kaye
"St. Petersburg is a setting full of splendor - and treachery!"
Posted May 6, 2018

This gifted Scots author might as well call her works Matches made in Scotland, but this new series is titled Matches Made in Scandal and seems likely to be her most ambitious yet. Tales are planned Read more...

Must Love Horses
by Vicki Tharp
"Drama on the open range in this contemporary romance"
Posted May 6, 2018

The Lazy S Ranch series began with COWGIRL, UNEXPECTEDLY, and continues now with the definite requirement for a good man -- MUST LOVE HORSES. Bryan Wilcox, known as Boomer, needs to hire a horse trainer, and Sidney Read more...

Plain Confession
by Emma Miller
"Impressive crime writing from the land of the Amish"
Posted May 6, 2018

Fifth in a series called Stone Mill Amish Mystery follows Rachel Mast who, having left the Plain community to work and gain an MBA, has returned for a simpler world than the whirl of city life Read more...

Lethal Licorice
by Amanda Flower
"Indulge your sweet tooth with this mystery set in Ohio"
Posted May 5, 2018

An Amish Candy Shop Mystery sounded intriguing, if sticky -- so I indulged my sweet tooth with LETHAL LICORICE. I was actually surprised that there would be a competition among Amish candy makers -- I thought that would Read more...

Wave Of Terror
by Jon Jefferson
"A volcano may threaten the eastern US seaboard"
Posted May 5, 2018

With a beginning on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, it was immediately clear to me where the book was going to find the impetus for the wall of water shown on the cover. WAVE OF TERROR is an apt description for what would strike the North American Read more...

Who Moved My Goat Cheese?
by Lynn Cahoon
"A new Idaho mystery series to whet your appetite"
Posted May 5, 2018

Lynn Cahoon is better known for her Tourist Trap mysteries, but I was enchanted by the concept of the new Farm-To-Fork series, which looks at a restaurant serving farm fresh food. Even Read more...

Time Bomb
by Joelle Charbonneau
"A bomb in the high school destroys dreams in this YA thriller"
Posted May 5, 2018

An American high school is the setting for a day of drama. Originally Joelle Charbonneau wrote THE TESTING about students living in a dystopian world where adults dictated their moves, dreams and successes. TIME BOMB is the opposite. All the main characters are modern teens, they are planning and scrambling Read more...

Special Agent
by Valerie Hansen
"An explosive start to this romantic suspense"
Posted April 27, 2018

I love these romantic suspense tales involving crime stoppers and their canine teammates. Third in the busy Classified K-9 Unit series by a tight group of lady authors is the account of FBI SPECIAL AGENT Read more...

Crazy Like A Fox
by Rita Mae Brown
"Rita Mae Brown is on great form with the mystery of a handsome ghostly huntsman"
Posted April 27, 2018

Latest in the series of Sister Jane hunting stories in Virginia, comes a cold case mixed with a ghost story. Decades ago, a handsome huntsman vanished, having first romanced every lady in sight, including the married Read more...

Escape Claws
by Linda Reilly
"This artist and cat lover has a brush with death"
Posted April 27, 2018

Set in New Hampshire, this cosy mystery features a Ragdoll cat -- among others. If you love cats, you'll enjoy this tale with plenty of feline characters providing the title ESCAPE CLAWS. Lara Caphart has come to the small town of Whisker Jog to check on her senior relative who Read more...

The Sorrow Stone
by J.A. McLachlan
"Medieval France with romance, superstition, and skullduggery!"
Posted April 27, 2018

This immersive tale of the Middle Ages in France draws us into the life of a woman and a peddler. Lady Celeste has married well, but her baby has died and she is ill in bed at an abbey, sick with grief. When she notices a peddler with a donkey Read more...

Their Pretend Amish Courtship
by Patricia Davids
"A horse-mad girl in the Amish community at Bowman's Crossing"
Posted April 25, 2018

The reliable author of Amish romance tales Patricia Davids gives us THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP. How does this tally with the intentions of Amish people to live a plain life free from deceit? Fannie Erb is still in her rumspringa years, when young people experience the world before taking vows Read more...

Falling for the Rancher
by Roxanne Rustand
"Aspen Creek Crossroads gains a new equine vet"
Posted April 25, 2018

Darcy Leighton is the last veterinarian working in a small town practice after the founder's death. She knows the practice has been sold, but doesn't realise that the new owner only wants an equine clinic. FALLING FOR THE RANCHER might be better titled Falling for the Vet, but Read more...

Best-laid Plants
by Marty Wingate
"Wills and ills, plants and plots; a lot of challenges for a gardener!"
Posted April 22, 2018

I previously enjoyed books in the Potting Shed Mystery series and as well as in the Birds of A Feather series by popular author Marty Wingate, so I was delighted to dig up another mystery to solve. This is the sixth novel featuring an American garden designer who moves to Read more...

The Thirteenth Horse
by Amanda Wills
"Riding in a horse quadrille proves a huge challenge"
Posted April 20, 2018

I particularly enjoyed this Young Adult book about an eager horsewoman in the making. The featured horse - the eponymous THE THIRTEENTH HORSE at the riding stables -- is a carthorse breed, the mighty French origin breed called Percheron. Kristy Moore didn't have a choice about moving town when her parents Read more...

The Body In The Marsh
by Nick Louth
"Tragedy caused by a wasted life in this British procedural"
Posted April 20, 2018

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Gillard starts in fine style by spotting an injured walker from halfway up a Lake District mountain and descending to help her reach safety. She is Samantha Phillips, who is new in his police station. As THE BODY IN THE MARSH implies, not all situations end Read more...

The Expansion
by Christoph Martin
"Espionage and engineering in this thriller set around the Panama Canal."
Posted April 19, 2018

While Max Burns is still in Swiss boarding school, his English parents leave a high-society party in their helicopter after news arrives that their partner in the high finance world has been arrested for fraudulent dealings. The helicopter crashes. Later, in 2008, a plan for Read more...

Birding Without Borders
by Noah Strycker
"Perfect for anyone who enjoys birdwatching or traveling!"
Posted April 19, 2018

What a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys bird watching, traveling or taking a year off for a purpose. Noah Strycker was determined to spend 2015 traveling the world and seeing as many wild birds as he could, hoping to break the 5,000 record. So begins Read more...

Clare O'Beara

I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.


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