December 5th, 2023
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December's Must-Reads: Top Books to Close Out the Year with a Bang

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Reporter Emma Cross confronts high society and murder at a 1900s Newport yacht gathering.

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Unraveling a secret aboard the missing Goliath, where history collides with present danger.

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Undercover agents at a holiday party face unexpected danger and a budding romance.

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Lord Julian unravels a dangerous mystery to reveal a child's heritage as well as his own birthright.

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Uncovering the truth: A determined mother, a torn DA, and a dark mystery.

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A Ukrainian medic and a Marine sniper's perilous mission ignites unexpected passion amid danger.


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The Bookshop by the Bay
by Pamela M. Kelley
"A beach read for any season!"
Posted June 6, 2023

Women have often found strength and encouragement from each other and their own inner strength of resolve. Seeking escape from marital issues with her husband Parker, Jessica Coleman decides to take a break in Chatham, Massachusetts. Inviting her college-aged daughter along, they soon settle Read more...

Weapons of Opportunity
by Dale Brown
"Will Russia vault to being the top power in the world?"
Posted May 30, 2023

Russian President Piotr Zhdanov’s personal travel transport has just arrived at a secret Russian Bomber base with the latest available bombers and training planes. He is Read more...

Hotel Cuba
by Aaron Hamburger
"An enthralling and gripping tale you will not forget!"
Posted May 11, 2023

Despite the end of the Great War, life was still very difficult in 1922 for people and especially Jewish people in Poland (which is now Russia).  Good food, or any food at all, is rare and life in America seems like a luxurious dream.  With Read more...

Serendipity by the Sea
by Jennifer Vido
"A Quintessential Beach Romance, no matter the season!"
Posted April 11, 2023

He is back!  Cate Ainsworth knew that her old flame is back on the island after years of being away, yet no matter how she plans to react, nothing has prepared her for how her heart would respond.Read more...

Storm Watch
by C.J. Box
"A powerful & page-turning saga loaded with action!"
Posted February 28, 2023

In Saddlestring, Wyoming, in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Game Warden Joe Pickett is dressing warmly for winter storm weather. A severe weather event is on its way and although tired, Joe now has to go look for an injured elk cow that has been Read more...

One Wedding and An Earl
by Tracy Sumner
"A burning hot and passionate Regency Romance!"
Posted February 12, 2023

They had met before, under worse circumstances.  
The Earl of Stanford, Oliver (Ollie) Aspinwall,  now striving to restore both his reputation marred by previous overuse of alcohol and opium, as well as his historic estate Read more...

Jane Austen Cannot Marry
by Jan Coffey, May McGoldrick
"A highly captivating and charming comic time travel love story!"
Posted January 19, 2023

Nadine Finley is on a very special mission and has time traveled to the village of Hythe to ensure that two people do not meet and fall in love again.  England is still at war with France in 1811 and the villagers and the coast guardsmen are nervous Read more...

The Blackout Book Club
by Amy Lynn Green
"A heartwarming WWII tale of love, books and longing!"
Posted January 19, 2023

A war, the threat of war, and the danger and carnage of war impact everyone in many ways, both large and surprising from the cities bombed to small towns in Maine oceans away. Newly married, Avis is not a book lover and prefers to read women’s magazines Read more...

Treasure State
by C.J. Box
"Can a PI outcon the thieving crooks?"
Posted January 19, 2023

Returning to her new and larger office in Bozeman, Montana from a successful surveillance, Private Investigator Cassie Dowell is perplexed as she notices the light is on, despite it being after hours. She resists calling the police, despite having been a former law enforcement investigator herself, as she has Read more...

Clive Cussler The Sea Wolves
by Jack Du Brul
"A fascinating adventure that will leave you breathless!"
Posted January 9, 2023

On a dark night in 1914, elite German commandos land from a submarine run by Captain Reinhart in the jungle in French Guiana. They are raiding a heavily guarded French island prison to free a special inmate named Hessmann. But due to circumstances, they also end up saving a Read more...

A Christmas Deliverance
by Anne Perry
"A captivating Victorian Christmas season tale!"
Posted January 4, 2023

From his early days as an orphan and a mudlark on the Thames riverbanks of London’s Thames, scrounging a bare living from selling trash for food, twenty-two-year-old Will Monk, still known as Scruff, has gone up in the world, but still is close to Read more...

A Ghost of Caribou
by Alice Henderson
"Truly a Novel of Suspense with chilling undercurrents of danger and murder!"
Posted December 30, 2022

What a welcome to a new community!  Returning stateside after working in southern British Columbia, wildlife biologist Alex Carter arrives in the town of Bellamy Falls in the state of Washington and is happy to meet up with Ben Hathaway, the coordinator for the Land Trust Conservation Association Read more...

A Ghost of Caribou
by Alice Henderson
"Truly a Novel of Suspense with chilling undercurrents of danger and murder!"
Posted December 21, 2022

What a welcome to a new community!  Returning stateside after working in southern British Columbia, wildlife biologist Alex Carter arrives in The Town of Bellamy Falls in the state of Washington and is happy to meet up with Ben Hathaway, the coordinator for the Land Trust Conservation Association Read more...

The Sisters of Sea View
by Julie Klassen
"Utterly charming and captivating!"
Posted November 29, 2022

As too often the case in Regency England, the Primogeniture right in their late father’s will has left his sick wife and five daughters with little income to support themselves. Despite calculating every way and rechecking, 26-year-old Sarah Summers, the oldest daughter, finally had to Read more...

Clive Cussler's Hellburner
by Mike Maden
"When high powered enemies battle, the future of the world is at stake!"
Posted November 8, 2022

While the fishing trawler El Valiente under Captain Calvera may look like it is a typical beaten-up fishing trawler,  its actions when and the equipment they have when hailed makes Captain Juan Cabrillo of the Oregon, (now disguised as the Sungu Barat Read more...

The Rising Tide
by Ann Cleeves
"When friends become suspects, who is at risk?"
Posted October 13, 2022

True confessions!  I am an avid fan of Ann Cleeves’ books right from my first Cleeves read of SILENT VOICES (Book 3).  Since discovering this amazing author and Vera, I have read the lot of them from Vera first Read more...

Hell and Back
by Craig Johnson
"What happens when what is real is not and what is not is real?"
Posted September 5, 2022

Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire just can’t seem to wrap his head around what has just happened.   He hasn’t a clue as to how he got hit by a snowplough, why he is covered in blood, or why he is carrying a well Read more...

The Hidden One
by Linda Castillo
"Who loses when past crimes surface?"
Posted August 5, 2022

As Amish farmer Doyle Schlabach of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania relaxes into the rhythm of plowing his recently purchased field, he is startled by the sudden clanking of his sickle bar on a hard surface. He starts to worry that this new field may have too many unexpected rocks making Read more...

The War Librarian
by Addison Armstrong
"When life is challenging, who can you trust?"
Posted August 5, 2022

What a shock!   Worse than a cold shower! After spending all her time pushing herself both mentally and physically, Kathleen Carre finally feels prepared to earn a coveted placement in the first coed class in 1976 at the United States Naval Academy.  Her life goal is to Read more...

Clive Cussler's Dark Vector
by Graham Brown
"Top of Class 5 star action! Impossible to put book down!"
Posted May 20, 2022

The Canberra Swift is a mid-sized cargo ship. Despite her relatively unattractive shape, the ship has been in high demand for transporting oversized cargo, such as fuselage sections of large planes.  Not only is her stern ramp wide enough for six lanes of traffic, but 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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5 comments posted.

Re: Into the Whirlwind (3:59pm June 8, 2016):

Great comments and questions! I have just started in on
INTO THE WHIRLWIND but only complaint is that I do not want
to put it down ... how am I going to get all my errands
done when I need to know what happens next?

Re: Tyler (10:22pm March 17, 2011):

That is just so grand that you are naming characters in your book with your ancestors' names. I love it when I know the special meaning behind the names. I look forward to reading it.

I found out from family lore that my mother's family comes from a former shield bearer to a 12th century Irish king but I think that has been the last irish connection as the rest is all Scottish. Thank goodness everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Re: One Touch of Scandal (4:39pm September 26, 2010):

That is so Purr-fect of Avon to make a donation!
I can appreciate your lemma (slightly less critical than a dilemma) as to what to do! It is up to you but remember a cookie in each hand is a balanced diet!

All teh best with your new book and Avon's kindness!

Re: Royal Blood (6:46pm September 5, 2010):

Oh, as you can see from all these comments that not only do you write incredibly well but you also spin your readers so convincingly to the period of your tale that they feelas if they are there as well!

I have to admit, I love your books, but I had to stop reading them on the bus as I would get so engrossed in the story that I would miss my stop and have to walk home more than I expected. I quite look forward to reading your newest one!

Re: Fatal Affair (7:33pm June 27, 2010):

Oh, a hero to fall into sweet dreams with! Sounds wonderful and I especailly like that he is willing to apologize. It takes a strong person to acknowledge that a situation may need an apology. True heros think about the needs of others before themsleves!

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