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Rumors aren't the only thing that will stir when Abigail returns to Boone County, Texas.

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From Loss to Love: A Pilot and an Artist's Colliding Worlds

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Caffeine and Commitments: Stirring Up Love in San Francisco

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"Her biggest fan �has a fatal obsession."

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Bloodlines and Boardrooms: A Paranormal Romance of Power and Passion

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A new, action-packed adventure that blends science-fiction technology and magical fantasy elements with a touch of historical romance.


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Village in the Dark
by Iris Yamashita
"A Captivating Hard-Edged Thriller Set in a Remote Alaskan Village"
Posted February 12, 2024

VILLAGE IN THE DARK by Iris Yamashita is the second novel featuring Anchorage Detective Cara Kennedy and her continuing pursuit to understand the deaths of her husband and son. Her investigation will have her revisiting the small, remote Alaskan village of Point Mettier, where its 205 residents endure the Read more...

The Teacher
by Freida McFadden
"THE TEACHER Gets an A+ for Twisty Thrills and Great Suspense"
Posted February 5, 2024

THE TEACHER by Freida McFadden is a pulse-pounding, riveting psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing until the very end. Caseham High is like every other American high school. It has its share of secrets, but who really is to blame when the teacher-student line is blurred and Read more...

Cold Threat
by Nancy Mehl
"An Ice-Cold Killer Strikes When the Snow Falls in the Latest Ryland & St. Clair Mystery"
Posted February 3, 2024

COLD THREAT by Nancy Mehl is the second novel in the Ryland & St. Clair Series and follows River Ryland and Tony St. Clair as they lend their Read more...

Midnight on Beacon Street
by Emily Ruth Verona
"An Impressive Thriller Debut Filled with Nineties Nostalgia and Horror Movie References"
Posted January 28, 2024

MIDNIGHT ON BEACON STREET by Emily Ruth Verona is an impressive debut that pulls readers into nineties nostalgia and horror movie references. Complete with an anxious babysitter, two young children, weird neighborhood burglaries, and unexpected visitors, the horror movie setup is complete, and Amy must find it within herself Read more...

Not Dead Enough
by Tyffany D. Neiheiser
"An Impressive Debut Young Adult Thriller That Tackles Dating Violence"
Posted January 23, 2024

NOT DEAD ENOUGH is a gripping young adult thriller debut by author Tyffany D. Neiheiser. It tackles tough subjects like dating violence, abuse cycles, stalking, and the aftermath of a toxic relationship. Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend promised he would never let her go, but now he’s Read more...

Deadly to the Core
by Joyce Tremel
"An Impressive & Delicious Cozy Debut Featuring a Cider Business Owner"
Posted January 16, 2024

Kate Mulligan heads to Orchardville, PA, after she learns her Great-Uncle Stan left his home and fruit orchard to her in his will. After a devastating car accident and the loss of her husband, Kate is looking forward to this new chapter in her life. Unfortunately, Kate soon Read more...

What Waits in the Woods
by Terri Parlato
"A Suspenseful Thrill Ride with Many Twists and Turns"
Posted January 4, 2024

Esme Foster’s ballet career is over after snapping hip syndrome derails her professional plans. After working in her boyfriend’s restaurant for two years, Esme decides it’s time to head home and help her brother with their ailing father. When Esme arrives at her Read more...

Stalking Around the Christmas Tree
by Jacqueline Frost
"Highly Recommended Holiday Cozy Filled With Mystery & The Christmas Spirit"
Posted December 22, 2023

Join Holly White in Mistletoe, Maine, for some sweet treats, reindeer games, homicidal ballerinas, and plenty of Christmas spirit in Jacqueline Frost’s STALKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, the fourth book in the Christmas Tree Farm MysteriesRead more...

Death in the Dark Woods
by Annelise Ryan
"This Monster Hunting Cozy Series Keeps Delivering the Chills as Bigfoot Stalks the Deep Dark Woods"
Posted December 17, 2023

DEATH IN THE DARK WOODS is the second installment in author Annelise Ryan’s Monster Hunter Mysteries, and it continues the cryptid-hunting adventures of oddity bookstore owner and cryptozoologist Morgan Carter. This time, a bow hunter Read more...

Murder of an Amish Bridegroom
by Patricia Johns
"An Ice-Cold Killer is Hiding in the Amish Community in this Delightful Mystery Debut"
Posted December 13, 2023

MURDER OF AN AMISH BRIDEGROOM is the delightful debut of a new Amish cozy mystery series by Patricia Johns. Petunia calls herself the youngest old maid sleuth in Blueberry, Pennsylvania. At twenty-two, Petunia is more interested in sewing and Read more...

The Fiction Writer
by Jillian Cantor
"A Gothic-Inspired Modern Day Mystery Set in Malibu"
Posted December 1, 2023

THE FICTION WRITER by Jillian Cantor is a gothic-inspired modern-day mystery with ties to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. When a writer finds herself falling under the control of a reclusive eccentric billionaire, she starts to Read more...

A Twisted Skein
by Sally Goldenbaum
"A Local Bird-Watcher Stumbles On A Dead Man in The Latest Seaside Knitters Mystery"
Posted November 29, 2023

The editor of Knitting in Style magazine has chosen Izzy Perry’s Sea Harbor Yarn Studio to help create a yarn fashion event in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. Izzy and the rest of the Seaside Knitters are excited for this Autumn event to infuse some joy into Read more...

by Anna J. Stewart
"The Circle of the Red Lily Series Continues With This Exciting Pulse-Pounding Ride"
Posted November 21, 2023

VANISHED by Anna J. Stewart is the second book in the Circle of the Red Lily series and this time, Mabel Reynolds continues the quest to find out what happened to her twin sister and 66 other women Read more...

Hard Country
by Reavis Z. Wortham
"A Gritty Dark Hard-To-Put-Down Rural Thriller"
Posted November 13, 2023

HARD COUNTRY is the action-packed first book in the Tucker Snow Thrillers by Reavis Z. Wortham. This non-stop thrill ride takes readers to the sprawling Texas countryside of Ganther Bluff, where peace and solitude Read more...

Murder Under the Mistletoe
by Sherry Lynn
"The Holidays in Maine Just Turned Deadly in This Fun Festive Cozy"
Posted November 10, 2023

The Holidays are approaching and Harborside, Maine landscaper Kinsley Clark is busy creating kissing balls to decorate the town. She’s hoping to infuse the holiday spirit with her Christmas decorations on Main Street and beyond, but there’s a grinch in Harborside by the name of Read more...

Murder Uncorked
by Maddie Day
"A Fun New Mystery Series Set in California's Wine Country"
Posted November 7, 2023

MURDER UNCORKED is the first tantalizing full-length mystery in the new CeCe Barton Mystery series by bestselling author Maddie Day. CeCe was first introduced in the Christmas novella collection, CHRISTMAS Read more...

Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night
by Sophie Hannah
"A Spirited & Enjoyable Hercule Poirot Holiday Mystery"
Posted October 31, 2023

Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool are hoping to celebrate the Christmas holiday in London until Edward’s mother makes an unexpected visit. Cynthia Catchpool insists the men accompany her to Norfolk to solve the murder of a well-liked man in Read more...

Up on the Woof Top
by Spencer Quinn
"A Fun Festive Holiday Mystery with a Canine & Human Crime Solving Duo"
Posted October 23, 2023

In the fourteenth book of the Chet & Bernie Mysteries, Christmas is just around the corner when a famous mystery author loses her writing muse, Rudy the reindeer. Can Chet and Bernie travel to Kringle Ranch in Colorado, and save the holiday spirit by rescuing Rudy in Read more...

You Always Come Back
by Emily Smith
"An Impressive Debut Thriller Involving a Serial Killer Hiding in a Dysfunctional Family"
Posted October 18, 2023

Emily Smith’s impressive debut YOU ALWAYS COME BACK is a stunner. July Weaver is a character you will not easily forget as she returns to her dysfunctional family home nine years after her sister’s death and Read more...

Caught on the Book
by Laura Gail Black
"Get Hooked on This Exceptionally Good Cozy!"
Posted October 11, 2023

The John J. Hokes Bass Fest is underway in Hokes Folly, North Carolina.  Antique bookshop owner, Jenna Quinn, has setup a booth displaying fishing books to join in the festivities. The event is going well until a nasty argument between retired Detective, Frank Sutton, and thriller novelist, Gregory Read more...

Sandra Martin

I have always been a voracious reader and I enjoy a good mystery. I am an Investigation ID addict and I hate when a case goes unsolved. I attended the University of Michigan where I earned an English degree, but I currently work for another university in the physical therapy doctorate program. I currently live in beautiful North Carolina where there is plenty of sunshine, smiling faces, and sweet tea. I have one college- aged son, a great husband, and an aging ornery cat. Reading is my passion, but I also write for children and I have been published in several magazines.

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Fresh Fiction Reviewer Profile | Sandra Martin
August 4, 2022

7 comments posted.

Re: Mystery Rider (2:29pm October 9, 2015):

My tough and rugged husband who once hated cats, rescued a
kitten from a worksite, and now my husband fusses over her
and she never leaves his side.

Re: Rescuing the Texan's Heart (2:25pm February 23, 2015):

Love the cover on this book and I enjoy reading about small
towns with lots of charm. Sounds great.

Re: Dead Man Walker (2:22pm February 23, 2015):

I've really enjoyed this series and the Savannah setting.
I'll add this to my TBR

Re: As Gouda as Dead (7:19pm February 7, 2015):

My fave event was a vacation to Maui. Rainbows, sunshine,
and so much beauty everywhere.
The I Love Dogs Jewelry - what a great way to help abused
and orphaned animals.

Re: Meow If It's Murder (9:08am January 15, 2015):

I'm a cat lover and this mystery sounds like a fun read. Love the cover as well.

Re: Billionaire Blend (12:38pm August 25, 2014):

I read the coffee house mysteries for awhile and really enjoyed them. I've missed the last few and have to get back in the swing. I love mysteries with entrepreneurs and Clare's coffee shop is so unique.

Re: Dark Legacy (8:55pm November 18, 2009):

I've read your SuperRomances, but not this title yet. It looks great. I'm always interested in a good paranormal.

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