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No matter what fate had decreed, they belonged together.


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Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body?


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A slow burn has a super protective, super hot alpha male who will stop at nothing to protect his girl.


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Two can play at this spying game.


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Unswerving
Unstoppable
Unhinged


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Some curses aren’t meant to be broken . . .


Reviews

A Matter of Life and Death
by Phillip Margolin
"Riveting courtroom suspense presented at a non-stop pace..."
Posted February 23, 2021

Philip Margolin’s fourth Robin Lockwood novel, a MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, follows the lawyer's handling of three cases, demonstrating her analytical strength and uncompromising courtroom presence.

Ms. Lockwood easily bests Ian Hennessey’s Read more...


Never Far Away
by Michael Koryta
"Suspense master Koryta stimulates heart rates with story of a woman on the run..."
Posted February 23, 2021

NEVER FAR AWAY begins with two professionals discussing how to kill a woman sitting in her car, watching them discuss her fate while waiting for the end. In this first chapter, the two assassins create enough evidence to convince their client that Nina Morgan is dead. The chapter ends Read more...


Undercover Kitty
by Sofie Ryan
"This clever plot follows a cat going undercover on the cat show circuit..."
Posted January 19, 2021

In UNDERCOVER KITTY, Charlotte’s Angels recruit Elvis to go undercover for their new case involving recent sabotage at cat shows. Elvis is Sarah’s small black cat with an “adorable head tilt and scarred nose” along with a ‘purrfect’ personality.

Read more...


The Broken Spine
by Dorothy St. James
"Does the prospect of a bookless library drive someone to murder?"
Posted January 14, 2021

Trudell Becket is the assistant librarian in the small town of Cypress, where the Mayor announces a significant transformation to the library as a money-saving move: no more books and, as soon as new equipment arrives, the library is all digital.

The story begins with Tru Read more...


Savage Road
by Chris Hauty
"Edgy story makes this a compelling and intriguing read"
Posted December 31, 2020

White House intern Hayley Chill is back, serving two masters in this edgy, new adventure, SAVAGE ROAD. For saving President Richard Monroe's life in Deep State, Hayley now serves as Chief of Staff for presidential advisor Kyle Rodgers. And then, there is Publius, an organization of past presidents Read more...


Shadows in Death
by J.D. Robb
"J. D. Robb writes another riveting adventure for Eve and Roarke...."
Posted December 17, 2020

J.D. Robb’s In Death series continues to break new ground with this 51st adventure featuring Eve Dallas with her crime-fighting colleagues, including her wealthy husband, Roarke. SHADOWS IN DEATH Read more...


Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines
by Jennifer J. Chow
"Well conceived mystery features telepathic feline sleuth"
Posted November 25, 2020

Mimi Lee and her school teacher sister Alice discover Alice’s colleague, Helen Reed, in her car in the Roosevelt Elementary School parking lot--dead.

The second Sassy Cat Mystery, MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINESRead more...


The Awakening
by Nora Roberts
"Magicks and dragons await the daughter of two worlds...Earth and Talamh"
Posted November 19, 2020

Nora Roberts’ storytelling magic conjures up the compelling tale of Breen Kelly, who discovers her mother married a native of the distant world Talamh. THE AWAKENING introduces Breen’s heritage in volume one of Ms. Roberts’ new Read more...


Daylight
by David Baldacci
"A creatively conceived thriller, skillfully executed, captivates the imagination"
Posted October 29, 2020

When FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s search to uncover the truth about her twin sister Mercy’s abduction runs afoul of Army CID Agent John Puller’s attempt to arrest a potential drug dealer, the suspense in DAYLIGHTRead more...


Murder in the Margins
by Margaret Loudon
"Will investigating murder solve an author's writer's block?"
Posted October 15, 2020

Penelope Parish suffers from writer's block after her first novel, Lady of the Moors, becomes a best seller. Trying to reunite with her muse, Pen applies and wins the position of writer-in-residence at the Open Book bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, located just outside London Read more...


The Readers' Room
by Antoine Laurain
"Unique mystery tickles our curiosity, storytelling talent secures our attention..."
Posted October 1, 2020

In THE READERS' ROOM, author Antoine Laurain skillfully weaves the elements of two mysteries into a complex, intriguing tale, focusing on the readers’ room for a Parisian publishing house and murders that are somehow related.

Violaine LePage Read more...


Murder in Devil's Cove
by Melissa Bourbon
"'Book Magic' adds intriguing element to cozy mystery debut..."
Posted September 15, 2020

Just the idea of ‘book magic’ ignites the imagination and curiosity of any cozy mystery reader. The good news is that Melissa Bourbon delivers with a series debut that introduces a family gifted with bibliomancy, a divination ability that uses books to foretell the future and unravel Read more...


One for the Books
by Jenn McKinlay
"Murder complicates wedding plans for Lindsey and Sully..."
Posted August 27, 2020

ONE FOR THE BOOKS finds Lindsey and Sully a week away from their wedding when they discover the friend who is to perform the ceremony dead on the beach at Bell Island.

Unfortunately, that is not the only Read more...


A Case of Cat and Mouse
by Sofie Kelly
"Feline sleuths with a magical touch assist local librarian investigating murder..."
Posted August 20, 2020

Elias Braeden plans to film a 10-episode revival of the Great Northern Baking Showdown in Mayville Heights until murder interrupts the production. A CASE OF CAT AND MOUSE, the 12th installment of the Read more...


Cat Me If You Can
by Miranda James
"Mystery book lovers find murder an unexpected item on their retreat agenda..."
Posted August 20, 2020

Maine Coon Diesel accompanies Charlie Harris and Helen Louise Brady to Asheville, NC, for a week-long retreat of Athena (Mississippi) Public Library’s mystery book club only to find that murder is part of the program, literally.

Interloper Denis Kilbride rudely interrupts the first meeting Read more...


The Eighth Detective
by Alex Pavesi
"Warning: Novel approach is intriguing but doesn’t quite deliver..."
Posted July 29, 2020

The promotional blurb for THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE seduces mystery lovers.

Julia Hart, an editor at Blood Type Books, reaches out to Grant McAllister, a mathematics professor, and requests permission to republish his book on the four ingredients that comprise a murder mystery. Julia finds inconsistencies in Grant Read more...


Wrath of Poseidon
by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
"Compelling story includes how Sam & Remi first met..."
Posted June 29, 2020

In this 12th Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, WRATH OF POSEIDON, the couple’s first meeting provides the context for their current challenge – dealing with a criminal fixated on who put him in prison and where to Read more...


Ruth Castleberry

Ruth Castleberry has worked as an investigator for Pinkerton’s, city desk assistant on the Charlotte News, free- lance writer, marketing/business strategy consultant, competitive intelligence practitioner and digital marketing consultant.

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