Posts Categorized: Paperback

May 18 2018
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Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Excerpt | Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Chapter 1

“All of us are dying.”

“Well, yes, I guess I can’t argue with that, Betty,” I said to the slight, white-haired woman seated behind my desk in the newsroom. I had come barreling in to pick up a new notebook, late for my next assignment.

“Oops, sorry, if I could just get into that center desk drawer there.” I gently rolled her away from the desk, edged my drawer out a couple of inches, and stuck my arm into the depths until I felt cardboard. I tweezered out the spiral-bound notebook between two fingers.

“All of us. Dying. It’s not right.”

I slipped the notebook into my purse and moved to scoot Betty back into position, …

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Apr 09 2018
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Three Strikes, You’re Dead by Elena Hartwell – Eddie Shoes Character Guest Post

Three Strikes, You’re Dead by Elena Hartwell – Eddie Shoes Character Guest Post

A Private Eye, a Card-Counter, and a Giant Canine walk into a Resort…by Eddie Shoes, Private Eye (and Elena Hartwell, author).

Vacation with my mother. I can’t believe how excited I am about the prospect. Chava and I rarely went anywhere when I was a kid. Chava was a single mom and travel wasn’t something we could afford. When I left my hometown of Spokane, Washington, at eighteen, I traveled the entire west coast. It was the first time I’d left the state. I went all the way south to San Diego. I wanted to see Mexico. I even went over the border for an afternoon in Tijuana.

My father, Eduardo, is from Mexico. At least, I think that’s where …

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Jan 28 2018
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – Review

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – Review

My Thoughts

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a beautifully written historical fiction, set during World War II in Seattle. I’ve not read about the Japanese internment following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jamie’s characters, Henry Lee, an American-born Chinese boy, and Keiko Okabe, an American-born Japanese girl, are so vividly brought to life. The story is told from Henry’s point of view and goes back and forth between the 1940s and the 1980s.

This story moved me to tears many times. The characters were incredibly developed, and even the secondary characters of Sheldon and Mrs. Beatty were some of my very favorites. The settings were so well-written that I truly felt as if I was there, smelling …

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Oct 15 2017
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A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel is the third book in the Brewing Trouble Mystery series. This story is set in the fall in Pittsburgh and centers around Oktoberfest. I haven’t read the first two books in this series. However, I found myself quickly drawn into Max’s world and easily able to lose myself in the story. One of my favorite things about this story is the setting. I live in eastern Ohio, but the closest city to me is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I enjoyed all the “Pittsburghese” in the book: words you only hear in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Yinz is a part of our vocabulary here as well. 🙂

Max’s intelligence, sincerity, and …

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Aug 11 2017
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A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris – Review

A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris – Review

A Margin of Lust – My Thoughts

A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris is the first book in the new Seven Deadly Sins suspense series. I was excited to pack this in my suitcase and take it on vacation. I thought it would make the perfect beach read and I was right. This suspenseful mystery is so well-written that you won’t want to put it down. Ms. Boris is an immensely talented writer who seamlessly weaves a plot that pulls you in from the start. The character development was a key part of how much I enjoyed the story. I will be anxiously awaiting more in this series.

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Jul 23 2017
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New Sins for Old Scores by Tj O’Connor – Guest Post

New Sins for Old Scores by Tj O’Connor – Guest Post

The Real Sins in New Sins for Old Scores
Tj O’Connor

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And that, my friends, is the premise for my new murder mystery, New Sins for Old Scores from Black Opal Books.

My fourth mystery follows similar footsteps of my last series—a murder mystery with a paranormal twist that includes a historical subplot and a main character that is, well, living-challenged. Dead. Okay, yes, one of my main characters is dead.

Let me explain. Here’s the story’s summary:

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And when it does, it’s the worst kind of murder.

Detective Richard Jax was never good at history. Now, after years as a cop, he was about to get the lesson of …

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May 28 2017
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Grilled, Chilled and Killed by Lesley A. Diehl

Grilled, Chilled and Killed by Lesley A. Diehl

My Thoughts

Grilled, Chilled and Killed by Lesley A. Diehl is the second cozy book in the Big Lake Murder Mysteries series featuring Emily Rhodes. This book is as enjoyable as the first in the series (Dumpster Dying). Emily unluckily finds herself caught up in another murder and investigation. Though Emily doesn’t want to use her sleuthing skills, she feels she has no choice to make sure the crime is solved correctly.

Emily is a character that is growing on me. I didn’t totally dislike her in the first book, but I was a bit ambivalent toward her. In this installment, I actually liked Emily more than I thought I would. Grilled, Chilled and Killed is a fun addition …

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May 15 2017
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Big City Heat by David Burnsworth – Guest Post + Giveaway

Big City Heat by David Burnsworth – Guest Post + Giveaway

Is Your Bad Guy Bad Enough?
David Burnsworth

Is the bad guy bad enough? Not exactly a question readers may ponder, but as an author I ask myself this quite often. Not just bad, but believably bad. Like, to the point that the reader is thinking “I can’t wait for this guy (or gal) to get what’s coming.”

It’s part of the reason I read books. Life isn’t always fair. The good guys don’t always win. So when I’m ticked off, there is nothing I like better than a scene were Jack Reacher takes a three-fifty-seven Cold Python and blows a group of bad guys away. Somehow, my world comes back in order. Am I simply a violence junkie? Maybe. Is there a …

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