Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thriller: Proof of Life by J. A. Jance

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over.

Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

File Size: 1109 KB
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (September 5, 2017)
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Language: English

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: A Wanted Man by Robert Parker

Ben Bracken escapes from prison hellbent on revenge. He's planned everything out down to the last detail--the "insurance policy" he's left with his friend Jack Booker. But when Jack's father is murdered, Ben finds himself pulled into Jack's mission to exact revenge.

A Wanted Man by Robert Parker is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Here you have a guy done wrong and he's not about to sit down and take it. Can't say that I liked Ben right away, but as his backstory evolved and as he put aside his needs to help Jack, I became more engaged. Superb storytelling and a ton of action kept me reading as quickly and as often as I could manage. I would definitely be interested in more of Parker's work.

If you like action, crime novels, and gangsters, you'll enjoy A Wanted Man by Robert Parker.

File Size: 2136 KB
Print Length: 245 pages
Publisher: Endeavour Press (May 14, 2017)
Publication Date: May 14, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B072333TYM

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I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cozy Mystery Spotlight: Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder by Mary Cunningham

Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manual Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy.

“If Evanovich's Stephanie Plum were a travel agent, she'd fit right in working this case alongside Andi, a wanna-be detective readers are sure to love.” Regan Black, USA Today bestselling author of the Escape Club Heroes and Knight Traveler novels

“Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder...WOW. Snappy dialog, quirky characters, opens with a curious bang and yanked me through the pages. A fun, fantastic read.” —Jean Rabe, USA Today Bestselling author, Piper Blackwell Mysteries

“A strong start to a new cozy mystery series by author Mary Cunningham. Andi Anna is one crazy and clever sleuth.” —Cheryl C. Malandrinos, The Book Connection

“Grab a margarita and hold on tight; you're in for a wild ride.”
—Karen MacInerney, Agatha Award nominee and author of the Dewberry Farms Mysteries

“An intoxicating mix of laughter, kooky characters, and a yummy setting.”
—Joanna Campbell Slan, bestselling/award-winning author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

“A zany murder mystery with a touch of romance and a handful of humor.”
—Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries

“Charming, lively, and unpredictable, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder excels in a vivid story mystery fans will relish.”—Diane Donovan, Senior Editor Midwest Book Review

“Margaritas, Mayhem, and Murder is a madcap comedy mystery, rich with colorful characters and snappy one-liners. A heroine named Andi Anna Jones is destined for exotic misadventure.”
—Dana Taylor, author and winner of Golden Quill Awards Best First Book (Ain't Love Grand)


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Mary Cunningham grew on the northern side of the Ohio River in Corydon, Indiana. Her first memories are of her dad’s original bedtime stories that no doubt inspired her imagination and love of a well-spun “yarn”.

Childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for her award-winning middle-grade series, Cynthia's Attic. The setting is in her childhood home in Southern Indiana. Family stories and ancestors comprise the storylines. There are currently five books in the series: The Missing Locket, The Magic Medallion, Curse of the Bayou, The Magician’s Castle, and Legend of Lupin Woods.

Through a horrifying stint as a travel agent and more rewarding experience teaching travel and tourism, the character, Andi Anna Jones, travel agent/amateur sleuth, inspired her latest adult mystery series. She’s currently writing Book # 2 of the series, along with another middle-grade series, The Adventures of Max and Maddie, a historical time-travel.

Cunningham is a member of The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Writers Guild.

When she gives her fingers a break from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband and adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Cozy Mystery Boxed Set Release: The 12 Slays of Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Cozy Mystery Christmas!

A 12-book, Christmas-themed, boxed set with Recipes!

We've got twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve cozy authors! Holiday murder and mischief abound, but not to worry we've got our share of amateur sleuths!

And to make everyone's holidays bright and merry, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, in addition to sharing our Christmas whodunit stories with our readers, are donating the proceeds from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter. C'mon! Buy a book, rescue a dog! (or cat!)

Can't you just feel Christmas in the air? So, put on your winter mittens, dust off your holiday recipes, start humming those carols, and have yourself a Merry Christmas with a little murder, a whole lot of fun, and a gift of love to our cozy pet partners in crime solving!

What's in the Boxed Set:

Abby L. Vandiver - Baby, it's Cold Outside

Judith Lucci - The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

Amy Vansant - Stollen Time

Colleen Mooney - Death by Rum Balls

Amy Reade - The Worst Noel

Nell Goddin - The Case of the Curious Biscuit

Colleen Helme - Devil in a Black Suit

Kim Hunt Harris - Frankincense, Gold and Murder

Larissa Reinhart - A View to a Chill

Cindy Bell - Christmas Chocolates and Crimes

Summer Prescott - Home for the Holidays

Kathryn Dionne - Murder at the Holiday Bazaar

Bonus - Recipes from the Authors!

And we love hearing from our readers, so stop by our website at and see what we're up to. You can find out more about the authors, our 12-book boxed set, and how you can donate to a rescue shelter.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Cozy Mystery: No Grater Evil by Karen C. Whalen

Jane Marsh plans a reunion for her gourmet dinner club, first camping in the Rocky Mountains with lavish menus and provisions, then a getaway to Estes Park at a luxurious cabin. Before they can break their boots in, gunshots explode in the middle of the night, and Jane discovers the body of the campground host.

Since the club members are packing revolvers to practice at the firing range, her friends become prime murder suspects. Heading into dangerous terrain, Jane explores the dead man’s reckless past to solve the crime before their wilderness adventure goes up in smoke.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (November 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 150921738X
ISBN-13: 978-1509217380

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