Monday, August 15, 2022

Kindle Freebie: Love Can Be Murder Boxed Set by Heather Haven

August 14 - 16 this boxed set from Heather Haven is free on Kindle. 


For P.I. ferret Lee Alvarez first comes murder, then comes love, then comes marriage… and now Lee and her drop-dead gorgeous Navy SEAL groom Gurn Hanson are stumbling across bodies together. This wryly romantic box set is a bonanza for fans of The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, featuring a full-length novel, Book 5 The CEO Came DOA, PLUS two novellas. Together they tell the story of the action-packed, homicide-solving week leading up to Lee and Gurn’s wedding followed by the too-eventful weeks in Kauai and their return home when they were supposed to be resting and relaxing. Not to mention romancing.

The CEO Came DOA
The beautiful Christmas wedding in a romantic chapel that Lila has planned for Lee and Gurn moves into uncharted territory, and the outcome is uncertain when a killer turns up as an uninvited wedding guest. Will there be a wedding or a wake?

Honeymoons Can Be Murder

Honeymooning on peaceful Kauai, Lee and Gurn find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn, and Lee must find the real killer to keep her handsome new hubby out of a Hawaiian hoosegow.

Marriage Can Be Murder

The newlyweds certainly aren’t taking any commitment lessons from their newest client, an eight-times-married Hollywood legend! But they are committed to finding out who’s trying to kill her in a series of mysterious accidents around her animal sanctuary estate.

Lee and Gurn – think Nick and Nora Charles in Silicon Valley…with a Mexican flair – will delight fans of PI stories, cozy mysteries, and women sleuths, especially if they love sharp funny female protagonists like Sue Grafton’s witty Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich’s lovable Stephanie Plum.

Grab your copy for FREE while this deal lasts!

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Book Review: Stolen by Vivian Gilbert Zabel

is a heart-wrenching story of abduction from award-winning author Vivian Gilbert Zabel. 

Torri Adamson put up with her husband's philandering ways for years, but a new indiscretion makes her take their two children and return to her family. 

As the years pass, Torri rebuilds her life, but when Mike abducts her children, she is afraid this tragedy might be too much to handle.

Based on a true story, Zabel weaves an emotional story of one woman pushed to her limits. From the first page, the reader is drawn into Torri's family drama. A tightly-written tale that pulls at the heartstrings, the reader will turn page after page, following Torri as she rebuilds her life, just to have an unspeakable tragedy rip joy away from her. Readers will admire Torri's strength and appreciate the closeness of her family as they move along. 

Though Torri's story is fictional, it is based on a true story; a story that unfolds too often. As a mother, this story truly hit home.

Riveting, intense, and masterfully told, Stolen is a must read.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Publishing LLC (November 1, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 098258864X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0982588642

I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated from in any way.

This post originally appeared at The Book Connection.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Book Review: Reversal of Fortune by F.M. Meredith

The Rocky Bluff P.D. is back investigating its latest murders in Reversal of Fortune by F. M. Meredith.

Beth Milligan and Kayla Duval stumble upon the body of the  town's fortune teller. Detective Doug Milligan and his partner, Detective Felix Zachary, arrive to investigate. Reviewing the woman's long list of clients, it soon becomes apparent more than one person could have a reason for wanting Bernadette Wolfort dead. 

When the body of one of their prime suspects is discovered on the fortune teller's property, Doug and Felix know the two murders are related. But who wanted both of them dead? And why? 

It is so wonderful to be back in the small beach town of Rocky Bluff, where the understaffed and overworked members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. live. Having followed this community for years, it is always good to catch up with what is going on in my favorite characters' lives. 

As Doug and Felix investigate these murders, the personal lives of the Rocky Bluff P.D. unfold in the background. Meredith does a fabulous job of sprinkling in a bit of backstory and bringing readers up to date with our favorite Rocky Bluff P.D. members, with one or two of those personal stories unfolding as subplots during the investigation. In Reversal of Fortune, Kayla Duval, the mayor's daughter and Beth's best friend, is dealing with a pushy aunt who has got it in her mind that the girl's deceased mother would prefer Kayla live with her in Los Angeles instead of staying with the father she didn't even know until her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The other subplot is that trouble could be brewing for Gordon Butler and his wife Lizette. 

Reversal of Fortune, like other books in the series, stands alone as an engaging and easy read. You can sit down and read a book in one or two sittings and feel totally satisfied with the outcome when done. I am not sure what is up next for the Rocky Bluff P.D., but I know I will keep reading as long as Meredith keeps writing.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09XLQCNZB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (April 9, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 212 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8449705860

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

This post originally appeared at The Book Connection. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Book Review: Gravely Murdered by Marty Damon


Welcome back to Calvin, Massachusetts, where Cate MacLeod stumbles upon another murder that interrupts her otherwise mundane life. 

Gravely Murdered by local author Marty Damon is the second book in her mystery series featuring Cate MacLeod. In the first book, Cate returned home to Calvin after losing her job in the city. Now working on a project for the town planners, Cate expects a September evening to be a boring night of small town history. Instead, she stumbles over a body and is dropped into a tangle of jealousy, past injustice, and revenge.

The second Cate MacLeod mystery novel is even better than the first. Damon blends established characters with new in a small New England town that makes you think of Angela Fletcher's Cabot Cove without the water. 

The murder of one of the well-known residents in town, who isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea, lends itself to a story filled with a plethora of potential suspects. Damon knows the cozy mystery genre and she writes it well. Filled with twists and turns, any cozy mystery lover is sure to enjoy Gravely Murdered and might be surprised by who the actual culprit is--which in my mind, is the makings of a great mystery.

Though you don't need to start with the first book, Well Murdered, because both stand alone, I am enjoying the evolution of Cate and her relationships as she navigates being a city girl living in her hometown and solving mysteries along the way.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GVCMW8N
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (August 27, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 305 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8678799029

I purchased the printed version of this book from a library book sale and own a Kindle version. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This post originally appeared at The Book Connection. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

On Hiatus


In case you hadn't noticed (ha, ha) this blog is taking a bit of a break. You can still catch my book reviews and other special features at The Book Connection. I also blog at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection