Pivotal Decisions (Moonlight and Murder #2) by @reily_garrett #RomanticSuspense #FridayReads

Author: Reily Garrett

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Romantic Suspense, Book Review

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Sabine’s early morning hike ends with discovering her friend sitting in a chair by the canal and gazing at the sunrise. Peace and serenity pervade, except, he’s dead.

To discover the how and why of his death, she must first survive the shrewd killer intent on removing human collateral and regaining lost technology.

Pivotal Decisions, the second book in the Moonlight and Murder series, is set the Florida Everglades. A horrific murder brings back the characters from A Critical Tangent along with several new and engaging ones. Like the first book, the story revolves around current technology, this time the theme is virtual reality.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by Tilly Tennant #Contemporary #Romance

I know, it’s only October but I love Christmas themed stories and really enjoyed this book when it was released in 2017.

My Thoughts

Isla McCoy is twenty nine, living at home with her mother and studying psychology. She can’t remember her father as her parents’ marriage broke down when she was five years old and she didn’t see her father again. Being brought up solely by Glory, her mother, who is still bitter and unable to make peace with her father after twenty odd years, has left a long term impression on Isla and influenced the potential for romantic relationships. She finds it difficult to form lasting relationships and tends to keep men at arm’s length, always expecting to be let down.

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#GuestPost from Randy Overbeck #author of the Haunted Shores Mysteries @OverbeckRandy #GhostStory #TuesdayBookBlog

Today, I’d like to welcome Randy Overbeck with his post ‘First, Get The Setting Right,’ so over to you, Randy…

Of course, it takes several important ingredients to create an engaging mystery—an intriguing murder, a suspenseful plot, credible characters, large and small. But any good writer also recognizes the importance of the right setting for their narrative, of creating a credible “world” the reader can inhabit for hours at a time. Sometimes this “world” can be as familiar as a small resort town or as unusual as a completely different time or place. As a reader, I’ve particularly enjoyed the worlds created by such notable mystery writers as William Kent Krueger, Walter Mosley and C.J. Box and I’ve tried to learn from their examples.

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#BookReview ~ Winter of the Wolf by Martha Hunt Handler #Mystery #Spirituality #DebutNovel

Author: Martha Hunt Handler

Published: July 2020 by Greenleaf Book Group Press

Category: Mystery, Spirituality, YA (with reservations) Book Review

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A tragic mystery blending sleuthing and spirituality

An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.

Winter of the Wolf is the story of a family’s grief and how they cope with tragedy. It’s far from all doom and gloom though. This coming of age story is about following instincts and beliefs, exploring new avenues to discover the truth, however painful. And, although the story centres on teens, there are serious adult themes and topics in the book that I think wouldn’t be suitable for younger teen readers.

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The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope #9) by @AnnCleeves #CrimeFiction set in Northumberland #FridayReads

Author: Ann Cleeves

Published: September 2020 by Macmillan

Category: Police Procedural, Crime Fiction, Book Review

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On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help. But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the back seat.

Set in the beautiful and atmospheric county of Northumberland, The Darkest Evening is the ninth outing for Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost from Muriel Ellis Pritchett #author of Not Myself Today @PritchettMuriel @rararesources #Giveaway

Today I have a guest post as part of the blog tour for Not Myself Today, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Before Muriel’s post, here’s what the book is about…

High school soccer star Lindsey Anderson was at the top of her game with graduation approaching and a full-ride soccer scholarship offer in her hand. Then she dropped dead on the soccer field, only to wake up in the body of a teenage sex-trafficking victim. No one believes who she really is. Not even her dad. Chased by her new body’s drug-dealing pimp and rabid parapsychologists out to dissect her, Lindsey searches to get her body and her life back before graduation day. Can her BFF and the high school nerdy boy she detests help save her life?

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Killing Rock (A Sullivan and Broderick Murder Mystery Book 3) by @RobertDaws ~ #CrimeFiction Set in Gibraltar @HobeckBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Robert Daws

Published: July 2020 by Hobeck Books

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review

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A wealthy family massacred. Unidentified mummified remains. Is there a connection?

Gibraltar is shaken by echoes from its history once again as a serial killer stalks the Rock.

Detectives Tamara Sullivan and Gus Broderick face the most dangerous and elusive murder investigation of their lives, and for Sullivan, it’s about to become all too personal.

Can their relationship endure this latest peril, and will the Rock ever escape its ghosts?

Killing Rock, book three in the series featuring Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan and Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, begins in 2005 as a woman, scared for her life, attempts to flee Spain for Gibraltar.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #Extract ~ Eternal Forever by Syl Waters #Mystery @waters_syl @rararesources

Welcome to the Mini Blog Blitz for Eternal Forever, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Today I have an extract for you, but first we’ll see what the book is about…

Fame, glory and… foul play!

Jessie was a shop worker dreaming of the big time, then YouTube found her. But staying in the limelight requires meticulous management: pop stars are made not born.

With awards night approaching, the pressure’s on for Tito, Jessie’s manager, to whip her into shape. Getting so close wasn’t in the contract, but then neither was him being murdered in Spain.

Alone and scared of the negative publicity, Jessie turns to Mack, her account manager at Eternal Forever, the UK’s first digital legacy management agency. But Mack’s got his own issues: the company’s fast running out of cash, his key developer’s on the turn and a blogger’s suicide looks suspicious.

With the assistance of J-Pop, Mack’s assistant and wannabe reality TV star, Jessie turns sleuth. But in a world where everybody’s watching, it’s hard to escape. Reputation is everything and some people will do anything to protect it.

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The Lost Blackbird by @LizaPerrat ~ Fiction based on Fact #HistoricalFiction #Psychological #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Liza Perrat

Category: Based on Fact, Psychological, Historical, Book Review

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London 1962. A strict and loveless English children’s home, or the promise of Australian sunshine, sandy beaches and eating fruit straight from the tree. Which would you choose?

Ten-year-old Lucy Rivers and her five-year-old sister Charly are thrilled when a child migrant scheme offers them the chance to escape their miserable past.

But on arrival in Sydney, the girls discover their fantasy future is more nightmare than dream.

The story begins in January 1962 when Lucy and Charly Rivers’ father comes home drunk, as he often does, and a fall leaves him dead at the bottom of the stairs. Their mother, who was out at the time, was charged with his murder and the sisters were sent to Easthaven Home for Girls. The home was run by authoritative and heartless Mrs Mersey, who spared no kindness or pity for the unfortunate girls in her supposed care.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Quiet Child by John Burley #Audiobook #Suspense #Histfic #Thriller

Throwback Thursday this week looks back at an audiobook full of tension and twists, performed brilliantly by MacLeod Andrews. It was released in August 2017 by Harper Audio.

My Thoughts

Set in 1950s California, the McCray family live in the small town of Cottonwood. Kate McCray was born and bred there and when she married Michael McCray that’s where they set up home. Their two boys, Sean and Danny, ten and six respectively, complete their family.

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