Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trail of Defects by Sara Caudell - #review


This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. Crime waves in a small town can be confusing but it is especially daunting for Sheriff Hobson. It is unclear which side of the law his townspeople are on. Starting with an armed robbery of Kelly’s Lounge, elder abuse, and a runaway child, strange happenings pileup.


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MY REVIEW

Wow, trail is right!  It's all going on in Cold Springs.  There's an armed robbery in the first five minutes (on the first page).  Who says nothing every happens in small towns, eh?

And other things happen here that people associate more with the 'big city'.  Elder abuse, to name one, and a runaway, for another.  Such are the social issues facing the citizens of this small mountain community.  Now, I'm sure they're used to young people leaving town to find excitement or better opportunities, but having a runaway is not the norm.  And seniors are neglected far too often in big cities, but here in Cold Springs, a relative is supposed to be looking after this person, and is rather taking advantage of them.

The story in Trail of Defects hits the ground running and just keeps on going!  There is anxiety over the crimes, action in tracking down the 'bad guys', and once in a while, if you look up at the mountains, you might get to catch your breath!  And besides the fact that all these things are happening, they all seem to be intertwined with each other.

This is my first read by Sara Caudell, and there are four books in the series, this being the latest.  More stories to go back and catch up on! *whew*  But if Trail is any indication, I'll be in for a heckuva ride!

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MEET THE AUTHOR



I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now live in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.


Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern - #review #giveaway



Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mining for Justice by Kathleen Ernst - #review #giveaway


Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart - #bookblast

 

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart

October 10 & 11, 2017

Release Date - October 17, 2017

Cozy Mystery/Romance 2nd in Series 
Past Perfect Press 
Print Length: 320 pages 
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
#StillAWannabeDetective
In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Pre-Order Links:  Amazon  B&N

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel - #review #giveaway


It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Another Man's Poison by Jo-Ann Lamon Recoppa - #review #giveaway


Crime reporter Colleen Caruso has an appetite for romance…and trouble. When someone tries to poison Ken Rhodes (her handsome boss and boyfriend), Colleen vows to hunt down the culprit and serve them up to the police. She’s whisked away into the scrumptious world of restaurants and gourmet food as she tangles with four culinary divas from Ken’s past.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly - #review #giveaway


In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson…

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder…