Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison (Dr. Samantha Owens #4)


Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author J. T. Ellison delivers another riveting novel featuring the incomparable Dr. Samantha Owens

Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. No longer a medical examiner, she doesn't lose sleep over them, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide—a crime of passion—is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play…

As Fletch and Sam try to understand what and who they are dealing with, they are summoned to a meeting at the State Department. High-level officials are interested in what they know and seem to be keeping secrets of their own. It's up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind the deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.

Unsure who to trust, Sam and Fletch find themselves up against very powerful people at every stage in the investigation. No one is who they appear to be and with every minute that passes, the danger escalates. It's Sam's most complex case yet and the terrifying reality is beyond anything she could have imagined.

My review: What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison (Dr. Samantha Owens #4)


Lot of drama, mystery, action  and terror.  Some swear words, and violence.  You don't who to trust or where it is going to go.

Dr. Samantha Owens is the main character.  She is teaching and newly working with FBI.  She is no longer a medical examiner.  A crime has taken place close to her home.  She spies on it. 
Samantha texts her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher to see if he got the case.

Xander Whitfield is now working as a personal security.  They are out of town.  He has to bring his old talents back in use.

Darren Fletcher meets with Samantha and tells her a little about the crime while at breakfast. While eating Sam gets a text asking her to step in as a FBI Agent and go to the briefing for him while he is out of town.

Samantha and Fletcher walk through the crime scene and with in minutes she tells him that it was not what it looked like but a double murder.  Also finds deadly viruses in the apartment.

There is a lot of murder, and assassins and terrorists that keep them all busy.  You don't want to put the book down till the end.

The setting for most of the book was Washington D.C. and currant year.

I have read all four Dr. Samantha Owens books and like her.  She is a strong female character that has gone through a lot. I want to see more of her.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin.  I agreed to give a honest review of What Lies Behind.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PAWtners in Crime by Patricia Fry( 10th Klepto Cat Mystery)

When Michael and Savannah invite young burn victim and heir Arthur Spence into their home, they don’t expect danger to follow. The sensationalism around his family’s dark secrets have the paparazzi in a photo-snapping frenzy and the young man isn’t yet equipped to deal with their shenanigans. Are they the ones issuing the unnerving threats to Arthur’s life, or is it a beloved family member? Rags, the kleptomaniac cat, has a new PAWtner in fighting crime and what a team they make. They delight in sticking their whiskers and digging their claws into the facts of the frightening matter. Hold onto your seats—there are some harrowing moments in this story, and some startling surprises.

Patricia Fry has been writing for publication for over 40 years, and she’s the author of 49 books. This is the sixth in the Klepto Cat Mystery series.
Also read Catnapped, Cat-Eye Witness, Sleight of Paw, Undercover Cat, and The Colony Cat Caper in print and Kindle. The Corral Cat Caper,
The Gallery Cat Caper, and Mansion of Meows are formatted for Kindle only.
Book 10, Pawtners in Crime coming this month.
 Patricia lives in California with three cats, Max, Sophie, and Lily. Follow her blog
 Patricia Fry, author, book editor, consultant:
Books by Patricia Fry:

Author of the Klepto Cat Mysteries
Available now: "Catnapped," "Cat-Eye Witness,"
"Sleight of Paw," "Undercover Cat" "The Colony Cat Caper"
"Celebrity Cat Caper"  "The Corral Cat Caper" "The Gallery Cat Caper," "Mansion of Meows,"
and NEW "PAWtners in Crime" at Amazon.com

My review:  PAWtners in Crime (10th Klepto Cat Mystery)


 PAWtners in Crime is a sequel to book 9, Mansion of Meows.  You could read alone but I would suggest reading book 9 first. Because book 10 follows right after book 9 and will ruin the suspense too.

 I have fun reading this series. Savannah is a Veterinary with a cat named Rags who is a Klepto.  He is a smart cat and solves mysteries. Usually with the things he steals.  The local police believe in him too.

Arthur Spence comes to stay with Savannah & Michael.  He is not used to his freedom.  He is being harassed by reporters following him and taking his pictures.  He is going to get his burns scars fixed.
Someone is trying to kill him again.

He starts to remember some about the death of his sister Karen.

I like the characters.  The animals have such a big roll in the books.  Most of the characters are old familiar ones from past books.

You want Arthur to be safe and his memory come back.  He is a smart 18 year old.  He is definitely a poor rich kid.  He has had a hard life.

The suspense is good but very narrow suspect lists.  

This is a fun mystery series with all the chasing of animal characters on one hand and a sad mystery and child abuse and murder on the other side. It is a clean read too.

The setting is California.  

I was given this ebook to read by the author and in return I agreed to give a honest review of PAWtners in Crime.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog tour: ‘The Tulip Resistance by Lynne Allen

Tulip Resistance blog tour

                           The Tulip Resistance by Lynne Allen

The Tulip ResistanceAbout the book:
Pulled into a war she doesn’t understand, Marieka Cordoven is just a Dutch girl who wouldn’t dare resist the Germans. But helping a wounded German soldier—a defector—changes her mind about everything. This tense historical drama delves into the intricacies of the Dutch resistance, its grit to defy orders, and its plan to do what’s right.
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462116876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462116874

Lynne-Allen-authorAbout the author:
Lynne Allen grew up in Othello, Washington. She met her husband at Ricks College and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple. She now lives in Cache Valley, Utah, and has six children. After 25 years of designing cakes professionally, she is now retired and works in the temple. Lynne loves art, drawing, tole painting, oil painting, pastels, sewing quilts, clothes, gardening, and learning anything and everything she can.


My review:  The Tulip Resistance by Lynne Allen


The Tulip Resistance starts before Hitler's army rolled into Holland.  Shows life in the country and how easy at first the Germans took the country.  Lots of drama, war, violence and brave, caring.

Marieka Cordoven is a Dutch girl who gets up early to milk the cow, gather eggs and then she rides her bike and makes deliveries.  Her family is Christian. She has older brother Bastiaan.  Lives with her parents, brother on a farm.

Bastiaan and his best friend Abram like to tease  Marieka.
Abram is Jewish. They tell a little about what the Jewish had to go through.
Marieka finds a wounded German soldier.  He has been forced to join the army.  He does not want to fight for Hitler.  Marieka decides to help him.

It also shows some of the Dutch resistance and what they are doing.  It shows how you don't know who to trust.  There are spies everywhere.

There are good and bad people in every group. You can't say all Germans or Jews are bad or good.
 I like how the ones hiding together became close and realized  that they could trust each other.

I hate how real people die in war.  That evil exists.  It makes the war real.

I was given this ebook to read by Cedar Fort Publishing.  In return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of The Tulip Resistance blog tour.

The Tulip Resistance” blog tour schedule:
May 20:
May 21:
May 22: Inklings and Notions • Readalot
May 23:
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May 25:
May 26: Mel’s Shelves
May 27: I Love to Read and Review Books
May 28: Eternal Principles Simplified
May 29: A.L. Sowards
May 30: Lydia May Creates
May 31:
June 1: Wishful Endings
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June 3:
June 4: Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach Giveaway 1- Print 1-ebook

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                                     Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach

Boca Undercover - 600x900x300Boca Undercover: The Dirty Harriet Mystery Series (Volume 4)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 30, 2014)
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1611945584
Patients at a posh Boca Raton rehab center are ending up stiffer than a Boca babe’s smile. Tough PI Harriet Horowitz, once a bedazzled babe herself, signs in at The Oasis at the request of a frightened friend.
As a pattern emerges in the murders, it’s clear the killer is targeting patients with an unusual addiction. How did they end up with the same drug problem at the same time and in the same rehab together? Harriet’s sleuthing leads her down a path of secrets and danger, and what she learns could lead her undercover assignment to a dead end.

Miriam Auerbach is the author of a satirical mystery series set in Boca Raton, Florida and featuring Harley-riding, wisecracking female private eye Harriet Horowitz. Her debut novel, Dirty Harriet, won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Series Romance. Miriam can only assume that this is because the heroine kills her husband on page one. In a parallel universe, Miriam is known as Miriam Potocky, professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their multicultural canines, a Welsh Corgi and a Brussels Griffon.

Author Links:

Webpage: www.miriamauerbach.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMiriamAuerbach

GoodReads: Miriam Auerbach – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/872348.Miriam_Auerbach

Purchase Links

Amazon B&N     BOCA UNDERCOVER will be on sale on Kindle for $2.99, and two previous books in the series will be on sale for $1.99, May 18-31?

My review:  Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach


Boca Undercover is fourth book in The Dirty Harriet Mystery Series.   It is the first book that I have read though.  It does stand alone okay, but I think it would have been better to read the first three books in the series.

PI Harriet Horowitz is the main character.  She is a widow who was abused wife till she fought back one time.  She has turned her life around.  She talks and listens to alligators. Rides a Harley and air boat. Harriet has a inner vigilante.

There is some good advice in the counseling  Harriet gets while going undercover at high end rehab center.  Harriet gets a call from a old friend who is getting help for her drug use.  Harriet agrees to go out and visit her when they find another dead body at the rehab backyard.  Her undercover name is Hailey Holloway.

The mystery had some good twists that I did not see coming but some might looking back I saw the clues I missed.

The setting is Boca Raton, FL.  Most of it was at a Posh rehab center.

I would read more books in this series.  I would like to see where the characters go next.

I was given this ebook to read so that I could give a honest review of Boca Undercover and be part of it's blog tour.

Giveaway: 2 Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach. 1 print  US only 1 ebook.
To enter leave a comment below with name and email address.  Also let me know if you are entering to win ebook or print book in comments. Contest starts 5/21/2015 and ends 5/31/2015.  Winner will be chosen by random number.  Winner will have two days to respond to email informing they are a winner.

Tour Participants
May 18 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post
May 19 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview
May 20 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post
May 21 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
May 22 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
May 23 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post, Giveaway
May 24 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Guest Post, Giveaway
May 25 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Guest Post
May 26 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
May 27 – Community Bookstop – Interview
May 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
May 29 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
May 30 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
May 31 – Melina’s Book Blog – Spotlight

Deadly Aim by Paty Jager (A Shandra Higheagle Mystery )

Deadly Aim: A Shandra Higheagle MysteryDeadly Aim: A Shandra Higheagle Mystery
Book three of the Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series
Passion… Secrets… Murder...
The dead body of an illicit neighbor and an old necklace send potter Shandra Higheagle on a chase to find a murderer. Visions from her dead grandmother reveals Shandra is on the right path, but the woods are full of obstacles—deadly ones.

Detective Ryan Greer believes Shandra’s dreams will help solve the mystery, but he also knows the curious potter could get herself killed. He’s determined that won’t happen. Until he’s blind-sided. Are Shandra’s powers strong enough to save them both, or will the murderer strike again? 

My review: Deadly Aim by Paty Jager 

I have liked all three books of the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series.  It was pretty easy to guess who the murder was, but there were twists in the series that surprised me.  I like the relationship between Shandra and Ryan.

Shandra finds her third dead body.  This  one was on her land and was more gruesome.  She called Detective Ryan Greer directly.

Shandra Higheagle is a potter.  She brought her land because it has the clay on her land for her to use. Shandra has had bad luck in romance department so she is taking her time slowly with Ryan. She has dreams and sees her grandma that has deceased and the dreams have clues for the mystery.  Shandra is half Indian.

Detective Ryan Greer is more serious about Shandra but he is willing to take it slowly.  He does take Shandra to his brother's wedding to his old girl friend.

No one really likes the dead guy.  He has private hunts on his land that is not all legal, sleeps around and treats his wife badly.

This is a fast read and enjoyable story.  I will look for more Paty Jager books in the future.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Tour: Coffee is Murder (McKinley Mysteries Book 9) by Carolyn Arnold

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Coffee is Murder
(McKinley Mysteries Book 9)

Cozy Mystery
File Size: 641 KB
Print Length: 155 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

You might want to rethink your morning routine.
A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.
Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.
Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.

Another good story in this fun series. The McKinleys are kind generous people that I would love to know and work with.
~Tea and A Book
This was a very fast read. I did like the characters and the premise of the book…
~Melina’s Book Blog​
Ms. Arnold is a talented writer and I was impressed that she was able to write a novella that didn’t feel too rushed…
All in all an interesting mystery with a clever, satisfying conclusion.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
Another great installment in this novella series!
~Storeybook Reviews
This book was full of adventure and mystery that readers have come to find with this series!
~Community Bookstop

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About This Author
Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.
Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded well over half a million times. Titles in her Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series have all hit bestselling lists. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.
Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea.
Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

Author Links:

Website: https://carolynarnold.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Carolyn_Arnold

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynArnold

My review: Coffee is Murder (McKinley Mysteries Book 9) by Carolyn Arnold


This is book 9 of the McKinley Mysteries.  It is the first one that I have read.  I liked it enough to go and buy the first three books of the series.  This is a novella and only 155 pages.

This is the first case for the new PI firm.  Sean, Sara, and Jimmy are the investigators.  They are charging only expenses and the rest of the fee goes to three charities that the client chooses.

Sean and Sara are married.  Sean inherited billions when he was a cop unexpectedly.
Sara is addictive to coffee.

There new client thinks her mother was poisoned by her coffee.  She drinks lots of it and belongs to coffee club.

They decide to go work undercover at the coffee plant to see where the poisoned was added to the coffee beans.

I liked the characters and want to see more about them. That is why I went and bought more of the mysteries and am going to read them next.

I was given this ebook Coffee is Murder so that I could give a honest review and be part of it's blog tour.

Tour Participants
May 3 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Spotlight
May 4 – Tea and A Book – Review, Excerpt
May 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
May 6 – Author Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Spotlight, Excerpt
May 7 – Lisa Ks Book Review – Review, Excerpt
May 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Excerpt
May 9 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight
May 10 – off
May 11 – deal sharing aunt – Spotlight, Excerpt
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May 15 – Nadaness In Motion – Review, Excerpt
May 16 – Frankie Bow – Excerpt

May 17 – off
May 18 – Community Bookstop – Review
May 19 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight
May 20 – readalot – Review
May 21 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Excerpt
May 22 – Laura’s Interests – Review
May 23 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
May 24 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
May 25 – Brooke Blogs – Review
May 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
May 27 – Check out the Tour Page for an except from the book!!

The Cowboy's Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen (Refuge Ranch - Book 3)


The Cowboy's Reunion

Seeking redemption from his troubled past, cowboy Lee Bannister returns to his Montana hometown. He's not looking for love—just to prove he's not the same reckless guy who broke Abby Newton's heart and destroyed her family. But when Abby, a magazine photographer, is assigned to cover the story of his family ranch's 150th anniversary, old feelings start to resurface. He knows Abby will never forgive him. But as they spend more time together, they begin to discover the lies that kept them apart…and that some reunions are meant to last forever.

  • ISBN9780373879618
  • Price5.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionMass Market Paperback

  • My review: The Cowboy's Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen (Refuge Ranch - Book 3) 

    4 STARS

    The Cowboy's Reunion is the third book in the Refuge Ranch.  It deals with Lee Bannister and his past.  It also deals a lot with the concept of forgiveness.  How God forgives us and asks us to forgive.
    If you don't forgive it hurts you and makes you bitter and angry.

    Abby Newton has come home to spend time with her mother and deal with burnout.  While she is there she is asked by her boss to go to Refuge Ranch and do a story on the 150th anniversary.  Abby figures that she might be able to forgive Lee and deal with her angry feelings.

    Lots of drama, romance, familiar characters and new ones.  Not afraid to mention God. Does not preach but gives realistic examples of people forgiving and those who don't forgive.  It is also a clean read.

    I liked the scenes especially of Lee and Abby on the ranch dealing with the calf.  They were charming and fun.

    Saddlebank, Montana is the setting.

    I have read two books of the Refuge Ranch and would like to read the one book that I have not read yet.  I enjoyed Carolyne Aarsen writing style and would look forward to reading more books from her in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of the Cowboy's Homecoming.