All Hallow’s Eve: The One Night It’s Bad To Be Good by Carolyn McCray

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Published        August 28th 2011         by Off Our Meds MultiMedia                      

    (first published August 8th 2011)           

People are being martyred but not for their faith. Instead the deaths are part of a serial killer’s sick game as he chooses his victim by their name… then kills them in that Saint’s grisly manner.

 

Review –

This is another one that took we a while to finish. I enjoyed the storyline and it wasn’t hard to read but it did not hold my attention.

I had a hard time determining if the book was written for adults( the crimes and police involvement) or for young adults (blood,gore and slasher movie type of actions)

It an okay read but I won’t read it again any time soon.

 

Nowhere Blvd by Ryan Notch

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Published        December 28th 2011         by Amazon Digital Services, Inc

Eleven year old Spencer Williams mysteriously re-appears in his bedroom after having been missing for two years. The story of where he’s been is one no sane person would believe, a tale of being kidnapped by a creature out of legend and taken to a strange underworld. A place where missing children the world over are subjected to horrible experiments by the original boogie man, the living nightmare known as Smiling Jack.

Spencer keeps his secrets, happy to have been the only child ever to have escaped the clutches of Smiling Jack and his minions. With his nightmares fading into the past, Spencer returns home and tries to live a normal life. But when his baby sister goes missing, will Spencer be willing to take the ultimate risk to save her?

Review –

It took me some time to get into the book and each page seemed harder and harder to turn.  I just never really cared for it. Maybe I just read it at the wrong time.  Perhaps I’ll go back and read it again someday.

A Body In The Backyard (A Myrtle Clover Mystery) by Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Publication Date:October 28, 2012

It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.
Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.
 
Review –
This was the first book in this series that I have read and while I enjoyed it I probably will not read any others.  There was nothing to really make the book stand out.  The story was  good and  the viewpoint of an elderly person is different but not different enough to make me want to invest in others in the series.
 
 
 

 

 

 

On Call: An Original Short Story by Michael Palmer

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Publication Date:October 16, 2012

An original ebook short story from Bestselling thriller author Michael Palmer featuring Dr. Lou Welcome in his first crime-solving role: a murder at his medical school for which he is a person of interest. Working with a classmate—and fellow suspect—Dr. Welcome soon discovers that the circumstances behind this tragedy aren’t exactly like they seem. This story includes the prologue and first chapter of the new Dr. Lou Welcome book POLITICAL SUICIDE, on sale January 8th, 2013. [Word Count: 9,303, Approximate Pages: 40]

Review –

Although I am new to the reading of Michael Palmer, I have come to like the character of Gabe Singleton and since he is included in this short story I had to read it.

Mr. Palmer did not let me down.  Though short the story held my interest and left me want ing more.

I will continue to read Michael Palmer and suggest that if you like books by Robin Cook, to give this one a try.

Panic by Sharon M Draper

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Release date: March 12, 2013
This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.

Review –

Believable plot, nicely developed characters, intense and raw, but now too much and as easy read. What more can a reader ask for?

This was my first reading of anything by the author but it won”t be my last.

Into The Woods: Tales From The Hollows And Beyond by Kim Harrison

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Release date: October 9, 2012 | Series: Hollows Story Collection

A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan—the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories.

Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes.

Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up—and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

 

Review:

I’m a great fan of author, Kim Harrison, and this collection of short stories about the Hollows and the characters I love was a very pleasant read.  Since they are short stories, some much longer than others, you don’t have to feel guilty about sitting in a comfy chair and spending a couple of hours when housework is calling.

It answered some questions that were left hanging in the series and made the stories make sense and the characters have more dept.

This book is a keeper.

 

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black

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Release date: September 4, 2012 | Age Range: 3 and up
There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black.Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn’t going to let a vegetable tell her what’s what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Too bad the potato is anything but interested….

This tongue-in-cheek twist on a familiar topic is sure to entertain anyone who’s ever been bored—or had to hear about someone else being bored—and is filled with comedian Michael Ian Black’s trademark dry wit, accompanied by charismatic illustrations from newcomer Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

 

Review –

It’s a cute book and that’s about all I’m willing to say.

 

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon

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Release date: February 5, 2013 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years
A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist.He’s big. He’s funny. He’s not real. Or IS he?

This clever twist on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

Review –
I thought it was okay because it’s just a re-d0 of The Boy Who Cried Wolf  but the pictures were good.

Sharks, Jellyfish and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries) by Nancy Tesler

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Release date: April 6, 1998     Series: Carrie Carlin Mysteries
She has a relationship on the rocks, a friend in big trouble, and one foot in  hot water .  .  .
Biofeedback specialist Carrie Carlin helps her patients get things under control.  It’s her own life that’s in chaos.  She’s feeling the pressure of an ex-husband who gives her heartburn–and a lover, homicide cop Ted Brodsky, who is giving her heartache.  Faced with fight or flight, Carrie answers a plea for help from her friend Meg and chooses flight–on a jet plane to Key West and a new sea of troubles.
A boat accident has left Meg’s husband, Kevin, missing and presumed dead.  But when his body never turns up, Carrie suspects something is terribly wrong.  Then Meg is attacked.  Suddenly Carrie needs more than deep-breathing exercises.  She needs to troll the Florida Keys for Kevin.  She needs Ted Brodsky’s help.  And, most of all, she needs to fish around for hard answers and chilling secrets .  .  .  before a killer lures her in with a deep, deadly surprise.
Review –
This books is a mixture of light mystery, travel adventure, believable characters,humor and a realistic plot.  I can tell that the Carrie Carlin Mystery Series is going to be one of my favorites.
I you like light reading that is fast paced this is the series for you.

Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things by

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Release date: May 12, 1997
Carrie Carlin is trying to juggle single life in the suburbs, two frisky children, and a full-time career. Through it all she’s got to stand by while her estranged husband flaunts his new, young, gorgeous fiancee, Erica. When Erica turns up dead, Carrie–the jealous ex-wife– becomes a prime suspect. But with the help of the fine Detective Ted Brodsky, Carrie will uncover the truth–and prevail
Review –
I  choose this book because the author was new to me and the storyline fit into
the line of books I like such as, cozy mysteries,humorous crime fiction and fast
reads.
The storyline held my interest and was hard to put down.
The book was full of humor but not overdone and Carrie is kind of like the  Lucille Ball character in I Love Lucy, always sticking her nose in places it doesn’t belong and then getting in dangerous trouble.
A very pleasant read and I love the cover.
I’m looking
forward to reading more of this series.