Night Slashers (An Agnes McCall Mystery) by Rashad Freeman

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 January 12, 2014
Daniel Montague has a secret.A secret so dark, so disturbing that he’s pushed it to the back of his psyche and moved on. Unfortunately for him, it’s itching to find the light.

Down in New Orleans, Daniel finds solace in the winding waters of the Mississippi River. He’s found a place that he can put his past behind him, a place that he can call home.

He thinks he’s finally found peace, but when his past comes knocking on his front door and the town erupts in a wave of brutal murders, he is forced to face a harsh reality. You can forget the past, but that doesn’t mean it will forget you.

“Night Slashers” a gripping thriller riddled with twists, turns and the ultimate betrayal.

Excerpt: “The sound of water splurging around echoed like a distant whisper. The soft gurgle grew louder and louder in Daniel’s ears until he realized he wasn’t dreaming. A slow suffocating feeling burned his lungs robbing him of air. Each breath he took was raspy and shallow like he was sucking through a broken straw.
As he lazily opened his eyes he spit out mud and wiped his face. His soaked t-shirt clung to his back the other side was glued to him with mud. He was face down in a puddle of rain water and his own vomit. Shivering he rolled onto his side and curdled into a ball.”

Review –
I did not see what happened at the end coming and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. You think it’s about one story but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Read it and see what you think.  Did you see the end coming?
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (Unnamed Trilogy) by Stephen King

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Published: June 3, 2014

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the perp; and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review –

This is the first book in a three-part trilogy and I will have to wait til  the early part of next year to read book two.  I can’t stand it!!!

I gave this book 5 stars ***** because it was like a fire in that once it ignited there was no putting it out.  I had the audio version and the narrator did a magnificent job of voicing the characters and the emotions involved in the story. I couldn’t pull myself away. Mr King writes the characters in such a way as to get you to invest in them and follow them along whatever long and curving road they take.  I didn’t expect to cry but I did in one part when a character I was very invested in dies. I couldn’t believe it, but that’s what a great writer does. Surprise the reader around every corner.

Even if you are not a Stephen King fan (is there really such a person) you would enjoy this book. There are no paranormal monsters, or crazy dogs, or haunted hotels. This is a unique story and will grab you and you had better hold on tight.

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Fledgling (The Shapeshifter Chronicles) by Natasha Brown

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Published: January 15, 2012

Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan.

Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there’s more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana’s delicate heart…

Review –

We find out in this book that Chance is a shapeshifter and his grandfather is trying to help him develop his talents but when Ana’s  heart gives out Chance performs a healing move that heals her but kills him(he really didn’t know that much about the healing process) and so his grandfather brings Chance back and thus kills himself. His grandfather was a shapeshifter too and when one dies his power goes into the other so Chance now has his grandfather’s powers and memories, good and bad.  Chance and Ana have to go to Mexico to find a man to mentor him and thus ends books one.

I think I have found a new series. If you like YA literature put this one on your “to be read” list.

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Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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 July 15, 2011
*YA Fantasy Romance*

As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.

Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she’s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she’s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston.

Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it’s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.

Review –
A paranormal fantasy romance which allows the reader to escape into another world and forget about reality. A very good read for a hot summer day.
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Death By Chocolate (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #6)by Abigail Keam

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 December 14, 2013
Josiah Reynolds is tracking down the disappearance of an old friend’s son. But while she is chasing a missing person, O’nan is hot on Josiah’s trail chasing her. And he is threatening, conniving and blackmailing others to help destroy the woman he thinks ruined his life. Will he finally succeed? Or will Josiah outwit him as she has always done? One thing is for sure . . . when Josiah and O’nan finally clash at the Cumberland Falls, justice will be done. The question is who will survive the thundering and treacherous waters of the Cumberland Falls? But one thing is sure – someone is going to die!
Review –
These books keep getting better and better. You really need to try this series, it’s a perfect read for a hot summer day.
*The next book is due out sometimes this summer and will be call DEATH BY HAUNTING.
Can’t wait.
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Death By Lotto (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #5) by Abigail Keam

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Published: March 1, 2013

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know who or why. She enlists the help of her childhood friend,
Lady Elsmere, but Lady Elsmere has troubles of her own in
the form of a ne’er-do-well English nephew who’s trying to steal
her estate. Both women turn to Josiah Reynolds, who has just
returned from New York.
Josiah calls Detective Goetz who recommends a shamus named
Walter Neff. Walter and Josiah scour the Bluegrass for answers
that turn out to be deadly. To make matters worse for Josiah,
Fred O’nan is a free man and gunning for her.
Josiah, full of sass and vinegar, meets these challenges head on
with the support of her friends, Franklin and Matt. Will Josiah be
thwarted this time?
Kentucky can be a cruel mistress to the those wanting
justice and exacts a high price for it. Sometimes the “dark and
bloody ground” demands double indemnity.
This is something Josiah knows very well. Very well indeed.

Review –

I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie DOUBLE INDEMNITY, but there is 

a character named WALTER NEFF, who was an insurance salesman and falls head over heels for 

BARBARA STANWYKE’S character. The author used the NEFF name and made the character 

shamus(PI). So much fun. 

Josiah has her hands full in this installment as the man who threw her over a cliff is a free man and is coming after her again. Poor Josiah, will she ever find happiness?  Keep reading this series and find out.

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Death By Bourbon (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #4) by Abigail Keam

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Published: October 1, 2012

Life takes a dramatic turn for Josiah shen she witnessess a death at an engagment party for guess who . . . Matt. Matt? Yes Matt.

Charming socialite Addison DeWitt falls into a fit after taking a sip of bourbon. That would be upsetting enough, but Josiah is sure it is murder. However, no one will
believe her except for Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer. The three of them conspire to bring the murderer to justice. It turns out that the suspect is always three steps ahead of them.

To make matters worse, Josiah’s daughter, Asa, decides to move to London, Franklin leaves town and Jake starts singing a different tune. Josiah doubts her ability to meet the future alone. Maybe it’s time to sell the Butterfly and move to Florida with the rest of the old folks.

Review –

Josiah is still healing and many traumatic things happen, the least of which is another possible murder.  Other things on her mind are that her daughter has decided to move to London, Jake, her care giver has decided to go back to his sick wife, and Matt, her gay friend is engaged to be married. Poor Josiah.

Another great installment of the Josiah Reynolds Mysteries.

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Death By Bridle (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #3) by Abigail Keam

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Published: March 12, 2012

Josiah is back on the trail of a murderer when she is begged by Shaneika Mary Todd to help protect her son who witnessed a murdered.

Arthur Aaron Greene III is one of Kentucky’s most prominent horse men but he is found hanging from the rafters in a horse barn with stones in his pockets and a bucket of water under his feet. The only witness is a nine year old boy who can’t remember.

Relentless in her pursuit of the killer, Josiah stumbles across years of lies and deceptions that include her dear friend, Lady Elsmere. Josiah discovers that she must go back to 1962 if she is to find out the truth at all, while making the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country.

Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions. Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.

Review –

Another great murder mystery to read at any time. I love the quirky characters and the bonds forming between them.  Give this series a try.

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Death by Drowning (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #2) by Abigail Keam

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Published: February 11, 2011

In spite of having to recover from serious injuries from her fall down a cliff with O’nan, Josiah Reynolds is back to sleuthing. This time her friend, Irene Meckler, asks Josiah to investigate the death of her nephew which was ruled accidental. Irene has her doubts.

Along with her best friend Matt, and Jake Dosh, a physician assistant hired by Josiah’s daughter, Josiah again makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the mysterious world of antebellum homes, bourbon and horse racing of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.

Review –

At the end of the previous book Josiah goes over a  forty-foot cliff with O’nan, a  disgruntled cop with an axe to grind going back to his college days. Her  injuries were severe in that her body was all but broken in half, broken legs, arms,jaw and teeth and she convalesces for several months.

Once she’s feeling well enough to go home and the doctors agree, she finds herself in another murder (her friend thinks)mystery which will take her again to the edge of the cliff.

I loved this book as much as the first one  and couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what mischief Josiah and her sleuthing partners get into.

Great series!

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Death By A Honeybee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #1)by Abigail Keam

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Published:March 23, 2010

Death By A HoneyBee is a Gold Medal winner from Readers’ Favorite and a Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011

Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass, Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets well.

Review –

I have discovered another great, easy-reading series and I fell in love with all the characters so fast that after I finished the first book I HAD to read the next and the next and the next. You get the picture.

Poor Josiah almost dies toward the end of the book and I knew she would survive but I never dreamed how damaged she would be.  The author makes fiction very realistic and that’s another reason that I love the series.  If you enjoy cozy-mysteries add this series to your “to be read” list.

 

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