Book Review: Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County #4) by: Linda Lael Miller


Publisher: HQN Books

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. 

There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected… 

Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. 

Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!

Review: Charlotte (Charlie) Morgan was raised in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, but left country life behind in order to experience the big city. Her relationship with veterinarian Jaxon Locke was seemingly perfect, but Jaxon loves the country life, and when he must go home to help with his father’s vet practice their relationship falls apart. Months later, Charlie’s out of a job and her aunt, who raised her after the death of her parents, is in failing health so Charlie decides to go back to Mustang Creek. However, she doesn’t expect to find Jaxon Locke there, too. He’s the new vet at the local Mustang Creek practice and he still loves Charlie with all his heart. CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK is a sweet country romance which gives readers an uplifting sense of Christmas cheer. Of course, Jax and Charlie have a little help in the romance department from Mrs. Klozz, the woman who is staying at Aunt Geneva’s house while she’s in a nursing home. CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK is a light romance with little conflict and a tender happily ever after.

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Book Review: Engaged in Danger (A Jamie Quinn Mystery #4) by: Barbara Venkataraman


Publication Date: September 11, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn--her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy--but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn't Jamie just leave well enough alone?

Review: ENGAGED IN DANGER is the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery. All is right in Jamie’s world, but when Nan Glasser, wife of high-profile attorney Marvin Glasser, wants to retain her services to get a divorce things get crazy. In addition, she’s also trying to investigate a plane crash which killed the twin sister of her neighbor, Sandy. All of the sudden there are complications, arguments, threats, and more Jamie has to face in order to persevere. ENGAGED IN DANGER is a solid mystery with enough twists to keep it interesting and the conclusion was excellent. ENGAGED IN DANGER has solid characters, some laugh out loud moments, along with some nail-biting incidents. I enjoy this series very much and look forward to Jamie's next adventure.

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Book Review: Karma Dead Ahead (A Private PSI Detective Mystery Book #1) by: D.H. Montgomery


Publisher: DMS Media Group

Publication Date: July 1, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Amanda Posner an unmarried 30-something is going on a vacation to the Caribbean. For months prior to her trip, she has been communicating online with a handsome eligible bachelor who lives on the island she plans on visiting. She can’t wait to meet him. However, she has a gnawing feeling that something just doesn’t seem right. Fortunately, just before she leaves for her tropical getaway, she runs into Sagacity Junesse, who works in a paranormal research lab at the local university run by the eccentric Professor Wilkinson. After hearing about Sagacity’s idea for a psychic detective agency, Amanda hires her services just to be on the safe side. Soon Sagacity and her lab and business partner, Chance Mankowski find themselves on the island looking for Amanda. 

The two budding detectives arrive with numerous clues that they obtain from a group of psychics known as the “Gang of Four.” They discover from them that a series of karmic events that began in the early 1800's are currently on a collision course, putting Amanda in great danger. They also find out that Amanda herself may have some secret that she has hidden from them. Their trip to the island doesn’t go so well for Sagacity and Chance, but their misfortune has surprising and major benefits so that they will never be seen again as just two graduate research assistants. 

Sagacity and Chance soon learn from the American Consulate that they and the local police are worried that there is a serial killer on the loose because there have been annual disappearances of woman tourists for the last several years. The obvious suspect though is an island grandee who is considered a citizen above suspicion by both the police and the officials at the consulate. While their contact at the consulate, Herman Pluggins, appears honest and above board, Sagacity and Chance don’t trust the sleazy police Inspector, Lagniappe Mustacho, who they are certain is as corrupt as he looks. 

A break comes in the case when Sagacity has a sudden insight that lets her identify the perpetrator after a little research. Knowing who it is they are looking for isn’t enough however. They still need to find out where the suspect is and what has been done with Amanda. The two detectives get help with this from the leader of the island’s tech industry, Diyana Pajima, who also happens to be a practicing witch. They follow the clues and wind up falling into the hands of the criminal themselves. He reveals that he has planned a diabolical ending for Amanda. As this is happening, the police are closing in on him and it’s a race against time whether or not they can reach him and the two captive detectives before Amanda becomes his latest victim. Nothing quite goes as planned though as all the players involved wind up getting a surprise. 

Review: KARMA DEAD AHEAD features Sagacity Junesse and Chance Mankowski, two paranormal researchers who start a psychic detective agency. Their first case has them travelling to the Caribbean to find Amanda Posner who has hired the pair in case she doesn’t return on time from her trip. Using clues they gathered from four powerful psychics, they stumble upon a killer who may be more dangerous than anyone knew. KARMA DEAD AHEAD had some good characters (and some over the top) and an interesting story, but it would have worked better if there was more action shown and not told. If the story would have been a little tighter, with less extraneous detail, it would have flowed a lot better. I also had some eye-rolling moments with the ridiculous rumor-rag articles about Sagacity and Chase. Overall, KARMA DEAD AHEAD has potential to be the start of a light and cozy mystery series.

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Book Review: Bloody Legends by: Andrea Merchak


Publication Date: November 22, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Bloody Legends tells the story of Daniel Cooper, who after an invitation from friends to hunt, sees its most violent and morbid fantasies come forth into a compulsive desire to perpetrate murder crimes based on famous urban legends.

Review: Daniel Cooper has always had a darker side and has honed his hunting skills over the years. Graduating from hunting animals to hunting humans was a foregone conclusion for Daniel. However, he found he wanted to be cleverer than the average serial killer and was inspired to commit his murders in the style of urban legends. BLOODY LEGENDS is an interesting take on the ‘urban-legend killer’ story. I thought Daniel was cockier than the average fictional serial killer, sometimes in comical ways. Also, while the author may be a fan of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ song “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, the ‘Eliza Day’ murder is not an urban legend which threw off the feel of the book for me. BLOODY LEGENDS is a dark short story which may have needed to be longer to develop true terror.

Book Review: The Ancient Lawman by: Ian David Noakes


Publication Date: October 16, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: When an ancient executioner is resurrected from the dead, a Sheriff, a Convict sentenced to death and an FBI agent must do battle with him to save the small, sleepy town of TinkerHill Falls.

IF YOU'RE GUILTY, YOU'RE DEAD
IF YOU'RE INNOCENT, STAY OUT OF THE DAMN WAY!

Review: THE ANCIENT LAWMAN has the feel of a slasher flick with a moralistic twist. The Lawman has one mission…to execute the guilty and spare the innocent. TinkerHill Falls in 1656 is where it all began and in present day TinkerHill Falls is where it will continue…this time. THE ANCIENT LAWMAN is a powerful and chilling novella which will raise the hair on your arms. While not big on character building, THE ANCIENT LAWMAN is full of gore and mayhem. If you enjoy a good horror novella, pick up THE ANCIENT LAWMAN!

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