Dark is the Grave (DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thrillers, #1) by TG Reid #RBRT #BookReview @tgreidbooks

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Cover: Dark is the Grave (DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thrillers, #1) by TG Reid

The author sent me an ARC (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ star:  (5  stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A dead cop. A damaged detective. A copycat killer on the loose.

When the chief suspect in the notorious Peek-a-boo cop killer case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged Peek-a-boo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.

Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?

Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland’s Campsie Fells, Dark is the Grave is the first in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax.

Perfect for fans of JD Kirk, Alex Smith, David J. Gatward and J.E. Mayhew.

Genre(s): > Police Procedurals (Kindle Store)
> Police Procedurals (Books)
> Suspense (Kindle Store)
Series: DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thrillers, #1
Length: 324 pages
Release date: 2021-07-01

Teaser


“So what have you found?”

“So we excavated the area. That took forever, trying not to disturb or contaminate the scene, which of course is bloody impossible. But we got there in the end, and sadly we unearthed a deceased female body approximately three metres down.”


My Opinion

The story starts in darkness; PC Hazel Garvey is bound and gagged, trying to remember what might have gotten her into this situation.

With Dark is the Grave”, TG Reid has created an expertly woven plot, an intriguing story of  a damaged (not broken!) investigator and his team chasing a copycat killer. “Dark is the Grave” comprises authentic main characters with sufficient depth – they gain complexity throughout the story. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read; I was drawn into the story right away, close to Duncan Bone, freshly reinstated to chase a copycat killer. The plot offers clues, investigative progress and throwbacks, and it is a true edge-of-your-seat read. I liked Bone’s thoroughness and stubbornness, the teamwork, and the determination to stop the killer. I consider “Dark is the Grave” a remarkable mixture of police procedural, psychology, and close-to-home story-telling. It is good to know that the next book in the series is on its way – I know that I have to read it!

This is for you if you like thrilling police procedurals, occasional insights into the mental abyss, and authentic characters.

A remarkable story that requires reading the next in the series as well.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (some light to medium swearwords)
Violence 😳  (some violence that not everyone might be comfortable with)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (the focus is clearly elsewhere)

About the author

TG Reid is a Scottish-born novel and short story writer, now living in exile in Bath, England. His award-winning novels and stories been published worldwide. TG Reid also writes dark literary thrillers under the pen name of Tom Gillespie. Tom (Gillespie’s) latest novel, The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce, has been praised by critics as ‘utterly spellbinding’, ‘brilliantly unsettling’, ‘obsessively compelling’, and ‘a masterful composition’.

The DCI Bone series is set in Tom’s hometown, among the the hills and glens of the Scottish Campsie Fells. This is Tom’s first foray into the murky, pulse-pounding world of police thrillers.

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What about you?  What did you think about Dark is the Grave”?  Or – if you did not yet read Dark is the Grave”  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Lydia’s #Gamble (Pride & Prejudice Variation Vignette) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

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Cover: Lydia’s Gamble (A Pride & Prejudice Vignette) by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (HTML format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Elizabeth is astounded when she hears news from her closest friend, Charlotte Lucas – news concerning young Lydia Bennet and, indeed, the remainder of the Bennet girls. Whatever will Mr and Mrs Bennet say when the truth is finally revealed?

This is another captivating vignette by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Literary Fiction
> Historical Romantic Novels
> in Romance
Series: Pride & Prejudice Variation Vignette
Length: 11 pages
Release date: 2021-09-01

Teaser


“Dearest Lizzy,” Charlotte began as soon as the pair were out of the earshot of those left behind, “I hardly know whether to tell you this. I know you are troubled, already, by Jane’s malaise.”
Elizabeth’s brow wrinkled. “Pray enlighten me, dear Charlotte. For I simply must know whatever it is that you have on your mind.”
”’Tis the strangest thing – I have never heard the likes of it before.” Charlotte drew a breath.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Lydia’s Gamble”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini-series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Bennet. This vignette shows us a troubled Elizabeth; Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence made Pride and Prejudice” special, learns of Lydia’s latest act. It is a short read, taking you back to the home of the Bennets and their troublesome youngest daughter Lydia. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Lydia’s Gamble” is a typical Bennet story, a lovely – and worthy – enhancement of Elizabeth and her family’s story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short instalments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Lydia’s Gamble? Or – if you did not yet read “Lydia’s Gamble” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Release: Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass! (Donovon Trait, #2) by Seelie Kay @BookReviewTours

 




Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass!
(Donovan Trait #2)
by Seelie Kay

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-4874-3357-4
Page: 145
Word Count:44705
Publication Date: 2021-09-03





Book Blurb:

It was the Great Lie, and it could destroy the Vampire Nation.


In First, We Kill All the Lawyers, vampire lawyer Donovan Trait survived repeated attacks by a serial killer. Now, after violating a marital agreement with the Vampire Coalition, and several ancient Vampire Laws, Donovan, and his newly-turned vampire bride are on the run. You see, in exchange for permitting a pure-blood vampire to marry a turned human, the Traits agreed to allow vampire scientists to monitor the conception and birth of their children. When Judge Shirley Magnusen Trait turns up accidentally pregnant on her wedding day, the fury of the Coalition is unleashed. The tribunal recommends unacceptable punitive action and the Traits are forced to flee to a mysterious island of vampire nuns. The Traits are, by profession, seekers of the truth. But this time, the truth may not set them free. In fact, it could start a revolution. Will the Traits escape the clutches of the Coalition and keep their babies safe? Or will their family be…eliminated?

Book Links:
Goodreads * eXtasy Books


A Quick Interview with Seelie Kay


Why do you write romance?

Because I am fascinated by the games people play to find and secure a lasting relationship, which is not always love. There’s the chase, the courtship, the falling, the surrender. That’s what I try to capture in my stories.

Do you prefer a certain type of romantic hero?

I adore smart, dashing gentlemen who aren’t afraid to live on the edge. They can be a bad boy, a billionaire, a prince, or a secret agent. That hint of danger just hooks me! However, I they have to be paired with strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to fight for what they want, even love.

Why did you write “Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass?”

Donovan Trait is a vampire lawyer. In the human world, a very respected lawyer. I wanted to give him the opportunity to shine in the vampire world. So I created a scenario where his turned vampire bride Shirley is unfairly punished for an unintentionally violating their marital agreement, as well as other outdated, outrageous, and outright discriminatory laws—she unintentionally  To survive and protect their unborn child, they must not only fight back, but also rebel. In this instance, human history provides them with the path. That gave me the opportunity to draw parallels between the fight for human rights and the rights of vampires who aren’t purebloods. It also allowed me to poke at the continued need of both societies to embrace social change. Perhaps surprisingly, the vampires lag far behind the humans in terms of equality and individual freedoms. However, in the end, the message is clear: Whether human or vampire, an individual is entitled to certain rights and liberties. And no human or vampire has a right to deny them.

About Seelie Kay:

Award-winning author Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, sometimes with a dash of kink.

Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nineteen works of fiction, including the new paranormal romance series Donovan Trait, as well the erotic romance Kinky Briefs series and The Feisty Lawyers romantic suspense series. She also authored The Last Christmas, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The President’s Daughter, Seizing Hope, The White House Wedding, and participated in the romance anthology Pieces of Us.

When not spinning romantic tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently, she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine. 

Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

Seelie on the Web:
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Upcoming: Lydia’s Gamble by Margaret Lynette Sharp @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Lydia’s Gamble (A ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Variation Vignette) by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Margaret Lynette Sharp has done it again. Her latest vignette “Lydia’s Gamble” will be released on 2021-09-01. As in her previous fan fiction, Margaret captures Elizabeth and her family’s stories in a manner that Jane Austen would have loved.

Genre(s):> 15-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Literary Short Stories
> British & Irish Literary Fiction
Series:‘Pride and Prejudice’ variation vignettes
Length:11 pages
Release date:2021-09-01
Cover:⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (dreamy – lovely)

Teaser


Elizabeth is astounded when she hears news from her closest friend, Charlotte Lucas – news concerning young Lydia Bennet and, indeed, the remainder of the Bennet girls. Whatever will Mr and Mrs Bennet say when the truth is finally revealed?


It is a lovely read for all Elizabeth Bennet/ Darcy fans, all readers who enjoyed the book and the BBC series.
Please expect my official review on 2021-09-01.

Best & stay healthy,
Karen

I Am Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #4) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

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Cover: I Am Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #4) by Sue Coletta

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

As bloody, severed body parts show up on her doorstep, Shawnee Daniels must stop the serial killer who wants her dead before she becomes the next victim.

But can she solve his cryptic clues before it’s too late? Or will she be the next to die a slow, agonizing death?

With crows stalking her every move, Shawnee can barely function. Things worsen when body parts show up on her doorstep. An unstoppable serial killer wants her dead. Mr. Mayhem threatens to murder everyone she loves, sending Shawnee a piece at a time.

As Mr. Mayhem sits in judgement, his cryptic clues must be solved before the final gavel drops. The game rules are simple—win the unwinnable or submit to a slow, agonizing death.

When Shawnee tries to fight back, she discovers her very existence is based on lies. But the full impact of the truth might become the headstone on Shawnee’s grave.

Genre(s): > Witch & Wizard Mysteries
> Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
> Women Sleuths (Books)
Series: The Mayhem Series, #4
Length: 249 pages
Release date: 2021-04-20

Teaser


No wonder Poe didn’t deliver a photograph. The handless girl wasn’t his intended target. She was a means to an end, a ploy to get me to comply. It worked, too. Somewhere Mr. Mayhem left a clue. Bitterness coated my tongue as I slipped my fingers into black latex gloves. Gulped, and raised the severed hands to eye-level. Inked GPS coordinates marred the right palm. Across the left, block lettering read, “See you soon, Cautious Cat.”


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels, still her stubborn self – perhaps even more than before – not helpful with a serial killer close by.

With “I Am Mayhem”, Sue Coletta has outdone her previous work by creating an incredibly chilling thriller series finale with a stubborn young woman and a serial killer who wants revenge. It is a highly compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee (despite her stubbornness), Levaughn, and even Mayhem; still could not warm up to Nadine, though. The main characters are very complex – three-dimensional, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable and intense for comfort. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow; I do not state this often – but this was an edge-of-your-seat experience for me. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, thrillers with serial killers, stubborn characters, food for thought, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics. If you liked the series so far – you will love this amazing finale.

Highly recommended – enjoy the thrill!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mild and few medium swearwords)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (several murders involving blood and more)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions without details)

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

Connect with the author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “I Am Mayhem”?  Or – if you did not yet read “I Am Mayhem – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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