Scathed (Grafton County Series, #3) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

Cover: Scathed
(Grafton County series, #3)
by Sue Coletta

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

On a picturesque fall morning in Grafton County, New Hampshire, a brutal murder rocks the small town of Alexandria. In the backyard of a weekend getaway cabin, a dead woman is posed in red-satin, with two full-bloomed roses in place of eyes.

In her hand, a mysterious envelope addressed to Sheriff Niko Quintano. Inside, Paradox vows to kill again if his riddle isn’t solved within 24 hours.

With so little time and not enough manpower, Niko asks his wife for help. But Crime Writer Sage Quintano is dealing with her own private nightmare. Not only did she find massive amounts of blood on the mountain where she and her family reside, but a phone call from the past threatens her future—the creepy mechanical voice of John Doe, the serial killer who murdered her twin sister.

Together, can Niko and Sage solve the riddle in time to save the next victim? Or will the killer win this deadly game of survival?

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Kidnapping
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Serial Killers
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: Grafton County, #3
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2018-07-25

 

Teaser


Stopping her midstream, he flashed a flat hand. “Thank you, Deputy Campanelli. A simple yes or no will suffice.”

“For your information, I was gonna say corvette. Geez. And you say my mind never leaves the gutter.”


My Opinion

This third book in the Grafton County series re-introduces you to best-selling author Sage Quintano, her husband Niko, Grafton County Sheriff, their son Noah, and to their canine kids Colt and Ruger.

With Scathed, Sue Coletta has created another extraordinary and fast-paced thriller about a woman who once again is confronted with a serial killer – close to her own home. Who has moved up to the mountain? Who kills and leaves envelopes for Sheriff Niko Quintano? The story comprises a variety of interesting characters with sufficient depth and cleverly elaborated and fast-paced interactions. Be prepared to accompany Niko and his team to some grisly crime scenes; even if the descriptions are not too stretched, you clearly see that Sue Coletta is serious about her research. I had a thrilling time reading Scathed – it is a very compelling read; it takes you close to Sage, Niko and his partner Frankie, and to ‘the kids’. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to the protagonists. Sage and Frankie are complex and intense characters, their ways of thinking and their actions – as unusual as they may be – fit these women perfectly. The story has a great flow with some surprising (nicely integrated) turns.

This is for you if you like thrillers on serial killers, psychology, likeable and interesting characters, authors who did their homework (well-researched topics), do not shy away from gory scenes.

A very compelling read.

Highly recommended!

 

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (scattered mild swearwords)
Violence 😡  (violent)
Sexual content 😳  (some mentions and scenes)

 

About the author:

Proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page. Her forensic articles have been published in InSinC magazine and a four-thousand-word excerpt of Marred scored first placement in Murder, USA, an upcoming anthology.

She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up a free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.

For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members will get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks can discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, have fun.

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 Scathed?  Or – if you did not yet read Scathed – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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2018-08-18: Song of the day

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend

When you’re down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep you head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you’ll hear me knocking at you door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there

Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
When people can be so cold
They’ll hurt you, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend
You’ve got a friend

Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend


@ M.: Be strong.  🍀
Hope, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘

 

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An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire (From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover:
An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire
(From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When news of the approach of Georgiana’s wedding reaches the ears of the all-condemning Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the latter instantly resolves to set off to Pemberley on a mission with two objectives. First, to dissuade her niece from entering into a marriage with someone of inadmissibly inferior social status. Second, should her best efforts at shock and awe (and the release of her flying monkeys) somehow fail to terrify her naive and feckless niece, to issue a stark ultimatum to the Darcys: they must either refuse to issue an invitation to Anne (and, most particularly, one to her husband,) or they must face the wrath of Lady Catherine, herself, in the form of a merciless boycott. What will Georgiana decide? Will she bow to intimidation? Will the would-be dowager despot, Catherine, find reason to change her attitude?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Romance
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
> Romance > Historical Romance > Regency
Series: From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7
Length: 25 pages
Release date: 2017-09-25

 

Teaser


“My feeling is that Georgiana should make herself unavailable to speak with my aunt,” said Darcy. “I am unsure of how this is best achieved.”

“Has Lady Catherine announced her intention of staying overnight at Pemberley?”


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 An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire, 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 Darcy, née Bennet. The From Longbourn to Pemberley series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn and Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. 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.

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

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 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…

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 An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire? Or – if you did not yet read An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Twisted Truth (DCI Peter Hatherall Mystery, #5) by Diana J. Febry #BookReview @DianaJFebry

Cover: Twisted Truth
(Peter Hatherall Mystery, #5)
by Diana J. Febry

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (5 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s hard to defend yourself when you have memory lapses, and everyone thinks you are crazy.

Journalist, Megan Roach, is given a story by an old man in a nursing home that could make her famous. When her carefully constructed life starts to unravel, she is forced to confront her childhood demons and the possibility she could be a murderer.

DCI Peter Hatherall uncovers a conspiracy that confronts his own beliefs and goes far deeper than Megan Roach imagined. But can he believe anything she says?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Mystery > Traditional Detectives
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Conspiracies
> Mystery > British Detectives
Series: Peter Hatherall Mystery, #5
Length: 261 pages
Release date: 2018-06-04

Teaser


“Have you found our friends?” Dick asked

Taking his seat, Peter replied, “We’d stand a better chance if you told me what this is about. If I knew who your friends were hiding from I would know where to start looking.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with DCI Peter Hatherall and DI Fiona Wiliams as they try to solve a puzzling case.

With Twisted Truth, Diana J. Febry has once again created a thrilling British mystery with expertly woven plot lines. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to DCI Hatherall and DI Wiliams as they proceed with their investigation. Diana J. Febry paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. I was again drawn close to Peter and Fiona and – enjoyed deeper insights in some bizarre characters. They are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story mainly focusses on journalist Megan Roach, her having her own ways, and the situations she is getting herself in. Even if I would have made different choices, I just had to keep my fingers crossed for her. The story is an expertly woven combination of British mystery and human behaviour, and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked.

This is a book for you if you like (British) mysteries with thorough investigation, calm and impressive storytelling, as well as complex and believable characters.

The excellent fifth book in the Peter Hatherall Mystery series!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  –  😳  (a little violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  –  😳  (decent enough)

 

About the author

Diana lives in Great Britain and calls herself “An accidental writer.”

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Diana J. Febry

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 Twisted Truth?  Or – if you did not yet read Twisted Truth – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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The Curse of Time (Bloodstone, #1) by M. J. Mallon #BookReview @Marjorie_Mallon

Cover: The Curse of Time
(Bloodstone, #1)
by M. J. Mallon

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks
> Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Coming of Age
> Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
Books > Teens
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
Series: Bloodstone, #1
Length: 242 pages
Release date: 2017-08-26

 

Teaser


I couldn’t help but wonder if whatever was happening to my family had reached beyond us and touched others.

Esme answered when she’d got over the shock of seeing me. ‘I can’t tell you how I got here. I’m compelled to keep that a secret. All I can say is that I’m trapped and can’t get out. Whereas you can walk out the door, but you won’t be free until you find the cottage.’ Esme smiled. Her blonde hair caught the reflections from the morning light hitting the mirror leaving a shiny spot on the wall behind me. I gazed at her face and saw that her eyes held the truth: in the sadness, she couldn’t hide.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 15-year-old Amelina Scott, living in a rather unusal home.

With The Curse of Time, M. J. Mallon has created a well-crafted paranormal teen story that made me follow Amelina as an invisible ally; inwardly cheering her on as she tried to find a solution for her family’s issues. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Amelina and her quest. M. J. Mallon introduces Amelina with utmost care, she is a complex and believable teenager, and you want to find a possibility to support her. The story has a steady yet fast-paced flow, still leaving you sufficient opportunity to grasp the situations. Even if I am way past my teenage times – I had a great time reading this first book in the Bloodstone series. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

This is a book for you if you like paranormal and occult stories with believable characters, mysteries, the young adult genre per se, and if you appreciate great story-telling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (scenes of violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)

 

About the author

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-o

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.

After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

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 The Curse of Time?  Or – if you did not yet read The Curse of Time – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂