The Heart to Kill by Dorothy M. Place

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Savvy law student Sarah Wasser returns to her apartment to find two telephone messages:  She has not been chosen for a coveted summer internship, and her best friend from high school has just murdered her two children.  Unwilling to admit the internship failure to family and friends, the quick thinking Sarah secures a position on JoBeth’s defense team and returns to her sleepy hometown in South Carolina.

But Sarah is not well-prepared for working in a community rife with duplicity and betrayal, and her efforts are met with the benevolent amusement of the senior law partner, the resentment of the trial attorney, the rush to judgement by the folks of Eight Mile Junction, and discovery of her father’s role in the degradation of JoBeth.

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Suspense
Books > Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 200 pages
Release date: 2016-11-30

 

Teaser


“I was hired as a legal assistant by JoBeth’s defense team.” She made up the title, hoping it impressed her father.

“Williams hired you? He must be really desperate.”

Ellen’s breath caught, but she said nothing. A thread of rebellion stitched itself to the edge of Sarah’s tongue, but she was unable to gather it into a flip response. A fever rose to her cheeks and a faint ache pulsed behind her eyes.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to law student Sarah Wasser, returning home to join her high school friend’s defense team.

With The Heart to Kill, her début novel, Dorothy M. Place has created a memorable suspense story. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Sarah, her life, feelings, and to the case. Dorothy M. Place knows how to keep you glued to the story, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Sarah. Sarah is highly believable, tenderly introduced by the author; in brief: I liked Sarah a lot. The story develops in a calm way, thus underlining its intensity; it comprises authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with believable characters and psychological aspects, and if you appreciate subtle suspense.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Dorothy Place lives and works in Davis, California. Since submitting her first short story for publication in 2008, she has had nine stories accepted for publication, one of which won first prize in the Mendocino Coast Writers Short Story Contest and the prestigious Estelle Frank Fellowship (2010). Her début novel, The Heart to Kill, inspired by Euripides play, Medea, as well as the many newspaper accounts of women who have taken the lives of her children, searches for the underlying causes of these horrendous crimes. When not writing, she works on her bonsai collection, travels, and hikes.

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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 Heart to Kill?  Or – if you did not yet read The Heart to Kill – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Skunks Dance by St John Karp

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Spivey Spillane’s grandmammy always said there were only two good reasons to kill a man — for cheating on a woman, and for serving drinks to a Yankee. She may have had a hand in winning the Revolutionary War, but even she never met the likes of Alabama Sam. Sam robs a bank under Spillane’s name, casts him in an obscene one-man play wearing only a pink tutu, and starts a betting pool on how many wieners he has. Despite the indignities Spillane suffers, he chases Sam across Gold-Rush-era California because Sam is the only one who knows the location of a hidden fortune buried somewhere in the hills.

Meanwhile in the present, seventeen-year-olds Amanda and Jet have rekindled an old childhood rivalry. Amanda is obsessed with finding the treasure of her infamous ancestor Spivey Spillane. Jet and Amanda’s feud comes to a head over an extended incident involving a broken window, an exploded car, and a charge of sexual assault with a candy Batman. Jet vows that he is going to find to Spillane’s gold before Amanda does, but it doesn’t take them long to realize that someone may have come this way already — someone who wants the past to stay buried.

Inspired by the rickety world of 1960s British-made Westerns, SKUNKS DANCE is a tale of revenge, greed, and men in tutus.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
Series: n.a.
Length: 231 pages
Release date: 2017-01-24

 

Teaser


Spivey Spillane – Teaser:

“Deputy, come on in. I was just readin’ Mr. Spillane here the crazy talk.”

“Hells bells! Where were you up to?”

“‘Crazy-ass,'” said the sheriff.

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Jet and Amanda – Teaser:

“Oh dear,” said Mrs. Ashwood as she secured the brass attachments onto her bra. “Do you have any more Wolverines?”

The chef coughed wetly into his hands and pulled a candy Batman out of his pants.

“No more Wolverine, but we got too many of these Batmans. Can’t get rid of them for love or money.”


My Opinion

This book comprises two plot lines, told in alternating chapters. One plot line (the times of the gold rush) introduces you to Spivey Spillane, hunting Alabama Sam who is pulling pranks in his name. The other plot line (now) introduces you to Jet and Amanda. Like her ancestor, Spivey Spillane, Amanda wants to find the treasure.

With Somewhere in the Skunks Dance, St John Carp has created a humorous mystery that left me with mixed feelings. I cannot say, that I cared a lot for Spivey’s part of the story, it was too bizarre for my liking; despite that, this plot line had its moments. Jet, Amanda, and Gina’s plot line often was pretty hilarious, sometimes a little bizarre as well. The relevant characters in the present plot line are of sufficient depth, and Jet’s little sister Gina is a gem.

This is a book for you if you like bizarre suspense, two alternating plot lines; and if you like unusual stories.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

I am a writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. I enjoy living close to things so I can not go to them, and I spend my time pining for my old age when I can shout at kids to get off my lawn.

I love books that are bizarre and exciting and ridiculous. There’s something so liberating about a book that makes you want to run up to the nearest person and describe the amazing thoughts that have just been put in your head. I love the authors so much who’ve done that for me, and the most I can hope for is to do that for someone else.

If I could travel back in time to any point in history, it would be the 1920s. The first question I’d ask is for directions to the nearest speakeasy.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – St John Karp

 

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An Encounter at Longbourn (Longbourn, #2) by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

At her parent’s request, Elizabeth brings both Darcy and Georgiana along to a family gathering at Longbourn. The eyes of the guest-of-honour, Hodges, are immediately and irresistibly drawn not to Catherine (who is smitten by him), but to Miss Darcy, whose sweetness and musical talent excite his sensibilities. What will be the outcome of this mutual attraction, which defies both the best-laid plans of Mrs Bennet and a social hierarchy in which Hodges, though a fine physician, is somehow viewed as wholly unworthy of Georgiana Darcy (except, it seems, by Georgiana herself)?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Short Stories
Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Romance
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Classics > Historical
Series: Longbourn, #2
Length: 43 pages
Release date: 2016-10-22

 

Teaser


“You are very kind to make such a comment, Elizabeth.”

“Perhaps, but it is, in greater measure, perfectly truthful.”

Georgiana gave no answer, save to avert her eyes towards the floor.


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 Encounter at Longbourn, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or watched the TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn and Pemberly to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and Longbourn experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, 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’ fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

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’. To date, I have twenty-five 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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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 Encounter at Longbourn? Or – if you did not yet read An Encounter at Longbourn – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Inside Moves (A Wainwright Mystery, #2) by Walter Danley

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

AMNESIA TOOK HIS PAST, THE MOB STOLE HIS WIFE. GETTING BOTH BACK MAY COST WAINWRIGHT HIS LIFE.

The cable gave Wainwright shocking news of his brother’s death. Garth and Lacey interrupt their honeymoon in Austria to fly home for the services. A tragic car wreck is the first in a chain of extraordinary events—no other person has ever experienced—that drive this heart-pounding thriller.

Waking in the hospital, from a month-long coma, Wainwright’s memory is erased by amnesia. He learns he has a wife who went missing from the crash. He must find those who took Lacey. Then he learns of her secret past, one she’s kept hidden from all.

Fate and circumstances propel an unlikely partnership with his arch enemy, the Assassin. Together they hunt international locations—but with very different goals.
Wainwright—to find his lost past and to rescue a kidnapped bride.

The Assassin—to kill those who hold her captive.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Suspense
Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
Series: A Wainwright Mystery, #2
Length: 298 pages
Release date: 2016-09-30

Teaser


“The police haven’t figured out all the details yet,” Tommy said, “but a sheriff’s deputy found you pinned against the steering wheel of your car and pretty beat up at the bottom of a cliff. He smelled gasoline, so they got you out of the wreck fast.”

“Which cliff? Where did it happen?”


My Opinion

This book reintroduces the readers to Garth Wainwright. He cuts his honeymoon in Salzburg short to attend his brother’s funeral.

With Inside Moves, Walter Danley continues his thrilling Wainwright Mystery series. It is a highly compelling read, with interesting characters – some already known and others newly introduced. Walter Danley paints a clear picture of the most important characters’ minds while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Garth and his experiences – an invisible friend and ally; learning with him that there are different kinds of bad guys. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. Several plot lines are expertly woven into a thrilling experience – Inside Moves has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I am looking forward to reading more.

This is a book for you if you like thrillers with believable and complex characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

About the author

Walter Danley is a mystery and suspense novelist and the author of the Wainwright Mystery series, highly praised, fast-paced thriller novels to die for! As a former investment executive, Danley now writes mystery and suspense thrillers instead of living them every day.

The series protagonist, Garth Wainwright, is a character created from bits and pieces of the many people the author knew in business from that era. The conflicts, conspiracies and murders in these stories are all fiction from the author’s fevered brow. But the fraud, sex, and greed he’s written about comprised significant elements of the multi-billion-dollar real estate syndication business of the late 70s and early 80s. Danley used his years of experience in that industry to craft the Wainwright Mystery series.

Critics say that if you like mystery and suspense tales with exhilarating thrills, blind curve plot twists, and page-turning action, you will love Walter Danley’s novels. Walter lives in the Texas Hill Country and writes from his library overlooking the Cibolo Creek.

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Amazon:  Walter Danley

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  The Tipping Point (A Wainwright Mystery, #1)

 

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Sarah by Teri Polen

 

I bought this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 203 pages
Release date: 2016-12-07

 

Teaser


My heart was pounding and deep within my gut I knew what I’d just experienced wasn’t a dream. Still looking around the room for Eby, my gaze fell on the attic door. The chair that had been wedged beneath the knob was now turned over on its side, the door wide open, revealing the heavy, threatening darkness behind it.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Cain Shannon. He and his family had to move to a smaller house, he cares for his younger sister and his cat, is on the soccer team, does not have the heart to break up with his trying girlfriend. Luckily he has his friend Finn to support him in hard times.

With Sarah, Teri Polen has created a remarkable and thrilling horror story for young adults, centred on a boy who suddenly has to face Sarah – a ghost. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Cain, his family – including Eby the cat, his best friend Finn, Erin, and to Lindsey. Teri Polen expertly combines the horror and young adult genres; I had the feeling of being an invisible and close ally. Cain is complex and likeable, so is Finn; Sarah is complex – obviously less likeable. The other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. Sarah’s story disturbing; Cain and Finn need to solve the mystery about Sarah’s demise, find out if she is telling the truth.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling young adult horror stories with a touch of mystery, if you like getting close to likeable and believable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author:

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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