Dark Road Home (Belle McBain, #1) by Angela Bennett #BookReview @AngelaBauthor

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense
Series: Belle McBain, #1
Length: 254 pages
Release date: 2017-03-08

 

Teaser


“This is Belle McBain,” she said into the phone.

“Annabelle McBain?” a male voice said in a muffled whisper.

Though it was difficult to hear the caller, she was taken aback by the full use of her name. She also sensed the caller was young. Adolescent age. “Speaking. And this is …?”

“My name’s E. J. Water,” he said in a fast whisper. “I was told that if anything should ever happen to us, I’m supposed to call you.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Belle McBain. After her father was murdered, her life went downhill. Three years sober, life seems good – until…

With Dark Road Home, Angela Bennett has created a suspense story that starts slowly to portray past events as well as several important characters, if they are good or bad can be learned as the story proceeds. It is a quite compelling read that draws you slowly closer to Belle and the case. Angela Bennett reveals the characters’ mindsets, integrating them in the plot, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Belle. Belle is believable, determined, and stubborn. And who would not love geeky Osmond? The story develops from being on the slowish side to a faster and steady (really enjoyable) flow. Be prepared for some very interesting turns. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

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

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Angela Bennett grew up in Minnesota and received her BSN from Mankato State University. After graduating, she decided it was time for a scenery change and moved to sunny Southwest Florida, where she began her nursing career.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Angela Bennett

 

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The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter (#3) by R.T. Lowe #BookReview @TheRTLowe

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What do you do when the lesser of two evils is evil itself?

Felix stood at her graveside, eyes burning with sorrow, voice trembling in the winter cold. “This isn’t a kids’ story. The bad guys aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. The good guys fight for a way of life that benefits the privileged at the expense of everyone else—hell, they tried to kill me. So who’s good and who’s evil? Is one side any better than the other? And what’s more important, individual freedom or the right to live without fear? How can I choose for myself when everyone’s trying to choose for me? I only know one thing for sure: when I decide, people are going to die. Good people? Bad people? How will I know until it’s too late? Maybe there isn’t a right answer, and that’s why I’m afraid—why we all should be afraid.”

Genre(s): Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Dark Fantasy
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > United States
Series: The Felix Chronicles, #3
Length: 342 pages
Release date: 2017-02-03

 

Teaser


“Freedom from fear.” Harper sounded as if she was reading, and when Felix spotted the sign, he realized she was. “What’s that one say? ‘Rejectionists are the disease.’ Is that what is says?”

“Yeah,” Allison confirmed. “There’s a bunch of signs down there. ‘A hundred generations.’ Freedom from fear.’ ‘Rejectionists are terrorists.’ ‘Reject the Rejectionists.'” She laughed. “That one’s super clever.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Felix, Allison, their friends, and Bill. Disturbing acts of violence occur throughout the country, not sparing Portland College.

With The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter, R. T. Lowe has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, and urban fantasy. It is a compelling read, drawing you even closer than before to Felix and Allison – sometimes a little too close for comfort. In his first book, R. T. Lowe created a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enough room for the personal imagination; in the second book, you learned more about them as they were facing new challenges, and this third book seamlessly continues Felix and Allison’s endeavours. Expertly woven situations and thrilling interactions kept me glued to my E-reader. There is violence, gore, magic, a bunch of interesting characters, and an intriguing story for you to enjoy. A topic that certainly not only keeps the protagonists’ minds busy: Even if good versus evil seems outdated – isn’t the lesser evil still evil?

This is for you if you like intense characters with a mission, thrill with great twists, urban fantasy, masterly combined plot-lines, and food for thought.

The awesome third book in The Felix Chronicles series; I am eagerly waiting for the fourth book!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  R. T. Lowe

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 Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter?  Or – if you did not yet read The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe

Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January

10 Statements – R. T. Lowe

 

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The Anything Goes Girl (A Brenda Contay Novel of Suspense, #1) by Barry Knister #BookReview

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look For Trouble-But It Keeps Finding Her

When she said “yes” too often in college, she became “the anything goes girl.” Pretty soon her sex life figured in locker-room graffiti.

But when Brenda Contay makes it big on local TV as WDIG’s Lightning Rod reporter, everything seems to be turning around for her. Except succeeding in tabloid TV because your butt looks good in Levis isn’t much different from “anything goes.”

That’s why Brenda quits television to learn the truth behind an old lover’s death. Vince Soublik drowned recently, off a tiny island in the Pacific. But All-State swimmers like Vince don’t just drown.
When she gets to the island, Brenda learns that Vince’s death was collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to break the story is next to zero.

But you never can tell about “the anything goes girl”-she just hates to lose.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Women Sleuths
Series: A Brenda Contay Novel of Suspense, #1
Length: 358 pages
Release date: 2013-12-17

 

Teaser


“He got sick and drowned,” Gordon said. “He never radioed there was trouble.”

“Vince Soublik drowned? He was an All-State freestyler.”

“His parents don’t get it either.”

Seeing Elaine with the atlas, Brenda remembered Joyce Delarossa reading the paper at her desk-A local guy died on some island.


My Opinion

This book introduces you first to Vince Soublik, a fatality on a remote island. Journalist Brenda Contay used to know him and her instincts tell her that she needs to find out the truth.

With The Anything Goes Girl, Barry Knister has created a suspense story that introduces several important characters, if they are good or bad can be learned as the story proceeds. It is a quite compelling read that draws you slowly closer to Brenda and the case. Barry Knister paints the characters’ mindsets, integrating them in the plot, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Brenda. Brenda is believable and determined. The story develops from being on the slowish side to a faster and steady (really enjoyable) flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with believable characters and psychological aspects, and if you appreciate determined female amateur sleuths.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Barry Knister was a university professor before turning to full-time writing. His first novel, The Dating Service was published by Berkley. His second, Just Bill is a novel for adults about dogs and owners, and was published by Gold Mountain Press. Knister has published two previous novels in the Brenda Contay suspense series. The first (The Anything Goes Girl) draws on his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The second (Deep North) is set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, where he fishes each spring. Knister is the past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and served as the director of the Cranbrook Summer Writers Conference. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, Barbara, and their Aussie shepherd, Skylar.

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 Anything Goes Girl?  Or – if you did not yet read The Anything Goes Girl – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Barry Knister

 

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Starlight Saga Playlist – #StarlightSaga

Today best-selling author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us. She has recently published the next book in her popular Starlight Saga series, a humorous paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept. Sherry is doing this fun guest post to share the book love with fellow readers.

Be warned, these books have scorching-hot romance!

When Romeo and Juliet Go Intergalactic!

STARLIGHT SAGA SONG LIST

Some of the most ambiguous lyrics take on new meaning when you’re writing a book, even correlating to some of the scenes or giving insight into Hayden and Sloane’s romantic relationship. Sherry has put together just a few of the awesome songs—a collection of her character’s electric tastes in music—mentioned throughout this epic new series in this post. Enjoy!

Still Into You” by Paramore

Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas

Titanium” song by Sia

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance

Stay” song by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy

Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri

Cello Sonata, L 135” by Debussy

I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book!
Preferably one of mine! hehe

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Amazon Starlight Saga books:  https://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Saga-2-Book-Series/dp/B01IVV4VS6/

Series blog:  http://frightnightbabble.blogspot.com

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/129295-starlight-saga

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Official Author Blog:  http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @SherrySoule:  http://twitter.com/sherrysoule

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/4925996.Sherry_Soule

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrySoule

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Death Unscripted (Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1) by M. K. Graff

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working on set as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until at the actor whose overtures she’s refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she sets out on an investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy.

A new mystery from the award-winning author of the Nora Tierney English Mystery Series, DEATH UNSCRIPTED is based on the authors’ real work experience during her nursing career and is the mystery series British Queen of Crime P. D. James insisted she write. A mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural, the story is told in first person from Trudy’s point of view, and in third from NYPD Detective Ned O’Malley.

Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths
Series: Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1
Length: 267 pages
Release date: 2015-10-25

 

Teaser


I didn’t think, just reacted. I grabbed the uneaten pie off the tray from the startled woman next to us and dumped it on Griff Kennedy’s head.

“I meant what I said. You stay away from me – or else!” I stomped away before Griff had time to muster a comeback or let a curse slip out.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Trudy Genova, a nurse working as a medical consultant for a movie studio; a great job despite some stars’ antics – until someone mysteriously dies.

With Death Unscripted, Marni Graff has created a wonderful cosy mystery. It is a highly enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Trudy and her life. Marni Graff paints a clear picture of Trudy’s mind while the story evolves; I was drawn very close to Trudy, trying to solve the mystery with her. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is expertly woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked.

This is a book for you if you like cosy mysteries, amateur sleuths, stubborn protagonists, believable and often very likeable characters.

The very promising first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries series! A book to read again.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV First person (Trudy), third person (Ned O’Malley) – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (mention of rape and abortion)

 

About the author

Marni Graff is the author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, published by Bridle Path Press (http://www.bridlepathpress.com). She writes the weekly crime review blog Auntie M Writes (http://auntiemwrites.com) and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

A former registered nurse who wrote “on the side,” Graff has published articles, interviews, poetry and creative non-fiction. She wrote for seven years for “Mystery Review” magazine and is also the Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press.

Teaching creative writing, running the Writers Read program in NC, and participating in writing workshops fill out her days. She lives in rural coastal NC on a river and shares her home with her husband and Spinone, Radar.

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon UK:  Buy link
Amazon US:  Buy link

 


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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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