Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saddled with Trouble

In Michele Scott's Saddled With Trouble, the first installment in the Horse Lover's Thriller Mystery series, you'll be welcomed to the grand world of horse racing. For Michaela Bancroft, she had enough trouble as it is, with her ex-husband's new girlfriend forcing her to sign the divorce papers, while overwhelmed in debt, and then finding her uncle murdered in his own horse stall.  While she was shocked with his death, she had met Detective Jude Davis on the case, trying to find answers on her own. She had become suspicious of her best friend's boyfriend's behavior and her own troubled feelings for Dr. Ethan Slater, her friend and vet. When she discovered that one of her ranch hands had been murdered with his own suicide note, it made her worrisome and suspicious of the people she had known on the ranch. She also suspected some strange goings over her ranch and the breeding scam that had placed the blame on her uncle. While Jude questioned her and her step-aunt Cynthia, she had to deal with her father's gambling problems again. As soon as she figured out who wanted her uncle Lou dead, someone almost ran her off the road.  Then on the way to Vegas for a rodeo show, she became face to face with a killer who wanted her dead too with a shocking ending.

This was a gripping and amazing thriller debut from Michele Scott (aka AK Alexander). I cared about Michaela and her love for horses, whether it's racing them in rodeos or by grooming them on the ranch. I loved the world she had brought us in, when it comes to learning about living on a horse ranch. I thought Camden was a hoot and Joe was a fine friend. I could almost see Michaela with Ethan, but Jude might be a fine catch. I loved the California location backdrops for scenic scenes and amazing vivid settings as well. This would become enticed to keep reading in every page and go through loops for her emotions with non-stop action, drama, intrigue and mystery through and through to the end.

Will you check out Saddled With Trouble today?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Something's Cooking

In Joanne Pence's Something's Cooking, the first installment in the Angie Amalfi culinary cozy mystery series, this cozy would whip you a great storyline with all the right ingredients for this series. For Angelina Amalfi, she's a young woman who writes a food column for a weekly newspaper. When someone sent her a mysterious package, it exploded into her kitchen. That's when she's introduced to Inspector Paavo Smith and his partner Matt Kowalski, when they went to a crime scene and later learned about the bomb. In an instant, there was some kind of chemistry between Angie and Paavo, when someone had sent her threats and a mysterious character named Edward Crane claimed he's her biggest "Fan" and had sent her the recipes for her column. Immediately, Angie hired two bodyguards and later went to Paavo's home under her protection. She had come to know Paavo better and understood his mysterious background. When Matt's killed, Paavo went to Angie for some compassion as he had kept a close distance from her, since he cares so much about her. As Angie decided to search for Crane himself incognito, it had put her into a precarious situation with Paavo. And when she finally figured out who the real culprit was, somebody she knows and trusted, she took matters into her own hands as Paavo saved her life... when something's really cooking between the two of them in the end.

This was a great introduction to the Angie Amalfi culinary cozy series from Joanne Pence. I really cared for Angie and her carefree independent ways and how she concocted her own foodie codes for her recipes in the newspaper. I adored Paavo and how he loved his job and wanted to protect Angie from the dangers of police work. I also loved the location of California and its vivid scenes with the Bodega Bay backdrop for the settings too. This would give you a delectable light read in one or two settings with a hint of romance, a sprinkle of non-stop action, a dollop of drama, and a cup of mystery and intrigue to rise to the occasion.

Will you be ready to read Something's Cooking today?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The French Wedding

In Hannah Tunnicliffe's The French Wedding, she had told a beautiful story about love, life and friendship in this lovely woman's fiction novel. Set at the coast of France, six friends reunite for the 40th birthday of one of their friends for one weekend. Told from the POV of Max Dresner, a rock star who celebrating the big 40, and is in love with his best friend, Helen Barnett. He hired his housekeeper and cook, Juliette, who runs his home, and learns about everything about his friends over the weekend while serving food. There's Lars and Nina, an umarried couple who deal with her teenage daughter Sophie's daughter's angst, and Rosie O'Connor who has his own marriage problems with her husband Hugo, a doctor.  There's Eddie who has a young girlfriend and still living the good life. Helen who lives in New York, has to comes to terms to her half-sister Soleil. During the weekend, they reminiscence about the past and make new decisions of their own before the weekend's over. They learn new secrets about each other, while Juliette has her own to keep. In the end, there's a delightful ending on who finally tied the knot and a brand new start for the others.

This was a beautiful woman's fiction from Hannah Tunnicliffe. The idealistic settings of coastal France was so picturesque and romantic to paint the scene for this novel with intricate locations for the scenery. She was a wonderful storyteller about these six friends from college, coming together to celebrate a momental occasion for one of them. I cared about each and every one of them, when it was told in 3 POVs throughout this story. This make you want to learn more about them and to hear their story told about how they met and came together. This would make you want to sigh and cry, laugh, moan and gasp at every little nugget of surprise on every page. This has great romance, a hint of intrigue with drama and non-stop action right to the end.

Will you be invited to the French Wedding today?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Shadow Girl

In Gerry Schmitt's Shadow Girl, the second installment in the Afton Tangler thriller series, this thriller would grip you from page one and lead you on a wild ride. It all started with a helicopter crash that carried a donor heart from Leland Odin, the CEO and owner of the Diamond Shopping Network. That's when Afton Langler, a Liasion Officer, and her partner, Detective Max Montgomery were on the scene in Minneapolis. They started to pick up the pieces to this complicated puzzle as they learn about Leland's business and his home life. But before they could talk to him, Momma Chao Cherry had his throat cut, since he had something he had stolen from her. And now her henchmen would do anything to get it back to her home country of Thailand. For Afton, a single mother of two girls, she would do anything to make detective at the Minneapolis PD. Through this case, it's a dangerous cat and mouse game between them to stop them in the tracks, when they interview everybody involved in Leland's business dealings. And the closer the truth they realized who was behind it, it was up to them to stop it by putting their lives on the line. For Afton, it was personal, when they came after her family, as justice would be served.

This was a terrific installment in the series. I couldn't put it down from start to finish. I instantly cared for Afton and her small family and how she wanted to make it big as a detective. I also enjoyed Max as well and the rest of the MPD crew. I did feel bad for Sunny and Terrell, when they were dealt with a tough blow. I did enjoy the scenic locations and vivid settings for Minneapolis throughout the novel. This novel would have you root for Afton and Max to fight the bad guys and solve the case with fast-pacd pace-turning non-stop action, drama, intrigue and suspense throughout this thriller.

Will you uncover the mystery behind Shadow Girl today?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Say When

In Elizabeth Berg's Say When, this woman's fiction novel deals with the changes in a relatioship from a male's POV.  It all started when Frank Griffin's wife Ellen said she wanted a divorce, a few weeks before the Christmas season. That started the ball ralling for Frank and Ellen as they started to go their separate ways in a trial seperation. For Ellen, she found love with a younger man and needed time and distance to think things through. As for Griffin, he dealt with the ramifications and tried to set things right with their daughter Zoe, who was caught in the middle. And they had to put her needs first. Frank finds a job at a mall Santa and meets Donna who works there, while Ellen had trouble sleeping at their home and decides to move out in her own place. There would always be there for Zoe as a tomboy, who's been dealing with some hard times of her own. Frank remembers pieces of their life together as learns about love and relationships from the people closest to him, when it comes to the healing heart. At Christmas time, he asked Ellen if they could start over and try again to make things right with a happy ending fit for the holidays.

This was a beautiful and emotional woman's fiction novel that deals with the topic of divorce and how Frank told his story from it. I did care for Frank on how Ellen tore his world apart in the beginning and how it made his sense of it through the story. I cared for Zoe and her spunkiness. I did like how Frank and Ellen managed to turn things around toward the end. I loved the  Chicago locations during the cold  winter holiday seasons with vivid scenic settings. This would make you want for Frank and Ellen to pull through as it would pull your heart strings real taut, make you cry for Zoe's sake, take a deep breath and sigh with nonstop action, drama, suspense, and a hint of romance to wrap it up with a bow.

Do you know when to Say When to call it quits for something worth fighting for?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vanishing Girls

In Katia Lief's Vanishing Girls, the third installment in the Karin Schaeffer Mystery thriller series,  get ready to be thrown into a twisted and violent world of child sex trafficking. It's close to Christmas time in New York City, when Karin's husband Mac is sick with the flu, and their close friend Billy is dealing with a major case of PTSD, Karin comes to the scene of a horrible crime. Another woman is found dead on the streets and a young child was hit by a car, putting her in a medical-induced coma. As a criminal forensic specialist, not yet part of the NYPD, she talks about the issue with her babysitter Chali Das for her son. As it made sensational news once again, Chali wanted to tell her something, before her daughter Dathi visits her from India. But before she could, it was too late, when she was killed. Now this meant something personal to Karin, when she contacted with Dathi and her folks in India about the harrowing news. While dealing with the loss of her baby girl from a miscarriage, she aches to have a child for her own and did everything she could to save Dathi from her uncle selling her for child trafficking across the globe. And she took care of Dathi under her home, while she bonded with Abby Dekker, who dealt with the loss of her family, and waking from her coma. That's when Karin started to piece the puzzle together when Dathi went missing as she learned a shocking conclusion about who killed Chali and the others in the end.

This was a gripping and dark thriller that dealt with hard-core subject matters. I cared for Karin all the way from start to finish on how she dealt with so many things at one time. I also feel for Dathi, who had lost her mother, and had bonded with Abby, when they discovered a sick secret together. And it had connected the dots from one set of murders to another. I also cared for Billy, who had deal with being blind in one eye, and being haunted by his own inner demons. I loved the NYC scenic settings and vivid locations, especially during the holiday season. This would pull your heart strings, grimace and groan, give you a weak stomach in some scenes, root and cheer for Karin to solve the mysteries with nonstop action, drama, intrigue and suspense.

Will you check out Vanishing Girls today?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bourbon and Blood

In Garrard Hayes's Bourbon and Blood, the first installment in the Bill Conlin thriller series, this one would get you hooked into it after the first page. Bill Conlin is a former Army Veteran from the war and couldn't find any good work in New York City. That's when his cousin Jimmy tells him about a job working for Francis Sullivan, the same his cousin works for, too. But thing aren't what they seem, when he works for the Irish crime lord. As soon as he meets Dana, a waitress at the diner, things heat up for Bill and Jimmy. It all started with the first assignment and that was going to a Mexican bar with Jimmy. From there, he had been dealt with prostitution, corrupted cops and FBI agents, a drug war between the Mexicans and Russians, and a sex trafficking crime ring. When a fellow associate  gets his cousin hooked on heroin, he sends him to rehab and when to start his new life. With his new partner Kenny, it took a nose dove, when the next assisgnment almost had gotten him killed and put him in a coma. Months later, Kenny stole his girl, when he believed the Russians had kidnapped her and set him up for the murder of the Mexican gang leader. Now he came gunning after the real ring leader with a cheesy cop on the take, when he had to go into hiding and run for his life with vengeance on his mind.

This was a real good crime thriller debut by Garrard Hayes. I did care for Bill Conlin and his cousin Jimmy. I thought Dana was a keeper, but I thought wrong about her and the people he associated him with. I do like the NYC locations and the vivid depictive scene in each settings. This really took me into the novel to get a feel for his world. This had everything you would need in a fast-paced thriller with non-stop action, drama, suspense, intrigue and a lot of mystery. (There's a couple of typos every now and then.)

Will you be ready to taste Bourbon and Blood?