INTERVIEW WITH BRAD TAYLOR

Hunter Killer by Brad Taylor brings Pike Logan and company to a new house, that is a new publishing house, William Morrow.  But fans should not worry since Logan does not skip a beat in making sure Americans are kept safe. In this latest novel, Pike and Jennifer Cahill, his longtime teammate and girlfriend, are relaxing in their Charleston home. But their tranquility is interrupted after a vicious explosion kills a friend. The perpetrators set it up to look like an accident, but it was actually foul play, and Pike knows the attack was meant for him.  Told to stand down by their superiors, Pike and Jennifer know there’s no way they’re...

INTERVIEW WITH SARA DRISCOLL

No Man’s Land by Sara Driscoll has a unique plot. A suspenseful mystery, whose main characters include K-9 dog teams, brings the characters to life. For first time readers, Driscoll is the pen name for Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan, who also wrote the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries. The story begins with Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team. While searching, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim was left to die alone and unable to save herself. Through the...

INTERVIEW WITH J. D. Griffo

Murder At Icicle Lodge by J. D. Griffo brings back the Ferrara women detective team. They are investigating a murder where the people of interest mount up. The four women are related and range in age from 65 to GenX. They are Alberta, her granddaughter Jinx, sister Helen and her sister-in-law Joyce with a supporting cast of police chief, Vinny; Jinx’s boyfriend, Freddy; Alberta’s boyfriend, Sloan; and Helen’s frenemy Father Sal. What makes these characters so likeable is their humorous banter. This installment has reporter Jinx invited to cover the new lodge that is opening and featuring a famous Olympic gold medal ice skater, Pamela...

INTERVIEW WITH MAISEY YATES

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates is written in the same spirit as the old Jimmy Stewart movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” There are pieces of both that are not blushingly happy and celebratory. Yet, in the end there is a happy ending. Caleb Dalton has loved Ellie Bell from the first minute he saw her but because she was going to be married to his best friend, Clint, he repressed his feelings as much as he possibly could. Four plus years ago, Clint died in a helicopter accident while fighting a fire. Knowing his friend would want him to step in, Caleb held Ellie when she was sad. While she grieved, he was there for the birth of her...

BOOK REVIEW A KILLER CAROL

A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford expertly combines a good mystery within the Amish community.  In this novel, she is able to highlight the suspense with a secondary story about Christmas preparations and festivities. Bradford decided to write the series because she wanted to “have an interesting backdrop for a mystery.  They live in the 1800s with no cell phones in their houses, do not keep large amounts of money in their house, will not take photographs, will not have Christmas trees, and are wary of the police. In some ways, it is like writing an older time mystery surrounded by the modern world.  For this particular novel, I...

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ROSE

With Into The Dark, Karen Rose has outdone herself, which is hard to do. This story is a great read for the holiday season: full of intense scenes of suspense, a sprinkle of romance, and great characters the readers will fall in love with.  The core of the story is finding acceptance, trust, and love while struggling to avoid extreme danger.  But an added bonus is how Rose delves into subjects such as living with the handicap of deafness, being HIV positive, and child abuse. The story opens with a bang as teenager Michael Rowland is being chased by his stepfather, while carrying his younger brother Joshua. Michael knows that Joshua is going...