Review of MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz

MAGPIE MURDERS Anthony Horowitz 2017 HarperCollins Magpie Murders opens in the present day, with editor Susan Ryeland curled up in bed in her London flat. She has wine, snacks, cigarettes, and appropriate mystery-reading weather, rain. She’s settling in with the latest manuscript of the ninth Atticus Pünd mystery, Magpie Murders, written by her publisher’s highest grossing and most irascible author, Alan Conway. Four pages later, we leave Susan behind, and the Atticus Pünd mystery begins. This novel within a novel starts with a new, nearly identical title page. The difference is the author’s name — Alan Conway this time instead of Anthony...

Review of Rhys Bowen’s ON HER MAJESTY’S FRIGHTFULLY SECRET SERVICE Aug11

Review of Rhys Bowen’s ON HER MAJESTY’...

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service A Royal Spyness Mystery (Book 11) Rhys Bowen August 1st, 2017 Berkley Pub On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen is a delightful read. It combines an old fashioned who done it mystery with social commentary, humor, true 1930s historical content, and fun loving characters. The plot begins with Lady Georgiana (Georgie) Rannoch, 35th in line to the British throne, traveling to London to meet with Queen Mary. During this time period anyone in line for the British throne could not marry a Catholic. This presents a problem since her fiancé, Darcy, is Catholic. The only solution is for...

Review of PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box

PARADISE VALLEY: Highway Quartet Series Book 4 C. J. Box July 2017 Minotaur Books Pub PARADISE VALLEY by C. J. Box is the final in the Highway Quartet Series. Each book is interconnected starting with BACK OF BEYOND that introduces former sheriff Cody Hoyt. In the next book of the series, THE HIGHWAY, he becomes the mentor of his rookie partner Cassie Dewell as they battle the serial killer the Lizard King. Box has come full circle ending in the same setting that it all began in, Paradise Valley with Cassie driven by events that happened in THE HIGHWAY. Box is “debating internally if I will bring Cassie and Company back. When I finished...

Review of Cynthia Eden’s BEFORE THE DAWN Aug01

Review of Cynthia Eden’s BEFORE THE DAWN

BEFORE THE DAWN Cynthia Eden HQN Books July 25th, 2017 Cynthia Eden is a unique suspense romance writer. All the books in the Killer Instinct trilogy, including the second installment, Before The Dawn have very creative titles that alert to the heroine; AFTER THE DARK is named after Samantha Dark and BEFORE THE DAWN is named after Dawn Alexander. There is also the premise that explores how someone in law enforcement through their special relationship, are able to see the killer in a way others cannot, allowing readers to be drawn into the dark minds of the psychopathic characters. Her next book, the conclusion to the Killer Instinct series,...

K.J. Howe discusses THE FREEDOM BROKER Jul27

K.J. Howe discusses THE FREEDOM BROKER

The Freedom Broker, K. J. Howe’s debut novel introduces Thea Paris, an elite kidnap and ransom specialist. Shortly after returning from saving a hostage Thea must face her most challenging rescue when her oil-magnate father, Carlos, is kidnapped on a yacht where very few clues are evident. To make matters worse the kidnappers won’t negotiate and only leave cryptic messages in Latin. In search of her father she travels to Africa, Greece, and Turkey and comes into contact with dubious players such as warlords and the Chinese. As the body count rises, the clock for rescuing is ticking down for Thea and company. Elise Cooper: How did you get...