Excerpt from Bowled Over

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I am currently reading Bowled Over, a cozy mystery by Victoria Hamilton. Protagonist Jaymie Leighton, a collector of vintage kitchenware and cookbooks finds herself entangled in a murder investigation—in fact, one of the prime suspects. So, of course, she’s poking her nose into everyone else’s business and stirring up trouble.

Jamie covertly examined Kathy’s face. It looked like she’d had a shock: she was drained of color, and was still staring at the tiny screen of the cell phone. It was useless to try to sort things out with her former friend while Kathy was so distracted.

Victoria Hamilton, Bowled Over

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.

With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…

Excerpt from The Bird and the Sword

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I read a mystery/thriller book last week that was so pedantic and emotionless that I kept waiting for the surprise twist that everyone was so flat because the protagonist was really insane and had just imagined the previous thirteen years. But no… it was just… written that way…

I am now reading The Bird and the Sword, by Amy Harmon, which is a welcome change! I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this is definitely one that I would recommend. Warring kingdoms and intrigue, a little bit of magic, and of course the romance between star-crossed lovers… It’s a fun, well-written piece, in great contrast to that other book!

My mother made words. She was a Teller, and her words were magic. She spoke and the words became life. Reality. Truth. My father knew it, and he was afraid. Words can be terrible when the truth is unwelcome.

Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

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The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

Excerpt from When We Were Sisters

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A change from the thrillers I have been reading lately, When Emilie Richards’ When We Were Sisters is a contemporary story of two grown foster sisters revisiting their past.  When We Were Sisters is a deep, sensitive look at family and what they can mean to each other. Obviously, this one is right in my wheelhouse. The foster care system often plays a part in my YA books.

I’ve never liked hospitals. Three months ago I spent two weeks incarcerated in one, and now I like them even less. Sure, I still realize the occasional necessity, but I also realize how important it is to be freed as soon as possible.

Emilie Richards, When We Were Sisters

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her.

Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris’s love and attention, but does Kris need them?

When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she’s away. She gambles that he’ll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life.

Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her.

As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.

Excerpt from The Gods of Guilt

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I am currently reading The Gods of Guilt, book six in Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. Mickey Haller is also known as “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Michael Connelly always satisfies with lots of tension, action, and legal twists and turns, and this one is no exception.

I was left sitting on the floor, surveying the damage. I had blood on my mouth and teeth and down the crisp white shirt I was wearing. My tie was on the floor under the defense table. It was the clip-on I wear on days I visit clients in holdings cells and don’t want to get pulled through the bars.

Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP – 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

It’s a freebie weekend!

I have two Kindle freebies running this weekend, and have linked to some other freebie offers below. I know you already have enough in your To Be Read pile… but really, is there ever really enough on your TBR pile? There’s always room for just one more…

Endless Change

Free Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

She was a broken bird

He was a mender of wings

Parker’s mother always said he jumped into things without thinking first, and that’s exactly what he did when he saw Dakota, cold and hungry, fending for herself on the city streets. How could he ignore the pain and fear in her dark eyes? Dakota was eager to go to school and she made friends quickly, eager to make up for a dismal childhood full of deprivation and abuse by enjoying every moment she could.

But there was something wrong with Dakota. It wasn’t just the hollowness in her eyes or her traumatic past. Others sensed it too and warned Parker not to get too close to Dakota. But despite his questions, he just can’t help falling for her.

Dakota holds her secrets close, and Parker is worried that if he pushes too hard for answers, she’ll just run away.

Read a sample or find out more.

Making Her Mark

Free Saturday and Sunday

Secrets and lies.

When everything changed, Kelli thought she would be happy. But nothing really changed.

Kelli’s life has never been easy. She’s always faced her problems head on. She’s strong and savvy and in charge of herself. All of that is about to change.

Her life is turned upside down when she discovers the secret that her mother has been hiding from her for years.

Kelli thinks this is her one chance at happiness. But is it?

Read a sample or find out more.

And more!

A Bustle in the Hedgerow (CASMIRC Book 1) by [Miller, Ben]A Bustle in the Hedgerow, by Ben Miller

The strangled body of a 9-year-old girl is discovered behind a hedgerow bordering her school playground in York, Pennsylvania. The local authorities’ only clue lies in a scrap of paper left in her front pocket, with a short phrase printed on it in an unfamiliar language.

Jackson Byrne, an FBI agent who specializes in investigating crimes against children, has just completed a book tour promoting his best-seller about solving his most recent high-profile case–the abduction and murder of a celebrity’s young daughter. Unexpectedly, Jack receives an invitation from an old family friend and powerful political insider urging him to run for the U.S. Senate. At the same time, his FBI division learns of the murder of another child with a similar mysterious message, launching them into a search for a serial killer given the moniker The Playground Predator. As Jack becomes torn between his excitement about a new career and others’ expectations of a celebrated investigator, he must also continue to deal with demons from his past. While Jack’s devoted wife, a sycophantic young FBI colleague, and an ambitious and attractive female reporter all try to influence his path, none of them pulls the strings as effectively as the enigmatic Randall, the psychologically disturbed but brilliant Playground Predator himself, who orchestrates his own master plan,eventually dragging Jack into an inevitable showdown. 

Getting Lucky, by Craig Anderson

It was supposed to be easy money. Sign a waiver form, a quick jab with a needle and then boom, enough cash for a weeks worth of booze. No-one told me I’d be carrying around my very own judge and jury.

I’m sure you’re thinking that sounds wonderful. Good for you, you’re probably a nice person, with a house and a job and food. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those. I had to steal and cheat to get by, now I can’t even do that. My new karma passengers are doing what no-one else ever could, they are keeping me honest. Honesty gets you killed around here.

Dance: Cinderella Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale series Book 3) by [Carlton, Demelza]Dance: Cinderella Retold, by Demelza Carlton

When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armour and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi.

The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now.

Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart?

The Opposite of Living, by Genevieve McKay

Abandoned orphan Carolina Brown wants nothing more than to be left alone with her cookbooks and her vivid imagination. And she won’t hesitate to fight (and bite) until she gets her way.

Unable to speak, Cara has no memory of her past and little hope for her future. So when a mysterious couple appears, promising to help unlock the secrets surrounding her, Cara reluctantly takes a chance at a new life.

Flung abruptly into a new world, Cara embarks on an extraordinary adventure that forces her to question everything she knows about reality. About her past, her future and the world around her, including what it means to be human.

Smile for Me, by Jan Thompson

A deadline-driven workaholic assistant school principal who meticulously plans his schedule months in advance meets an easygoing art teacher and studio potter with no sense of time, living her life as the seasons come and go. When they cross paths again at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp sponsored by his church in Nassau, Bahamas, how can they get along if they cannot see eye to eye?

The Tourney, by Juliet Sem

Crown Princess Keestu Ranell of Sandar, a member of the Union, has been invited to witness The Tourney in the Autocracy, where hand-to-hand combat will determine that society’s leaders for the next generation. In addition to viewing their battles for succession, Keestu must negotiate a trade agreement between the Autocracy and the Union.

Half-Blood Dragon, by K.N. Lee

A lady-in-waiting’s job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather’s plan to elevate the family’s station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince. Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen’s days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.

The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince’s murder. For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters.

It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.

Fairy Eyeglasses, by Emily Martha Sorensen (children’s short story)

When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.

Before he Kills, by Blake Pierce

In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

Holding Aces, by Nikkie Groom (mature content)

Tired of running, Arianna Fraser decides it’s time to head home–to those she loves most. Finally putting the pieces of her life back together, she finds herself in the luxurious Kingdom in Vegas, meeting the wealthy and irresistible, Denham King.

And Denham King is everything she wants–and shouldn’t have. Adding vibrancy and color to her grey and dismal world, Arianna cannot resist the passion and pull she has for him. When her past comes back with a vengeance, threatening the new life she created, Denham and Arianna must trust each other to fight for what they want before it’s too late. Will the kingdom come crumbling down before they have a chance to get their “happily ever after?”

If I Break, by Portia Moore

He was just what I lacked a beautiful distraction.

At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, storm gray eyes, and a smile that
could only hide an agenda, I knew he was trouble. And for the first
time in my life, a little trouble was just what I needed.

No. What I wanted.

It wasn’t like I’d ever marry the guy.

Until I did.

A Matter of DeathA Matter of Death, by Victoria DeLuis (short story)

In a world where rogue necromancers control the dead and turn them against the living, The Independent Necromancers’ Bureau works to keep law and order.

When Dylan turns up at agent Cassie Dune’s house just before sunrise, she knows something is up, and anything that bothers a two-hundred year old ghost, is sure to be bad news for Cassie. A necromancer has imprisoned the spirit of Dylan’s friend Elizabeth. Can Cassie find her and save her soul?

The Ugly Duckling: A Romantic Comedy by [Costa, Annabelle]The Ugly Duckling, by Annabelle Costa

What would you do to get your happily ever after?

Libby Saunders, who spent the first seventeen years of her life as an ugly duckling, bleaches her hair and drops forty pounds in order to get her fairytale ending. Once she evolves into a beautiful swan, the handsome princes are tripping each other’s royal steeds in order to get a date with her. But while the princes in fairy tales may be perfect gentlemen, Libby finds that her real life princes tend to be somewhat less than perfect. Actually, they tend to be a bunch of two-timing jerks.

Identity of the Heart (A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 1) by [Crawford, Mary]Identity of the Heart, by Mary Crawford

After Marcus Brolen’s best friend, Rogue Bentancourt, swears that guys aren’t interested in trying to keep up with her busy schedule as an apprentice in his tattoo shop and art student with some modeling and waitressing thrown in on the side to make ends meet, he signs her up for an online dating service called BrainsRSexy.com.

After all, it won’t be all that weird…right? He’ll be there to play her wingman as always. Even though he and Rogue have never had chemistry, she deserves the absolute best and he’s going to help her find her perfect guy.

Living this thing called Life by [C., Dreal]Living this thing called Life, by Dreal C

Mia Saint never thought her life would take turns that her mother has never prepared her for. Her school life was going great. Her friends was there for her whenever she needed too. Her sister was busy with her own life as a popular kid. One mistake was made that cost Mia her entire life.

Witnessing an incident that no child nor teen shall see. Being pushed from student to eye witness to victim. School life, love life, and her relationship with her sister and friends started to collide into one. Life changing decisions was made. Enemies was formed. Her life has just begun.

The Samurai Code, by Steven Moore (Bookfunnel)

Expedition leader Hiram Kane is in Japan when the storm of the century hits. He joins the rescue mission as flash floods cause chaos, death and destruction.

Yakuza boss Katashi Goto is retiring from the mob. Before he does, there is one more thing to achieve: revenge over a centuries old enemy.

When their two very different worlds collide, Kane is forced to make a choice. He has always known honour is worth fighting for. When challenged by Katashi, he has to decide if it is also worth dying for.

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows, by Michelle Madow (Bookfunnel)

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others — including mysterious bad-boy Blake — are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, it’s up to Nicole and the others to follow a cryptic prophecy in time to save the town… and possibly the world.

Don't Shoot!Don’t Shoot! I have another story to tell you, by Elen Ghulam (newsletter sign-up)

The humorous chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Czech-born Iraqi woman who walks the tightrope between the poetic East and the seductive West. Her life was already complicated when she immigrated to Canada, when life took a byzantine turn.  She marries a dashing Palestinian professor and together they live in Scotland and Israel. In the holy city of Jerusalem, she learns Hebrew, works for an Israeli company and experiences the military occupation of Palestine first hand – albeit from a perspective within Israeli society. She takes an Israeli friend to visit a Palestinian neighborhood, and later takes a Palestinian friend to visit an Israeli area.The tourist introducing the locals to their own country. Can life get any more absurd? Living between two worlds, yet again. Ghulam writes with elegance and humor about the hardship of embodying contrary identities. Along the way, she records her intensely personal struggle to forge a sense of integrity in a world teetering on the edge of the abyss.

Silent Running, by Lisette Kristensen (Instafreebie)

Nothing came easy for Baleigh Burgess. If it wasn’t her family or the men in her life, it was the streets that gnawed on her soul. It was her determination that got her a new chance from her wreck of a life…

One night is all it took to unravel everything.

Don’t miss Silent Running, the prequel to Running Blind. The first in the Sin’s Fatal Desire series. A dark romance series with crime and suspense wrapped around the darkness

Sylphide, by K. Gorman (Instafreebie)

It’s been six weeks since Allish Statia, former prima ballerina at the Mersetzdeitz Ballet, broke her leg during the last performance of La Sylphide. In that time, she has healed (mostly), relaxed (a lot), and taken advantage of her husband’s willingness to order take-out on most weeknights.

Then someone breaks into her apartment and points a gun at her.

Using the wind elemental powers few knew she had, she is able to subdue the man. But he is only part of something much bigger—and much more dangerous.

The Sea Tips, by Helen Allan (Instafreebie)

He came from the sea, unasked for, unexpected – but not for the first time.

When a naked man washes ashore in a small village on an isolated coast he and a small boy will set off a chain of events that will change the lives of the superstitious and ignorant fisher folk who live there forever – but for some it will be too late.

Kiss of Vengeance, by E.A. Copen (Instafreebie)

Robbed of the happy life he once knew, Dal takes up his silver pike and hits the streets of South Boston looking for vengeance.
There’s just one problem. The boss doesn’t want him looking into it. To make matters worse, the local feds charged with monitoring supernaturals in the city won’t leave him the hell alone.

His only lead is a tenacious elf who would rather kill him than help him. But she’s looking for answers of her own, answers that could spark a bloody turf war.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe, by Jessica Arden (Instafreebie)

Grad student and New Orleans ghost tour operator Julie Deveaux is used to believing in things she cannot see. Although with her family history, spirits lurking beyond French Quarter galleries seem more plausible than true love or soul mates.

With romantic entanglements the last thing on her mind, Julie would do anything to complete her thesis research and exonerate infamous murderess Sophia Durocher in the process. Anything, that is, except further harass Sophia’s already spotlight-weary family.

The NighBlade, by M.S. Olney (Instafreebie)

When darkness rises, the Nightblade is never far behind.

It came from the forest. A creature not seen in the peaceful lands of Mid-lake for millennia. A Fell Beast. A farmer disappears and strange sounds are heard in the nearby forest prompting Alther, an old man with a mysterious past to investigate.

Meanwhile, on the BlackMoor, the Nightblade Ferran stumbles upon a mystery of his own, one that reveals a sinister plot that could threaten the entire Kingdom of Delfinnia.

The Lost Colony Series, by Andrew C. Broderick (Instafreebie)

Despite his reputation as a brilliant and dedicated space engineer, John Rees is certain he is not the man everyone thinks he is. Haunted by the death of his father and one fatal decision that questions his morality, he doubts he will have a chance to redeem himself for a past he cannot escape.

But when 100 colonists go missing on an alien planet, John sees his chance to prove once and for all that one decision doesn’t create a monster. John and the crew of the Atlas struggle to survive the near-total malfunction of their power and navigation systems, evidence that a strange alien race intercepted the colonists, and even a near-impossible jump through hundreds of meters of solid rock.

Life for a Life, by Andy Peloquin (Instafreebie)

 

Excerpt from Takedown Twenty, a Stephanie Plum novel

Make sure you check out my latest release, Endless Change, along with some other popular new releases.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I was trying to decide whether to feature the book I finished today, or the one I started! I decided on the one that I just started on, Takedown Twenty, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. In case you haven’t met Stephanie Plum, she is a scrappy bail bondsman who gets tangled up in a variety of tight situations. Additionally, she is always stuck choosing between the two men in her life, Ranger and Morelli. These books are chockful of fun characters, and the audiobooks are very entertaining. I have only just started this book, and don’t yet know what significance the disappearing/reappearing giraffe has…

“I was afraid it might have been the ‘shrooms on my pizza last night what was making me see things. I mean it’s not every day you see a giraffe running down the street.”

Janet Evanovich, Takedown Twenty

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
 
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor. 
 
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt

Who is up for a scavenger hunt? In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! In addition to the $500 grand prize, each of the authors will be offering free books and other prizes.

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend here:

>>Enter Secret Legend to Win the Grand Prize<<

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, Amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

OPEN JUNE 1ST ~ JUNE 7TH

Just go through the “treasure map” below to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.

THE MAP (PARTICIPATING AUTHORS)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann  
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson  
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long 
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil  
  26. Jo Schneider 
  27. Logan Keys
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis 
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Robert Jones
  49. Ashley Maker 
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Chanda Stafford
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Ginna Moran
  60. Mackenzie Flohr
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Samantha Britt
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe  
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan  
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. K.T. Webb
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa 
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Keira Gillet or Bella Rose (alternate)
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan  
  91. Arwen Paris or Emma Right (alternate)
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Cook
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett 
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert  
  105. Rachel Medhurst 
  106. Tee G Ayer  
  107. May Freighter 
  108. Gwynn White
  109. Jen Minkman  
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Kellie Sheridan or E.E. Isherwood (alternate)
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson  
  120. J.L. Hendricks 
  121. A.L. Knorr  
  122. T.M. Franklin  
  123. Raven Oak
  124. Stephany Wallace or Felisha Antonette (alternate)
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen 
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Lindsay Mead or Bianca Scardoni (alternate)
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Excerpt from Wilde Lake

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I finished Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman just a couple of hours ago. Things have been pretty busy around here lately and I haven’t been able to do a lot of reading, so it took me a little while to get through. My feelings about Wilde Lake are mixed. To begin with, all of the threads of narrative seem random and confusing. I wondered a few times whether to plow on ahead. Though it has some tantalizing ‘legal thriller’ passages, it seemed to be mostly a wandering literary memoir with no particular end point in mind.

Obviously, I did keep going, and all of those messy threads do eventually get tied together in some surprising revelations. If you’re looking for a ‘typical’ legal thriller, you won’t find it here, but if you’re willing to spend some time following all of the rabbit trails, Wilde Lake may be the next read for your pile. Keep in mind there is some PG-13+ action and language.

Keep in mind there is some PG-13+ action and language. My teaser for today:

I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.

Laura Lippman, Wilde Lake

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future.

But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime—the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know?

As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?

Excerpt from Love, Lies and Liquor

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I have just finished one of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, Love, Lies and Liquor. I’ve read a few other Agatha Raisin books and I like her as a character. She’s a down-to-earth, somewhat frumpy woman running her own detective agency. Something of a Miss Marple type. She doesn’t always make wise choices, but she’s a bright woman who manages to unwind the clues and find the perp. As long as she doesn’t get kidnapped, killed, or arrested along the way…

“Oh, you silly man,” said Agatha contemptuously, “a lot of people threaten to murder people when they get angry. I still don’t see what this has to do with me.”

“You have identified your scarf. Mrs. Jankers was found dead on the beach. She had been strangled with your scarf.”

M.C. Beaton, Love, Lies and Liquor

In Love, Lies and Liquor, Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies’ Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey, so she welcomes his return to the cottage next door with her usual triumph of optimism over experience—especially when he invites her on holiday at a surprise location that was once very dear to him. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy or the Pacific dancing in her head, Agatha goes off happily with James to…Snoth-on-Sea, in Sussex.

While James may have fond memories of boyhood holidays there, Snoth-on-Sea has seen better days, as has the once-grand Palace Hotel, now run-down and tacky and freezing cold. Nor do the other guests have much to recommend them, especially the brassy honeymoon couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jankers, who pick a fight with Agatha in the dining room. But trouble has a way of following Agatha even if romance does not: Just as she and James are preparing to flee to warmer climes, Geraldine Jankers is found dead on the beach—strangled with Agatha’s scarf. So much for Agatha’s holiday fantasies: Not only is it time to put her detective skills to work, but the police are not even sure that she’ll be allowed to leave town.

Excerpt from I Found You

 

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I am currently reading Lisa Jewell’s I Found You. It is a complex weaving of three different storylines related to a man who shows up on the beach with retrograde amnesia. Unlike The Girl from the Sea and several other popular tales, he hasn’t washed in from the sea, but he does get soaked in the rain. Since this man has amnesia, the reader is left wondering what role he plays in the two other storylines. Who is he and what has he been up to? I Found You has a number of interesting characters; I don’t know if any of them feature in Lisa Jewell’s other books; they have very complex backstories that leave me wanting to know more.

“Where did you come from?”

He turns and looks at her. His eyes are wide and fearful. “I have no idea.”

Lisa Jewell, I Found You

In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.