Excerpt from Hide Your Fear

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I’m in the middle of an intriguing mystery/thriller right now. Hide Your Fear by Kevin O’Brien. I have an idea of how all of the clues fit together and who the culprit is, but I’m not quite sure yet! It’s not quite your usual serial killer thriller.

“I’ve got a ride,” Aaron said, sitting down on a bench to put on his sneakers. “My aunt lives close by, and she’s picking me up.” That was a lie. To get to the meet, Aaron had ridden his bike to the downtown stop in Mount Vernon and loaded it on the rack at the front of the public bus. Then after thirty minutes, he got off in Everett and furiously pedaled to the high school.

Kevin O’Brien, Hide Your Fear

THE ONLY WAY
A home provides more than comfort and shelter. It stores memories . . . and hides secrets. Divorcée Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages—first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property’s dark past . . .

YOU’LL STAY ALIVE
Caitlin’s teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who’ve disappeared without a trace—all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents . . .

IS IF HE NEVER FINDS YOU
The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end…

 

Excerpt from Refugee

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

This is an amazing book. Award-winning Alan Gratz brings us Refugee, three intertwining stories of refugees from each of Nazi Germany, Cuba, and Syria. Gratz takes you into the lives of these three children, their families, and the heartbreak they go through in trying to reach freedom. Gripping, heartfelt, and engaging, put this one on your TBR list.

“Don’t be so quick to grow up, boy” the Brownshirt told Josef. “We’ll come for you soon enough.”

Alan Gratz, Refugee

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America…

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

 

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Excerpt from Grave Peril

Did you pick up a copy of She Wore Mourning? If so, I hope you are enjoying it! Let me know what you think.

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

I just finished Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) by Jim Butcher. A very fun read about a smart aleck Wizard fighting evil forces trying to take over the city. Something is stirring up trouble, and he needs to figure out what it is before it destroys him and his friends.

The sign on the door reads, simply, Harry Dresden, Wizard. Just inside the door is a table, covered with pamphlets with titles like: Magic and You, and Why Witches Don’t Sink Any Faster Than Anyone Else—a Wizard’s Perspective. I wrote most of them. I think it’s important for we practitioners of the Art to keep up a good public image. Anything to avoid another Inquisition.

Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory, when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone—or something—is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself…

 

Excerpt from The Third Gate

In case you missed it, I released She Wore Mourning on Friday. One reader emailed me to say, “WOW WOW!! It’s like all my favorite old detective shows brought up to the 21st century… you know, like Perry Mason, Jim Rockford and on and on!” I hope you will like the first of the Zachary Goldman Mysteries too!

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

I am currently reading The Third Gate  by Lincoln Child, a novel in the Jeremy Logan series.

An enigmalogist, a doctor of transmortality studies, and a treasure seeker join forces in Egypt to uncover one of the earth’s greatest mysteries… need I say more? Buckle up for a good adventure, this one has been fun so far!

Against the advice of the assisting doctors I continued heroic measures.” He leaned forward. “And, Jeremy—she pulled through. I finally revived her, fourteen minutes after all brain function had ceased.”

Lincoln Child, The Third Gate

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers.

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm.

Excerpt from Hell’s Corner

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My Camp Nanowrimo book is coming along, currently sitting at 75,000 words. I should be done it by this time next week. Though I’m thinking it might end up a bit longer than the projected 100,000 words.

Keep your eyes open at the end of this week for the release of She Wore Mourning, book one in the Zachary Goldman Mysteries series!

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

I just started this one today. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci is Book 5 of the Camel Club series, bringing back the highly-skilled Oliver Stone, on a new mission to save the United States and its president.

The pain might become even more intense. The communication he’d received an hour after returning home had been explicit. They would come for him at midnight. No debate was allowed, no negotiation suffered through, no chance of any compromise. The party of the other end of the equation always dictated the terms.

David Balducci, Hell’s Corner

John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he’s fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.

Then Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It’s in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.

British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone’s partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.

 

Excerpt from Every Last Lie

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Camp Nano is well on it’s way; I am 45,000 words into what will be the third book in the Tattooed Teardrops series.

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This has been an interesting book so far! Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica, begins with a husband’s fairly routine death in a car accident, tragically taking place only days after the birth of the couple’s second child. While the wife believes that everything in their lives was fine, things gradually start to unravel as she discovers one secret after another, while keeping a few of her own as well.

A number of grammatical errors have grated on me—the editor seems to have been asleep at the switch for this one—it has been an interesting book so far and I am enjoying it.

I nearly correct her for the erroneous cliche, but then realize it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters anymore now that Nick is dead. Maisie’s eyes are hopeful, her smile wide.

Mary Kubica, Every Last Lie

Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Excerpt from Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

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

I abandoned one book earlier this week, one of those highly-acclaimed literary works that sadly turned out to be poorly written as well as self-indulgent filth. Don’t need to waste my time on that stuff. The next book that I picked up was Adrian McKinty’s Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, and it is a wonderful police procedural full of literary allusions and dry, tongue-in-cheek humour. I’m sure I probably miss half the jokes in it, but the ones I catch really make me smile. I had a hard time choosing between this one and on referencing Chekhov’s Gun.

So, for the second week in a row, I bring you an Irish detective murder mystery.

“Oh, I see. This is the world’s worst thesaurus anyway. Not only is it terrible, it’s terrible,” he said and began to chuckle with such suppressed mirth that I thought he was going to do himself a mischief.”

Adrian McKinty, Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

Belfast 1988: A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.

Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

 

Excerpt from The Secret Place

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I am just about through The Secret Place by Tana French, Book 5 of Dublin Murder Squad. It’s a good cold case murder mystery with lots of twisty secrets, personalities, and fun tongue-in-cheek descriptions. I haven’t read any of the others in the series, but I probably will in the future!

Be warned that this one does have a liberal helping of profanity.

“What’s an exfoliator?” Becca wants to know. …

“It sounds like a weapon of mass destruction,” Julia says. “And they’re the droid exfoliation army, just following orders. We will exfoliate.”

Tana French, The Secret Place

In this “dizzyingly addictive”* novel, Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls’ boarding school a year earlier. The photo had been posted at “The Secret Place,” the school’s anonymous gossip board, and the caption says “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case—beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

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Excerpt from Bowled Over

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

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

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

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?