Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 10, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451490452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451490452

Book Description

The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...

The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in--except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they're innocent--or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?

About the Author

Simon Lelic was born in 1976 and has worked as a journalist in the UK and currently runs his own business in Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

My Review

The New Neighbors is the first book of Simon Lelic's that I have read. I found it to be a really enjoyable read. It is a twisty thriller that kept me guessing until the end. The story was so hard to put down because the author alternated between the two narrators...Syd and Jack. There was so much happening and the back and forth created a sense of urgency that helped you to just keep reading! You need to know what is going to happen next!

Highly recommend The New Neighbors.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Undercurrents (Faye Longchamp #11) by Mary Anna Evans

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079MJ59F5

Book Description

In Undercurrents, the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm.

When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye.

When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

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About the Author

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials and, coming in April 2018, Undercurrents. Her standalone thriller, Wounded Earth, features environmentalist Larabeth McLeod in a duel to the death against a stalker who calls himself Babykiller.
Mary Anna's work has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze Medals. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. Follow her on social media--

My Review

Undercurrents is the eleventh book in the Faye Longchamp mystery series by author Mary Anna Evans.  I have read many of the books in this series. They are all well written and extremely enjoyable to read.

Undercurrents is set in Memphis. Faye has been hired to do an archaeological survey of a campsite alongside a creek in Memphis. The location is central to the story. The poverty of the people in the neighbourhood and their desire to stay under the radar. Faye follows a young girl first into this area then finds a body buried alive there. The body is that of the mother of the young girl. Faye cannot leave it alone and sets out to find what she believes could be a serial killer.

Undercurrents is a great addition to this series. The author Evans does a lot of research and I really felt like I was in Memphis during the summer. I have to admit that I just love the cover of this book. The bag of dirt also looks like a Georgia O'Keefe painting. Depends how you look at it. Impressive.

I highly recommend Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans. I would read the whole series though if I were a mystery fan!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Cave of Bones (Leaphorn & Chee #22) by Anne Hillerman

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1997 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071KYZBT5

Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

About the Author

Anne Hillerman's newest book,"Spider Woman's Daughter" debuted at number 10 on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel continues her father Tony Hillerman's popular Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn series. The book followed "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn," with photos by Don Strel of the country the renown mystery author visited in his novels. Her cookbook, "Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes" received the New Mexico Book Award for the best cookbook of 2009. Anne's other books include "Gardens of Santa Fe," "Ride the Wind, USA to Africa," and "Children's Guide to Santa Fe." When she's not writing, Anne enjoys cooking, writing restaurant reviews for the Albuquerque Journal, and skiing.

My Review

Cave of Bones is the 22nd book in the Leaphorn and Chee (and Manuelito) series by Anne Hillerman. The first 20 books were written by her father, Tony Hillerman. Anne has done a brilliant job in continuing this fabulous and beloved series. I really appreciate it. Thanks Anne.

Cave of Bones is a great addition to this series. I really appreciate that Anne Hillerman is focusing the stories more from Bernie's point of view. It makes the stories the same yet different from her fathers...distinctive I guess is what I am thinking. 

Everything is not how it seems when a young girl discovers a skeleton on an individual trek while on an outdoor wilderness education experience. Bernie is there to do a talk with the girls but the traumatized young girl takes priority. Lots of twists and turns until we get to the end.

I really liked the story about Bernie's mother heading slowly towards dementia. I have looked after people in my family as they age. The signs were all there. Good reminder for some readers.

I highly recommend Cave of Bones.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: Creep (B.C. Blues Crime #3) by R.M. Greenaway

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (April 21 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072C2YHY1

Book Description

Leith and Dion are on the hunt for a different kind of murderer … and he’s a real animal.
Days before Halloween, a pair of hikers come across a body in the old-growth forest of the Lynn Valley Headwaters parklands. But it looks like a simple heart attack, and hardly seems like a police matter …

Until a week later, when a body in a duffel bag is recovered from the crawlspace of a derelict home. It looks like the victim was killed by dogs, but something about the case just seems wrong.

Once an up-and-coming plainclothes star with the North Shore RCMP, these days Constable Cal Dion is coping with depression and back on general duties. Out on the periphery of the murder investigation, he feels it would be safe enough to ask a witness out for a drink, surely …

Constable David Leith, on the other hand, is in the thick of a case complicated by rumour and whispers. Halloween isn’t only bringing out the ghouls. People are starting to think there’s a werewolf on the loose — and the killer seems to agree.

R.M. Greenaway injects an element of gothic suspense into Creep. The result is a haunting, well-wrought tale, with echoes of The Hound of the Baskervilles, set against the dark majesty of Vancouver's North Shore. A compelling read. (Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of Invisible Dead)

About the Author

RM GREENAWAY has worked in nightclubs, darkrooms, and courthouses. She writes the B.C. BLUES crime series, featuring RCMP detectives Leith and Dion. Her first novel COLD GIRL, winner of the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award, will be released 26 March 2016.

My Review

Creep is the third book in the BC Blues Crime series by author R.M. Greenaway. It is the second book of Greenaway's that I have read. It helped that I had read the second book as far as understanding the characters.

Creep is a crime story..part police procedural and part mystery. I live in the Lower Mainland so I really enjoy reading books that are set here. This series is set on the north shore in North Vancouver. The Lynn Valley setting is very familiar to me. My parents roamed those woods and streams as children and often took us to Lynn Valley Park to walk the suspension bridge and hike in the woods. Beautiful yet brutal forest that is well represented in  Creep.

The story was interesting. I am not interested in paranormal stories so I ignored the werewolf hints in the book. We are getting to know the characters in the series better in each book. Dion and Leith are both very interesting. I would add some female characters as police officers...ones that stay alive.

Creep is a good read. I probably was more enthralled with the second book in the series, Undertow. I still need to read the first book which is set up north.

BC Blues Crime series is definitely a series I would recommend. Creep is an interesting book that I know mystery fans will enjoy.

Review Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3897 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075JLD7L7

Book Description

A delightful new mystery featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols, set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at The Cracked Spine in the heart of town. She’s recently befriended a few medical school students after they came into the shop to sell some antique medical tomes. But when one of the students’ friends is found murdered outside in the alley, Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice.

During her investigation, Delaney finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse—she finds out that they belonged to a long-dead doctor, whose story might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in danger herself.

About the Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers' Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She's lived in many places but currently resides in Arizona. Visit her at

My Review

Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton is the third book in the series. You don't need to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one.

Delaney Nichols is settled into life in Scotland and her life at the book store. She befriends some university students who bring ancient medical books into the store to sell. When one of those students is found dead behind the store, Delaney is on the hunt for her killer. And why are the old scalpels so intriguing to everyone?

Lost Books and Old Bones is well written and moves along at a good clip. I enjoy well written cozy mysteries like this one.

Highly recommend Lost Books and Old Bones.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Lost Inheritance (Smoky Mountain #11) by Lin Stepp

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Hill Press; 1 edition (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Book Description

It was a comedown for Emily Lamont to arrive at the small mountain gallery in Gatlinburg after running the prestigious Newman Gallery for so many years. Still, it wasn't as though she had many other options. The Newmans never made a clear will leaving her the gallery, although they meant to. With the Newmans' only nephew inheriting their property, and the gallery, Emily felt moving to Gatlinburg to manage the Creekside Gallery her only option. Now she simply needed to make the best of it, including banging heads with the man who felt his mother should have inherited the gallery instead of her.

Garrison Log Homes owner, Cooper Garrison, felt bitter when the Creekside Gallery changed hands without his mother getting an option to buy it. She'd managed the gallery since he was a boy, and now some woman, not even a relative of the Newmans, had inherited it. Grudgingly, Cooper agrees to fix up the apartment above the gallery for the new owner, but when she arrives, she is not at all what Cooper expects. Despite being attracted to her, problems from the past keep Cooper running from a deeper relationship. When an unexpected event sends Emily back to Philadelphia, Cooper is forced, at last, to examine his heart.

About the Author

Dr. Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly Best-Selling international author. A native Tennessean, she also works as both a businesswoman and an educator. Although not actively teaching now, she is still on adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she taught research and a variety of psychology and counseling courses for eighteen years. Her business background includes over twenty-five years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing.

My Review

Lost Inheritance is the eleventh book in the Smoky Mountain series by author Lin Stepp. I have read several books in this series and found them all to be delightful. Stepp lives near the Smoky Mountains and her love of the mountains comes through in her books. Her extensive research of the area adds value and merit to the series. I find that Stepp really captures the nature of the people of the mountains in her novels.

Lost Inheritance tells the story of Emily Lamont, the new owner of a gallery in Gatlinburg. Emily had expected to inherit a gallery in Philadelphia from her unofficially adoptive parents. Instead she inherited a small gallery in Gatlinburg. Enter Cooper Garrison who had always thought his mother should have been given an opportunity to buy the gallery. Before you know it sparks are flying...

Lin Stepp's books are always well written and a pleasure to read. Lost Inheritance is indeed a treat. Pick up a copy to see if Emily and Cooper find their happy ending. It is available in the beginning of April.

Highly recommend Lost Inheritance.

Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1973 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 13 2018)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07465DNXS

Book Description

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

About the Author

Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant now writes full time. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Clare's debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club, and was the winning title of the readers' vote for the summer 2015 selection, and ITV's Loose Women's Loose Books. Her second novel, I See You, is a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Clare's books are translated into more than 30 languages.

Clare is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which supports the work carried out in the John Radcliffe Hospital's Silver Star unit, providing special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy.

My Review

Let Me Lie is the first book of Clare Mackintosh's that I have read. It will not be the last. I am thrilled to discover her writings.

Let Me Lie is one of the twistiest novels that I have ever read. You really have no idea about what is going to happen next. It is well written and a pleasure to read.

I really enjoyed Let Me Lie and highly recommend it.