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“Missing” by Lisa Harris


The Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris is a great series of mystery and murder.  In her second book of the series, “Missing”, Nikki Boyd is called to the scene of a double murder in a residential neighborhood.  Not only are the two men not the owners of the property, but the husband and wife are missing.  Tyler Grant, Nikki’s friend is involved only because the body of the husband is found on his boat and his father-in-law is involved as well.  As with all of Ms. Harris’ books, we are soon drawn into a complicated situation where there are many suspects and murders occur in each chapter.

Nikki’s main priority at this point is locating the missing wife.  Evidently the husband had found evidence of counterfeit drugs at the pharmaceutical company where he worked and was ready to go to the authorities.  Victims had died because the drugs were not what they should be and contained missing or non-existing ingredients making them lethal to some.  Because the criminals weren’t sure who knew the truth, they were out to destroy all those involved.

We follow Nikki as she tirelessly works to uncover the plot and the murderers and those who hired them.  Tyler, his son Liam, his mother and many others are at risk and time is running out.  I love Ms. Harris’ books.  They are well written, the characters are true and the plots are tricky and involved…just like I like them.

Revell has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.



“Vendetta” by Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris has written a great series of mystery and suspense, The Nikki Boyd Files.  In this first book of the series, “Vendetta”, we are led through a maze of mysterious events which also lead to multiple murders, seeming with no reason.  Nikki and her team of investigators as members of the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force, follow the clues, the suspects, the victims and the crimes to solve the abduction of a young girl.  This case harkens back to ten years earlier when Nikki’s sister, Sarah, was abducted, never to be seen again.  Nikki has been on the lookout for her abductor ever since.  Is this the work of the same person or a copy-cat crime?

Into the mix, we find Tyler Grant, the widower of Nikki’s best friend, Katie.  The two of them are just discovering the feelings they have for one another and striving not to feel guilty that with Katie’s death, they lean on each other for comfort in their grief.  Neither one expected their feelings to escalate as they did.

This mystery kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end.  The list of suspects grew along with the dead bodies.  I could not put the book down and will definitely continue to read any books by Lisa Harris.

Revell has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

“On Her majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service” by Rhys Bowen

I love any book written by Rhys Bowen and “On Her majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service” is no exception.  This book is part of her Royal Spyness Mysteries series.  Lady Georgiana Rannoch is engaged to Darcy of Kilhenny.  He is Catholic and she, being a cousin of the King, is not.  In order to marry, she must give up the rite of succession and this must be approved by Parliament.  The Queen summons her to tea and Georgie is sure this is about her marriage.  In talking with the Queen, she is asked to perform a little subtle spying on the Prince of Wales and his lady friend, Mrs. Wallace Simpson.  The fact that Wallis is a Mrs. and that being two-times over, is cause for concern to the royal family.  The Queen, the Prince’s mother, makes arrangements for Georgie to be invited to a house party in Italy.  She is to keep an eye on the Prince and his “friend” and let the Queen know if Mrs. Simpson has acquired her divorce.  Georgie is also going to Italy to help a friend after the house party.

Among a varied cast of characters at this house party something sinister is happening.  Georgie, being the sleuth that she is, cannot keep her nose out of it.  When someone turns up dead, is she the suspect?  Even Darcy is involved in this little drama.  Everyone has a motive.  Some are planning political allegiances which would turn the tide of the current unrest in Germany.

If you enjoy historical fiction along with a little mystery, you will love this book and the way Ms. Bowen brings real figures in history to life in her novels.  I received a Kindle edition of this book from NetGalley.com.

“Murder Between the Lines” by Radha Vatsal

Capability Weeks is at it again.  “Murder Between the Lines” by Radha Vatsal continues the saga of Kitty Weeks, intrepid reporter for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page.  This time Kitty is sent to gather information on the girls’ school Westfield.  The school-that is Ms. Howe-Jones, prides itself on its students entering higher education in schools such as Barnard, Radcliffe and Bryn Mawr.  Anything that would compromise this tradition would not be favorably received.

Elspeth Bright is a very intellectual student at this school, ready to graduate and with a highly ambitious attitude.  Something that Ms. Bright says causes interest in Kitty Weeks.  She anticipates meeting Elspeth sometime over the Christmas holidays.  However, before that can happen, Elspeth is found frozen to death not far from her home, a supposed victim of somnambulism, or sleep-walking.  Kitty, of course decides that she needs to look into all circumstances surrounding this death.

During this time, before America’s advent into WW I, many types of defense goods are being tested.  There is some concern that an invention by Thomas Edison is faulty and has caused accidents and death.  Does this have anything to do with Elspeth’s death?  Many scenarios are contrived and investigated by Kitty.  Is this the result of treason, or someone’s needing to secure Elspeth’s silence?

This is the second book by Ms. Vatsal that I have read.  I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one.

D. M. Quincy has written a series debut novel. “Murder in Mayfair” is an Atlas Catesby Mystery and the first one in the series. The story takes place in 1814 in England, where Atlas and friend have stopped at an inn for some sustenance.  After hearing a commotion in the yard, they investigate and find that a husband is auctioning off his wife to the highest bidder.  Sensing that the woman is high born and disgusted at the spectacle taking place, Atlas makes a winning bid determined to see her to her family.  However, the woman, Lilliana, has been forced to leave her two boys behind.  When the woman’s husband is murdered, Atlas must solve the mystery to keep himself and Lilliana from being suspects.  As the story continues, there are many suspects to choose from.

I thought the novel was well planned and executed.  The characters were very likable and I enjoyed reading about the time period as well.  I have a feeling that Ms. Quincy’s series about Atlas Catesby and his puzzles will be well received and successful.  I will be looking for the next book in the series.

I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“A Touch of Frost” by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman is one of my favorite western novelists.  “A Touch of Frost” is the sixth book that I’ve read.  I love her novels because not only are the plot and the subplot involved and appealing, the dialogue among the characters is humorous and catchy.  I enjoy the repartee she writes between certain characters in this novel.  I think this is what brings me back to her writings each time.  I know I will be entertained and interested throughout reading the whole book.

This particular novel is about Phoebe Apple and Remington Frost.  Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, is married to Remington’s father, Thaddeus.  Fiona and Phoebe really do not get along and Fiona is at times difficult to take.  She is conniving and self-absorbed.  Thaddeus is sure that Fiona is going to leave him.  He brings Phoebe from New York to see her sister and along the way the train on which she is travelling is robbed and she is taken hostage.  But Thaddeus has provided an unseen escort for Phoebe in his son, Remington.  Remington follows Phoebe and her captors and rescues her.  However that is not the end of the drama.  Someone is out to get Phoebe and her life is still in danger.  The plot is rather complicated which adds to the attraction of the novel.  I highly recommend Ms. Goodman’s books.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“A Death in the Dales” by Frances Brody

“A Death in the Dales” is the first book by Frances Brody that I have read.  I wasn’t sure that I would like a British mystery, especially because the colloquial speech of Britain is so different.  Phrases and words were foreign to me and forced me to search for the meaning of the words, foods, and other jargon that was new to me.  I loved it!  Because this book is set in one of my favorite time periods and is full of murder and mystery, I am determined to read more books by Frances Brody.  I found that the story line was not as important to me as what I learned about British life in the 1020’s.  I read because I love to read, I am twice blessed when I read a book and learn so many new things.

The character of Kate Shackleton, private investigator, is a strong woman, but still feminine.  Her insights in dealing with suspicious characters are very revealing of her intellect.  I especially enjoyed the minor characters in this novel.  They were quite charming in their own way.  I thought that the way they were presented gave me more suspects for the misdeeds and made the book much more interesting.

I would like to thank NightOwlreviews.com for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free print copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.