Tag Archive | murder

“Hidden Peril” by Irene Hannon

“Hidden Peril” by Irene Hannon, is Ms. Hannon’s typical exciting, page-turning thriller.  This novel takes place in St. Louis where Kristin Dane owns a fair trade shop that sells wares from impoverished countries around the world in order to give back to them.  One day she enters her shop to find her part-time employee murdered.  If that isn’t bad enough, a recent customer, who had purchased an item the same day as the previous murder was found murdered in the same way in her own home.

Kristin’s and Detective Luke Carter’s mission is how to tie these two murders together and find out why they took place.  What was the tie?  Before they find that answer, the FBI becomes involved.  This becomes a mystery with international intrigue and ties to terrorism.  Who is involved?  Kristin may want to make sure her friends are who they say they are.

I always enjoy books by Ms. Hannon.  She is famous for her suspenseful and thrilling stories.  She is one of my favorite suspense authors.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in return for my honest review, which is my own.

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“A Secret to Die For” by Lisa Harris

“A Secret to Die For” by Lisa Harris is definitely a page-turner.  I was immediately hooked in the first chapter because Ms. Harris started out the thrills immediately.  Add to that a detective with PTSD from a previous police action and a long-time friend who is experiencing grief over the loss of her daughter and the dissolution of her marriage.  She is also a psychologist with a dead client and we have liftoff.   The thrilling situations just keep coming.

Someone murdered Grace’s client and now believes that she has what they were looking for from the client.  Nate is a college friend who has lost touch with Grace over the years.  He is a homicide detective working on the murder case and re-unites with Grace because of this.  He is also trying to keep her alive because of her supposed knowledge of “the secret”.  Very good mystery with a totally surprising ending.

As one of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Reviewer, I received a print copy of this book to read and review.  I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“If I Live” by Terri Blackstock

I was privileged to have read “If I Run” by Terri Blackstock.  It was the first book in the If I Run series.  I requested a review copy of “If I Live” from NetGalley.com and began reading.  I found that I really needed to read the second book in the series, “If I’m Found”, if I wanted to get the whole picture of the books’ storyline.  This series is truthfully the most riveting three books I have ever read.  Each page of each book draws the reader into more thrills, intrigue, and danger.  I felt as if I had run each mile and taken each disguise on myself.  I was glad to see the situation resolved in book number three, but I was also disappointed that I was at the end of the series.

I will definitely be reading any book by Terri Blackstock that I can get my hands on.

I received a Kindle copy of “If I Live” from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.

“Dangerous Illusiions” by Irene Hannon

Trish Baily has just found her mother dead in her bed.  While it looks like death from natural causes, Trish’s accountant has planted a seed of doubt with the local police.  He intimates that Trish has been extremely stressed caring for her mother and may have inadvertently given her mother an overdose.  The detective leading the case, Colin Flynn, is not convinced.  But why would Matt Parker plant that seed?  He has seemed interested in Trish in a romantic way although she does not return his feelings.  As time and investigation go on, disturbing and dangerous things start happening to Trish.  Colin has taken more than a little interest in her and is doing everything he can to make sure she is safe.  This novel, “Dangerous Illusiions” by Irene Hannon, is rife with twists and turns and keeps the reader on edge of the seat throughout.

I enjoyed this book and it was one that I could not put down.  The storyline was just too interesting to forget.  Ms. Hannon always delivers fine writing and intriguing plots.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Revell publishers and was under no obligation to post review.

“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark

“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark, an international best-selling author, is another mystery in the “Queen of Suspense” list of novels.

Celia Kilbride has been hired to lecture on precious gems on the maiden voyage of the Queen Charlotte ocean liner.  She is really running away from the fallout from her fiancé’s arrest for hedge fund abuses.  She even convinced some of her friends to invest their money with him.  Now, she is a person of interest in being a partner in his crimes.  Of course, she knew nothing about that, she also lost money.  However, she was engaged to be married to him and no one believes her.

This maiden voyage of Queen Charlotte is very important to the shipping line and all efforts to make this an outstanding voyage for the elite and non-so-elite who are travelling on it are the number one concerns of the line.  Of course many passengers are wearing their most expensive jewelry which would tend to draw unscrupulous gem thieves to travel along.  We have a jewel thief on board, but who is it?  There is an inspector from Scotland Yard aboard, also the assistant to a very wealthy woman, Lady Em, her maid, and various other suspects.  After this poor woman is murdered, it becomes most important for Celia to establish that she is not a thief, nor a hedge fund accomplice, but a true gemologist, renowned in her field.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering

“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering is a novel about friendship, clandestine activities, village eccentrics, and murder.  The dialogue reeks of Britain.  I found this very enjoyable.  This novel takes place in the Yorkshire moors in the village of Bunting’s Nest.  Drew and Madeline Fathering have earned a reputation for sleuthing and solving mysteries.  When Drew’s old college classmate Beaky’s calls Drew for help, he and Madeline can hardly refuse.  Beaky’s Bloodworth Park Lodge has become the scene of small crimes and unexplained worrisome incidents that are scaring the life out of his wife.  After the murder of the old vicar of the church someone needs to investigate.  Beaky welcomes Drew and Madeline to his home, not so much Beaky’s wife, Sabrina.  After the murder of an elderly woman follows on the heels of the vicar’s demise, everyone is suspect.  As the comment goes…the plot thickens.  I did not have an inkling of the ending.  It was a complete surprise and worth every word read to get there.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and anything British.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

“The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman

I was delighted to read “The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman.  I loved this book because of the sweet romance, the mysteries surrounding the Natchez Trace, the intrigue and the way that life during that time period was described.

An indentured carpenter, Connor O’Shea is chosen by Isabella Bartholomew for his help on her father’s plantation.  There have been many tragedies in the Bartholomew family of late and at the beginning of the book, no one suspected that someone wanted the Bartholomews out.  The death of the son and heir, the fiery destruction of part of the plantation house, missing stock, mysterious trespassers, and other incidents really do not come to the surface until Connor comes to the plantation.  His presence puts a distinct kink in the works for the one person wanting to see the demise of Breeze Hill.

I loved the book and its fast pace kept me reading long into the night until I was finished.  I thought the characters in the story were well-described and their actions fit their characters.  I also like a good romance and this was that.  Well worth my time reading this book.

I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review.